• Caleb Teal

Author's Diary #1: The Athakarin Language

Today I'm starting a new format for blog posts going forward called Author's Diaries. These blog posts won't be about my stories, side projects I'm working on, my life, or cool things I've created. These will be posted roughly every week at whatever day of the week best suits me. To kick off this new format. Today I would like to share a language I created for my story, the Athakarin Language, which is the native language of the main character of the Avala: Spirits of the Mindscapes Series.


How Athakarin Works

The Athakarin Language function on symbols that each represent a syllable that are put together to form complex words. On their own each symbol has a vague meaning, and by combining those meanings together you can get any word imaginable (however sometimes it might take quite a number of symbols, as the language was designed by the Yajixa to keep the Athakarins from easily advancing scientifically.)


The Symbols

Note: Purple and Pink Lines are for positioning.



The Symbol Meanings

Aal = Death, End, Stop, Sleep, close

Ack = Justice, stand

Ad = fall, drop, down, south

Ag = But, However, If only

Aix = Blade, Sword

Ak = Path, find

Al = Mountain, Hill, Stone

Alv= Love, Lust, Sex, Red

Ama = Happiness, happy

An = Guide

Ar = Hate, Rage, Anger

Ath = current, present

Av = Life, Forest, Plant, Green, Start

Cal = move, walk, run

Cam = Hair, Fur

Chi = foot, bottom

Chil = Heart, Soul

Crek = Scales

Da = desire, want, need

Dai = River, Water, Flood, Blue

Dar = Man, Boy

Dev = Wicked, Evil, Monstrous

Di = Fish

Dor = Waste, Garbage, Filth

Dri = Baby, Infant

Dril = or, other choice, alternative

Duu = Beast, Animal, Monster

Dy = skin, meat, flesh

Dya = Equal

Dyak = Flat, Plate, edge

Ec = Cave, Cavern

Ech = Darkness, Shadow, Black

Eth = Empty, Void, Hollow

Evelon Tah = The World

Ex = Feathers, Arrow, Dart

Gix = Fear

Gra = Wing, Flight, Fly

Gre = East, Right

Hal = word, writing

Hav = Sick, Illness, Poison

Ij = War, Violence, Aggression

Ija = Gather, Collect

Ina = Lie, Deceit, Fake

Ith = Mind, Thought, Brain

Ix = nose, smell, scent

Jar = See, Sight, Eye

Ji = Spirit, Ancestor, God

Jix = Faith, Religion

Kaa = Sand, Fine, Dust

Kaal = Crime, Sin

Ki = take, receive, arrive

Kio = Not, No, Zero

Kna = west, left

Knak = Celebrate, Fun, Party, Purple

Ko = building

Kor = Three

Kta = sad, upset

Kya = Protect, Defend, Shield

Kyat = Attack, Fight

La = Self, Me, I, Same

Lai = Ice, Cold, Frozen, Snow, White, Pale

Lan = We, Us, Unity

Li = Woman, Girl

Lik = Food, Eat

Line = Drink, Thirst

Lith = Future, To Come, Will

Lix = Thing, Object, it, this

Maj = Fire, Heat, Warmth

Mo = Sky, Air, Wind, Sound

Mog = Adult

Moh = Four, you, your

Na = Color, Hue, Identity

Nax = Time

Net = Event

Nor = Many, Lots, Plenty

Ra = Home, Holding

Rain = Location, place

Rak = Good, Perfect, Yes, Truth

Ran = Make, Create, New

Rek= Intelligence, Knowledge

Ri = add, and, in addition

Ril = Eternal, Forever

Rin = speak, say

Ro = Light, Bright

Rok = Top, up, north

Sa = Submit, Give, leave

Sal = Chosen, Prime, First, One

Scy = Five, Hand, Fingers

See = Sibling, Other Part

Sen = Body, Whole, Entire, All

Sha = Note, Music, Song

Shae = circle, round, ball, cycle

Sul = Freedom, Rescue

Suu = Metal

Sy = Face, front, Shape

Ta = Crystal, Glass, Gem, Special

Tad = Blood, Pain, Wound, Orange

Tah = Two, Twin, Pair, Couple

Ti = Possible

Tix = do, try

Uul = Rigid, Solid

Uun = Fur, Hide, Coat, clothes

Va = Children, Child

Vai = Power, Strength, Great

Vaic = Force, Enforce

Vaj = Scale Strands

Van = fast, short, small, light

Var = is, was, in, to, since, because, of, at, with, from, by

Vlu = slow, long, far, big, heavy

Vor = They, Them

Vra = May it be, please

Wra = hold, hug, grab

Wrak = Pull, Bow (as in bow and arrow)

