This manual is focused primarily upon the instruction of the most common dialect of Shibani, that spoken in the city of Ausin and surrounding regions, concentrated in the northeastern part of the peninsula. However, many of the features of this language are common across its various dialects, and shared with its neighbouring tongues. Most of the languages of this region are related and many are mutually intelligible. The variety of Shibani spoken in Ausin is often considered to be the default language of communication between peoples, when Aeskhonan is not employed.
Further, it is noted that Shibani languages have had a significant grammatical and lexical influence on the dialects of Aeskhonan spoken in the Tiler Sea, and all along the coasts of both continents.
Successful completion of this manual will not only render intelligible the languages of many people, but will grant a new richness to the study of Aeskhonan and to that of languages generally.
In order to begin speaking and comprehending any spoken language, the student must first be able to both produce, and distinguish upon hearing, the sounds used therein. What follows is a complete account of the consonant sounds encountered in Shibani, and the glyphs used to represent these sounds. Read the rest of this entry
I am writing to you to inform you of grave events, recently occurred in the town of Wersham. These may yet have become currency in High Shuldith, but I hope with this letter to dispel rumour and falsehood, and lift the veil of doubt from what part of this affair I myself witnessed.
On the fourth morning of this month, I was roused from my work by a general commotion taking place in the central square of the town. I made my way there, following an uproar of voices, to witness the following scene:
The barracks-house of the militia had been surrounded by masked figures, armed with blade and bow and cudgel. The figures, numbering at least a score in the vicinity of the barracks, were matched by a handful of their fellows on rooftops around the square, and upon the raised platform in centre, stood another of their number, evidently their leader. Bound to the post of this platform (used for speeches, public hearings, and executions) were the militia-captain and the bailiff; bound tightly and gagged, yet quite conscious. The people of the town had gathered to see what would occur between the besieged militia and these apparent bandits, and made no attempt to free the militia in the barracks or the prisoners at the platform.
The leader of the masked band was in the middle of a speech as I came into earshot; I have faithfully recorded what I heard of this oration (having served as amanuensis in my early vocation, I dare to claim this as an accurate recollection).
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Extract from an General Instructional, published in Itis-Mae, dating to approximately Ar850
The Benevolence of the Pantheon, and their gifts of Right Cleanliness and Healing Arts, have risen Mortality from the diseased squalor of the pre-theistic darkness.
Nonetheless, pestilence and plague still afflicts this world. Spirits of corruption work against Mortality and the Deities that protect us. Learned Theologians teach us of the following progression of stages in the spread of a pestilence.
FIRST, the bearers of corruption will arrive. Be they Mortality, or beast, for all sickness is borne by living flesh.
SECOND, this will spread among the population. Those practicing Healing Arts will be at gravest risk.
THIRD, the priesthood and healers of the city will be struck down. Those intercedents between Divinity and Mortality, protectors of health, must be killed for the corruption to take hold. Be this achieved by ill timing, or cultists of corruption assaulting their persons, or the effects of the sickness itself; this is a grave step in the progress of a plague.
FOURTH, the illness will begin to spread unchecked. Panic will disrupt the daily order, and Right Cleanliness is forgotten, increasing the corruption.
FIFTH, many will die and many will flee. Those fleeing will bear the illness in their flesh to fresh lands, where the corruption may take a new root.
Extract from an early draft of Darion’s ‘History of Janspar’. To date, this work has not been completed. Its reverent religious tone suggests this section to have been written before the Abandonment. It was found among documents dating from Ar1648.
The scholars of the past most typically divide Janspar’s history into five eras. These are as follows: the Antesermal Age, the Age of Revelation, the Age of Contact, the Age of Withdrawal, and the Age of Mortality. These eras are based upon Mortality’s knowledge of the Peak Pantheon through their Aeskhonan intercedents. Of necessity, no clear specific dates can be applied for all lands, as the civilizing light of the Peak did not reach Mortality all at once. Yet to discuss these matters more easily we measure the eras of history thusly: Read the rest of this entry
Darion is reluctant to talk to me about this early work – written when he accompanied a Fleet circumnavigation. He doesn’t seem to have noticed I found a copy, well-hidden in his library.
It certainly appears to betray liberal biases. This admiring extract about the brave, noble Jeniani would never spill from the pen of an older Darion. Was it mere youthful enthusiasm, or something more enduring? I cannot spare this book, but should you happen upon a copy, study it. Your mentor may be very interested.
I remain your loyal friend.
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