Silver Cresent Valley
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Silver Cresent Valley is home to many different species of plants and animals. It is an entirely different realm for the one that most human's are familiar with, and in fact, the human race has been extinct in the Valley for some time.
The Valley is, in fact, more then its name would suggest, and consists of both a north and south pole, which, as far as the best scientist can prove, is uninhabited. There are five main land masses, three of these are also uninhabited, the waters surrounding these masses are not, being home to many different plant and animal species. The reason for these three land masses to be uninhabited is unknown, but what is known is that it was the original settling place of the humans who discovered this trans-dimensional realm. The largest of these uninhabited masses is called Jingabar (GIN-ja-bar), followed, in size, by Groptalka (Grope-TAL-ka) and then Niktor (NICK-tor).
This leaves two more land masses, the largest and the smallest of the five, that are walked from day to day by the Phyr kind and their civilized world. The largest is called The Vale, and the smallest is called Honaloua (Hon-a-LOU), but it is also known as "Isle of the Music of the Night," and "Land of Gold", which is a misconception as there is no gold to be found anywhere on Honaloua. It is believed that the Isle was given this nickname because of gold like mineral that the Phyrs use to make their currency out of, but it is a different substance altogether, and known as Shita to the natives.
Perhaps it was made unclear before. The former three land masses are not altogether uninhabited. The Phyrs do not inhabit them, and no little of the wild creatures that do. It is believed that these creatures were brought by the humans and were un-tamable to even them. Another theory is that the humans somehow altered their own DNA, turning themselves into the twisted beasts that roam the masses unchecked. (This theory is backed by the fact that these animals do not live very long, anywhere from 1-100 years, the common lifespan of the observed humans.) But this hypothesis is dismissed by most of the population, including those scientists who observed the humans, recognizing the fact that the human brain capacity was much to small to understand DNA altering.
This leaves one land mass left to be explained. The Vale. This is the main mass of the Phyr population, as most call this largest mass their home. This would, of course, make sense, because it is the largest, but that's beside the point. This mass is made up of mountains and canyons, plains and valleys, forests and everglades, and just about any other geographical feature you can think of. It is all 100% natural, unlike some of the features on the once man inhabited islands, who tried to control nature by changing it. Perhaps that is what lead to their downfall.
The Valley was once inhabited by both Man and Phyr, but Man was eventually wiped out, being the weaker species. It is supposed that Phyrkind and Mankind were once practically the same species, but through Natural Selection and under the generous eye of Mother Nature the earliest Phyr managed to separate from the Men and grow to their full potential. Breeding, from time to time, with the feline species, whose DNA and their own was compatible, until both of their species merged into one and the earliest Phyr became the ancestors of us today. Of course there are still felines in resemblance of the earlier species, but they are not the same, their ancestors, at one point or another in time, cross breeding with a Phyri. So it is safe to say that on either of the two habited land masses you will not find a feline with out some Phyr DNA in them.
More of this topic is known then is released to be made public, but it can be found in the libraries of great scientific minds, and in some cases, under high security in the public libraries. Why the information is under such tight security is beyond even me, but it is and I am not at liberty to discus it in this manuscript (though I am proud to say I have read many of documentaries in the afore mentioned libraries, and it is my belief they just do not want to scare the little ones with the horrorific way that Man ended his short stay in the Valley) Nothing is for certain, of course, and there is no actual proof that what is written in these books is correct, so either of the theories I mentioned before may be true as well, as may other, lesser known hypothesis's.
There was a short period of time in the history of the Phyr where we were close to creating an infallible object, one that would solve problems for us in both the near and far future. But after seeing what a similar object had done to Mankind our own was destroyed within minutes, proving that it was not infallible, and only a wild figment of our imaginations run amuck. It was decided to stick to the more simple, hard way of doing things, but that has caused our kind to become the almost infallible species we are today. Nothing in infallible but Anuk and Mother Nature, but that doesn't mean we can't come pretty close without angering either of them and being sent back to the earliest stages of development.
This is the period of time in which we as a group learned the most about our world and developed as much as we did. We learned about the geography the features of our precious Valley, and this was also the period of time in which we grew in the eyes of Anuk and the good Mother. The race of Man, having wiped themselves off the face of the Valley, left only us as what they called "civilized beings", although by their definition they themselves were far from it. So it was up to us to keep Anuk and the good Mother happy. Notice I have changed from saying Mother Nature to the good Mother, as she is deserving of a proper title, and not the name the Men threw on her.
