Fading Suns creates a world loosely modeled after the Middle Ages (Medium Aevum) and as such utilizes Latin as the dominant Orthodox Church language. However, there are instances where the products from HDI have either been limited in the Latin presented or in some cases incorrect in the Latin used. This page is an attempt at providing more Latin content for players to use in their campaigns and to correct the errors made in HDI products.
The sections dealing with Latin fall into three general areas.
Before you proceed to the other pages, three things should be noted.
- First, I am not a professional academic and therefore do not possess graduate level fluency in Latin. I did take 30 credit hours of Latin for my B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies but have not done regular Latin translation since roughly June of 1996.
- Second, my Latin training was almost exclusively centered around classical Latin and not medieval Latin. Significant changes to the forms and vocabulary of Latin were made during the medieval period.
- Third, Latin, like most languages, can be a very complex language and a very simple language. Latin prose at the simplest level generally follows the following word order: (1) subject and its modifiers (2) indirect object (3) direct object (4) adverbial words or phrases (5) the verb. However, authors often modified the word order to suit their work. Latin, unlike English, depends upon inflectional endings for syntax. (English uses word order primarily although it does use endings to a limited extent.) Nonetheless, in translating the English phrases from HDI products I have largely maintained the English word order when writing the Latin.
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