The Frozen City
The languages spoken and read in throughout the world of Praemal are numerous and varied. Most of the major languages appear in the list below.
Common (Imperial): A variation of Old Prustan, this language could be called “New Prustan.” Carried throughout the known world by the men and women who forged the Empire of Tarsis, it is now common in every land. If nothing else, it provides a way for people to conduct trade without the need of translators or spells.
Draconic: Vying for oldest language with Elder Elvish and Dwarvish, Draconic has always been spoken by dragons. Many other creatures have since picked it up—some reptilian in nature, others not. A large percentage of magical works are written in Draconic.
Druidic: Druidic is a secret language known only to druids. It is a free language for a druid; that is, it doesn’t take up a language slot. Druids are forbidden to teach this language to non-druids and has its own alphabet. Characters with 5 or more ranks in Knowledge nature may learn Druidic.
Dwarvish: Unlike the language of the elves, Dwarvish has remained almost entirely unchanged in the thousands of years of dwarven civilization. A modern dwarf could find an ancient scroll of her most distant ancestors and would be able to understand the vast majority of it. The fact that their mother tongue has for so long remained unchanged says more about dwarves than their language. Dwarvish words are typically short, with many compound word constructions that create new words as needed.
Elvish: A newer tongue based on an older version, Elvish is surprisingly different from its parent language, Elder Elvish. Modern Elvish is, in fact, no closer to Elder Elvish than it is to Halfling or Gnomish. It is a lyrical, beautiful language that almost sounds (particularly to humans) like singing when spoken correctly. Elvish boasts a huge and very precise vocabulary.
Giant: A rather simple language, giant is fast fading from existence due to the death of most of the Giants and giant-kin along with their lack of a robust written language.
Gnomish: Gnomish also derives from Elder Elvish. Some say it has been influenced by Dwarvish, but this is true in only minor ways.
Halfling: The language of the halflings descends from Elder Elvish and an ancient language of humans called Westron (see below). It is a far simpler tongue than its predecessors.
Kiltines: Another human tongue, Kiltine is very different from Prustan and even Westron, having originated in ancient Kellisan, far to the east. It is spoken almost exclusively within Kilhan and along the coast of the Southern Sea (a relic of the fact that Kellisan conquered most towns and cities along that coast long ago).
Orcish: Interestingly, this language is a mixture of Westron and Abyssal. Originally, orcs spoke Abyssal, taught to them by their creator, the Dread One. After his destruction, they fled west, where they became heavily influenced by the cultures there.
Thieves’ cant: Is a secret language spoken by the criminal element of the city. In a way is is a street slang, though it has no written form cant can be used to leave simple signs, ones that are unlikely to be recognized by those not in the know.
Aklo: This language is spoken extremely rarely, most who know the language are solars attempting to translate ancient tomes; must have a rank in Knowledge Arcane to learn.
Celestial: The language of heaven, spoken by angels and a handful of mortals. Those that hear it spoken describe it as musical. Must have one or more ranks in Knowledge The Plans to learn.
Elvish, Elder: Virtually a dead language, the original tongue of the elves may be the oldest language in the world. With a very few exceptions, no one speaks it any longer. The letters in Elder Elvish also represent numbers, which makes it easy to craft double meanings with words and numbers. Must have one or more ranks in Knowledge History to learn.
Infernal: The language of Hell itself, spoken by demons and their fiendish ilk. Thousands of years ago the Dread One, Eslathagos Malkith, adopted this language and taught it to his creations and servants. It remains common among many aberrations and other monstrous beings. Must have one or more ranks in Knowledge The Plans to learn.
Old Prustan: An old language of humans, Prustan sounds harsh when compared to those derived from Elder Elvish. This tongue shares a few similarities with Dwarvish, but not many. Today only scholars speak it. Must have one or more ranks in Knowledge History to learn.
Westron: Perhaps the oldest human language— older even than Old Prustan—is Westron. Some scholars believe it was a common tongue of much older times, long before the Empire. Some believe the language was given to humans by the Creator himself. Must have one or more ranks in Knowledge History to learn.