thebrowncloud wrote:I guess what I'm trying to say is that there isn't much point in having special ways of saying certain things for the protoss if everything is communicated through transmitting an idea as opposed to language. If "En taro Adun" is actually just an idea used for a relgious greeting/goodbye, they might as well cut out the middle man of Khalani and just have it be interpretted as "In the name of Adun, welcome/farewell."RazorclawX wrote:thebrowncloud wrote:In terms of the language, I slightly disagree. Although they are telepathic, they do have a "spoken" language that they use as well: Khalani. This is where all the "En taro _______" and "Adun torridas" sayings come from. If it were just supposed to be an interprettation for the terrans and player, there would be no point in having Khalani exist and the protoss would just say "In the name of _________" or "Adun hide you."
In this case it is interpreted as it is, the Protoss greeting-- its literal meaning is otherwise unimportant whereas the expression is. Interpreting an abstract concept isn't the same as interpreting a literal concept.If this were indeed the case, they would have to seemlessly transition to a form of communcation that humans or even zerg characters could understand whenever they show up.At that point it gets too complicated. The way I see it, Khalani is more of a series of phrases and proverbs that are represented in more specific instances and people more than ideas in general.Many of them reference historical figures, while others mention castes, etc. All stuff specific to protoss culture that outsiders wouldn't necessarily understand.Jim_Raynor wrote:I'm not sure that's exactly how it works. I always thought in the Protoss campaigns, when talking to other Protoss they were always speaking Khalani, just most of it was translated for the players benefit. I dunno, that's what I always thought.
Well this discussion has certainly taken a tangent. First the patch (which has nothing to do with roaches), to roach rushing/counters, to naming zerg units, to protoss speech and communication. Funny how a gameplay thread can be taken into a lore direction reasonably easily.
I think the real reason is that Blizzard wanted to give the Protoss some memorable non-english phrases than for any logical, Protoss lingustic reasons. Kinda like the Orcish "Dabu" of WarCraft II.