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The Ostron Language is used by the Ostron people, commonly found on the colony Cetus. The written form can be found all over signs and banners found around Cetus, while the spoken language can be heard from the people you will encounter there.

What is interesting to note is that while the written language translates to English, the Ostrons have verbal words that do not translate the same way, each with their own meanings, some of which are denoted below in the #Unique Words section.

Alphabet[]

Official cipher of the language

The alphabet of the Ostron language is remarkably similar to the Orokin alphabet, following a featural writing system where each character represents phonetic sounds used to make up English words. However, unlike the Orokin alphabet, the Ostron alphabet has symbols for the letter "W" and the sound represented by IPA "ɜ" (as in bird or curt).

Writing[]

Unlike most languages in the WARFRAME universe, all writing in the Ostron alphabet is only written phonetically in the English language (or at least close to).

The written language may be written vertically or horizontally, similar to most East Asian countries.

Tabulated Ciphers[]

Matching Ostron alphabet to International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for English pronounciations.

English Consonsants
IPA Ostron
Alphabet
Equivalent(s)
English
Examples
p x35px pen, tip
b x35px but, web
t x35px take, cut
d x35px dad, do
x35px chat, nature
x35px joy, giant, edge
k x35px cat, kite, queen
g x35px go, get, gutter
f x35px off, fate
v x35px voice, of, favorite
θ x35px thing, teeth
ð x35px that, soothe
s x35px same, city, sass
z x35px zoo, rose
ʃ x35px she, sure, emotion
ʒ x35px genre, seige, pleasure
h x35px hat, heaven
m x35px man, jam
n x35px no, brain
ŋ x35px ringer, sing, drink
l x35px loss, please
r x35px run, very
w x35px win, we
j x35px yes, yawn
x x35px loch
English Vowels
IPA Ostron
Alphabet
Equivalent(s)
English
Examples
x35px day, gate, date
ɒ x35px blockade, pot
ɔ: x35px paw, thought
æ x35px pat, bat
ɜ x35px bird, curt
ə No equilvalent comma, about
ɪ x35px pit, in, fish
ɛ x35px pet, bed
i x35px bee, need
ʌ x35px run
ʊ x35px put
u x35px food, dude, through
x35px bye, night, my
x35px tow, woe, dough
No equilvalent now, foul
Numbers and Punctuation
Symbols Ostron
Alphabet
Equivalent
0 x35px
1 x35px
2 x35px
3 x35px
4 x35px
5 x35px
6 x35px
7 x35px
8 x35px
9 x35px
. (period) x35px
? (question mark) x35px
! (exclamation mark) x35px
, (comma) x35px
: (colon) x35px
' (apostrophe) No equilvalent
— (hyphen) No equilvalent
@ (at sign) No equilvalent
# (pound sign) No equilvalent

Unique Words[]

