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  • Does someone from Kaldor sound different than a guy from Kanday?   11 years 27 weeks ago

    It's also worth noting that once upon a time (and even today sometimes), a person's social class was usually apparent from the moment they opened their mouth. Bad grammar and bad teeth both predominate below the poverty line . .

    I would expect that a nobleman from Kaldor would probably overlook the accent of a nobleman from Kanday, but sneer at the coarse speech of a serf from up the road. I would also expect the same nobleman to be sneered at in turn by his "peers" from the island of Melderyn. I can't point to anything specific in cannon, but I've always perceived the Melderyni as having a collective superiority complex.

    Here's another interesting accent question: The Sindarin from the Shava Forest are pretty isolated. (Even their Jarin are relatively isolated.) It seems likely that the Sindarin speak Harnic with their own distinctive accent, although the typical Harnian might not be able to place it. That accent might even be a bit stilted or archaic sounding. Some of these same Sindarin have a custom of spending some years in their youth in the human lands trying to pass themselves off as humans. How do they handle their speech patterns? "Oh, I'm from Kaldor" might work with the average resident of Kanday, but not a well-traveled one . . .

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    Old style heraldry: Sable, the pale argent.

    New style heraldry: Oreo, resting on edge.

  • Does someone from Kaldor sound different than a guy from Kanday?   11 years 27 weeks ago

    It's also worth noting that once upon a time (and even today sometimes), a person's social class was usually apparent from the moment they opened their mouth. Bad grammar and bad teeth both predominate below the poverty line . .

    I would expect that a nobleman from Kaldor would probably overlook the accent of a nobleman from Kanday, but sneer at the coarse speech of a serf from up the road. I would also expect the same nobleman to be sneered at in turn by his "peers" from the island of Melderyn. I can't point to anything specific in cannon, but I've always perceived the Melderyni as having a collective superiority complex.

    Here's another interesting accent question: The Sindarin from the Shava Forest are pretty isolated. (Even their Jarin are relatively isolated.) It seems likely that the Sindarin speak Harnic with their own distinctive accent, although the typical Harnian might not be able to place it. That accent might even be a bit stilted or archaic sounding. Some of these same Sindarin have a custom of spending some years in their youth in the human lands trying to pass themselves off as humans. How do they handle their speech patterns? "Oh, I'm from Kaldor" might work with the average resident of Kanday, but not a well-traveled one . . .

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    Old style heraldry: Sable, the pale argent.

    New style heraldry: Oreo, resting on edge.

  • Does someone from Kaldor sound different than a guy from Kanday?   11 years 27 weeks ago

    Yes, I have seen discussion of this. Yes, his accent would be obvious.

    I'm almost certain Jeremy has also done a dialect map of Hârn. Jeremy, maybe you should post that to the Free Downloads section if you consider it finished?

  • Does someone from Kaldor sound different than a guy from Kanday?   11 years 27 weeks ago

    Yes, I have seen discussion of this. Yes, his accent would be obvious.

    I'm almost certain Jeremy has also done a dialect map of Hârn. Jeremy, maybe you should post that to the Free Downloads section if you consider it finished?

  • New column: Scenario Ideas   11 years 27 weeks ago

    I think it's a grand idea in that it provides content for the customer base, makes KPs products easier to use, and keeps traffic going through and interest in this website.

    The real trick is finding folks with the time and dedication to do it. I'm not one of them. :(

  • The Humble Spud   11 years 28 weeks ago

    Yes, sort of just like that, brown lumpy things... only different. You've hit the nail right on its side there well done :)

  • The Humble Spud   11 years 28 weeks ago

    Yes, sort of just like that, brown lumpy things... only different. You've hit the nail right on its side there well done :)

  • The Humble Spud   11 years 28 weeks ago

    Sort of like that Blackadder episode: Potato

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/blackadder/epguide/two_potato.shtml

  • The Humble Spud   11 years 28 weeks ago

    Sort of like that Blackadder episode: Potato

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/blackadder/epguide/two_potato.shtml

  • The Humble Spud   11 years 28 weeks ago

    Ah...

    We actually answered this one in one of those 'did you know' thingies on the previous version of this website... Hey... maybe we should get those back?

    Here's the word:

    An 'editorial error' once changed 'no new world crops' into 'no root crops', leaving several generations of peasants at a loss as to what to put in their turnip soup.

