Languages

Note on Language Groups: The following is a list of language groups on Aldium as opposed to a comprehensive listing of all possible languages. To know one of these language groups is to be able to have at least a working knowledge of the various dialects and pidgins that are connected to that language, or to be able to pick them up fairly quickly after some exposure and practice. Regardless of language listings in any Monster Manual or other source book, all races on Aldium know only languages from these groups. While there are specific racial and regional languages, they are considered to be a part of the larger language groups listed below.

Davek Languages

The Davek languages are languages that one way or another had a connection to The Ancients. They are also referred too as the languages of stone.

Dwarven - Dwarven shares its alphabet with Davek Dwarven names are full of harsh-sounding consonants, and rarely include soft, or sibilant sounds. Honorifics are common in given names, such as "-sun" ("-son"), "-dam" ("-daughter"), and "-hild" ("-wife"). Family names sometimes contain words in Common such as "gold" or "hammer". Also, the letters Q and X do not appear in Dwarven.

Orcish Harsh, loud, and known for the staccato delivery of its disjointed hard-consonant syllables, Orc sounds hard and angry. It uses the Davek alphabet.

Giant - First spoken by The Ancients, this language is primarily used by giants of all types, and by Dwarves. Uses the Davek alphabet.

Goblin - known for its wide variety of subtly different expressions meaning, essentially, “kill that one,” Goblin also possesses a large vocabulary relating to death, servitude, and fear. The language is extremely flexible, and the nigh-incomprehensible yapping of goblins, the strict militaristic barking of Hobgoblins, and the sibilant taunts of Bugbears all use the same grammar and vocabulary It has no written language.

Meholivian - Meholivian is the language that most gypsies and nomadic people speak. Its Vocabulary and grammar are based on a mix of Orc, Aldian, Giant, Ancient Devashian, and a now defunct proto-Meholivian language. It uses a mixture of Davek and Larjian for its alphabet

Human Languages

Humans have a variety of languages that originated from the first Human language known as Larjian.

Aldani Considered the second oldest Human language in existence, it sounds very similar to Larjian with the exception of a few misplaced words. Humans from Caran and Cirnes speak this language and it uses the Larjian alphabet.

Devashian Devashian is the language of the Adevash people far to the east and its colonies. It is a language rich with poetry, scholarly writing it uses the Larjian alphabet.

Nord - Is the language of the people of the far north- Skagrod. It sounds both sonorous and harsh to the southern ear and has a chanting, sing-songy quality. Nord uses the Larjian alphabet with a few letters imported from the Draconic alphabet. Other than in its homeland, it is also spoken in Vadalani.

Polyglot Polyglot is the collective name given to numerous dialects of the Caldarian people. Surprisingly, the various tribes can generally understand each other, and it is believed all the dialects are derived from an unknown root language. It uses the Larjian alphabet

Tien This complex language is spoken by the Rithian It contains nearly 24,000 pictographs and is a tonal language. It uses a mixture of the Runic, Larjian and Draconic alphabet and its own symbols created over the centuries.

Outsider languages

These languages are spoken by outsiders from the inner and outer spheres though some speak them in the Material plane.

Abyssal - Many believe Abyssal was the first language to develop among natives of the Outer Sphere, although the high mutability of the language makes determining its history or parentage impossible. It uses the high tongue alphabet.

Aquan - Developed from an ancient and unknown proto- Elemental language, Aquan shares many constructions with the other elemental tongues, but its vocabulary is decidedly water-based. Aquan pronunciation by humanoids relies heavily on the use of vibrating phlegm in the back of the throat. Uses the elemental Alphabet

Auran - Sharing its sentence structures and mechanical aspects with its three sibling elemental tongues, Auran is a breathy, gentle-sounding language that sounds best without the use of vocal cords. Uses the Elemental Alphabet.

Celestial - Celestial is used by all of the good-aligned planes of the Outer Spheres. Celestial borrows from other amazingly ancient tongues—such as Draconic and Sylvan— but retains the unique syllabic combinations that make it sound distinct. Uses the High Tongue alphabet.

Ignan - Sounding the most aggressive of the four elemental languages, Ignan consists of short words meant to be spoken quickly. The staccato feel of the language emulates the popping of fire. Uses the Elemental Alphabet.

Infernal - Infernal requires precise enunciation, for many of its words without similar meanings nonetheless bear extremely close pronunciations. Uses the High Tongue alphabet.

Terran -Like its brethren languages, Terran uses the subject, object, verb sentence construction. It is a slow language, the sounds of which cannot be rushed. Uses the Davek Alphabet.

Languages of The Great Dark Beyond

These languages are alien and aberrant in nature and come from The Great Dark Beyond there are only a handful of languages that are on this category.

Aklo - Is a language found Cal'Aranthe, and is thought to have otherworldly origins. Its considered the -Common- of that region and almost all creatures within the continent speak it. It uses the Etherian Alphabet.

Dajarian Is the Language of the Dajara and Nil Dajara it is spoken by sometimes overusing syllables and vowels (such as two A's followed by two Z's) the "T", "S" and "R" syllables are spoken strongly in the language and in almost every word. It uses the Etherian Alphabet.

Languages of the wild

These languages originated from creatures of the forest and in a way its their version of "Common".

