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by Axiem
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 19:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

I was thinking about this part of the discussion today, and I think I figured out why it feels odd to me: normally, when a god says "hey, THIS is My Name", worshippers go out of their way to either not mispronounce it - or to not pronounce it...YHWH is YHWH is YHWH, and Vishnu is Vishnu is Vishnu. ...
by Axiem
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 17:35
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

On the subject of keeping score This is all stuff I've considered, and am probably going to go with—especially as that helps remove the question of "why do they let souls into each other's heavens?" I do like the idea of a combined score of some sort, which helps add mystery and alienness to the de...
by Axiem
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 17:25
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

*shrugs* an isolate that has since died out, followed by another isolate that has since been sidelined by more populated languages. (named in Sumerian, then battered in Basque, and then worshipped in Spanish and English) In this example, then, I'd still want to know whether to go with the Spanish o...
by Axiem
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 05:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

just pick some names, and say that that's them after the battering. I'm just trying to figure out for any given deity which is the "particular language" that did the battering. I'll reiterate my earlier suggestion: try writing a page or two...even if you scrap it, it will help. I have scraps and fr...
by Axiem
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 04:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

do they care? if the point of the sound-name is so humans have something to call them, that's different from how they self-identify...isn't it? Wouldn't you care if a parrot called you a different thing every time it saw you? Human-speak names might still be different than their self-identification...
by Axiem
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 02:20
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

Loki stuff Good to know! So much for my knowledge of Norse mythology! (I admit, I've immersed myself more in Greek/Roman than any other) And, what language are they all in, again? well, maybe they aren't in a language? (except the personal private language of that particular god) I mean in terms of...
by Axiem
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 00:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

Having thought about it more, I think a lot of it comes down to "What game are the gods playing?" Or rather, how is score tracked? My original conception relied a lot on the Civilization model: each deity got a civilization, and it was an all-out war between civilizations to take over each other, us...
by Axiem
Tue 06 Feb 2018, 22:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6388
Views: 404196

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Just getting the term that the ablaut in English occurs in strong verbs is enough to much aid my google-fu. That helps tremendously; thanks. Ablaut is pretty cool. But if you were to explain to me that some language conjugates by ablaut, I'd be like "whoa, that's gotta be so hard to hear and underst...
by Axiem
Mon 05 Feb 2018, 05:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6388
Views: 404196

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

My google-fu is failing me. English has a set of verbs that conjugate through ablaut—changing a vowel—and are considered irregular by modern standards: things like sing/sang/sung, drink/drank/drunk, sleep/slept, and so on. It seems as though there are internal patterns to those (see the i/a/u exampl...
by Axiem
Sun 04 Feb 2018, 20:48
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

except that's just it: people who believe in gods and those who believe in God, they can and do argue that what they believe in is provably and tangibly real. Sure, and I get that. It's difficult to dissuade the True Believers of any given religion. But we do these days generally accept that say, J...
by Axiem
Sun 04 Feb 2018, 05:57
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

I'm giving examples - precedent, if you like. avenues to consider and reject. Fair. It's just that whenever I look at historical polytheistic religions, I keep finding myself wondering how it would be fundamentally different if the gods were provably, tangibly real in them. (And also, what that wou...
by Axiem
Sun 04 Feb 2018, 01:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

I mean, sometimes a deity is at the head of a nation's or region's worship, yet is pretty much nonexistent in another nation or region (compare Baal in Roman Syria and Israel, vs Roman Britain)...and the jobs of gods don't always stay the same through space or time (before Osiris took over the stat...
by Axiem
Sat 03 Feb 2018, 22:45
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

I am once again running into the problem of my own indecision, and my tendency to keep re-thinking things over and over again. In this case, it's about the deities again. So, I ended up creating a list of 16 deities, in terms of domains—but didn't have names for most of them. And as I was thinking a...
by Axiem
Fri 02 Feb 2018, 17:06
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2306
Views: 121675

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Lindsay Ellis has a new video out in which she delves into why the Netflix movie Bright is so bad. A lot of it comes down to poor worldbuilding, and there's a lot of things she points out that would be good sorts of things for us worldbuilders to keep in mind.
by Axiem
Fri 02 Feb 2018, 16:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

That makes a lot of sense, and it works with the fact that I already knew that theatre and sports were important to the world. I've also been contemplating things like ice sculptures and sandcastles. For instance, in St Louis we recently had an ice sculpture festival, and the sculptures just sat on ...
by Axiem
Fri 02 Feb 2018, 04:39
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

but by that argument, there is no variety in any natlang or conlang, because there are all Cs and Vs...clicks and such excepted, naturally. Right, but a lot of languages are more than just CV repeated. Even Japanese allows for the occasional <n> :D But I need to also build a language or two that ha...
by Axiem
Fri 02 Feb 2018, 02:49
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

whats wrong with CV? There's nothing wrong with it at all! It's just that when all of my languages seem to be composed of just CV, and all the variety is in the C's and the V's, I don't think there's actually a lot of variety. Last night, I once again was haunted by the question of "how does art ex...
by Axiem
Thu 01 Feb 2018, 15:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

There are enough other random Situnyan words (in particular, amongst the pantheon) that have an <r> that I'm just going to add it to the language. But, I'm also potentially re-thinking a lot of how I'm doing language things, especially around Situnyan. I keep seeming to want to fall into CV-repetiti...
by Axiem
Thu 01 Feb 2018, 04:52
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

One of the things I think I'll do on the website (at some point) is to do each of the possible deity pairs, and go over what they have in common, and where they differ. Korvanuq and Valya, for instance, both place a high value on spending time with people and getting to know them. However, Valya wan...
by Axiem
Thu 01 Feb 2018, 04:49
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 67
Views: 5479

Re: Mto

I've been horrifically bad about making any progress on things these past few months. I've been distracted by other projects, and I keep having massive writer's block when it comes to the actual novels. Some of that is that I feel like I haven't built enough background to be able to do it well—notab...