Group photo of
Santharian members present at the last days of Santhmoot 1665.
Santharia is a fantasy world building project, full of unique and one-of-a-kind
creations; we only accept original concepts, paintings, music, and entries, so
let your work be fun and 'fantastic' in all senses of the word.
Though we acknowledge that inspiration's sources can be diverse, and do pay
tribute to many great minds of the past or extant (for example, the site itself
began as a creative tribute to the master of contemporary high fantasy, J.R.R.
Tolkien), plagiarism is decisively discouraged. If in doubt, feel free to post
your ideas and ask - we'll doubtless have helpful suggestions!
This is a site for readers and writers which expects you to have some competence
in both fields - yes, we encourage and support learners of the craft, but at a
minimum you should be able to produce correct spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.
People who put the time in to polish their work can expect to have it closely
read, edited, and commented upon - a strong incentive and assistance for both
novice writers and experienced authors. As we have second-language authors from
many countries, but most European, we use British English as a common style
Caelereth has been ten years in the making, and while people come and go,
dealing with 'the real world' of Terra, many of us have been here for years,
providing long-term consistency and an in-depth knowledge of the Compendium;
this is one of the aspects that makes our world so three-dimensional and
enjoyable. Give what you can, and Santharia will be here for you, but it's
certainly more rewarding if you plan to stay long enough to have your own study
cubicle with your name on the door... We have a simple 'apprentice' system which
allows you to settle in as a newcomer, find your niche, and then when you've
chosen a field and have acquired some knowledge/merit/entries, we provide you
with just such a name plaque. At such time after that as you are deemed
competent in your field, you may apply to write a 'masterwork' - an entry which
pulls together the various things you have learned and will be of some
significance to the world of Caelereth. When that is integrated into the
Compendium, we welcome you as a full member and throw you a party!
'No man is an island,' John Donne famously said, and no woman, elf, dwarf, orc,
halfling or Brownie either. One of our strongest driving forces is the desire to
work together and create one huge, integrated, consistent, amazingly addictive
universe - rather than working on our own pet projects in a disconnected muddle
of oneupmanship. We try to create projects that allow for a number of people's
input, and even small submissions will receive comments, suggestions, and ideas
that can be integrated to create a richer end result. Santharians are team
Sounds obvious, but is remarkably easy to overlook; in defending your own
concepts it is easy to become passionate, curt, or downright rude. Again, we are
a team of long-standing, with a uniquely beautiful world, and the only way for
so many people from so many different cultures to work together for so long -
sharing a language that is often not their first - is courtesy. Be polite! If
you wouldn't say it to your co-worker's face, don't say it to a co-worker here.
If you wouldn't use that expression or phrasing in speaking to a friend at a
coffee shop, then don't use it here. Think before you hit that 'POST' button and
remember you don't have the advantage of body language, shared cultural
expectations, tone of voice and facial expressions to get your true meaning
across. Try to avoid subjects that are considered sensitive or contentious in
Terra (such as sexuality, politics, and religious beliefs) - we try to be a
place of tolerance and inclusivity. Oh, and we have no use for deliberate
provocation: trolls will be branded, fed twenty-seven cups of Krean Kafe and
deported to the Void.
All work posted to the Dream is considered a submission, no matter how
experienced the creator; it does not automatically get a rubber stamp for
acceptance. Whether entries, digital paintings, or even musical compositions,
they undergo a process of critique and examination, and comments must be
integrated or at the very least acknowledged and taken under consideration. We
expect to both give and receive critique in good spirit which fosters that sense
See above. Many of us take the time to read submissions in detail and provide
our own time and energy to give a critique... that time and energy is repaid
when our own entries are also read over and commented upon. Even if you're not a
skilled editor or proofreader, you can still make creative suggestions, find
discrepancies, spot weak or underdetailed areas, and even take the time to learn
more about or become an expert on a certain aspect of Caelereth. And at the very
least, you can give some simple praise and feedback based on your reaction to
the entry; it's very rewarding for authors to know that a number of people have
read and enjoyed their work.
Detail is priceless in an entry, as are all those little unique creative touches
which you bring to your own writing. But what truly integrates a submission into
the world of Caelereth are the references to existing elements of the world.
From Santharia's own measurement system, expressed in peds and fores, to a
knowledge of the everyday beasts and field herbs, the more natural references
you have embedded into your entry, the more naturally it flows as a product of a
medieval compendiumist writing from within the world. Some entries are so
convincing and consistent, they have been linked to from outside the site, in
all seriousness! (no, Victoria, mermaids do NOT exist, despite the dissection
diagram and the careful scientific notes on their diet and habits....)
How to write names
If you describe something, always write the first letter of the thing/being and
in this case the person's full name including a possible title or surname in capitalized form (e.g. "Thar
the Great", "King Redbeard", "Captain Dimeye Beringstin") throughout the
entry. On the other hand always use lowercase letters if you mention other
things/beings which are mentioned within the entry ("dragonfly", "ranlesh" or
Describe everything in
Always remember that words like "vitamins", "chemicals", "genes", "fossils" etc.
usually are unknown terminology to medieval researchers. So keep away from these
things, and also don't try to explain everything in detail what researchers of
the 20th century have found out. Researchers of the Middle Ages weren't really
"scientists", but mainly investigated what they could see, watch and thus
describe. We have alchemists in the "medieval" world of Santharia, no chemists,
which is an important difference, as alchemists are still lacking the profound
background chemists of nowadays have.
In the same respect I guess we can't emphasize enough that though evolution and
belief don't necessarily have to contradict each other in our world of today, it
was impossible to think of such things 1000 years ago. Especially in a fantasy
world like ours I think that we should forget about evolution in the Darwinistic
sense completely. We have other explanations why the original landmass split
into various parts (Gods/War of the Chosen) and a typical evolutionary theory
doesn't fit too well to our mythical concepts.
Keep it as Santharian as possible
Also try to make your people as unique "Santharian" as possible. Try
to use names which represent the culture they come from, not simply random,
exchangeable names. Also if you describe a person there should be a reason why
this man or woman got his/her own entry in the
Compendium, so try to make
clear why this person has become such a celebrity.