Map of Egeld

This map turned out rather horribly, mostly due to overuse of my bad eraser. But I think it still looks okay, and it’ll be very useful as I work more on Egeld. I drew the boundaries between provinces – Egeld has 45 despite its small size – and the larger cities. The cities marked with a dot and a circle are the capitals of their respective provinces. There’s also a number in each province – the long list to the right has the names of all the provinces, using those numbers. And if you look at the key in the bottom right, you’ll see the meanings of the different colors. Finally, the names are all in the Egeldish language, which I’ve been working on a lot recently, and most of them, at least, have meanings!

So, Egeld is an imaginary country in the imaginary continent of Lufitantha, up in the northeastern corner. Egeld is mostly a farming country, but there’s a lot of industry as well – Egeld is the second biggest industrial center in Lufitantha, after Arandu. About 200 years ago, the Egeldish ruled most of Lufitantha, but they lost control within a few years and had some time of violence and anarchy before they formed a working government. Today, Egeld is doing well and is quite stable, though they did just fail at an attempt to take over Azon, to the south. Azon used to be part of Egeld, and it remains very unstable despite its independence, which prompted Egeld to take over with the excuse that they were bringing law and order. Partly due to this botched invasion (one of quite a few), Egeld is not very popular in the international community, as invading other countries isn’t really kosher at the moment in Sheesania. Their bad status is despite the fact that their representative in the World Union, Dathis Nutica (or Dāţis Nūtica in my standard Egeldish romanization), is a member of the political party of Zethra Dusti, the current World Minister.

The Egeldish government is run by a hierarchy of elected councils – Egeldish have ruled themselves through democratic councils for centuries. Even before there was a central government, Egeldish peasants would assemble and vote on questions like what to plant and how much to sell of their produce. Later on, Egeld was ruled by a council of all the land owners in the country. Today each province is represented in a central council by an elected official, but the election process and its various requirements and restrictions vary from province to province – a few provinces, for instance, still don’t let women act as their representatives. In general, the provinces are fairly independent of each other, and the central government tries to restrict them as little as possible. Some provinces require travel documents if you want to enter them; others don’t care. Some provinces make all their citizens get ID’s and register births, deaths, marriages, property, businesses, &c, &c, while others are rather lax. It varies a lot. The fact is that the central government is mostly concerned with foreign policy, the army, and maintaining roads and other such inter-provincial services (jobs often carried out by the army).

Egeldish are known outside of their country for being logical and sarcastic, but also very superstitious when it comes to some things – most Egeldish are quite fearful of ghosts and things relating to death in general. Egeldish have produced many important inventions and scientific discoveries, but have only a small artistic tradition and virtually no literary tradition. (Sniff. No analysis of imaginary Egeldish novels for me.) Egeldish culture is fairly individualistic, with people being relatively independent of their families. But democratic decision-making is very valued, and the community as a whole is seen as being more important than the individual to most Egeldish. (It was partly for this reason that the nobility never became very powerful in Egeld – the opinions and desires of the people under them carried too much weight.)

But anyhow – here, finally, is the map! As usual, you can click on it to see it larger, and as usual, I have my signature with my last-name-which-shall-remain-mysterious whited out.


Map of Frencha in Frinci

I’ve been making up a bit about a country in Lufitantha, Frencha, recently, and so I decided that I had better draw a map of Frencha to keep its geography straight before I made up too much. And besides, drawing a map helps to inspire me! Since I’ve also been working on bits of Frencha’s language, Frinci, I decided to label the map all in Frinci. And here’s the result. I quite like how it turned out – I like how detailed it is and how many cities and towns there are. As always, you can click on the image to see it larger.


