12. Color Script Text


Ti faih.  Ti hi’i.  Ti ihyi.
Ya hi’i-e mau ohko.  Ko ya hi’i, ya hi afye yu.
Ya ori jaye yu.
Ya ujti ay ye ya ah-e.
Ya emse o-oryiti ih tioreh ay urtu ajye yuma a-ihti ya.
Ko ya ori ay, ya a-oryi ey.
Koer tau a-uy rif ya jefetiam.
Ay eyma hi-e koh.
Jao ay hiti-e, urma ya je urtu tu juja ori ya ihas am.
Ya ihyi rifma ha ya am, urma ek yo em mohi ay ra.

English Translation

No pain.  No sleep.  No fear.
I slept all day.  When I sleep, I almost see you.
I dream about you.
I don’t want this to be done to me.
I try to not remember secretly feeling that this power that belongs to
all of you does not feel me.
When I have this dream, I remember that.
At least there are the demons which I do not enjoy.
This, those were seen today.
If this is not seen, maybe I have more power in the dreams where I’m sad.
I fear these demons that touch me, maybe because they happen to match
this thing.

Grammar and Vocabulary

Color Script — White Dialect

Color Script is a radical-based writing system.  In the universe of the script, different cultures perceive the characters and radicals as having different phonemes.  For the purposes of simplicity, I’m sending you a romanized translation in the White Dialect, an ancestral dialect with pretty straightforward consonants and vowels.

Grammar-wise, word order is SVO.  Modifiers such as adjectives and adverbs always go after the word they modify, i.e. a red cup would be written as “cup red.”  The same goes for complex phrases following a word that modify or add to the meaning; the modifier “AM” is used for this purpose.  In this instance, “he who must not be named” would be written as “he must-not-be-named AM.”

a-              – present tense
-e              – past tense
o-              – to X

Afye            – almost
Ah              – action, do
Ajye            – belong
Am              – modifier, descriptions
Ay              – this
Eh              – like (as in snake-like)
Ek              – because
Em              – happen
Emse    – try
Ey              – that
Faih            – pain
Ha              – touch
Hi              – see
Hi’i            – sleep
Ih              – feel
Ihas            – sadness
Ihyi            – fear
Jao – if
Jaye            – about
Je              – have
Jefe            – enjoy
Juja            – in
Ko              – when
Koer            – at
Koh             – today
Ma              – modifier, plural
Mau             – all
Mohi            – match
Ohko            – day
Ori             – dream
Oryi            – remember
Ra              – thing
Rif             – demon
Tau – least
Ti              – no, not
Tior            – secret
Tu              – more
Uj              – want
Urma            – maybe
Urtu            – power
Uy – there
Ya              – I, me
Ye              – to
Yo              – they
Yu              – you