All characters begin play knowing the Common language (with ability to speak, read, and write per their Intelligence). As noted in the Intelligence description in the AEC, some characters may get bonus languages. Choose bonus languages from the following options.
The world of Telluria is home to countless thousands of languages, dialects, and pidgin tongues. The languages below are those most commonly spoken and/or studied in
and around Dwimmermount.
A widespread language descended from Low Thulian. In the years following the collapse of the Empire, Common came to be used as a trade and diplomatic language between the various city-states and nations that arose from the empire’s ashes. Common shows much local variation in orthography and vocabulary, so there is a 1 in 6 chance that a speaker of one dialect may either misunderstand the speaker of another or fail to convey his own meaning, if the speaker has not familiarized himself with the new dialect beforehand. Nevertheless, knowledge of any dialect of Common is usually sufficient to get by in all but the most remote or far-flung regions previously governed by the Thulian Empire (and in many regions outside it).
A largely unwritten, non-standard form of Thulian spoken by the lower classes and conquered subject peoples of the Thulian Empire. Its grammar is considerably simpler than High Thulian, and its vocabulary includes many foreign words.
An elegant, highly-inflected language with a rich native vocabulary and literature, High Thulian was the language of the literary class during the Thulian Empire. It is spoken by aristocrats and scholars in the City-States, and preserved in the liturgy of the Great Church.
The ancestor of High Thulian, Ancient Thulian has a relatively small vocabulary but an exceptionally complex grammar. Spoken by the Thulian barbarians who conquered the Eld, it is today the preserve of sages and the Great Church, whose earliest holy books are scribed in it.
The various beast-men (gnolls, orcs, lizard-men, etc.) all share this rough dialect of the
Common language descended from the barracks argot of Thulian soldiers.
The liquid, lilting tongue of the elves. Sages who have closely studied elven have found it bears faint similarities in grammar and vocabulary with Ancient Thulian and Dwarven. The elves claim this is because Ephemerals learned to speak from their betters.
The workman-like language of curt words with a highly regular, efficient grammar spoken by the dwarves. Some of its vocabulary has a faint similarity to Ancient Thulian and Elven, although dwarves maintain this is because the superiority of their language was mimicked by the other races.
The fast and guttural language of the goblins bears no resemblance to any other language on Telluria, including bestial. Goblin’s strange, transpositional grammar is difficult for even sages to learn, although the dumbest goblin masters it easily. Goblins insist that theirs is the only native language of Telluria.
Sages theorize that there may be a precursor language underlying the similarities of Ancient Thulian, Dwarven, and Elven, perhaps the tongue spoken by the Great Ancients. If so, no one known to man speaks it. The secrets of this language may lay sealed away in Dwimmermount.