Languages, Old and New

Languages are an ever-changing part of life. Even from one generation to the next sometimes the way a language is used can change drastically, and especially when cultures and people meet and interact the resulting implications to linguistics are often broad and unpredicted.

Languages by Usage
Locale Commonly Used Languages Locale Commonly Used Languages
Golir Golirian Keland Kelandish
Nada’Athi Jasi
Jasi Quel’Lansi
Quel’Lansi Draconic
Dwarven Kiyi-Jini-Antu Kin-Faat
Olu Lansi Quel’Lansi Nada’Fan Nada’Athi
Kelandish Weizho
Obsidian Isles Daenan The Gnomish Cities Gnomish
Weizho Dwarven
Zhakram Traenish Ptolzi A Brafnen Dwarven
Enchi Nada’Athi Sef Nada’Athi
Jasi Cerdis
Brok’Tad Cerdis Xio-Shin Monarchy Weizho
Draconic Selkir Confederation Traenish
Khalram Traenish Plokar Traenish
Kelandish Nada’Athi
Kefran Halfling Leiln Daenan
Nada’Athi Nada’Athi
Kin-Faat
Modern Languages
Language Parent Language / History Common Useage
Golirian Golsan (Old Golirian) – The language of the Golirian people is old and has changed steadily over the centuries. After the Planar War with influences of Elven, Dwarven, and Kelandish this language took a sharp turn, leading most other languages of the time in integrating many international and intercultural terms and concepts in order to better communicate with foreigners. Golir, Keland, Gnomish Cities
Kelandish Traenish – Originally a sub-dialect of Traenish, given more recent events and the distinct cultural evolution of Keland compared to the continuing speakers of more traditional Traenish dialects, this language has developed to the point that it is too dissimilar to modern Traenish to be considered merely a separate dialect. Keland, Olu Lansi, Khalram
Traenish Almost as old as Nada’Athi, the Traenish language developed among the tribes north of the Merchant Sea around the end of the first century of the Nadan calendar. Though it has changed significantly over the long centuries, most inhabitants of this region continue to use the language almost exclusively. Selkir Confederation, Khalram, Zhakram, Plokar
Daenan Used for a long time among the island cultures of the Merchant Sea, this is the language of the native culture of the Obsidian Isles and has long been a language for traders and sailors in that region – through rarely an exclusive one. Obsidian Isles, Merchant Sea area, Leiln
Nada’Athi The language of the long-preserved empire of the same name, this is the modern form of the language spoken by the scholar Nada and passed down through the imperial line to which he belonged. The prevalence of the empire and its people has made this a world language, spoken at least on occasion in almost every civilized land. Nada’Fan, Merchant Sea, Sef, Enchi, Kiyi-Jini-Antu, Kefran, Leiln, Golir, Plokar
Jasi The language of the former Goblin Nation under its leadership from Birik Kaelalk, this language poured out into the area surrounding The Dark Woods when the goblin nation dissolved and has since become a language common among merchants and traders in Enchi, Golir, and Keland in order to communicate with the often transient goblin merchant groups. The Dark Woods, Enchi, Golir, Keland
Quel’Lansi “Tongue of the Sun” this is the language of the elves, a language so old some elves hold the belief that the sun itself did truly hand the language down to them. Also spoken by gnomes resident to the mountains surrounding the Nada’Fan who believe that the language was derived from the speech of nature spirits. In the slow dissemination of elves into the human nations of the known world this language has slowly spread and its use has become a sign of education in some lands. Olu Lansi, Keland, Golir
Dwarven Trrakan (the language of giants) – The Dwarven language entered the modern age in two fashions, preserved in texts and preserved in relatively – if not actually quite – small communities. It served a great many cities, nations, and peoples in ancient times, and was all but eradicated when those nations and people were put to the sword. Its very low exposure to modern tongues has allowed Dwarven to thus be preserved almost precisely in the form it existed more than two thousand years ago with one exception – that it is almost universally used as the language of magic and thus has been expanded slightly to accommodate new innovations. Ptolzi A’ Brafnen, Golir, Wizards and Ritualists
Cerdis Traenish – Another off-shoot of Traenish, this is was once the dialect spoken by the Cerik tribe which ventured westward in the fourth century Nadan to what became known as the Cerik Wilds. This dialect has long since become a language unto its own, only vaguely resembling either modern or ancient Traenish in any way. Brok’Tad, Sef
Weizho Related very distantly to Nada’Athi, this langauge developed west of the Nada’Fan in an area of the continent that has remained widely inaccessible to outsiders for a very long time due to the difficult mountain ranges and turbulent waters that surrounded it. This is the language of the Lu Paei family and thus has been introduced into the Nada’Fan and the Obsidian Isles within the past century-and-a-half, resulting in ultimately relatively little proliferation of a very old language. Xio-Shin Monarchy, Obsidian Isles, Nada’Fan
Halfling Proudly touted by members of the nation of Kefran as the language “trebbit nadha” – literally “older than dirt” though making the pun “older than Nada” – this language has existed since before the rise of the first Wraith King. It has both changed drastically and remained essentially the same throughout the intervening two thousand years or so in what amounts to an amazing effort of hundreds of halfling generations to preserve their traditional ways of life and ways of thinking without allowing themselves to fall behind the rest of the world simply for lack of communication abilities. Due in large part to the xenophobia of the nation of Kefran, this language is rarely known – much less spoken – outside of the halfling lands. Kefran
Gnomish Dwarven – this language, spoken by the gnomes of The Gnomish Cities beneath Golir, is derived and evolved from an even earlier form of Dwarven than modern Dwarven is. Some refer to this as “Gnomish Dwarven” or “Gnome-Speak” since it seems so much like a modernization of what current Dwarven is. Never-the-less this language is ultimately too distinct to be considered merely another dialect of Dwarven and stands as the most common language of trade in Golirian underground. The Gnomish Cities, The Chasm
Kiin-Faat A long-surviving language of the Yiji-Antu jungle, this was the traditional language of the Kiyi tribe which now controls the majority of the jungle in the form of the nation of Kiyi-Jini-Antu. Since the development of the Leiln Archipleago trade relations between the people of Yiji-Antu and the inhabitants of the archipelago have also made it a common language among sailors in the East Sea and the Naelic Ocean. Kiyi-Jini-Antu, Leiln, Naelic Ocean
Draconic The language of dragons, the origins of this tongue are so old that even dragons don’t know them. This language is very uncommon even in places where it is spoken, but is most popular in Brok’Tad and among the nobility of Keland. Brok’Tad, Keland, Dragons
Ancient or Dead Langauges
Name Ancient Useage Modern Useage
Golsan The common language of Golir Used among nobles in Golir to boast their personal sophistication.
Old Kelandish The common language of the Kelandish people, closely related to concurrent forms of Taenish Little to None.
Siriad The common language of the people of Enchi prior to its conquering by the Nada’Athi empire Occasionally revived in small circles attempting to restore more of the culture of Enchi – usually to no avail.

Languages, Old and New

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