Pronunciation Guide to Character Names

The characters in the Sword and Scroll and Heroine’s Luck cycle are speaking a language they would call Hadra, which simply means “great/important speech.” Every region has its own accent, but if you follow this guide you’ll be understood anywhere.

Bear in mind that the “sounds like” column is based on my Western American English, so if you speak a different dialect, the approximations may be misleading. The third column contains the International Phonetic Alphabet, which is much more reliable.

General Rules

Vowels & Stress

a, e, i, o, u – ah, eh, ee, oh, oo and there are no silent vowels.

ai, au, ei, eu, oi, ou, iu, ui – combinations of the above vowels with the second vowel pronounced shorter (diphthongs).

Word stress falls on the second-to-last syllable, or on the last syllable if it ends in a consonant or includes a diphthong. (There are a few exceptions among words ending in n.) A lighter stress falls on alternating syllables preceding the main stress.

Consonants

Most consonants are pronounced the same as in English. g is always hard as in “get,” never soft as in “gem.” ts, dz, and ng as in “cats, adze, sing” are letters in their own right and can occur at the beginnings of syllables. h can occur at the end of a syllable.

zh is the middle sound of “vision” (the voiced version of sh). dh is the first sound of “then” (the voiced version of th).

The only sound that does not occur in English is kh which is the final sound of German “Bach.” gh is the voiced version of the same. You can pronounce them both as h and you’ll be fine.

r  varies from dialect to dialect, so you should use whatever “r” is most natural to you. The transcriptions below use the sound in the middle of the Spanish word “pero,” which is very common.

A Heroine's Luck

Main Characters

NameSounds LikeIPA
Biaili Erdaibee EYE lee err DIEbiˈaɪli ɛɾˈdaɪ
Tinsa GaurjoTEEN sah GOWR johˈtinsa ˈgaʊɾdʒo

