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[WotBS] How is "Ragesia" pronounced?

Duo Maxwell

Explorer
I don't know if this has been posted already, but in anticipation for the 4e conversion of the War of the Burning Sky campaign, I was wondering how the name "Ragesia" was pronounced?
 

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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I personally pronounce it with a hard "g" - "Rag easier", but only Rangerwickett knows for sure!
 


Congratulations. You just got me to spend 2 minutes saying the word over and over, pondering just which A sound I'm using.

The key thing is, it's "ra" with that soft u sorta sound (not hard A), "ge" with a hard g (not a j sound), and "sia" like . . . well, I'm pretty sure there's only one way to pronounce it. The obvious way. Plus the stress is obviously on the middle syllable.

It's rah - GEE - zhuh, not ray - JEE - zhuh. But the 'rah' goes different ways.

After 10 minutes with Wikipedia to track down the proper characters to copy/paste...

rə-GĒ-zhə (Hera, gamble, and Polynesia)

or rä-GĒ-zhə (hurrah, instead of Hera)

or rĕ-GĒ-zhə (regulate instead of Hera)

Asmor was closest, I'd say. :)
 
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tomBitonti

Adventurer
The key thing is, it's "ra" with that soft u sorta sound (not hard A), "ge" with a hard g (not a j sound), and "sia" like . . . well, I'm pretty sure there's only one way to pronounce it. The obvious way. Plus the stress is obviously on the middle syllable.

I was actually sounding "sia" like, "see-a' ... to my ear, with a hard g and a stress on the second syllable, that just sounds better. Anyways, to my ear.
 

I'm also interested in, show of hands, how do different groups pronounce Shahalesti. One of my players always called them Shal-in-esti, which made me wonder if I should have gone with a more straightforward name in the campaign saga. Another player just called them "[expletive deleted] elves."
 

tomBitonti

Adventurer
I'm also interested in, show of hands, how do different groups pronounce Shahalesti. One of my players always called them Shal-in-esti, which made me wonder if I should have gone with a more straightforward name in the campaign saga. Another player just called them "[expletive deleted] elves."

That may be a borrowing from Dragonlance, which has an "n" sound in the second syllable of 9 out of 11 elf type names:

Colinesti Elf
Dargonesti Elf
Dimernesti Elf
Ergonesti Elves
Hest Elf
Kagonesti Elf
Lucanesti Elf
Merkitsa Elf
Qualinesti Elf
Silvanaes Elf
Silvanesti Elf

From http://www.dlnexus.com/lexicon/13467.aspx
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
I'm also interested in, show of hands, how do different groups pronounce Shahalesti. One of my players always called them Shal-in-esti, which made me wonder if I should have gone with a more straightforward name in the campaign saga. Another player just called them "[expletive deleted] elves."
I always thought it was spelled reasonably phonetically. So something like SHA-ha-less-ti, possibly with the stress moved to a different syllable.
 

Asmor

First Post
I'm also interested in, show of hands, how do different groups pronounce Shahalesti. One of my players always called them Shal-in-esti, which made me wonder if I should have gone with a more straightforward name in the campaign saga. Another player just called them "[expletive deleted] elves."

Sha-ha-less-tee (emphasis on first syllable, with a minor emphasis on the last syllable as well).

I don't really see many other ways to interpret that. Maybe you could go Shey-uh-less-tee, but I think that would be pushing it.
 

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