Languages

This list is under construction and not a complete accounting of all languages

Biath (2 points): The language spoken by most of the people in the region of Bia, Biath is known for being a robust tongue that easily integrates foreign words and new concepts, although it lacks the literary history of many other languages. A common second language for shorter-lived races around the world (longer-lived peoples such as elves and outsiders tend less to speak Biath, or if they do then they likely speak outdated forms of it; even a young elf might have trouble keeping up with the changing language without taking pains to do so). Biath uses the Challan script, a newer variant of the old Xamoti writing system resembling only in passing its older roots.

K’on Thu’ok (3 points): The tongue spoken in dwarven communities in Bia, K’on Thu’ok originated in Severnia and was brought with the first dwarven immigrants to the hills of Bia. Existing virtually unchanged for many generations of dwarves, the K’on Thu’ok language is rich in history, with several well-known epics having been composed originally in the language. K’on Thu’ok has its own angular, runic script, but the greater writing speed allowed by the Challan script causes the latter to be used more commonly when the language is written down on paper rather than in stone.

Lorrak (2 points): The common tongue of the races of the Morrnath, primarily the lizardfolk and the lesser giants. Lorrak can be written down in the Challan script, but doing so requires several nonstandard forms; since a Lorrak speaker that can write Lorrak properly can probably speak Biath fluently anyway, it usually makes more sense to translate everything that needs to be written into Biath first.

Clerelell (3 points): Clerelell is the native language of many elves in Bia, usually those raised in less-developed areas or in close-knit elven communities within cities. It is closely related to several of the Severnian languages and also reflects the influence of Iul-siu-el. It uses the Challan and Elven Ilrella scripts almost interchangeably.

Iul-siu-el (3 points): Iul-siu-el is a much older Bian tongue, predating Clerelell by at least several centuries, possibly more. Among mortal races in Bia, Iul-siu-el is learned primarily by historians and those (primarily elves in less-developed areas, especially on the northern fringe of the Morrnath) that deal with fae and other immortal creatures, many of which only speak Iul-siu-el and other dead languages.

Severnian Handtalk (2 points, or 1 with another Severnian language): Since the region of Severnia is so choked with mutually unintelligible languages, the sign language known to many as Handtalk has arisen over the centuries to promote trade between people of different civilizations there. It cannot easily be considered a “full” language – there are essentially only two “real” tenses (past and present), and it’s difficult to use the language for more than a few basic facts of life and trade. However, in much of Severnia, Handtalk is enough to ensure that one’s needs will be met. Obviously, it is impossible to write in Severnian Handtalk.

Nallianan (2 points, or 1 with Zaulma): The Nallianan tongue exists in a few different dialects throughout the Nallianan continent, but the language is officially regulated by the Convocation on Language, which meets in Ostvia City. The language is constantly pushed by the Convocation towards the forms of the older Xamoti tongue, even in cases where such changes make the language more difficult to speak or learn. The people themselves largely ignore the Convocation’s decisions.

Büldennalliano (2 points, or 1 with Nallianan): The language of the Nallianan countries of Bülden and Teuceland, Büldennalliano has drifted away from the dialects of the rest of Nalliana as a result of the influence of Orine tongues and become a language in its own right. The Xamoti script is used to write in Büldennalliano.

Old Xamoti (4 points, 3 with Nallianan; the cost of the language reflects its status as a dead language): The language of the ancient, mighty Xamoti Empire founded in Nalliana, the use of the Xamoti language has faded almost to nothing, having been replaced by its descendant, the Nallianan language. The Xamoti tongue is still of interest to scholars and to clerics of many of the Nallianan gods, but as a language in which to talk to a living human, it is a poor choice. There are still some elves living today that learned the language to speak to subjects of the Empire and in the brief post-Imperial period when the language was still in use. The Xamoti system of writing is still used for Nallianan today.

Hannäng (2 points): Known in Orium as the Low Tongue, Hannäng is spoken primarily by the lower classes, gladiators, and druids. It is closely related to pre-Xamoti Orine tongues, which the lower classes in Orium tended to keep speaking even during the years under the Empire. Writing in Hannäng uses the Xamoti script.

Zaulma (3 points, or 2 with Nallianan): The High Tongue of Orium, spoken mostly by the middle class and the nobility and clergy. It is almost completely the result of the importation of the old Xamoti tongue, and the language began as a pidgin of Xamoti and an older Orine language. As a result, it is similar, linguistically, to the Nallianan language (but has not been mutually intelligible with it in several centuries) and uses the Xamoti script.

Direiai’e (4 points): One of the oldest languages still spoken anywhere in the world – a few Severnian tongues are older, as is the language of frost giants in Ghrond – Direiai’e is the language of fae creatures in Orium. Many Orine druids speak it in addition to Hannäng and the sacred secret Druidic tongue. It is almost never written down.

Sisakrai (3 points): The language of the Snaketongue Islands and isolated parts of the Iskeiriyan peninsula, an inflected language noted for its high number of consonants compared to most other languages. Sisakrai has its own logographic writing system, related to the Lo Xie system of Tetkala, though only the highly educated in Iskeiriya and the Snaketongue Islands use it.

Catol Colanchta (2 points): Properly a creole of several Colanche tongues, anyone can make themselves understood speaking Catol Colanchta (Catol, for short; the word essentially means “creole”) in Colante; it serves as the de facto lingua franca between the tribes. Many of the Colanche tribes have their own tongue; those that have lost theirs or never had their own often learn only Catol Colanchta, as do those living outside their hereditary tribe or in larger cities. Catol Colanchta uses the Dedata writing system, borrowed from Colante’s Dedata tribe of gray elves.

Pu Tong (2 points): The common language of Xeviere, Pu Tong is a tonal language noted for its lax word order and its impressive shared literary history with the language of Gao Xevierian. Pu Tong and Gao Xevierian share the same logographic writing system.

Gao Xevierian (2 points, must speak Pu Tong): The ancestor of the common Pu Tong language, Gao Xevierian is still spoken today as the official language of proclamations and laws in the nation of Xeviere and among the officials and servants of the Palace of the Emperor and the Palace of the Empress. It still retains enough similarity to Pu Tong to be understood by any native speaker of that language, but the complex and subtle grammar rules make it difficult to speak without having learned the rules of the language formally.

Tetkala (2 points): The language of the Seven Nations on the Jamurath Plains, Tetkala is traditionally considered a tonal language, but more recent changes in the language have created enough diversion between most sets of formerly-homophonous words that one can make oneself understood quite well (though hardly identified as a native speaker) without using the tones. Tetkala uses the Lo Xie writing system.

El-Khemi’in (2 points, or 1 point with any K’Hamidin language): The standardized trade language of the cities of K’Hamid, the lingua franca of commerce and the guilds in the region. It is a recently-constructed language, having been created over the life the famous K’Hamidin linguist Faadil bin-Jawad two hundreds years ago from the most linguistically-productive pieces of the fourteen primary K’Hamidin tongues. The Amic writing system is used for El-Khemi’in.

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