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Arthan Elf armor

Pronounced /ärˈTHn/

History

  The DEMON wars of 1000 BD, was a time of great strife throughout all the lands across Thalkura. The peaceful elven tribes were taking heavy losses as towns went up in flames. Artha was the first to unite the surrounding tribes to fight against the demonic forces. It was her belief that the elves were selected to free the people in those dark days. With the help of colleagues within the tribes circles, she was able to combine their low forces as a defense.   The armor during this time was said to be the most basic form of protection. As Dasterg’s account states,
“The helmets that adorned their heads resembled large leather caps with flaps that overhung on the sides of their heads with their ears sticking out the sides and their hair (sticking out) from the back.”
  Two years later, after the Battle of Rhall-top where Artha and her army almost lost the battle, their lives, and the war entirely. Artha was focusing her time on bringing more tribes to their cause. Over time she gained 9000 more fighters, where more weapons, armor, and skills with both were attained.   The helmets were upgraded to protect the elves ears, but the armor wasn’t properly manufactured until their troops were sent to save their fellow races across the lands. When they came to the land of Frolgad, the dwarves were grateful for the elves' aid and were willing to help their cause. With the Dwarves expertise in metallurgy, the armor was at its best during its age.   Overtime as the army grew and battles were won, the common name for Artha’s army throughout the lands became the Arthan army. Later on, an Arthan referred to a specific elite soldier.   With the end of the DEMON wars, the Arthan army maintained peace throughout the lands for another 300 years. After that the Arthan’s become old myths and tales that only certain well researched historians believed. That is until Churlane the great started his province in 587BD. To help unify the people under his reign, and improve his image in the people's eyes, he made his own personal Arthan soldiers. With their ruler leading the praised Arthan’s, the people began to praise Churlane as a hero of legend, and still do to this day.   Nowadays, the title of Arthan is bestowed by the king of Midlar and Lirathal to nobles that they deem worthy. These nobles then also have the authority to deem other soldiers and even commoners worthy to have this title as well, but in the latter cases the title does not come with the authority to bestow it as with the nobles.  

Helmet

One of the most defining part of the Arthan’s, the helmet is seen to be the foundation of the Arthan’s. Originally during the early years of the Arthan’s the helmet started off resembling “large leather caps with flaps.”   As the armies fought more battles, they started to protect their ears so they wouldn’t be chopped off. Later on, this became a tradition amongst the Arthan’s to represent their elven heritage. Some elves would protect their face with cloth or metal with eye-holes, but when the Arthan’s had the dwarves manufacture their equipment, a good friend of Artha, named Erfain, wanted her helmet to have the same eyes as Artha. Soon after that, Artha’s other friends wanted their helmets the same way. Then all the troops who served under Erfain wanted theirs the same too. On the morning of 983BD, when Artha walked out of her resting quarters, she saw an army all with her eyes standing to attention. Artha held back tears, but looked at them all with a proud face.

Hair

The belief of the elves is that long hair represents good fortune, peace, and a fair person. So having your hair grow out long and free was customary for any common elf. Because the hair represented so much in the elves' culture, whenever they were in battle or war, they would put their hair back in a plait, twist, or topknot, to represent that times of fighting would set these essential traits back until the fighting ceased. The helmets would incorporate this factor by having an opening in the back to let your tied or braided hair out the back.   Another essential part of the Arthan’s hair were the flowers that they would put in them. When the tribes that Artha had united started to gather together in camps, no one knew where they should go or who they served under. Leaving everyone in chaos. When the troops asked Artha a solution for this predicament, she said everyone should put their local flowers in their hair. To explain, when an elf lives in one spot, or there’s a large number of elves, the ground starts to bloom flowers, like an allergic reaction. And different elves living in different places produce different blossoms, some like tulips, some dandelions, others roses. These type of elf flowers are called Naublom in Alvigair. So a soldier would now be able to tell others which tribe he was from, and be able to know which general they were serving. Over time, the flowers that they would put in their hair were believed to have spiritual protection from attacks and pain, as these flowers came from their hometowns.  

Necklace

Back during the DEMON wars, many casualties were taken and these troops knew it. A custom that began amongst the soldiers was to keep a string of yarn around your neck that had your name on it, so others would know who they were burying. The custom nowadays is the same idea, but another reason why they would put these adornments around their necks was the idea that when they would die on the battlefield they would be buried as they were. So putting on many stunning necklaces is normal as it shows they are ready to die for they’re cause or “dressed for burial.”  

Cloth / armor

The overall armor is made to resemble a feminine form and even gown-like in appearance, as the elven culture is a more female dominated society. Even though the armor varies from elf to elf, a crucial part to the Arthan’s protection was the breastplate. This piece of armor is seen to protect your heart from both physical and spiritual pain. Other pieces of armor would depend on the Arthan’s role in their troop, some adorn themselves with many heavy duty war materials, while others prefer light leather or cloth.  

