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  • Create Your Own Sammichian Name

    The Sammichians... A race of disillusioned, pompous, and power-hungry cretins. A noble race nonetheless! You may have noticed that many of them possess very impressive, if not a bit odd, personal and family names. In this thread I'm going to give you insight into how I come up with these names, the Thrennexian language as a whole, and how you might go about creating your own Sammichian name (totally not for the purpose of stealing these for future wiki use).

    Let's get started with a bit of a Shire history lesson.

    Modern-day Sammichians trace their evolution and subsequent ancestry to the freezing continent of Thrennex in the northwestern Shire. They were credited with having established one of, if not the first civilization in the Shire around 2,500 PRY (Pre-Reckoning Year, equivalent to our world's B.C.). This head-start, as well as their expansionist tendencies, allowed them to eventually form the massive ancient empire of Xamichia, exerting a great degree of control over much of the Shire. The Xamichines (the source of the modern-day term Sammichian) spoke the language known as Thrennexian, which forms the basis of many of today's languages in the Shire. Imagine a very similar scenario to that of the Romans in Europe.

    Thrennexian draws heavily upon Latin and Ancient Greek influences, as do the names it produced. To truly understand Sammichian names, one must recognize that Xamichine society was highly elitist and the language was divided into two distinct dialects: High Thrennexian (Accra unthet) and Vulgar Thrennexian (Sepra unthet). The former was a much more elaborate dialect, reserved only for the Xamichine ruling class and government matters. The latter was used by the commoners, and this distinction was enforced by law; those caught speaking High Thrennexian without the authorization to do could be fined, imprisoned, or in severe cases, have their tongues removed.

    Thanks to these two dialects, there was (and continues to be) a contrast between the names of more influential Sammichians and the common people.

    We'll talk about High Thrennexian names first.

    These names are much more elaborate and grandiose than their Vulgar counterparts, used to reflect the power and majesty of the Xamichine and Fulfwotzian aristocracy. For males, these names typically end with an S or X, preceded by a vowel, in most cases a U, E, or A, although you will never see an A paired with an S. For example: Sammus. Tophaeres. Niphulux. Drefnex. Calphamax. On the other hand, female names almost always end in -a or -ia. For example: Tryphaena. Vespania. Last names follow very similar conventions, but will oftentimes also end in -ae.

    They also differ in the sense that members of the nobility have the privilege of using a nobiliary particle before their family name, similar to our von in German and de in French. This particle takes the form of vos. We see this used in today's eight surviving noble families, such as Vos Vespae or Vos Petronax. While there was a much wider variety of titles in Xamichia, in today's NSE all nobles carry the title of Lord or Lady. They often carry a purely-ceremonial territorial attachment to their name as well. Put all together, a High Thrennexian name in both English and Thrennexian will appear in full as:

    Lord Calphamax vos Vespae III of the Caffan Lagoon
    Accraprimus Dominus Calphamax vos Vespae III sea Stagna se Capha

    Lady Vulnicura vos Sparax I of Sammichian Verdenesia
    Accraprima Domina Vulnicura vos Sparax I sea Verdenes Xamichine

    Accra = denoting that they are the incumbent head of their family
    Primus/a = denoting that they are related to the noble family by blood and was/is the heir to the head of the family
    Dominus/a = Lord/Lady


    I'm sure you understand (and hopefully appreciate) at this point how complicated High Thrennexian can be as far as names stand. Thank god it went extinct! Luckily for you, Vulgar Thrennexian names are much simpler to grasp.

    As they are much more common, these names are shorter and far less complex. Male names will usually end in -o. For example: Dago. Vigo. Calo. Moro. Traeto. Nero. Female names will end in -ia or -a. For example: Nessica. Sera. Meria. Traena. Venia. Vesta. You will almost never see a commoner sharing a name with any noble or ruler, modern or historic. The practice was outlawed for much of Xamichine and Fulfwotzian history, and while it's perfectly legal today, many perceive it as a taboo. You will not readily find a common Sammichian named Aggripedes or Amphurna, though some Humans do not share the same reverence for such names. You will, however, sometimes find last names that seem to be derived from the names of certain rulers. For example, Vespinus from Vespania; Meraxae from Meraxes; Sceparax from Scepares; or Amphilae from Amphila. This was a way for commoners to circumvent the restrictions preventing them from naming themselves and their children after members of the Sammichian ruling class.