Known translations
Word/Phrase Translation/Meaning
Ai yo "oh my"[1]
Balb a wheat-like plant used for flour[2]
Blau blue[3]
Bomba a tea-like plant, used to make Chimurr[2]
Cetus "landless, cladeless, windswept dust motes"[4][5]
Charc Possibly "electric", "shock" or "charged"
Chimurr a tea made out of Bomba leaves[2]
Chut "silence" (implorative)[1]
Condroc A vulture-like bird that lives in the Plains of Eidolon
Cuthol a species of fish
Dah-dap "thank you"[1]
Daku a liquor made from Suma Doni excrements[2]
Doh-ga "hurry" (implorative)[1]
Eidolon-Moh Plains of Eidolon
Er Earth[6]
Fosfor a flare that can be shot to the sky
Glappid a species of fish
Goopolla a species of fish
Harpu Chimurr tea with Vobi butter added[2]
Hukta A massive lake fish that preys on other fish[7]
Ito-da termite droppings[2][8]
Juta a reed plant, used as drinking straws[2]
Karifamil "family, prosperity"[9]
Karkina a kind of aquatic crustacean
Khanung a warning[1]
Khut-Khut a species of fish
Kruna metta "please" (implorative)[1]
Kuaka a rodent creature that lives in the Plains of Eidolon
Kubuchi a cheap liquor made from fermented Sorghum (Baijiu may be a real-life analog)[2][8]
Lisau heisah A home-made remedy for the Vasca Virus
Lok heb "hail"[1]
Mergoo An aerial creature that lives in the Plains of Eidolon
Norg a species of fish
Oraggu orange
Oro-kin-ka shrines to the spirits of the Orokin, a sign of peace and luck[10]
Peca a nut plant[2]
Rahd red[3]
Seram a kind of aquatic beetle
Sharrac a species of fish
Sho-lah "farewell"[1]
Shunta a children's game[6]
Sorghum a kind of (real-life) plant used for fermentation to turn into Kubuchi[2]
Suma Doni a lowlands marsupial[2]
Surah "friend"[1]
Swazdo-lah a common greeting[1]
Tralok a species of fish
Unum The Orokin Tower the watches over Cetus and the Plains of Eidolon
Utz "very" (descriptor appendix)[1]
Verru green
Vobi a milk-giving animal, hunted by Kubrows. Their milk is used to make butter.[6][2]
Yingbindunyai "great bond"[11]
Yogwun a species of fish
Yollau yellow
Yoong-bat water urns placed in front of houses for wandering monks, considered to be an affront to drink from by anyone else[10][8]
"You see and are seen" A saying to someone who is leaving. Most likely referring to having someone watched by the Unum Tower.
Woonacht Night and day[12]
Unknown translations or proper nouns
Word/Phrase Context
Ceno Ceno Armor Bundle; could be the word for "monk"
Hesh "Actor zwong sahd point half hesh traveling on foot. Impending mishap and fall at complex node. Half-sahd point sahd-sahd. Observe and report consequences to multiple actors at site. Via Quill noni-rahn secondary sahd. Via Quill vatta-kun-ta tertiary hesh." - Onkko
Montan "Venus, Tessera. Actor see seer point now will combine with complex node zwong point sool. Notify Quill. Vierda-soon tertiary zwong via Quill montan secondary, via Quill Onkko Primary. Risk of uncontrolled consequence propagation. Observe and contain." - Onkko
Noni "Actor zwong sahd point half hesh traveling on foot. Impending mishap and fall at complex node. Half-sahd point sahd-sahd. Observe and report consequences to multiple actors at site. Via Quill noni-rahn secondary sahd. Via Quill vatta-kun-ta tertiary hesh." - Onkko
Now "Venus, Tessera. Actor see seer point now will combine with complex node zwong point sool. Notify Quill. Vierda-soon tertiary zwong via Quill montan secondary, via Quill Onkko Primary. Risk of uncontrolled consequence propagation. Observe and contain." - Onkko
Pahk "Eidolon seer-zwong intercepted at isolated node sahd by Tenno sahd-pahk. But first, interaction." - Onkko
Sahd "Eidolon seer-zwong intercepted at isolated node sahd by Tenno sahd-pahk. But first, interaction." - Onkko
Seer "Eidolon seer-zwong intercepted at isolated node sahd by Tenno sahd-pahk. But first, interaction." - Onkko
Sool "Venus, Tessera. Actor see seer point now will combine with complex node zwong point sool. Notify Quill. Vierda soon tertiary zwong via Quill montan secondary, via Quill Onkko Primary. Risk of uncontrolled consequence propagation. Observe and contain." - Onkko
Vahd Vahd Armor Bundle; could be the word for "seer"
Vatta-kun-ta "Actor zwong sahd point half hesh traveling on foot. Impending mishap and fall at complex node. Half-sahd point sahd-sahd. Observe and report consequences to multiple actors at site. Via Quill noni-rahn secondary sahd. Via Quill vatta-kun-ta tertiary hesh." - Onkko
Vierda-soon "Venus, Tessera. Actor see seer point now will combine with complex node zwong point sool. Notify Quill. Vierda-soon tertiary zwong via Quill montan secondary, via Quill Onkko Primary. Risk of uncontrolled consequence propagation. Observe and contain." - Onkko
Zauba Zauba Armor Bundle; could be the word for "mage"
Zwong/Zhwong "Eidolon seer-zwong intercepted at isolated node sahd by Tenno sahd-pahk. But first, interaction." - Onkko

Proper Nouns[]

List of proper nouns and names of Ostron origin.

Names
Proper nouns

Arcane Inscriptions[]

There are various Ostron inscriptions written on the Magus Arcanes, Virtuos Arcanes and Exodia Arcanes obtained in Cetus, with the exception of Exodia Contagion and Exodia Epidemic which are obtained from the event Operation: Plague Star.

Unlike the Arcanes obtained in Fortuna from Little Duck or Rude Zuud, which use Solari Language and say what the Arcane is, it appears the Ostron Arcanes are random words or pieces of words strung together which do not correspond to the name of the Arcane. Presumably, these could be the Ostron words for those names.

Note that translations are in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Media[]

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 "Ostron Patois" Fish Fragment
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 "Ostron Cuisine" Glass Fragment
  3. 3.0 3.1 See Fosfor
  4. "The Tower's Flesh" Fish Fragment
  5. "Friendship" Glass Fragment
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Childhood Games" Glass Fragment
  7. Saya's Vigil/Transcript
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Nakak/Quotes
  9. "Ostron Artisans" Fish Fragment
  10. 10.0 10.1 "The Ostrons" Fish Fragment
  11. "Ancient History" Fish Fragment
  12. "I have a pet Kavat. She is black and white. Her name is Woonacht. It means 'day and night'. Do you have a pet?" - Female Ostron child on Cetus
  13. 13.0 13.1 Thousand-Year Fish Fragments
  14. "Infestation. My uncle, Hinmun, sold minerals aboard a market near Eris. Quite popular with deep-system traders." - Konzu during Operation: Plague Star
  15. "Tower work was more my cousin Mukha's calling, he's fearless!" - Nakak during Mask of the Revenant
  16. "Doctor Tanak's cerebral nutrients! Available in Cetus for the first time! The product of more than ten year's study!" - Ostron male in Cetus
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 See Plains of Eidolon map

See Also[]


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