Work of the Week #9

Work of the Week #3” was about the Warrior Poem.  This week shall be about its less-popular counterpart – the Commoner Poem.

The similarity of the meter in both works suggests the same bard devised them, but the truth about their origins has since been lost to Time…

THE POEM:

We work the land, we work the home.
To work we go, to home we come.
We build the temples, we build the walls.
We are low to the ground, and we work the malls.
A king is good, if good he rules.
We will do as we’re told, but we are not fools.
The children go learn, they do the chores after.
We farm, cook, and cut, to avoid a disaster.
Life is good, if good is the wife.
We are hearty and bold, but we don’t need a strife.
We have what we want, we have what we need.
With our compassion, we plant every seed.
We suffer the drought, we thrive in the boom.
There’s always a worker, they always assume.
We do as we’re told, but we are not fools.
A king is good, if good he rules.

Until next time….

 

 

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Work of the Week #8

A Thoul “traditional song”…

Called the “Worker’s Song,” it is, and has been, primarily sung by Breykarian miners on their way to work and while working.  The English transliteration is not very special, but the Thoul version is meant to sound as if the worker singing it starts off jolly and fresh and ends all tired and beat.

>>English:

To work we go, to work we go.
To work we go, to work we go.
To work we go, to work we go.
We work today.
We work hard, we work hard.
We work hard, we work hard.
We work hard, we work hard.
To earn our life.
We work the day, we work the day.
We work the day, we work the day.
We work the day, we work the day.
To feed our families.
To home we come, to home we come.
To home we come, to home we come.
To home we come, to home we come.
After another long day.
So we can do it all again tomorrow.

>>Thouldaara:

Egkleyle laeyis, Egkleyle laeyis
Egkleyle laeyis, Egkleyle laeyis
Egkleyle laeyis, Egkleyle laeyis
Kleyleis Kifthia
Maeiya kleyleis, Maeiya kleyleis
Maeiya kleyleis, Maeiya kleyleis
Maeiya kleyleis, Maeiya kleyleis
Haraisi iokyora
Thia kleyleis, Thia kleyleis
Thia kleyleis, Thia kleyleis
Thia kleyleis, Thia kleyleis
Cendiaisi iodenea
Eglaria raeyis, Eglaria raeyis
Eglaria raeyis, Eglaria raeyis
Eglaria raeyis, Eglaria raeyis
Bori orra liginyiya
Aks klaeis narra aya phisya borithiya

Cheers!  🙂

 

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Work of the Week #6

Breykarian idioms/sayings…:

>”laria aealia” = ‘Resident of Aealia’ = rich/well-off person.

>”kelia kif iya” = “deja vu,” and/or, “je ne sais quoi.”

>”yar mooryis” = ‘until we’re dead’ (from the Minkathnaazrah war-speech).

>”sonke pabuskla” = a putz or dim-wit.  (a “happy Land-lubber [a large, cat-sized salamander]”)

>”siske pabuskla” = an idiot; stupidity.  (“like a Land-lubber”)

>”slenga senia” = a Politician.  (a “poisonous adder”)

>”gealickanra niks kericksnionrah” = ‘veracity and integrity’ (the Professor’s mantra).

Cheers!  😀

Work of the Week #5

One of the main features in Fantasium is the Gateway — a magical portal system created by an ancient race that is shaped like a doorway that allows for instantaneous transport of an individual from one world to another.

gateway

When inactive, the Gateway has its “door” up (as shown above).  Once activated, the “door” slides downwards into a recess in its “floor” and the reddish orb glows.

When the door retreats, it leaves in its wake a bubble-like filament that projects the destination onto itself — allowing the user to see where they’ll end up.

To activate, one punches in a six-character code by tapping on engraved symbols on the Gateway’s “door-frame.”  After the code is entered, tapping the orb actually activates it.

There are 30 symbols, representing the 30 “letters” of the creator-race’s “alphabet”:

gateway script

A symbol can be used more than once in the six-letter code, which means an awful lot of possible code combinations are available to the unwary user.

Work of the Week #4

Totally forgot to do this last week, but whatever…

Switching-up a bit this time; below is a cryptic poem from my book-in-progress Fantasium:

old ones stela

It’s called the “Old Ones Stela,” created by one of Fantasium‘s first race of beings.  Translated into their language:

Yezz ejja urryng; Ke harjeing; Ke cilum zae daukhing; Aeg daukhing.

Auph zan eutheri ta kunkhey; Yadh ijhugh ashuvey; Fwezzy bhakh rouzhe ta khey.

Yadh othellir fwestea; Ke grominwe ca fhyzha; Ke dwarghin vellia.

Ullujh ejja fhou auvor chiggur ta velleu; Ullu dwarkh vi fhou; Ay zhou.

Ullu yammin ghy arphin; Ullu yammin ghy lankhin; Ullu yammin ghy stavin; Aickin.

Kap fhou ce; Velliewe; Fwejjim chade; Aghwae yadhe; Ca ejja thydhwe.

