The Western Borderlands
As soon as the world had more than two people who could speak, it had more than one language. Civilization: Failing to work together since time immemorial.
The common language of the kingdom of Hunar. Originates from the Cambre tribes that resettled the lands that now form the western region of Hunar after the period of disorder following the fall of the Devonian empire. The alphabet shares some similarities with Devonian, but not enough to be of any use to those not learned in the latter language. For some reason, people also refer to it as “common.”
Language of the Salamand peoples of the east (of which Basim Ghassan is one.) Written from right to left, the characters of this language flow easily into one another. Many merchants have attempted to learn this language, in hope of currying favor with Salamandrian traders. It doesn’t work.
Language of the people of Marshau, a kingdom on the eastern border with which the kingdom of Hunar seems to be in a perpetual state of “will-they-or-won’t-they” type war. Closer to Devonian than the Cambrian language, but using mostly the same alphabet as Cambrian. Speaking Marshelle in front of Hunarian royalty is a quick way to get thrown in jail for being a suspicious dick.
The language used in the Devonian empire. Largely fallen into disuse among modern peoples, although its influence can be found in regional languages such as Cambrian. The church of Tyr still preserves it, so as to better understand Tyr’s writings in his original tongue. Interesting trivia: Nobody’s actually sure if they’re pronouncing it correctly since the original speakers are long dead.
The Old Words
Predating even the Devonian empire, this language was largely preserved through religious rituals. Although some elements and loanwords from Eldren appear, it is nonetheless largely its own language. Contains one of the first documented alphabets, although not one that is used in any modern languages. Nowadays found only in ancient ruins, although Druids usually have a fair mastery of the language due to its heavy usage in nature religions.
The native language of elves. It has two alphabets, a phonetic one used for the common language, and a pictorial one used for specific words, concepts, or places. High elves mix them freely, while the wilder tribes stick with the vulgar alphabet.
The language of dwarves. Uses a runic alphabet with a minimal number of glyphs. Due to the longevity and fastidiousness of dwarves, even the most ancient examples of this language are readily comprehended by modern dwarves.
The primordial language of dragons, also used as a secret language among the Dragonborn and Kobolds. Dragons had little use for written language, and as a result the Dragonborn usually use the alphabet of the local language if they need to write in Dragontongue, while Kobolds have developed their own alphabet.
The name given by civilized people to the language of goblins, orcs, and hobgoblins. It is a pidgin of other languages, most heavily influenced by Dornish. Separated tribes will rapidly develop their own dialect. The written form is wildly inconsistent and incomplete.
Many people find it odd that giants have their own language, but legend has it that all giants who walk the lands now are descended from a race that inhabited the world before the times of men. Is both written and spoken, although the lesser giants may not be able to read. This language is similar to, and possibly inspired by Deific. It comes as no surprise to anyone that Titanian is written IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
The language of Lizardfolk. The written form is heavy in pictograms. Rumors that Lizardfolk have 100 different words to describe the flavor of humanoid flesh are only slightly exaggerated.
The language of the gods and creation, or at least so claimed by priests. This is what angels have spoken when encountered, so these claims may have a basis in truth. Even the most learned mortal scholars can learn only a subset of this language. Particularly crazy philosophers claim that this is the one true language, that exists outside of all space and time.
The language of creatures of nature. Both Eldren and The Old Words seem to be descended from this language of faeries, brownies, unicorns, and wilder beasts. It has no written alphabet. Because animals don’t have hands.
A corrupted version of Deific spoken by demons, devils, and other infernal beasts. On the occasion that it is written, it shares an alphabet with Deific. When spoken, it sounds totally metal. \m/
The pseudo-mathematical writings used by wizards and other arcanists in transcribing and describing spells. This “language” is heavy in symbols and tokens describing geometric and logical relationships. Because it is closer to the lexicon used for mathematics, this is not a language normally learns except as becoming a spellcaster, mathematician, or logician. Spoken components are kinda like Deific.
Languages and PCs
Here are the languages spoken by different races, as well as additional languages (if any) granted by backgrounds when used as PCs. The default regional language is Cambrian.
Dwarves – Dornish and regional.
Elves – Eldren and regional.
Halflings – Regional.
Humans – Regional +1 of your choice.
Dragonborn – Dragontongue and regional.
Gnomes – Dornish and regional.
Half-Elves – Eldren, regional, +1 of your choice.
Half-Orcs – Gutterspeak and regional.
Tieflings – Demonic and regional.
Acolyte – Two of your choice.
Guild Artisan – One of your choice.
Hermit – One of your choice.
Noble – One of your choice.
Outlander – One of your choice.
Sage – Two of your choice.