Alok, Liis!July 26, 2015
Please give a warm welcome to the newest member of the moderating team, Liis! Liis has been a member of Thuum.org for just over a year, and in that time has become an outstanding presence in the community and an eager student and authority of the language. For those of you who know him, this probably comes as no surprise. Whether he's telling stories on the Community Wall or spearheading the effort in the Word Revision Thread, Liis is a constant contributor to the community and the site.
Liis will now be lending a hand with word submissions, forum moderating, and general help. Don't hesitate to ask him any questions about the language! We're excited to have Liis on board and look forward to where his work might take us.
Meet The New InboxJuly 4, 2015
Language is an inherently social pursuit. Over the past two and a half years, some 80,000 messages have come and gone through your collective inboxes. The next time you pay your inbox a visit, you might notice a change of scenery. With this site update, the inbox has been overhauled to make messaging more easy, fun, and organized for everyone.
Let's meet the new inbox.
All of your messages are organized into conversations. Each conversation is a single topic or thread. Conversations are listed in your inbox by newest to oldest, and show how many unread messages you have in each. You can turn email notifications on or off for individual conversations. This defaults to your profile setting.
When viewing a conversation, you will see the latest 25 messages. You can load previous messages, or load new messages as they come in, making conversations function much like a private chat.
Conversations that haven't been updated in 7 days or more will be moved to your message archive, keeping your inbox clean with only your ongoing conversations. Archived conversations will move back to your inbox whenever a new message is posted. You may also manually archive conversations.
If you're the conversation starter, you have the ability to lock or unlock the conversation to new messages. You also have some additional options when, let's say, your conversation has more than two people.
Conversations can be used for more than just private messaging. To start a new group conversation, click the "New Conversation" button in your inbox and search for the site members you want to add. Each conversation can have up to 10 participants at a time. For technical reasons, email notifications are automatically disabled in conversations with 4 or more participants.
If you're the conversation starter, you can add or remove members from the conversation at any time. Note that any members who join a conversation will be able to see all of its messages.
You cannot add other members to conversations that are marked as "private". The "private" setting ensures that no one else except the initial members of a conversation will see it. Private conversations cannot become open. If you want to start an open conversation, you must do so from your inbox.
Some types of messages that once inhabited the old inbox now have a new home under Notifications. These include forum post alerts, question board alerts, and gold or item gifts. Notifications will stay in your notification box for 7 days after being read.
Out(box) with the old, in(box) with the new
The old inbox and outbox are still accessible for a limited time. After July 20th, the old inbox and outbox will be removed, and all old messages will be deleted. If you have any messages you want to keep, copy them from your inbox before this time.
If you're still sporting the default profile picture, there is now a gallery of avatars to choose from when editing your profile. Special thanks to community member Ahmuldein for providing some of these images!
If you have any questions or thoughts about the new inbox and conversations, drop a comment below. As always, you can post any feedback you have to the Site Discussion Forum. Farewell for now, and enjoy the update!
Dovahzul Storybook Contest WinnersJune 14, 2015
Last month, the community was challenged to write or illustrate a myth set in The Elder Scrolls universe. The results of that work are now available in The Tales of Lindla. Tales features 5 stories with accompanying artwork that explore the myth of Lindla Frost-Born. Brush up on your Dovahzul or simply enjoy some new Skyrim fiction. A huge thank you to everyone who participated!
June 2, 2015
"Suleyksedovah drey liivrun mindin viik do Alduin."
On a side note, thanks to everyone who participated in the Dovahzul Storybook Contest! The results are currently being forged, and we hope to reveal them soon.
Dovahzul StorybookMay 1, 2015
Stormcloaks gather around their campfire and whisper stories of Ysgramor and his Five Hundred Companions. Dunmer spread tales of living-gods and treasure beneath timeless ruins. A Redguard sings a song of golden lands now lost to the sea.
The Elder Scrolls series is rich with mythology and legendary tales. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be crafting a myth of our own through poetry, short fiction, and art featuring the dragon language.
Our story will follow the life and deeds of Lindla Frost-Born, a shield maiden of old Atmora. The myth is outlined in broad strokes below, but the details, are up to you! For this contest, your task is to illustrate one piece of the myth through writing or art. Writing may include a poem or short story. Art may include a sketch, illustration, painting, photograph, or screenshot.
You are encouraged to collaborate with other members for your submission. Help make an illustration for someone’s writing, or tie both of your parts of the tale together. Not every entry must fit together, either. The magic of a myth is that there are many ways to tell it. Experiment with different points of view for your submission. Perhaps yours paints Lindla as bloodthirsty rather than heroic, or perhaps someone in 4th-Era Tamriel is examining this myth for historical accuracy.
In the end, all winning entries will be compiled into a single storybook that will tell Lindla’s tale in full. You don’t have to be a member of Thuum.org to submit, but winning members will receive 60 gold. If you submit winning art and writing, you will receive 90 gold.
Below are the main story points of the myth to follow for your submission, with potential questions or variations to play with. See also this fanmade map of Atmora for reference and inspiration.
Lindla is born in the ancient hold of Haafsrik to the Snow-Stone Clan, in a time of turmoil.
Lindla and the Pine-Ghost
As a child, Lindla becomes a skilled hunter and pursues a mythical creature known by her folk as the Pine-Ghost. She hunts it through Forelgrim Forest and slays it, but with its dying breath, the Pine-Ghost sets upon her a curse.
The Fall of Haafsrik
Haafsrik comes under attack from a neighboring clan, led by the Raven King of Einmor. Haafsrik falls after a fierce battle. Her family slain, Lindla escapes to the woods and swears vengeance.
Lindla Among the Wolves
In Forelgrim Forest, Lindla joins a band of outlaws called the Wolves. There she comes to learn the sword and shield and the secrets of the wild. She eventually becomes the leader of the Wolves, and with them, endeavours to take back Haafsrik.
Lindla and Tahagrel
Lindla climbs a nearby peak and encounters the dragon Tahagrel. She does speaks with the wyrm and wins him to her cause.
With all her strength gathered, Lindla descends on Haafsrik and the Raven King. With the aid of the Wolves and Tahagrel, she slays many foes and kills the Raven King himself. but her wrath is too great, and Haafsrik is reduced to rubble.
Her home destroyed, Lindla fades into the woods. What becomes of her?
Contest Entry Guidelines
Select one event in the myth above and tell it through a poem, Word Wall, short story, or art. Below are the guidelines for each category:
You can send your entry in a private message to paarthurnax or send it in the body of an email to [email protected] with the subject line: Dovahzul Storybook. In this message/email, please provide:
This contest will be open for entries until Friday, May 29th. Pruzah pel! Be sure to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.