Note that as I labeled this map in Frinci, I used the Frinci names for everything, so Fastcoast became Vacgost, Gourisson became Ǩeresen, Eloquot became Kilesaf, etc. I also used the indigenous Frinci names for parts of Frencha, but in English I would usually use other names. For example, I would call Relaf “the Ramieu Territory,” and I might call the Ďňiif just “Southern Frencha.” Except that I love saying Ďňiif so I think I’ll keep using the Frinci term. 😉

Map and Description of the Jaeve Families of Lukok and Laguina

I drew this map on March 28th, 2013 by tracing my drawing of Olha’s War and then making a copy of the result. (I intend to make the original tracing into a general map of Lukok.) It shows the 21 Jaeve families and their offshoots, and where they live and own land in Lukok and Laguina. Who are the Jaeve families? They are all descended from the legendary Hosultë, a king who ruled both Lukok and Laguina. He supposedly had 21 children, each of whom then started a Jaeve family. These people are the royalty and nobility of Lukok and Laguina. To help keep the families straight myself, and clarify to my readers, I also wrote an overview of each of the Jaeve families, which is at the end of this post.

Here’s the map. Now, there are only 21 families, but confusingly, some of these have further divided themselves into subfamilies with different names, and sometimes different lands, too! For example, the Rèn live in Lukok, but their subfamily the Rènha live in Laguina. But they are part of the same general Jaeve family. So, when two families were split up like this, I used the same color for both their lands. You can also check the overview of the Jaeve families to see what ones are members of one larger family. In cases where a family remained in the same geographical area, but one part was almost completely populated by only one subfamily, I drew a border between the areas. But, again, I used the same color. Finally, in areas where there are different subfamilies, but they’re mixed, I just listed multiple families for the same area.

The Jaeve of LukokNow for the overview of Jaeve families! This list explains what country each lives in, what sort of jobs they have, how rich they are, what their different branches are, where they live, etc. A quick note: “Old Jaeve” refers to the traditional Jaeve lifestyle, where they own land and have peasants live on it in exchange for goods (not money!). They might also do a little trade with any excess goods they get. Basically, this is a simple feudal system. But as Lukok has become more modern, many Old Jaeve families haven’t been able to support themselves anymore. They’ve began turning to what is called the “New Jaeve” lifestyle, where they start businesses, especially factories, and hire peasants living on their land. However, even New Jaeve families haven’t completely broken from the Old Jaeve lifestyle – they still own land and lease it out to peasants as before. By the way, both sorts of Jaeve families usually also have members that work as soldiers and government officials, two jobs that are traditionally Jaeve. (The lowest soldiers are generally commoners, but once you get a few ranks up, almost everybody is Jaeve or partly Jaeve.) Without further ado, here is the list:

1. Yäaç, Yaäk, Yäaş

This family is mostly situated in Lukok, and was very important from the 1300’s to the ascension of Devï Rèn. [This is the Lukokish way to spell Devey.] Today they are rich and prestigious, but do not participate much in politics anymore. The Yäaç branch is the largest, and the Yäaş are a very small offshoot of them. The Yäaç are mostly from Dôsol; the Yaäk have their roots in Tòlsesan; and the Yäaş are from Alènev.

2. Rènjaeve, Rèn, Rènha

Devï’s branch of the Rèn are very important today as royalty, but the other Rèn remain fairly obscure, usually working as Old Jaeve landowners and rarely New Jaeve businesspeople. This family was originally called the Rènjaeve, but this name was shortened to Rèn during the late 1100s. The Rènha are a minor branch that live in Laguina. The Rèn and Rènha were originally from an area northwest of Vere:san, and while the Rèn still claim this as their hometown, the Rènha consider Telete, in Laguina, their home.

3. Lehana, Leyana, Leàna

The Lehana family is currently the ruling family of Laguina, as it has been for over 150 years. They are a rich and large family and very involved in politics. The Leyana are also wealthy and prestigious, and hold many important positions in government. The Leàna own large tracts of farmland within Laguina, and so are important, but are less involved in politics and are the smallest branch of the original Lehanas. All are originally from Dona, and the Leàna have their land holdings around this city.

