Cora writes to the king and queen

Turenay, Naighei hanre, sixth week of Anshen From Raissei Cora astin Velain, to her elder sister Raisse and her elder brother Athal. Dear elder sister and elder brother, First and foremost our deepest congratulations on the birth of the little Radan! Two sons in a row is surely an auspicious…

A letter of exultant thanks

This, unlike the previous one, is the answer to the Queen’s letter. Here are the same events related in Cora’s notebook. She spells “Ceti”, making it plausible that Valdyans will pronounce it with a palatalised /kj/ because /e/ in Ilaini is quite far forward and tends to have that effect;…

Not an answer

Cora –it’s fitting to spell her name as she’s taken to spelling it herself– wrote this before getting the queen’s letter. Raissei Cora, in Turenay, to Ravei Raisse astin Brun, in Valdis, Great Queen, My beloved Queen Raisse, my Elder Sister to whom I will always turn when searching for…

From Khora’s notebook

Eleventh week of Timoine, part II. Sometimes Khora’s thinking is so alien to me, and yet so plausible, that it seems that all the Valdyans are wrong and should take a leaf out of her book. For instance, about the king’s and Aidan’s sister Ayneth: She seems very strange to…

Khora writes to the queen

Or rather, she dictates to Aidan, because she’s overstretched herself and that wreaks havoc with her coordination. That her mother is called Dushtan, like the king’s Síthi doctor, makes one think that there’s Síthi blood in Khora’s ancestry; either that or it’s one of those names that span half a…

Khora’s letter to Sarabal

She’s writing to her friend’s father, who is a Síthi doctor turned fisherman after emigrating to Valdyas. The style is the best court Síthi she can manage. I’ve left all her spelling of names intact, as it’s caused by the nature of the Síthi script. ‘Maylle’ probably spells her own…

A very confused letter

Turenay, ten weeks after the festival of the most holy goddess of Death In the informal style Elder sister, I have been trying to more and more think like a Valdyan and I have made bold to ask the teacher of languages Senthi to teach us how to write letters…

Second letter from Khora

Poor girl, afflicted with a grievous case of culture shock. If the people dealing with her read this letter, they’d probably be in danger of dying from culture shock too. (Athal informs me that embarrassment is like seasickness in that you don’t actually die of it, you just wish you…

Khora writes a letter

And her style is exquisite. Thanks, Boudewijn! Turenay, four weeks after the feast of Mizran To the most Mighty Queen of Valdyas, Velihas and Idanyas, the Flower of the North, the Fruitful Delight of the King and the Fount of all Wisdom, and to her husband, the All-powerful King of…