    Off the top of my head, this includes members of the nightshade family (?) such as potato, tobacco, & tomato, as well as cocoa (although carob is available). I'm also thinking maize, but I'm not quite sure about this one, because my brain is not working right...

    I simply love the 'adventure' concept of bringing a sack of spuds and dropping them in front of King Sîrnen...

  • The Humble Spud   11 years 28 weeks ago

    Ah...

    We actually answered this one in one of those 'did you know' thingies on the previous version of this website... Hey... maybe we should get those back?

    Here's the word:

    An 'editorial error' once changed 'no new world crops' into 'no root crops', leaving several generations of peasants at a loss as to what to put in their turnip soup.

    Off the top of my head, this includes members of the nightshade family (?) such as potato, tobacco, & tomato, as well as cocoa (although carob is available). I'm also thinking maize, but I'm not quite sure about this one, because my brain is not working right...

    I simply love the 'adventure' concept of bringing a sack of spuds and dropping them in front of King Sîrnen...

  • The Humble Spud   11 years 28 weeks ago

    It certainly matters -- not only for the gluten-intolerant folks (:D) but also from a descriptive point of view.

    While the ultimate decision lies with each individual GM of course, I would also be interested in the official version. ;)

  • The Humble Spud   11 years 28 weeks ago

    It certainly matters -- not only for the gluten-intolerant folks (:D) but also from a descriptive point of view.

    While the ultimate decision lies with each individual GM of course, I would also be interested in the official version. ;)

  • Contours?   11 years 28 weeks ago

    Gotcha, that makes sense Robin. I was curious about visualizing geography in 3D, a la Nasa's Worldwind or Terragen, but I'm so far from giving that a try that I'll likely just inquire again personally should I get to a place where I can make an attempt at this sort of thing.

    Cheers, and Happy New Year!

  • Contours?   11 years 28 weeks ago

    Gotcha, that makes sense Robin. I was curious about visualizing geography in 3D, a la Nasa's Worldwind or Terragen, but I'm so far from giving that a try that I'll likely just inquire again personally should I get to a place where I can make an attempt at this sort of thing.

    Cheers, and Happy New Year!

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 28 weeks ago

    I think that an audio guide would be handy!

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 28 weeks ago

    I think that an audio guide would be handy!

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 29 weeks ago

    ...there was a Penny Arcane article in Hârnlore 15. I still use it today as a handout to new players - it helps them a lot.

    But an audio guide would be really cool. I own some foreign language dictionaries for my handheld computer that offer the feature to speak the actual word out of an additional audio file and that is sometime really helpful.

    That would correspond to a small electronic Hârndex with a working "speak me" button.

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 29 weeks ago

    ...there was a Penny Arcane article in Hârnlore 15. I still use it today as a handout to new players - it helps them a lot.

    But an audio guide would be really cool. I own some foreign language dictionaries for my handheld computer that offer the feature to speak the actual word out of an additional audio file and that is sometime really helpful.

    That would correspond to a small electronic Hârndex with a working "speak me" button.

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 29 weeks ago

    Ok then... I started to do this a few years ago, but lost interest...

    If there are people who what an audio pronunciation guide, let us know.

    Also, if there are words you'd like to hear pronnounced let us know what they are.

    We aim to please...

    (And Ancient one, the Past is *always* the future.)

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 29 weeks ago

    Ok then... I started to do this a few years ago, but lost interest...

    If there are people who what an audio pronunciation guide, let us know.

    Also, if there are words you'd like to hear pronnounced let us know what they are.

    We aim to please...

    (And Ancient one, the Past is *always* the future.)

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 29 weeks ago

    That is a fantastic idea.

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 29 weeks ago

    That is a fantastic idea.

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 29 weeks ago

    ...a file in MP3 (or other) format of Robin pronouncing the (random number) 1000 most common Harnic names/words? If it was downloadable it would instantly(?) solve many problems.

    Conundrum: When is the Past also the Future?

  • Accents & Pronunciation   11 years 29 weeks ago

    ...a file in MP3 (or other) format of Robin pronouncing the (random number) 1000 most common Harnic names/words? If it was downloadable it would instantly(?) solve many problems.

    Conundrum: When is the Past also the Future?


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