    Although both Thrennexian dialects have gone largely extinct and been overtaken by English, these names have and will continue to persist. I hope this has proved not only informative but also intriguing to those of you interested in Shire lore and naming conventions.

    Why not take a shot at creating some of your own Sammichian names? If you're looking to create a noble name, keep in mind that these are the current Sammichian noble families:
    • Vos Arrax
    • Vos Hatrinidae
    • Vos Ich*
    • Vos Nervae
    • Vos Paxae
    • Vos Petronax
    • Vos Sparax
    • Vos Vespae

    If you're feeling stumped, it helps to look up ancient Latin or Greek names and simply tweak them a bit. Enjoy!

    *the unusuality behind "Ich" as a Sammichian name is attributed to the fact that it was originally "Vos Ichirae", named for the territory (Ichira) the family was appointed to govern in Xamichia. After a rebellion and the consequential razing of the province, -irae was dropped from the name.

    EnderKillaHay
  • Create Your Own Sammichian Name

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    Lord Nebberex V vos Ëlkæ of the Grand Republic of Oranjestad
    Accraprimus Emeritae Nebberex V vos Ëlkæ sea Rem Magna Oranje

    My bastard child is named Urbœ Pennsae. He lives on the streets and I refuse to acknowledge his existence.
    EnderKilla
  • Create Your Own Sammichian Name

    The Sammichians... A race of disillusioned, pompous, and power-hungry cretins. A noble race nonetheless! You may have noticed that many of them possess very impressive, if not a bit odd, personal and family names. In this thread I'm going to give you insight into how I come up with these names, the Thrennexian language as a whole, and how you might go about creating your own Sammichian name (totally not for the purpose of stealing these for future wiki use).

    Let's get started with a bit of a Shire history lesson.

    Modern-day Sammichians trace their evolution and subsequent ancestry to the freezing continent of Thrennex in the northwestern Shire. They were credited with having established one of, if not the first civilization in the Shire around 2,500 PRY (Pre-Reckoning Year, equivalent to our world's B.C.). This head-start, as well as their expansionist tendencies, allowed them to eventually form the massive ancient empire of Xamichia, exerting a great degree of control over much of the Shire. The Xamichines (the source of the modern-day term Sammichian) spoke the language known as Thrennexian, which forms the basis of many of today's languages in the Shire. Imagine a very similar scenario to that of the Romans in Europe.

    Thrennexian draws heavily upon Latin and Ancient Greek influences, as do the names it produced. To truly understand Sammichian names, one must recognize that Xamichine society was highly elitist and the language was divided into two distinct dialects: High Thrennexian (Accra unthet) and Vulgar Thrennexian (Sepra unthet). The former was a much more elaborate dialect, reserved only for the Xamichine ruling class and government matters. The latter was used by the commoners, and this distinction was enforced by law; those caught speaking High Thrennexian without the authorization to do could be fined, imprisoned, or in severe cases, have their tongues removed.

    Thanks to these two dialects, there was (and continues to be) a contrast between the names of more influential Sammichians and the common people.

    We'll talk about High Thrennexian names first.

    These names are much more elaborate and grandiose than their Vulgar counterparts, used to reflect the power and majesty of the Xamichine and Fulfwotzian aristocracy. For males, these names typically end with an S or X, preceded by a vowel, in most cases a U, E, or A, although you will never see an A paired with an S. For example: Sammus. Tophaeres. Niphulux. Drefnex. Calphamax. On the other hand, female names almost always end in -a or -ia. For example: Tryphaena. Vespania. Last names follow very similar conventions, but will oftentimes also end in -ae.

    They also differ in the sense that members of the nobility have the privilege of using a nobiliary particle before their family name, similar to our von in German and de in French. This particle takes the form of vos. We see this used in today's eight surviving noble families, such as Vos Vespae or Vos Petronax. While there was a much wider variety of titles in Xamichia, in today's NSE all nobles carry the title of Lord or Lady. They often carry a purely-ceremonial territorial attachment to their name as well. Put all together, a High Thrennexian name in both English and Thrennexian will appear in full as:

    Lord Calphamax vos Vespae III of the Caffan Lagoon
    Accraprimus Dominus Calphamax vos Vespae III sea Stagna se Capha

    Lady Vulnicura vos Sparax I of Sammichian Verdenesia
    Accraprima Domina Vulnicura vos Sparax I sea Verdenes Xamichine

    Accra = denoting that they are the incumbent head of their family
    Primus/a = denoting that they are related to the noble family by blood and was/is the heir to the head of the family
    Dominus/a = Lord/Lady


    I'm sure you understand (and hopefully appreciate) at this point how complicated High Thrennexian can be as far as names stand. Thank god it went extinct! Luckily for you, Vulgar Thrennexian names are much simpler to grasp.

