7 years since the last post... I doubt that this will offer much of value, but I would like to suggest a few amendments to some of the words proposed in this thread.BBB
proposed the names of enemies be kept, as much as possible, as examples of native Hylian words, including a stalfos
as the term for "a skeleton monster." Within this, BBB
agreed that the words ought to fit the description Kasuto
laid out on the site, resulting in the following words:
- stale: skeleton
- fose: a monster
However, I would like to propose a slight change, based on the canon of the games:
In A Link to the Past
and A Link Between Worlds
there is an enemy called the Stal
. You might remember this enemy as the replacement for the Light World's rocks and stones -- a skull which lies on the ground until Link comes close enough to set it hopping. Thus, I believe that to include stale
, we need to recognize that it may simply mean either "skull" or "bone" (or both).
Likewise, looking at all of the monsters described as Something-fos a trend emerges -- -fos is not simply a suffix for fear or monsters, but it appears to be a suffix for bipedal "humanoid" monsters. Perhaps not just humanoid monsters, though, but those which are seen as entirely inhuman despite being bipedal? I would propose those which have no sign of culture or technological sophistication, but the Lizalfos, Dinolfos, and Aeralfos are proficient with weapons and armor in some of their appearances. Perhaps -fos indicates something deeper -- not a monster that seems to be human, but perhaps it is a human that has become a monster?
However, more importantly, this does not eliminate the other meanings -- much like real words, words in hylian likely have several meanings that depend on their context. So I would propose:
- stale: 1. skull, bone 2. a skeleton as a whole
- fose: 1. a monster, especially one which evokes the sense of a loss of humanity 2. angst, a broad lurking fear about the condition of civilization
Well, this is all I have for right now -- and as I said, I doubt it will even get noticed after a 7 year silence.
Moka aroti, Vinculum.