Return of the Long Night
A multitude of languages exist on Kulthea. They can be roughly divided into four categories:
Racial, Cultural, Universal, and Dead.
Racial languages are the natural tongues that each race evolved.
|Dyari(Dark Elf)||Dyar||Only distantly related to the other Elven languages, it is a harsh tongue.|
|Erlini(Wood Elf)||Erlin||Erlin because of its stability and widespread use (plus its suitability for most humanoid speakers) is a de facto “common” tongue.|
|Loari(Grey Elf)||Kritiri||Musical to human ears, it is rough when compared to Linaer.|
|Linaeri(High Elf)||Linaer||A very musical tongue, it sounds like singing to most humans.|
|Shuluri(Aquatic Elf)||Shulur||Impossible for most other races to learn fully as it involves sonar-like pitches and sounds.|
|Dwarf||Dwarvish||Very difficult for non-dwarves to have the opportunity to learn.|
|H’irazi||Ch’ira||A chirping tongue, much like birds.|
|Murlogi(Goblin)||Murlog||Written version is very primitive|
|Kobold||Kobold||Written version is almost non-existent|
|Lugroki (Orc)||Lugro||Written version is very primitive|
|Trogli (Troglydites)||Trog||Written version is very primitive|
Cultural languages evolved through common communities and activities. They cross racial boundaries and tend to be either regional tongues used for interracial communication or functional languages for groups. Most humans speak one or more of these languages.
|Arlak||Language of the amazon people of Sarnak|
|Danari||Language of Danarchis, closest living tongue to Old Emer|
|Itanian||Dialect of Old Emer, spoken in Itanis|
|Mavaun||Language shared by the Lankan and Pochanti peoples, although each has a different dialect.|
|Miir||Language of the Miirian states, descended from Old Emer|
|Muri-Elven||An oshoot of pure Erlin, it is spoken in NE Emer|
|Rhaya||The predominant language of Jaiman with seven distinct dialects|
|Rhiani||Languages of the nomadic tribes of Uj|
|Shay||The “common” tongue of Emer, it has many dialects|
|Taal||The tongue of the Talath of Bodlea|
|Vajaari||An unusual slurring language spoken only in Vajaar, it seems unrelated to any other language|
So called universal languages are used by a various multitude of beings and are widely known.
|Black||Speech A common tongue used by all servants of evil|
|Thieves’ Cant||Used by the Thieves’ Guild for shorthand communications|
|Enris-Sokal||Originally used by the Terenians, a civilization of the late Second Era, it was in widespread use among the scholars of the time. Many old scholarly works are written in this language.|
|Iruaric||The language of the Lords of Essence|
|Old Emer||From approx TE 2000 to 3500, the entire continent of Emer was united under one Emperor and enjoyed a renaissance of culture. The people spoke one language (called Emerian at the time) which forms the root of many of the current languages on Kulthea, but is unrelated to Shay, the current common tongue of Emer.|