Languages

From the fluid scripts of the Halfling and Fae to the runic marks of the Dwarves and Minotaur – the Peoples of the Verden Realms speak a myriad of languages with a rich histories and flavor. While some find roots in languages of old, others are the creation of their region and influenced further by the tongues of nearby races.p.




Common: Kingdom

The common tongue of the Viori Kingdoms, this is the tongue spoken by the humans that call this kingdom home. Over the years, many other races have picked up this trade language and still use it today. However, there are a few other “dialects” that are spoken in the lands as well.
Fario and Salbatica both speak a “dwarven” type version of the common tongue. They shared an odd form of dwarven as their original language, so this speech has permeated their current flavor. Sometime they can put on a thick enough brogue to be almost a language of its own. Many dwarven words hide among their normal language.
White Hold and Ostcrag’s humans speak with another odd dialect, one with a strong touch of Ah’ved influence. They speak with proper diction – no slang, little conjunctions and often very “fluid.” The usage of the Ah’ved language has long been discarded among the “slave” population – but touches of it still survive in a few of their more colorful terms. However, after 200 years of Viori’s influence, the human slave tongue has almost died out in its entirety – replaced by the tongue of Viori.
In time, other areas have begun to pick up speech patterns of their own. Mordova and Marda tend to be very flowery in language, but with hidden snipes and meanings in their statements. Sarcasm and insult is difficult to peg, but is often snuck into conversation. Proud Pony and Taur’on, on the other hand, have very few terms of “hierarchy” and often the simplest of “Sir, Miss and My’lady” are formal enough for any occasion. This would fail horridly in Mordova’s court.
The Common Tongue of Humanity uses the written script of the Halflings.


Elven and Raven’s Speech
Raven taught her eladrin children the first language – “Raven’s Speech.” However, it is a very formal tongue, full of numerous conjugations and gender specific requirements. Over time, the eladrin and elves began to bastardize the original tongue and another language was born, Elven. This has become the basic speech of the elven people and is more of a “common man’s dialect” used throughout the Firm and the Dream. In fact, it has even become the preferred language of the eladrin, the ancient tongue reserved for formal occasions. Elven has its own script.

Halfling
The Halfling people have a very old language themselves – and in fact, they have one of the earliest “written” scripts – Raven’s Speech/Elven being the only one older. Rabbit taught his children well. There are actually two dialects primarily used – the “Two-legged” and the “Four-legged” – often called two or four. Two is a formal language, used to show respect and convey lofty ideals. Four is a “family” language, originally used to speak to pets and animals, it grew into a language you speak among brethren. For those not born into a halfling speaking home, they will usually be taught the Four of their teacher – every Four has its own aspects and nuances that flow between the speakers. And even if the two speakers do not share the same Four, with but a few minutes of conversation, they will understand the flow and movement of their fellow speaker’s tongue.
Oddly enough, Halfling is not an odd language to pick up. It has a lot of similarities with the human tongues, and some even say that Coyote stole the speech of a halfling to give to his children.

Draconic
The tongue of the Dragon himself, originally this language was spoken by Ioun and the other dragons of the realms. As time passed, it became a secular language spoken within the churches. Most people would never bother to learn a language so rarely used in any daily activity. Then came the Aurix’Laythe – since all monetary transaction was completed in the tongue of the Dragon – every merchant strove to learn the language as quickly as possible.
Today, there is little dialect difference in the language. The similarity is a necessity as one must have a common trade tongue. In Viori, it is a common language for merchants, scholars and nobility to acquire. In fact, it is easily said to be the second most populous language in the kingdoms. Draconic uses its own script.

Dwarven
An ancient tongue, the dwarves attempted to create a more usable language than their Eladrin brothers. Dwarven was their result. After disastrous attempts to use the written Raven’s Tongue, and discovering that the Halfling’s written word was hard to carve into stone with all its curves – the Dwarves came up with their own script which is still used today.
Dwarven is a very hard language, but has a very melodic feel if you are accustom to hearing it. The best drinking songs in the land are in dwarven, and many children know a few without really realizing what they are singing.

Minotaur
The great Minotaur of Byton still hold close the language of their ancestors. This language has roots within the dwarven tongue, and uses the dwarven runic script for what little written language is used. As well, they tend to use a lot of symbolism in their writings – sometimes using person’s sigil rather than their name. The language is gruff and guttural, and is not often used by anyone but the people of Byton.

