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Languages of the Eastern Continent

Rygan

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#1
Introduction to Languages of the Eastern Continent

Altera is host to a number of differing cultures and races. Each of these groups bring forth their own dialect or language, and while many of these are able to be learned, some remain secret to only their kind, outsiders having to work hard to learn. Others are from long endangered and extinct races that no longer exist, rendering their language either near impossible to learn (for example, while technically extinct there are a handful of Nakam remaining who know Verba) or unable to be learned.

To show these languages being spoken, the symbols "<" and ">" are used around a sentence. Elvish, for example, would look like



in a roleplay.

Below you will find all known Alteran languages and all the information that can possibly be gathered from both the forums and the writers of the race lore, alongside links to the pages I gather my information from should they be available (click the language names!)

NOTE: This is a player ran project originally started to replace a bare bones, out of date language "guide".

Capable of Being Learned (Core Races)

Common -
Common is rather aptly named, being the most spoken language among all races, namely Humans. Beginning rather humbly as the language of the Humans, due to their nature and restless need for adventure Common has spread via trade to all races on Altera in some form or another. It remains highly popular for a race to teach its people Common, as to remain relevant for both world politics and trading. Certain special cases are existing, of course, such as an isolated Forest Elf village that remains blissfully out of the outside world and has no need to bother learning it. While there is no special criteria for learning / starting out with Common, please do keep in mind that you should always have an explanation for knowing it that makes sense in-character. For example, a Caparii child who has lived in a village that spoke only Fey their entire life would not be likely to know Common on a masterful level right from the beginning. Common is exempt from the use of "<" and ">" and is typed normally.


Elvish -
The language of the Elves, it remains popular on Altera due to the large amount of Elves that near rival Humans in population. Elvish has been spoken among the Elven breeds for their entire history, dating back to times before the first Exodus. However, this does not mean it is spoken in the same manner by each. A Silver Elf raised with proper Elvish is likely to sound different than a Forest Elf who has more than likely received a more relaxed education, in both word choice and accent. Characters of any other race are more liable to know this, but knowing it for the sake of knowing it is highly discouraged and overpowered. Please use common sense on what is a legitimate reason for knowing Elvish. A human who regularly trades with Elves is more likely to know Elvish than a Earthspawn soldier who has lived among his kind.


<Elvish: ... >

Horgaahn -
"Other races are most likely not to learn it. Not even all Dwarves know it because it's like Latin in our world. A Dwarf has to really trust you in order to teach it to you. I know some cases of humans that know basic Horgaahn. Horgaahn is as ancient as the rocks. It is the language of Korog and the first language both Zustid and Babin were taught, if you believe the folk legends of the Dwarves. From that moment, so far back in time, the language hasn't evolved much as the Dwarves learnt to speak common when they ran into humans and traded with them. The fact that it is an un-evolved language explains the fact that for a multitude of similar words, there is only one word in Horgaahn. The language embodies the being of the Dwarves: It sounds rocky, it is rudimentary, the amount of words is relatively short. Adressing each other in Horgaahn is seen as a token of nobility and sense of respect. It is one of the many things the Dwarves are proud of and will live on as long as their are noble Dwarves to speak it. While using the common tongue, you might catch a Dwarf shouting a Horgaahn phrase every now and then, as the language is rooted in their everyday life. They cheer with it at a beer, they greet with it, they curse with it."


Written by @Piratep00f .

If you are not any sort of Dwarf, your character should not start out with the knowledge of how to speak Horagaahn via any form of backstory. Horgaahn has a detailed list of language rules, meanings and words on its lore page.

<Horgaahn: ... > {Read More Here}

Fae -
The language of the Caparii, supposedly gifted to them by Shalherana alongside life.
Only Caparii characters should begin knowing Fae.


<Fae: ...>

Yakai -
The language of the Makani is called Yakai. It is heavily influenced by vowel sounds and has a highly musical air to it. The makani are rooted in oral tradition and have neither developed, nor found a need, for written language. They also have capability of shrieks, screeches, and caws that are only useful for long distance communication and while flying.


<Yakai: ... > {Read More Here}

Introduction to Legacy Races

Legacy races are races no longer considered a part of the "Core Race" category due to not being playable beyond procreation.

Somewhat Capable of Being Learned (Legacy Races)

Verba -
"Verba can ONLY be learned through extensive RP with a willing Nakat. Alongside that, I will personally investigate any Nakat teaching every other passerby willy~nilly and I do not hesitate to remove lore-breaking Nakam from game. The written equivalent of Verba is known as Ludkava, runes that are only decipherable by a well-educated Nakat. It is not available for any non-nakam to learn. " - @Michcat 's thread on Verba.


It's important to note that the Nakam are now "extinct", aside from the previously mentioned handful. This makes learning Verba extremely hard (but theoretically possible) for obvious reasons. Used on their home island of Kavdek, the language of the Nakam is exotic and completely foreign to the Northern Kingdoms. It cannot be learned by any form of text. Verba has a number of words available on its index page.