4. Juşul, Juyul

This family is from Laguina, where they mostly own businesses and control a few small towns. Prior to the 1400s, when they began to shift to a New Jaeve lifestyle, they were a small and obscure family that only had small land holdings. Today they are fairly important business holders in Laguina. The Juyul branch mostly consists of the Juşul that still work as landowners. This family calls the lands and towns around the central bulge of northwestern Laguina their home.

5. Öetjaeve, Öete

The original name of this family was Öetjaeve, but now they use the shortened version Öete for everything except important and formal documents (for example, marriage certificates). The Öete are quite rich and well-off, owning large areas of farmland and also an important port area. They mostly work as landowners and traders, but there are also many Öete who serve as soldiers or work in the government. Their homeland includes no major cities, but a large tract of land north of Dôsol and a peninsula west of Dôsol.

6. Vuşï, Vuşë

The Vuşï and their branch the Vuşë are a medium-size Lukokish family. They are fairly well off and own many factories and businesses as well as farmland. The Vuşë are the branch that live in Thirsìlisan, their hometown. Their family lands lie all around this fairly large city.

7. Tereve:sal, Tereve:jaeve

The Tereve:sal and Tereve:jaeve are a rich and fairly important Lukokish Jaeve family. They do trading, own land, and work in the government and the army. The Tereve:jaeve are the branch of the family that mostly work in the government and live in diverse cities such as Àçesan and Nêleru. Their hometown is Tereve:salsan, and they own land around this city.

8. Sozborë, Soşborë

This Laguine family was originally quite small and unimportant, but they were some of the first to explore and settle on nearby islands, such as Tou Island and Saraum Island. They have some of the most diverse jobs of the Jaeve families, working in the military, in the government, and as traders and landowners. The Soşborë are those that live in the islands. Their homeland is part of the western coast of Laguina, but they also dominate the islands of Tou and Saraum.

9. Dehderu, Dedèrö, Dëdïmëdö, Dëdï

This family is Lukokish, and owns the most land of any Jaeve family. They have been important in the Lukokish military and government for centuries, though a Dehderu has never been on the throne. The Dehderu and Dedèrö are most known for their involvement in the military as soldiers and generals, and the money from their success allowed them to buy the large tracts of land that their family now controls. But not all Dehderu and Dedèrö are military, as many of their members work as normal Old Jaeve landowners, typical New Jaeve businesspeople, or in the government. The Dëdïmëdö are the most traditional landowners among this family’s branches, and the Dëdï have become famous as traders. The hometown of this family is Teròl, but they control most of the land of the southeastern tip of Lukok, including the cities of Ôninev, Mïreken and Delamë. The Dëdï and Dëdïmëdö together own most of the lands of Smaller Lukok (though many other Lukokish Jaeve families also own land there).

10. Akloş, Akoş

The Akloş, now known as the Akoş, are a military Laguine family. Their members have worked as soldiers and generals for Laguina for centuries, and at times have ruled Laguina, too. They are fairly wealthy and work as landowners and traders as well as soldiers. Their hometown is Dyetse, and they control most of the land around this city.

11. Keşelta

This Lukokish family is the smallest of all Jaeve families. They almost all work as Old Jaeve landowners, though a few have become traders and now they are experiencing a growing trend towards scholarship. They are one of the poorest of the Jaeve families, though they remain proud and try to involve themselves in politics. Their small homelands are west of Dôsol.

12. Asalëajaeve

The Asalëajaeve, a Lukokish family, is one of the most traditional Old Jaeve families. They used to be rich and strong, but started to grow poorer in the late 1300’s. Today, they are only fairly well off, though they remain prestigious, and there are many important Asalëajaeve members in the government. Their homelands lie between Thirsìlisan, Teròl and Alènev, where they work as landowners.

13. Melëa, Mendäa

This Lukokish family has split into significantly different branches, though their lands are next to each other. The Melëa are rich and have pioneered the New Jaeve lifestyle, building factories and starting many businesses, though they also still work as traditional landowners. Today they are important in government. The Mendäa, on the other hand, remain as poor but prestigious traditional Old Jaeve landowners. The homelands of the Melëa are south of Divìtsol and east of Sörlëon, Àçesan and Jaevèdev, while the homelands of the Mendäa are just east of Divìtsol. Their original family lands were mostly what the Mendäa own now.

