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ookaookaooka asked: Is the uu pronounced as two syllables like aa?
Looks like I’d better update my pronunciation guide. XD I’ve realized I’ve left some sounds out.
Uu is pronounced with a slightly longer ooh sound than u is. And eh is pronounced like the e in beck or check. Except with a breathy sound at the end, like Jeih.
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Alex asked: Do they do anything symbolic with their slashing claws? Decorate, carve, paint? Do they have any mythologies regarding how they developed their slashing claws or maybe their horns? Are there any gender specific mythologies?
Carving would be considered body modification, which paski are generally against (unless they come from that scarification cult). Also, since nails are highly vascularized, it would hurt. They do sometimes paint their nails, though! To be pretty, but especially for festivals. There are a handful of festivals where paski will paint their secondary slashing claw a different color from the rest of their nails, and each color means something different. For example, for one festival, the priests might paint the secondary claws gold, normal Civilians might paint them red, and Military/Police might paint them black. Or young adults not yet moved into their adult family groups (ie. not married) paint their nails blue. That kind of thing.
The only gender-specific mythology I have at the moment is also the one that involves how the slashing claws supposedly came about. I first introduced it here. This is Raatasira mythology, though historians believe they may have ganked it from the older Takasira mythos.
Darajistreh the Maker was busy making the world and hunting and other lady stuff, so she fashioned a man out of yarn to run her household. Suutastri (“The Yarn-Man”) cleans and maintains the house, does chores, changes the seasons, etc. One of his aspects is that he is the male’s god. He is the epitome of what it is to be male: docile, subservient, good in the home, and protective of children.
His more famous aspect, and the one most paski nowadays worship him for is that of the Children’s Protector. A hideous monster known as the Bukha (literally “Hungry”, though more often translated as the more menacing “Devourer”) constantly circles the house and tries to get at the children inside. It is Suutastri’s job to make sure Bukha cannot accomplish its goal. You can read an urban legend involving a Suutastri doll here.
During one of their fights, the Bukha tears Suutastri to shreds. Darajistreh comes to find her household empty and her yarn-man strewn everywhere. She carefully puts him back together and fashions a pair of curved knives for him to attach to his wrists, so he can protect himself, and the children, from Bukha’s long fangs and long claws.
And that is how secondary claws were created.
Solution to a bad day: draw giftart.
I’m only sorry I couldn’t do more than these. Hope you guys like them, though!
Ahhhh cuuuuuute! Oh my goodness I can’t get over how cute this is. Banjaree would totally love to hang out with Tab and do pretty-ing up with her.
Gosh, thank you so much! Totally made my day. <333
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Lord, we know there is no good order except that which we create…
There is no hope but us. There is no mercy but us. There is no justice. There is just us.
All things that are, are ours. But we must care. For if we do not care, we do not exist. If we do not exist, then there is nothing but blind oblivion.
And even oblivion must end some day. Lord, will you grant me just a little time? For the proper balance of things. To return what was given. For the sake of prisoners and the flight of birds.
Lord, what can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?
- Death’s speech to Azrael, Death of Universes; Reaper Man
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Okidoke, got some military uniforms for the Earth Coalition.
A while ago I introduced Lexington and Teej; here is the other half of their unit. I really know very little about the military, and will have to do a bunch of research (thank you, RecklessRamble, for getting me started!), but right now I’m saying this is a four-man marine/commando squad of some sort, and they go hunt down and sabotage Raaja gang operations. This will let me explore stuff from the human’s side.
Lieutenant Hunter Bachman was born in Germany in a quiet, somewhat remote village. His identical twin brother Shannon is a pediatrician; Hunter joined the military. Some politics ended with United Europe transferring him to the Americas’ military, where he now heads the little commando unit.
Hunter likes cats and tea and math and has a girlfriend and two cats waiting for him back in Germany. Like Lex, he’s one of my oldest still-around characters. He also served as a personality inspiration for Kayahan (though the paski is more ruthless by about a factor of five), so I imagine if they met they’d get along fine because they operate on the same wavelength.
Teo Richard, Sr. is the sergeant for the squad, and is Teej’s father. Teo was born in Mexico and a not-very-well-thought-out night with his girlfriend led to the two of them becoming parents at the age of sixteen. Teej went to live in California with his mother’s family, and Teo stayed in Mexico, eventually joining the army and making it into the marines.
Teo is gruff and solid and dependable and a pessimist. He and Hunter are close bros. Teo and Teej are also the muscle of the squad.
The Earth Coalition’s little symbol thing is the Earth being orbited by the sun. It’s supposed to represent the way all humans are united by their heart’s center, Earth, no matter where in the galaxy they are, but that doesn’t stop people from making quips about geocentrism and flat-earth theory coming back into style.
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To help you guys sound things out. My vowel pronunciations were inspired by my years taking Spanish and Japanese. This works for all four languages, not just Raatasingh, though the “aa” sound is unique to that language.
a = ah (as in father)
aa = ah-ah (emphasis may be on first or second syllable, depending on word)
e = ay (as in cake or bay)
i = ee (as in meet)
ee = longer ee (the “e" sound in Banjaree is held longer than the “e" sound in Duniyaa)
o = oh (as in… oh… or toe)
u = oo (as in too)
Because there have been multiple translators working on converting the paski languages into English, there have been a few spelling discrepancies that have unfortunately made it into general usage and will thus be difficult to eradicate.
The most glaring example would be the use of the hard “c" in Caandisingh. To remain consistent with the spelling used in the other languages, a "k" should have been used instead of the hard "c”. So you wouldn’t get wacky spellings like “Cuneyt” and “suikastci*”. There have been some arguments that the words where “c" is used are pronounced with a softer "k" that is discernible to sensitive ears; whether or not this is true has been fiercely argued by linguists almost since First Contact.
*Whoever first proposed the spelling for this word should be shot. That “c" there is pronounced like an “s”.
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Found it! My very favorite picture is of Bear and I going on one of our last trail rides before he was retired from riding for good. The vet thought he wouldn’t last more than a few months with his health problems, but he lived for another five years, and was very happy.
Also, a good reference for just how tall a 17.3 hand horse is. Had to jump from the mounting stump onto his back.
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It’s been one year ago today since Bear died. I still miss him.
I’m trying to find my very favorite picture of us, but I can’t find the CD it’s on. I’ll keep looking. This one’s okay, though. It was taken back in 2005, when I was showing him a lot. I always had the tallest horse on the grounds.
Still love ya, Handsome Man.
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ookaookaooka said: Is it DU-ni-YA-a or du-ni-YA-a?
The full name is Hamari Duniyaa, which translates roughly to “Our World.” So anyone who calls the homeworld Hamari is laughed at, since that is grammatically incorrect. (“Our”? Our what?)
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