Languages

Quenta

Quenta is the common tongue among elves. Though each sub-race has their own language, Quenta is the root in which each are based. Though the language may vary for each of the elven sub-races they share the same alphabet using the Quenti runes. Vowel sounds are quite common in the Quenti tongue as the elves hold great accord to their melodic speech where every word flows together in harmonious union.

Dani

Dani is the most common and widely spread language for humans. Though other regions may have their own local tongue, most people dealing with the public will also know Dani. It is also the predominant language spoken north of the River Feist throughout the ancient Kingdom of Tienna Mar, where it is said to have its origin. ‘Dani’ is thought to have been derived from the quenti word edan meaning man. Many scholars would surmise that the early humans spoke the quenti tongue before gradually developing their own. Though there is much evidence to support that theory no definite proof has been found. Though considered harsh by elven standards, Dani is vaguely reminiscent of the Quenti tongue.

Asgran

Through the rise and spread of the Asgran Empire, the Asgran tongue is gradually becoming the predominant language south of the River Feist. Though Dani is still well known by all and spoken abroad, Asgran has held sway within the capital of Asgra itself as well as in the surrounding regions. Asgran is a precise and well organized language that rivals Quenti in its complexities if not its grace. It is also a language favored among the aristocrats and nobles within the Asgran Empire.

Aarnath

Aarnath is the only known language of the dwarves, though different dwarven cultures and sub-races speak a slightly altered version of it. However in no known case are any of these alterations sufficient to warrant being credited as a separate language. Aarnath is a brutal tongue full of vulgar consonants. It is a very difficult language to master, and an even harder one to pronounce if one is not a dwarf and thus not appreciative of its harsh beauty.

Tieng’Xu

Tieng’Xu is the language of the Orient, spoken within the Celestial Kingdom of Tieng’Xu, east of the Vallahir Mountains. This language is derived from the ancient language of Wu’shan which is still spoken in its pure form in a few remote areas of the orient.

Chantuu

Spoken by the horselords of the Chantuu steppes is a dialect similar if not based on the ancient Wu’shan. Chantuu, much like Wu’shan, is full of elongated vowel sounds and softened consonants. However, there is the occasional, sudden consonant to break up its flowing and yet complex grace.”

Acheric

This was the language spoken in the time of Acheron when the great Sorcerer-Kings ruled from their flying citadels like watchful gods above the world of Tera’Fir. It was a language known only to the Magi and forbidden to all others. It is an incredibly powerful language still used by magic-users to envoke the magic required to cast their spells. It is also the language found in many ancient tomes and scrolls. It is a complex and dangerous language which takes years of dedicated study just to learn the basics. This language is a must for any human wizards (or of any race wishing to study the ancient humanic arts). Generally only students of the mystic arts can even begin to comprehend this language, but a few of the most skilled rogues have managed to pick up a few basic phrases.

Olog-hai

It is said that the Orcs and Goblins have no language of their own, but that they took what they could of other tongues and perverted it to their own liking. Perhaps this is where the Olog-hai tongue found its way into the world, but it has since been addressed as its own language. Olog-hai is so full of harsh and hideous sounds and vile words that other mouths find it difficult to compass, and few indeed were willing to make the attempt.

Undercommon

Undercommon is a more harsh and guttural version of Quenta that was developed by the drow elves after the sundering when they retreated to the Underdark. It has been heavily influenced by other creatures of the Underdark and over the centuries it became its own unique language that is now shared between them.

Draconic

Draconic was the language of dragons. It used its own distinct alphabet, called Iokharic. Other native speakers included members of draconic-related races, such as kobolds and dragonborn, and members of reptilian races such as lizardfolk and troglodytes.