14. Törev, Tïrev, Töreş, Töreşv

This minor family has ties in both Lukok and Laguina. They own land in Lukok, and most of their members live there. But they generally have friendly relations with Laguina, and many of them frequently visit or even live there. This family is small and considered minor, but they are quite wealthy, do a lot of trade and involve themselves in politics. The Törev (the most friendly towards Laguina) and Tïrev work as traders, New Jaeve businesspeople, and government workers, while the Töreş and Töreşv serve as landowners and more traditional traders. Their hometown is Sètsol.

15. Şëajaeve, Sëajaeve, Sëhajaeve

This family is a fairly typical southern Lukokish Jaeve family – mostly landowners, but getting more and more into a New Jaeve lifestyle of starting businesses and factories. A few members of this family have also been important in the military and, historically, in government. They are quite well off and getting richer as they become more New Jaeve. The Şëajaeve are mostly Old Jaeve landowners; the Sëajaeve more tend to be New Jaeve businesspeople. The Sëhajaeve branch is quite small, and its members mostly work in the military. In the past, a few Sëhajaeve were important in the government. This family’s home is an area west of Alènev and Ôninev.

16. Dëej, Dïej

This old, prestigious and rich Lukokish Jaeve family has been important in politics and the military for centuries. They continue to be involved in government, while also working as both Old Jaeve and New Jaeve. While they are not as rich as they used to be, they remain wealthy. Dëej is the older, larger and more traditional branch; Dïej is a branch mostly consisting of New Jaeve. Their hometown is the ancient Dëejşan, which was named after them.

17. Quelël, Keläl

This very diverse Lukokish family works in trade, military, government, landowning, business and other jobs. Different members vary wildly in wealth – some, such as the mayor of Vere:san, are among the wealthiest of Lukok, while some, such as most of the soldiers, are poorer than most middle-class non-Jaeve. The Keläl branch is known for trade and war, and for being especially belligerent towards Laguina. The Quelël branch encompasses all other members of the family. Their hometown is Vere:san.

18. Döros, Deros, Döroz, Döroş

All the branches of this family are Lukokish, but while the Döros are quite rich and important, the other branches are minor and small. They generally work as Old Jaeve landowners, but there are also many New Jaeve businesspeople and factory owners among them. Unusually, all of the branches are quite involved in politics, even the minor ones. Their original hometown is Divìtsol, an area where the Döros currently dominate. The Deros, Döroz and Döroş own land west of Divìtsol, most of which is marshy and not very valuable.

19. Nïnïjaeve, Nenä

The Nïnïjaeve, now called the Nenä instead, come from Laguina and are traditional landowners who mostly run farms. They are quite rich and own a lot of land, but have had very little involvement in Laguine politics, government or military. Their homelands are in northeastern Laguina.

20. Mäşele, Meşele

This Laguine family is fairly significantly split between their two branches. The Mäşele are almost all business owners and city dwellers, while the Meşele almost all live in the country and work as landowners. This family controls a lot of land, but its members remain only somewhat wealthy. Both branches have had significant involvement in politics, and a few Meşele were kings at one time. Their hometown is Aùm.

21. Töre:se, Terëza

This family is a minor and quite poor Lukokish family. Most of its members work as Old Jaeve landowners or traders, working to mine or sell the plentiful salt in the area. Many have traveled to the mixed-Jaeve area in the northwest to work in the government or military. The very small Terëza branch mostly consists of traders. This family’s hometown is Sòzosan.

