Languages

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Language Families

Each language belongs to one particular Family of intrinsically related tongues

Common
Common [9i,k,w].
Western-Human
Alman[9o,w], Brett[9o,e], Destinian[8w], Ebolan[9w], Folksprach[9w], Lalange[10w], Raniterran[9e], Reichspiel[9w], Saxony[9w].
Central-Human
Arabiq[9b], Domani[9w], Draknbrger[9w], Ellenic[10i], Kipchak[8], Kravonian[9*], Panjari[9*], Pasifikan[8], Sanddweller[9e], Sea-of-Grass[9], Themiskryan[9i,*].
Eastern-Human
Five-Sisters[10*], Hindian [9b], Lunar-Empire[9*], Ruskan [9k].
Bhasa-Human
Mylae[10i],Jhavanese [9i], Madyrese [8i]
Bestial
Dawon [7], Dimasa [10b,n], Gnoll [7], Karbi [9], Rabari [8b], Sasquatch[3], Sora [6], Vanaran [9b].
Dragon
Culhuan[10*], Draconic[10d], Nagan[10n], Old-High-Draconic[10d], Saurime[7d], Wyvern[4].
Eldar
Drow[9e], Eldaran[10d], Eloran[9e,w], Elvish[10e], Erelheine[10*], Quenchan[10*], Tenochan(aka Frogelf)[8*], Terranovan-Drow[9*].
Faerie
Brownie[7], Centaur[9i], Dryad[6], Fossegrim[6], Leprechaun[6], Nixie[6], Nymph[7],Pixie[7], Satyr[7], Sylphine[6].
False-Fey
Doppelganger[8], Gargoyle[6], Harpy[7], Medusa[6].
Earth-Dweller
Gnomish[9r], Goblin[8w], Halfling[9r], Hobgoblin[8w], Kobold[8], Dwarvish[9r], Ogre[6w], Orcish[9w], Troll[4].
Giant
Cloud[9w], Fire[9w], Frost[9w], Hill[8w], Stone[8w], Storm[9w], Titan[10i].
Merfolk
Merfolk[8m].
Signing
Silent-Tongue[6], Bandito [5].

Key

The figure within [ ] represents the maximum rank that can be achieved with the language; the letter(s) represent the phonetic alphabet(s) used, and * identifies orthographic languages. If no letter or asterisk is given, the language does not have an established written form.
More than a dozen languages are taught at the Guild.

Language Groups

History, geography, and custom all transform languages. Languages with a common history or interaction share the same language Group. A language may belong to several Groups, and a Group may link languages from different Families.

Archaic
Eldaran, Quenchan, Tenochan.
Draconic
Culhuan, Draconic, Nagan, Old-Draconic, Wyvern.
Dravidic
Drow, Five-Sisters, Raniterran, Sanddweller.
Dwarvic
Dwarvish, Gnomish, Halfling.
Dwarvidic
Alman, Brett, Ebolan, Folksprach, Reichspiel, Saxony, Ruskan.
Ellenic
Centaur, Ellenic.
Elvic
Drow, Eldaran, Elvish, Erehleine, Terranovan-Drow.
Elvidic
Eloran, Elvish, Lalange.
Gnomic
Fossegrim, Gnomish.
Herpetic
Culhuan, Saurime.
Hiin
Dawon, Doppelganger, Dimasa, Gnoll, Hindian, Karbi, Rabari, Sasquatch, Sora, Vanaran.
Littoral
Destinian, Ebolan.
Low Gigantic
Hill-Giant, Ogre, Stone-Giant.
Nomadic
Domani, Draknbrger, Kipchak, Kravonian, Sea-of-Grass.
Orcal
Goblin, Hobgoblin, Kobold, Ogre, Orcish.
Panic
Centaur, Dryad, Nymph, Satyr, Sylphine.
Perfidic
Fossegrim, Merfolk, Nixie, Pixie.
Protonic
Eldaran, Old-Draconic, Draconic.
Rustic
Brownie, Leprechaun.
Titanic
Cloud-Giant, Lunar-Empire, Storm-Giant, Titan.
Astronesian
Madyrese, Mylae, Jhavanese.

Known Alusian Alphabets

b
Bedouin script (human, flowing, cursive).
d
Drakonic.
e
Elvish script.
i
Island (used near the land-locked ocean).
k
Kingdom (used near the Azurian Empire).
m
Mer (suited to underwater use).
n
Nagan (elaborate, but versatile).
o
Ogham (human, rune-like).
r
Dwarvish runes.
w
Westron (usual Western human alphabet; also adopted by many newly literate societies).

New Languages

When a new language is introduced into the campaign, the GM concerned must determine the following:

  • Family and any language Groups.
  • Written forms, if any. Are they phonetic or orthographic? If alphabetic, what alphabet is used?
  • Its maximum rank.

Dead Languages

Dead Languages are those that are no longer spoken as a main language. There may still be people who can speak the language but generally only Philosophers or those using it for a specific purpose (e.g. ceremonial use, required for rituals or invocations).

  • Eldaran - Ancient Elven is still read and spoken by students of Elven history.
  • Eloran - Usually only used within the Western Church and for ceremonial purposes.
  • Kravonian - Generally considered dead despite a recent revival in Elfenburg.
  • Old-High-Draconic - Presumed to still be spoken by some ancient dragons
  • Panjari - Rarely spoken even amongst Philosophers

Foreign Languages

Languages from other planes that are known and may be teachable by guild members. Check with the GM of the relevant plane to see if you can learn the language at the guild.

Language Max Rk Families Groups Notes
Middle Speech 10* Dragon Protonic
Purple-Drow 9e Eldar Purpuric, Elvic
Purple-Old-Drow 9e Eldar Purpuric, Archaic