The Themblise language is both a written and spoken language. As I have a bad case of “worldbuilder’s disease,” I have purposefully not created this language or its alphabet. However, that doesn’t mean that there are not underlying, unspoken rules that I have created.
In the Themblise language, the sounds and letters j, v, w, x, and z are not commonly used. In fact, any names that have these letters generally hint that this place has been influenced by the surrounding provinces. Sejon, Ireen’s father, has the letter j in his name, as he was originally born in the neighboring province of Darid. Jaisom, who also has a j in his name, was born in Themble. However, his mother, Valencia, was born in Darid. The Bevenkras Mountains and the former Bevenkras monarchy show their influence from the province of Farsni through the letter v. The major religion in Themble, Raviekanism, also shows its initially foreign roots through the letter v.
Most names in Themble end in either n, m, t, l, or a vowel:
Themble is a province that has loose gender roles. This is reflected in names, as most names can be used for either gender.
Surnames are uncommon and only given to those with power, influence, or as a reward for a heroic action. Surnames are passed down to future generations with no regard for gender. If both parents have surnames, than whichever surname has more prestige is the one formally announced, while the second surname acts as a middle name.
Instead of surnames, creatures are usually identified by their hometown, street, or career, even their specie. Ireen, for instance, may introduce herself as “Ireen of Borrel” if out of town, “Ireen of Seabird Street” when within city limits, or “Ireen, chef at Carcella’s” anytime. Usually, however, locales or career identification is only mentioned in formal situations or if there are more than one creature by the same name. These identifiers are sometimes shortened, such as “Borrel Ireen,” “Seabird Ireen,” or “Chef Ireen.”
Here are some common slang, exclamations, and idioms used in Themblise:
- Mundie/Mundane – “I can’t believe you dropped Ma’s favorite pot! You’re such a mundie.” To accuse someone of being a mundie is to say that they are idiotic and/or slow, like a mundane animal.
- Sparks! – “Sparks! I can’t believe you got the job!” “Sparks! What were you thinking?” An exclamation, used in both positive and negative situations. References the spark or essence of Ravieka that is believed to be in every living thing.
- Sparking – “That sparking unicorn is brilliant!” “Oh man, her almond cake was sparking! I couldn’t get enough of it.” An emphatic declaration. References the spark or essence of Ravieka, typically in a positive manner.
- Decay! or Ravieka’s decay! – “Decay! I hate that man!” “Ravieka’s decay, I am going to kill her when she gets home!” A sharply negative exclamation considered inappropriate by most parties. References the “decay” rune carved into Raviekan statues or tattooed onto priests.
- Decaying – “I can’t believe I decaying lost!” A foul adjective or adverb that is incredibly rude. A derivative of the curse word, “decay.”
- Fey – “He’s Fey. I’ve no respect for someone who kicks puppies.” A serious accusation of being cruel or selfish. Based off of the belief that the Fey are monsters, and that they have the inability to feel compassion.
- By the stars! or Stars! – “By the stars, it worked!” An positive exclamation. Comes from the Raviekan mythos, as the stars were supposedly the deity’s first creation.
- The bread has a spot of mold – Means that a family or business has a person or situation that is frowned upon or shameful. Sometimes shortened: “Lerot’s a spot of mold on his family. I can’t believe they let him run wild.”
- Go pick corn! – An exclamation that means, “Leave me alone!” or “Shoo!” Commonly used by parents shoving their children out of the house.