Map of Mirztieken in Sohdi

This map is a Sohdi version of my map of Mirztieken, replacing words such as “river,” “lake,” “sea,” etc. with the Sohdi terms, as well as giving places the names that Sohdis would use. Here’s an overview of the Sohdi words I use and their translations, along with some specific names:

Vald (e.g. Mirzvald, Avaldūakacrēn): land
Tešar (e.g. Tešar Mir, Tešar Mieka): sea
Sitešar (Sitešar Smūri): bay, small sea
Bur (Bur Nyot): mountain, mount
Vaxeye (Vaxeye Blera, Vaxeye Nuhbji): lake
Vatòax (Vatòax Emiek, Vatòax Hàwi): island
Vatòax-a-vatòax (Vatòax-a-vatòax Ralta): group of many islands
Vax (Vax Zhû, Vax Plò): river
Sicrēn (Sicrēn Jäel): hills
Sä’ät (Sä’ät Disira): forest (literally “trees”)
G’ji Tirēm (G’ji Tirēm Aved): marsh (literally “wet place”)
Tirēm (Tirēm Brilka, Tirēm Clarm): place (used when Sohdi doesn’t have a specific word for that sort of place)

Sohdacrēn: Sohdi Mountains – Sohda crēn, “mountains”
Avaldūakacrēn: the land beyond the mountains – is “the,” vald is “land,” dūak is basically “beyond”, is “the” again, and finally crēn, “mountains”
Avaxūakacrēn: the river beyond the mountains

Mirztieken - Sohdi-1500

Random Sheesanian Books

Here are some sketches of the covers of a few random Sheesanian books that I made up one day, along with various other Sheesania-related scribbles.

A collection of seakitty- and fretoriod-related publications (click on the picture to see it larger):

Sheesanian books - seakitty books-1500Frēx, which is mentioned at the top of the page, is an open-source operating system popular in Mirztieken. The NSSI, mentioned on a few of the covers, is an organization that helps and protects wild and stray seakitties. It stands for “National Seakitty Saving Institution.” (I made up this acronym when I was younger, so that’s why it’s a bit strange.) The NSSI Pocket Medical Handbook might be used by veterinarians at houses operated by the NSSI where seakitties can shelter or get medical treatment. NSSI Magazine might be read by people who volunteer for the NSSI.

Here are some other various Sheesanian books (again, click to enlarge):

Sheesanian books - knitting, assembly code, Frex, etc-1500

First of all, let me explain the scribbles at the top. Jahri Sūknas, whose signature I was practicing (I enjoy creating my imaginary characters’ signatures and handwritings), is a programmer who helped to establish a famous Sheesanian internet provider. One of his books is also pictured. Ales (full name Ales Byrön) is another programmer/techie who was good friends with Zethra Dūsti, the king of Mirztieken, and exchanged letters with him. As for that “Çvectreen” logo, I can’t remember what it is! It’s a nice sounding name, anyways. The “Jidicrēn” logo is for a Sohdi-inspired clothing line. (I’ve renamed it Nuhrbur since I drew this page.) “Around the Fire” is, as explained on the page, a Sohdi restaurant chain. Sören mur Ūta is a Sohdi boy I made up and have a story about.

Now to the books! Going from left to right, starting at the top, the first book is Sohdi Knits, which is a collection of Sohdi knitting patterns. The Sohdi were famous for their lace shawls and colorful cablework. Next is Joy Pocket Handbook, by the Ales Byrön I mentioned above. Joy is a Sheesanian program for administering remote computers and devices, especially so-called “headless” ones (those without screens, keyboards, mice, etc., like servers). Following is the self-explanatory Building Great Assembly Code by Jahri Sūknas, whose signature I can effectively forge. After this is Programs in Frēx, also by Ales Byrön; as I earlier explained, Frēx is an operating system popular in Mirztieken. Next is a small volume of Suspect Carefully Questioned, which (if I remember right) is a classic Mirztiekeni novel, with an unknown author, about exactly that – a suspect in a crime who is being questioned. The version I picture is a Uniatic translation. Under that is an OpenNet-branded notepad – OpenNet was the internet provider that Jahri Sūknas helped found. The last book is A Conlanger’s Letters by Lucy Byrön (no relation to Ales!). “Conlangers” are people who make up languages – they construct languages. This book is a novel about a conlanger.

And there you have it – some of the little scribbles and sketches that I like to make in my free time for fun and to further round out the details of Sheesania.

