A rikchik's name can have up to 5 different components. Each one
is a phrase collected by the Rikchik glyph and relating
to it a different way. All words inside a naming phrase have
their forms set to N (name).
- Quality: personal name.
- A short (1-3 glyph) name belonging to that rikchik.
Usually given by its parent. Common Quality-names include
plants and animals (Sky-N-Instrument-0
Fish-N-Quality-1), descriptions (Happy-N-Quality-0
Happy-N-Quality-1), and almost any single word
- Source: parent's name.
- The Quality-name of the rikchik's parent.
- Includes: home name.
- The name of the rikchik's home, chosen by the founders
of the house. A "single" rikchik will have
no home name. Homes tend to have more complicated
or strange names, since each home in a city needs
to have a unique name to avoid confusion.
- Agent: raising-home name.
- The name of the home that the rikchik was raised by.
Usually the same as the Includes-name of its parent.
- Destination: home-city name.
- The name of the city the rikchik is from. Its home
nation (and planet) can be used instead or added if necessary.
This name changes when a rikchik moves to another city.
Rikchiks with no spatial home (travelers, ship crews, etc.)
usually use "All-N-Destination-0" as their
Sky Watcher, house of Boxed Water, from Bright Grass city,
child of Pulser, raised by Happy Insect house.
(You may find it helpful to see this phrase
This rikchik would most likely only use this full name for
official documents. In daily life it would probably be called
Sky-N-Patient-0 Eye-N-Quality-1 Rikchik-R-End-1
(Sky-Watcher), or Box-N-Includes-0 Water-N-Includes-1
Sky-N-Patient-0 Eye-N-Quality-1 Rikchik-R-End-2
If Sky-Watcher was to leave the country, it would perhaps introduce
itself as Two-N-Quality-0 Sun-N-Destination-1 Sun-N-Quality-0
Grass-N-Destination-1 Sky-N-Patient-0 Eye-N-Quality-1
Rikchik-R-End-1 (Sky-Watcher, from Two-Suns, from Bright-Grass)
or simply as Two-N-Quality-0 Sun-N-Destination-1
Sky-N-Patient-0 Eye-N-Quality-1 Rikchik-R-End-1 (Sky-Watcher,
from Two-Suns) if it doesn't expect to be confused with someone else
from a different city in Two-Suns. The watcher (the rikchik being
talked to) is expected to be able to distinguish between city
names and country names, though there is no clear way to do so
other than knowing all the country names. A city name is usually
not also the name of a country.
Last modified November 17, 1999 by Denis
Moskowitz. Rikchik culture
and language also by Denis. Word assembly program utilizes
gd, a graphics library, and
a perl interface to gd. gd is © 1994, 1995, Quest Protein
Database Center, Cold Spring Harbor Labs. GD.pm is © 1995,
Lincoln D. Stein. Both are used with permission.