In the A to Z I will be describing parts of my fictional world I am starting to use for Roleplaying games. Curent number on the blog roll is 1951
A is for Ao Eim, the most common alphabet in my world. In the land of the Violet Bellflower there are multiple languages and writing methods, however they are not the same as what is presented in the 5th edition of dungeons and dragons which is the system I am currently using.
The Ao Eim languages have roots in the ancient Gumknish language, and have simmilar grammer. While not full conlangs, for creating notes and messages in these languages, the grammer and vocabulariry is meant to be simmilar to Earth Latin with some germanic and yiddish influences. In a later post we can talk about naming conventions and usage of real languages to form quick names for locations in a fantasy realm.
Languages using Ao Eim are:
- Yivvit (Half-Orc)
- Use diacritic forms of vowels
- Kvivi (Orc though usually not used as they rely largely on an oral tradition)
- Spelling is not regular even in the same passage
- Shoulam (Giant)
- Written in a block form of letters
- Gurli (Common, Human)
- Written both with standard characters and shorhand
- Curlis (Undercommon, dialect of Gurli)
- Written primarially in a varient of shorthand
- Hourt (Goblin, though they record little)
- Adds two letters for gutteral undulation and ending hissing. Both commonly used in verb form morphology.
And because I have iFont Maker on the iPad.
As for Ao Eim with Diacritic vowels it not yet avaliable, and I don’t have enough font expertise for the necessary ligatures to make that work. The diacritics float above and between the letters and I will update this when I get a scan of my paper notes
The Upper case are the Block form used by giants, the lower case letters are the standard form. You will notice no C (as it is phonetically redundant to S and K) and m,n are the same character as well as u, v and w are the same character. I have yet to add the diacritics forms of the vowels used by half-orcs or notes the shorthand version which I only have sketched out on paper. The thorn (th sound) is on the : and ; characters (: is block and ; is script), left and right parenthesis are script brackets and left and right square braces for the block form. Block form sentance termination is in the period and script in the comma. Single quotes are block form, and double quotes are script. # is the gutteral undulation and $ the terminal hiss. & is a list indicator.
Other punctuation varies as in the real world by time, place and customs.