Archaic theme

Archaic is a medium-to-high contrast syntax theme that draws inspiration from ancient wall paintings. To that end, its palette consists of colours with an ‘earthly’ feel. Archaic comes in light and dark variants, while using a single 16-colour palette.

Packages or ports of it are available for Vim and Atom, as well as the Xfce4, RXVT-Unicode (urxvt), and XTERM terminal emulators.


Dark base

2E2926 3E3936 7E7976 AEA9A6

Light base

FEF1D8 EEE1C8 9E9178 5E5138

Accent values

AB5637 C76D26 688A38 4884AD
A25763 A97906 368876 8A6BB5

Base values from left to right: background, background highlight, secondary text, primary text.

Vim themes

All Prot16 themes (including Archaic) are available as a plugin for Vim. To install them, use your favourite plugin manager. With vim-plug:

Plug 'protesilaos/prot16-vim'

Then specify your choice in .vimrc. Use either the light or dark variant:

" the light variant
colorscheme archaic_light

" or the dark variant
colorscheme archaic_dark

Atom packages

Archaic light available at

Atom GitHub Or run the command apm install archaic-syntax

Archaic dark available at

Atom GitHub Or run the command apm install archaic-dark-syntax

Atom and Vim colour mapping




Primary: Class names, variables, functions, etc.
Secondary: Measurement units, strings, support functions, etc.
Tertiary: Cursor, support classes, etc.

Terminal emulators

For Archaic, the following terminal emulators are supported thus far:

Below are the specs to copy-paste into a terminal that is not supported yet.

2E2926 AB5637 688A38 A97906 4884AD A25763 368876 EEE1C8 3E3936 C76D26 5E5138 7E7976 9E9178 8A6BB5 AEA9A6 FEF1D8

Terminal Base values (light theme)
Background: FEF1D8
Foreground: 5E5138
Cursor: 5E5138
Bold colour: 5E5138

Terminal Base values (dark theme)
Background: 2E2926
Foreground: AEA9A6
Cursor: AEA9A6
Bold colour: AEA9A6

Palette specs

# Palette variables and values

dbg=2E2926 # Dark background
dhl=3E3936 # Dark background highlight
dt2=7E7976 # Dark background secondary text
dt1=AEA9A6 # Dark background primary text

lbg=FEF1D8 # Light background
lhl=EEE1C8 # Light background highlight
lt2=9E9178 # Light background secondary text
lt1=5E5138 # Light background primary text

red=AB5637 # Red variant
ora=C76D26 # Orange variant
yel=A97906 # Yellow variant
gre=688A38 # Green variant

cya=368876 # Cyan variant
blu=4884AD # Blue variant
vio=8A6BB5 # Violet variant
mag=A25763 # Magenta variant
# Terminal colour codes
# corresponding to the palette
# followed by termcol description

dbg=0      # black
red=1      # red
gre=2      # green
yel=3      # yellow
blu=4      # blue
mag=5      # magenta
cya=6      # cyan
lhl=7      # white
dhl=8      # brblack
ora=9      # brred
lt1=10     # brgreen
dt2=11     # bryellow
lt2=12     # brblue
vio=13     # brmagenta
dt1=14     # brcyan
lbg=15     # brwhite

Related projects

Note that this theme is part of the wider Prot16 collection. The Prot16 git repo includes all files (except the Atom packages) for each and every item.

Wish to contribute? Work can be done to port the themes to other applications. The program that handles the process is the Prot16 Generator (a bash script to build themes on demand or to work with other scripts in automating the process).

Application-specific Prot16 repositories:

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