Posted by Mark Rosenfelder (220.127.116.11) on November 14, 2000 at 15:27:03:
In Reply to: Secret History of Verduria: College Hijinx posted by Mark Rosenfelder on November 07, 2000 at 02:44:31:
I know you're out there... I can hear you breathing. Or browsing. This page gets 45 hits a week or so. Anyway, on with the story.
I accumulated a miscellaneous heap of Almean stuff during college:
All of this was modified later. I'm probably leaving something out.
Verduria was full of jokes back then... influenced as much by Bored of the Rings as by Lord of the same. I've left in some of the jokes in the material I've put in... sometimes hidden by translation into Verdurian, as for instance Rhuk 17e Cheltei Shrayomei on the Verduria province map-- 'Castle of the 17th Evil Wizard'.
There's also jokes and tributes in the language itself... e.g. dení for 'homosexual' is a nod to a gay friend whose name in French class was Denys. Chelt for 'evil', cthelt in Cadhinor, is an adaptation of Cthulhu. The words uestu 'man' and rhon 'language' derive from Tolkien's 'Westron', from a time when I was trying to work with the (rather silly) D&D idea of languages for each intelligent race. Amrab 'law' refers to Hammurabi.
My girlfriend worked at learning Verdurian, and I wrote her some lessons. She complained about some of the difficult Russian-like consonant clusters, so you have her to thank that they've
since been modified.
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