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A Wee Teaser From the Sequel... - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
A Wee Teaser From the Sequel...

Under a Dragon Moon

The throaty sound of a hard ‘gh’ lingered yet in Scots and Irish speech, but the yogh, the ancient letter that represented that sound, had been merged into the ‘Z’, even as the old letter thorn had been replaced by ‘Y’ in Ye Olde Tea Shoppes the breadth of the kingdom over; and save in a few instances, the yogh also had been replaced in the very sound of things by the intruding ‘Z’, such that Mackenzie was called ‘mac-ken-tsy’ now, though Menzies bides ‘Mingiss’ yet.


Long and away before ever these sounds were written in script kenned of mortals, there had been a place of hollows, a shadowed place, a locus of withdrawal.  A place hollow and cold, concave to the world, a place that sucked in to itself what it could from the world we know, and kept it.  A parasitic space, concave to the world: a leech-place yet none of leech-craft or healing, a remora-land, a fluke’s stead.  A croft held by demonry, its crop and harvest, souls.


The most basic of terms cognate in the tongues of the West address the most basic of concepts: mother and father, five, God.  The Void, the abyss that looks into those who dare look into it, is a basic concept.  The Latin is cavus, a hollow, a concavity.  The Gaelic is camhan, cabhan, the same as County Cavan in green Ireland.  The Roman Wizards were the first to dare record what had afore been spoken of but in whispers in the heather, a Place of Hollowness.  An ager, a territory, of the Void.  The Gaels had their own cognate terms, and what time Michael Scott the great sorcerer – he that was of Balwearie nigh to Kirkcaldy and treated as equal with popes and emperors, he that split the Eildon Hills down upon the blood-boltered Borders and died and was buried with his great grimoire in his hands, in Melrose Abbey – what time Dread Michael cast the stars, the place had become again but a whispered name of horror, known but to few: the Hollow Lands, the Ager Cavanus in bastardised Latin, of which even the full and malefic name was rarely written, the Ager abbreviated with a yogh, and rough, vulgar tongues to come after taking that yogh as a ‘Z’.


The Hollow Lands, the Field of the Void, and they were bound there in search of Answers.  They were bound, questing, for Azkaban.

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nineveh_uk From: nineveh_uk Date: March 6th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have long wondered why Azkaban is thus named. That the answer includes yogh is marvellous.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 6th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Don't know that I'd say 'marvellous', but thank you.

Frankly, it was the only thing I could think of.

I mean, damn it, it's located somewhere in the nastier areas mentioned in the Shipping Forecast (Viking, perhaps, or North Utsire), and the name's neither recognisably Gaelic nor Norse. Sounds Persian, really, but I can't see the Mysterious East's being involved here, so....

Best I cd do. Glad that it seems plausible. Thanks.
nineveh_uk From: nineveh_uk Date: March 7th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

The nastier bits of the shipping forecast

My own theory is that Azkaban is located on Rockall (well, it was before JKR said it was in the North Sea, but she could be dissembling), which would explain Lord Kennet’s remark of 1971, "There can be no place more desolate, despairing and awful" and why successive governments have been so determined to hold onto a seagull-haunted pinnacle (oil notwithstanding).
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 7th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


It wd explain why Greenpeace came to no harm from Dementors whilst occupying it.

They, after all, have neither souls nor good memories.
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