Artimidor Federkiel (1593-), also sometimes referred to as Artimidus Fedaerkyl according to some sources, is an important contemporary sage, archivist, writer, philosopher and artist working in the King's Fortress at New-Santhala. More precisely - according to his official title - he is "Collector and Keeper of all historical, philosophical and artificial things and goods, which promote the Santharian cause in general and all its interests in particular". He is editor of the so-called "Book of Paths" with the recent title "Avaesthoría" (newly published in 1651), and is currently working on the compilation and editing of an improved version of the "Santharian Compendium", an enormous encyclopedia dealing not only with Santharia but also the whole world of Caelereth. In the cause of the Compendium he is assisted by an immense staff of Santharian historians, philosophers, language experts, researchers, scholars, musicians and artists.
Picture description. A portrait of the contemporary archivist and sage Artimidor. Pic by Faugar.
Nowadays Artimidor can barely be seen outside the
New-Santhalan Library as the sage
seems to be always busy with work in the archives deep down in the castle's
cellars. Fortunately the northern artist
Rephaell "Faugar" Rýnngaewish,
who is responsible for a vast amount of images in the
took the time recently to paint the great sage. This obviously happened with the
argument brought forward by his fellow-developers that the
needed a picture of its initiator to be complete, an explanation the sage
grudgingly accepted, and so he eventually sat for the artist's brush.
This picture now adorns one of the walls of the entrance to the Santhran's castle and shows Artimidor in his early sixties, with brown eyes and still (partly) dark hair, wearing the scholarly ruff as is common for notable scholars in New-Santhala. Also quite characteristic of the sage are a slight sceptical frown on his forehead and the three-day beard, as obviously sages prefer to dig in dusty books instead of making a regular acquaintance with a straight razor.
At times you might even catch Artimidor at the local tavern wearing a full beard - that is, in case you recognize him at all. Such a full beard is most likely the result of having spent sleepless nights with mysterious scrolls, letters and maps in the glorious hunt for a minor detail to be added to a footnote on page 748 at the Compendium. In this case you might consider buying a drink or two for the poor old man's efforts. Perhaps such efforts may at least prove of importance for an aspiring student browsing in this mightly tome, living somewhere in an inconspicuous corner in the Just Katya Quarters of Voldar - or other such place. At any rate our hypothetical lad might be quite thankful for finding the information he seeks.
Personality. Undoubtedly Artimidor must have a notable charisma, otherwise he wouldn't have been able to gather so many people from all parts of his world around himself to participate in a vast project like the Santharian Compendium. How precisely he manages to accomplish this feat still remains a mystery, though the sage claims that constant working on relationships is the key to success of a project where teamwork is essential. Indeed Artimidor, though often reportedly quite stressed and fatigued due to his heavy daily work-load, is also not only a very knowledgeable, but in general a very courteous and witty person and always available for some joking. Lately his increasing absent-mindedness might cause even more laughs, but in addition to the regular jesting Artimidor inspires the quota has actually further increased to the amusement of his colleagues.
Artimidor is certainly an organisational talent, though he will deny it when asked (quote when seeing the pile of work on his table: "Aaaargh!"). As head organizer he also often needs to motivate others, mediate between different sides, suggest compromises, ask the right questions and find plausible answers at the appropriate time - all tasks he has managed so far with his companionableness, eloquence and devotion to the project.
Biography. Adolescence. Raised at Caelum near the Bay of Skies, Artimidor sprang from a minor nobility lineage: the Fedaerkyl family. It is reported that he had several ancestors in the distant past, who had managed to gain great merits in fields like history, philosophy and language research that the locals still often used the proverb "As wise as a Fedaerkyl" when they referred to an extraordinary intelligent person. However, these days seemed already gone for the Fedaerkyls, however, there is still a very famous uncle of Artimidor, namely Sir Arthéos Mirabíphilus Fedaerkyl, who is historian and expert on the comparison of ancient texts, founder of the society of travelling historians and last but not least inventor of the art of printing texts with iron characters.
Nevertheless Artimidor probably would have ended up as some sort of apple or wine merchant just like his father, but he didn't show interest in trade whatsoever. Luckily there was a younger brother, who relieved Artimidor of the prospect of following his father's footsteps. Actually people say - and still say - that Artimidor despises money and doesn't care about it at all, as long as he has his books and scrolls he can study. Locals describe "young Arti" as a head-in-the-clouds boy, on the one hand always fooling around with his companions, on the other hand reading every kind of "wise book" (considered completely inappropriate for his age) he could lay his hands on, be it tomes on history, religion, magic, artistry, metaphysics or literature. A good deal of his time as a youth he also spent studying ancient lore, legends and myths, being reportedly especially fond of old Erpheronian heroic tales like the famous story of Katya Dragonseeker, who triumphed over the adamant-dragon Ol'dem'brey. We also know that Artimidor wrote some decent poetry a bit later, which is still unpublished till this very day, though.
