Otherkin Directory 2.0

As some of you may have already noticed, there has been a major update to the Otherkin Directory.  In all honesty, the old plugin we had been using to power the directory finally crapped itself beyond my ability to repair.  So I set out in search of a new plugin we could use, and found the very impressive Ultimate Member plugin for WordPress.  I’m still learning everything that it can do, but I think the new directory looks amazing and will serve us well.  The profiles it provides already give users more information than the old one, even some rudimentary integration with the forum to display a user’s recent forum posts.  It even provides privacy settings to opt out of being included in the directory and to hide one’s profile entirely.

The catch, of course, is that everyone who wishes to be included in the directory needs to go edit their profile and upload a cover photo.  If your account doesn’t have a cover photo (not just an avatar) you won’t appear in the directory even if you previously did.  I set it up this way so that no one, new or old, would accidentally be included in the directory against their wishes — it requires explicit action on your part to opt-in.

IT LIVES! New Otherkin Directory!

Edit: Yes, for real this time. 😉

After a great deal of struggling, I’m pleased to announce that Dreamhart.org now has a searchable directory listing for otherkin up and running. To add your information to it, first you have to register for the website. Then, edit your profile: you’ll find all of the Directory information in its own section, so you can choose exactly what you want to display. You’ll also find a radio box that lets you decide whether or not you want to display your information in the directory. I’ve made very very certain that if you check “Do Not Display”, your information will never show up in the directory by any means; not as part of regular display, not as part of search results, and not even if you type the user-id in by hand in the url for individual profiles.

I believe I’ve tested everything fairly thoroughly in the course of implementing this new system, but as always if you run into any bugs please let me know. Also, if you think any fields should be included that aren’t, let me know. I can’t guarantee that everything people want will be included (I don’t actually know how to program in PHP, I know just enough to be able to read and edit someone else’s code), but I may be able to work something out.

Edit: One other small thing, I’ve now added another option for people who want to be slightly more private about their data.  You can now set it to display only to logged-in users of this website.  I will warn that registration is open, and anyone can register, though.  It should prevent indexing by google and other search engines/bots, however.

Please note as well, privacy settings for the directory do not affect visibility of your profile on the forums.

An Aloryan Glossary

This entry is a catalog of words and phrases which have been remembered by those who remember being elves on a world we refer to as Alorya.  Wherever possible I have credited the person who first remembered the word, and I have done my best to provide pronunciations for most of them and commentary wherever relevant.  It will be updated as more is remembered, and if anyone has any additions, comments or corrections to make to the words or phrases listed here, please let me know.  Especially if I’ve gotten pronunciations or attributions incorrect.

