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The Second Page of the Story of ‘E

From Grass Dog Studio

This follows page one, which has some further explanations.

I’m going to try really hard to finish page 3 in the next week, but I might not make it.

Translations for Page 2

Big letters:

ktletaccete bedodeho biga bira

“The Children of the Great One were small and weak.”

Smaller letters to the left:

fenemere bedodeha ef’u’oktleteccate

“Fenemere is the first born of the Children of the Great One.”

Smaller letters to the right:

benejede bedodeha ‘unuubktleteccate

“Benejede is the youngest Child of the Great One.”

Tiny letters near bottom:

ne bedodeha bededahe

“This is Bededehe, the Artist of Being.”

In this footnote, this page demonstrates a fundamental part of how the language of Fenekere works. Bededehe is an individual, a member of the Ktletaccete (the Children of the Great One, ‘E). He is the Artist of Being. His skill is simply Being, existing. His name is then used as the root word for all verbs, adjectives, adverbs and nouns derived from the Art of Being. So, “bedodeha” means “is” or “are”, depending on the plurality of the noun it’s attached to. “Ne” means “this”. It’s just a happy coincidence that in the script it looks kind of like an arrow pointing at Bededehe himself.

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I’ve finally figured it out! This is something that’s been stumping me for the past couple of months, and it took three days of scouring the internet for useful graphs and then combining them into one of my own, here:

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Fenekere Harmonic Series

From The Fenworks

Speakers of Fenekere typically measure everything in harmonics, in relation to some wave form. Visible light, for instance, is measured as harmonics of a deep infrared wave with a wavelength of 546,000nm. But for learning the language, you don’t need to know that. Also, a little later in the fictional history, they developed a more conventional measuring system (which I’ll tackle later).

The important thing is this!

Colors and musical notes correspond, and use the same scale. The naming convention is based on that.

Harmony itself is ‘ekehele – the “Artist” of Harmonics.
Light itself is ‘erele’e.
Sound itself is nemeneme.

So, Red is generally described as the first harmonic step of visible light:
ef’uu’ekuhela ‘erile’o /ɛfʔuuʔɛkuhɛla ʔɛɹilɛʔo/ – The first harmony of the product of light.

And the tonic note (say, C) is generally described as the first harmonic step of sound:
ef’uu’ekuhela neminemo /ɛfʔuuʔɛkuhɛla nɛminɛmo/ – The first harmony of the product of sound.

Of course, with music, you’ll need to tell the musicians what key you’re in, which I’ll work out how to do some day. The important thing to realize is that the tonic note can end up being anything, depending on what this scale is a harmonic of.

Anyway! You can shorten it. If someone is confused by the short version, they’ll ask, and then you specify that you’re talking about harmonies by repeating the long version above.

ef’uu’erile’o – red
ed’uu’erile’o – orange-red
el’uu’erile’o – orange
et’uu’erile’o – yellow
ew’uu’erile’o – green
es’uu’erile’o – blue

You may note, looking at the chart in the graphic link above, that these names correspond with the numbers (and letters) of the Fenekere alphabet, and that there are colors in between. And, it turns out that Fenekere seems to have more words for Orange than any other color! But you can dial it in. Say, you want to talk about a specific hue of blue. You use the decimal system. When talking about harmonics, the Fenekere number system is interpreted a little differently.

When you say es’apuu’erileo, you are not saying, “the 6Eth harmonic of visible light” (in base 31). You are actually saying, “The sixth harmonic of the 14th harmonic of visible light.” (Though, I may need the help of a mathematician to make sure I’m getting this right).

Any, the musical notes work in the same way:

ef’uuneminemo – C
ed’uuneminemo – C sharp
ev’uuneminemo – D
eh’uuneminemo – D sharp
ew’uuneminemo – E
ej’uuneminemo – F
es’uuneminemo – G
ey’uuneminemo – Middle C

On that end of the scale, you don’t get A or B. But, there are 31 steps, and if you keep going, you do run into those notes above Middle C. It also starts to look like a regular 16 step harmonic scale up there. In any case, if you’re curious, you can refer to my graph above.

All of these notations will be entered into my online dictionary by the time it’s ready to go public.

But now I can do colors!

In other news, I’ve started work on importing most of the taxonomic tree of life into Fenekere. So, we’ll be able to talk about the yellow tiny watery theropods!

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ETA: And now it has been funded! Woo-hoo! Thank you so much everyone. The artwork will remain for sale in the name of the campaign for which it was created. Every little bit still helps.

Yesterday, I worked on an illustration in the name of helping to fund a friend of mine who is in need. All proceeds from the sales of that illustration will go toward her fund.

Well, I haven’t had any sales yet. But it’s not too late! Any revenue that comes in before noon will be transferred directly to Disa today so that she can get her belongings out of lien. Anything that comes in after that will still go to her, just after the fact.

But, here’s the cool thing. When I went to bed last night, her fund was $325 short of the goal. This morning? $65! Almost there!

Thank you! This is awesome!

Anyway, if you’d like to help out by buying the set of artwork, it’s still available at my Etsy shop.

Or, if you’d like to simply make sure that Disa’s got enough funding for the day to get here belongings out of lien (which I’d be quite grateful for), please visit her campaign and see what you can do:

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