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Talrithian Brown-hide hound

by KingKarl

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27 February 2017 20:41
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"Its hard to dismiss accusations of barbarism by foreigners to Talrith when Talrithians flat out admit to finding more kinship with beasts than they do foreigners. But then if you look into the reasons for it being so its quite understandable. Loyalty and ferocity, strength and love, a strong will and a body capable of wielding it. Most insulting claims are thus silenced when a Brown-hide hound tears out the throat of the mewling maggot who spoke in arrogance."
-Agaer Humnis, Scribe

The frostern wolf clan started out as a small hamlet during the early days of Talrith, and it was during a harsh winter where the food stocks were running low that wolves were tamed for the purpose of hunting, a tradition that winded up spreading throughout the North.
A kinship between man and beast was formed and the possibilities were endless, as wolf-pups are eager to learn and can be shaped for whatever purpose suits its master, making the lives of people easier.

Talrithian citizens who were not part of the Frostern wolf clan chose to breed their own iconic race of wolves, and ended up with brown-hide hounds, who had thicker fur than wolves, something resembling a beard on their chin, a bigger tail and large claws and strong forelegs.
They were also quite intelligient and easy to teach, and their lifespan (20 years) was bonus as well. It didn´t take long before it became more common than the wolf-populations.

In Talrith its illegal to consume the flesh of brown-hide hounds, its also illegal to kill them without a good reason for doing so, which has resulted in a lot of stray brown-hide hounds wandering through many cities and settlements (frequently adopted by the military).
This means that ownerless brown-hide hounds have more rights reserved to them than the average elf, something the Talrithians love to flaunt as it serves as a perfect example of Talrithians hatred of elves.

(sorry for being so very absent, also sorry if my writing seems pretty shitty. my brain is half-capacity).


Feeling you on the half capacity brain freidno
by Lumpkins, 27 February 2017 21:38
so my vote is going to you
by Chaoswander, 27 February 2017 21:57
yay. Karl 2020
by KingKarl, 27 February 2017 22:17
To be honest a lot of the time Talrith seems like a mary sue fantasy nation.
Not mary sue as in trying to be edgy but more in that Talrith seems perfect in every way.
I have not ever read of any major losses on Talrith's side.
I'm also hoping this isn't insulting to you or saying you're a bad writer or anything like that, this is just my impression.
by ArtRager, 27 February 2017 23:26
i´ve actually been worried about that too, and i tend to attempt to paint majority of talrithians as barbaric, xenophobic, somewhat psychotic warmongers whoms only central authority (which holds talrith together) are the people whoms bloodlines go back to Koaf and his people who ventured forth from Kalrahk.
This is also why the Silverskulls (koafs bloodline) have been efficient at keeping order in talrith because they harbor the basic intelligience to "keep the beasts in line".

I have to make a piq explaining this better.

But essentially: 98% of talrithians are basically one step above dogs, and their almost religious devotion to the Silverskulls whom they view as almost divine is one of the few things keeping the kingdom together at all. The people who share blood with Koaf are pretty much the only ones who have the capacity as well as reputation to control the whole thing.

this is why later in my "talrith epic" when the last known Silverskulls are "neutralized" in a coordinated move it basically sends the entirety of north (as Talrith is one of the few kingdoms left with an actual structure at this point) into a fit of basically depression and turmoil.
This is also where my alias (which is now an actual character on his own, and i actually try to write him as that) have to pick up the pieces.

i have a lot of ideas in my head and If i could put my mind and ideas onto paper it would be 90% of the work already done.

i really want to do away with the whole mary sue thing, and to be fair i haven´t actually written down many battles as of yet.
by KingKarl, 28 February 2017 10:39
Interesting, good thing their society isn't perfect.
I'm guessing that because only royal bloodlines are truly civilized, common scribes often exaggerate battles and describe Talrith as beating the enemy every time and never having any Pyrrhic victories or failures of any kind.
by ArtRager, 28 February 2017 12:17
well, in the mind of a talrithian if a talrithian dies whilst killing his foe its still considered a victory for the Talrithian.

