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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Prophesy of the Month: a riddle in rhyme November 2017



Riddle in Rhyme: Returns adjured to lowly gyre, And rallies furloughed kin... Prophesy of the Month November 2017: from Broken, Book II of the TotKW Saga by D.N.Frost http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/11/prophesy-of-month-riddle-in-rhyme.html
In Broken, 24 prophesies encode the secrets of the upcoming TotKW Saga.


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Wahni Vendohn Dohari VIII
2:3:4:7/5, III:IX


The voice impugned for ilk and ire
His word egregious sin
Returns adjured to lowly gyre
And rallies furloughed kin

The shiftless rouse themselves in hate
To death or freedom win
While timeless rigors dissipate
And usher chaos in.

Though this prophesy opens only one scene in Broken, it has a fun rhyme scheme and ominous clues about the unfolding of Book 4. Who do you think is the voice impugned, and for what purpose does he rally his furloughed kin?

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Prophesy of the Month: a riddle in rhyme October 2017

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Riddle in Rhyme: Of sands betraying royal plea, To coming Way await in turn... Prophesy of the Month October 2017: from Broken, Book II of the TotKW Saga by D.N.Frost http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/10/prophesy-of-month-riddle-in-rhyme.html
In Broken, 24 prophesies encode the secrets of the upcoming TotKW Saga.


See the full codex at DNFrost.com/prophesy.


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Council of Tsugen
2:3:3:2/5, III:IX
V 3:2:3:1/5, III:IX


With dawning day to empress go
And stoic say the gravest word
Of sands betraying royal plea
To coming Way await in turn

No aid reply to elven plight
Though doomed decry the sacred wake
Until the sigh of passing crown
Evokes the dynasty of peace

Untroubled squander days ahead
Let battle wander where it will
In guidance ponder Way's return
As darkness yonder breaks the line.

This prophesy is weird from head to toe. Its rhymes are mid-line, the portent called forth by a council of men from the Sutek desert. The council seeks advice on their actions in the coming war, and their portent comes to pass at the end of Broken. What could the passing crown foretell?

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My Nymph Hieroglyph Project: inspiration & spark

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My Nymph Hieroglyph Project: a complex writing system http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/09/my-nymph-hieroglyph-project-inspiration.html #TotKW Inspiration and spark by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part 8 of a series.
This post is Part 8 of a series to augment the Author's Manifesto available for free download. Start with Part 1 here.

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In Part 1 of this series, I got excited about language and started inventing a number of tongues for my fantasy world. My language development has stalled out a bit these days, since I already have so much established. However, my current language project circles back to the illiterate nymphs of the tropical glade.

Though illiterate in modern times, the nymphs were once a thriving civilization that traded with the forests of Ryerin to the north. Akin to the ancient Mayans, the nymph civilization fell during a major catastrophe, and they fled their stone cities into the jungle when the Colkh'rak invaded.

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Inspired by the complex glyphs of the Mayans, I envisioned the ancient nymphs with an impressive and artistic writing system that allowed each scribe great creative expression of individuality. Though I have no writing samples yet, this project is ongoing, and I hope to include some ancient A'lari glyphs in the first edition of Broken.

As of now, I'm super delighted with my language trees, and I have an exceptional foundation to keep world-building for my Tales of the Known World saga. Aside from the occasional line of foreign dialogue in the novels, which I use (sparingly) to emphasize language barriers, I use my languages to invent consistent names for the places where certain cultures live.

I also use the language rules to change place names from one language to another, such as the Suteki town of Zejawehe, which becomes Zeja'e on elvish maps. Similarly, the elvish town of T'gran'rh is represented on faerie maps as Tigranirsh, pronounced basically the same but transliterated differently.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sneak Peek from Broken: an exclusive sample

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Sneak Peek from Broken: download chapters 1-5 http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/09/sneak-peek-from-broken-exclusive-sample.html #TotKW An exclusive sample by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
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Hello, there! Thanks for your interest in my work. My name is D.N.Frost, and I'm a fantasy author, cartographer, and world-builder. I've been working on my Tales of the Known World saga for nearly two decades: writing, editing, illustrating, publishing, marketing, and managing my website all on my own.

