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by The Endless Empire of Ermarian. . 28 reads.

Language: Number words

The Empire counts in a hexadecimal base. These are the Ermarianese names for the digits from zero to fifteen:

  • 0: ez

  • 1: arac

  • 2: tor

  • 3: ram

  • 4: kek

  • 5: pif

  • 6: sun

  • 7: irn

  • 8: tel

  • 9: ni

  • 10: den

  • 11: kem

  • 12: al

  • 13: bel

  • 14: cil

  • 15: dal

A natural number is written out by simply listing the digits, starting from the largest value:

Number

Hexadecimal

Translation

66

0x42

kek tor

42

0x2a

tor den

1111111111111111111

0xf6b75ab2bc471c7

dal sun kem irn pif den kem tor kem al kek irn arac al irn

A negative number is preceded by the word nul. The hexadecimal point in fractional numbers is pronounced rone. A periodic hexadecimal is initiated by sanaro, which means "to repeat".

Number

Hexadecimal

Translation

-121

-0x79

nul irn ni

100.625

0x64.a

sun kek rone den

91.7

0x5b.b{3}

pif kem rone kem sanaro ram

The word nyx is short for "times sixteen raised to the power of". In
scientific notation, the number is first scaled to a fractional greater than 1/16 (0x0.1)
and less than or equal to 1, by multiplying it with a power of sixteen.

The words "ez rone" are often omitted as redundant: Any whole number in scientific notation
must be scaled. If the mantissa is one, then it is often omitted entirely.

Number

Hexadecimal

Translation

1316.5

0x0.5248 * 163

[ez rone] pif tor kek tel nyx ram

65536

0x1 * 164

[arac] nyx kek

(Note that there is no ambiguity in "arac nyx kek": It cannot stand for "[ez rone] arac nyx kek", because this would make the mantissa 0x0.1, which is improperly scaled.)

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