Language and Culture
During the First Great Age of Man the human tongue was a single structure with small deviations for the regions regarding the written portion of the language. When the City Heart fell in now Lost Oristallia the lines of communication were cut, and the languages quickly deviated in the chaos that was the Dark Age of Humanity as formerly illiterate began to learn the written systems of language, the language evolved around their different written forms.
Now the human tongue is divided into a number of dialects, some more closely related than others. Below a list of the human languages and a brief explanation of each can be found.
Oristallian: The least changed and most common of the human tongues, and the root language of the human dialects. The language is used today in Oristallia, Alumeos, Angelios, and much of Zodico.
Rhoteian: Spoken in Rhote, Veritas, and by many clergy of the Church of Kruos. Rhoteian evolved around words spoken in ritual to Kruos in his holy texts and is considered a blessed language. The written alphabet is identical to that of Oristallian.
Tannisian: Spoken in Tannis, Tannisian is seperated into two forms. Standard Tannisian has an alphabet that it shares with Tuvannan (although the two languages are spoken differently), and Hyrogliphic Tannisian, which is not designed to be spoken aloud, instead it’s a written language using symbols, shapes, and the environment containing said shapes and symbols to share meaning. It is most easily translated into the root language of standard Tannisian, although knowing one is not necessary for, (or a result of,) knowing the other.
Tuvannan: Spoken within Tuvanna, this language is a common trade tongue, as the nation represents the crossroads between Oristallia, Tannis, and the eastern empires. It shares an alphabet of curved swaying letters with Standard Tannisian.
Waldreicher: Spoken in Waldreich and parts of Strombied and Scarwick this language is very closely related to Oristallian. The two share many words and the same alphabet.
Runic Oristallian: Spoken in Faulkdör, parts of southern Angeleos and portions of Nechayev Runic Oristallian is an old language that combines many of the words and grammatical structure of dwarven and combines it with Oristallian.
Bombordish: Spoken in Bombordo, Scarwick and many costal towns in the Tayas empire where Bombordo once invaded.
Eastern Claw and Eastern Scale: Two closely related languages spoken in the Tiger and Dragon empire respectively. Both have different but related symbolic alphabets that share words and phrases between one another.
Misc: In addition to the languages covered above, many cultures also have native and tribal languages. These are most commonly found in the Zodico swamps, the tribal areas around Tayas and remote islands.
The Old Tongues
Elvish: Elvish is the oldest known language. It is divided into three distinct tongues. High Elvish, Wood Elvish, and Dark Elvish.
Old Orcish: The orcs lost a great deal of their culture during the aftermath of the Wars of the Ancient Races. True Orcish has been a dead language since the death of it’s last native speaker, The Great Shaman. Today it’s learned and maintained by elven and dwarven scholars who train in the language to research the old ages, respect and understand their ancient enemy, or simply keep a near dead language alive.
Greentongue: A modern version of Orcish spoken in the cities of the Federation of Qog. It consists of relic words of Old Orcish underneath stolen words from Oristallian and it’s tongues, Dwarvish, Elvish, and the tribal languages of the dozen or so races that reside within the federation such as trolls, goblins, giants, Minotaur and other bestial creatures.
Dwarvish: A language as stubborn as those who speak it, dwarish has remained unchanged since the earliest days of the dwarves. It has very little variaton in dialects between the three dwarven kingdoms despite the long distance between them.