May 21, 2022 3:11 PM
an ex-illithid in lyingverse
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"The poor brain-eating aliens. And also the owners of the brains."

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"I agree on both counts!"

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"Am I correct in thinking there's no way to reach either set of people?"

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"I have no idea how I got here and no knowledge of how to get back, but that doesn't mean a way doesn't exist, just that I don't have access to it."

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"Hm. Well, I'd really like to know how but I don't see any obvious way to make progress on the question. You were turned into a human first, right? And spent some time being a human on your planet? Does the planet have a name?"

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"I know its name in the brain-eating-alien language that I can't pronounce anymore but it just means approximately 'third planet from local star'. I don't know its name in any other languages."

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"What's the closest you can get to pronouncing it?"

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"Hmmm..."

She frowns a small frown of concentration, makes some sounds with her mouth that frankly do not sound like they belong in any language at all, then shakes her head. "Sorry, I don't really think there's enough overlap between the way brain-eating aliens naturally speak and the ways humans can speak to make this work. I could make up a name for it? I could... use the word for 'third' in the human language I'm familiar with from that planet? That would be 'Sarn'."

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"I guess we can declare Sarn to be its English name, being as we are English speakers."

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"That seems reasonable!"

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"It's not a very clever name but our planet's name just means 'dirt' so I guess it's consistent!"

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"I think there are occasions where simplicity is more important than cleverness and this might be one of them!"

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"I don't think clever names are harder to remember or anything. But it doesn't really matter."

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