Santharian Development

Organization and General Discussions => Organizational Schedules => Topic started by: Mina on 09 September 2006, 21:27:12



Title: Development Schedule and Notes - Mina
Post by: Mina on 09 September 2006, 21:27:12
Main Focus  
Magic (not so much nowadays...)
Languages, sort of
Xaramon Province

Stuff being worked on

Languages:
Volkek-oshra language (almost done!)

Xaramon Provicne:
Masterplan draft for Xaramon
Update the province map

Others:
Trying to work more quickly.   :D

To-do list 
Get some work done on the ecosystem of Xaramon   

Goals:
Have everything about Ximax and its surrounding region described in great detail. 
Create some good languages. 
Claim Yamalquain when it becomes available.   :devilish:

Finished Works
Conjure Wind (spell)
Fiery Curtain (spell)
Hide (spell)
Ice Touch (spell)
Riding the Wind (spell)
Ice Barrage (spell) - with Zacheius Aquadel
Shielding Winds (spell)
Brownie Magic (from Ximaxian scholar's perspective)
City of Ximax (group project)
Styrash Language update


Title: Mina's notes
Post by: Mina on 10 January 2007, 02:30:02
Well, this forum is for organising our stuff, right?  I thought I'd just post some of notes here, so people don't have to read my mind or dig through old posts to find out things I've already worked out but not made into entries.   :grin:

Please don't reply; PM me or start a thread somewhere if you have any queries.  

From http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,11667.0.html (http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,11667.0.html) - Styrash factitives and bahuvrihis:

-lan derives verbs from adjectives, monosyllabic adjectives only
eg. cho "great" -> cholan "enlarge"

n becomes l if adj. ends in -Vn, eg. mun "soft" -> mullan "soften"
suffix is -elan if adj. ends in -VCC, eg. arn "able" -> arnelan "enable"

-enan derives verbs from other adjectives, or from nouns, or both (unsure)

analytic factitives using phoilan "make" or other verb
eg. phoilsi iú sá ranthím lerýr "I made the reason clear"

-cin adds "full of" or "having (a property)" meaning to a noun
eg. alyr "rain" -> alyrcin "rainy"

From http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,11658.0.html (http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,11658.0.html) - Styrash relative pronouns

tu "who, which, that", tuis "whose, of which" (possessive form); come after the noun or noun phrase they modify
eg.
vaiá iú só styrosím lythát ná "I see the man who(m) she loves."
efersití só feárn tuís drén styrsití daí "The house, the door of which was red, was on fire."

From http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,10711.0.html (http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,10711.0.html) - Styrash pronunciation

tentative phoneme inventory of Styrash; phonemes in bold IPA, spelling in brackets:

Consonants:
Labial     Dental     Alveolar     Post-alveolar     Palatal     Velar     Glottal
Stops
p (p) b (b)
t (t) d (d)
k (c, k, q, kh) g (g)
Fricatives
f (f, ph) v (v)
θ (th)
s (s) z (z)
ʃ (sh) ʒ (j)
x (h)
h (h)
Nasals
m (m)
n (n)
Liquids
r (r, rh) l (l)
Semivowels
w (w)
j (jh)
Affricate
(ch)

Consonant Notes:
  • the actual sound represented by "z" isn't very certain, it could be /ts/ or /s/ too
  • /k/ might have [ q ] allophone (spelt "q")
  • "x" represents the /ks/ cluster
  • /x/ and /h/ might be allophones instead; the Styrash Principles page specifies that "h" is pronounced [ x ] when following a vowel, so they might be in complementary distribution

Vowels:
    Front     Central          Back
Closei (i)u (u)
ʏ (y)
Mide (e) ø (è)o (o)
æ (ae)ɔ (o)
Opena (a)

Vowel Notes:
  • there is a length distinction, indicated by a circumflex, eg. "ê" is /e:/, but it is extremely rare
  • /æ/ and /e/ might be allophones; Arti said they aren't very distinct
  • /ɔ/ and /o/ might be allophones too, since they are spelt the same way
  • doubled vowels are pronounced separately, eg. "soor" is /so.or/, not /so:r/
  • grave accents except in "è" are incorrect and should be disregarded
  • acute accents (eg. in á) indicate a stressed syllable

Predicate nominatives in Styrash: http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,5073.0.html (http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,5073.0.html)
Nominal complements of linking verb are in nominative case.  

