The Mantrusian Affair: Introduction
I began this story several years ago after reading Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy. Being a bit slow off the mark, I had discovered the SW universe of literature quite late! Initially I intended to write about Luke, but the story had a mind of its own and kept centering itself on Wedge. Then I found Michael Stackpole's Rogue Squadron books and comics, and realised that the story knew best, so I let it take over.
The action takes place in that distant arm of the galaxy that extends into the intergalactic void between Wild Space and the Tingel Arm. Like many of the other regions, this one has a long history which extends back into the early days of the Old Republic and probably beyond, a history filled with its own interplanetary intrigues and mysteries.
Being something of a pedantic linguist, I've included a few notes on pronunciation so that you can do justice to the Iicini'ians' rather beautiful native tongue. You shouldn't have any trouble with Mantrusian, as the vowels are formed similarly to ours.
A double vowel is pronounced as a long open sound. Hence ii is pronounced as in I, aa as the "ay" in day, ee as the "ee" in week, oo as in oh, and uu as the word you.
Two vowels separated by an apostrophe are pronounced as two short vowel sounds with the stress on the second. Hence Iicini'ia is pronounced: I see ni ee uh.
The blends such as ei, au and ai are pronounced as diphthongs when they occur at the end of a word. Hence Atanei is pronounced: ah tuh neh, Tiirau is pronounced: tI raw, and Nerensai is pronounced: ne ren sI. When they are followed by other consonants, however, the final vowel is sounded and stressed, so Teiri is pronounced: teh eeri.
I think you've got it. By Jove, you've got it!
I wrote this story for my own enjoyment and wish to gain no filthy lucre from it. Luke, Leia, Han, Wedge, Wes, Admiral Ackbar, General Madine et al belong to George Lucas, may he live forever; and Tycho, Hobby, Plourr and most of the other pilots belong to Michael Stackpole, may he live forever and a day. The Iicini'ians, Mantrusians, Truin, three extra pilots and other assorted motleys are mine. I created them and they belong to me - nyahaha. Sorry - power went to my head for a minute. Peace - Iella.
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