Languages and Scripts
All the speaking races of Alfaysia have a native tongue that they communicate in. Trade Tongue (Common) is believed to originated with an ancient and widespread human trading empire now forgotten. Its use is limited to simple concepts and things that travelers would discuss, i.e. ordering food, talking about the weather, buying and selling. As such, it is sometimes looked upon with disdain by many elder or non-human races.
Trade Tongue uses the common alphabet that forms the basis for most human and gnome regional languages, but is mainly a spoken language. Since Trade is rarely written, most areas catering to travelers use some form of pictorial advertisement.
The farther one travels away from the bigger towns and cities, and into provincial backwaters, the less likely they are to find someone fluent in Trade Tongue.
Languages and Scripts
- Remnants of The Old Tongue are used throughout the region of the ancient Wensharian Empire, although it is no longer used as a spoken language.
- Humans and gnomes normally speak the prevalent language of their regional area, using the common alphabet (script) that forms the basis for most human and gnome regional languages.
- Demihumans and other races normally speak their racial language, and have their own alphabet.
- Scripts marked with an asterisk may be based on a language other than english
|Anguisian||Anguis Imperium, Principality of Sarin||Common|
|Arapi||spoken by various nomad clans||Common*|
|Calendish||Barbary Coast, Kyriea, Sidheon, Valista||Common (cursive)|
|Dwarven (Dethek)||Dwarves, Korsic Barbarians||Dethek*|
|Elven (Alfar)||Elves, Eladrin||Alfar*|
|Giant (Davek)||Giants, Ogres, Fomorians, Goliath, Brutemen||Davek*|
|Goblin||Goblins, Hobgoblins, Bugbears||local*|
|Kyriean||a form of High Calendish||Common (cursive)|
|Wensharian||Varencia, Crondor, Sunaria, Rel Astra, Landfall||Common|
|Wensharian, Ancient||as Wensharian and Anguisian, nobility, scholars||Common*|
|* script not based on english|
|Abyssal||Demons, Gnolls (dialect)||Abyssal|
|Aquan||water dialect of Primordial||Primordial*|
|Auran||air dialect of Primordial||Primordial*|
|Ignan||fire dialect of Primordial||Primordial*|
|Terran||earth dialect of Primordial||Primordial*|
|Daedric||Daedra, Elemental and human servants||Daedric*|
|Draconic||Dragons, Dragonkin, Mystic Creatures||Cuneiform*|
|Druasian||Elvish dialect spoken by the dark elves||Barazad*|
|Supernal||Angels, Devils, Gods||Angelic*|
|Sylvan||Fey and Magical beasts||Sylvan*|
|Anglic||semi-lost language from pre-Wenshar||Common*|
|Gaelic||lost language of the Tar Novan kingdoms||Common|
|Istian||lost language of the Istian prophets|
|Primordial||ancient language of the primordials||Primordial*|
Secret or Dead Languages
|Anarchian||denizens of Limbo||??|
|Druidic||secret language of the druids||Druidic*|
|Deep Speech||Aboleths, Illithids, Gith, Kuo-toa||Atlan*|
|Pantathian||Spoken by serpent people / Yuan-ti||Senth*|
|Qualith||written only (Mind Flayers)||Qualith*|
Listed below are the examples of the major scripts used across the world of Alyndrica. Scripts can be independent of language, a draconic phrase could be written in common script, requiring the reader to be familiar with both languages.
Language and Script Examples