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  1. Holiday Story: Tienaabaa’s Festival

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    December 30, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Happy Tienaabaa’s festival to all!  May it find you motivated to creativity and to thought.  If you are wondering, Bitrani and Calenyena spell Tienaabaa’s name differently (Tienebrah); the Bitrani pronounce that initial T-i-e-n as tee-en while the Calenyena say “Tie”. ❄️ It was nearly time for the festival, and the snow had already …
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  2. On Calenyena Naming Practices

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    March 2, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Calenyen names fall into three general categories: Names that have meaning in Calenyen, or in an old variant of Calenyen: a name that means Grace when jumping or the sun over the river. Names that have meaning in another language – Bitrani or Tabersi or the Arran tongue, for example, …
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  3. IetTienaabaa (Tienaabaa’s Day), a holiday special

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    December 25, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    This is a somewhat contemplative piece, set early in the time of human habitation on Reiassan.  The snow had stopped falling for the first time in two weeks. Pieparra had spent a hard half-hour shoveling out a clear space in front of the house and the goats were frolicking out there …
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  4. Interlude: Goats

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    November 25, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The goats in Reiassan come in at least as many types as goats do in ours, with a wider range of sizes and a higher top end in height and girth.  A riding goat can be any of several different breeds, selected for strength or dexterity, coloration or horn shape or disposition.  …
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  5. Interlude: Tairiekie (Part II)

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    October 12, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Taikie really hadn’t meant to sneak around behind her friend. She liked Saydrie. She trusted him. And it wasn’t like she could understand anything he was saying, not when he was talking to other Bitrani. But here she was, moving cautiously from doorway to doorway, trailing along behind Saydrie, Darnio, …
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  6. Interlude: Tairiekie (Part I)

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    October 9, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Taikie hadn’t meant to follow Saydrie. She had intended on going to the Engineering Library.  She had some theories about humanic aether and she couldn’t very well work on them when her team-mates were around.  Not with the way that any discussion of it made Enrie mad and Saydrie worried. …
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  7. Interlude: Riensin

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    October 7, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “What are you playing at, anyway?” Kekdela had three books open in front of her but she was drawing doodles of goat horns in her notebook. “You know this really could get you expelled. It could get everyone expelled. Me and Tesdes included.” Tesdes looked up at the mention of his …
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  8. Interlude: News and Novels in Reiassan

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    October 5, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    There are several newspapers in circulation throughout Reiassan. The most well-known and widely-circulated, the Empire’s Paper, comes out of Lannamer, from the Emperor’s own press, and covers primarily nation-wide events.  It is printed weekly and delivered to all corners of the land. Most everyday people, however, get their news from the local …
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  9. Interlude: Careers After Edally

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    October 2, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Edally Academy and the other six schools of its sort were built for many purposes, not the least of which was to promulgate a consistent narrative about Calenta and its culture throughout the entire continent. The schools’ more commonly spoken-of goal, however, is to train up professionals in many fields. The …
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  10. (Belated) Hiatus Story – Libkazaari – Instructing the Instructor

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I don’t see the problem.” Instructor Pelnyen was sulking. He certainly would have called it something else, but he was definitely sulking, slouched in Libkazaari’s chair looking for all the world like a first-year student who had been caught out doing something wrong. In a sense, she supposed, he was. Not …
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  11. Hiatus Story – Dair and Biem: A Letter Home

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    July 8, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    There was a letter in their post-box from Edally Academy, the seal indicating that it was directly from Head of School Wiltemika. Only Wiltemika could manage wax that swirled in so many colors at once. Dairnikkindo opened the letter slowly and with some concern. It hadn’t been all that long; …
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  12. Hiatus Tale – Enrie: Goatless

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    July 1, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I just have to say, it’s a little goatless, don’t you think? Enrie tried to stifle a giggle at her roommate’s teammate, but it was such a Kyoket-House martial thing to say. Without a Goat was probably the oldest Calenyen saying in existence; Enrie could picture some ancient Calenyena warrior …
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  13. Hiatus Tale – Tairiekie: Goats

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    June 28, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The tap on her shoulder came between classes. Tairiekie turned slowly, ready to answer, yet again, about the goats. She noticed stunning green eyes first, and then the grey, teal, and blue uniform. She swallowed. The Alchemy student from orientation. She hadn’t seen him since then; she hadn’t even caught his …
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  14. Hiatus Tale – Saydrie: Kin

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    June 22, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “So did you do it? Did you and the northern girl put the goat up on Onadyano tower?” Darnio sidled closer to Saydrie, whispering his question in Bitrani, as if that would help if they were overheard. Saydrie sighed. The Tyono House boy was trying, even if he was from …
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  15. Interlude – Meals at Edally Academy

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    December 24, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Reiassan, as a continent, is grain-poor; this colors any number of things about the nation, but especially its diet. Most of the continent is ridged with glacial valleys and mountain crests, the valleys usually so rock-heavy that “moving rocks” is synonymous with “useless activity.” The South – the land that …
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  16. Interlude – Scents of Home

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    December 17, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Gaikvya, you have to eat something.” Her teammate, Kelmoor, prodded her gently with a finger. “I know that you don’t like it  but you have barely eaten all day, or yesterday.” Gaikvya wrinkled her nose. “I know that I must eat the food to continue to do well.” She didn’t …
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  17. Interlude: Some Things Fly and Others Float

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    October 29, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Hey, Zhadrie.” Pozhvetradov leaned in through the doorway of their room, beaded braids bouncing against his chest. “Aren’t you usually off with your friends – your teammates – this time of day?” Saydrie looked up from his homework. “I can clear out if you want the room.” “No, no, you’re …
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  18. Interlude: Maiku Hall

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    October 22, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I wonder why it’s called Maiku Hall1.” Riensin had only known his three-team for a few days but he’d already learned that getting her to talk about things she liked was the easiest way to get Kekdela to pay attention to him, and getting Taztyag to talk at all was useful – …
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  19. Interlude: A Brief History of the Empress Edaledalende Academy of Higher Learning at Ileltedez

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    October 15, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The Edally Academy was built in one of the so-called Empirates of Peace. The Emperor Elareltiendol was a scholarly, thoughtful man, allowed to be so in part because his grandmother, the previous Empress, had thoroughly devastated all of their enemies. The nation would have decades to rest while those foes …
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  20. Interlude: From the Stables to the Home

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    September 16, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Late evening.” Korten’s wife greeted him at the door with a warm, damp towel and a smile. “Ah, yes.” He took the towel and started with his face, scrubbing off the accumulated grit of a day in the Academy’s stables. “I have a new set of stable-dwellers  and I wanted …
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