Map of Mirztieken

I drew this map, and a counterpart in the Sohdi language, in February of 2011. I really like how it turned out! Colorful, detailed, but not too loud. Mirztieken itself was one of my favorite countries for a while. It’s located in the continent of Lukok, and over history has generally kept to itself. Mirztieken has three main people groups: the Sohdi, the Aved, and the Mirz. The Sohdi live in the vast Sohda Mountains (the Sohdacrēn), while the Aved and Mirz live in the Sveniess (or Avaldūakacrēn). Various other people groups, mostly offshoots of the Sohdi, Aved, or Mirz, live near Mount Nyot, in the Dara Plains, in the Jäli Hills, in the Aved Marsh and on the islands of Ninũq, Smūri and Omri (Omri is the tiny unlabeled island with one city, Dyūntayē). Obviously, Mirztieken is very diverse! But originally, it was populated by just one people group. Later on, Uniatic refugees, led by a man named Mir, came to the island. They became the Mirz. Those who were friendly to the Mirz became the Aved, and the two groups frequently intermixed, though Mirz usually ruled. Most Aved lived in the Sveniess or on the islands of Ninũq and Smūri. The Sohdi were those in the Sohda Mountains, along with the modern-day Nyoti, Darese and Jäli. They generally were not as friendly to the Mirz, and resisted Mirzi efforts to control them.

But what about the people living in the Aved Marsh and on Omri Island? They are differently entirely. Despite its name, the Aved Marsh was not populated by Aveds; it is made up of many small tribes of “marsh peoples.” A few famous ones are the Burghae and Devoniss. These people have endured persecution by Mirzi and Aveds seeking to make use of the rich soil in the marshes, and while the government pays attention to them today, they remain a weak minority. The people of Omri Island are the Omriese, who have a strange and unique language unrelated to any other Sheesanian language. After they rebelled and tried to establish independence in 1499 (two years ago from the present year, 1501), Dyūntayē was almost completely destroyed. Most of the Omriese fled to a city on the coast of the Aved Marsh, Sxū, where there is a sizable Omriese population today.

As you can see from the map, Mirztieken is made up of many different kinds of terrain. Plains, farmland, marsh, forest, hills and mountains are all in Mirztieken. The most heavily populated area is the Sveniess, where there are many cities, but there are lots of people in the Sohda Mountains and the islands of Ninũq and Smūri too.

And so, without further ado, here is the map of the country of Mirztieken:


Train Routes near Yama

I drew this map in 2011, I think, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out, though I could have written more neatly! It shows mountains, lakes, train routes and train stations in one area of the Sohdi Mountains in Mirztieken, near the large city of Yama. The small town of Ūta, at the far right, is also notable, since I have a story about a family that lives there. The circles on the mountains and hills are supposed to show height (though I have no idea how realistic those heights are!). Note that -boree and bur mean “mountain” in Sohdi, so Yamaboree means Yama Mountain (literally Shining Mountain), and Bur Ūpar means Ūpar Mountain (literally Grey Mountain). I could have also labeled the rivers and lakes in Sohdi, but I think I hadn’t created the words for “river” and “lake” yet!

The red lines show train tracks that were usable during the time of Sören, a member of the Ūta family I have a story about. This would be around 1421, so 80 years from the present year (1501). The orange lines show new train tracks that were built later. Dotted lines are tunnels. I’ve also labeled all the train stations. Finally, note the compass rose in the bottom left corner – this map is sideways!

Uta Train Routes-1500

The Lukokish Alphabet

This alphabet has been used with the Lukokish language for thousands of years. It’s said to have been brought to the Lukokish by their legendary king, Hosultë, along with the inventions of paper, brushes and calligraphy pens. Paradoxically, the sound has been dropped from Lukokish and its alphabet, and so people cannot spell Hosultë anymore without using nonstandard signs.