During Dayester our king of perhaps 100 years was thrown down and a proper king was given the thrown. He reigned longer then the former king (the former king was known as King Pequiet I believe, or at least it is recorded as such in all the knowledgeable history books, and in the Chronicles of Silver Cresent) and died a peaceful death in the castle where his son (to his second wife) then carried on as king.
During the Reign of the Son, or so it was called, the second group of Dragons and Riders arose, along with the Orb Bearers, but that is recorded in the Chronicles and I don't feel the need to delve into the detail of their rise. After the son's death (he had no heirs, having spent his time battling the Bearers and not producing heirs) another rose to the take the throne, and the acts of his daughter is also recorded in the Chronicles, Pacantha was her name. After she died Dayester was considered, and is still considered by experts, over.
Today is tomorrow's yesterday, and though we have been informed that it is only a day away to some of us it is always a day away, and will forever stay that way. Today the homes of the population are a little more advanced then they were yesterday, and during Dayester, but for the most part everything remains the same. We Phyr are a slow changing population ever since we have seen what the hasty ways of the humans led them into. And quite frankly that is just fine with me. Rushing into things isn't (and probably will never be) at the top of my to do list, as I like to sit down and think my actions out before I do them as do most of the other Phyri's I know and you yourself most likely as well.
There is much known about the Dragons, both the Silver Cresent Tribe and the Moon Orb Clan, and much to be learned. The lesser animals are of little concern, but will be briefly touched upon as they too play an important role in our lives and the environment.
There are two known types of Dragon, those of Silver Cresent Tribe and those belonging to the newer Moon Orb Tribe. Both of these dragon's are both wild and tamed, being handled by the Riders and the Bearers alone, and both equally valuable. The Riders have a longer, more eloquent history that involves time and patience, and I am running out of them both for the time being, but perhaps in another manuscript I shall give a detailed history of them complete with diagrams and maps. But not now.
There are certain attributes and abilities pertaining to one group of dragons and not the other. Dragons have several distinguishing features that allow them to tell each other apart (based on size and color) and common peoples to decipher between the two different species.
Silver Cresent Dragons have fish like fins on the sides of their heads, which serve as both protection and cooling devices. They cover the highly sensitive ears of the dragons, and can be used to signal when there is danger present, or signs of affection. I myself am not a Rider and so I haven't the slightest what means, but I know that this is true.
Moon Orb Dragons do not have this fish like fin, but instead have a horn that twists in on itself like a coiled snake. rather like the horn of a ram. This horn is extremely smooth and sleek, but hard as steel and very useful in fights, both as an offense and a defense. It protects the delicate ear of the dragon, and also helps to batter the opponent. These dragons are typically seen fighting, head to head (in the most literal sense) ramming against each other until one falls out of the sky unconscious. These dragons have extremely thick skulls though, so it most likely doesn't hurt, just gives the creature a minor migraine and a little bit of a shaking up.
Silver Cresent Dragons also have different wings then those dragons of the Moon Orb Clan. The Silver's wings are looser with a hooked claw on the top and smaller claws on bottoms of the boney spines of the wings. There are usually seven claws all together on each wing, one on top, six on the bottom. Their wings are good for soaring and they provide a smooth ride over long distances, gaining speed as they travel. They are not good over small distances though, nor close to the ground.
Moon Orb Dragons' wings, on the other hand, are much harder and compact, and without the claws. They usually consist of four boney spines and are amazingly flexible for the way they appear. They bend quickly and surely, and are much swifter flyers then the Silver Cresent Dragons, covering short distances quickly and deftly, and being able to fly amongst obstacles near to the ground. They tire quickly though, and are not very useful over long distances.
The Silver Cresent Tribe and the Moon Orb Clan have, as far back as anyone can remember, been foes. Ever since the appearance of the Moon Orbs the Silvers have begun to get more territorial, and watchful over its smaller, trimmer dragon cousins. Maybe they feel the Moon Orbs possess a threat, but they are civilized to each other, a dragon code exists between them you might say. They do not engage in open fights, but they do not feast or nest together either. They seem to want nothing to do with each other.
However, when times are tight both species can be made to work together, and they seem to work best when working together. As long as they stay out of each other's way.
The Silver Cresent Dragons, as I have said before, have a much longer and royal history then the Moon Orbs, but I will not get into a lengthy description of either of their histories.
