28
May 14

Irathient Writing page

The Irathient Writing page is about half way done for the known characters.  Although we have not been shown all the characters on that chart, as you can see they follow patterns and the characters provided, while fan made, are likely to be correct.

There are approx 180-200 characters in this list, about a third of the total in the official font.

8
May 14

Season 2 & Update

Season 2 of Defiance is rapidly approaching, and despite lack of posts there has been quite a bit going on in the background. The Castithan Grammar page got a massive update thanks to Esploranto, a page collating all the name translations (It keeps growing!) into the Votan scripts was created, and we learned that Indogene is being greatly expanded and will possibly have a bit of screen time in Season 2. Amongst that the vocab pages have been added to. Better resolution images of the Castithan characters have been started and now have an alpha background so people can potentially use them for their own projects. Transcriptions of the episodes have been mostly done and have had a significant portion of them confirmed with David Peterson, though not all given how busy he is.

And I have FINALLY managed to get Irathient characters looking right, and they're starting to pop up on the Irathient writing page.  These gave me many headaches.

My intention with the character sets is to eventually build a fan made font for each of the three currently available, including appropriate ligatures. As you can imagine, this is quite a time consuming task, so if anyone out there wants to give me a hand, by all means raise your hand!

20
Sep 13

Season One finished

Season One of Defiance has finished playing and season 2 is in production.  Language wise, basic tutorials are in the works (mostly needing polishing and examples at this point) for Castithan and the transcripts for the episodes are being confirmed and dissected.  The transcripts are available here, and are updated as soon as they are confirmed.

People have been getting their names translated into the Votan languages script (seems to be quite popular) and I have been collecting all of the results on the Wiki.  There are quite a few names in there, so be sure to check for your name before asking David Peterson to convert it.  :)

24
Jun 13

Now up to Episode 9

I've been a bit quiet, but busy recently.  I've kept up with the confirmed vocabulary in the two lists for Castithan & Irathient, as well as keeping the associated Memrise lists watered and up to date as well (if I have missed anything let me know @LearnVotan on twitter or email [email protected]).  I have also set up a page to collect all the name translations that David Peterson has been doing for people.  I'd recommend checking there before asking him!

As for the languages themselves, some headway is being made in both, and I am starting to write out some guides for basic sentence structure for Castithan (though they are yet no where near "comprehensive"). Current transcriptions for Season One  (link also shows their status) are in progress, though some how I seem to have completely skipped episode 4.  No idea how that happened.  As you can see, I am doing better with Kastithanu than l'Irathi.

Either way, progress is being made, and if anyone wants to help out, sign up to the forums, and post away.  :)

19
May 13

Episode 4 & 5

Been a bit under the weather recently (literally - Seasonal change giving me grief) as well as being very very busy (renovating a house to get some more peoples in) but I've been doing my best to keep the vocab at least up to speed.  We've gotten a little bit more on the grammar for Castithan from David Petersons Tumblr and have a very vague (but better than none) understanding of how bits of Irathient work.  I will be writing up what is available as soon as I can think straight and have a bit of spare time to do so.

Episode 4 & 5 have played, both with less Votan than the previous three episodes. As a side note, Rynn has left Defiance and is now running around the San Francisco Bay Area, and if you play the game you can meet up with her.

Thezuhaaktu!

Smitch

4
May 13

Episode Dunya (Three)

Eseneziri!

Lots and lots and lots of Irathient in this episode.  Some bits of grammar are starting to show (or be provided) as well.  Both dictionaries are growing (Castithan faster than Irathient at the moment), and we are getting more on the cultures of the Votan races, and how it affects their language. Irathient for example see time as a river, and when Sukar says Irisia should spend time with her own people, he literally says she should "flow' with her own people.

We also now have an IRC channel as well for those who want to drop on by and discuss. Details are in the forums, and work is being done to add a direct link above.

Thezuhaaktu!

Smitch

25
Apr 13

Episode "Kama" (Two)

Religwo!

