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Work of the Week #27

A compendium of some of the more “intriguing” scripts of the outermost regions of the Universe…:

the-builders

The Shipbuilders were long considered the master starship makers of the outermost areas.  Their script is written with superconducting ink onto metallic surfaces, so that the commands written are carried out automatically (like the Digimon script).

The Gatebuilders were renowned for their portal-making prowess in the Universe.  The most infamous example of their mastery is the Gateway (Work of the Week #5) for which their script has been put to full use.  They have constructed a number of other portals, though….  (‘r’ = /tl/, ‘z’ = /zh/, ‘y’ = /ə/)

The Worldbuilders make whole planets instead of ships.  Of all the races represented here, the Worldbuilders are the only ones still around.  Their script works much like the Shipbuilders’; conjugation works like the Semimortals’ script.  (‘x’ = /kh/, ‘c’ = /ch/, ‘j’ = /sh/, ‘rg’ = /tl/, ‘ry’ = /ll/, ‘ɪ’ = /ə/)

The Azhseg Derelict is the ancient ship that the Alien Azhseg acquired in the Worldbuilders Realm.  It’s script is based on the I Ching code (which in turn based the binary code our electronics use today).  Each “6-bit” character corresponds to a number, as well as a letter and word; alone each character means a number, as a ring it means a string of letters (forming a word), and as a word it’ll be surrounded by a ring or rings of characters.  The ship looks something along the lines of this:  http://t12.deviantart.net/kKL-0q1yPG4nz5VX7KHlq4Jaml8=/fit-in/700×350/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre10/3ffa/th/pre/i/2009/243/e/c/derelict_by_vmulligan.jpg

The Azhseg Railgun is an ancient and powerful handheld weapon also owned by Azhseg in the book.  Its script is taken from this:  http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/imagenes_aliens/vidaalien54_09.jpg ~ The weapon itself is powered by the wielder’s power; the more power it siphons, the more powerful its shots.  The weapon looks something along the lines of this:  http://t11.deviantart.net/jl2FQgwKwrPwJ0npeDubozJTBao=/fit-in/700×350/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre12/2262/th/pre/i/2014/133/b/b/lava_gun__gateway__by_aliennate89-d7i712n.jpg

The Star-Forger is an automaton in the form of a spaceship; its creators are uncertain, and its duty is solely to make new stars.  Its script is based on the 4-nucleotide RNA/DNA code; the script is conjugated in triplets, mimicking the codon code for encoding proteins.  The Derelict Ship script and this one are built in a very similar manner….

The Universal Library is another automaton, built by a different, long-extinct race.  Its duty is to observe and record every single event that ever occurs in the Universe, throughout the Universe’s existence.  The script (that writes itself upon the Library’s walls) is taken from Cuneiform, and has an alphabetic form alongside a great number of logographic symbols.  The Library itself looks something along the lines of this:  http://t01.deviantart.net/_Rpgm7vQMxpN6ckcznouwIZYuHs=/300×200/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre11/c58c/th/pre/f/2011/342/7/5/time_0_by_elreviae-d4iidsc.jpg

The Script of the Fifteen Temples has only one surviving instance:  A piece of parchment containing the names of the fifteen temples created by the Old Ones (and implied by the Old Ones Stela).  However, as the script is completely logographic, the temples listed are largely unknown.  The script itself is taken from the Aztec script….

**I do not own the images I link to!  They merely serve as visual aids for the specific objects I refer to here (expect only a partially similar image of such things to occur in the book!)**

 

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Work of the Week #17

It’s about time I made a list of the main races involved in Pathallea…:

Breykara >> Humans (general Thoul term).  They inhabit Breykaria = Orimar + Oramidra + Koie.

Braeokara >> Humans that live in the Oramidra chain.

Alka >> Thoul word for tall, multi-coloured beings that live on the northern half of the Yol Kyire chain.  They are distantly related to the Slenka and Yoleukara.

Slenka/Slenkara >> Slenka, short for Slenkara, are tall, four-armed beings more proximally related to the Yoleukara and who reside on the Ile Kyira chain.

Yoleukara >> four-armed beings residing on the southern half of Yol Kyire (as well as having colonies south of Koie); they’re also the most technologically-advanced.

“Furries” >> Pathallea’s equivalent of the Sasquatch, except shorter and more humanoid in appearance.

Dreybra, Dreykara >> fishing tribesmen living on the southern, unexplored part of Koie.

Seodikara, Sidiyokara >> hunter-gatherer tribesmen living on the Piaromea chain.

“Hybrids” >> Hallie’s kind…  usually born of human fathers and Yoleukaran mothers (such offspring are rare on Pathallea).

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Cheers!  🙂

Work of the Week #10

Double-digits!!!!

 

In the book Pathallea, the various races there have their own standards of measuring distance.  The units used in the book are shown below:

units of measure

For comparison, 1 foot in imperial measure is equivalent to 1 “khausia” (“cow-sea-ah”).  A “kophia” (“co-fee-ah”) is essentially half as long, while a “fiergjah” (“fear-gee-ah”) is nearly half as long as a kophia.

 

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