The Paracosm and Conlangs of Thaddeus Troi-Riker (2381-2396)

BACKGROUND TO ARDANI

The imaginary world that came to be known as Ardani began as a language, Kelu, invented by Thaddeus Worf Riker-Troi circa 2384, when he was about three and a half. From a very early age, Thad became interested in the different native languages spoken by non-human personnel on board the USS Titan, a starship under the command of his father, William T. Riker. Born on Titan, taught Federation Standard, Thad was fascinated by the idea of a “native language” and how it was intimately associated with the idea of “home.” Home — a homeworld — became a source of intense longing for the boy Thad, growing up rootless on the Titan, constantly on the move. Employing a child’s logic, Thad decided that the first step toward having a homeworld of his own would be to speak a native language of his own. And so Kelu was born.

A hand-drawn map of the imaginary planet, Ardani.
A hand-drawn map of the imaginary planet, Ardani.
Fig. 1. Ardani, as mapped by Thad Riker, circa 2395

LANDS OF ARDANI AND THEIR LANGUAGES

At the time of his death, Thad had constructed seven languages for the modern humanoid population of Ardani, and had just embarked on “reconstructing” Aivain, parent language to both Viveena and Yzidu.

A table showing the seven lands of Ardani, their climates, inhabitants, and the names of the principal languages.
A table showing the seven lands of Ardani, their climates, inhabitants, and the names of the principal languages.
Fig. 2. Humanoid Languages of Ardani
A table showing the four animal languages of Ardani and their names.
A table showing the four animal languages of Ardani and their names.
Fig. 3. Animal Languages of Ardani

PEOPLES OF ARDANI

Ukelu

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