The Ancient Language: 6

The Rebellion of Avunravel

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Once corrupted Avunravel began teaching his powers to others and so like the Uvomelu are corrupted Somele, so he voluvomata da, corrupted them. Those who survived became known as vunbel. Vunbele live peacefully enough now amongst humans. But many Bele fear their magic. Having lived amongst vunbele myself I find they are more paranoid about magic than we are.

The Song of the Fall tells of Avunravel leading his new peoples against the Kings. He led humans to rebel against the Old Kingdom and the Somele. The Song states that these humans did so despite what Serpent taught:

Those who die heroically will return in the End Times at the same time as the First Beat returns to fight the Echo.

Chulatol varomadol da cha remele da samamadol vel U-aras, Asom da samamadol lab velomadol nul Usom vol de dadorol ras.

Ignoring such advice Avunravel attacked. He practiced necromancy, choosing the worst crime, seizing the souls of the dead from the stars themselves and forever keeping them from helping Asom. No greater evil could be imagined.

The Necromancer led his forces against the Old Kingdom in hunger. Many then proved themselves hero. (Suggesting they died.) The Serpent led the heroes into battle and together falling they drove the Necromancer away. But the Necromancer had already tainted his side, those so cursed became elves.

Avunravel ebromada da dul velol se nel Muner Derobel vul relrar. Osomedas da somedas da remele. Saladaromel eboromadol da nele remele ro velom anvaromedas doromedas da nul Avunravel osa. Lad Avunravel voluvomada da at dul velol, chulu somedas da at vunbelu.

Vocabulary

Voluvom

Verb

To corrupt

Vunbel

Noun

Corrupted Human/Elf

Varom

Verb

To Die

Remel

Noun/Adj.

Hero/Heroically

Samam

Verb

To come

U-aras

Noun

End Times

Ras

Noun

Time

Velom

Verb

To Fight

Eborom

Verb

To Lead

Velol

Noun

Army

Relrar

Noun

Hunger

Osom

Verb

To Prove

Saladaromel

Proper Noun

The Serpent

Dorom

Verb

To move

Grammar

Relative Clauses are denoted by the particle chul modified by the conjugation agreeing with the relative verb.

To indicate purpose the particle Lab is used.

Verbs are all conjugated to denote whether the action is honorable – and thus deserving of praise and eventual ascension into the stars, or a normal action. Unlike nouns there is no case for evil actions. As they say inaction can be as bad as doing harm.

Honorable/Normal

Singular

Plural

1st (I/We)

-am/-a

-amos/-as

2nd (You/You all)

-ero/-esa

-eros/-esas

3rd (He/she/it/They)

-adol/-ada

/-edas

There is no plural honorable 3rd person conjugation. Typically heroic actions are described with each hero being described separately or simply use the non heroic form.

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The Ancient Language: 4

Chapter II: Legends of the World’s Creation

Verbs & Adverbs

The stories and creation of the world are long lost. Many in Remas Boral have their theories but most legends relate to the Old Kingdom and not much older.

However some “wizards/scholars” have delved deep into the records of the world and examined the old ruins of the Old Kingdom for their inscriptions and carvings.

The wizards of Remas Boral think the world didn’t exist at some point. Eventually the beat came. We call this Asom. One saying said by many is:

The beat comes before the echo.

Asom somadol da nul Usom

Colloquially people use this to indicate that causes come before effects, but wizards have guessed that the beat was what created the world. Magic often relies on, (word for rhythm), rhythm and those who have strayed use, (word for discord), discord.

In contrast the inhabitants of the Southern Islands tell a longer story about a drum beater who leads the rowers in their pace. Her creator the Sea loved her, but when she hit her drum it created an echo and the Sea thought the echo was weak and beautiful and the Sea used all its power to protect it.

Regardless it is established through the Teachings of the Serpent that all Wizards agree on that Asom created the Somele and the Somele seeing the beauty in the world created gardens, what we today call Sel.

As beautiful as the first garden.

Somada elalaron dadorol re Asel.

Vocabulary

Asom

Noun

The First Beat

Som

Verb

To Exist

Dadorol

Adj.

Similar

Elalaron

Adj.

Beautiful

Grammar

Verbs are relatively simple to learn in the Ancient Language. There is no tense or aspect, instead these are conveyed with particles. Conjugations will be described in the next section.

Particles:

Now

Da

Continuing

Cha

Finished

Ad

The fricative sound “ch” exists very rarely in the Ancient Language outside of verb tenses.

The tense and aspect are give thus:

Present

Verb

Soma

I am

Future

Now

Verb

Da soma

I will be

Past

Verb

Now

Soma da

I was

Continuous

Verb

Now

Continuing

Soma da cha

I continue to be

Finite

Verb

No

Finished

Som da at

I have been

The Ancient Language: 5

Fragments of the Song of the Fall of the Old Kingdom:

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Humans eventually emerged in the world and were taught by the Somele and learned language and how to be heroes. The Old Kingdom rose led by the best of men. The Song of the Fall of the Old Kingdom is one of the few pieces of their history.

The people of Remas Boral and all of the world believe that the Asom calls those who die heroically to be stars and when Asom finally turns to face Usom those stars will be allowed to fight at her side. The song teaches this lesson as well as the origin of the one we to this day call the Avunravel, the First Necromancer.

The Song only remains in fragments. Modern wizards and singers have attempted to restore the piece but here I will only recount the original fragments in the order wizards agree they probably were sung.

The first fragment introduces the temptations humanity faced even as Serpent and the Somele taught us language and to be heroes.

