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Worlds of the Expanse
A Universe of Islands
The vast gulf of meta space-time that holds all of creation is littered with bubbles of all shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules and laws. Many of these pockets are lifeless: bound by multiple time-like dimensions, they are incompatible with the inherently linear process of chemical evolution—others are merely too difficult to access, or lack the resources necessary to justify colonization.

Some, however, are well-connected. Thet is a prime example of this. In its infancy, it contained only two tiny little planets and a single star; a microscopic dot compared to our own. But its unique position and unusual dimensional configuration have made it the perfect conduit for interplanar travel and commerce, and as such it has accrued quite a diverse population of permanent residents—both good-natured and vengeful.

In its present state, Thet is best described as a slowly-turning vortex of floating islands, driven to turn by a vast and ancient system of gravitational eccentricities. On these rocks are many tales ancient and peculiar, of empires risen and fallen, of centuries come and gone. But it's not abandoned—in every tiny little corner there is life, be it mechanical or biological, and these old buildings, both ruined and standing, still have many stories to tell. What will you find there?

Beliefs The philosophies, religions, and mythologies of Thet.
Culture Products and customs of Thessian culture.
History Major periods and essays on Thessian history. See also the absolute chronology.
Linguistics Thessian languages and how to use them. See also specific languages and language families (below).
Locations Specific cities, islands, and planets within and related to Thet.
Sophontology Information about the various species of Thet; also called xenoanthropology.
Technology Inventions, tools, and techniques.
The Universe Describing everything from cosmology to social geography.

Kuanidic The main language family of the Telai, sometimes considered a macrolanguage or dialect continuum.
Roshagil A creole of different Cossipan languages and their descendents.
Lilitic The standard Thessian language, comprised of influences from Glissía and ancient Lilitika.


Partitives in Lilitika

There are three categories of partitives in Lilitika:

(a) constructions where a set, general term exists; these are usually vague cases such as "some of the people" or "half of the night"
(b) constructions where a reference must be made to a specific quantity or fraction, e.g. "three of the walnuts" or "ten percent of the battery"
(c) constructions where a reference must be made to a subset which is distinguished by some attribute, e.g. "the wisest of the philosophers" or "the oldest (parts) of the tree" […]
Thet comment   read more (1776 bytes) · 8453.624 tgc / 2014.883 ce

Holy word count!

Lilitika now has 2000 roots! The two thousandth root is strezyé, "to bless."
Thet comment   8452.713 tgc / 2013.152 ce

Regarding tense

(This article was originally written about a week ago. A mindless Baidu crawler deleted it, much to my horror. Hopefully that won't happen again.)

Lilitika intentionally takes strongly after ancient Greek in several respects, most obviously in the personality of its consonants and some of its endings. A week or two ago I was investigating classical sources in search of new mechanisms through which it might be possible to give the language a greater expressive power, and I stumbled upon the aorist. […]
Thet comment   read more (7371 bytes) · 8452.667 tgc / 2013.065 ce