About the Txabao
The Txabao [tʃɐˈbao̯] (which means "travelers" in their native language) are a desert nomad people. They ride domesticated camels, and, upon encountering the wheel, use this brilliant invention for their camel caravans and become spread far and wide. The Txabao travel to oases, but do not stay for too long lest they deplete the water and vegetation.
Txabao have small families. They wear white robes to absorb the desert heat.
Important plants to the Txabao include the date, the coconut, and the prickly pear, eaten for their fruit; the agave, which gives them tequila; the aloe, from which they may have drinks and folk medicines; and bdellium (guggul).
The camel and goat are raised for milk and meat; the local breed of goats provides 'oshar, the type of wool used for their robes. Camels may be ridden, and, once the wheel becomes a part of the Txabao's life, they and their descendants use camels for leading their caravans. As the descendants of the Txabao venture into the mediterranean area, other large animals they encounter will take the place of camels.
Animals to be feared include cobras, venomous spiders, and scorpions. In the rivers, crocodiles are to be feared, and hippopotami can harm humans if said humans are not careful. There are four species of scorpions in the desert where the Txabao live that have a relationship with humans. One, the deathstalker
, is deadly. Two more scorpions, a red species and a black species, can poison humans but are not deadly. Then there's a white fourth species of scorpion. Its venom can kill most nonhuman animals; however, with humans its venom does not injure them, but instead acts as an entheogenic hallucinogen. Since this type of scorpion can warp your brain, we're going to call it the warpion
. Among Txabao speakers, though, the name zaidqxet
[zai̯dˈxʃet] is going to be used.
The Txabao practice a religion that features many gods and goddesses identified with the animal species they know from the desert or its oases and rivers, along with two human deities, the King of Gods, Dza'spar, and the Queen of Gods, Premreu. Legend holds that Premreu was born with four breasts. From one of her breasts sprang Dza'spar, and from then on Premreu had only three breasts. Premreu and Dza'spar then created all the other deities, who in turn created the animals, plants, minerals, and meteorological features and water. The King of Gods and Queen of Gods are credited with placing the stars, sun, and moon(s?) in the sky. The camel goddess Neidu was created by Premreu with four breasts, because that was what Premreu originally looked like, and as a result Neidu made all the camels in her image, and that is why camels have four teats.
As the initiation ceremony for young Txabao, Txabao boys and girls who are about 14 in Earth-years ingest venom from a warpion and await a vision. They then see what their spirit animal is going to be. Typically, they see a god or goddess who can be identified by a vision-guide (zaidpshakan) as one of the rostered deities. Every now and then, however, an initiate will see a totally unexplained therianthropic creature, and the zaidpshakan will have it retconned into the Txabao's mythology.
The Txabao language
m /m/ n /n/
p /p/ t /t/ k /k/ ' /ʔ/
b /b/ d /d/ g /g/
s /s/ x /ʃ/ q /x/ hh /ħ/
ts /ts/ tx /tʃ/
i /i/ u /u/ e /e/ o /o/ a /a/
ei /ei̯/ eu /eu̯/ oi /o̯i/ ou /ou̯/ au /au̯/ ai /ai̯/ ao /ao̯/ ae /ae̯/
Txabao has a stress accent system. The primary stress falls on the penult if the word ends in a single vowel, and on the final syllable if the word ends in a consonant or diphthong.
/n/ becomes [ɴ] at before /ʔ/ or /ħ/, and [ŋ] before /k/, /g/, or /x/.
/b/, /d/ and /g/ become [β], [ð], and [ɣ] respectively intervocalically.
/dˤ/ becomes [ðˤ] intervocalically.
/ħ/ becomes [ç] before /i/.
/a/ becomes [ɐ] when unstressed.
Syllables may begin with any single consonant (incuding /ʔ/), or the following clusters:
pr /pɾ/ tr /tɾ/ kr /kɾ/ br /bɾ/ dr /dɾ/ gr /gɾ/
sr /sr/ xr /ʃɾ/ zr /zr/
tsr /tsr/ txr /tʃɾ/ dzr /dzɾ/
ps /ps/ ks /ks/
px /pʃ/ kx /kʃ/
psh /psˤ/ ksh /ksˤ/
qs /xs/ qx /xʃ/ qsh /xsˤ/
sp /sp/ st /st/ sk /sk/
V can mean either a single vowel or a diphthong.
Syllables may be open, or may end with any single consonant except the pharyngealized ones or the pharyngeal /ħ/.
/m/ will morph into /n/ (which may mean one of /n/'s allophones) if the following phoneme is /p/ or /b/.
The basics of syntax
Txabao is SVO, has prepositions, is determiner-noun, is noun-adjective, and has head-final compounds.
Genitives come before the possessed, although when a preposition equivalent to "of" is used instead of a genitive case, the possessed comes first, then the preposition, then the possessor (in oblique case). An animacy hierarchy determines whether the genitive or the prepositional construction is used.
Nouns come in the following noun classes, arranged from highest to lowest in the animacy hierarchy:
Nouns come in three numeri: singular, dual, and plural.
Txabao has the following cases:
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