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This is an exclusive invitation to start reading the second novel in my saga. The PDF download contains five of the novel's nineteen chapters, with seven of the book's 24 maps placed in narrative order alongside the story. Read it on practically any device, and decide for yourself if this adventure is right for you.

This exclusive download also links to a number of supporting resources and longer blog posts, so you can delve deep into your favorite maps and prophesies. I'm proud to offer you this substantial ebook from Book 2 in my epic fantasy saga, and I hope you read this adventure and discover yourself within.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Publishing My Language Mess: inspiration & spark

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Publishing My Language Mess: defiant pronunciations http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/09/publishing-my-language-mess-inspiration.html #TotKW Inspiration and spark by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part 7 of a series.
This post is Part 7 of a series to augment the Author's Manifesto available for free download. Start with Part 1 here.

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In Part 1 of this series, my first taste of linguistics set me on the path to inventing over seven languages for my fantasy world. As I got ready to publish Awakening, I needed to iron out some leftover inconsistencies between the languages I'd invented and the spellings and pronunciations of different names and places.

The dark tongue of Colkh'rak, spoken by the dark elf invaders of Allana, was actually a pidgin of the dark elf language Dyau and the daemon language with no vowels. Heleki, the ancestral language of the humans of Kholl, arose from Meri, and it mingled with the Colkh'rak language when the invaders landed there. This mingling gave rise to the Khollic language spoken during modern times.

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I published Awakening without knowing the last of these details, confident in my ability to hand-wave any inconsistencies I discovered. When I went to make my language appendix for the second edition, I codified everything and came up with my last adjustments.

The language of Ryehren was spoken during the ancient Golden Age before the invasion, and it arose from Meri. Similarly, the language of the Sutek Desert arose from Meri, so ancient Suteki is akin to Meri whereas modern Suteki is more a dialect of Allanic. This left only the last vestiges of defiant pronunciations and the strange spelling of the Trophek Reaches.

By necessity, I created the language of Trophek for my Tales of the Known World saga. I ruthlessly cataloged every instance of a place or name whose pronunciation didn't fit its native language. Aside from the way /f/ was spelled using "ph" for some places, good old English let me evoke a number of strange vowel sounds for certain letters.

I decided that Trophek was a human language from the rugged northern isles, and their ancient culture had spread, much like the Vikings, to the coastal mountain regions along the northern edge of the Known World. I ascribed unusual readings for Trophek's vowels, solving my pronunciation issues and leading to unexpected readings like Trophek (TRAW-fih-k) and Porthal (PAW-rth-ey-l).

That's it for this post! Up Next: Taking a stab at hieroglyphs...

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Prophesy of the Month: a riddle in rhyme September 2017

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Riddle in Rhyme: The risen flee the battle low, In terror's grip their hearts forgo... Prophesy of the Month September 2017: from Broken, Book II of the TotKW Saga by D.N.Frost http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/09/prophesy-of-month-riddle-in-rhyme.html
In Broken, 24 prophesies encode the secrets of the upcoming TotKW Saga.


See the full codex at DNFrost.com/prophesy.


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Nrohgi Kwnyeh Gusya XVI
2:3:3:2/5, III:IX
V 3:2:2:7/5, III:IX


The war of ancients now resumed
No blood for blood or blow for blow
The risen flee the battle low
In terror's grip their hearts forgo
All kin and country doomed

By nerves betrayed and sense attuned
The master culls the rank and file
Through powers elf beseeched revile
Lest all of earth and sky defile
With careless mortal wound.

This foreboding portent comes to pass at the end of Broken, when two vast armies clash on Allana's shores. What is the war of ancients now resumed, and who is the master that culls the rank and file?

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Language Trees and Creoles: inspiration & spark

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Language Trees and Creoles: blending invented dialects http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/08/language-trees-and-creoles-inspiration.html #TotKW Inspiration and spark by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part 6 of a series.
This post is Part 6 of a series to augment the Author's Manifesto available for free download. Start with Part 1 here.

