Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Languages of Monvesia

Gothic alphabet
Common Script [Gothic alphabet] in the Honderreich


Standard Languages

The following are the equivalents of the "Standard Languages" outlined in the Player's Handbook.
  • Common Languages of Prace - There are six (6) common [ie. human] languages, one for each human culture; all Common languages share the same basic script (though each may have a few alternate letters of its own).
      • Human characters, (but not including genasi or otherworldly humans) should select two common languages at first level--one representing their culture of origin, and one other.
      • Other characters should select one common language, generally representing the nearest human population; for genasi and otherworldly humans, this represents their culture of origin.
      • All player characters in a single party should share at least one language (though this does not have to be a common language).
    • Cuorrian ("Central Common") - spoken by Romance/Latinate people of the central river region, many elves, some halflings, some goliaths [aka. “Herzlander”]
    • Galtish ("Western Common") - spoken by Celtic people of the northwest region, some gnomes, some rakasta [aka. “Galtannian” or “Galtlander”]
    • Honderreicher ("Northern Common") - spoken by Germanic people of the northern region, some dwarves, some halflings, some rakasta, some gnomes [aka. “Ondrian”]
    • Notopolitan ("Southern Common") - spoken by Hellenic people of the southern region, some goliaths [aka. “Notopian”]
    • Veldi ("Desert Common") -  spoken by Persian people of the western region, some rakasta [aka. “Baldian”]
    • Voztokny ("Eastern Common") - spoken by Slavonic people east of the river region, some dwarves , some goliaths, [aka. “Tsarish” or “Tsarian” or “Tzarlander”]

Georgian Nuskhuri (ⴌⴓⴑⴞⴓⴐⴈ) alphabet
Dwarvish Script [Georgian Nuskhuri alphabet]

  • Non-Human Languages of Prace
    • Dwarf-Kin Languages
      • Dwarvish - spoken by dwarves; written with the dwarvish script
        • Dverg - dialect spoken in the Dvergheim Mountians
        • Duergar - dialect spoken beneath the Crown
        • Korobokuru - dialect spoken in Fuhon
      • Gnomish - spoken by gnomes (similar to dwarvish); written with a variant of the dwarvish script
      • Neanderthaler - spoken by neanderthals (similar to dwarvish); [presumably] written with a variant of the dwarvish script
    • Elvish - spoken by elves; written with the elvish script
      • Haltia - dialect spoken in Prace
      • Hulder - dialect spoken in Xahaca
    • Goliath - spoken by goliaths; written with the goliath script  [equivalent to giant]
    • Halfling - spoken by halflings (similar to gnollish); written with the common or rakasta script
    • Rakasta - spoken by rakasta; written with the rakasta script
Székely-Hungarian Rovás
Elfish script (Hungarian runes)
  • Languages of Henjal & Raviq
    • Common/Trade Languages
      • Fuhongo - a pidgin of the hengeyokai, nezumi, and aarakocra languages; spoken around the Sea of Fuhon (particularly along the northern casal region, or Fuhon proper); written in the Fuhonese script
      • Henjali - a pidgin of the hathi, lizardfolk, and vanara languages; spoken in Henjal; written in the Henjali script
      • Raviqi - a pidgin of the dogfolk and minotaur languages; spoken in Raviq; written in the Raviqi script
    • Cultural/Racial Languages of Henjal
      • Hathi - spoken by the hathi/elephant-folk; written in the Henjali script
      • Lizardfolk - spoken by lizardfolk; written in the draconic script
      • Naga - spoken by the naga, nagini, and serpentfolk; written in the draconic or Henjali script
      • Vanara - spoken  by vanara; written in the Henjali script
    • Cultural/Racial Languages of Fuhon
      • Hengeyokai - spoken by shifters; written in the Fuhonese script
      • Nezumi - spoken by ratfolk; written in the Fuhonese script
      • Tengu- spoken by aarakocra; written in the Fuhonese script
    • Cultural/Racial Languages of Raviq
      • Minotaur - spoken by minoaurs; written in the Raviqi script
      • Neshu - spoken by the neshu; written in the Raviqi script
      • Ynepti - spoken by the ynepu/dogfolk; written in the Raviqi script
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Raviqi script (Demotic)
  • Tainted Languages - The process that taints a humanoid also connects them to a collective unconscious that imparts knowledge of a shared language; all tainted languages are written in a tainted script
    • Goblin - spoken by bugbears, goblins, and hobgoblins
    • Orcish - spoken by orcs and ogres
    • Gnollish - spoken by gnolls
    • Nagpa - spoken by nagpa
    • Troll - spoken by trolls; written in any mortal script (but commonly not written by native speakers)

Exotic Languages

The following are the equivalents of the "Exotic Languages" outlined in the Player's Handbook.


Writing from the Voynich manuscript
Planar Script (Voynich manuscript writing)

  • Outsider Languages - All outsiders speak mutually unintelligible dialects of the ancient source of all language; but they do all share the same Planar script.  These are also used as liturgical languages by clerics of the philosophical temperaments.
    • Aquan - spoken by [non-lawful, non-chaotic] inhabitants of the Hydrosphere, elementals and divinities [equivalent to Primordial]
    • Auran - spoken by [non-good, non-evil] inhabitants of the Aerosphere, elementals and divinities [equivalent to Primordial]
    • Ignan - spoken by [chaotic] inhabitants of the Pyrosphere, elementals and divinities [equivalent to Abyssal, Primordial]
    • Luman - spoken by [good] inhabitants of the Hierosphere, elementals and divinities [equivalent to Celestial, Primordial]
    • Terran - spoken by [lawful] inhabitants of the Lithosphere, elementals and divinities [equivalent to Infernal, Primordial]
    • Vacuan - spoken by [evil] inhabitants of the Necrosphere, elementals and divinities [equivalent to Abyssal, Infernal, Primordial]
  • Daemonic Languages
    • Aberrant - spoken by aberrations; written in the planar script [equivalent of Deep Speech] 
    • Archetypal - spoken (or at least understood) by thoughtforms; written in any mortal script.
    • Canny - spoken by fey and awakened animals; written in the planar or elvish script [equivalent of Sylvan]
    • Celestial - spoken (or at least understood) by celestials; written in the planer script [equivalent of Celestial]
    • Doppelish - spoken by doubles; written in the planar script or in any mirrored mortal script.
    • Fiendish - spoken by fiends; written in the planer script [equivalent to Abyssal, Infernal]
    • Uncanny - spoken (or at least understood) by undead; written in any mortal script
    • Anachronistic Languages
      • Inevitable - spoken by modrons, inevitables, and warforged
      • Slaadi - spoken by slaadi
  • Other Monster Languages
    • Draconic - spoken by dragons; written in the draconic script
  • Secret Languages
    • Druidic
    • Thieves' Cant

Edited Jul 15, 2015; Aug 28, 2015; Jul 19, 2017; Mar 24, 2018; Aug 26, 2018; Sep 15, 2018; Jun 4, 2019; Jun 21, 2019; Jun 29, 2019; Oct 15, 2019.

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