Romoene (lit. all things), also known as i déna torae (the eleven realms) is the universe of ni-Almaqorante, a now defunct project of mine. The worlds themselves live on, though. This section gives a brief overview of the Eleven Realms, but eventually each of the realms will have its own entry. See the index page for links to the pages for each of the Realms, or follow the links in the sidebar.
At the moment, the world of Medísca has the most extensive section, but there is also some information on the worlds of Télos and Girios (see the sidebar for links).
about the shard
Some notes about the Shard, and about the system of dates used in the chronicles of the worlds of Romoene
About 3 billion years after the formation of the Romoene system, an astronomical event occurred which affected the whole of the future history of Romoene's planets.
A fragment of the so-called Jewel of Romoenae, subsequently known as the Shard, entered the Romoene system (see Terminology below). Passing close to Girios, the gravitational effects of that giant planet broke the Shard into several pieces. The largest of them crashed into the Triad area of Medísca, with results which are described elsewhere (under the prehistory of Medísca). A smaller fragment impacted on Feráni, accompanied by several even smaller pieces, one of which ended up on one of Feráni's moons. Some time later, after temporarily entering orbit round Qá, the sun, a final fragment struck Télos.
The effects of the Shard on living creatures and plants accelerated the development of several species on the various planets, and in many cases marks the beginnings of history for those worlds. Consequently the date of the fall of the Shard is taken as the starting point for dating the various histories of Romoene.
terminologyThe word Romoene has two meanings. Strictly speaking, it means the universe, but I also use the word to refer simply to the solar system of the worlds of i Déna Torae. Where I think it is necessary to make the distinction, I refer to the [solar] system of Romoene, or to the universe of Romoene as appropriate. I hope this isn't too confusing.
on the representation of languages
The languages of the Earth-like world of Medísca are represented using the common Roman alphabet, and are no more (or less!) accurate than similar representations of the languages of Earth.
For some of the other worlds, however, the situation is quite different. The races of Télos, for example, are descended primarily from reptile-like ancestors -- their vocal apparatus is quite different from that of humans, and the sound of their languages (which include clicks and shrieks and other sounds that humans cannot easily imitate) cannot be represented using any normal alphabet.
It might have been possible to produce new alphabets or scripts to represent the sounds of these languages. To do so, however, would present difficulties in displaying them on a web-page, and would also make it no easier for them to be read by humans.
Instead, therefore, the sounds of these languages has been represented using the standard Roman alphabet, generally by taking letters which have some sort of distant connection with the actual sound involved. The end result is a representation of the languages in a form which can be pronounced by humans. It should be understood, though, that the resulting 'words' bear little relationship -- at least in their sound -- to the originals.