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In Part 1 of this series, I began my love affair with languages. At some point, I made a language map to show how all my fantasy dialects evolved from the original five tongues I constructed. I chose a heartland for each of the languages, and I showed how the neighboring regions were influenced by the nearby language.

As the merfolk spread from the sea, coastal areas began to feel the influence of Meri. As the nymphs traded with the forest outside their glade, A'lari traveled northward. As the humans sailed beyond their initial islands, Thone infiltrated the whole archipelago. As the faeries spread from their western forests, Kalrei traveled outward too. And as the elves descended their mountains to colonize the plains, Ka'e influenced the languages already spoken in the area.

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The map was awesome but dizzying, so I also made a language tree to show how each dialect is related. I didn't intend to create every dialect, but it was important for me to see how the unifying language in the Known World, Allanic, evolved from different creoles of the original five languages. And rather than invent Allanic itself, I decided to create words as I needed them, picking and choosing cool features from the five ancestral languages to give it a truly hodgepodge feel.

Unable to go much further, I turned to lands outside the current scope of my Tales of the Known World saga to find new language opportunities. For the distant southern continent, I began work on Abidyajan, the fluid language of a great desert civilization. I doodled some potential alphabets into a notebook and worked out their creation myth, but I shelved the project until my first six books are complete. I'm not even sure where the notes are at this point. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and shuttled off to post-college life, eager to use my skills to become a published author.

That's it for this post! Up Next: Fixing up some defiant pronunciations...

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Five Related Tongues: inspiration & spark

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The Five Related Tongues: invented fantasy languages http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/08/the-five-related-tongues-inspiration.html #TotKW Inspiration and spark by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part 5 of a series.
This post is Part 5 of a series to augment the Author's Manifesto available for free download. Start with Part 1 here.

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In Part 1 of this series, I fell in love with linguistics. After constructing my Meri language, I had a template to invent the other four languages related to the ancestral tongue Ryunic. I tackled Thone, the language of the humans, next. To account for the different names of my human characters and their native regions, I compiled a list of sounds and started making language rules that would result in the correct pronunciation of those names.

Like with Meri, I embraced these inconsistencies and complexities as cool nuance that added realism to the language. With so much going on with the sounds of Thone, I had no room to impose a fatal flaw as I had with my previous languages. Instead, I embraced the link between humans and dark magic, evoking a writing system akin to the daemon language rather than the alphabet of Meri. In Thone, each syllable gets its own symbol, and the writing system doesn't differentiate between certain consonant pairs, such as /t/ and /d/, or /k/ and /g/.

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After the Thone debacle, I chose to be more careful in how I invented the last three languages. For Ka'e, the tongue of the elves, I decided to use only lax vowels, despite the linguistic principle that any spoken language will try to help differentiate vowels by making some tense and some lax.

For the faerie language Kalrei, I decided to use only front vowels, though the same linguistic principle would drive a spoken language to mix some back vowels in with the front ones. To stave off the effects of this principle, I assigned tones to each of the faerie vowels to aid in differentiation. And though I had writing systems for Thone, Ka'e, and Kalrei, I opted to skip the creation myth translation entirely. Even now, I have no writing samples, just examples of single words written in each of the languages.

With four languages down, it was time to tackle A'lari, the tongue of the nymphs. At the time, the nymph culture in my Tales of the Known World saga was completely illiterate, so I had no writing system to develop for A'lari. In many ways, this made the nymph tongue rather boring to me, and I spent very little time on it at first. For its fatal flaw, I opted to use only sonorants, a type of consonant including the liquids /r/ and /l/, the glides /w/ and /y/, and the nasal /n/.

Five consonants does not yield much variety for a language, so to boost the number of possible syllables in A'lari, I added three long consonants and provided for a multitude of vowels. There are nine short vowels and nine long vowels, and eighteen nasalized counterparts. There are two syllabic consonants, and a number of the vowels can take final consonants as well. In total, there are a staggering 967 possible syllables in A'lari, and they can be combined in a practically infinite number of ways.

That's it for this post! Up Next: Blending my languages into new dialects...

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