Plain and simply the Silver Cresent Dragon's and their Rider's have, throughout most of history, served under the king (except King Pequiet, of course) and were valued over his advisors on the issues of war and peace. They were and are still today the peace keepers of the Valley, serving under the king, or alongside him, whichever suits you.
The Moon Orbs, however, do not seem to serve under anyone but the Orb Bearers, and that seems to suit every one else just fine. (The king has no need for the short distance flyers, unless he plans on sending out invitations to his yearly ball, but in that case he most always has his knights relay the messages) The Bearer's can control the short tempered, short distance flyers, and this has caused problems in the past, but that is also recorded in the Chronicles and as I said, I won't go into all that.
Starlets are a little species of Dragon thought to hold greater powers then even the Dragons, when they are in the mood to use them. Each Starlet has two elements, a higher element, one that commands most of their coloring, personality, and powers, and one that sits in the background, jumping out when least expected. They are very self sufficient and have a strange sort of Monarchy of their own.
The Starlet colors and their emblems all have a meaning. The difference in the colors are different as to what element the Starlet is and what its environment is like. The Emblem between the eyes states the Starlets position in its herd.
Usually, there are more then thirty members in a wild herd, but in order for there to be one with the emblem of a leader, there need only be four.
There are four ranks, these are:
Leader: The mark is a triangle between the eyes. There is only one. If it is a female, she is called the Alpha, and if it is a male, he is called the Phalo. This leader makes all the decisions, and is usually a female, but sometimes is a male. The leader is also responsible for the entire herd.
Court: The mark is an arrow head. It is hardly distinguishable from the triangle, except for a little half-circle seemingly attached to the bottom. There is no limit to the number of these in a clan. Usually, in a clan of thirty, there are five of these. They carry out the leaders wishes. They also look after and train the Phali or Alphi.
Matrons and Patrons: The mark of this rank is a spade. This is hardly different from the Court, only the half circle is a triangle without a tip. Members of this rank care for the children, and stand as parental figures. The only child they are not responsible for is the Phali or Alphi, the next leader.
Scavenger: The mark is a circle. This is so that it is noticeable right away, and will not get mistaken for a member of another rank. These Starlets are not responsible for any other Starlets, but they are responsible for finding the food. They do all the hunting and gathering. Starlets are omnivorous, and eat anything from small mice, to wild fruits.
The Starlets were, in the earlier days, pets to the highest ranking officials of the Kings court and the King himself. They were held in such a high regard because of their great powers and adaptability. They were sometimes given as gifts to other Realms as peace treaties. The Starlet of a king was not allowed to breed with the Starlet of a person in a lower rank, for fear that the children would be less valuable and not gain the desired powers of its parents.
Then during the Rebellion when the new king stepped up, after throwing down King Pequiet, the Starlets in the King's aviary were all released. These Starlets, having already have been exposed to Phyri's and liking the company of them settled in small herds near settlements, often times letting themselves be picked up and raised by a Phyr. But soon they became tired of the confined life, having been exposed to freedom, so they flocked into the mountains where they were first came across by the Silver Cresent Dragon Tribe.
The Rider's, having an extended knowledge on Dragons already, were eager to extend their knowledge of the Starlets. The Starlets, liking the company of the Phyr kind but not wanting to be confined to the house life they had lived in the settlements remained near to the Tribe, free to come and go as they please. Some were eventually trained by the Rider's to do specific things for them and help in battles, but even these few chosen ones were free to leave whenever they wanted. Most chose to stay.
Some however, did leave during the Orb Dragon wars, being called by the Great Orb for all of the Dragon kind to unite. The Silver Cresent Dragons were resistant to this call, perhaps because their loyalty to the Riders was so great. But some of the Starlets were called and used against those who had trained them. These Starlets were content to stay with the Moon Orb Dragon Clan, and the Bearer's, being almost always called to the powers of the Orbs. Roykyadi was the Starlet of Gwyeneviere, Arokydi is said to be on of his offspring, although he was never known to have mated.
Starlets are little Dragons with great powers. They tend to get along with both a Phyr and its bonded Dragon, although they do not get along so well with Dragons who are not the bonded of its Master. Starlets who have no master seem to get along well with all dragons and Phyrs. This was once thought to be strange, for once the Starlet acquires a "master" the dragon's whom it used to be at easy terms with now becomes a rival, but it is no longer seen as strange. It is believed that the Starlet views these dragon's as threats to its master's bonded Dragon, and will at any cost protect the bonded.