Ill Bethisad ("the universe" in Brithenig) had as its origins the constructed world and history devised by Andrew Smith of New Zealand where his constructed language (called Brithenig) exists. Brithenig itself is a constructed Romance language based on the premise that the Latin spoken in Roman Britain did not die out but rather developped into a modern Romance language akin to Spanish and French. Since its original conception, Brithenig has attracted a number of fans who have either created their own conlangs within Ill Bethisad, a term that has come to be applied to the constructed reality of this alternate timeline, or else have contributed to shaping its history and cultures. Check out Ill Bethisad, the Movie here, while you're in the neighbourhood. Apart from being Pretty Damned Clever, it sums up what's going on in a nutshell.
Our teams of cartographers have prepared a number of maps to help describe this other world. Find out where you are by flipping through the Atlas Page which contains many maps of the world and some localities. There is also another atlas which can be accessed via this site.
Check out the News Page for news releases from Ill Bethisad. The News Desk is kept very busy collating reports from all corners of Ill Bethisad!
The Ill Bethisad Wiki is an excellent database of work being done on Ill Bethisad.
Few references can ever be truly complete - and this Page is no exception. There is a lot of valuable information to be gleaned from the old Sessiwn Kemres, which was a private email list concerned mostly with the discussion of Brithenig. However, as more people got interested (especially me), Questions got asked about the world of the Brithenig speakers. Anyone interested in Ill Bethisad should peruse this Archive; hints at things that are now more fully revealed can be found there. Undoubtedly, things long forgotten also lurk in the corners...
Our presence is documented at Wikipedia as well as at Unipedia. The former gives a fuller description of Ill Bethisad and how it works; the latter contains a much shorter article.
Click A-M and N-Y for the Conlang Ethnologue, a listing and description of a number of Conlangs both in Ill Bethisad and without. Many have links.
New to conlanging? Check out these USEFUL LINKS to all the various constructed languages related email lists. Plus there a number of links to excellent conlang related sites.
EST. May 2001; Last Updated on the Feast of the Great C to C-Flat Transposition
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