Styrash passive voice: http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,5063.0.html (http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,5063.0.html)
["be" (styrán) conjugated for number and tense] [subject] [verb in participle form] ["by" (ér)] [agent in ablative case]
eg. styrát só banhír vaianhé ér só feniló "The dog is seen by the cat."
(singluar form of participle, ie. -í, might no longer be valid) (http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,5066.msg57412.html#msg57412)

   
First Person
"I, we"
Second Person
"You"
Third Person
"He/she/it, they"
Indefinite
"Someone, something,
anyone, anything"
Singular     Plural
1sg

    1pl

2sg

    2pl

3sg

    3pl

indefinite




   
Indicative

Potential

Imperative

Prohibitive

Perfective     Imperfective
perfective indicative

    imperfective indicative

perfective potential

    imperfective potential

imperative

prohibitive





Title: More notes
Post by: Mina on 05 July 2007, 16:14:46
As with the last post, please don't reply here!  


Santharia monstersize map: http://stuff.santharia.com/artimidor/santharia_monstersize.jpg (http://stuff.santharia.com/artimidor/santharia_monstersize.jpg)
Northern Sarvonia monstersize map: http://stuff.santharia.com/artimidor/sarvonia_monster.zip (http://stuff.santharia.com/artimidor/sarvonia_monster.zip)

Some magical stuff
Some stuff I finally managed to figure out.  Not sure if they're right or if I got the terminology right, will check later.  

Form: Platonic Forms, an ideal form of something.  Is either completely theoretical or exists somewhere 'beyond reality'.  

Substance: Ounia and xeua links, the actual stuff that things are made up of.  

Structure: The way Substance is arranged/structured.  

Car'all: Substance plus Structure.  (Possibly the Void is Substance without Structure.  )

Pattern: A 'theoretical' Structure, a reflection of a Form.  A Structure matching a certain Pattern will be identified with that Pattern's Form.  

Practical (ie. non-theory) Ximaxian magic alters Structure only, but changes can be very extensive, leading to identification with a different Form.  

Note: English doesn't express such stuff very well.  I'll have to think about creating some Styrash terms for these.  


Stuff about Xaramon's government
-Updated 17/9/2011

1. Xaramon is divided into duchies like other provinces, but some parts are exceptions: Cha'domm (the Ximaxian peninsula), the Vontron (probably a Sty'cal), the Zirghurim lands, maybe a few baronies.  

2. The Thane is elected by and from the Dukes (cf. Holy Roman Empire and Malaysia).  Whether he has a fixed term or reigns for life I'm not sure yet.  This should mean the Thane's power is effectively shared amongst the Dukes.  

3. Thane is head of provincial government, which probably includes the Dukes too.  Ximax might be able to exert some influence on it by virtue of being where it is located and probably supplying most of its bureaucrats and other personnel.  

4. Ximax itself is run by a city council.  Probably includes many guild leaders, or at least those of the more powerful guilds.  Other major institutions (eg. the Academy, the clergy) probably represented as well.



Brownie Magic levels
Update: Probably no longer relevant now that Drasil is updating the system.  

I'm stuck with why normal magi don't learn Wood magic and why Wood magi don't learn the other elements.  I have made some decisions though.  

1. The levels are for classifying spells, not magi.  
2. The spells are classified according to power and difficulty (more powerful spells are of course more difficult, in general, and also take longer to learn).  
3. There would be either 5 or 7 levels, I think.  They might not be called levels though; I'm trying to think up an alternative term for them.  
4. Magi don't have to go through them in order, though it is recommended.  There's nothing preventing one from learning one of the highest level spells first, but it'll probably be harder than if they already had some experience with magic.  


Vowels
SoundSpellingPronunciation
aaLike the “a” in “father”
eeLike the “e” in “bed”
ɔ̜oLike the word “awe
uLike the “oo” in “book”

Consonants
SoundSpellingPronunciation
chSimilar to ch’, but less forceful
tʃʰch'Like the “ch” in “chill”
ddLike the “d” in “dog”
ggLike the “g” in “gill”
ɣghA hushing sound similar to kh, but voiced
gwSimilar to g, but with lips closer together
ɣʷghwSimilar to gh, but with lips closer together
jLike th “j” in “jog”
kkSimilar to k’ but less forceful, like the “k” in “skill”
k'Like the “k” in “kill”
xkhA hushing sound similar to the “h” in “hat”, but more forceful
khwSimilar to kh, but with lips closer together
kwSimilar to k, but with lips closer together
kʷʰkw'Similar to k’, but with lips closer together
mmLike the “m” in “mill”
nnLike the “n” in “nest”
qqSimilar to k, but more guttural
q'Similar to q, but more forceful
qwSimilar to q, but with lips closer together
qʷʰqw'Similar to q’, but with lips closer together
r or ʀrA trilled “r” sound, sometimes guttural
ssLike the “s” in “same”
ʃshLike the “sh” in “shame”
ttSimilar to t’ but less forceful, like the “t” in “still”
t'Like the “t” in “till”
βvSimilar to the “v” in “vat”, but produced by blowing air between the lips instead of between the upper teeth and lower lip
zzLike the “z” in “zest”
ʒzhLike the “s” in “pleasure”