    As they are much more common, these names are shorter and far less complex. Male names will usually end in -o. For example: Dago. Vigo. Calo. Moro. Traeto. Nero. Female names will end in -ia or -a. For example: Nessica. Sera. Meria. Traena. Venia. Vesta. You will almost never see a commoner sharing a name with any noble or ruler, modern or historic. The practice was outlawed for much of Xamichine and Fulfwotzian history, and while it's perfectly legal today, many perceive it as a taboo. You will not readily find a common Sammichian named Aggripedes or Amphurna, though some Humans do not share the same reverence for such names. You will, however, sometimes find last names that seem to be derived from the names of certain rulers. For example, Vespinus from Vespania; Meraxae from Meraxes; Sceparax from Scepares; or Amphilae from Amphila. This was a way for commoners to circumvent the restrictions preventing them from naming themselves and their children after members of the Sammichian ruling class.

    Although both Thrennexian dialects have gone largely extinct and been overtaken by English, these names have and will continue to persist. I hope this has proved not only informative but also intriguing to those of you interested in Shire lore and naming conventions.

    Why not take a shot at creating some of your own Sammichian names? If you're looking to create a noble name, keep in mind that these are the current Sammichian noble families:
    • Vos Arrax
    • Vos Hatrinidae
    • Vos Ich*
    • Vos Nervae
    • Vos Paxae
    • Vos Petronax
    • Vos Sparax
    • Vos Vespae

    If you're feeling stumped, it helps to look up ancient Latin or Greek names and simply tweak them a bit. Enjoy!

    *the unusuality behind "Ich" as a Sammichian name is attributed to the fact that it was originally "Vos Ichirae", named for the territory (Ichira) the family was appointed to govern in Xamichia. After a rebellion and the consequential razing of the province, -irae was dropped from the name.

    EnderKillaHay
  • NSE Journalist Found Dead In Midst Of Ich Dynasty Probe

    His Name Wasn't Reissman Pontevirra
    Sammiches822Wuggeh0
  • NSE Journalist Found Dead In Midst Of Ich Dynasty Probe

    ORANJESTAD- The noted Imperial journalist Reissman Pontevirra has been found dead in his hotel room while attending a conference of the International Journalists Consortium, in the midst of a probe into the dealings of Emperor Sammus and his family.

    His body was discovered by management at the Hotel Marvella in the Summit neighborhood of downtown Oranjestad around midnight last night after guests in the room below called the front desk, reporting blood dripping from the balcony above theirs. According to Oranjestad authorities, there had been several stab wounds to the chest and stomach area, the crime scene indicating a potential struggle. It then appeared that an undressed Pontevirra crawled onto the balcony, where he is believed to have died. Several of his belongings were reported missing, including his wallet, laptop, HexPad, and the unknown contents of the room's safe.

    Security footage recorded a woman entering his room around 10:45pm. Based on interactions between her and Pontevirra at the door, it is suspected that she was a sex worker. She was not observed leaving the room until approximately 11:50pm, spending just over an hour in his room. She departed carrying a marked Hotel Marvella tote bag, likely filled with the items stolen from Pontevirra's room. She is the primary suspect in his murder and has not yet been identified by Oranjestad police.

    Most conspicuous about the case is the fact that Reissman Pontevirra had been privately investigating Emperor Sammus and the Ich Dynasty, retaining suspicion about their alleged ties to the black market and the sale of narcotics overseas. Many emphasize the nature of the crime and the circumstances behind it, believing that Pontevirra's murder was an attempt on behalf of the NSE to silence him. Advocacy groups for the freedom of speech and the press also speculate that this is not the first time this has happened in the Empire. In 2015, the Krugerrand administration was implicated in the death of the blogger Kent Hawkins, better known by his pseudonym Ozymandias, another journalist who was investigating the suspected Ministry of Defense coverup of top-secret experiments being performed on heroin addicts in the Verdenes. In 1998, the administration of High Chancellor Alexander Vronsky was believed to have played a role in the public assassination of Nataro Serophinus following an inquiry into the suspected sale of arms to the despotic Asad regime in the Sultanate of Baba.