We asked Sir Arthéos Mirabíphilus Fedaerkyl for some details on his nephew's early years, and here is his account:
I knew him quite well when he was young, a child. My visits in Caelum
where my brother lived at this time were always a great pleasure for me,
though very strenuous as well. Little Art was a very bright child, full of
questions and thoughts already with the age of three. "What are the stars
made of? Why is the sky blue? Why don‘t the fish walk on land as we do?"
were some of the easier ones to answer. When he got older, about the age
of seven he argued with me over the the existence of the good and the
evil, asked questions like: "Why does the evil exist? What is our purpose
of living? What will happen when we die?" or "Is the moon still there if
nobody is looking?" He was a very open minded child, but sometimes
introverted as well. He could walk half a day around without saying
anything, on the other hand he could be quite annoying when he insisted on
getting an answer from me when I didn‘t have one. Later I wasn‘t able to
visit him as often as before due to my extended travels and then he had
The Philosophical Path.
Artimidor - from now on writing his name in the
New-Tharian form "Federkiel" - left his hometown already in his
early youth and made extensive
travels through half of the United Kingdom,
where he found many extremely different people from all kinds of races, tribes,
beliefs, who shared his unsatiable thirst for knowledge in subjects other people
haven't even heard of yet. He
was taught philosophy by important contemporary
Santharian philosophers, among them the metaphysician
Kechelwan of Thyslan. He ended in Doovens, at the School of the
Sensuals, which was founded by the famous thinker Athiost in 220 a.S.
There he wrote many an essay dealing with subjects like "On the Dichotomy of
Truthsplitting" (a work on Armeros,
Santharian God of War and Justice),
"On the Beyond and the Below" (discussing the relationship of the
Santharian Gods and the
Netherworlds), "The Elements - A
Universal Concept" (comparing the interpretation of the elements of different
races, tribes and religions), "Morality
(about the existential beauty of ethics) and the daring and heavily criticized
interpretation of the lost eight book of the elven
Cárpadosían myth he called "Naughty
Observations" - to name just a few.
Art, History and Myth. During this time in Doovens also his love for producing art flourished as Artimidor made acquaintance with many different artists of Caelereth at the School of the Sensuals. Always in for something new and inspired by his interest for history and geography, Artimidor began to draw map sketches of the United Kingdom and it's parts, perfecting his skills in the course of time and adding further details whereever he could. Some drawings Artimidor did at that time should later find their way into the Santharian Compendium. Also he started to collect tales and legends of the lands associated to these places as well as different versions of famous Santharian myths, which he compared to each other, trying to seperate fact from fiction. All these various works attracted other people's interest in Artimidor, who got the nickname "archivist" among his philosopher colleagues in Doovens.
The Royal Archivist. And indeed in the function of royal archivist Artimidor should spend his later years. In 1642 - due to recommendations from various sides - he was called to the court of the Santharian king, where he first remained just for the time of a project, only to prolong his stay later indefinitely by suggestion of the king himself. Being surprised and satisfied with Artimidor's performance the king and his staff of sages assigned a multitude of projects and researches to him, and soon the library in the king's castle at New-Santhala became the new home of Artimidor.
Especially the revival of the "Book of Paths" for which Artimidor is mainly responsible adds a very important aspect to modern Santharian society. Artimidor wrote a detailed preface to this new edition, where he tries to introduce myth as an important philosophical contribution for the development of self and society. Although this preface has often been neglected by the reader, it is nevertheless a valueable continuation to Artimidor's previous works about the new foundation of morality on esthetics. This unique concept of Artimidor is strongly influenced by the works of the young Athiost and his sensual view and interpretation of existing things. The concept states that all forms of morality should be deduced to the individual perception of esthetical experience only, nevertheless without contradicting belief. This topic still is the reason for vivid discussions between the scholars of philosophy at the royal castle at New-Santhala.
Picture description. Medallion of Artimidor making him official Santharian Sage, awarded to him in 1652 following the publishing of the "Book of Paths". Image drawn by Bard Judith.
