Shiol

I'm building this language as part of the background for some fantasy and science-fiction stories I've got rolling around in my head.




Shiol is a set of ideograms used by the Shi for the Shen language.

Root Symbols
The Shiol writing system is based upon a set of 12 core symbols, constructed from the 7 base symbols (i.e. change, aspect, bond, element, person, place, relation) and 5 radicals.

(no radical)

(living)

(creation)

(destruction)

(transformation)

(motion)

(existance)

(seeming)

(color)

(texture)

(taste)

(scent)

(sound)

(connecting)

(affinity)

(similarity)

(unity)

(synchronicity)

(causality)

(composing)

(wood)

(earth)

(water)

(air)

(metal)

(thinking)

(I/we)

(he/she/it/they)

(you)

(one)

(all)

(inhabiting)

(the realm)

(world)

(sun)

(moon)

(stars)

(judging)

(greater)

(lesser)

(includes)

(included)

(equivalent)


Nouns
Nouns are written enclosed in a circle.


Leaf Symbols
The "Leaf" symbols are those which combine naturalistic ideograms with the root symbols. Below are several of them presented as nouns.


food/leaf

poison

apple

berries

heat

fire

iron

knife / blade

mouth

feather

bee

stinger

cloud

money

baby

arm

bird


Modifiers

Modifiers are placed outside the circle of a noun.


Color Terms


green (leaf color)

red (fire color)

white (cloud color)


To make a sentence, nouns are connected by arcs. These arcs are marked to indicate the relation between the nouns, and with glyphs that act as verbs.

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Uten no [I go]


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Nush no [I make]


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Foth no [I eat]


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Foth no hiro [I eat the apple]


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Foth no hiro itare [I eat the green apple]


If there are multiple objects in a sentence, the objects all branch off of the subject and the order is unimportant.

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Ofos no hiro elach shu [I give the apple to you]