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GAZETTEER OF THARN

INDEX OF PLACE NAMES

by Chris Wayan, 2005-6

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PRONUNCIATION

CONSONANTS

VOWELS

Most vowels are roughly as in Spanish.

  1. ee = always feet, never fiancee. Always a strong syllable.
  2. oo = always boot, never foot. Always a strong syllable.
  3. ü = as in French, German, Chinese, etc. Or do this: say eeee. Now make your lips a tube and say oo without shifting your tongue from its eeee shape.
ACCENT, LENGTH AND EMPHASIS

Accent or emphasis is usually on the penultimate syllable. Doubled vowels like ee or oo, and diphthongs like ai, ao, eo, iu, also mark accented syllables, and so do doubled consanants after a vowel, like emm, att, orr. There are no silent vowels; final e is always pronounced.

NOMENCLATURE

Tharn's main features have names adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs' pulp version of Mars, which Tharn slightly resembles (well, it echoes many early Marses, from C.S. Lewis through Bradbury. But those better writers didn't coin many names). Lesser and local features are named in the languages of the dominant local species--where it's physiologically possible, I've tried to make their names echo ERB's loopy style, both sonorous and silly. If you're curious about the origins of a particular name, see the gazetteer above: there's an etymological note at the end of each entry.

Map of Tharn, a world-building experiment. Click a feature to go there.
Gazetteer: index of place names with descriptions. Or TOUR THARN! The following route snakes around Tharn, covering all major features
Tarkas Upland -- Tars Triangle -- Thoris Upland -- Raksar Sea -- Llana Upland -- Barsoom Basin -- Jahar Range -- Heloon Crater -- Heloon Desert -- South Pole -- Sola Upland -- Otz Trench -- Thuvia Upland -- Mrr Trench -- Far North -- Rronk Woods -- Parthak Crater -- Hastor Sea -- Varo Sea -- Yoof Trench -- Dejah Upland -- Dupdup Trench -- Felatheen Veldt -- Chinchak Mts -- South Seas -- Polodona Wood -- Sea of P'Tang



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