haha i’ve been trying to draw for hours and this was all I could come up with. i wanna know if a namesake’s speech is translated like, regardless of what language they’re speaking? and if so is there an indication they’re speaking another language (like an accent or something) to the people who are listening? also, is it only world-world translation (ie they can only translate other worlds, not other languages on earth because then they’d understand everyone). also if that’s true then would every language from the other world get translated? because wouldn’t that mean a french namesake for instance, who doesn’t know english, could get the english person to talk to an ozite and have the ozite tell them what’s happening? these are the questions I append to this terrible thing. ps the context for this is that emma usually stays up late w warrick so that he can read earth books, because they usually fall into weird gibberish when it’s not in her translation range. also he wants to know about other languages.
Firstly, damn that is adorable.
Secondly : Namesake “inner” translators only work in magical worlds, although Namesakes usually have a natural talent for languages on Earth. The “inner” translator is far from perfect, it doesn’t really translate to language per say. It translates the intent of a person and you feel you just heard it in your preferred language. So it’s more like a translations of impressions. If a Namesake stops and really concentrates they will notice the translation is not perfect and that there’s something magical going on. If they really, really concentrate, they can cancel the effect out for a few sentences (to teach, for instance, like above).
The Calliope badge translators are more like the babel fish, they translate to a selected language in full, but sometimes skip when they face a non-existent word, whereas a Namesake would just get something that is of equivalent intent. Shutting off the badge or putting a magic blocker terminates the translation process. Calliope badges can be used for languages in our world too.