The ven language known as yllanavana is complex and highly contextual. Rather than try to include a huge vocabulary list, a few important words and terms are defined below to help put other material regarding the ven and their world into context. For a more in depth look at the yllanavana you should take a look at the Lexicon of Yllanavana.
aelva danna: the sorcerer-kings
agotha: “I wait,” a spider
ajurna: “the art of pleasure,” hedonism
althua: party, gathering, an event
altrex: “liege lord,” the noble who has direct authority over one.
Alvathen: “The High Alchemical Art,” opera.
avala: a serpent
Avanadande: a Dragon
avirex: “high duke,” earl, head of a House
avirexa: earl (female.) cf. avirex
blunda: bad form.
blush’vennan: “mass murder,” warfare.
dacha: duel or dance.
dachanau: “the dance of words,” a formal one-one debate in the Senate, or elsewhere.
Dalven suena: “What you have is what you deserve,” a principle of ownership.
Davfanna Aldrena: “Hub of the world. The Shining Star,” the world’s largest port, also the Senate.
didjerva: accounting books
drende: a wolf
dulla: “veiled, invisible,” the color black.
eshanu: a bee or wasp
falin duada: “Puzzle Houses,” ruins.
fashuva: “the fell ones,” evil suaven.
futali: holding a noble for ransom.
hajkalay: the Blooded.
ilderim: the noble breed of horse used for riding by the noble class.
illdrua: creature of the invisible world, spectre.
ilsyrr: “the quiet death,” poison.
kachka: a cat
khanurdante: the great elk
kvir tam: “make the Law,” make a decision, as by a Jury.
ork: “other, outsider,” monster
padana: “hurt beyond healing,” heartbroken.
Pala da nata: “don’t break the dishes.” A phrase describing the guest’s obligation.
pallentarro: “the appropriate step,” the law.
q’al: a fox
Q’naldinir: “Golden Center under the Sky” and “Hub of All Revenge,” the central island.
q’thala: “part the veil,” to take the narcatic italthala.
q’va: the Stillness, Solace.
q’val: monks or priests of the suaven.
rajan: “keeper of the law,” a paladin or holy warrior, devoted to the suaven Jonan Drax.
shanri: “The Great Enemy”, the world.
suaven: ven who have passed into Solace.
tavala: “juggler,” a wandering bard.
tavalana: “true pain,” the third valid grievance.
tuthallen: generosity, the communal economy of the peasants.
ushalaven: “mountain men,” barbarians.
ushavana: “book for the bed,” pillow book
uvandir: a boar
vala: insult, the first valid grievance.
valae tiquim: “Blood oath.”
valae tyrun: Blood magic, sorcery.
valana: injury, the second valid grievance.
vaq’in: “webs of dreaming,” a thick, white web-like substance exuded from the body of older ven.
vashna: “investigators,” officers appointed by the Senate.
v’dallvyr: “high priests” (of the Suaven cults)
ven: “all of us, we,” the ven race
veth: “people of the Soil, dirt,” peasants.
vrentada: a romance, a work exploring love and romance.
vrentae: “holding my heart,” revenge (pronounced vren-tae) or romance (pronounced vren-tae).
worloch: oath-breaker (from the Old Tongue.)
yllanavana: the ven language
ylthalir: “that which cannot be said, only touched for a moment,” the purpose of art.
ytola: the submissive spouse.
yv: guardian, keeper, “he who has taken.”
yvestra: the dominant spouse.
yvil: road warden, roadman, knight, a commoner promoted by a noble, often a personal guard.
yvtavia: “guardian of the garter,” a lady’ personal guard, c.f. yvil.
zhivali: a deck of cards for fortune telling.
zsanstozs: “the Final Sin,” murder.