WordPronunciationMeaningCommentaryRemembered By
AcheylaAh-kay-lahAn informal greeting used between friends.A shortened form of a longer greeting; the more formal version is "Harani a'kaheyla de'shanuay".Casteylan
AlanorAl-ah-noora personal name, meaning unknownArhuaine
AloryaAh-lore-yahMeans "Land of Songs"The name for either our world or our nation within that world.Arhuaine
AnadraelAh-nah-dray-elGiven name; meaning Unknown.Anadrael
AndrastaiAhn-drah-styGuards (military)Likely to be related to the Tulari word Adrastai.Casteylan
AravelAh-ra-velPlace name, an island, meaning unknown.Casteylan
Areah-reyGold ColorCasteylan
ArhuaineAr-h-wenGiven name meaning or carrying connotations of "Golden light"Arhuaine
Bian za ri!Bee-ahn-zah-ree"Okay, let's go!" or "Let's rock and roll!"Frey/Eyovah
BrynruddBrinn-ruddRedhillNot entirely sure this is Aloryan, may be a non-elven language.
Upon further research this appears to be Welsh and may have been a placeholder name rather than a remembered term.
CankahnfiveMay also be the word for "hand".Arhuaine
Casteylankas-tey-lanPersonal name, possibly meaning "Red Hawk"Arhuaine
CenanKen-antwenty oneArhuaine
CencanKen-canTwenty five?Alternately, may have been "annog" or "cannog".Arhuaine
CenenKen-entwenty fourArhuaine
CeneshKen-eshtwenty twoArhuaine
CenlishKen-lishtwenty threeArhuaine
CeshaiKesh-eyeGoodbye forever.Used when the speaker does not believe they will be returning, or at a sundering of ties meant to be a permanent parting of ways.Casteylan
CeshanKesh-anelevenI am not sure why this is ceshan rather than eshan or c'eshan. If the root cesh is a negation or a reference to a parting/ending, this would not appear to make much sense, unless there are more subtle nuances of speech that would indicate whether the sound is being used as a number or as something else.Arhuaine
CesharKesh-arRoughly "Until we meet again".A temporary farewell with the implication that we part as friends and will meet again. Possibly related linguistically to the Tulari word "ceshtanen", meaning "erased completely", as they appear to share the root "cesh".Casteylan
CevennaKeh-ven-nahSomething like "soul-twin" or "twin flame".Not entirely sure this is Aloryan.Unknown
CiarenSea-ah-renA city, name meaning unknown.Casteylan
ClarashKlah-rahshA musical instrument resembling a harp, small enough to rest on the knee.Casteylan
Cosainko-sane"The Ways" or "The Paths"A network of stones linked in such a way that moving from one to another was possible, even if the stones were on different worlds or (possibly) different dimensions. Different from standard Gating, however.Arhuaine
Da'laernDah-lay-urn"Elven dreams"?Not entirely sure this is Aloryan.Jarandhel
DorrdoorA type of wild ponyArhuaine
Elel"Of" or "belonging to".Casteylan
El'KarielEl-kare-ee-el"Star Path of Manipulating Stars...with the mental image of a stellar life and death cycle...how the death of some stars ignites the birth of others elsewhere"?  Arhuaine
EndrastaiEn-drah-styRangers (military). Wardens may also be an appropriate translation.Likely to be related to the Tulari word Adrastai.Casteylan
EshiraEsh-ihr-ahBelovedThis is not a term of endearment which should be used lightly, with casual friends or even lovers. I have lovers whom I have been with for years whom I would not be comfortable referring to with this word. It is more appropriate as a term of affection for one's chosen lifemate(s) in my opinion.Casteylan
Gwai-GwhyRoot word meaning skyArhuaine
GwairochGwhy-rochLiterally, "skyhorse". An animal like a pegasus.Arhuaine
HaildarHail-darGiven or Clan Name; meaning UnknownArhuaine
HaranHar-anHonour, respectAlternately may mean bless/blessing.Casteylan
Harani a'kaheyla de'shanuayHar-an-eye ah-kah-hey-la de-shan-oo-ayI am honoured to greet you and walk beside you on your path.Casteglan
Ja nevnayJah Nev-nayAn oath, roughly translating to 'velvet sky', most often used when thoroughly exasperated with someone/thing.Possibly a reference to a common godform among elves in the Elenari language group currently known only as "the star goddess"; no proper name has yet been remembered.Unknown
JarandhelJah-ran-dellGiven name; meaning Unknown.Jarandhel
Key-talKay-talEmphatic no; possibly "no way" or "no way in hell"Frey/Eyovah
LairenLair-enSong or possibly Summer; meaning uncertain.Casteylan
LiesinLee-sin or Lee-eh-sinGiven name or title; meaning Unknown.We may be mispronouncing or misremembering this word due to familiarity with the Celtic name/title "Taliesin".Frey/Eyovah
LlewynLew-enA country, name meaning unknown.Casteylan
Merka-tha lienMer-kah-thah lee-enCalls for reinforcementsFrey/Eyovah
Myhidr???Lover/Companion - this is a term used for only the closest or most beloved ones. It is not quite a soul mate, but close.Unknown
NauwarNow-ahrGiven name; meaning Unknown.Not entirely sure this is Aloryan.Jarandhel
NoinoyDarkness, shadow, absence of light.Does not carry connotations of evil.Casteylan
OniyaOh-nee-yahSongNot entirely sure this is Aloryan.Unknown
RochrokhHorse, or a horse-like riding animalArhuaine
RuachRoo-akhA fermented and spiced berry drink, mildly alcoholic, served warm like mulled wine.Sometimes referred to as "berry beer".Arhuaine
SadretheSah-dree-thaPersonal name, meaning unknownArhuaine
SellaSell-ahOceanNot entirely sure this is Aloryan.Unknown
Shakto -tha lienShak-toe-tha lee-enMake themselves more obvious, step in front. (imperative)Frey/Eyovah
ShenShenForever or InfinityUnknown
Tie-zanTie-zahn"(It shall be) as you command" or "affirmative".Frey/Eyovah
TyrianTeer-ee-anGiven name; meaning Unknown.Duo
VooriVore-ayeWolf or wolvesNot entirely sure this is Aloryan.Unknown
Y'YhPrefix meaning "Land of"Casteylan
Y'FinionYh-Finn-ee-ohnA country; meaning unknown.Casteylan
Y'lairenYh-lair-enMeaning unclearAnother name for Alorya?Casteylan
ZaliZah-lee"See" or "Go to" (imperative)Frey/Eyovah
Zian gararth tul. Nan dianZi-an gar-ath tul. Nan dee-anFirst part unclear.  Nan Dian may mean "it is agreed" or "it shall be done".Not entirely sure this is Aloryan.Frey/Eyovah