But the echo never rested, devoted to its jealousy it sent the Uvomelu to meet the humans in caves or in the dark of night. The Somele only taught language, the Uvomel taught power. The human known now as the Necromancer chose power.

Lad Usom usumomada, malnaler re dul modverol, Usom lorosomada da nulu Uvomelu re varomerdas nolo belo va vulu rasolulu ob vulu erunu erobu. Somele sol erabameras da nel asomeler. Uvomelu erabameras da nul rovul. Bel melemada vunravel somada Avunravel roluromara da nul rovul.

Vocabulary

Lad

Adverb

However

Su

exclamation

Yes

Una

exclamation

No

Sumom

Verb

To rest

Malnaler

Adj.

Certain/Sure

Modverol

Noun

Jealousy

Lorosom

verb

To send

Varom

verb

To meet

Bel

Noun

Human

Rasolul

Noun

Cave

Erun

Adj.

Dark

Erob

Noun

Night

Sol

Adj./Adverb/Noun

Alone/Only/One

Erabam

Verb

To Teach

Asomeler

Noun

Language

Rovul

Noun

Power

Melem

Verb

To know

Vunravel

Noun

Necromancer

Rolurom

Verb

To choose

Grammar

Negation of a verb: When something is “not” doing an action the verb is modified with a u- at the beginning of the verb.

To express two things together you can add the prefix An- to the beginning of the noun. To indicate one thing or another you use the particle ob between the two things.

The Ancient Language: 3

Derobelo Nol Remas Boral – Kingdoms of the Great Valley

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The first kingdom in the Remas Boral was the ancient kingdom of men before the War of the Necromancer. This was the Old Kingdom, Muner Derobel. They built many structures in the valley. Crossing the Dusom Cha Baral is a massive bridge, carved to look like to kings crossing arms. Their identity is long lost. Today it called Dele Tabele Sarasanol, Brother’s Bridge.

To the south is the Somubel Dele Rubele Lodore, so called because of two massive stone hands jutting from the Earth. The western kingdom holds their foremost port there within the ruins of the ancient buildings.


On the eastern side of the Dusom Cha Baral is the kingdom of Somalurala, named after its capitol Somubel Nala Solurala, the City on Cliffs. It is built upon the lowest step of the Ramele Badarele.

The king of Derobel Somalurala is Robel Borel and my brother. Our glorious ancestor is Nuremel Borel, the great warrior who held the cliffs as the survivors of Muner Derobel fled to safety in the Ramele Badarele.

On the western side is the Derobel Dolo Ruberemas, The Kingdom of Glorious Ruins. It’s capital city is built upon one of the great rocks left by the rampaging ice wall. As a city built upon a stone it is called El Lunvelor, the Stone Fortress.

Now I will continue with legends and sayings of the two Kingdoms.

Vocabulary

Derobel

Noun

Kingdom

Muner

Adj.

Old (Historical)

El

Noun

Stone

Lunvelor

Noun

Fortress/Castle

Somubel

Noun

City

Tabele

Noun

Brother

Sarasanol

Noun

Bridge

Rubel

Noun/Adj.

Ruin/Ruined

Lodor

Noun

Hand

Robel

Noun

King

Nuremel

Noun

Human Hero

Grammar

There are also prepositions that can be used. These are not modified but precede the noun they relate to.

Up to

So

Over

Sa

Down to

Bo

Under

Ra

From

Me

On top of

Na

Toward/to

Re

Out of

Le

Into

Ro

Inside

Va

At/Beside

De

Against

Se

Away

Osa

The particle Re is often used in comparisons as well.

 

The Ancient Language: 2

Remas Boral – Great Valley

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In the ancient tongue of the Somel the Great Valley is called Remas Boral. It exists between two mountain ranges, once the Range of Sel: Badarele Dele Sele, carved in two in ancient times.

The destruction of Badarele Dele Sele occurred long before the Old Kingdom rose in the Valley. In those days the people of the valley claim a great battle happened between Somel and Uvomel. A giant wall of ice struck the Daraele Dele Sele and carved out two new ranges, much smaller than before.

These two ranges are, Badarele Dala Solurala, the Range of Cliffs, and Ramele Badarele, the Eastern Ranges. North of the two ranges are the remains of Badarele Dele Sele, now known as Badarel Del Somel.

From the peaks of the two Badarele are steps formed from the advances and retreats of the wall of ice. As the ice finally retreated into Badarele Del Somel the melting ice still flowed into the sea. Its original name has been lost but the current kingdoms of Remas Boral call it the River Thirst: Nelraralsan.

So long has Nelraralsan flown down from the hard stone of Badarele Del Somel that it has carved a great crevasse down the middle of Remas Boral. This Crevasse is named Dusom Cha Baral, the Echoing Crevasse, after the roar of the river falling into it. Many of the wise claim that the voice of Asom can be heard from the surface of the river.

Nelraralsan falls over tall cliffs and its spray creates rainbows and so the cliff is called Solural Dala Sularusa.

Vocabulary

Somel

Noun

Stone Dwellers

Uvomel

Noun

Corrupted Stone Dweller

Boral

Noun

Valley

Usom

Proper Noun

The Echo

Ramel

Noun

East

Alasan/Ralsan

Noun

River

Badarele

Noun

Range

Badarel

Noun

Mountain

Nelrar

Noun/Adjective

Thirst

Baral

Noun

Crevasse

Dusom

Verb

To Echo

Solural

Noun

Cliff

Sularus

Noun

Rainbow

Grammar

Nelraralsan is constructed from Nelrar and Ralsan, the old word for the rivers of the world. Rivers named more recently are instead called Alasan. Since the fall of the of the Old Kingdom there are several words with older forms that are used for certain places or titles but not elsewhere.