Counting in Aramteskan
Aramteskan is an a priori constructed language created by the Australian linguist Lauren Gawne for P.M. Freestone’s Shadowscent series (The Darkest Bloom & Crown of Smoke). Aramteskan is the language of the Empire of Aramtesh. It derives from Old Aramteskan and has different dialects, like Hagmiri, Trel and Aphorai. A focus on scent is a key motif in this language, showing up in both grammatical and semantic features. The language has a base five numeral system, while Old Aramteskan had a base six numeral system.
Aramteskan numbers list
- 15 – adig
- 25 – rit
- 35 – lu
- 45 – erat
- 105 – naw
- 115 – adig adig
- 125 – adig rit
- 135 – adig lu
- 145 – adig erat
- 205 – rit bas
- 305 – lu bas
- 405 – erat bas
- 1005 – adig bas bas
The quinary system
The Aramteskan language follows a quinary numeral system, which is a base-5 system. To better understand this numeral system, let’s start with a more familiar one: the decimal system. In the decimal system (or base-10), we have ten digits, from zero to nine. When we add 1 (one) to 9 (nine), we get 10 (ten), or the unit 1 (one) followed by 0 (zero). This system is positional (the digits represent the units, and their rank the matching power of ten). Thus, 178 decomposes in 100 + 70 + 8 = 1*102 + 7*101 + 8*100. This system is also known as a positional decimal numeral system.
Base-5 uses digits from 0 to 4. Its first ten is five in decimal (510 = 105), the base is noted in subscript. The decomposition of a quinary number (in a positional system) is the same as the one of a decimal number, only the base changes: (178)5 = 1*52 + 7*51 + 8*50. If we carry it out, we get the matching decimal number, here 1,203.
Aramteskan numbering rules
Now that you’ve had a gist of the most useful numbers, let’s move to the writing rules for the tens, the compound numbers, and why not the hundreds, the thousands and beyond (if possible).
- Digits from zero to four are rendered by specific words: bas , adig , rit , lu , and erat . There is a special word for five, a vestige from Old Aramteskan senary system: naw .
- Base-5 tens are formed starting with the multiplier digit, followed by the word for zero (bas), except for the quinary ten, vestige from Old Aramteskan senary system: naw [105/510], rit bas [205/1010], lu bas [305/1510], and erat bas [405/2010].
- Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten multiplier, followed by the unit (e.g.: rit erat [245/1410], lu adig [315/1610]).
- Higher numbers, including compound quinary hundreds, are formed the same way, starting with the higher scale multiplier digit (e.g.: adig bas adig [1015/5110]).
Shadowscent: Crown of Smoke
by P. M. Freestone, editors Scholastic Press (2020)
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Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom
by P. M. Freestone, editors Scholastic Press (2019)
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- Aramteskan Grammar, by Lauren Gawne
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