Category Archives: Saor

Nocturnal Rumination: The Writer and Their Muse.

I’ve never bought wholesale into the bullshit of a writer’s muse.  It seems to connect writing to some metaphysical endeavor or some such that really doesn’t seem to make a whole bunch of sense to me.  I do believe that writers are inspired by everyday life.  If anything, my current endeavors have provided such a great environment from which to be inspired its amazing, so much so at times that coping with the stresses of it are difficult through which to pull.

Ultimately though, I hope to have more updates for you in the future and tonight, vainly, I offer a scene from the Lay of Seidenbard to you:

Music Room, Yraemr Manor, Yraemr, Delaslattin, Gjalestadht. Evening of the Eleventh Day of the Fourth Month of 1089AC

Hrothmar’s fingers dance across the fret board of the guitar, playing scales in arpeggio. Hraldr sits across from him, his arms resting against the arms of the chair.  Hraldr’s eyes are closed, and his head sways ever so slightly.  Hrothmar strums once more and lets the strings ring as he raises his right hand under his nose and uses the thumb and index finger to smooth his mustache.

“Show off,” Hraldr says, his eyes opening.

Hrothmar grins and makes a fist with his left hand and quickly opens it, letting the guitar rest against his chest.

“Sitting at home for however long it was meant far too much time to practice,” Hrothmar replies.

“Guess it’s good for us, hey?”  Hraldr says, grabbing his lute, which was placed to lean against the arm of his chair, by the neck and putting it in his lap.

Hrothmar nods and picks at the strings haphazardly, his lips pursing and brows furrowing.  “Well, I think we got it off the top now, don’t we?”

“Yeah, it went where we wanted, mate,” Hraldr nods, playing on his lute to match Hrothmar’s earlier arpeggios.  Hrothmar takes his turn to close his eyes.

“That’d be perfect to demonstrate the movement change from the events of Seiden to where we should go next,” Hrothmar says.

“That’s what I was thinking. Drums would enhance and emphasize the mood, I think.  Especially if we are planning on going gloomy.”

“How’re we gonna get Cym drums for this?”

“I’m sure there are plenty of percussionists out there,” Hraldr sighs, pinching the bridge of his nose.  “Assuredly, someone’s got to have a Sjoeraelfir drum, and you forget that we’ve got Lara.”

Hrothmar’s eye twitches.

“I didn’t forget,” Hrothmar says, then coughs.

“Aye, aye, you didn’t, mate.  Must be hard to remember you’ve got a nephew who’s married,” Hradlr grins.  “Aside, you should consider his strings and voice here too; he gets a nice haunting tone to music with’em.  He also has a nice sarcasm.  Plus, you’d get the girl’s keen.”

Hrothmar’s lips purse as his head tilts to the right.  “Would be perfect, you’re right.”

“And, they’re family.”

“And, they’re family,” Hrothmar smiles softly.  “Plus, would be good when we’re singing about Dagnysborg.”

Hraldr nods and begins strumming

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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Accountability, Cultura, Geek, Gjale, Saor, Writing


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Art of the Day: Compilation of 2012

2012 meme


I always love to see how I progressed during the year so I do something silly like this. I have to say the year 2012 was pretty good to me. I achieved several of my goals and look forward to continuing to improve! Hope everyone had a great year and holiday season and may this year be even better!


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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Art, Characters, Cultura, Gjale, Music, Saor


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Art of the Day: Maeve

The Saor – Maeve

Digital art – November 2011

Today is a piece I did to illustrate the look of the Saor commoner. The line work was used in the ethnic sheet and she ended up being a character I really wanted to see in full color. Her name is now Maeve, and is the brewmaster’s daughter in Cymraeg. Her tattoos are simple in comparison to that of a Sidhe and mark her as also being a warrior for her people.

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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Art, Characters, Cultura, Saor


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Art of the Day: Aphria



The Saor – Aphria

Digital art – May 2012

The piece I chose today is Aphria, a Saor Sidhe (witch) using her water magic. My focus for Aphria was to show the distinct appearance of the Sidhe and the difference in the tattoo styles of the Saor verses the Cym. She uses the elements of Water, Air, and Empyrean with her strongest being that of Water.

Aphria has recently been accepted by the Cym after being run off by her own people for trying to work on peace between the northern Saor and the Gjåles. In Cym society she has been entrusted to continue trying to work with the Gjålestadt though only by direct order of the Thane.