Episode 2 "Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go" has played most places in the world, and again, it will be transcribed as soon as possible.  Much of episode one has been transcribed, but at this time none of it has been confirmed as the only person who can do that, is a very very busy person indeed.

Most of the Votan in this episode was Castithan, and we got to see a bit more of their culture as well. At the same time we heard a bit more about the split in the town that lead to the exodus of the Irathient due to cultural differences. I am sure there is more to it that what was described. The mayor did mention epidemics as one of the troubles Defiance has faced...

David J. Peterson is being interviewed for the upcoming episode of Across the Badlands, the post episode webcast from the team at Trion, which will be showing next Monday after episode 3 at (I believe) 7:05pm PST.  This show normally gets attached to the Defiance Universe Youtube channel pretty quickly as well, and should be well worth watching.

Defiance!

Smitch

18
Apr 13

Episode "Fila" (One)

Religwo!

The first (and technically second I guess) episode has played in most parts of the world with a lot of good feedback!  Twitter has had a number of people asking about the languages, and I imagine a number of people have found there way here. So, fizhigwo to the new people!

This site is dedicated to learning, and eventually teaching, the Votan languages from the Defiance mythos. At this point we are in the gathering and decoding phase. With the release of the show a whole ton of information has been dropped, and while a good chunk of the language from the show has been seen/heard before, there is also a pile that was not, and another great big pile that has come from other sources (Twitter, "Castithan sin Parades", etc). With time, effort, and hair pulling, we will make headway with both Irathient & Castithan.

For those who are feeling dedicated, I encourage you to sign up on the forums and assist with transcribing, dissecting and otherwise fiddling with the languages.  If you are just looking to learn words, please be patient.  There is a lot to go through, but what we do have and are confidant is accurate is on the Memrise courses available for Castithan & Irathient.

Thezuhaaktu!

Smitch.

14
Apr 13

Defiance in less than 48 hours and counting!

Eseneziri!

Over the next few days Defiance will be releasing in a number of countries. This is very exciting for me as a fan, but it also marks a point where my life is going to become "Very Busy". The Plan in regards to the languages is pretty straight forward, but time consuming so please be patient. Once an episode airs, myself and anyone else interested will begin transcribing what we believe is being said and it's provided translations. It will be added to the unconfirmed wiki page for that language for anyone to peruse. All going well, discussions on the forum (or IRC - #Votan on the Learn Navi network - I'll get the details in the forums soon). We will then do what we can to get it confirmed, spelling corrected (and any other snippets of information) by the language creator David J. Peterson. He is however a very busy busy man, so again, patience while this is done.

Once a word/sentence is confirmed we'll have to go through and see if we can figure out the grammar rules (what does ksa do to a sentence ) and check if a word has been modified. No point adding something to the dictionary only to find that it actually has an additional meaning because of an character at the end. A word with  high confidence it will get added to the dictionary, and from there added to the Memrise lessons.

The memrise lessons will lag behind the online dictionary as I would prefer not to have to change things on there part way through. Also, some things do not translate easily (hagisi for example is an Irathient insult used toward Liberata. How do you boil that down to one or two words in English?) making them difficult to add in an easy to use manner.

This is a fan based effort, so the more the merrier. :) If you are interested in helping out (don't have to be a hard core linguist!) sign up on the forms and introduce yourself. If you are just after some words, the Language Wiki is the best option as it has a vocabulary in it (currently Votan to English only - Small enough at the moment to not be a big problem). If you are looking at learning, the wiki and the memrise lessons would be my best suggestion, as well as practice. Especially once we start getting grammar rules.

Thezuhaaktu!

Smitch

14
Apr 13

Advert to "Learn Castithan" before they arrive with Jesse Rath

For your amusement here is a not quite an ad for learning Castithan with Jesse Rath who plays Alak Tarr, one of the Castithan in Defiance. It is an add for Defiance, and the CD set does not unfortunately exist (that I know of!) but is rather entertaining. And as a bonus, according to David J. Peterson, the Castithan script is accurate (unless the English script got changed as some point).

Currently transcribing the Castithan script and will put up the results in the forums.