Speaking in Tongues
After asking his name in hundreds of languages and dialects...
Galene says, "Say your name...tok namu...meni pong...I am Galene...You are?"
Zombie mumbles, "GaRrUgHh"
Galene says, "Say your name...lam pori...sta nika...I am Galene...You are?"
Zombie mumbles, "GaRrUgHh"
Galene says, "Say your name...kolim nem...bilong yu...
Zombie mumbles something barely recognizable, translated here, "OhOHh, I Am MaJeLlA. Is A pLeAsUrE tO mEeT u GaLeeeNNe"
Barbarian, barbarinus, barbaria, barbarus and ????????. He says his name is Majella. Now that I've stumbled upon some common linguistic ground (appears to be a dialect closely resembling something from the Awyu-Dumut family, we can get by in Tok Pisin), he's proven both intelligent and articulate! Majella, my poor fool. How unfortunate, and a little ironic, to find him here now. After fleeing his Tribe of Korowai to escape the spread of the "laughing disease" Kuru, he joined up with a crew of Barbarians lead by Vargas the Mad. When Vargas and his men discovered this island, they were transformed into the dreaded Tluca through the evil sorcery practiced by the cannibalistic natives! Literally out of the frying pan, into the fire...
It occurs to me, where there is smoke, there is fire. Where there is fire, there is food. Where there is food...there is Cronus. Thus, I've had Majella stash the as many chests and crates as we could load and bury them, and using the smoky trail above the trees to guide our path, we've set off to discover the source of the drums which make Majella so nervous. He's proving very brave, despite obviously knowing something disturbing which he's repressing, or is perhaps too ashamed to share with me.
Below is an excerpt from the Logge of Chatte, translated:
Galene says, "Majella, are you certain you are up to this? I've been grateful for your assistance and your protection, but I will understand if you would prefer to remain here"
Majella mumbles, "I gO wItH u"
Galene says, "I promise I won't hold it against you if you abstain, my friend. I do not wish to place you in danger."
Majella replies, "MaJeLlA hUnGrY nEwAY. Is A pLeAsUrE tO mEeT u GaLeeeNNe. NoT wAnT 2 eEEet u GaLeeeNNe"
I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I've no time to probe further now. We all have our secrets, and I've just spotted a bit of red in the trees up ahead. I am hoping it's a member of my landing party, as it's quite out of place. From what I've seen, the natives seem to prefer a sort of purply-violet, an Indigo color, and I've yet to see anything local in either red or orange. I wonder what the significance of that might be?
Make sure you visit this forum thread to share your illustrations of our journey! Paperwork is not my forte, and I need your help! You know I always reward those who do my homework for me! Illustrations for today provided by Copperkatie and Squatek.