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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Art, Characters, Cultura, Magic, Saor


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Art of the Day: Moghsidhe

The Saor – Inthilara na Trahaearn Redux

Digital art – March 2011

With all the introduction to the Saor and Cym, the piece I chose today is one of my Inthilara to show how she has evolved from the first concept. She was a fairly early piece and I was finally starting to get a better grasp on photoshop and anatomy. My main focus for this was to try and capture the idea of her in motion using the element of Air.

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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Art, Characters, Cultura, Saor


Art of the Day: The Saor


The Saor (Shore)

Digital art – November 2011

This piece is to introduce the Saor culture of the Fay (Elves) of Arde. This primer on the culture explains some facets of this culture as I continue posting their images for the remainder of the week, specifically the diminutive Cym, Inthilara.


Here is a little snippet by my husband Buer on this ethic group of elves.

Saor (Shore):

Petulant, warlike, quick to smile, dance, and sing, the Saor are classically viewed as marauders from the Isles of Myst.  Surrounded by their loving and cruel paramount god, Aemyr the Father of Water, they are viewed as savages to those that spend very little time with them.  Saor place high pride in providing for their clan, thane, and crew.  The world is filled with beauty, wonder, and terror, which is best dealt with either a keen blade, spell, or tongue.

  • Physical Description: Like the other Fay, the Saor have pointed ears; however, theirs are no larger than a human’s with the point ending just about halfway up the brow and below the crown.  Saor are the bulldogs of the Fay people: short, muscular, and thick, though women are thinner and finer featured.  Men stand between 5’8” to 6’2”; women stand between 5’5” to 5’8” in height.  Saors typically have blonde or light brown hair, though a vibrant red is also seen.  Their eyes are most commonly blue, but greens are prevalent as well.  The rarest of all Saor have black hair and blue eyes.
  • Ethnic Traits: The Saor are Medium-size humanoids.  Their primary focus is on Skills that relate to the ocean and sailing, survival in harsh environments, and magics and spirits.  They are a proud and happy group, though the Saor of the Isles of Myst are far more warlike and sterner than the Saor of Cymraeg.  Saor can see double the distance of man at night with starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and other similar conditions of poor illumination.  They can still see color, but can only see half the distance they can in the day.
  • Naming Conventions: The Saor name their children through divinations after the child’s birth or for the hopes that a hero’s demeanor will wear off on their namesakes.  The most common names of males are Dafydd, Seamus (more on this letter), Cadraig, Cururin, Faergus; common female names are Maeve, Orlaith, Halyame, Gwyneid, and Magthrea.  Last names do exist, but focus on the clan from which the individual’s family came.  More important is the patronymic that is included with the child’s given name.  Cadraig, son of Owain is Cadraig maeghOwain; his sister, Magthrea, daughter of Owain, is Magthrea niOwain.  They are members of the Caladwyr clan.  So, they are Cadraig maeghOwain, and Maghthrea niOwain Caladwyr.
  • Ethnic Characteristic: Wit(Wit)[Sensitivity].
  • Preferred Casting Styles: Circle and Focus Casting Styles.  The Sidhe (witches) of the Saor are known for drawing magically infused Circles upon the ground through which they compel the elements to bend to their will.  The Waerlogh (priests) of the Saor are known for their faith in their deities’ cults.
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Art, Cultura, Saor, World Building


Art of the Day: The Saor – Inthilara

The Saor – Inthilara na Trahaearn

Digital art – January 2011

This is the second piece/character I tried to do in a digital medium. I was still trying to work my way around the basics of the program photoshop CS4 and the effects you can get from the layers, as well as still working to grasp anatomy.

Today I introduce you to Inthilara na Trahaearn, also known as Lara or the Little Otter to her close friends. She is a Saor (pronounced “Shore”) or sea elf, but more specifically she is a Cym, a Saor from Cymraeg which lies within the Gjålestadt. Her physical distinction is her colorful tattooing, owing to the Cym. This little otter of a woman (standing just over 5 feet) is known for having a very loving and forgiving nature, but can turn quite ferocious if her family is threatened. Lara uses the elements of Water, Air, and Spirit and uses the Circle casting style to work her spells.

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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Art, Characters, Cultura, Magic, Saor