Razhur iche ejja bhakh ullu; Ca yumiyumi bhakh veu; Eggie ca ejja kappi kwervu.

Narrihe ejja tyrrung zae daukhing; Orkhi cang; Ca yumiyumi bhakh ullung.

Orkhi bhakh vi; Vi daed hwithem cai; Ullu swayei; Ullu ejja veuffi; Gavin ullu:

Zazzi hueghe van fhou, hiekhe daed fhou…

Ghaz virrum iche eushing ejja brangwey…

Ezzam ca zazzi vi pulkar…

Yankey chabbo ke sebho…

Pullem aej vi pullem…

Iche fhou dawar aufheng…

Arrumbin zeching ta zechin…

Ydhef ejja iche eushing uveum…

Pella ejja jheffer iche ejja jheffer…

Razhur ejja veghul rastifau…

Othellir ejja cichwa kaerno; Cechung orkhi babhin ca; Ullu ejja jorrie.

Fwezzy fie vaedachi, ngoff ngumbie jheffen.

In English:

Here is a key; To destiny; To freedom at the end; As the end.

On each land of old; A temple resides; Created with the tools of lords.

A marker created; To our home it points; To hopeful salvation.

We do not know the power of salvation; We hope you do; Or can.

We wait for a hero; We wait for an army; We wait for a chance; To strike.

So does she; Our salvation; Made of two; Behaves as one; She is asleep.

Time was not on our side; It should be on yours; Unless it is too late.

Terror is freed at the end; Even her; She should be on our side.

And on your side; You must prove it; We have; We will help; Save us:

Think of the consequences;

May the worthy not always be chosen;

What many can do, few must do;

Imagination defies logic;

Look how you look;

Do not send a king;

Avoid getting lost;

Consider the price of a price;

This beginning is not a beginning;

Time will forgive your future;

The marker is a path to follow; Walk and brace it; We will watch.

Made by its father.  When wars began…

Stay tuned for next week… I’ll try not to forget, as well.

Work of the Week #3

Primary literary work in the book Pathallea.

It’s called the Warrior Poem, and in Thoul goes thus:

warrior poem

In English…:

From plains we come, to fields we go.

With strength of heart, body and soul.

And know no fear, as we come near.

And feel our wrath, our swords and our spears.

Armed and armoured, we fight with our might.

Today we fight, we fight tonight.

We fight as one, we fight as all.

And never will you make us all fall.

We charge, we roar, we shake the ground.

To a common end, our hopes can be found.

We will fight to the death, and make trophies of you.

It’s for love and for life, you’ll see what we’d do.

If you come from above, we will take to the skies.

You cannot take our pride, nor our will to survive.

If darkness falls, we will burn up the night.

Today we fight, we fight tonight.

(May we have the grace of a thousand horses, the might of a thousand hammers, and the legacy of a thousand kings)

Cheers!  🙂

 

Work of the Week #2

King Minkathnaazrah’s speech, given on the beaches of Arkoul during the Great War that took place on Pathallea 1,000 years prior to the setting of the book Pathallea itself…:

It’s not that we out-performed the enemy so late in the war, that we are here.

It’s not that we out-witted the enemy in the depths of despair, that we are here.

It’s not that we pounded them into submission with our weapons, that we are here.

It’s not that we succeeded in asymmetrical warfare tactics, that we are here.

It’s not even that we got lucky in our tactics against such a foe, that we are here.

No.

We are here because we never gave up.

We are here because we never gave in.

We are here because we never stopped fighting.

We are here because we love freedom more than we fear death.

We are here because we knew that failure wasn’t an option for our kind.

Everyone did their part to make this advancement possible.

Every single one of you here on the beaches of Arkoul has earned your place here.

Every single one of you deserves to be here, as well as all those who could not be here.

You made this happen, not me.

This amazing achievement was only possible because of you, with your iron will.

You, who chose to stay your ground, deserve this coming victory more than anyone.

Savour that victory, when it comes.

For it will come, so long as that iron will stays within each and every one of you here.

Believe you can eliminate the Slenka, and it will happen.

The past twenty five years of advancement is proof of this.

There’s no stopping us now, because of the fire of liberty in our hearts.

There’s no stopping us now, when the great Azuephoydah still stands proudly tall.

There’s no stopping us now, for we’ll only cease when we’re all dead!

Spoken again by the Professor within Pathallea‘s timeline as a rallying-speech.

*Happy Family Day, everyone!  🙂

Work of the Week

Something new I’m starting on this blog, in the hope it’ll help me post more regularly on it..

This week:

So long as my light guides you You shall return home

This is the inscription on the Azuephoydah, an infamous, ancient lighthouse in my Pathallea novel.  The script belongs to a race living on the other side of Pathallea, and it’s true meaning has been lost to time.

Unbeknownst to the humans of Breykaria, they already know what the inscription says…

Oklamk thiesi nasigika, kliomasios amlaeiyosi lera.

Translated:  “So long as my light can guide thee, thou shalt always find thy way home.”

**Hopefully around this time next week, I’ll post a second installment to this ‘series’….

🙂

 

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