In the Wild Blue Yonder

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Phonetic Alphabet of the Sky Sailors

Anchor
Bell
Chalk
Dagger
Eel
Flame
Ghost
Hammer
Iris
Junk
Kindle
Lamp
Mirror
Never
Ocean
Park
Quiet
Rope
Song
Titan
Union
Veil
Witch
Exile
Yaw
Zenith


Some Slang (from actual play)

Keelside: The bottom of a ship. Also, generally, "below." Slang: Feeling poorly due to excess of drink or difficult circumstances. "After that night at the Silver Eel, I was keelside for a week!"

Shacklin': Vulgarity. "There's a shacklin' hole in the side of the ship!"

Juvven: Vulgarity. "Shut your juvven mouth!" Possibly related to Jove, an ancient diety, whose name is also used as an exclamation.

Grudding: Vulgarity. "The whole grudding fleet will be hunting us."

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Shannon says:  

Shouldn't there be a better word for "Sky Sailors"? Skailors? Skylers?



Blogger Allen Varney says:  

"Bell" and "Eel" sound too similar for a phonetic alphabet. I suggest replacing "Eel" with "Evening."

How does a sky sailor know the word "Iris"? As a woman's name?



Blogger Matt Wilson says:  

Note to self: play this game some more.



OpenID philaros says:  

Actually, I'd say that "Bell" and "Veil" are the two that sound too similar—as my name "Phil" is routinely misheard as "Bill", I could easily see those two words also being confused. But I agree that "Bell" and "Eel" are also similar enough to be confused.

"Empire" and "Vortex" might work as alternatives, though I do like the color that "Eel" and "Veil" suggest.



Blogger Nate Marcel says:  

This is great.



OpenID Rilauven says:  

Played Lady Blackbird earlier this evening at a local gaming convention and loved it. I'd be willing to pay for a fully fleshed out system based on this adventure!



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