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Ancient Song Cant

Technically the language of the Ruhoth and Rubeoth, from the days when they were one people, this language has become the tongue of all who sing the songs of the morning, of the festival, of magic.   The written language is phonetic, but with additional markings to indicate what note could be sung with the word. In the exceptionally elaborate pieces written on the walls of the ancient cities, the symbols for each word include notations for a full choir.   Even in words with a lot of consonants, the vowel sounds are meant to be elongated, allowing for maximum vocalization.   There are a number of historical events tied to specific songs. Either the song is a retelling, or else the song itself was a part of the event, and people sing it again to remember the power of that particular day.   It is possible and even usual to say the words without any kind of deliberate musicality, but in this context it's more of an academic language, due to its age and its differentiation from the people who originally used it. It's commonly found in ancient prophecies, for obvious reasons.   The letters are designed to adapt well to a calligraphic style of writing. It can be simple lines, or it can fit into scrollwork and fantastical pictures, albeit with some sacrifice as to the musical notation.   It's become something of a naming language, with parents giving their children names derived from words and phrases that they hope their child will live into.  

A Few Notes

  0 -- qa
1 -- e
2 -- ta
3 -- ere
4 -- caed
5 -- daon
6 -- deta
7 -- anave
8 -- cor
9 -- yir
to indicate tens: -sen
to indicate hundreds: -que, or –ique
to indicate thousands: -veth
7000 -- anaveth
-th – -nata   A few grammar rules -ing: -ne
-ly: -eth
-ed: -da
-ous:-nth, or -th (if ends in "n")
(most) -est: nur- or mur-, in-
(more) –er: -ind or –end
past tense: -ra
present tense: (word) tiu
future tense (only necessary in rare occasions. Usually “nol” is enough to indicate future): si-
person who does this: -eir
plural indicator (noun): (multiple options used, varying based on context and personal preference, listed here are the most common) –s or -es, -n or -en, -a (primarily found after vowels), -d or –ad, -ia (only after –eir, and not always used), -i or -ei
possessive indicator: -ivae or -vae, -ifae or -fae


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2 Jan, 2023 13:08

Is (or was) the language tonal (at some point)? Do the different notes make a difference in the meaning, or are they just used to match whatever melody the composer wants?

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