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Palæoboreanic Civilization & Culture


The Palæoboreanic World was home to numerous closely related civilizations and cultures, sometimes considered together somewhat inaccurately as “The Palæoboreanic Civilization” or “the Palæoboreanic culture” as if they represented a singular cultural whole (which, though not strictly accurate, is not so far from the truth).


Palæoboreanic technology eventually reached what we would likely regard as an approximately “Renaissance” level of technology before finally dying out. For more information, see Palæoboreanic technology.

Materials — The Palæoboreanic people knew how to work with a variety of metals, including gold, silver, tin, copper, bronze, brass, and iron. They could produce clear glass, legendarily attributed to a failed attempt to cast an obsidian blade, from an extremely early phase of their technological development, allowing for clear panes of glass for windows, lanters, and even spectacles.


Architecture — The Palæoboreanic people seemed to have an intuitive knowledge of arches and buttressing even from an early stage when the most "civilized" settlements were still stacking rough, unhewn stone, occasionally in combination with a cob-like mortar, for their largest and most impressive buildings. Development of vaults and domes came later. Late-stage Palæoboreanic peoples were creating large structures comparable to the architectural achievments of the ancient Greeks or Egyptians, but incorporating elements we associate more with late Medieval or early Modern architecture & decor, such as glass windows or the aforementioned domes & vaults.

Languages & Dialects

The original Proto-Palæoboreanic “language” was in reality not quite a full-fledged, proper language. This pseudo-language was in fact an absolute proto-language: It lacked auxilliary verbs, had little-to-no distinction between nouns and verbs, and used non-arbitrary phonaesthemes rather than arbitrary phonemes as most true languages (which is not to say that true languages have no internal phonaesthemic system; many surely do!) strung together into somewhere between word-like and sentence-like sequences that were vague and information-rate inefficient compared with true languages, often being what an English-speaker would perceive as sentence-length but imparting about as much information as a moderately inflected word, and without as much specificity. In many ways, the original Proto-Palæoboreanic tongue was more like the communication of crows. Out of this crow-like, or almost stereotypically “cave-man-like” system of communication, structures alike those found in true languages began to emerge: root words, affixes, auxillary verbs; agglutination, root-inflection, fusion, isolation and polysynthesis; all from a system of a communication that most would likely regard as little more than a system of squaks and grunts.

The structure of Proto-Palæoboreanic, as well as many of the languages that descended from it, was phonaesthemically oligosynthetic. Every phoneme in their inventory had a phonaesthemic meaning attatched to it, and was never used in a manner inconsistent with this. Their phoneme/phonaestheme inventory could be divided into two groups: consonemes and volonemes. Among consonemes, labials tended to be used in reference to placement, alveolars for action, and velars for abstractions. Among volonemes, open vowels conveyed receptiveness ranging from passiveness to femininity, mid front vowels corresponded to activeness and transitivity as well as agency, close front vowels represented descriptiveness and adjectivity, close back vowels were associated with projectiveness from intransitivity to masculinity, and mid back vowels indicated transformation and causativity, and were often found marking gerunds and mass nouns, in many cases corresponding to English words ending in "-ness", "-ity", "-ation", or the like. In the initial proto-language, consonemes were treated as the most salient, and the volonemes seemed to inflect them, reminiscent of root-inflection or ablaut. All of these sounds tended to have meanings that could be expanded metaphorically and from that expanded semantic base, specified situationally, generating more language-like morphology and syntax.

While none of the speakers of the Palæoboreanic language family were anatomically modern Homo sapiens sapiens, the evolution of this language family from its earliest proto-linguistic roots similar to other forms of animal communication into recognizably humanlike language nonetheless serves as a demonstration of how human language might’ve developed from other forms of animal communication.

Note that for the Proto-Palæoboreanic language below, speakers would have either said (the part in parentheses [or) the part in brackets], but not both. Thus, "(uh-u[n)u-hu]" indicates the word would have been pronounced either as "uh-un" or "nu-hu".

