Urguense of Telennot drew the sapphire-pommeled longsword from its sheath and dropped down into a defensive crouch, one hand over the pommel and the other upon the handle as, a small distance away, Lansgamia of Carra Fol dropped into her own stance. The weather in the Sundland was hot that day, and it made itself especially felt in the armored fighters of that tourney. It felt like a cruel joke to Urguense, that everyone else, even the nobles, could wear little if nothing in order to stave off the heat- out in their fur as natural as a pup, supping from wine and chomping on fruit. Meanwhile he, crossing blades with foreign knights, had no choice but to wear the maille, plate, boots and helm required of such a feat. And he would have to dan…Read more >
What follows are some grammatical exercises in Ariilic.
+ means the two are attached, * means that part or word is omitted in vernacular.
Slang and informal vernacular removal of the final vowels in verbs that end with vowels and sometimes the vowel from the regular past tense ending when connecting such verbs to a modifier beginning with a vowel, such as -or(i).
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Goal : to create a new (corrected and improved) dictionary of the Arÿlic language, the direct predecessor of all those Moonish tongues, except that of pesky Caêl Išvar, where despite their northern status, they speak the last vestige of the southern Rhaetic language, which is pretty much extinct.
A few notes : Arÿlic is agglutinative. This means most longer words are just root nouns with modifiers attached to change the meaning.
Whatever is performing a verb is attached to it, at the second position after the neutral* but before the tense modifier. e.g. "Miirad fendaer's tars-mer" = "I needed a reason to stand."
The affected noun (object) usually comes first, but can be switched around for emphasis.
When a verb becomes an adjective, the base fo…
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His hot breath indicated a recent meal of fermented fish and the sharp little rib he picked his rotting teeth on in some lazy show of affectation erased any doubt.Read more >
The frilled lizard met every known description, from the cleaver at his leathern belt to the antagonistic grin on his mottled face. Yoppa looked the fearsome green reptile up and down and, though her loathing for this ruffian could not have been hidden had she tried- and she did not try -was markedly unafraid.
Penniless, Beggarly, Freepocket...beggards all had weird names like that. It made them part of the group; it made them fit in, made them family. This particularly cut-throat specimen was Nymon Poorly, and one look at his ragged patch-quilt coat, made from a bit of everythin…
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The royal chambers of the King of Kaiantor were a far cry from the finery-covered rooms of the pirate lords and petty chieftains Captain Sleer usually dealt with. Where curtains of fine silks would hang from the windows, hung three thick cobs of mosquito netting, white and tattered one on top of the other, half-sealing the room in a hot gray darkness and stuck with decaying insect corpses. Where a huge, polished-wood bed covered in perfumed sheets and generously-fat pillows would be find sat a small, lonely-looking bed in the corner, equipped with only a simple blanket, a pillow, and a cleaned tray shoved beneath.
The cool stone walls, shunning woven tapestries of embellished tales and conquests, held the memorabilia of a long-lost empire…Read more >