Origins of Eien's Emblem
For those of you who have read Naga Ceyon, you know that Eien’s Emblem plays a very important role in the novel. But where did it come from?
The symbol itself was born one busy day my sophomore year in high school. It was third period, and my AP Environmental teacher offered us the rare gift of some free time at the end of class. I decided to spend those few minutes messing with people, so I got out a sheet of paper and started writing gibberish on it. I showed the scribbles to someone who was sitting next to me and proudly declared that I was fluent in another language saying that the text that I was showing her was the script for the language.
I did not fool her.
She pointed out that the gibberish that I had scribbled on the page could not be another language, because none of the symbols on the page repeated. If I were truly writing in another language then there would have to be at least one or two symbols that repeated themselves such as prepositions or pronouns. She argued that it is difficult to write a paragraph’s worth or words without repeating at least one or two words in the text.
Desperately I scanned the paper. By pure luck, I did find one symbol that repeated itself several times in my paragraph of gibberish. That symbol is what is now the “naga ceyon” symbol in Eien’s Emblem. I pointed it out to her, and she was surprised indeed.
In the end I still did not fool her, because she already knew for a fact that I only speak one language, English, but I was still not deterred. She gave me an idea that day. What if I made up my own language? James Cameron did it when he wrote Avatar, so why can’t I?
In my French class that day (we also had some free time at the end of that class), I created several more symbols to add to my new language, each unique in its own way. But there was still one question that I face: what will I name each symbol?
Long story short, I came up with names for each symbol and developed a way to join the symbols to form sentences. I was so proud of the first set of symbols I joined together that I did not bother making anymore sentences. That one set of symbols ended up becoming my life’s motto. I wrote it everywhere–my notebooks, my hand, my water bottles, my pens, everywhere!
Whenever I was in pain, I would picture the symbol in my head. Whenever I felt like the stress of school was getting to be too much, I would picture the symbol in my head. Whenever I thought to my self, “I cannot go on,” I would picture the symbol in y head.
The original words that I used to represent the symbol were “Always believe that you are never alone. Have courage and strength always.” After several months, I modified the phrase slightly into what it is today:
Shikai. Bo naga ceyon. Ei notori une zeteh iteh.
Trust. You are never alone. Have courage and strength always.
Though the story of Antoinette, the protagonist in Naga Ceyon, has existed for several years before I came up with Eien’s Emblem, I felt it necessary to change the plot to incorporate the meaning of this powerful symbol into her story.
Embracing Eien’s Emblem in my heart has changed my life, and I hope that it will do the same for yours.
I took my first piano lesson in 2002 and continued to learn from my wonderful instructor until my junior year in High School when I had to give it up because of the stress of balancing my school life with my extra-curricular activities life became far too much for me to handle. But do not fret! I may have stopped taking the lessons, but I did not stop playing the piano! What? Don’t believe me? Well, then. Here is some proof.
You are never alone