  • Proto-Palæoboreanic - *(a[n)a]-((u[h)u]-[(u[n)u]-(u[h)u]]-((i[h)i-[(io[n)io]-(i[h)i]] or *((i[h)i-[(io[n)io]-(i[h)i]]-((u[h)u]-[(u[n)u]-(u[h)u]]-(a[n)a]
    • Suffixing Dialects / Proto-Hyperboreanic - *(a[n)a]-(u[n)u]-(u[h)u]-(io[n)io]-(i[h)i] or *(io[n)io]-(i[h)i]-(u[n)u]-(u[h)u]-(a[n)a]
      • Dialect #1 - *an(a)-un(u)-uh(u)-ion(io)-ih(i) or *ion(io)-ih(i)-un(u)-uh(u)-an(a)
        • Dialect #1A - *an(a)-unuh(u)-ionih(i)
          • Dialect #1Aα - *an(a)-unuh(u)-ionh(i)
          • Dialect #1Aβ - *an(a)-unh(u)-ionih(i)
        • Dialect #1B - *ionih(i)-unuh(u)-an(a)
          • Dialect #1Bα - *ionh(i)-unuh(u)-an(a)
          • Dialect #1Bβ - *ionih(i)-unh(u)-an(a)
      • Dialect #2 - *(a)na-(u)nu-(u)hu-(io)nio-(i)hi or *(io)nio-(i)hi-(u)nu-(u)hu-(a)na
        • Dialect #2A - *(a)na-(u)nuhu-(io)niohi
          • Dialect #2Aα - *(a)na-(u)nhu-(io)niohi or *(io)niohi-(u)nhu-(a)na
        • Dialect #2B - *(io)niohi-(u)nuhu-(a)na
          • Dialect #2Bα - *(io)niohi-(u)nhu-(a)na
            • Dialect #2Bα-I - *niohi-ru-na
    • Prefixing Dialects / Proto-Zephyroboreanic - *(a[n)a]-(u[h)u]-(u[n)u]-(i[h)i]-(io[n)io] or *(i[h)i]-(io[n)io]-(u[h)u]-(u[n)u]-(a[n)a]
      • Dialect #A - *an(a)-uh(u)-un(u)-ih(i)-ion(io) or *ih(i)-ion(io)-uh(u)-un(u)-an(a)
        • Dialect #A1 - *an(a)-uhun(u)-ihion(io)
          • Dialect #A1α - *an(a)-uhn(u)-ihion
        • Dialect #A2 - *ihion(io)-uhun(u)-an(a)
          • Dialect #A2α - *ihion-uhn(u)-an(a)
      • Dialect #B - *(a)na-(u)hu-(u)nu-(i)hi-(io)nio or *(i)hi-(io)nio-(u)hu-(u)nu-(a)na
        • Dialect #B1 - *(a)na-(u)hunu-(i)hinio
          • Dialect #B1α - *(a)na-(u)hunu-(i)hnio
          • Dialect #B1β - *(a)na-(u)hnu-(i)hinio
        • Dialect #B2 - **(i)hinio-(u)hunu-(a)na
          • Dialect #B2α - *(i)hnio-(u)hunu-(a)na
          • Dialect #B2β - *(i)hinio-(u)hnu-(a)na
    • Infixing Dialects / Proto-Notoboreanic - *(a[n)a]-(uh-u[n)u-hu]-(ioh-i[n)i-hio] or *(ioh-i[n)i-hio]-(uh-u[n)u-hu]-(a[n)a]
      • North Notoboreanic
      • West Notoboreanic - *an(a)-uh-un(u)-ioh-in(io) or *ioh-in(io)-uh-un(u)-an(a)
        • Proto-Montane - *an(a)-uhn(u)-iohin(io)
          • Proto-Ogrish - *an-uŋr-iohn
            • Old Ogrish - anuŋrior
              • Mountain Ogrish - anuŋrior
              • Hill Ogrish - anuŋrior
        • Proto-Chthonic - *iohn(io)-uh-un(u)-an(a)
          • Proto-Dwarvish - *ior-uhn-an
            • Old Dwarvish - ioruwran
              • Mountain Dwarvish - ioruwran
                • Hill Dwarvish - ioruwran
              • Under-Dwarvish - ioruwran
      • East Notoboreanic - *(a)na-(u)nuhu-(io)nihio or *(io)nihio-(u)nuhu-(a)na
        • Proto-Sylvanic - *(a)na-(u)nhu-(io)nihio
          • Common Sylvanic - *na-ru-nhio
            • Old Sylvanese - narulio
              • Middle Sylvan - naroliu
                • Late Sylvan - naroleu
                  • Common Fairish - loraleu
              • Old Elven - velunarulio
                • Old Lightelven - veyunaruwio
                  • Sunelven - veyunaruwio
                  • Moonelven - veyunaruwio
                • Old Woodelven - velonaroliu
            • Old Seelie - valanaruyio
          • Dark Sylvanic - *an-ur-ionh
            • Dark Sylvanese - ænuriol
              • Dark Sylvan - ænuriol
              • Darkelven - ænuriol
                • Nightelven - ænurio
                • Swartelven - anoriul
            • Unseelie - anuriol
        • Proto-Borean - *(io)ni-hio-(u)nhu-(a)na
          • Ancient Borean - nhio runa
            • Old Borean - lio runa
              • Middle Borean - lio runa or lio naru
                • Late Borean
                  • West Borean
                    • Old Hesperian
                      • Old Reynesian
                      • Old Suddenese
                  • East Borean
                    • Old Morean
              • Old Monastic - lio lavarunayio or lio valanaruyio
                • Trinitarian - lio lavarunayio or lio balanaruyio
                  • Old Paynim - lio lavarunayio or lio balanaruyio
                • Mortiferean - lio anuriol
                  • Old Kirsome - li anuriol
        • Proto-Nomadic - *(io)ni-hio-(u)nhu-(a)na
          • North Nomadic - nhiowana
          • South-Nomadic - nhio yuna
      • South Notoboreanic *an(a)-uh-un(u)-(io)ni-hio or *ioh-in(io)-(u)nu-hu-(a)na
        • Proto-Orcish - *æn(æ)-ənh(ə)-(ia)nihia
          • Old Orcan - *ænəŋnhia
            • Old Ortch - *ænəŋria
              • næŋri
        • Proto-Merran - *ior(io)-(u)ñu-(a)na


    For more information, see Borean Food.

    Diet — Boreans ate a wide variety of foods from plant, animal, and fungal sources.

    Food-getting — most Boreans in rural areas practiced substistance farming, and most hunted or engaged in some form of pastoralism (although there were religious groups that practiced vegetarianism, and in areas where those groups were particularly influential, the killing of animals for food was frowned upon). Boreans in urban areas imported most of their vegetables from surrounding rural areas, as well as some of their meats, but the majority of the meat eaten in urban areas came from local fishermen (since urban settlements were typically near substantial bodies of water). Because of the obvious differences in flavor, this created a situation in which seafood was mundane to city-dwellers yet an exotic delicacy to countryfolk, while game hunted from the land was the standard form of meat for country-dwellers but an expensive import to cityfolk (who even then typically only got to try these meats in their preserved forms).




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