Relares is an ancient language, but as far as scholars have learned, it was not used like modern languages. It seems its primary use was as a naming language. The few Relares writings that have been deciphered serve as records of major events or declarations from important people.
Relares is written using ideographs. Each character carries a basic idea and pronunciation. From that base, different meanings are derived by adding a letter to the ends of the characters. This final letter is only used when speaking, so it can be difficult to determine a character's meaning just from a Relares inscription.
Researchers have determined three letters which change the meaning of the characters.
- S - physical object (noun)
- L - condition or state (adjective)
- N - action (verb)
For example, take the symbol for fire -- "ke".
- Ke-s: fire, flame (physical objects associated with "fire")
- Ke-l: hot, red (conditions associated with "fire")
- Ke-n: to burn something, to be on fire (actions associated with "fire")
Characters can be combined to form new words. The name of the language,
Relares, breaks down as follows:
Pronunciation of Relares is simple, with each character having one sound. There are no silent letters, and vowels are pronounced much like they would be in Spanish.
- a like in "father"
- e like in "get"
- i like the "ee" in "feet"
- o like in "or"
- u like in "super"
Some consonants have irregular pronunciations:
- "Cy" makes the sound "sh", so "Cyel" sounds like "shell".
- "X" is always pronounced like "z", so "XelHes" sounds like "zelhes".
Two characters carry special meaning when used before another character.
The character for "nature" (We) can make the following character plural or can add a feeling of "greatness" to the following character. Writing this character before the character for person (Ne) creates the meaning of a "great person" (WelNes).
The character for "hole" (Xe) creates the opposite of the following character. For example, writing this character before the character for "curse" (He) creates the word for the opposite of curse--a blessing (XelHes).
While Relares itself is no longer used, modern speech uses many words derived from the language. However, scholars have noted a change in the pronunciations of some words through time, a fact that could explain why most people don't realize Relares' influence.
When the second character begins with a consonant, the pronunciation of the preceding letter has changed as follows:
- S -> sa
- L -> ri
- N -> na
Thus, the Relares word WelTes, or "natural springs", has become Werites in modern speech.
There seems to be no change in words whose second character begins with a vowel, like the word "Relares", or in people's names.
|are||written record, monument||a record, letters, writing||ancient, recorded||to write a record of something|
|be||rim||rim, counter for days||giant, slow||to rotate, to wait|
|cye||shield||armament, armor||strengthened, on a ship's port side||to equip, to arm|
|de||gravestone||death, final||fatal, deadly, final, black||to kill, to end|
|ere||fingernail, claw||fingernail, magic & special abilities||related to magic||to use magic|
|fe||ocean||water, ocean||blue, holy, of the ocean||to pray|
|ge||anvil||metal, tool||hard, golden, made of metal||to turn into a machine, to make move|
|he||curse||curse, corpse||cursed, wicked||to curse|
|ire||ice||ice, snow||cold, white||to set, to stop|
|je||cut||weapon||sharp, on a ship's starboard||to cut, to divide|
|ke||fire||fire, flame||red, hot||to burn, to be on fire|
|lye||hit||hit, tail||old, on a ship's stern||to hit|
|me||star||star, affirmation||shining, silver, upper||to shine|
|ore||earth||stone, wall, land||distant||to move, to migrate|
|pe||explosion||explosion||violent, fierce||to destroy|
|qe||flight||wing, wind, air, sky||lightweight||to fly, to jump|
|re||box||box, treasure chest||secret, hidden||to hide, to put away|
|se||crown||king, leader||great, high||to control, to rule|
|te||gateway||birth, beginning, source||of a beginning||to begin, to pass through|
|ure||egg||life, animal||young, lively||to recover|
|ve||lightning||lightning, paralysis, numbness||yellow, electric||to turn on electricity, to paralyze|
|we||nature||plant, nature, one thousand||many, green||to include, to add, to grow|
|xe||hole||hole, down, descendant, negation||lower, underground, missing||to drop, to dig|
|ye||hold, capture||capture, hand||stable||to hold, to catch, to restrain|
|ze||pierce, stab||an animal's horn||new, on a ship's bow||to pierce, to stab, to push|