^.^ Exciting question. Thanks for asking. I might have some answers, but I’ve wanted to work on translations for quite a few other works before completely diving into this one. Mainly because, as you’ll see, these words borrow from other possibly untranslatable sources.
The line in question is:
Malas amelin ne halam, Abelas.
Malas = a word we know from ancient Elvhen only. The other time this word appears is in the Librarians in the Vir Dirthara attack your group and shout, “Seran viar malas shivera mellavar!” A similar word appears in modern Dalish as ‘mala.’ It’s found in the traditional Dalish lullaby Mir Da’len Somniar, collected in the Rivaini children’s treasury “The Seer’s Yarn” by Seer Agata (ooc source World of Thedas vol 2). There it is translated as your (as in, ‘your mind journeys’). I think it might mean “you all.” Or, colloquially, y’all
amelin = a word unique to this sentence. But we could try to break it down, remembering Elvhen is a cipher for English. Ame appears twice. Once in the name Ameridan (for which no translation is given) and again in the translation of I Am The One, which is not useful to us because I Am the One does not translate because it was not written by the DA writing team. One thought (and I’m not keen on it, I think it’s a questionable one) is that ame may be related to the word “amae.” This word appears in the phrase “Amae lethalas,“ which is an elven guardian spirit’s response to the Inquisitor saying Fen'Harel’s secret greeting correctly. Ehh, tenuous. But we know lin means blood. Given the context of this word, a few translations are possible. Could mean “something-blood,” like “good blood,” “blood-duty.” OR it could legit mean “name.”
Going even further, since the fandom has translated amae as ‘guardian’ on the wiki (extrapolating from the elven guardian spirit’s speech context), I am not super convinced about this one yet, but we could use it. If amae means guardian and we throw all caution to the wind, amelin could mean guardianship. :/ I’m not confident at all in this translation, but contextually it’s a possibility, so….
But then we also have the curious word “sahlin,” which simply means ‘come.’ (As in, na melana sahlin ‘your time has come.’ in In Utherna.) Which is a word ending in -lin with apparently no relationship to blood. But since amelin is in the position of a noun in this sentence, I’m ignoring this verb situation with sahlin.
ne = a word unique to this sentence. I would say that this word looks related to the word “na” which means “is.” Or at least, “na” has been translated as “is” because of it’s presence and placement in the song In Uthenera. Ne is a word which FenxShiral translates as the singular future conjugation of the verb “to be.” Calling this a different tense of “na” as good a guess as any. Ne will therefore translate for us here as “is” or “will” or “was.”
halam = this is how we know Solas is lyingcat lying. Halam means finished/ending. We know this for super sure because it’s *edit in Halamshiral.
The best we can get from Solas’s translation is maybe he did tell Abelas:
“Your name (is/will be/was) finished.”
or“Your name (is/will be/was) end(ed/ing).”
Interesting either way.In the first he might kind of be telling Abelas ‘hope you find a new name,’ but it’s a shifty translation. The second might be telling Abelas he will soon have no more reason to sorrow? Which is more hmm.
Personally, I’m putting Solas at saying something like:
“Y’all’s blood-duty is finished.”
and if we go way out on a limb with the word “amelin” he could be saying:
WHY is there an ancient elven artifact in one of the stores in Val Royeaux? [The one that sells the codex entries and the tonic recipes].
What’s the story behind it? Who found it? Where? Why doesn’t Solas say anything about it? Does he have one of his agents steal it later on, or is it meant to be there? WHAT SECRETS DOES VAL ROYEAUX HIDE?
The dwarf prince painfully clenched his jaw as he saw the so-called Bowman gently take ahold of your petite palm and kissing you at its knuckles.
Not only was he interrogating Fíli’s family but the man had the mere audacity to to touch you, hisOne, as if he’d known you all his life. Fíli stomped his way over to where you stood in front of Bard and yanked you behind him by tightly grabbing onto your wrist.
“Fí!” You gasp as you feel the wind getting knocked out of you. What was his goddamn problem? You thought to yourself while glancing over at your lover in disbelief.
“You so dare to touch my woman’s hand! You beardless daft!” Fíli growled while you, on the other hand, rolled your eyes at his over-possessive nature.
“Fíli, stop this. Master Bard was only being nice.” You say, looking over to the raven-haired man and smiling at him as you slightly shake your head.
“Nice?” Fíli echoed as he turns to you with darkened eyes. “He was about to kill Ori with an arrow and he tirelessly flirted with you in my presence!”
Your eyes knit in irritation as removed your hand from Fíli’s grip. “Fí, please stop this. Master Bard was only - ”
“I don’t care what Master Bard’s only intentions were.” Fíli growled once more. “I need him to comprehend the fact that you are mine and mine alone.”
Hey buddy!! I'm at a tediously long shift at work, and I'm kinda suffering, so I was wondering if you had any silly headcanons for Ace Attorney you wanted to share? Maybe for Nahyuta? Thank you ;v;
goodness me, i have no idea when you sent this, i’m so sorry!! i haven’t done a lot for ace attorney lately (oops, sorry!) so i might be a little off or have forgotten some things, but i can certainly try my best!! forgive me if i get something wrong!
there were a few months in nahyuta and apollo’s childhood when nahyuta’s Entire Head was Almost Completely Without Hair
(this was not by choice)
the story goes thusly: nahyuta didn’t like his bowl cut and always lowkey admired apollo’s little horns and complimented him on them all the time
apollo let this get to his head and fancied himself a master hairdresser and offered to do nahyuta’s hair
Fun Fact Apollo Did Not Know What He Was Doing Not Even A Little Bit
Second Fun Fact craft scissors do not work very well on hair
Third Fun Fact if your craft scissors are not cutting through a very big bunch of hair then your best bet is to simply abandon the practice
Fourth Fun Fact apollo does Not know when to give up
(by the end of this process nahyuta looks like he’s been attacked by a cow who started munching on his hair and got bored halfway through)
well okay, decides apollo, maybe that didn’t work, but it’s alright, i know where dhurke keeps his razor, we will simply erase the evidence
Fact The Fifth: this does not work and now nahyuta looks like half his head has been attacked by a temperamental lawnmower and the other half was attacked by a second, angrier cow
apollo, mildly panicking, suggests a mysterious “hair removal” paste they find in the medicine cabinet (it’s dhurke’s but nobody can know this)
apollo carefully reads the instructions and then proceeds to smear it all over nahyuta’s head
The Procedure Is A Success and all evidence of hair tampering is gone because all hair is gone
except for one minor repercussion which is that when i say ‘all over his head’ i did mean All Over His Head and that is the story of how nahyuta didn’t have eyebrows for a full month