The Title Sage. Most institutions of higher
learning, including the Ximax Collegium, the
New Santhalan-Universality, and the
Bard's School, mark the graduation of their students and questers after
knowledge in some physical way. A gold "chain of office" and its accompanying
pendant are the formal insignia granted to a serious scholar when he is given
the full title of "Sage".
In 1652, as a direct result of the highly acclaimed re-publishing of the revised version of the Avaesthoria myth as the "Book of Paths" Artimidor finally got promoted to higher ranks. The appreciation and respect in which the Santharian peoples hold Artimidor Federkiel can perhaps best be exemplified by this recent honouring of him in a presentation ceremony, where he was given the formal title of "Sage: Collector & Keeper" for his merits he had earned. The king himself, at whose court Artimidor serves, presented the royal archivist an intricately embossed Sage's Medallion, the Key to the city of New-Santhala's Main Gate, and a new Caltharian velvet scholar's cloak. The pendant glows with aurium highlights, set off by the rhubite eye of the feline etched at the top. An additional large gem is placed between the two figures at the lower half of the medallion. The scholar's cloak was a special fabrication for the occasion, ordered by officials from Caelum, Artimidor's home town, where people now of course are exceptionally proud of the accomplishments of the town's son.
The Santharian Compendium. After the "Book of Paths" Artimidor officially began to gather a team of historians, researchers, mages, scholars, philosophers, language experts, musicians and artists in order to realize the ultimate dream of an archivist and sage: to compose the most gigantic and comprehensive universal encyclopedia in our world. At this monumental Santharian Compendium Artimidor worked and still works as head supervisor, commenter, editor and map artist, and undoubtedly this enormous tome can now be accounted to the greatest Santharian achievements of our time, if not ever. In the course of time many, many people from all parts of Caelereth joined this incredible endeavour, and in 9 years after its official start - in 1660 - a first rough version of the Compendium was published, containing tons of information compressed to about 600 pages, representing a paradise of information for everybody interested in knowledge of any kind. Since 1660 Artimidor and his team are already working on the next, thoroughly revised edition of the Compendium. Rumour has it that this version will have the doubled size of the original, so better watch out not to miss this gem!
Picture description. Label of the wine dedicated to the Sage Artimidor. Image drawn by Bard Judith.
recently by the way another honouring took place: The famous "Sage's Finest"
wine (very popular also among scholars) was recently renamed after
New-Santhala's most celebrated sage
Vintner Hi’Cupa describes the wine as follows - with a
few hints reminding us of the life of the grand sage: "Arti
Wine is a very busy vine with tendrils reaching about all over the place. Its leaves
are a little bigger than the normal vine plants. Having an enhanced shine to
the base that almost makes it seem unreal. Often grown in well-educated and
civilized areas. Another of the more popular, if not the most popular of the
vines. The berries on the vine are generally purple signifying its difference
to the others of its kind. “An intelligent tasting wine with a dazzling fruity
taste which wakes up the taste-buds. Almost inspirational. Perfect for the
scholar within us all,” Hi’Cupa says cheerfully.
Importance. The name "Artimidor Federkiel" is not only recognized throughout the whole of Santharia and possibly beyond, but also carries the connotations of wisdom, intelligence, and dedication. The Santharian proverb "As wise as Federkiel" has been existant for several centuries, underlining the family's dedication to historical researches, philosophical writings, and scholarship, and our Sage's reputation has only served to reinforce that popular conception. Alongside Artimidor, of course, are ranged any number of equally illustrious names in their own fields, all who have lent their unique talents to the design and furtherance of the great Compendium. However, the Santharians don't keep Artimidor in mind for his surely admittedly remarkable philosophical works but mainly for his unique devotion to the United Kingdom of Santharia, be it the preserving of ancient myths, tales, legends and poems, the manufacturing of detailed maps or the collecting of information in a gigantic encyclopedia. The latter Artimidor has not solely initiated to satisfy the scholars' thirst for knowledge; quite to the contrary - it was mainly done to make this information also accessible to the public.
The Santharian Compendium is also a work which requires and respects tolerance people, where people from different regions, beliefs, tribes and races help others to understand themselves and the world around them, and perhaps eventually to accept other races, religions, cultures, and ways of life. In this respect Artimidor has begun a highly appreciated and extremely valuable project, serving the Santharian cause of bridging all kinds of gaps which the idea of a united kingdom naturally includes, and we are thankful for this visionary approach.
Last updated on 28th of Turning Star 1666 by Artimidor Federkiel