INKTOBER DAY 15 (HELMET): When you have to look imposing yet dapper for that special event, the most dashing haberdasheries recommend the Ceremonial Ritual Helmet!
This heavily adorned piece of military regalia is worn by Holy Tongue Society members as well as ‘Ivrit Revival Movement troops, though usually in parades, pageants and other public celebrations, not during the thick of battle. The helmet imbues wearers with a certain gravitas and dignity that helps them concentrate while preparing to perform speech acts.
The Ceremonial Ritual Helmet comes from two neighboring shoresh roots with a common gematria of 169: קסדה and טקס. The first governs helmets and snails, and the second governs ceremonies, rituals, arrangements and adornments.
‘Ezrä ‘Ezer, the auxiliary verb, is a junior member of the Holy Tongue Society who’s an assistant to Pelë Po’al. While growing up on a farm gave him super strength, he also has a knack for a mechanics. And the Assistant Arm on his back gives him an additional helping hand!
This bionic arm, which is standard equipment among the Society, not only packs a powerful punch that fractures foes. Due to its ties to the זרע shoresh root, it also launches parasitic seed berries that can force enemies to fight for you! The only weakness it can’t overcome is ‘Ezrä’s compulsion to support his friends at all costs!
This drawing is the first digital art that I made on my new Wacom Cintiq 16 tablet via Clip Studio Paint. In 2021, I plan on developing my digital drawing skills in tandem with my standard vector art. If I can make CSP art quickly and efficiently, I might switch the comic over to B&W manga style in exchange of releasing more content quickly!
Shoresh: עזר Kind: Ben Adam Affiliation: Holy Tongue Society Part: Verb Size:Medium
Liability Points: 25 Stats:DOM: 2LIF: 3GRA: 1CRE: 3WIS: 1SHA: 2BLE: 2 Skills: Survival: +2, Medicine: +1, Electronics +1
Equipment: Torso: Assistant Arm
Shoresh: זרע Type: Instrument: Weapon: Glove Rarity: Carnelian Size: Medium Stat Modifiers:DOM: +1DCRE: +1D Abilities: This weapon acts as a fully functioning arm and hand. It may carry a weapon, shield or other relevant item.
Mighty Arm (זרע): A powerful punch fractures its foe.
Bashing Touch Melee Attack, user cost: 1D LP
DOM+2D to hit, hit target must make LIFsave or have LIF -1D until rest.
Seed Shot (זרע): Berries sow parasitic seeds into a target.
Piercing Long-ranged Attack, Medium Spread, one-turn cooldown
CRE +3D to hit, hit target must make SHAsave or get charmedstatus ailment.
Shelomoh Mashlim is the complementizer part of speech in “Milhamah: Fighting Words.” He is a low-level bureaucrat who works for the provincial government in ‘Ir Risshum (formerly Yerushalayim).
When Mashlim is not at his depressing pay clerk office, he is at peace and glows with an iridescent halo. He tries to be perfect employee, diving into work wholeheartedly to complete it on time.
But the Bavel Macrostructure breed corruption. And as Mashlim’s work culture grows more corrupt, so do the policies. Local suppliers get ripped off in a sea of bribes. Managers scoff at even the concept of counting numbers. Embezzlement, graft and grifting overflow.
Amid all this, Mashlim tries to be sincere and diplomatic. But even his repository of folk wisdom, parables and fables leave him empty for answers. So he keeps his head down and tries to escape attention. His glow dims. And he waits patiently.
Though this crisis threatens his serenity, he hears rumors about this Holy Tongue Society. And suddenly, a new future is possible: one where he rules instead of taking orders, and metes out some payback of his own.
Mashlim’s powers are based off the שלם shoresh root and its family. He is good at tuning into his teammates to complement and synergize their attack. His Opal Glow dazzles opponents, and his ability to meditate on wisdom gives him high willpower against mental and spiritual attacks. His demeanor can also calm and pacify enemy aggression, especially when amplified by his bardic poetry.
Pelë Po’al is the verb part of speech in “Milhamah: Fighting Words.” He was a stuntman actor for the Bavel Macrostructure’s propaganda machine. But he went on strike after not getting paid enough for jumping off Bavel’s Migdal Tower. Once blacklisted, he illegally emigrated into ‘Ivrit territory, became an activist and worked his way up the ranks in the Holy Tongue Society.
Based on the פעל shoresh root and broader family, Po’al spends all his effort being a working class hero. He wraps himself in a flag of solidarity. His butt expands when he unleashes power, and that also cushions him from steep falls.
Po’al’s fighting style is daring and reckless. He crams lots of actions into a short amount of time. But he often errs by applying the Labor Theory of Value to battles. So he vainly toils away at hopeless situations until he grows feeble and faints.
Some Society members are skeptical of Po’al due to his focus on works over orthodoxy. Meanwhile, Po’al sees Shem ‘Etzem as a rival who is too rigid in his ways. Can the two eventually form a dynamic duo?
Ẓafar Ẓarf is the adverb in “Milhamah: Fighting Words.”
(Ẓarf is different from the franchise other parts of speech characters. He’s the only main one who is based on an Arabic word and shoresh root, ظرف. In Hebrew the word for adverb is Teür, which is very similar to the word for adjective, Toär and wouldn’t have been as interesting.)
Anyway, Ẓarf’s nature comes from both his Arabic shoresh family and the transliterated Hebrew version, פצר. His body is a biomechanical construct that resembles molten metal, and he boasts his amalgamated identity with the puzzle tattoo on his chest . He also has the power of birds, allowing him to fly with metallic wings and slash enemies with razor talons. He can also make a bird call that’s as loud as a siren.
Ẓarf has a checkered past. He loves to craft jewelry, and he burglarizes his materials from Bavel’s suppliers, storing them in the bottomless containers he totes around. (Just don’t dare mock his man purse! ) He can break into and escape almost any confined space with his giant file weapon.
However, Ẓarf is no brute. He is known to be ingenious, polite and charming. And on top of that, he dreams of forming a rebellion that conquers and overthrows the Bavel Macrostructure.
Eventually Ẓarf will meet the Holy Tongue Society. But will they combine their efforts, and will the Society become the crucible that refines his rebellious nature?
Milhamah: Fighting Words
Feeling silenced by the world? Join the Holy Tongue Society’s linguistic warriors as they use ancient alphabet powers to fight speech stranglers, truth manglers and a rebuilt Tower of Babel. And get immersed in a story that prizes freedom, candor and fighting back against overwhelming odds.