FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT
Paravians
Q: When did Cianor die? Who rescued his sister?
A:

Cianor Sunlord lived in First and Second Age. His death is correctly listed in the glossaries as a Second Age event. Alithiel was bestowed upon Kamridian in the Third Age - Therefore this could not have been done by Cianor Sunlord himself.

It would have been his namesake, Cianor Moonlord, whose time was concurrent with Kamridian. It is not common for Paravians to name their young after another predecessor - this was a specific and special case.

Q: Have Paravians ever been possessed?
A: No Paravian has ever been victimized by Possession of Any Kind. Now, then, or Forever. Their natural state of conscious awareness would not allow this.
Q: Can you tell us more about Paravians? For example, could a Paravian choose to turn evil?
A: To know the answer, you'd have to answer (and in 360 degree "WIDTH, DEPTH and HEIGHT") the concept from a viewpoint that is not either/or. The 'idea' of 'evil' and 'enemy' from Paravian viewpoint simply would not play... as you know it. I could say a LOT more - but really, the story will unfold this so much more elegantly.

Paravians do NOT perceive linearly - they do not perceive inside Time/space. Therefore a linear analog - of cause to effect - will not be a straight line.... it will be dimensional. And multi dimensional - beyond space/time.

There are Many clues in the series to date, concerning multidimensional view point... clues: Ath's hostels sacred groves, the movement and translocation of the adepts, Asandir's handling of Morriel's assault, Jieret's journey via the Raven's knowledge, the strands, the entire scene that took place in the sealed fortress at Earle, and the convocation at Methisle. Not to mention the two scenes (three actually) where a Paravian WAS "present" if not fully present. Faith based Angels would not be a good analogue... Paravians are physical beings carrying a certain conscious awareness that is beyond dimensional.

Q: What is the correct pronounciation of "Siel i'an i'anient"?
A: see el (as in letter L) - now slur the two together and you get syel, accent on second syllable (siel)

see - ahn (slurred again, accent to second bit) (s'an)

see - ahn-yent (accent on both second two, last syllable clipped.

Effect, combined has a rolling cadence, with the last T sharply cut off.

If you could see the Paravian written in its natural characters, the pronounciation would be obvious - some of the characters are apparent in the paintings of Arithon's sword - go figure them out.

There is one that does NOT correspond to an alphabetical character - in Paravian it is possible to have a word that combines t with th - The two sounds have different characters. Alithiel's name has this th character in it - there is a character name to come where this will happen - t and th side by side. In English, I've resorted to using a hyphen - t-th to make those words manageable.

But Iyat-thos Tarens does not appear, yet, for lo, another story arc. (If you're wondering, his first name translates as "broken nose") And he's - ah, well, guess you'll have to wait this one out.

Q: How did you devise the Paravian language?
A: Paravian has no connection to Earth languages - however, like Sanskrit, it would have sound and tonal connections to Athera's foundational vibration - a close parallel to the language of Ath's creation.

It has been fairly extensively structured, but following no conventional earth language.

Q: How do the Paravian translations work?
A: First off, before I go further I AM NOT A LINGUIST. That said, Paravian will not necessarily follow any earthbound structure. It doesn't at all, in fact - it's closer related to Athera's magic system than an earth based language as the terminology you've stated would indicate.

This being the case: certain forms of words - cases being one - have far far less significance - since Paravian is closely related to a tonal reflection of creation.

The phrase as example - siel i'an i'anient - is a good one to "dissect"

Paravian works on the basis of root words, further defined by an intricate system of prefixes and suffixes.

siel - breaks into three bits, tonally

s - i - el

s - this appears often, as in front of surnames - it is a specifier - which can be translated as either "the" or "of" but isn't really that simply defined - it is actually a marker that separates, or defines, an individualization of consciousness. Marks an allotment of "entityship" as it were. A division from the whole. It is a state of beingness.

i - can also be translated as "the" but - not the same way as above - it is an identifier of consciousness, individualized. A consciousness aware of itself that is separate by choice, not affiliation.

Therefore s'i is a division or awareness set apart from the consciousness collective, that is aware of itself, or individualized.

s'i'el - the word for individualized consciousness, added to el - which spins the definition out further - meaning a vibration that has tangible existence in creation.

iel - is the Paravian word for Light - i'el - figure it out.

siel - literally, then, is "to be light" - "to be illumined" - the simplistic translation is "to know" - a state of awareness, taken from the conscious collective, individualized, and illuminated.

i'an - well, you know "an" is one. That breaks, too - a'n - "a" the void before creation, and 'n pronounced en) the masculine element that gives the unformed shape - an, one, or first.

i'an, then, is the primal one, given conscious awareness - the self.

an also is a suffix, indicating a state of being greater than its first note.

ient is a suffix indicating a state of being fully evolved, beyond that first note.

i'anient is then the state of self at its fullest evolution - definition unto completion. It can also be translated as infinite light...

Cases, like "I" and "YOU" are not going to have the same sense as English - since the collective consciousness is one, aware, is still one, you and me, still one - just individuated by self awareness, NOT by any actual separation of identity. But the root form is going to still reflect that primal unity.

Last - spoken Paravian is simplified - actualized Paravian, which IS the tonal creational language - will, yes, alter reality.

So the translations are rough approximations of what is actually a very precise system that does not break down the same way words as we know them would.