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## Dispatch → Factbook → Miscellaneous

## 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 * 16 | [ez rone] pif tor kek tel nyx ram |

65536 | 0x1 * 16 | [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.)