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Mike Substelny

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Every Artemis player knows the Kraliens are religious. The canon says they believe in an ancient race of Gods who millennia ago taught the Kraliens everything from basic hygiene to electronic technology. When the Kralien Gods departed they left behind plenty of evidence that they really did exist. Occasionally someone discovers an artifact or relic showing that the Gods possessed mysterious super technology beyond anything else in the known universe.

The Kralien population includes special individuals who serve as prophets of the Gods. In recent centuries these prophets have written many texts which the Kraliens consider sacred. It is one of these texts, the Holy Scroll of Ambobrax, that says the Gods gave the Kraliens ownership of the galaxy and that every non-Kralien should pay rent for the privileged of living here.

Another the other texts is the mysterious Prophecy of Zuqonok. It is written in a Quintain, the most sacred of Kralien poetic forms. Even the Kraliens are not certain what the Prophecy of Zuqonok means. Nevertheless, I promise you that The Prophecy of Zuqonok will soon play a roll that will shake up the canonical universe. An adventure at Artemis Armada V may hinge on it.

For scholars who wish to study this sacred document, I now present the TSN's first official translation.

PROPHECY OF ZUQONOK

Concealed by gods, one gift greatest of many gifts

Somewhere in space owned by Kraliens

Sleeps long with blessings of eternal success!

Be always alert for a day named Zuqonok

That day’s number cannot be foretold


Castle shimmers in golden mist

Within, holy egg hatches

Blessed with two heads

Knowing caused by first

Deciding caused by second


Holy child’s first breath - Zuqonok!

Now holy mission begins!

Now strongest ships are built

Now strongest captains on strongest bridges

Quest for one gift, greatest of many gifts


Gods gave commands to Kraliens:

Scan the borrowed home of many tenants

One gift greatest of many gifts is not for them

Heretics interfere with delays

Deliver heretics to their afterlife


Kraliens will find many gifts

How shall Kraliens know one greatest gift?

Strong foot writes faithful story

Inside weak heretic’s jacket

One name of money they love


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I have attempted to use Randal's Kralien-English Dictionary and the Object-Verb-Subject grammar structure to back-translate as much of the prophecy of Zuqonok into my best guess at the original Kralien text.  Here's my progress so far:

PROPHECY OF ZUQONOK
Prophecy du Zuqonok

Concealed by gods, one gift greatest of many gifts
Ersatz du vx, nunt lumdetel gurxua du lumdeteli

Somewhere in space owned by Kraliens
Qrume ye degart zerq du qralnali

Sleeps long with blessings of eternal success!
???????????

Be always alert for a day named Zuqonok
Gud tela dergate aka-aka du tege erelya Zuqonok

That day’s number cannot be foretold
Nim tege-iz dele qi-dre-nam qet yelali-zi

Castle shimmers in golden mist
???????????

Within, holy egg hatches
ti-ye, ohe aki-aiya

Blessed with two heads
zaxa timnal tada legariz

Knowing caused by first
Drunal kizya du hir

Deciding caused by second
Nugen kizya du sta

Holy child’s first breath - Zuqonok!
yugenina-aiya ye ginela iuko - Zuqonok

Now holy mission begins!
Er ohe utene-aiya!

Now strongest ships are built
Er sienuya qoaua tonduiz

Now strongest captains on strongest bridges
Er qoaua ozezi inver qoaua rotea

Quest for one gift, greatest of many gifts
Utene emin nunt lumdetel, gurxua du lumdeteli

Gods gave commands to Kraliens:
Gud ya qralnali qizi vx:

Scan the borrowed home of many tenants
Atomi giogiya kuag du tenignali

One gift greatest of many gifts is not for them
Ya uli tela qet nunt lumdetel gurxua du lumdeteli

Heretics interfere with delays
timnal drenam uxa Qotonali

Deliver heretics to their afterlife
ya uli-iz ternaqsun dera qotonali

Kraliens will find many gifts
lumdeteli eda yelali Qralnali

How shall Kraliens know one greatest gift?
Zi nunt gurxua lumdetel nugen Tele eda qralnali?

Strong foot writes faithful story
larqet ankso ignada Qoa drid

Inside weak heretic’s jacket
ergise se-qoa qotonaiz sugvn

One name of money they love
Nunt erelten du morlin uli rix
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That is excellent work, Admiral Legasse!

Randal's dictionary doesn't include every possible Kralien word, so it's not surprising that some things are untranslatable. More importantly, you are looking at the first official TSN translation, done by humans, so it's possible (and intentional on my part) that some concepts are obscure.

Over many generations, the Kralien economy has become more and more dependent on collecting rent from the various populations they have subjugated, much like Saudi Arabia's economy has become dependent on petroleum. The Kraliens keep getting involved in wars because their only strategy for growing their economy has been to collect rent from buts and pieces of other empires.

In the Artemis Armada story line, rent collecting recently became a lower priority, and the Kraliens seem obsessed with discussing the "One Gift Greatest of Many Gifts." The Prophecy of Zuqonok specifically refers to a quest, and TSN Intelligence is worried about what this may mean for galactic peace.

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