The numeral system or system of numeration that the Hvetshran use, is a base-8 or octal numeral system, meaning it counts up to eight before it restarts using signs, which is two less than the base-10 system the average human uses.
The reason the Hvetshran use the base-8 numeral system is because they do not use their thumbs to count. Making markings that indicate numbers, they only count with their four longest fingers, since their thumbs are not in the same line as the rest of their fingers.
Words for countersEdit
To compose a number, the numerals are sorted from biggest to smallest, with the amount of times they are used right in front of them, in transcription often connected with a hyphen. Therefore, the number 681 for instance is represented with the words: sah få-dur mo-hem su (512 + 2x64 + 5x8 + 1 = 681).
In the case of squared numbers, such as 5² (five times five), Hvetshran may use either the normal composition, or the alternative by just saying the number twice. This means that 16 can become both få-hem or te-te, and 25 can become both li-hem su or mo mo. The alternative composition is however only used for numbers with one or two syllables.