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“Palæoboreanica”

The Mythology & Legendarium of the Palæoboreanic Hominids
Copyright © 2000 C.E. by Dustin Jon Scott
[Last Update: November 19th, 2018]

Introduction

The Palæoboreanica is the combined whole of the literature of the ancient Palæoboreanic hominids.

Part I

Setting

The World of Ancient Borea was socially and politically complex, with numerous races of Palæoboreanic hominids and other creatures inhabiting the various lands, as did hordes of bloodthirsty monsters.

PBH-13
PBH-13, Homo borealis — craniodental material recovered from the sunken city of Valapayo in 2008 C.E. This species, originating during the Haslach stage of the Middle Pleistocene, apparently the result of hybridization between a wave of Homo erectus that had pervaded north over the European alps during the earlier Cromerian stage (also known as the Gunz-Mindel Interglacial period), and Homo heidelbergensis (or early Homo neanderthalensis, since the appearance of Homo borealis in the fossil record coincides with that of H. neanderthalensis), Homo antecessor, Homo rhodesiensis (the ancestors of Homo sapiens) and unknown other Middle Pleistocene hominids, had characteristics in common with its contemporary H. heidelbergensis/H. neanderthalensis, surprisingly modern characteristics in common with later anatomically modern H. sapiens sapiens, as well as "primitive" characteristics in common with H. erectus pekingensis ("Peking Man").
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Ancient Palæoboreanic rock art — symbol of The Fivefold God, c. 370,000 B.C.E. Shows the four phases of the God’s life cycle and the four elements: The Serpent (Autumn/Water), The Stag (Winter/Earth), The Ram (Spring/Air), and The Crow (Summer/Fire). Note that this was a representation of The Sun God, so to some extent all four phases of His life cycle were associated with fire. In the center is an ouroboros, symbolizing the wheel of the year (for the serpent sheds his skin each year), circumscribing a starfish-like pentagram similar to the ancient Egyptian hieroglyph seba. This circumscribed seba-like symbol strongly resembled the ancient Egyptian hieroglyph duat and the Pentacle of Amen-Ra, and likewise was used to represent the Sun.
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Ancient Palæoboreanic rock art — symbol of The Fivefold Goddess, c. 390,000 B.C.E. Shows the four phases of the Goddess’s life cycle and the four elements: The Cat (Autumn/Water), corresponding to virginity and the waxing Moon, The She-Wolf (Winter/Earth), corresponding to fertility and the full Moon, The Owl (Spring/Air), corresponding to wisdom and the waning Moon, and The Phoenix (Summer/Fire), correspopnding to rebirth and the new Moon. In the center is an ouroboros, symbolizing cyclicality, circumscribing a starfish-like pentagram similar to the ancient Egyptian hieroglyph seba. This circumscribed seba-like symbol strongly resembled the ancient Egyptian hieroglyph duat, representing the Earth-womb.

Part II

Language

All of the Palæoboreanica is written in Palæoboreanic languages, with little representation of languages outside of this family. Languages represented in the Palæoboreanic outside of the Palæoboreanic language family are mostly those of the Saurian language family, for example Lacertian and Draconic.

Part II.a.

Palæoboreanic Languages

The Palæoboreanic language family is an early branch of a larger Boreanic language family that also includes the Finno-Ugric, Indo-European, and Afro-Asiatic language families.
Proto-Palaeoboreanic Script, Stage 1
Consonants
P General bilabial glyph. /p/ or /b/ (not contrasted), and sometimes lengthened to /m/.
T General alveolar glyph. /t/, or /d/ (not contrasted), and sometimes lengthened to /n/.
K General vellar glyph. /k/, or /g/ (not contrasted), and sometimes lengthened to /ŋ/.
Vowels
A
E
I
U
O
Consonants Vowels
P T K A E I U O
/p/ /t/ /k/ /a/ /e/ /i/ /u/ /o/

Stage 2A
Developed from Stage 1 independently of Stages 2B & 2C.
Labials Alveolars Vellars Vowels
P B M T D N K G NG A E I U O
/p/ /b/ /m/ /t/ /d/ /n/ /k/ /g/ /ŋ/ /a/ /e/ /i/ /u/ /o/

Stage 2B
Developed from Stage 1 independently of Stages 2A & 2C.
Labials Alveolars Vellars Vowels
P B M T D N K G NG A E I U O
/p/ /b/ /m/ /t/ /d/ /n/ /k/ /g/ /ŋ/ /a/ /e/ /i/ /u/ /o/

