Re: Archaen: A Bit of Magical Whimsy
|Date:||Saturday, March 6, 1999, 16:27|
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Edward Heil <edheil@...> wrote:
> In the roleplaying game Talislanta, the language wizards use is Archaen.
> It's ancient and nobody does anything but cast spells in it anymore.
> What would a language like that look like? Well, I designed the nominal
> system with some interesting cases.....[snip]
> Supernatural possession (=Talislan
> "under the supernatural control of")
Shouldn't that be "suppernaturally controlling"? Then you could
use the pair possessive - incantative (or a similar one):
The evil spirit.POSS commanded him.INC to do X.
Just a thought.
> Appearance (=Talislan "in the shape
> Calling people/things by name in
> mundane circumstances. See also
> Evocative, Invocative, and
> Incantative, which are special
> versions of the Vocative. They are
> all used in direct address, not in
> ordinary sentences.
> Speaking to one who is on another
> plane of existence
Which person gets marked for evocative, the speaker or
the hearer in another plane of existence? Could you
post some examples of each case?
> The original form of a
> transformation (=Talislan "from" in
> the sentence "he changed from a
> prince into an exomorph")
> The final form of a transformation
> (=Talislan "to" in the above
Really cool stuff.
> Any further ideas for "magical" cases or other grammatical constructions
Lots of ideas! Just not to repeat what others said,
I'd propose: nouns (and adjectives) with inflections
that tell you if they are really what they seem, or
a bad thing in disguise, or a good thing that just looks
awful because it's been transformed, or you don't know,
etc. For example:
QST = you ask yourself if this is really true
HOR = different from what is meant in a horrible way
NAM = not as much as it seems
AFR = you're afraid of this
(You're walking with Xyz and see a tall ivory castle beyond)
You: What a beautiful castle.QST!
Xyz: It's Morgana's home.HOR. She lives there with her
servants.HOR. She's a really beautiful.QST lady.QST.
You: I did hear she's beautiful.NAM. Will we meet her.AFR?
I don't know if this is mystic, or magic, but it has a
certain schizoid flavour that seems appropriate for "dark"
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