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Work of the Week #29

The “Immagical” language of the Immortals ~ the Basque of Fantasium.

bazolbarruk-page

Here’s some Basque for comparison:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_grammar

 

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Work of the Week #25

Time for some ‘Atwa! (this is the language that the Yoleukar, Slenka, and Hallie speak)

*the three main types of ‘Atwa…

atiatwa01

*a basic grammar of the Proto-Atwa…

atiatwa02

*an example of Alkan & Reckan scripts…

atiatwa03

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Cheers!

Work of the Week #21

Related to what “Work of the Week #20” was about, there’s a type of script that’s similar to what Fantasium‘s Aliens use but, in a way, is more well-known (particularly to those who dabble in fantasy).

What I’m referring to here is the script used to encode some kind of magical and/or wizarding language.  Good examples can be found in World of Warcraft and League of Legends.  Below is an example from The Mortal Instruments series:

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A similar thing exists in Fantasium, except in this instance a number of languages/scripts exist to account for the number of different magical beings that are around.

Example:  The Semimortals….

Like all magical races in Fantasium, the Semimortals have two working tongues; first is equivalent to “Mundane” (Mortal Instruments equivalent to a “Muggle”) speech, which is used for non-magical language needs; second is the “Magical” tongue, which is used solely to cast spells and what-not.

Semimortal “Mundane” tongue (no specific script as of yet…):

charsthvingar

Semimortal “Magical” tongue (no specific grammar as of yet…):

magical-tongue-of-the-semimortals

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Cheers!

😀

 

Work of the Week #20

An experiment in a word-to-action language-script…:

In Fantasium, a race of interstellar beings known colloquially as the “Aliens” use a language whose script is an example of what I’ll call “word-to-action.”  What I mean is, each “symbol” stands for a sound (letter), but each sound stands for a meaning (each letter is a word).  Beyond that, writing a letter on a surface in such a way, one can write an action and then as if by magic that action will conduct itself.

Anyone who watched the original Digimon anime series may remember the script of the “Digi-world” acts in the same sort of way….

Anyway… here it is:

language-of-the-aliens

🙂

 

Work of the Week #19

*update*

I moved!  I’m now a Masters student attending Western University (UWO)…

Anyway….

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The “Old Script”

*language/script of the Alka of Pathallea*

Old Script

This is what happens when one makes a language by listening to LIGHTS songs played backwards…:

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Enjoy your first day of school, kids! (if that’s even possible…)

😀

 

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!  🙂

 

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!  😀

Pathallea: The Players.

More detail on the races found in the book…:

Pathallea map

>Breykara/Breiokara:  Thoul for ‘human’ (Breykar is the name used by Orimaran humans; Breiokar the term used by Oramidran humans; in Koie, the term is Seodikar, which means ‘men of the borderlands’); more literally, ‘tool-wielding man/men’.  Their technology and knowledge is comparable to Earthly humans at the turn of the 20th century.

>Other humans living in Pathallea:  Dreybra; the dark-skinned, hunter-gatherer peoples of the southern Koie islands.  Koie was once the land of a Yoleukar/Alka hybrid, and is responsible for the present natives’ Atiatwa language variant.  The humans of Breykaria think now that these aborigines came up from the southern-most reaches of Koie, after the first Great War that occurred a thousand years prior.  Dreykara, Lykara, and Sidiyokara; the dark-skinned inhabitants of the Piaromea archipelago.  They are also hunter-gatherer peoples, but while the Dreybra have a largely unified tongue, these peoples have literally dozens; most of which are confined to the tribes that speak them.

>Yoleukara:  The true Thoul meaning for this race has long since been lost to Time — as ‘yoleu’ can mean either ‘friendly’ or ‘primordial’ in modern Thoul.  Each is equally fitting.  They are a tall, four-armed race known in myth as being the very first race on Pathallea.  Despite levelling-off, technologically, over the past millenia, while the Slenka have been advancing, the Yoleukara are still the most advanced beings alive.

>Alka:  Two-armed beings related to the Yoleukara and Slenka.  Despite receiving much interaction and trade with the Yoleukara, the Alka have almost always been considered as third-most advanced, with the Slenka coming in second.  Like the Yoleukara, the Alka are tall, strong, and with coloured skin.

>Slenka/Slenkara:  ‘Slenkara’ means literally, ‘the evil/sickly ones’; ‘Slenka’ is an oft-used, shortened version of ‘Slenkara’.  Like the Yoleukara, the Slenka possess four arms and mono-toned skin.  They are the creators of a grizzly technology called the ‘Gwyva’ by humans… they are shaped like needles, work like a ‘hive-mind’, and spells death-of-mind for any living thing unfortunate to have touched it.  First used during the first Great War that they spawned, it also comes to play a central role in their resurgence a thousand years later.

>Rycka:  The stunted, odd-looking beasts that inhabited Ile Kyira before the Slenka moved in thousands of years ago.  Like the Yoleukara and Slenka, they speak an ‘Atwa language, and they have four strong arms.  They were the subjects of the Slenkan ‘Gwyva’ before the first Great War erupted.

>Other beings found in the book:  Gwyvida; in Thoul translates as ‘gynoid’ (the male counterpart is Gwykara, or, ‘android’).  Gwyvida and Gwykara are beings of artificial intelligence that otherwise look like a natural being — their irises give them away, as they are always unnatural-looking.  Typically they take the form of a Yoleukar or Alka, but human forms have also been designed.  ‘Furries’; stout, hairy beings that live on Payolla.  They are comparable to ‘cave-men’, and they speak a complex click-language.  ‘Yolu-human’ hybrids; interbreeding between a human and a four-armed being will result in a hybrid being that looks human but is strong and possesses four arms.  Three such beings are known of during the course of the book, including its main character.

>Unknown races…:  The southern-most areas of the Piaromea and Koie chains are as yet unexplored and thus wholly unknown to most of the peoples of Pathallea.  What lies in these parts is, for the most part, a total mystery…

Sound intriguing…?  Hope so!  If so, then please stick around for more to come in the following days and weeks, with respect to this book.

More on the characters and the languages of Pathallea soon enough!  Sci-fi/fantasy authors — what races/beings are in your novel(s)?  What are they like?  Feel free to share!

JD