Languages

  • Telvan-Telvan is the dominant language of Telva, as well as the Sea-Side City states, and is also spoken in moderate doses in Jassit and Roan. It uses a variation of the Old Imperial Script.
  • Moerdan-Spoken in Roan, Jassit and within minority communities elsewhere, this is the second most common Human Language of the North. It shared some characteristics with Telvan, but the two are mutually unintelligible. It uses it’s own variation on the Old Imperial Script.
  • Kef-The Eastern ‘Barbarians’ have a group of languages generally named after them. Kef, to many, sounds gutteral and harsh, though those who study it know it can be complex, and there are many, many regional variations and dialects. One can usuallly get along, but the language is hardly uniform. As of yet Kef does not have a definitive alphabet or written script, though attempts to adopt some variety of the Old Imperial Script have been tried.
  • Southern Trade Tongue/Imperial-While the language calls itself ‘Imperial’ in the north most people refer to this language as the Southern Trade Tongue. This language is common of all southern traders, and because of this, northern traders as well. It is the near universal language of commerce. Contracts are sometimes written in it, and it’s not uncommon for people to pick up words of it here or there. As a trade language very few, save for some foreigners and traders, speak it with anything resembling fluency. It uses the Old Imperial Script as an alphabet.
  • Old Imperial-Barely spoken for centuries, Old Imperial is a near dead language, and was the language of the court of the Great Southern Empire. Now it is used by some academics, Alchemists and the like as a tongue of common communication. It may also be found in old tomes and ancient ruins from the Empire. It uses it’s own Script.
  • Old Northern-A Language that predates Telvan and Moerdan and has common elements to both. It is a dead language and now only rarely heard in old magical items or scant rare inscriptions. It has it’s own Runic script that is studied by some scholars of history, but of little interest to anyone else.
  • Abyssal-Sometimes called the Black Speach or Infernal. The Language of Demons, though most demons can communicate through thought and with human languages. It is horrific to hear, like the sounds of screaming children, and learning it is a task of willpower or malice by any human mind. It is typically only used by demons and those that might communicate or worship them. It does have a script of it’s own, a twisted alphabet that is almost more a series of codes or perception puzzles.
  • Celestial-Called by Some the White Speech, or the First Tongue. This is the language of Angels, Celestial Beings of various kinds, and supposedly, the gods. It has many odd qualities to it and learning it can be taxing on a mortal. Some priests learn the language and some religious rituals require it. the language blurs somewhat the idea of speech as independent form song. It’s script is a simple, straightforward alphabet, that strongly resembles some variant of the Old Imperial Script, though there are many who claim the reserve is more accurately the case.
  • Draconic-A rare tongue, that like Old Northern, is virtually unheard save for old magics. Tradition holds it to be the language of Dragons, and indeed there is the occasional speaker found. In human lands however, it survives through inscriptions, books and ruins. It’s script is almost better known than the language itself, for it forms the basis for much magical writing. It’s script is a highly complex semi-pictographic one, with thousands of characters.
  • Druidic-The Secret language of the Druids, used to identify one another and communicate secret idea’s. It has a very simple form of symbols associated with it that are likewise secrets of the druids.
  • Dwarven-This language is spoken throughout the Dwarven Holds, and the Dwarven portions of larger cities. The Language is uniform for the most part, though some local regions have different loan words. Since all dwarves presently on the surface descend from one group, this linguistic uniformity is not to be unexpected. The Language has it’s own alphabet.
  • Elven-The Elven tongue is complex, the present day language descendent from a half dozen regional tongues, all descendent from a parent language. These tongues were perhaps more dialects than anything else, regardless the present elven tongue has a long, long history, and it’s script is descendent from millenia ago. Though the language is preserved in plenty of written material, it is harder to learn it’s spoken form, as Elves rarely teach it to outsiders.
  • Giant-The Giant tongue seems to have some relationship with Elven, though it’s forms are more suited to those with deeper voices and thus it is quite unintelligble with Elven. When it is written however, it does share the Elven Script. Elves claim they tought the first giants to speak(though they make this claim of humans as well), but Giants claim ti is the other way around, that the Elves stole the secrets of their written language in ages past. Whatever the truth of the Matter it is a tongue spoken by the Giants, and those who would treat with them. Many Dwarves in the Dwarven Holds learn the language due to their proximity to Giant populations.
  • Goblin-There isn’t one Goblin langugage, but rather a whole language sub-family of these myriad tongues. Influenced by every language or people they come in contact with, the Goblin tribes, in their daily speech, often adopt words and constructions from other languages. The different dialects can thus be often confusing, and some scholrs would say there are actually four to seven distinct goblin languages, all descended from a common parent language they call ‘Old Goblin’.
  • Gnome-The distinct language of the gnomes is one of the rarest of the spoken tongues still extant in the world of man. Gnomes have very, very small populations and though they do teach the language to their children and indeed are willing to teach anyone who wishes to learn, it’s utilamately limited utility means it’s seldom spoken outside of gnomish communities or gnomish homes. Those who have learned it and are experts in language have noted it’s similarity to Sylvan in many regards, and most consider the languages related.
  • Sylvan-The Language of creatures of the Deep Forests and Hidden PLaces, and especially the Fae. It is thought to be the native language of the Realm of the Fae, and like Abyssal and Celestial, it can be taxing on a human mind to learn. It’s forms are readily pronounceable enough, but it’s morphology, it’s grammar, are erratic and complex, changing depending on the relationships of the people talking and more esoteric things.

Languages

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