Again, Talrithian warriors are nurtured to replace fear with fury, and thus when they gasp their final breath with a steel blade affixed in their gut, they swing their axe at whatever is holding the blade.
heck. some tales of battles describe talrithians without arms (presumably cut off during the fight) lunging at their enemies and trying to bite them in the neck.

Vicious fucking bunch.

this is also why the first talrithian civil war (yet to be written and has yet only been alluded to) was such a major shitfest. people doubted the legitimacy of Vetri SilverSkull (Third monarch, first queen, granddaughter of Koaf) on the throne due to her brown hair instead of typical gray like that her grandfather and father.

as i said, i have a lot of this shit in my head, and i wish i could express it onto paper.
by KingKarl, 28 February 2017 12:28
But another thing that I was mainly worried about in Talrith being too perfect was not only in society but in military.

Their military must have some weaknesses and some major losses where the army didn't win nor were they able to take much of the enemy with them and may have been forced to retreat (if Talrithians would even do that.)
by ArtRager, 28 February 2017 14:12
again, i would chalk that up to the fact that i have not written much about talrithian battles.

The talrithian strength is in skill of their average soldier, their shock troop tactics and their tendency to raid as well as usage of people that would otherwise be seen upon as common thugs and bandits.

Basically talrithians use full shock force against unprepared forces and thats basically their biggest strength.

honestly, if i were to spend more time fleshing out the other kingdoms you´d see that Talrith would arguably be pretty weak in some circumstances.
by KingKarl, 28 February 2017 14:33
I have been thinking about how Talrith seems a bit too perfect for a while now, but the main thing that made me comment that thought here is how perfect these hounds seem.
Strong legs, thick fur good against cold, large claws, large lifespan, and intelligent, all in one.
Do they at least take a while to grow up or something?
by ArtRager, 28 February 2017 14:37
wolves are able to become as old as 30, but most tame canine aka dogs at best usually live as long as 15.

Again, the lack of information tends to skew the existing information somewhat.

and yeah, it takes a while for them to grow up as well as the fact that they have a quite rebellious attitude and they are very physical in their communication.

with other words: dont raise a brown-hide hound unless you are prepared to wrestle something akin to a war-bred ovcharka, dont get one of these beasts.

Again, Talrithians are a fierce people with fierce animals and brutish weaponry.
by KingKarl, 28 February 2017 14:51
Ive never worried about this before, ive tried to inject alot of real tragedy and real life complications to balance out the narrative of Aphal, but now im somewhat concerned, and fairly curious about peoples opinions
by Lumpkins, 28 February 2017 15:30
the one with "of moof and akar" i was somewhat irked by how easy it was for the guy to basically become a volcanic fire god, but i chalk it up to the story being largely mythological if im not wrong.
by KingKarl, 28 February 2017 15:36
I'll be honest and say that the only lore I usually read is about things like ranks/types of troops, the government (if it's unique) of a faction, and a summary of the nation's history. I don't really like lore about individuals or specific battles. Not sure if you care, but I'm just telling you what I'm generally interested in.
by ArtRager, 28 February 2017 16:10
makes sense. again, i must repeat: most of my ideas concerning talrith is in my head and im trying to figure out good ways of expressing those ideas.
by KingKarl, 28 February 2017 16:17
Again, it's only the things I just listed in lore that I'm usually interested in. That applies to everything. Your lore, lore in games, Lumpkin's lore, abd my lore.
by ArtRager, 28 February 2017 16:43
Was mostly mythology like a ancient tale, in the actually reality of it its because there was a dying fire wyvern inside that offered Akar his power to reclaim his city in exchange for service to Exandese and to build a empire under the will of the great black dragon. Hence the 7 towers of Ak being built to help Akar commune with Exandese and better be a vessel to his will.
by Lumpkins, 28 February 2017 17:53
seems more legit that way.

when a person writes something like "he gained this by doing this" then that person must think about how difficult it was to obtain vs the efficiency of it.
by KingKarl, 28 February 2017 18:15
by AnimeAb, 20 April 2017 14:31
holy shit you exist again
by ArtRager, 20 April 2017 19:52
by KingKarl, 21 April 2017 12:23
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