Elven Linguists believe Elven formed when elven speakers of Sylvan attempted to integrate Celestial grammatical conventions and Draconic words into their already complicated tongue. The resulting conglomeration became impossibly complex, but over the course of only a few elven generations, it formed into a much-simplified yet beautifully expanded language capable of expressing concepts utterly alien to speakers of Sylvan. Elven is frequently considered the eldest mortal tongue. It uses the High Tongue alphabet.

Sylvan - One of the oldest languages, possibly nearly as old Abyssal and Draconic, Sylvan is estimated by many to be one of the smallest (in terms of vocabulary). Observers point to the immortal, insular nature of fey as an explanation for the language’s slow evolution and nearly nonexistent expansion. Uses the Runic alphabet.

Hybrid Languages

Though every language has words and pronunciations that originate from other languages, these languages are two languages meshed together to create a entirely different language.

Vadalani Spoken by the Vada Its a strange language that Uses a mixture of Nord and Elven in its dialect, along with some words which can be assumed came into existence over the years It uses a mixture of the Runic and Dwarven alphabet.

Rhakesh Rhakesh is the language of the Woren and Liya it is a strange mix of Tien and Sylvan ,it uses the runic alphabet.

Secret Languages

These languages tend to be obscure and cannot be learned by normal means.

Druidic - Since only Druids speak this language, and they guard it so jealously, non-druids generally succeed only in picking out individual borrowed words from a variety of languages (mostly Elven and Sylvan), although without context they cannot know if the meanings remain the same. To date, no non-druid has discerned the grammatical rules of this mysterious tongue.

Necril The muttering language of the undead, the language is also called the "Silent language" as to its incomprehensible too those that do not have undead blood in them. This language does not have a written language and it seems to be just "known" by the undead as if by instinct.

Other Languages

Draconic - Considered by many (dragons) to be the oldest and most important language in existence, the influence of Draconic can be heard in nearly every other tongue. Draconic has provided thousands of words to various other tongues and dialects all across the multiverse, from the Taldane word “dragon” itself to the Elven “ithallyn.” Almost every word from Draconic has been absorbed by other languages, although as with all dialects time has often made its etymology difficult to discern.

Common (Aldian) - Used by almost everyone who lives or visits the surface of Aldium. Also used by many planar creatures as their lingua franca, in those few instances where they are not able to use some form of telepathic communication. Uses the High Tongue alphabet.

Alphabets on Aldium

Common (Aldian) - Aldian is the most widely spoken language in Caran and Cirnes It is a trade language which takes its alphabet from ancient Larjian and its numerals from Devashian. Most of the terms and grammar are based on Verilian, although Aldian also borrows from Meholivian.

Davek Is a a type of runic script made thin and angular easy to cut or scratch on wood, stone, or metal. It consists of 24 characters but there is no "Q" or "X". It was originally inspired by the runic alphabet but it was broken down more to make it simple with the words so that it does not need to be so complex.

Draconic - The base of draconic language, this alphabet is actually a series of pictograms and characters, making it more of a dictionary than an alphabet. The draconic alphabet lends itself very well to complex descriptions, and especially descriptions of quantity and quality. It is also the source of the numerical system used throughout the majority of Aldium as well as the planes, and is the source of the concept of 'zero.'

Etherian - This alphabet is mostly used by otherwordly creatures that are still from the material plane Its origins are unknown and is considered one of the oldest alphabets ever found.it mostly consists of symbols and hieroglyphics having close to 30,000 some which vary from root language to language

Elemental - A simple, blocky set of characters based upon the language of the elemental planes. This alphabet - actually a combination of letters and characters - was born out of a need for characters that could be fit together to create descriptions of the incredibly complex process of primal creation in as simple and compact a manner as possible, and so each word formed with this alphabet is a masterpiece of brevity and simplicity. It completely lacks a numerical system, since such things are meaningless in the infinite expanses of the elemental planes.

High Tongue - The first language, originally created in the higher planes as a form of preserving wisdom, and then adapted to the use of others. It is an incredibly easy to learn alphabet, being born out of the primal need for sentient beings to communicate and understand each other, and the languages based upon it are equally easy to learn. However, its number system lacks the concept of zero. The Dark Speech is the ultimate corruption of this alphabet, and is found mixed into the Abyssal and Infernal languages.

Larjian -Though Larjian is a dead spoken language it is still used as the basis for the human languages it consists of 26 letters and 10 numerical symbols used to count with. (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9).

Runic - Born from the complex and poetic culture of the fey, the runic alphabet has very simple characters, but these can be strung together in many complex ways to form a vast variety of words, sentences and patterns that are as decorative as they are informative. There is no end to the vagaries of creation, and so there is no zero in the runic numerical system, which is based on the High Tongue system.

Dead Languages

Languages are always undergoing changes, modified by time or distance. Over centuries some transform to such a degree that they can be said to be a separate, distinct language, while others are wiped out with their speakers in the blink of an eye by a catastrophic events. A language is considered truly dead if it no longer has any native speakers, even though written records of it may still exist and scholars still study it.

Larjian
Larjian is remembered for forming the basis of the alphabets of all of the human languages and being the root language where all human languages originated from, have numerous letters from the Larjian alphabet, and the Larjian numerals (where I is 1, V is 5, etc) is still used by scholars and royalty for their most formal documents.

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