Sodyera (sodyera) wrote in conlangs,

D’al Thyann, AjrFen Oko (57) by Ariel Cinii


Heart Stone

The Author Documents:

Even when a project like The Touching Lands’ Dance is done, new information comes in on no given schedule to explain what’s been happening in the stories that I write. Below is an expansion on some old research that has since matched up with new data searches and confirm some basic aspects that I’d always held true about life on the Sartine Homeworld:

Heart Stone            Chin SonôdRa (n., jargon) the Ceverabin or valuable material at the core of an airland or asteroid.

The Original Legend:

“When that big volcano blew, Goddess took her birth,

And spread her warmth across the face of Gaodw’s cooling earth.

And with her came the flying lands upon which we now dwell.

She seeded them with plants and critters from the bio-shell.”

––Come Fly Free

a song by Ariel Cinii

Some Confirming Science:

The Air Metal Ceverabin (Cv) that floats through the world’s atmosphere almost never appears by itself as a raw, shiny piece of rock in the sky, not even in space, except in the evidence of a physical collision with some other body. Throughout Gysrrt in the majority of sightings, an airland {Më SodyeréVa, or Mëssôt} ordinarily appears as a large floating land mass, not that dissimilar from something ordinarily attached to the ground with a mountain or other geological form, and in most incidences (allowing for altitude), a Mëssôt will harbour some kind of life, whether it’s on or beneath its exterior.

A granite-like form of Molybdenite (MoS2) {a.k.a. Wulfenite}is the basic geological form of the average Sartine airland. The non-gravity-defiant rock that adheres to Cv generally appears rough and grey, or sometimes a dull silver with colourful rusty streaks of oxidized Iron (Fe) competing for the firey fuschia of the Air Metal. They are often rich with deposits of mica, and may manifest orange, red, and yellow crystals. These deposits can appear in thick blocks, or be so thin that they’re transparent.

Second in content to Cv, the element Molybdenum (Mo) shows a great affinity toward Cv. Mo has a very high melting point, within twenty degrees of Cv {4 730 F for Mo, vs. 4 750 F for Cv}. Some molybdenite forms when igneous bodies contact rock and metamorphose, or change, the rock. This is called contact metamorphism. In its molten state, a Cv/Mo mix can be forged (esp. in zero gravity conditions off-planet). Although Cv and Mo do not actually alloy with each other, the mix makes Cv easier to work with, and has been used as a structural material in many aerospace applications. SiviKamdt’a is a well-known form of Cv/Mo used in the frames of space vessels because it is resistant to high loads and temperatures. In most cases the metal often called “Refined Ceverabin”, a semi-precious material used in jewelry and medical applications, was actually some form of SiviKamdt’a.

It is known that over geological time, Cv will eventually decay into Fe. Natural deposits of Ferrous Sulfides and Sulfates are common to a Mëssôt, as are closed or secluded ecosystems that have developed in niches called “bubble caves”. These natural void spaces within hardened Cv masses are common to almost every airland. As denser deposits of the gravity-defiant metal attempt to escape their “host mass” (often Ferrous) while cooling from its molten state, the bubbles solidify, not unlike the bubbles in baked goods like bread. Many bubble caves trap such Sulfides within their mass, and can be hazardous unless properly ventilated. At times, chemical reactions between life forms (or their waste) and the native elements create dark, rocky deposits within an airland that give off a stinky odor, and will accumulate either knots of magnetic mineral or harbour micro-organisms that would evolve further to survive a high-altitude environment.

These life forms often come from the accretion of seeds and soil from other altitudes and ecosystems, as well as the visitations and deposits of plants and animals. Some have adapted to travel across the air through either active or passive means, while others have managed to travel and profligate via wind, weather, digestive wastes or simple accidents. Many common land or sea species have “air twins”, that adapted to environments less rich in oxygen, water or other needed elements, while many had bred attributes that took advantage of these conditions.

The first to come to mind appeared in D’al Thyann, Fena (10) in 1994:

As is appropriate to the season, 10 has been a number associated with misfortune in the Sartine culture. Indeed, an expletive of situational despair, “Fena!” is the number 10 (Fena) with the accent on the second syllable, rather than the first. However, the invocation of tens or multiples thereof does not have the corresponding mystic effect that 13 would have in North America, with one possible exception:

The Hyawfen’a is a form of scrub brush. It’s inedible, it holds very little water in its roots or bark and prefers high altitudes to low altitudes. It is most at home on the airborne lands, or Mëssôtye, which dot the Sartine sky. The breakdown of the name Hyawf Fen’in literally means “Red Tens” {Hyawf  (n.) the colour red; Hyawfejan’i (n.) the colour pink} and refers to the hundreds of seeds that its mature flower, a red balloon-like bag at its full fertility, will purge into the air when the time is right. All those little seeds catch the breeze with relative ease on their own, but their most prevalent means of transport is somewhere in the fur or feathers of travelling ani­mals. The little things are light but also slightly barbed at the outer sets of “antennae” (which help them grab onto their carrier’s fur or feathers). They can get pretty annoying should they get lodged in the wrong cranny or body fold, so it would be the nature of the carrier to dislodge those seeds whenever they can.

And as the old saying goes, “Whenever there’s one there’s bound to be more.” 

Humans also become part of this passive transit, esp. in a fertile growing season. Like burrs, they have an affinity for hair and feathers; several “tens” of them will get stuck as they would all be caught from the same breeze, or cling to the same group of dirt particles.

So ubiquitous are Hyawfenna that they worked their way into the system of numbers (dvin). It is rumoured that the devisers of the Ahhy’u Tauiné (the Sartine Alphabet) were caught in a virtual storm of Hyawfen’a seeds when they created the figures of the written language. The figure Hyow (zero) is in fact a side view of a Hyawfen’a seed.

So on a warm, dusty day when the Hyawfen’a seeds ride the tails of Cinii the Wind, one can accurately say that the sky is full of nothing.

AMW:iac 1305.22

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