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[Tlhingan-hol] Story: ghuv - The Recruit - 40

Robyn Stewart (robyn@flyingstart.ca) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



Torg is fighting Romulans in the SF stock setting of the enormous room with
catwalks and steam-emitting machinery. 
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QIDaq torghvaD chol 'e' ngIl wa' mang, beHDaj bachtaHvIS, 'ach pujchoH tIH.
Sumqu'DI' mang , beH bach torgh 'a tIH lIngbe'. wab taQ lIng neH. HoS nuH
SIgh woj net Sov. nuH SuqmeH, QI lagh 'e' nID torgh. 'oHvo' baS naQmey tlhap
'ach nuHvaD lI'Ha' bIH. naDev Dungvo' HuS mIr, vaj mIr 'uchchoH torgh 'ej
'oHvo' HuStaHvIS pe'vIl mang pup. ngaDHa'choH mang 'ej loQ QI laghlu'pu'mo',
yItHa'DI' mang, QIvo' pum. pumtaHvIS mang bej torgh. woj choHwI' ngengHomDaq
pumDI', pa' teb SeS law'. vIHmeH 'eb jon torgh 'ej QI DI lo'taHvIS nuH qaq
'ogh. runmo' torgh ngaDqu' porghDaj 'ej naQjejqoqDaj yantaHvIS wochwI'pu'
pummoHlaH. HeghvIpbe'mo' torgh, yoHqu'. 

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QIDaq torghvaD chol 'e' ngIl wa' mang, beHDaj bachtaHvIS, 'ach pujchoH tIH.
- Try and read the sentence in the order it is written, rather than
rearranging it into English. QIDaq - the action of the sentence takes place
on or towards a bridge. torghvaD - torgh will be the recipient of the action
of the verb. chol - close in, get closer, come nearer - the subject of the
verb draws near to Torg. 'e' ngIl The subject of the verb DARES to near
Torg. wa' mang - that's the subject of the verb. 
"One soldier dares to come near to Torg on the bridge, firing his rifle, but
the beam weakens."

Sumqu'DI' mang , beH bach torgh 'a tIH lIngbe'.  "When the soldier is very
near, Torg shoots the rifle, but it doesn't produce a beam."

wab taQ lIng neH.  noun, adjectival verb, verb, adverb. "It merely produces
a weird noise."

HoS nuH SIgh woj net Sov.   Maybe a garden path sentence for a moment. HoS
can be "energy" or "strong" so one might start reading the sentence "The
weapon is strong..." but clearly the subject is woj and the man verb is
SIgh, so then HoS falls into place as noun1 in a N-N. "It is known that
radiation affects energy weapons." (Remember Chekov's phaser aboard the
nuclear wessel, in Star Trek IV?) I gotta tell you it's hard writing combat
with disruptors. Either it's all stormtroopers missing all the time or all
redshirts dying all the time. I had to kill the energy weapons to get some
fun hand-to-hand combat. Thank you Star Trek IV for the help.

nuH SuqmeH, QI lagh 'e' nID torgh. = Torg attempts to disassemble a bridge
in order to acquire a weapon." 

'oHvo' baS naQmey tlhap 'ach nuHvaD lI'Ha' bIH. = "From it he takes rods of
metal, but they are useless for weapons."

naDev Dungvo' HuS mIr, vaj mIr 'uchchoH torgh 'ej 'oHvo' HuStaHvIS pe'vIl
mang pup.  naDev Dungvo' = from the area above here "From above hangs a
chain, so Torg grabs hold of the chain and while hanging from it forcefully
kicks the soldier."  If you try to interpret pup as adjectival, there's no
verb in that clause.

ngaDHa'choH mang 'ej loQ QI laghlu'pu'mo', yItHa'DI' mang, QIvo' pum.
--ngaD = be stable;  yItHa' = walk incorrectly, mis-walk. "He destabilizes
the soldier and because the bridge has been slightly disassembled, when the
soldier stumbles, he falls from the bridge."

pumtaHvIS mang bej torgh. "Torg watches as the soldier falls."

woj choHwI' ngengHomDaq pumDI', pa' teb SeS law'.  ngeng= lake. ngengHom =
pond, puddle. "When he falls in the reactor pond, a lot of steam fills the
room."

vIHmeH 'eb jon torgh 'ej QI DI lo'taHvIS nuH qaq 'ogh.  "Torgh takes
advantage of the opportunity to move and devises a better weapon using
bridge debris."

runmo' torgh ngaDqu' porghDaj 'ej naQjejqoqDaj yantaHvIS wochwI'pu'
pummoHlaH. "As Torg is short his body is very stable and as he wields his
so-called spear he can knock the tall people down."

HeghvIpbe'mo' torgh, yoHqu'. "As Torg is not afraid to die, he is very
brave."  Not to mention he's very lucky, and the protagonist, so he knows
he's going to make it until very near the end of the story, at least. Is
this a thing? Writing stories and then talking about them as though I am not
responsible for them in the first place? It is now.

-Qov


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