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Post by U.E.D.C. » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:00 pm

1: Do the other races have domesticated companions akin to dogs? And how would the other races respond to them?

2:Is there a title for the leader of humanity?
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2. Yep, he's known as the Director of SolForce.

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Post by Erinys » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:43 pm

All of the races except for Zuul have domesticated pets. A male Zuul does not need domesticated animals per se--he has both slaves and wives. ;)

Hivers of different castes domesticate different animals for different reasons.

Workers seldom have the resources to keep a large personal pet, although if they work in the farming sector they may work closely with animals. For a personal pet, a worker in a factory or military context would generally keep a tiny mammal or bird as a pet, teach it to perform small tasks or amusing tricks and feed it tiny morsels from his food rations. If an entire work group wanted to keep a slightly larger pet, say something the size of a hawk or a cat, they would pool their resources to feed and train it and it would serve the group in some way.

Warrior hivers are much more likely to keep a pet analogous to a dog or a big cat--a pack predator domesticated to serve as a security warning system, a perimeter defense or to attack intruders. They are also much more likely to use violent pets as entertainment, staging "fights" and placing bets. In fairness, they also stage fights among themselves.

Hiver royals can indulge in more expensive relationships with animals. The may own large exotic pets and occasionally a Prince or Princess will use personal wealth to run a zoological garden. The Queen's Menagerie on the Hiver homeworld is quite impressive.

Tarkas of all castes keep a variety of pets and domesticate animals for food. Their lineage has deep roots on their homeworld and the family tree has produced a huge proliferation of "scaled-primate" forms, many of which are quite social and intelligent, although not sapient. Some of these little creatures make quite charming and loyal pets, and bond with humans every bit as successfully as they bond with Tarka.

Liir tend to "domesticate" most of the living world around them to some degree; their species has a deep level of penetration into the biosphere of Muur. The most closely bonded animals to them are mammals who move easily between land and sea--otter-like creatures would be roughly equivalent to our cats and small dogs, whereas heavier hunting and play is done by a larger-bodied, deeper-swimming creature like a seal.

Morrigi males seldom keep pets, as they spend their lives in space and they seldom have room or resources to share with an animal. Female Morrigi have a variety of domestic animals, and so far as pets go they are especially fond of creatures who perform tricks, make beautiful sounds or have bright, appealing colors. There are a few clans who collect life forms from other worlds in the family treasury, and have retained DNA and even living populations from species which later went extinct on the homeworld soon after. Rumor has it that there is a peaceful sea somewhere in which living dolphins from old Earth still leap and play.

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Post by U.E.D.C. » Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:34 am

much appreciated as always :D
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Post by sorain » Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:32 pm

Erinys wrote:...Rumor has it that there is a peaceful sea somewhere in which living dolphins from old Earth still leap and play.

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Post by U.E.D.C. » Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:58 pm

on another wild tangent, What are some common sounds that would make up Liirian Tarkan and Hiver names?
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Post by Erinys » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:24 pm

Hm. Well, I can post a list of common phonemes in those three languages, if you want to just make up something random that sorta sounds/looks like Hiver, Tarka or Liir. If you want to make up a name in English that follows the cultural naming conventions, I can help a bit more. There are some standardized naming conventions in the SotS-verse.

Liir Names

Liir names are a combination of ideas, sounds and emotion. As such they are sometimes difficult to translate into English. At times they share some common ground with the naming conventions of some of the First Nations in North America. Sometimes the idea behind a name is complex: a shy secretive child might be called "This Pearl is Hidden". Other ideas are as simple to say as they are to feel: "Heart's Joy".

This naming convention can at times be humorous or awkward, but at other times it can be quite disturbingly direct. The Black Swimmers do not take new names when they go through the Drowning ritual, for example, because if they did, their names would all be the same: "He Is Willing to Kill and Prepared to Die".

At times, Liir do give up their personal names in order to take on an important social role. In The Deacon's Tale, we encounter a Liir who allows himself to be called "Ishii"--but in the Liir language, an ishii is simply a useful appendage to manipulate objects--the only equivalent human word would be "thumb". His name implies that he is subordinant to a larger power. He does not bother to offer a personal name to the people he meets; his personal name is no longer important.

Younger Liir typically show respect for higher status individuals by calling them "Elder". And the eldest of the Liir on any given world assumes the identity of that world. Ergo, the name of the Eldest of the Liir homeworld is simply "Muur"--"Ocean". He is the voice of all the waters of the world.

The Eldest Liir of the planet Biima would be called Biima. And the Eldest Liir among the Black Swimmers is called the Black.


Hiver Names

Hiver names are dependent on caste. Worker names are simple and are meant to convey a sense of one's place in life; the most common name among worker Hivers is simply "Chekin", "Faithful", but names like "Ezz'in", "Clever", are also common.

Warrior names reflect the warrior state. The caste collectively is known as the Ri, which literally means "Weapon" or "Sword", and the prefix "Ri" is not uncommon among Hiver warriors. One of the most common classical names for a Hiver warrior is "Rizokis", which humans typically translate as "Fighting Blades", but which means literally "the Prince's Blades"--implying a ruler's "right-hand man".

Royal names are usually meant to convey a sense of awe and beauty. For the female they often reflect the physical qualities of the Hiver in question, not least because these qualities will be passed on to her direct descendants. The current Queen of the Hivers has almost perfectly white chitin, and is descended from an traditional alpine line. Her name is Radiant Frost. One of her old rivals for power was a renegade princess named Obsidian Crown.


Tarka Names

The majority of traditional Tarka names consist of different parts.

1. a personal or "quality" name. The Tarka call this a "quality" name because it is given in childhood to reflect a quality present in the person. All quality names will typically come with a male and a female variant. For example:

Ish - "lively", "fast-learning". Female variant is Isha.
Sar - "lean", "whip-like", "sharp". The female variant is Sara. This is also the name of a light sword.
Kal - "beautiful". Female variant is Kala.
Lan - "strong", "large". Female variant is Lana.
Mat - "wise". Female variant is Mata.

Personal names are subject to inflection based on status and the relationship to the speakers. When a person becomes the head of his or her family, the gender is dropped and the vowel in the middle is doubled: ergo when a woman whose personal name was Mata becomes an Empress, she is Ma'at.

You can also add a suffix when speaking casually to a good friend. If your friend was both male and adult, you might add the suffix "-do" to his name. "Do" (feminine "-da", intimate "-dora") means "dear to me". So when Tarka friends are speaking to the human character Cai Rui, they often address him as "Caido", which means literally "My dear Cai". The inflection for children of either sex is "-du" or "di".

Beyond the male and female dichotomy, there is the prefix "Var", which indicates that a male is Changed and thus a potential father. "Var" is the equivalent of "mister" as a title.

2. After the personal name, there is the "maternal name", which is usually a particle. This is not a repetition of your mother's personal name, however, but her rank/role. Only in the highest caste are the personal name and rank identical.

3. The final name is the caste/clan name, which indicates the professional and social group to which you belong. The current Supreme Commander , as an example, was born to the Orr clan, and has maintained an affiliation to them. The Orru are the traditional shapers of steel and metal in Tarka society, so literally his clan name in English would be...Smith. :wink:

Hope that helps. :)

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Re: unrelated Lore questions

Post by U.E.D.C. » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:47 am

Thanks.
I've been rewritting the stories I tried to write on the boards for a friend. This time with more of a plot (and proofreading :oops: ) When I finally finish I will post it. Until then, I'll just soak up facts so I can try to stay canon. :P
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