Wran = Push

Ya = Parent, Caretaker

Yam = Ruler, more

Yat = Past, Was

Yil = Open, wide, vast

Yv = Wealth, Value, Prize, Yellow

Zay = Old, Unseen, Hole


Athakarin Grammar and layout

Symbols are added together to create new words with a meaning taken from the symbol meanings.

Symbols that one ends and the next starts in the same transliterated set of letters can be combined together. This does not change the meaning and is instead like a contraction. This is represented in transliterated format as AV+VA

Each new sentence is on its own line. This causes most Athakarin scrolls to be long and narrow.

Any time English would use a comma, Athakarins instead take a new line that is indented. Any further parts like this have a new line with the same indent.

If a line gets too big for the page, it continues on the next line with a special continuation line symbol that looks like a line of about three symbols long.

Every single line of a quote has the Athakarin quotation makes at the start, and some lines have both this and an indent if they are part way through a sentence. These quotes look a three symbol long stretched out zig-zag, with three segments and the points facing up and down.

Some Words have the Athakarin Question Mark as part of it, this makes the word almost a question of its own.

In sentence Structure, Subject most often comes first, and is written in proper name, instead of pronouns.

Tense is not as important in Athakarin as in English, the only time that present tense is not used is when it legitimately matters.

The symbol var is the equivalent of most small words in English, however it isn’t always used unless it is necessary to understand what is being said.

There are no such thing as possessive nouns in Athakarin.

Dialects of Athakarin are based on combination of symbols and their overall meaning. In one dialect, Rakrak (Rak-Rak) might mean yes (Ecrekio Valley), while in another dialect it might mean true perfection (Avraintix). These other dialects though able to be understood given enough context are different enough that people of different regions of Evelon II still need translators to easily communicate between different nation.


Athakarin names or Proper Nouns are written with a line over and below the symbols of the name or proper noun.


Common Ecrekio Valley Dialect Athakarin Phrases

Rakshae (Rak-Shae): Hello, Literal: Good Cycle,

Rakshaeaal (Rak-Shae-Aal) Goodnight, Literal: Good Sleep

Yajivar! (Ya-ji-vr) By the Spirits!

Yaji Var Larin! (Ya-ji-var La-Rin) In the name of the Spirits!

Mohrak (Moh-rak) Thank you, Literal: You Good.

Mohvra (Moh-Vra) May you please, Literal: You Please

Lavra (La-Vra) May I please, Literal: I please

(Your Name) Seealv (Other Person's Name) / La Seealv Moh (See-Alv): I love you like a Sister/brother, literal: I sibling love you.

(Your Name) Lanalv (Other Person's Name) / La Lanalv Moh (Lan-Alv): I love you (Romantically), literal: I unity-love you.

(Your Name) Vaalv (Other Person's Name) / La Vaalv Moh (Va-Alv): I love you like my child, literal: I child-love you.

(Your Name) Yaalv (Other Person's Name) / La Yaalv Moh (Ya-Alv): I love you like my parent, literal: I Parent-Love You

Rakrak (Rak-Rak) Yes, literal: Yes Yes

Kiokio (Kio-Kio) No, literal: No No

(Subject's Name) var Havavrak? / Moh var Havavrak? (Moh var Hav-av-rak) Are you in good health?, literal: Are you healthy?


Downloadable Example of Athakarin Translation

- From Chapter 1 of Avala: Spirits of the Mindscapes - Book 1 Hope

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That's all for today, until next time.

~ Caleb Teal, Author of Avala: Spirits of the Mindscapes

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