MK2K Style Guide

A few notes to make sure we keep things consistent in how the stories are presented.

Units of Measurement:

In MK2K all measurements are given using the metric or SI unit systems; the old British-style units used in MK have long since been discarded. Humans (and humanoids) express their weight in kilograms and their height in centimeters. Larger objects are described in terms of tonnes and meters; very long distances are measured in kilometers ("klicks" in Street slang).


Two types of currency systems have been defined thus far.

Metamor: Unit of currency is the mark, abbreviated M and divided into 100 cents. A mark has approximately the same value as a US dollar. Coins are issued for 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents and 1 and 2 marks; notes are printed in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 marks. A 5-cent coin is a quint, a 10-cent coin is a dek, and a 25-cent piece is a quarter-mark or simply quarter.

Quenardya: Unit of currency is the erin. It is abbreviated with an Elven letter that resembles a Y; people writing in Common script usually use the Y in its place. The erin is divided into 100 pence and has approximately the same value as a British pound. Coins are issued for the same denominations as marks, plus a 50-pence or half-erin piece. A 25-pence coin is called a celeb (pronounced with a hard "c"); the other coins do not have special names.

Elven Speech Notes:

Elves will generally speak in a careful, unhurried manner. They use contractions when it's appropriate, but not excessively. They'll be more likely to use particularly colorful descriptions and unusual words than plain verbiage, especially if the words in question have a musical sound to them.

When talking about the Creator, Elves simply call him/her/it "God" -- not Iluvatar, Eli or whatever. This is in marked contrast to humans, who still think of the members of the pantheon as "gods" even though it has been 1300 years since the Great Fall. When discussing members of the pantheon, Elves will either call the deities by name or refer to them as aedra (if they're ex-gods) or daedra (if they're daedra lords). If they're talking about the entire pantheon, light and dark, they'll say "the aedra and daedra" or use a euphemism, such as "the Old Ones" or "the fallen princes".

Similarly, while humans will often use "gods" as an expletive, Elves will never do so -- nor will they use the Creator's name as an expletive, in any form.


I am well aware that my own imagination is somewhat limited when it comes to inventing new words, so feel free to come up new slang and jargon terms for your characters to use. Be sure to report your neologisms to me so I can add them to the slang glossary. Let's also avoid having more than two or three different nicknames for the same thing, so as to avoid confusing the readers. Try to make sure the meaning of your new term is clear in the story -- you don't necessarily have to define it explicitly, but it should at least be understandable from the context.

The social status of your speakers should be clear from the way they talk: Street-rats should use slang terms frequently, even if they're intelligent, while the better-educated upper classes will be likely to speak more formally and have their own set of jargon. The avatars, vampire lords and other very old creatures will often speak in a manner that is somewhat archaic, and may even be completely unfamiliar with some of the newer slang terms invented by the current generation. Time and pop culture have largely passed these people by, and that sense of alienation should be clear to the readers.