Soletase (Numbers)

I have to be honest, when I first saw the full number list that Karen Traviss had written down, I was a little dissapointed. Regardless of whatever history or references behind it, no pragmatic group of people like the mandalorians would have used a number above five unless they had time to be patient. It was a mess, didn’t make much sense, and now sits firmly wherethe ‘canon’ alphabet and ‘New’ Mandalorians sit. That would be in the bin with the rest of my Idiot trash.

Instead, I took the system, scrapped everything above 5, shortened everything that was scrapped save for a short version of ten they used (which is now 10 no matter what- eta) and 100, and started back over. I used something that is pragmatic, and fast- a valuable thing on a battlefield or argument. A Natural solution was a system I already knew about. Japanese basically makes their numbers compound. Where we’d say twenty, they’d say two-ten (ni-juu) Eight hundred and fifty four? Eight-hundred-five-ten-four (happyaku go-juu-yon).

It may sound like a grammarless and crude way to do numbers, until you really look at it. Its superiority is it’s simplicity. Math is easy. The small numbers that shouldn’t take long, don’t take long. It simplifies early learning- they don’t have to learn special words for the tens places, hundreds, or even thousands. Simple.

So now I list Adenn’yciia be Mando’a be’soletase: Solus, tad, ehn, cuir, raysh, resol, eka, shen, sheku, eta. olan, selen, tala, kata. 1-10, 100, 1000, 1mil, 1bil.

now, eat it up, bur’yce. I want to know your opinions.

Ret’uryce mhi.

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2 Responses to “Soletase (Numbers)”

  1. It’s not Traviss, someone at Lucas did it.

  2. Oh, and of course, an important concept for mathematics and such, is of course zero. I forgot about it at the time, and realized I’d missed it. naas means nothing, so in essence it is also zero.

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