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Re: Sig Mystery (was; Re; He/She/?)

Date:Thursday, December 30, 1999, 23:15
> -----Original Message----- > From: Constructed Languages List [mailto:CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU]On > Behalf Of Herman Miller > Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 1999 10:42 PM > To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU > Subject: Re: Sig Mystery (was; Re; He/She/?) > > > On Wed, 29 Dec 1999 13:38:04 -0500, Padraic Brown > <pbrown@...> > wrote: > > >On Wed, 29 Dec 1999, Irina Rempt wrote: > >>On Mon, 27 Dec 1999, Matthew Kehrt wrote: > >>> Jux Bet is a spell from Origins Ultima games. > >bet is one of the syllables (with the idea of "small"). "jux" isn't > >listed. > > Originally there were only 24 syllables, but "jux" and "ort" were added in > Ultima VI. I don't have my copy of the game handy, but I think "jux" was > "damage" and "ort" was "magic".
I just bought Ultima Collection, a CD-ROM containing Ultima I-VIII and Akalabeth, a game released for Apple II in 1979 and a kind of prequel to the series. According to the manual, jux means "danger/trap/harm" and ort is "magic." On a somewhat related note, since I started playing these games again I've noticed how bad the faux-archaic English is; thee and thou used interchangeably, hast used for 3rd person, etc. I think they should have just used today's words if they didn't know how to properly use the old ones. Also, in one of the earlier games (probably II or III), Britain is misspelled "Britian." Eric Christopherson