<Verba: ...> {Read More Here}

Greyling -
"Greyling, as can any language can be learned to read if you are taught by a native reader. It's reliance on a completely different grammatical structure and the seeming lack of any full stops or other punctuation means that even if you are fluent, the spoken word is preferred. The same applies for writing it. One can also understand greyling being spoken, if they are taught, although this is a skill that is restricted to those who study it from a Greyling themselves. However, speaking Greyling is a near impossibility. The full range of sounds produced from the Greyling mouth is, due to their former corruption and now changed bodily structure, completely restricted to them. Even study under a greyling for years can result in garbled messy talk that any listener will have to pick through rigorously to understand." - @jakp25


Eark'zian -
While the Earthspawn have had issues rallying under one banner in the past, they retain a common tongue among themselves. During the time in which the Greylings enslaved the Earthspawn, they developed a crude yet effective language as means of secretly speaking to each other to avoid the wrath of their masters. Over their time of being a free race, Eark'zian has been refined to its current state today. As the trend amongst most races is, they consider their language a treasure and fiercely preserve it.


"Only those who truly gain their trust will ever learn the meaning of the clipped guttural shouts they exchange." - @King Oguk 's thread on Eark'zian.

Any Non-Earthspawn characters should not have the knowledge of how to speak Eark'zian unless correctly taught. An amount of basic words can be found on its lore page.

<Eark'zian: ...> {Read More Here}
 
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Rygan

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Introduction to Non-Core Race Languages:

These cultures may possibly have their own language, free from any of the racial restrictions when it comes to learning. However, this does not mean that they should be treated with any less respect when it comes to following the rules for learning. Below are the player created culture languages that may be learned.

Capable of Being Learned (Non-Core Race):

Marjash - "Soolerans were once a desert people, and to this day their language is as dry and coarse as the sands they were born in and go to die in. To the uninitiated, the language of the Soolera, Marjash, is a language filled with hard consonants and tricky vowels. Marjash is not overly difficult to learn, with only three tenses and many words belonging to a group having common roots. For example, the verb “to eat” is expressed as “vamarh”, while the noun “food” is said as “valosh”, both words sharing the root “va”, indicating the words belong to the foods group.

Other group roots include ja, mar, and ik, meaning Legend, Knowledge, and Motion respectively. The name of ja-Rawis Ehar means Legend Rawis Ehar, in essence. Marjash, the name of the language, literally translates as The Knowledge of The Legendary, due to the root combination of mar- and ja-, with the sh suffix added to define it as a noun." - @Baron , founder of the Soolera culture, alongside @Michcat

<Marjash: ... > {Read More Here}

Aurion -

Silver Elves highly regard the past and have always had a distaste for how common their tongue has become among the fleeting humans. What started as an academic exercise of a few individuals in Arget has exploded into a society wide effort. Through a combination of ancient documents, academics and most importantly the living assistance of several ancient Elves, the Silver Elves in Arget have been studying their language in the earliest records. The effort at first resulted in Arget developing a formal and archaic Elven, that as time passed, their language efforts have slowly reflected an ever increasing date in the past. To the point now that many modern Elves no longer recognize the language as the same. The Silver Elves call it Aurion and has begun to be added to Isles education system, making it three languages that Silver Elven children are taught (Common, Elven, Aurion). (Cannot speak unless taught by a character of the culture, or are of the culture)

<Aurion: ...> {Read More Here}

Rede-

When the Hallon dynasty came to power, with it they brought the language of their western territories to take the place of the forgotten Lavoy. Official documents and church texts are often written twice, once in Rede and once in old Arcturian, a language considered outdated even during the time of Lavoyard. This custom is purely due to old traditions refusing to die, as the only old Arcturian the common man knows is a prayer or two taught by his priest, and has little use for ancient tongues. (Cannot speak unless taught by a character of the culture, or are of the culture)

<Rede: ...> {Read More Here}

Somewhat Capable of Being Learned (Non-Core Race)

Mok'yra -

Spoken and created by the Moor Elves, Mok'yra is a sickeningly twisted version of Elvish. During the times before the second Exodus, when they were referred to as Corrupted Elves, there was a strong wish to help Grief in her war efforts. Despite the Corrupted Elve's efforts and amassed army they had persistent issues with the other races of Elf, particularly their scouts. Regardless of the codes and ciphers they used enemy scouts were fully capable of intercepting important messages and spying. Frustrated and brutally dedicated to their cause, the Corrupted Elves tasked their linguists to carefully create an entire new language based off of Elvish. This new language would then be adopted, Mok'yra being born. When the war concluded it spread among the Corrupted Elves rapidly and replaced traditional Elvish. To learn Mok'yra one must either offer a great thing in exchange, or be of the greatest of allies. Other Elves are capable of learning Mok'yra to a decent degree, while other races are only capable of learning the basics. Only Moor Elves are truly capable of mastering Mok'yra. Non-Moor Elf characters should not begin knowing Mok'yra. (See Lore rules)

Mok'yra has a decently sized list of words available on its lore page.