The alphabet has 19 letters for the 23 or so sounds in Lukokish, plus two diacritical marks that can be put on vowels: one for a glottal stop (the sound in the middle of uh-oh) after the vowel it’s put on, and one for a lengthening of the vowel, which can be applied to for an ay sound, an for an ee sound, an or for an oo sound, and finally an for an ey sound (similar to lengthened a, but less rounded). All the letters connect in a sort of cursive, with each letter having different forms for when it’s at the beginning, middle or end. Here’s the chart of the letters and their different forms, along with some examples in pencil and calligraphy pen. Click on it to see it bigger.

So when does a string of connected letters end? Well, it depends. There are two forms: Etkeke and Mersankeke. In Etkeke, each sentence is a connected string of letters, with dots marked above for the end of each word. The ends of sentences are naturally marked by spaces. In Mersankeke, the string of letters ends with each word, and the end of a sentence is marked with a dash. There are no question marks. Exclamation points and italics are replaced by a line over the word. Quotation marks are small dashes enclosing the quote, like in this quote, which says “Eh, perhaps” in Lukokish:

Now that I’m done giving the official explanation, I will go ahead and tell you that I love this writing system. I’ve made up lots of imaginary scripts, and I think this is my favorite so far, though I like the Sohdi writing system too. It just looks so flowing and nice, both as calligraphy and in plain pencil! Here’s my favorite piece I’ve drawn so far, the word Keşundûjï, which basically means “God save us”.

I made a small error – there should be a mark on the – but I don’t want to mess with it because it looks so nice! Here’s an example of the Lukokish alphabet written in pencil, a passage from a story set in Lukok I’ve been making up.

It’s written in Etkeke, so the spaces are sentence breaks, and the dots above letters are word breaks. The title says “Keşï”, which is the name of the main character.

Here are some more examples of Lukokish calligraphy (all done by me, of course). This first one is a numbered list of the royal families of Lukok.


Next is my name, Alison.

Here’s a random Lukokish name, Aröra, which looks especially nice.

And the name of my sister, Catherine, spelled Caterin because there’s no th sound in Lukokish and the is unnecessary.

Next we have the name “Jane Eyre” – peculiar, I know, but that was the book my mother was reading to me as I was developing the alphabet, and I thought her name looked nice in the script. It’s efficient, too – in English, it requires eight letters, but in the Lukokish alphabet, it only needs five (Jän Ïr).

This name, Zeke or Zekke (ze-ke, not zeek) is actually a Fircudian name, not a Lukokish name, but most Fircudian languages use the Lukokish script.

Finally, the text of a road sign pointing to the town Nïmer. This one looks particularly like Arabic to me.

Cover of The Cold Fury by Kury Mazdi

One day, I was feeling a little bored, and was browsing aimlessly around Amazon trying to find something interesting to look at. Then I remembered about the classic Sheesanian book I had made up, a novel called The Cold Fury, and thought of the cover of my copy of Great Expectations…which had a cover similar to many other classic books published by Penguin Classics. Hey, I thought, if I just got an image file of the Great Expectations cover, and changed the author and the title, and put in a different picture, it would look just like a real cover of The Cold Fury! (Even if in Sheesania, the cover would not be in English or English writing.)

So here is the original Great Expectations cover, borrowed from this Amazon page:

And here is my Cold Fury cover, which isn’t perfect, but looks believable enough for me:


I have no idea how the picture shrank. Blame MS Paint, which I was using, if need be.

Here’s a synopsis of The Cold Fury:

Torek Hamabi thought he was just an average 10-year-old Jacian orphan, with a similarly average name…until a couple who live in the wilds of the Canarsian colonies come to claim him as a long-lost relative, saying that one of their relations had a son also named Torek Hamabi. Against his will, they adopt him and bring him to their home in cold, snowy Canarsia, and Torek, now seemingly stuck for life, must learn to cope with this new, different, and hostile world.

Kury Mazdi, the author, visited Canarsia at one point, planning to stay there for a year or two to research this very book. But then he ended up loving the harsh beauty of the place, and so he married a Canarsian woman and settled down there for the rest of his life.