@Dead Cruiser No worries, you do what you have to do. Real life and your health takes first priority of course.
That said, I feel like electing @rezay as Co-DM, if they are willing to rise to the occasion just because they are really good at keeping things updated and progressing forward, based upon what I've seen so far.
That's just my idea/suggestion.
I would, but I'm not familiar enough with K6BD. If people are fine with me taking it a bit away from that aesthetic/IP, then perhaps, but I get the feeling that's why many of us are here
Uhh a lot of you were probably anticipating/dreading this announcement but my work/life balance has kind of gone to hell over the last few weeks, and I've had some mental health stuff that needs dealing with, so I don't think I have the time or energy to run this.
Really sorry for dragging it out this long, I didn't want to disappoint you guys.
I am fully supportive if anyone wants to take up the reigns, I'll even promote a few people to Co-GM of this thread if there's a reasonable consensus.
Thanks for all you've done man, this RP is a great idea. I hope things get easier for you.
Alright quick! Before I forget, here’s a pronunciation guide
As a note, the takhal language is very guttural, and has several consonants not found in English. Here is a layman’s explanation of the spelling conventions/phonology (plus some sounds that exist but aren’t used in any of the names so far).
First, the sounds that sound like they could only be made by a drunk Dutchman with cerebral palsy:
“Kh.” Make an “H” sound, but press the back of your tongue up against your soft palette. If you want, put your hand on your throat. Your vocal cords should be still. If they vibrate, then try to make the sound without doing that. “Gkh.” The same as “Kh,” but voiced, so your vocal cords should vibrate. “Rh.” This is like “Gh,” but further back in the throat and trilled— this sound is most famous in the French language, so go for the guttural “R” sounds they do.
And, as a note the “H” sound is represented as “-gh-” in the middle or at the end of words and “H” at the beginning of words.
Now, the fancy sibilant-fricative and liquid sounds
“R.” The takhal language has no hard R like in English, instead having a trilled one. This sound is popular for its occurrence in Spanish and Italian, and I won’t ask you to try and pronounce it— I can’t either :P “Ts.” This one is simple, and occurs in English at the end of syllables (think “cats”). Make sure those vocal cords don’t move! “Dz.” Very similar to “Ts,” but voiced. Make sure your vocal cords DO move. “Sh” and “Zh.” The former (“Sh”) is just like in English, but “Zh” is a voiced version of this sound, but is not distinguished from “Sh” in English spelling. In the takhal language, the voiced “Zh” is distinguished, so that’s something to look out for.
And now for the one nasal that’s different (phonotactically) from English:
“Ng” is used to represent a throaty nasal sound that is made in English when a dental-alveolar nasal (the “N”) meets a velar stop (“K” or “G”). Think “Strong,” or “Thing.” The difference in the takhal language is that this sound can appear at the beginning of syllables, so sometimes you will see something like the infamous Korean name “Nguyen.” This can be tricky at first, but it’s easy to do once you get the hang of it.
Finally, the vowels. The takhal language has a more consistent spelling of vowels (it has a lot less of them) than English. “A” makes the sound you’d expect, “Aah,” “E” makes a sort of “Ay” sound (or, in Canadian, “Eh”), “O” makes an “Oh” sound, “I” makes an “Ee” sound (“need, green, steed, feed”), and “U” makes an “Oo” sound (“roofer, poodle, chicken noodle” :]).
As for the wacky vowels, “Ë” makes a soft “Uh” sound. This sound occurs in German a lot, and is typically explained as making a very faint “R” at the end. “Ö” occurs in English in words like taught, bought, fought, and scot. It makes an “Ah” sound like “A,” but is further back in the throat and rounder. Pretend you have a potato in your mouth!
Oh, and any vowels repeated twice represent a long vowel, which means you hold the sound for twice as long! This is except for E, O, Ë, and Ö, where the long versions are represented by adding an “-h.” (Eh, Oh, Ëh, and Öh). Otherwise, it would be pretty confusing to an English/Dutch/Danish/broadly West Germanic language speaker.
Not to mention diphthongs. All that you need to know about those is that they are combinations of two vowel sounds, and they sound like they’re spelled (“Ai” is pronounced like the I in “bike,” and so on).
Now, for the pronunciation guide for all currently mentioned names:
The Yaagkhege (Yaaagkh-ay-gay) The Nuugkhan (Noogkh-aan) The Daanigkhal (Daaa-neegkh-all) The Nëzhiba (Nuh-zhee-ba) Daalag Jöm (Daaalaag Jawm) Nëju (Nuhjoo) Debaik (Day-bike) Rheju (Rhayjoo) Aad (Aaad) Daarö of Altiil (Daaarraw) of (Aal-teeel) Lözhan (Law-zhaan) Ikt (Eekt) Takhald Nëge (Taa-khaald Nuh-gay)
@6slyboy6I see— the adarnians will be the most likely to discover it at some point, then (speaking of those in close proximity to rivers, in my estimation). Maybe the takhal in the right place and time. More likely that will happen through trade
It fits the adamians to be the first to discover it, getting rich off of trade of newfound supermaterial would be in line with their decadent trait
@6slyboy6Yes, my bets're on the skittermander and adarnians, followed by the gannor and takhal, followed by the sobek (acquiring agriculture). Unsure where mushrooms decide and if they won't be extinct long-term, hehe
Also unsure of where deposits of copper are located (obviously, takhal haven't discovered it, but I'm not sure where it would be on a meta level). I don't think that needs to be worked out super far, but for most metals maybe somewhere close to or in the mountains
@6slyboy6Handwaving is fine, especially for our purposes. 100 is about the size of a typical hunter-gatherer band, so that seems perfect. In more tropical places, sedentary civilization with low/no agriculture (hunter gatherer lifestyle) would be feasible because there are more food resources laying around. Also less incentive for large-scale agriculture. Somewhere like the grasslands or more temperate/colder forests not so much.
If there are any river basins with populations of animals that would be iseful to domesticate and warmer but not tropical climates, that's probably where agriculture happens first.
Not that that much consideration needs to be taken, working with non-humans can certainly be different.
That one to the southeast* of the mountain range comes to mind, and the adarnians.