Glossary of Scroungers Terminology
So, I'm running a playtesting Scroungers campaign and have started compiling a list of the terminology used in the setting's various languages, both as a resource for my players and as an addition to add flavor to the setting materials. I plan on adding to it as the campaign progresses and new terms come up. If anyone has any suggestions for terms in English that might benefit from equivalents in Scroungers languages, feel free to make suggestions.
Notes on Pidgin Grammar and Syntax
The following are a few brief characteristics of the Pidgin used commonly for trade and basic communication throughout Stha Lui.
- Indefinite articles (the English “a,” “an”) are commonly dropped, as is the article “the.” Terms for specific numbers or words like “that” and “this” are still used.
- Bhadawal (plural: bhadawale) - God, used in multiple contexts to refer to gods in general
- Eshwa – God, usually used by a devotee of one of the new gods to refer to her chosen deity, rarely used in the plural
- Jhisa Drishti - A system for organizing the life of an individual into distinct phases
- Mah’ – Great, usually added to the beginning of a proper noun
- Saami – Lord, used in some contexts as an epithet appended to the name of a specific deity or to the name of a mortal spiritual leader or teacher
- Dajhayat - A village council, usually composed of male elders and prominent merchants
- Verformt – A Gensche insult used in the same way “altered” is used in Pidgin.
- Girls of Goodbye – A euphemistic term used in all of Stha Lui’s port cities to refer to the prostitutes, tavern wenches, and “good time girls” who frequent the seedy taverns on each city’s Goodbye Street.
- Goodbye Street – The street that, in all of Stha Lui’s port cities, runs parallel and directly adjacent to the harbor. Goodbye Street is known for its dense concentration of ale houses, taverns, and brothels, its rowdy, boisterous atmosphere, and (usually) for its overwhelming seediness and disrepair.
- ‘Elim (plural: ‘elaat) – A religious scholar, prayer leader, or shahrid official of the Faithful
- Majlis-e ‘Elaat-e Urkhaat – The high council of the ‘elaat; the primary religious governing body of the Faithful
- Rukh (plural: urkhaat) – Lord, almost exclusively refers to the gods of the Faithful
- Shahrid – Place of worship and prayer to the gods of the Faithful
- Zehaan – The call to prayer that sounds before the four daily prayers of the Faithful. The zehaan, which starts off as an atonal drone and builds into a somber, lilting song marked by complicated harmonies between multiple ‘elaat, is usually sung from the top of the tallest minaret of the local shahrid, and is often magically amplified to allow it to be heard from great distances.