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Work of the Week #41

The Gatebuilders’ “Gateway” — now with friends!

gateway

>The “standard” Gateway teleports people from one area to another, and even from world to world.

>The “stellar” Gateway teleports spacecraft from one world and/or star system to another.

>The “universal” Gateway can teleport people and ships from any area, world, or system to any area/world/system located in another universe.

 

Work of the Week #23

This week’s conlang fix comes with some courtesy help from “gen” – a conlang vocabulary creator that can be found here:  http://zompist.com/gen.html

How to work “gen”:  1 ~ tell it what letters you want it to use (“Categories” box, under C, R, V, etc.).  2 ~ will there be any “Rewrite Rules” (Are any sounds changing?  Can be left blank)?  3 ~ flesh out word-forms (“Syllable types” – CV, CRV, CVCV, RV, etc…).  Other things one can mess with include how many syllables a word can have (Monosyllables) and how the results are to be spat-out (Output type).

Check out the owner’s master-site as well:  http://zompist.com/

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Sticking to Pathallea-related stuff again…, this week concerns the “Furries” and their interesting language of clicks, odd sound clusters, and seemingly endless word classes.

Here’s the document:  furries

Enjoy!

 

A Fantasium Snippet!

“Fantasium” is still in the process of being written, but currently what I give below is the first chapter of the book:

In a state of hysterical fear, a young woman wearing a worn-out, ripped-up, filthy, white, one-piece dress made of itching wool runs over the mucky soil of a dense, but dead, forest.  She stumbles over protruding roots and hearty weeds, expression wild.  Her skin marred by mud and various cuts and bruises in differing stages of healing.  Her long, matted hair, like an angry fire flickering wildly from her head, ruffles in the breeze and bobs with her frantic movements.

The female, appearing no older than a teenager, breathes heavily yet quickly; it is raspy, and her ample chest heaves greatly.  Using beaten, yet still very feminine, hands, she pushes herself forward as fast as she can; as fast as her long, slender legs will take her.

Somewhere, an angry mountain crackles.  She won’t stop to look.

She won’t stop, even when she’ll become tired and too weary to carry on.  She won’t look back to see if anyone’s pursuing her.  She doesn’t know where she is.  She doesn’t know where she’s headed – she cares not about that, for so long as she heads away from where she’d been held captive for so long.  That is all she cares about.

She escaped her prison this time, but it’ll be coming for her.  Stalking her by day and haunting her by night.  Not until she can manage to leave this hell for good.  But, who knows when that may be…

Every noise, though most are from her own self, is frightening.  Every little sound threatens to be a menace out to seize her up again.  Every light an eye watching her.  Every slight motion an enemy ready to strike.  That dark, dank, deep that held her hostage for so long.  It forces her to continue running, even when her body wants to collapse and die.

Despite herself, tears build up in her large, emerald eyes, and begin trickling down her cheeks.  She’s never been so terrified.  So vulnerable.  So mortal

Happy New Year!  🙂

JD

Pathallea ~ Snippet 3

the Resurgence

Another tease for the book…:

After more than an hour at sea, and me at the brink of absolute boredom, little Yolua scampers in, expression wild, saying that a machine is flying around in our area.

“A flying machine, Yoll?” I clarify; her statement sounds like fantasy.

“Yeah.  A flying machine, Hal,” she clarifies in return.  I’m still stupefied, however.

“That’s probably not good,” responds Uncle from the alcove that is the steering hub just on the other side of the partition separating it from the dinner table, as I am already making my way onto the deck in the hope of seeing what Yoll saw.

Good as gold, Yoll is, as I can clearly see a metallic-looking dragonfly-looking craft…

Coming right for us…

My strong heart literally skips a beat, as I scamper madly back toward the cabin.  Colliding head-on with Yoll, who was just making her way back out.  My momentum causes us both to crash against the now-closed wooden door.

Without hardly any chance on my part to even conceive of my next move, let alone to process it and much less carry it out, I feel something grab gruffly at my backside.  The force of whoever had grabbed me, pulling me up and away, was apparently enough to knock me out.

My very last recollection being Yolua’s squeal of terror in my face, and her clutching to my neck, as we were both whisked away in a flash…

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  🙂

Pathallea ~ snippet 2…

Hallie pic

“Hey, girl!” comes an uncanny, somewhat musical voice from my right.  Thoe…

I snap out of my preoccupation, and quickly reach for a plate and utensils.  I start putting food on my plate, and I resist the urge to blush obscenely.