Volken
The people of the lady wolf have their own trade tongue, which is spoken in the darker halls of taverns. Used mainly as a smuggling language, it is rather hard to pick up the nuances of the language as it requires a tail and snout to be spoken with perfection. However, most other races use their left hand to inflect the necessary tail emotion. They use the script of the Halfling to write their language – but addendum it with odd inflection marks to designate “tail-position.”

Leonid
The language of the Leonid people is an old one, many say that it is the other source of the common tongue of humanity – that Coyote stole a bit of it as well to craft his language. Which makes some sense as Halfling does not inherently have “titles” or “honorariums” within it – using instead those of the Leonid people. Leonid uses the written script of Raven’s Speech.

Deva
The language of the Deva is a rather secretive one, spoken only among their members and those very close to them. They have their own script, and their writing is actually done from the top of the page to the bottom, unlike any other race save the Ah’ved. In fact, some people believe there are similarities between their speech, but if so, no scholar has been able to use one to decipher the other.

Ah’ved
Which came first, nobody is certain, but the two languages do use the same script. They do not use the same context, in fact they seem to have entirely separate rules of conjugation and structure. At one time, Ah’ved was a much more popular language on the Firm, but is has fallen out of usage in the last few hundred years with the popularity of Common in the area.

Orc
There are stories told that there are twenty three different words for “Blood” in the orc language. This is very true. However, since the language has very little “adjective” words, they tend to have many different words for all things. This, That and The Other One, are the few ways of distinguishing one item from another. Colors have words, but are not usually used to describe objects. This means that they have many more nouns than normal. There exists seven different words for axe, nine for shield, sixteen for mountain, and so on. This also is why Orcs tend to name objects – a favorite Axe is given a name, so that it can be identified from the other axes that an orc might own. The same for horses, blankets, and other cherished items.
This provides great power to the “name” of something or someone. An orc might have as many as ten different names, each with a history and reason. His birth name, his “son of” name, his war name, his “love” name, his “parent” name, his tribe name, etc. For this reason, the recitation of an orc’s name is an affair of great ceremony.
Few humans take up the challenge of learning this language. Since little to no trade is done with the orcs, it just seems a waste of time. However, those in Byton and White Hold do see some sense in learning the language of an enemy – and it is not uncommon for them to take the more expressive of their words and incorporate them into common speech.
There is no written script for Orc, so those that write in it often use the Halfling script and attempt to mimic the sounds they are speaking.

Giantspeak
The Giants have long used their own derivation of the dwarven language and script. Many different dialects are found among the giant-kin, from the hard accents of the Stone Giants to the slurred speech of the Formori.

Gnomish
The little gnomes have a wonderful language, which uses Raven’s Speech for written necessity. Full of descriptive verse and fluid dialect, they often will use ten words where other languages would have just one. However, it is not a widely used language – except in specific areas of gnomish influence – such as the Lightning Rail. All workers can speak at least a bit of the language, as all maintenance and work is done in that particular tongue. It is very common to overhear the gnomish language while at a Lightning Rail station.

Tiefling
The Horned Ones have their own language, but borrow the script of other races in order to write their language – in fact, they use all of them. This makes it extremely difficult for anyone that is fluent in their speech to accomplish proper written dialogue – which is probably what the race is after.

Drae
The Drae children of the Owl took the language of their elven brothers and altered it for their own purposes. Feeling that Raven’s Speech was a good start, and elven a good transition, they returned to a much more ordered and proper method of speech. Those that can speak both elven and Raven can sometimes make out enough of Drae to not be lost in basic conversation. But they will totally miss the subtle intentions behind the words and probably find themselves in more trouble than if they had just said they didn’t understand it to start.

Goblin
It is believed that the Goblin race held their own language at one time, something akin to the language of the Orcish people. However, most believe this is a myth and they are only speaking an older and more regional form of Orc. Today’s goblins speak a pathetic version of Orc that has little reflection of an older or personal language source.

The Corrupted Speech
Many people tell of the languages used in some of the Underfoot and the Shadow. The most famous is Corrupted Speech, which seems to be some dark language spoken by the Helvani people. What little rumor there is of this tongue, there is not known anyone that has actually heard such.

UnderSpeech
The Speech of the darker races of the Underfoot, this language is rare to hear upon the Firm. However, among the Powrie, Spriggen, Formori and Gremlin, it is the common tongue spoken. Some say this language is another bastardization of the Orc tongue, but it has a much more complicated style of conjugation nor does it lack words of definition. There is some rumor that it is an ancient language stolen from some long gone civilization.

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