Thaoa is a language, descended from the Gold language and spoken in southeastern Rilola and many islands. The formal date of separation from the other dialects of Gold is 1085, the date that the rulers of Thaoa seceded politically and became hostile to their western neighbors. Classical Thaoa was spoken around the year 2668.
MUCH OF THIS INFORMATION IS OUTDATED, BUT SOME IS STILL CORRECT.
Thaoa was primarily written with the ornate Andanese syllabary, despite it being poorly suited to the language. However, Thaoans had retained the usage of their inherited Gold language alphabet, and this was more common especially in the northern dialects that became Sakhi and had little Andanese influence. As in the parent language, vowels and consonants were considered to belong to two different alphabets, and either of them could be placed first, but consonants were more commonly found first.
Letter order for consonants
l j h k kʰ ŋ p pʰ m t tʰ n s x š b ž č ň ʔ
(etymology of above:
ʕ l j h ḳ k ŋ p m t w n hʷ g s d ġ b z č ǯ l j h k kʰ ŋ p pʰ m t tʰ n s x š b ž č ň ʔ )
Letter order for vowels
a i u y e o
Culture and history
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Thaoa's people believed in racial separation based on climate and vegetation. They classified themselves as cold people, and despite being south of 30N, Thaoa's vegetation consisted mostly of boreal species such as pine trees. This was because they were cut off by the Gold Sea from the equatorial latitudes but had glaciers in the mountains not far to the north.
The Thaoans declared a racial war against all Repilian peoples, saying that the Thaoans were destined to rule all cold climates. They promised never to waste their time with diplomacy and ordered their army to kill all Repilians on sight. However, they wanted to grow slowly, and therefore allowed Repilians who fled further north to live in peace.
Beneath the Repilians, the Thaoans placed the Zenith people, and offered awards for men who killed the Zeniths, who were often better fighters than the Repilians.
Large scale immigration of Andanese people began in the year 1848. Thus, there is an East Andanic family. Thaoa's government was unable to stop the Andanese migrations, and the Andanese became a permanent minority in Thaoa's society. The Andanese lived on the edge of society, and in such poor conditions that the Thaoan army could not withstand the long camping excursions necessary to reach them. Yet Andanese people led raids of Thaoan towns that the Thaoans could not predict or protect themselves from.
The Thaoans came to refer to the Andanese people as Vampires, and the Vampires accepted that name.
When Thaoa lost the Oyster War, they came to be occupied by a Merari military elite, and the Merar promised that they would never leave. Thaoa persisted as an underclass language, but the rulers retained Merar and also learned the language of Paba, which by that time was a branch of Gold that later became Babakiam.