<Mok'yra: ... > {Read More Here}

Etiquette For Learning Languages:

To learn a language, one must actively learn from someone who speaks that language. As with any other skill, common sense must be applied on what is realistic and what isn't.

Dying Languages (Learnable only in RP):
Once listed on the official Lore Page- these languages can no longer be known by new characters. They can only be learned by a teacher in roleplay. This is because the cultures have gone through a long period of dispersing and were either adapted into other languages, or are no longer maintained in an official culture.

Engem -

"The Engem language is probably one of the most alien languages out there. It was developed in isolation, and as such, bares utterly no resemblance to the normal languages of the Northern Kingdoms. The Engem language could be summed up as a cross between African Traditional languages, Irish and Celtic languages, and a bit of gibberish. The language has been influenced over time by cultural divisions, however due to Druid Bitzbank [Deft leaf] Engem, who was the seventh druid ever and created the written script, during Ko Chalkan's [The Empire Bringer] Highland Conquest the sub cultures of the Engem still retained the same basic language; with only dialects differing.

The Engem language features a lot of synonyms. Depa, for instance, means both 'war' and 'true'. Due to this, the language is defined by certain assumptions. A good example of this is Dav'id. Dav'id is a compound word of 'mason' and 'stone'. Mason stone, however, is gibberish, and due to this id's pronunciation is changed from "id" to "eed"; making it Dav-eed. Engem names are almost always these types of compound words; with all names requiring some sort of language basis. Even city and place names will have meaning, for instance, Hound-ru is the result of Ho, meaning final, and und-ru, meaning capital. Notice the -ru ending to und-ru. Normally und would mean city, but the ending changes it to capital. There are certain endings that will do that, -ru is just one of the ones that combines authority with the given word. Spoken outloud, Hound-ru would be pronounced Ho-und-ru, not How-nd-ru. These compounds can grow to ridiculous levels, for example, Orangutan in Engem legitimately translates to: "Great Orange Shaggy-back Ape of the Lowland Forest", or Uaegjinswogrowsopopo'Golongodae. Spoken, the Engem language tends to sound unusually aggressive, lovely, or biased to one emotion in the extreme. Written, the Engem language is horrendously weird. The Engem written language is half artwork and half language. It goes from left to right as normal, but does not abide by normal characters as with most tounges. Instead, it's much closer to a tribal arabic. While writing a sentence, you'll often start off with a long line called the base. The base is then built upon, with unique symbols for unique words, and dots, zigzags, curls and ect. to signify individual letters. In the end, this makes Engem a hard language for most humans to learn, however Earthspawn probably have the best time learning this. Engem tattoos often consist of these long strings, and as such it's considered as much an art as it is a form of writing. To see written Engem in action, here's a small poem written by Chalkan for his fiancée about the two: *To come when I can make it*

Engem is not common knowledge, as all Engem are secretive about it, and even if it was public; it'd hard to learn." - Goldengem25 , the founder of the subculture.

Old Arcturian -

An ancient language of the Arcturian Empire, now fallen. As it fades from existence, a scarce few have learned it. No new characters can begin knowing it. But it can be taught by existing characters.

Lavo-

Language of the Arcturus Empire, now fading and rebuilding in a smaller culture. No new characters can begin knowing it. But it can be taught by existing characters.
 
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Spear

The Undying Scholar.
Retired Staff
#5
Can you add details on what could be learnt via books or which could be translated on paper without learning the full language etc?
 

Jak

Magus of Nothing
#8
Greyling for you Rygan;

Greyling, as can any language can be learned to read if you are taught by a native reader. It's reliance on a completely different grammatical structure and the seeming lack of any full stops or other punctuation means that even if you are fluent, the spoken word is preferred. The same applies for writing it.

One can also understand greyling being spoken, if they are taught, although this is a skill that is restricted to those who study it from a Greyling themselves.

However, speaking Greyling is a near impossibility. The full range of sounds produced from the Greyling mouth is, due to their former corruption and now changed bodily structure, completely restricted to them. Even study under a greyling for years can result in garbled messy talk that any listener will have to pick through rigorously to understand.
 

Rygan

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#12
Thank you for the feedback, I'll be sure to add your suggestion in my next edit (which is happening today).

And Jak I love you, I planned to contact you on Skype about Greyling :heart:

As said above, working on adding Fae (I put fey lol), Greyling and generally improving the entire thing today.
 

Jstar

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#19
Small thing for Elvish, there are two forms, the Forest Elf and Silver Elf dialects to their respective race. While they don't differ drastically, there are noticeable differences.
 
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