A community for the dragon language of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Dovahzul Flag Contest

August 1, 2015

Back in December, community member hiith sparked a discussion that has since enveloped much of the site. The premise was this - design a flag or symbol to represent Dovahzul and its community. After much discussion, we are opening this little project to the community large.

Help us design a community flag, and your design might be used here on the site or in future learning material. Once the entries are in, a select group will be put to a community vote. The number of eligible entries will depend on the total we receive. One or several rounds of voting will determine the winning design.

You don’t have to be a member of to submit, but members who submit a design that makes it the vote will receive 60 gold. You will need a membership to vote for a flag.

Contest Entry Guidelines

For each design, please submit the following as either a JPG or PNG. Vector images are not required but would be helpful:

  • 1000x600 rectangular variant
  • 600x600 square variant

An ideal design will be able to accomodate the shapes above. You don't need to use the entire area for your design - the sizes listed are mostly to help standardize the entries.

Consider the following when thinking about your flag design:

  • Use simple colors. A flag should be easy to recognize and reproduce. Avoid glows, gradients, or raster elements (such as a screenshot of a dragon) that would be impossible to produce by hand.
  • Design for large and small sizes. A flag should be distinctive even from far away. A successful design will be vector-friendly and won't lose detail at small sizes.
  • Accomodate for grayscale. Your design may be featured in learning material or printouts without color capability. A successful design will still be recognizable in grayscale, even better if there is a black-and-white variant of it.

Below is a list of design elements to avoid, and which may disqualify an entry:

  • No glows, gradients, bevels, or drop shadows
  • No complex images
  • No text (a variant may feature text, but the design shouldn't rely upon it)

Send your entry in an email to [email protected] with the subject line: Dovahzul Flag Contest.  Please provide the two flag images described above and the username, name, blog, or URL you would like to have listed as the credit.

This contest will be open for entries until Friday, August 28th. If you have any questions or feedback on the format of this contest, don't hesitate to post in the comments. Pruzah wahl!

Alok, Liis!

July 26, 2015

Please give a warm welcome to the newest member of the moderating team, Liis! Liis has been a member of for just over a year, and in that time has become an outstanding presence in the community and an eager student and authority of the language. For those of you who know him, this probably comes as no surprise. Whether he's telling stories on the Community Wall or spearheading the effort in the Word Revision Thread, Liis is a constant contributor to the community and the site.

Liis will now be lending a hand with word submissions, forum moderating, and general help. Don't hesitate to ask him any questions about the language! We're excited to have Liis on board and look forward to where his work might take us.

Meet The New Inbox

July 4, 2015

Language is an inherently social pursuit. Over the past two and a half years, some 80,000 messages have come and gone through your collective inboxes. The next time you pay your inbox a visit, you might notice a change of scenery. With this site update, the inbox has been overhauled to make messaging more easy, fun, and organized for everyone.

Let's meet the new inbox.


All of your messages are organized into conversations. Each conversation is a single topic or thread. Conversations are listed in your inbox by newest to oldest, and show how many unread messages you have in each. You can turn email notifications on or off for individual conversations. This defaults to your profile setting.

When viewing a conversation, you will see the latest 25 messages. You can load previous messages, or load new messages as they come in, making conversations function much like a private chat.

Conversations that haven't been updated in 7 days or more will be moved to your message archive, keeping your inbox clean with only your ongoing conversations. Archived conversations will move back to your inbox whenever a new message is posted. You may also manually archive conversations.

If you're the conversation starter, you have the ability to lock or unlock the conversation to new messages. You also have some additional options when, let's say, your conversation has more than two people.

Group Messaging

Conversations can be used for more than just private messaging. To start a new group conversation, click the "New Conversation" button in your inbox and search for the site members you want to add. Each conversation can have up to 10 participants at a time. For technical reasons, email notifications are automatically disabled in conversations with 4 or more participants.

If you're the conversation starter, you can add or remove members from the conversation at any time. Note that any members who join a conversation will be able to see all of its messages.

You cannot add other members to conversations that are marked as "private". The "private" setting ensures that no one else except the initial members of a conversation will see it. Private conversations cannot become open. If you want to start an open conversation, you must do so from your inbox.


Some types of messages that once inhabited the old inbox now have a new home under Notifications. These include forum post alerts, question board alerts, and gold or item gifts. Notifications will stay in your notification box for 7 days after being read.

Out(box) with the old, in(box) with the new

The old inbox and outbox are still accessible for a limited time. After July 20th, the old inbox and outbox will be removed, and all old messages will be deleted. If you have any messages you want to keep, copy them from your inbox before this time.

Profile Pictures

If you're still sporting the default profile picture, there is now a gallery of avatars to choose from when editing your profile. Special thanks to community member Ahmuldein for providing some of these images!

If you have any questions or thoughts about the new inbox and conversations, drop a comment below. As always, you can post any feedback you have to the Site Discussion Forum. Farewell for now, and enjoy the update!

Dovahzul Storybook Contest Winners

June 14, 2015

Last month, the community was challenged to write or illustrate a myth set in The Elder Scrolls universe. The results of that work are now available in The Tales of LindlaTales features 5 stories with accompanying artwork that explore the myth of Lindla Frost-Born. Brush up on your Dovahzul or simply enjoy some new Skyrim fiction. A huge thank you to everyone who participated!

June 2, 2015

Liivrun l3vrun
(verb) to wane, diminish in strength
Semi-Canon.  Authored by Maakrindah.

"Suleyksedovah drey liivrun mindin viik do Alduin."
sul9ksedov4 dr9 l3vrun mindin v3k do Alduin

On a side note, thanks to everyone who participated in the Dovahzul Storybook Contest! The results are currently being forged, and we hope to reveal them soon.