The Fan’s Guide to the Altean Language
Probably not complete, but enough to get started. If something is wrong or needs more explaining, let me know. Potential spoilers if you haven’t watch both seasons.
Units of time (presumably not equal to earth time)
- Quintent = 1 day
- Decathebe = decade
- Dobash = minute
- Varga = hour
- Tick = second
- Spicolian movement = week
- @saiikavon has pointed out that in S2E8, the Blades of Marmora base would be closed for 2 quintents. When they mention that 10 Vargas have passed, Lance correctly estimates another 30 Vargas until the base is open again. From this it can be assumed that 2 Quintents = 40 Vargas or 1 Quintent = 20 Vargas.
- Stick out like a shoferiaks nose
- blown straight to Wazblay
- faster than an angry clanmurel
- Jump like a spritely clovenheifer
- mad as a wet chuuper
- linked at the ears like a pack of yellmore
- kragasquizzle on the balmera
- Nunvil - a purple beverage that purportedly tastes like hotdog water and feet. Other commentary includes “the nectar of the gods”, “makes a wonderful hair tonic”, and “settles the stomach and brightens your smile”
- Quiznack - a swear word, similar in use to Fuck, crap, or hell (ie: “Oh quiznack” or “What the quiznack”)
- Quintessence - a type of energy. Context from the world indicates that it is likely some form of Life/spirit energy [EDIT] It’s a real word! According to dictionary.com : noun1.the pure and concentrated essence of a substance.2.the most perfect embodiment of something.3.(in ancient and medieval philosophy) the fifth essence or element,ether, supposed to be the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies,the others being air, fire, earth, and water. Thanks @nickelpenn for the info!
- Weblem - a giant space worm that eats dead planets, repurposing the material into “the building blocks of new solar systems”. They produce the scultrite mineral, used for Altean teledove lenses.
- Slavendehoe - literally the altean word for “gone”
- Duflax - an altean creature with a beak and webbed feet.
Other useful info
- The paladins left earth on a monday (S1E2)
- Cryopod, cryo replenishers, and sleep pods have all been used to describe the same unit
- The black lion is largest, the yellow/blue lions next largest, and the red/green ones the smallest. So Lance and Hunks lions would be described as about the same size
- The swords the blades of Mamora use are made of Luxite, which is rare
- Coran accompanied his Grandfather while the castle of lions was being built, potentially putting his age in the 600s (not counting the 10k year cryo-sleep)
- In S2E5, Coran refers to Pidge as “gentlelady”, meaning the usage of she/her pronouns by fans is canonically correct