Stage 2C
Developed from Stage 1 independently of Stages 2A & 2B.
Labials Alveolars Vellars Vowels
P B M T D N K G NG A E I U O
/p/ /b/ /m/ /t/ /d/ /n/ /k/ /g/ /ŋ/ /a/ /e/ /i/ /u/ /o/

Stage 3
Labials Alveolars Vellars Vowels
P B M T D N K G NG A E I U O
/p/ /b/ /m/ /t/ /d/ /n/ /k/ /g/ /ŋ/ /a/ /e/ /i/ /u/ /o/

Stage 4
Labials Alveolars Vellars
P F B V M W T &Thorn; D &Eth; N R K X G GH NG Y
/p/ /f/ /b/ /v/ /m/ /w/ /t/ /þ/ /d/ /ð/ /n/ /r/ /k/ /x/ /g/ /gh/ /ŋ/ /y/

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Early imitations of cursive and runic scripts used for the Palaeoboreanic languages.
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The Elder Runes (Traditional).

Part II.a-1.)

Preliminary Linguistic Phylogeny

Proto-Borean — Nariliethi (Elder Dialect)
☠ Old Borean [OB] — Narilthie [] (“The Eldertongue”)
☠ [OB] Elder Dialect (attested form) — Aildinarillhie [] (“The Eldertongue”)
☠ Meridian [ML]
☠ [ML] Old Meridian
☠ [ML] Old East Meridian
☠ [ML] East Meridian
☠ [ML] Old West Meridian
☠ [ML] Nordic Dialect
☠ [ML] West Meridian
☠ Sylvanian [SL]
☠ [SL] East Sylvanian
☠ [SL] West Sylvanian
☠ [OB] Marine Dialect
☠ [OB] Sylvan Dialect — Dralhinarillhie or Narillhie
Old Færish [OF] Faenaril-yie or Naril-yie
☠ [OF] Elven Dialect Yie-Faenaril or Yie-Naril
☠ Old Elfish [OE]
☠ [OE]
☠ [OF] Hobling Dialect
☠ Hobling [HL]
☠ [HL] Gnomish
☠ [HL] Wood-hobbish
☠ [HL] Cellar-hobbish
☠ [OF] Sylvan Dialect
☠ Old Sylphish [OS]
☠ [OS] Woodelven
☠ [OB] Terran Dialect
☠ Old Terran [OT]
☠ [OT] Dwarven Dialect
☠ Old Dwarfish [OD]
☠ [OD] Barrodwarven
☠ [OD] Delfdwarghairn
☠ [OD] Mountaindwarfish
☠ [OD] Wolddwarrown
☠ Dwarrowspeak [DS]
☠ [OT] Knockryn Dialect
☠ [OT] Swartelven Dialect
☠ Elder Trowen [ET]
☠ [ET] Netherfæry Dialect
☠ lekth (lexeme, dialect) lukth (luxury, Lucifer)

Part II.a-2.)

List of Palæoboreanic Languages


Elder Færyn [EF]
Old Færish [OF] Faenaril-yie or Naril-yie
Proto-Borean — Nariliethi (Elder Dialect)
Elder Dialect (attested form) — Aildinarillhie [] (“The Eldertongue”)

Part III

Stories

The tales of the Palæoboreanica, at least when it comes to those regarded as canon, can largely be divided into The Mythicon and The Heroicon. The Mythicon contains the cosmology, theology, and primordial mythology of the Palæoboreanic peoples, whereas the Heroicon contains later legends and folklore.

Part III.a.

The Mythicon

The Mythicon

Part III.b.

The Heroicon

The Heroicon
Voyage of the Anarchonauts
The Descent of the Dryad
Wyrmhame: Land of the Saurians
Rogues' Chronicle
Initiations
Trek for Centaury
Phantasmata
Necropolis
Furlough
Chaos & Virtue

For a list of stories with summaries (which in its current state is little more than a slush-pile of notes), click here.

Part IV

Artwork based on The Palæoboreanica.

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Lodin Alyssandra Gail Serenity Troglodyte Troglodytess Mycoids Drolls Drollwife Trull Trullmaid Yettins Ettin ghoul Worricow Sylvan Drake Fire Drake Swamp Drake River Drake Sand Drake Mountain Drake Scarp Drake Sea Drake Snow Drake Tarasque Tarasque

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