    The New Sammichian Empire has a curious relationship with the freedom of speech and the press. Criticism of the government is commonplace and a marked aspect of Imperial society; all things considered, Imperial people enjoy a level of individual freedom unseen even in many other developed nations of the Shire. The country also hosts a lively private press, with the exception of the state-sponsored TIE Network (The Imperial Eyewitness), which rarely publishes nor airs criticism of the government. It would seem that the NSE often lets its people do what they please -- until they begin to pose a threat to its dubious inner workings.

    The Office of the Emperor has denied any involvement or knowledge of the incident, calling it the "tragic butchery of one of the Empire's brightest journalists", and offering its condolences to the Pontevirra family. High Chancellor Ritz-Khalifa has yet to address the matter, likely occupied with the Samgasmi crisis. NSE authorities in the state law enforcement body Kretopol are currently working with those in Oranjestad.

    ~SGN Online, Helping You Act Like You Care~

    COMMENTS
    Mandy King, Rex Kwon Do- we sure let the NSE get away with a lot of stuff

    Cerso Mepphises, Sargoth- So a guy gets stabbed and robbed by a hooker. Just because he was an Imperial that automatically means it was politically-motivated and was done on the orders of the Emperor. It seems to me like we've started looking for intrigue in situations where none exists

    Maro Naapaku, The Verdenes- wait, wtf? should I stop doing heroin?

    Franklin Triesier, Mainland- I don't live in the NSE but I have TIE Network included in my cable subscription. It's all propaganda but they have all the sexy anchors....that's how they get ya... Daetra Vivum av Impirex! #DVAI

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  • NSE Journalist Found Dead In Midst Of Ich Dynasty Probe

    His Name Wasn't Reissman Pontevirra
    Sammiches822Wuggeh0
  • NSE Journalist Found Dead In Midst Of Ich Dynasty Probe

    ORANJESTAD- The noted Imperial journalist Reissman Pontevirra has been found dead in his hotel room while attending a conference of the International Journalists Consortium, in the midst of a probe into the dealings of Emperor Sammus and his family.

    His body was discovered by management at the Hotel Marvella in the Summit neighborhood of downtown Oranjestad around midnight last night after guests in the room below called the front desk, reporting blood dripping from the balcony above theirs. According to Oranjestad authorities, there had been several stab wounds to the chest and stomach area, the crime scene indicating a potential struggle. It then appeared that an undressed Pontevirra crawled onto the balcony, where he is believed to have died. Several of his belongings were reported missing, including his wallet, laptop, HexPad, and the unknown contents of the room's safe.

    Security footage recorded a woman entering his room around 10:45pm. Based on interactions between her and Pontevirra at the door, it is suspected that she was a sex worker. She was not observed leaving the room until approximately 11:50pm, spending just over an hour in his room. She departed carrying a marked Hotel Marvella tote bag, likely filled with the items stolen from Pontevirra's room. She is the primary suspect in his murder and has not yet been identified by Oranjestad police.

    Most conspicuous about the case is the fact that Reissman Pontevirra had been privately investigating Emperor Sammus and the Ich Dynasty, retaining suspicion about their alleged ties to the black market and the sale of narcotics overseas. Many emphasize the nature of the crime and the circumstances behind it, believing that Pontevirra's murder was an attempt on behalf of the NSE to silence him. Advocacy groups for the freedom of speech and the press also speculate that this is not the first time this has happened in the Empire. In 2015, the Krugerrand administration was implicated in the death of the blogger Kent Hawkins, better known by his pseudonym Ozymandias, another journalist who was investigating the suspected Ministry of Defense coverup of top-secret experiments being performed on heroin addicts in the Verdenes. In 1998, the administration of High Chancellor Alexander Vronsky was believed to have played a role in the public assassination of Nataro Serophinus following an inquiry into the suspected sale of arms to the despotic Asad regime in the Sultanate of Baba.