Different factions

Although the Arthan’s are seen as a unified army, the Arthan title is given to many different elves across the lands, here is a list of a few different troops:   Dragonback riders During the DEMON wars when many demonic forces ravaged the land, the dragons had come to terms with Bazcal and were aiding with their sieges and battles. But when the war reached the FINAL BREYTA, many dragons rebelled against Bazcal questioning his authority. This in turn led the elves and dragons to fight alongside one another for the first time in known history. This led some dragons to allow some Arthan’s to ride on their backs.
Arcane Arthan’s Wizards from time to time have been known to become soldiers who use their knowledge of magic to aid in battles or affairs of war. Such things as healing, predicting the future, and even bringing flames down from the sky, were the great traits that these soldiers brought to battle. It is said that Erfain, Artha’s close friend, became one of the first Arcane Arthan.   Deep troops Although some Drayvur wear the standard armor that most elves wear, others prefer to wear their cave heritage proudly by wearing dark clothes that parallel their assigned name of “Dark elf.”   Tree wardens When the Arthan’s joined the tribes around them together, many Tamuil made their armor to accommodate their life in the forests. With their aesthetically pleasing light armor and dark hoods, these Arthan’s were a fairly popular lot. As time went on these soldiers were called Tree wardens, due to their tendency to more likely protect their wooden homes.

by Phickle-the-whimsical

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Author's Notes

I made this entry for the Costume Challenge, in case anyone was wondering.


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19 May, 2021 22:06

Nice article! You explained every aspect of the armor pretty well. I especially like the hair and the flowers that can identify where an elf originates from. I did notice their that the hair section did not have a title which you meant to do here I believe ' face. Hair The belief' :) The necklaces that need to be stunning as the warriors are buried like that was a nice touch as well.   I wonder why the DEMON is written in capital letters, any particular reason for this?   This sentence seems a bit strange to me 'After that the Arthan’s become old myths and tales that only historians believed'. Do you perhaps mean that only historians knew about it because I am not certain if they would count myths as real history. In all good read! :)

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30 May, 2021 15:14

Thank you for the comment! This is my first time entering an article for a challenge, and I’m so happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you about the hair section. I originally thought that I wouldn’t be able to write that much so I bundled both the helmet and the hair writing, but do not fear, for I have now taken your advice and changed it. The DEMON capitalization is for . . . . . . effect? Presence? Maybe I thought it was cool? Although I am thinking of changing it from capitalized to italics. Hmm . . . . Or maybe in the elvish script, the demon wars is spelled differently then the word for demon, and the only way to get the equal meaning in the English language and in the alphabet script is to have it capitalized. Im not sure. What I mean about the historians is that unless you have researched thoroughly through many ancient texts do you understand that the Arthan’s were real soldiers who fought real battles. Otherwise their legacy is passed down by word of mouth in a really long game of telephone. But don’t worry, it is now “that only certain well researched historians believed.”

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
21 May, 2021 22:52

Nice article! I like the way you've integrated the ears into the helmet, that really makes it unique :D I also like the bits with different flowers sprouting form the ground when elves live in one place for a bit :D Your drawing is also very pretty, showing how the armour is verry distinct with the shape of the helmet, the flowers, the breastplates and necklaces :D I like how you've explained the origin of all of those traditions.   I think you have a title missing at the start of the "hair" section.   Do the necklace still carry their owner's names now that the wars are finished? I'm guessing that since they are wearing several ones, some of them are purely decorative.   The only remark I have is that you mix explanation from the article with bits of narration, and that the transition between both can sometimes feel a bit abrupt, like with the bit with: "Artha held back tears, but looked at them all with a proud face." I think you could try to use quotes for the narration, either as if you were writing a novel showing what happened, or as a historical text or something like that. (If you don't know, to do that you have to write: [ quote ] Text|author [ /quote ] , but without the spaces next to the brackets.) That could be a good way to give more depth to your article/world :D

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29 May, 2021 18:44

I like the armor! It’s got a very unique, interesting, and pretty design, and the fact that it protects the Elves ears is great! Gotta protect the ears. And the fact that they based the eyes on Artha is a very sweet and heartwarming story.   I agree with Kefkejaco, is there a particular reason why DEMON is in all caps? I would assume so, as it is consistent throughout every mention of them, but perhaps an explanation of this could serve a useful purpose.   I like how the armor has evolved overtime. It has some very nice history behind it, and I like how the Arthans became legendary and were used as a sort of propaganda. Very cool!   Also, is there any variation in the armor between factions, or do all factions wear the same type of armor?

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30 May, 2021 09:21

I really like the origin story and the history after that! And the way you touch on the different details, without overwhelming. It comes across as a solid whole, not a summation, if that makes sense? It's neat.

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7 Jun, 2021 09:22

I enjoyed this fun article. The descriptions of the differences between the factions are nice. I love that you brought cultural references into the article as well.

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