World Overview - Language

Unlike most worlds, the spoken word on Ere is much more cohesive. Common truly is a common tongue among its inhabitants, an artifact of times past when the world was forced to come together under one banner on several occasions. Still, there are other languages besides Common in this world. Below, their common use and origin is detailed:

The voice of nature and the language sacred to Nature Goddess Sylph, Sylvan is used by Sylph’s clergy and is the common language among Spirit Beasts and other creatures that dwell in the wilds.

A derivative of Sylvan, this language is one still used by Miare and Elves among their own kind. More often, however, Elven is used by adventurers who don’t want ‘mundane’ folk to know what they’re saying. This practice has caused a resurgence in the teaching of this language.

The tongue of the Dragons is sacred to the Dragon cults. It is also a legacy in bloodlines touched by dragons, spoken between dragon blooded individuals as a sign of kinship. A non-dragon blooded, non-cultist using the language is a huge insult to such people.

A sort of scientific jargon developed by arcane spellcasters to explain (and cast) their spells. This is by no means a conversational language and has almost no words to convey ideas beyond arcane theoretical and even these, such as ‘raide’ seem to have no meaning whatsoever to the lay person.

Derived from Draconic by the Hailene, this is the language of scholars, as many older books are written in this script. Its is still spoken by Hailene , most often hurled at non-Hailene who offend their sensibilities.

Actually spoken more now by Minotaurs than Dwarves, Dwarvish is an ancient, draconic based formal way of speaking. It is poor for conversation, but conveys combat orders, ideals of honor or sacrifice and hope clearly and concisely.

The divine tongue is akin to Draconic-Arcanus in usage, except it also has meaning in religious tenets such as those set down by Denaii, Hessa and Sylph.

Culled from Divine, Darkspeech is a full language developed very recently by the followers of Kayda.

Somewhat misnamed, Islander only applies to the island chain of Mon Sulus Kime, where it is the common and official tongue. This language barrier, coupled with the Kimeians’ refusal to learn Common or teach Islander has hurt trade in that part of the world.

A very odd language comprised of common words, but based more on body language and innuendo than the actual words. It take years to master speaking it and much longer to learn to read it (where pen flourishes equivocate meaning). This language has been adopted by the Church of Pandemos.

Phrase Book
Exclaimations and Curses
“Ash me” Strong oath.
“Ash my soul.” Very strong oath.
“Blood be stilled.” Expression of shock or unpleasant surprise.
“Blood to ice.” Expression of horror or extreme disdain
“Turn to ash.” Very caustic curse, not for polite company.
snarg In divine, describes a particularly painful ritualistic killing. Used as a common curse much like ‘damn’.
Concepts and Names
Inborn A person born with a divinity spark which they can control, such as an inborn or a quick one.
beast bred Derogatory term for an inborn, referring to the similarity between the inborn’s ability and those of spirit beasts.
loreman / lorelady Proper title of a bard or any entertainer whose job it is to provide factual information or accounts as part of their performance.
story spinner Proper title for a bard or any entertainer who merely tells stories and sings songs. Sometimes used in a derogatory manner.
jack Casual term for an adventurer in the employ of another private party and not freelance or in an organization.
lottie Crude term for purely mercenary adventurers.
Jolly Casual term for Spirit beast used by those that hunt them.
Getting leggy To make use of a spider mount.

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