“Was that an infatuation I just witnessed, Hal?” Thoe speaks again, clearly badgering me about it.  She’s like that…

So am I, actually…

I guess that happens after spending many years with Step-dad.

“Think what you will,” I simply reply, returning a smile to her before returning once more to food.

I try to steal another look at Maphis, but no such luck this time.  He’s gone elsewhere, beyond my sights now.

“I could help you out with that, you know, given my prowess in dating,” enters Thoe again.

“Rely on a girl who cannot hold a man for more than a year?  Yeah…” I remark, confidently for once.

“Who chokes up when things get tense?”

Fair enough…

“It has to be me, Thoe,” I say, folding, “it has to be me…”

With that, I give her another kind smile, and continue on with my food business.

Another excerpt from Pathallea…

The girl in the center is named “Hallie.”  She is a human-hybrid being with four arms.

Cheers!  🙂

JD

Pathallea ~ snippet…

Break the November shut-out…:

Wewikatwa

The date was 0.1.9.7.1.0.0.0 and the 9th day of the Cycle when great King Minkathnaazrah stood on the beaches of Arkoul, in the Ile Kyira chain, and, with the awesome weight of his thousands-strong army, proceeded to lay siege to the fortress of the evil Slenka and their forces using the most advanced siege weapons of his time.  By sunset, the stronghold had been razed to the ground, and was being consumed by hungry flames whose tendrils lapped at the sky itself.  So ended the Great War…

So opens the ‘story’, otherwise called Pathallea

JD

Let’s share some lesser-known sci-fi/fantasy novels!

This is a tag…   A tag that I just made-up; because I can.

Feel free to take part, on your own blog.

Let’s do this!

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Obscure/lesser-known sci-fi/fantasy books you’ve read:

... view a larger cover image of "Aliens Ate My Homework" by Bruce Covilleselection of The Magic Tree house Booksfrom the fair in the mid 80s were bunnicula by james howe

>Aliens Ate My Homework is one of a number of books on the same theme.  Came across this book by chance at a yard sale, as a kid.  Read it and loved it.  The book title says it all — aliens, miniaturized at-first, come and suddenly start devouring a young boy’s science project (a papier-mache volcano).

>The Magic Treehouse is basically ‘Dr. Who’ and ‘Magic School Bus’ combined.  Also an extensive book-series I found by chance as a kid; this time inside my local library.  The treehouse in question is one that a brother and sister find while playing in the woods behind their house, and they find that it can take them places when they open a book kept within and wish to go there.  I was literally addicted to this series as a child.

>Bunnicula was a book-project novel one of my years in Elementary School.  It’s cute; from the perspective of house-pets that suddenly take on another — in this case, a rabbit.  Usually book-project novels aren’t very likable, but this one’s an exception.

Obscure/lesser-known books you’re currently reading:

The Rise of Ransom City by Felix GilmanThe Windup Girl

>The Rise of Ransom City is a sci-fi/fantasy book about a character named Harry Ransom, who, after a lifetime of prodigious accomplishment, decides to do one last great thing — create a utopian-like city.  The book documents the series of events that led to this feat.  Just started reading it; liking it so far.

>The Windup Girl I just finished reading.  It takes place in a future Earth where fossil fuels have run out, and calories have become the new cash.  It’s set in Thailand, and the way chapters are divided in this book has become inspiration for the division of chapters in my own book-to-be: Pathallea.

Obscure/lesser-known books you’d like to read:

Expedition book coverTop Ten Tuesdays – Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

>Expedition is a most interesting book…  It tells of an expedition by a crew of astronauts to a recently-discovered system called ‘Darwin’; specifically, to an inhabited world called ‘Darwin IV’.  All the aliens and scenery in the book were drawn by the author himself — and it’s the inspiration for a coming book of my own about an alien planet that I created.

>Partials is the first book in a series about a dystopic future wherein a virus has decimated humanity, while they battle engineered, human-like beings called ‘Partials’ for control of what’s left.  I’m looking forward to reading this series.

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Look interesting?  Why not give the books a look!  And while you’re at it, why not take part in this tag yourself; tell us about some neat, uncommon sci-fi/fantasy books you’ve come across!

Cheers!

JD

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