Other Characters

NameSounds LikeIPA
Anwaf Yerhaton WOFF yerr HOTanˈwaf jɛɾˈhat
Arlei Ormoar LAY OR mohaɾ’lɛɪ ˈoɾmo
Artou Houvaar TOW HOEw vahaɾ’toʊ ˈhoʊva
Aurem Gaurjoow REM GOWR joaʊˈɾɛm ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Avnir Seisaav NEER SAY sahav’nir ˈsɛisa
Badihaun Daleibah dee HOUN dah LAYˌbadiˈhaʊn daˈlɛɪ
Balayangben Erdaibah LAH yahng BEN err DIEbaˌlajaŋˈbɛn ɛɾˈdaɪ
Brizi SeisaBREE zee SAY sahˈbɾizi ˈsɛisa
Chiormai GaurjoCHEE or MY GOWR joˌtʃi.oɾˈmaɪ ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Dommei Gaurjodom MAY GOWR jodomˈmɛɪ ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Dren AvraDREN OV rahˈdɾɛn ˈavɾa
Ehes Fahadheh HES fah HATHɛˈhɛs faˈhaθ
Eiho GaurjoAY hoh GOWR joˈɛɪho ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Eila EsilAY lah eh SEELˈɛɪla ɛˈsil
Eje TazenEH jeh TAH zenˈɛdʒɛ ˈtazɛn
Gariosh GaurjoGAR ee OHSH GOWR joˌgaɾiˈoʃ ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Gef GaurjoGEFF GOWR joˈgɛf ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Geistiwa Efukhurgay STEE wah EH foo KHHOORgɛɪsˈtiwa ˌɛfuˈxuɾ
Gezi HoiGEZ zee HOYˈgɛzi ˈhoɪ
Gujei Fileyogoo JAY fee LEH yoguˈdʒɛɪ ˌfilɛˈjo
Habmuthui GaurjoHOB moo THOOY GOWR joˌhabmuˈθuɪ ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Hechyenevar Gaurjohech YEH neh VARR GOWR johɛtʃˌjɛnɛˈvaɾ ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Henvo AuHEN voh OWˈhɛnvo ˈaʊ
Hoje EfukhurHOH jeh EH foo KHHOORˈhodʒɛ ˌɛfuˈxuɾ
IskaEES kahˈiska
Jecha SoaJEH cha SO ahˈdʒɛtʃa ˈso.a
Jou GaurjoJOEw GOWR joˈdʒoʊ ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Kichamis ChevbaKEE chah MEES CHEV bahˌkitʃaˈmis ˈtʃɛvba
Kizag Iyakee ZOG EE yakiˈzag ˈija
Krela HuyaKREH lah HOO yaˈkɾɛla ˈhuja
Lesram Gaurjoless ROM GOWR jolɛsˈɾam ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Loiye TowizLOY yeh toh WEEZˈloɪjɛ toˈwiz
Melathuizei Gaurjomeh LAH thooy ZAY GOWR jomɛˌlaθuɪˈzɛɪ ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Meris Heielbreimeh REES HAY el BRAYmɛˈɾis ˌhɛɪ.ɛlˈbɾɛɪ
Minzei Tredzbesmeen ZAY tredz BESSminˈzɛɪ tɾɛdzˈbɛs
Mota TseloMOH tah TSEH lohˈmota ˈtʃɛlo
Ngosen ErdaiNGOH sen err DIEˈŋosɛn ɛɾˈdaɪ
Nisidith YutaNEE see DEETH YOO tahˌnisiˈdiθ ˈjuta
Nivti HashafanNEEV tee HAH shah FONˈnivti ˌhaʃaˈfan
Osgin EfukhurOHS geen EH foo KHHOORosˈgin ˌɛfuˈxuɾ
Ossa KoOHSS sah KOˈosːa ˈko
Penbra UretPEN brah oo RETˈpɛnbɾa uˈɾɛt
Plef DlufuiPLEF dloo FOOYˈplɛf dluˈfuɪ
Ravoi Neirah VOY NEIɾaˈvoɪ ˈnɛɪ
Rufem Gaurjoroo FEM GOWR joɾuˈfɛm ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Sahruiro Melotsah’hh RUU’ee roh meh LOHTsahˈɾuɪɾo mɛˈlot
Shosho DeinoulSHOH shoh day NO’wLLˈʃoʃo dɛɪˈnoʊl
Siche DrafSEE cheh DROFFˈsitʃɛ ˈdɾaf
Subinei GaurjoSOO bee NEY GOWR joˌsubiˈnɛɪ ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Sulya LilchiSOOL yah LEEL cheeˈsulja ˈliltʃi
Tamduima Gaurjotom DOOY mah GOWR jotamˈduɪma ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Tiri DitoTEE ree DEE tohˈtiɾi ˈdito
Tornu GaurjoTOR noo GOWR joˈtoɾnu ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Toze DaleiTO zeh dah LEIˌtozɛ daˈlɛɪ
Trardiskav TsemoTRAR dees KOV TSEH moˌtɾaɾdisˈkav ˈtsɛmo
TuruTOO rooˈtuɾu
Unro JakeinOON roh jah KANEˈunɾo dʒaˈkɛɪn
Uwel Aiweoo WELL EYE weuˈwɛl ˈaɪwɛ
Viluel GaurjoVEE loo ELL GOWR joˌviluˈɛl ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Yitha GaurjoYEE tha GOWR joˈjiθa ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Zerezein GaurjoZEH reh ZANE GOWR joˌzɛɾɛˈzɛɪn ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Ziare Kolaveizee ARE eh KO lah VEYziˈaɾɛ ˌkolaˈvɛɪ

Sword & Scroll

Main Characters

NameSounds LikeIPA
Nuho KadzaNOO hoh KAH dzahˈnuho ˈkadza
Hoje Viommalento Efukhur
(the matronymic can also be contracted to Viommal’o)
HOH jeh vee OHM mah LEN toh EH foo KHHOOR
(VEE oh MAH loh)
ˈhodʒɛ viˌoma’lɛnto ˌɛfuˈxuɾ (ˌvioˈmalo)
Siche DrafSEE cheh DROFFˈsitʃɛ ˈdɾaf
Plef DlufuiPLEFF dloo FOOYˈplɛf dluˈfuɪ
Sairez Relinsigh REZ reh LEENsaɪˈɾɛz ɾɛˈlin
Povno KadzaPOHV noh KAH dzahˈpovno ˈkadza
Ngasbairil Kadza (Busi)NGOSS bye REEL KAH dzah (BOO see)ˌŋasbaɪˈɾil ˈkadza
Tinsa GaurjoTEEN sah GOWR joˈtinsa ˈgaʊɾdʒo
Jecha SoaJEH chah SOH aˈdʒɛtʃa ˈso.a
Dangar Feigitrodong AR fay GHEE trohdaˈŋaɾ fɛɪˈgitro