    The New Sammichian Empire has a curious relationship with the freedom of speech and the press. Criticism of the government is commonplace and a marked aspect of Imperial society; all things considered, Imperial people enjoy a level of individual freedom unseen even in many other developed nations of the Shire. The country also hosts a lively private press, with the exception of the state-sponsored TIE Network (The Imperial Eyewitness), which rarely publishes nor airs criticism of the government. It would seem that the NSE often lets its people do what they please -- until they begin to pose a threat to its dubious inner workings.

    The Office of the Emperor has denied any involvement or knowledge of the incident, calling it the "tragic butchery of one of the Empire's brightest journalists", and offering its condolences to the Pontevirra family. High Chancellor Ritz-Khalifa has yet to address the matter, likely occupied with the Samgasmi crisis. NSE authorities in the state law enforcement body Kretopol are currently working with those in Oranjestad.

    ~SGN Online, Helping You Act Like You Care~

    COMMENTS
    Mandy King, Rex Kwon Do- we sure let the NSE get away with a lot of stuff

    Cerso Mepphises, Sargoth- So a guy gets stabbed and robbed by a hooker. Just because he was an Imperial that automatically means it was politically-motivated and was done on the orders of the Emperor. It seems to me like we've started looking for intrigue in situations where none exists

    Maro Naapaku, The Verdenes- wait, wtf? should I stop doing heroin?

    Franklin Triesier, Mainland- I don't live in the NSE but I have TIE Network included in my cable subscription. It's all propaganda but they have all the sexy anchors....that's how they get ya... Daetra Vivum av Impirex! #DVAI

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  • BREAKING - FIRST TESTS OF SAMGASMI LATE-STAGE TREATMENT "MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL"

    "This horn is the best thing to ever happen to me!" Watch graphic footage of a Knavobuki girl receiving the trendy, new Sammichian Horn Procedure

    why
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  • BREAKING - FIRST TESTS OF SAMGASMI LATE-STAGE TREATMENT "MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL"

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    This photo, purportedly an image of a Fulfwotz scientist aiding the joint task force, has been confirmed to be a misrepresentation. It was discovered to be a Follywood extra who posed as an intern to sneak into the lab for the now-infamous photo which has received over 100,000 "likes" in his ShireGram account.

    thats him thats my baby
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  • BREAKING - FIRST TESTS OF SAMGASMI LATE-STAGE TREATMENT "MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL"

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    6rZ319J.pngSolurian Health and Safety Scientist and a ULTH Medical Division scientist making note of test results

    Following the S.U.N. announcement of two parallel strains of Samgasmi, a joint task force of Solurian and Laurelii health scientists began round-the-clock work on developing a late-stage treatment for the two strains which can be successful for those who did not receive the emergency shot in time.
    Today, at 11:10am local time, a spokesperson for the joint task force announced that first tests of the late-stage treatment developed for strain A of Samgasmi have proven to be "mostly successful." Side-effects of the treatment are said to be "challenging at the moment" with the most dangerous being a fever reaching upwards of 104F.

    We are facing the challenges of side-effects at the moment. We were able to develop the first treatment demonstration using Laurelii blood samples and invaluable research gathered by the joint task force in the field. The irony we're dealing with is that only the Laurelii can withstand the side effects of the treatment without intervention, but it is unnecessary for them as they are born immune to the disease. -Spokesperson Alessine Xel

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    The Solurian/Laurelii joint task force is accepting patients who are late-stage Strain A and meet the health requirements to begin the second stage of testing. They will be exploring treatment methods which include administration of the treatment for Strain A of Samgasmi and then supplementary treatment for the side-effects.

    Spokesperson, Alessine Xel continued,
    It is our hope that we can develop a treatment program within the next few days and begin administering to late-stage Strain A sufferers. With this information, we should be able to develop a late-stage Strain B treatment rather quickly.

    wYeVfOv.png
    This photo, purportedly an image of a Fulfwotz scientist aiding the joint task force, has been confirmed to be a misrepresentation. It was discovered to be a Follywood extra who posed as an intern to sneak into the lab for the now-infamous photo which has received over 100,000 "likes" in his ShireGram account.

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    Citizens of the Shire are being told not to worry about the image of a Riverwood scientist experimenting with chemicals at ULTH.
    "Don't worry. We gave him some old equipment and water with food coloring in it."


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