To name a thing is to enter into a relation with that thing, a curious and troubling habit people have. Recognising this most enigmatic and important of acts, following in the tradition of the LateAncients, a special script of characters is used for the purpose of naming places and people | This script is known as ‘the nominal script’.

In this world of dust, then, where people strive to become Dustless, and where anyone might find themselves a stranger – for who really knows where they stand, or how this place came to be? – typically, they will find themselves expressed through or haunted by four languages: the hypergrammatic Shofi of the Ancients; the ideogrammatic Gonfi of the LateAncients; the Sharian cursive tongue; and the nominal script.

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