Language

Note: For those of you interested in making your own language, I highly recommend The Language Construction Kit! Without that resource, the Pamaru language wouldn’t exist!

Songs

Music and dance play an important role in the magic of this world, and sometimes I will record some of them for you to hear!

Corrupted Lullaby
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From Page 11 of Chapter 4. This is a corrupted version of one of Mizha’s favorite childhood lullabies.

The lines as they are sung here are: Zheze niumeyato, Wamak aizh apeyato, Yu pauzhi irai, Vuzha pomo va Ulai, Aizh Opazhon meamwaruto ro. This translates to “Sleep my child, Die in my embrace, Down we shall ride, To the land of Ulai, And rule in the Dreameater’s place”

In the ORIGINAL version, the song would translate to: “Sleep my child, Safe in my embrace. Up you shall fly to the Hall in the Sky,To dream — with a smile — on your face.”

I made a recording of both the Pamaru version (first loop) and the English translation (overlaid on second loop).

Names

Name Symbol Pronunciation Guide
Zhiro “Zh” has a vibratory “ch” or “sh,” similar to how the “j” in “Jacques Cousteau” is pronounced. The “r” is a rolled l/r sound.
Tama “Tama” is pronounced like “Mama,” except with a “T”.
Mizha “Mi” sounds like the word “me”. The “zha” has the same vibratory ch/j sound as “Zhiro” with an open “ah” sound on the end.
Kali This is pronounced in a similar fashion as the Hindu goddess of the same name.
Raiko Rolled r/l sound combined with “ai” sounds a lot like the “ri” in “right”. “Ko” sounds like the “co” in “coke”.
Koruval “Ko” is similar to the “co” in “coconut”. “Ru” has a rolled r/l sound combined with an “oo”. “Val” is pronounced similar to the word “ball” but with a low, vibrating “V” sound.
Warren The “w” sound is soft, much like when it is combined with “h” in the English language, such as in the word “where”. The “a” is an open “ah”. “rren” is a lot like the word “wren” if you under-emphasized the “w”.
Pakku “Pa” is the same as when used in “Papa”. “kku” has a hard “k” and a long “oo” sound.
Anna “Ah” and “Nah.” As a side note, this is also the word for the number zero (0).

The 4 indulgences

Name Symbol Pronunciation Guide and Associated Indulgence
Waiziki “Why” – “zee” – “key”. Indulgence of Grief, Doubt, and Self-Pity. In the form of a tearful blue toad or frog. Can also be seen as a Fortune of Wisdom and Longevity.
Raviki “Ra” – “vee” – “key”. Indulgence of Wrath. In the form of an angry red bird with a hooked bill. Can also be seen as a Fortune of Freedom.
Zhumupuru “Z/joo” – “moo” – “poo” – “roo”. Indulgence of Sloth, Lust, Gluttony, and Greed. In the form of a fat, lazy, lecherous, green bear. Can also be seen as the Fortune of Wealth and Prosperity.
Nikiwa “Knee” – “key” – “wah”. Indulgence of Frivolity. In the form of a cheerful, yellow ram. Can also be seen as the Fortune of Luck.

Common Phrases

Word/Phrase Meaning Pronunciation Guide
kizak The impolite version of Kiza, or “manure”. “key”-“zah”-“k”.
zhaken From zaka, which means “war”. Roughly translated, means an honor-less, treacherous, and disgraceful person or act. Originally used to describe tactics on the battlefield that were underhand, such as poisoning supplies or attacking sick trains. Later “zhak” came to be a rude term for “bandit.” Something that is “zhaken” is disgraceful, sick, or irredeemable. “Z/jah”-“ken”
Zhon A shortened version of the word for “god”. Similarly, “Zhona” is a shortened form of “goddess”. “Z/j” – “own”.
Timu The race Zhiro belongs to. “Tea” – “moo”
Tamakepe The race Mizha and Tama belong to. “Tah”-“ma”-“keh”-“peh”
Vone Base word for “thank you”. Least polite form. “v”-“oh”-“neh”
Pulu Base word for “please” or “request”. Least polite form. “poo”-“loo”
vatzu Rude word for “female breeder.” Also used to refer to a prostitute. May originally be a corruption of “Vazu” – the word for “moth” – as it was believed that moths were linked to fertility. “vaht”-“zoo”

Places

No. Region Name Famous for…
1 Tamapa’O Itsuri Capital (Light City)
2 Ulvaima Limestone quarries (“Stone of plenty”). First tribe to to follow the va Naza bloodline.
3 Momuru Hotsprings and the Dreameater temple. (“Hot waters”)
4 Kizhimo The Kizhimo university, and a reputation of cleverness. The original King of Kizhimo is responsible for devising the Steward system when joining the va Naza forces.
5 Rakapomo Backwater canyon lands. Rumored to be cursed by the souls of those who died in the War of Cleansing. (“Red earth”)
6 Vilazoshu (pronounced by people of the region with a soft “so” instead of “zo” sound) Rapidly improving infrastructure due to the initiative and drive of the region’s Steward. (“Forgotten beauty”)
7 Zhumuwelo An incredibly fertile region of farmland. (“Green River”). The Pwama Lord of this region peaceably surrendered, and his family line continues to manage it as a Steward. Has the most relaxed codes in regard to Timu rights.
8 Kuzopa Formerly controlled by pirates in service of the Pwama. 80 years ago switched sides. Renamed to celebrate the invention of steam engines there. (“Steam town”)
9 Zakalola Most recent acquisition to the empire, and under martial law until recently. Stewardship awarded to the va Zhimaki family, traditional General and Captain of the Guard for the High Sage. (“War fields”)

Sounds

Letter a o u ai i e
Symbol
k
l
r
zh
t
m
n
v
w
p
z
y