languages are closely linked to its history. As old masters were
defeated, alliances made and events changed the world, the lexicon
of the world. Below is a brief discussion of the languages of Ere,
their origins and common usages. Unless noted otherwise, the languages
in the Player’s Handbook are used in the same way as they
Obviously, common is the primary tongue used in the world, stemming
far back to Saint’s Landing when Hessa taught the first peoples
a common language so that they could all understand one another.
It was all but list during Draconic Control before resurfacing as
the Imperial language of the Vishnari Empire. Common in the present
day is quite far removed from Imperial, after being corrupted and
reinterpreted over more than a thousand years. Common is spoken
and understood everywhere but Mon Sulus Kime.
As stated, Imperial was the tongue of the Vishnari Empire. In the
present day, knowing Imperial and especially being able to speak
it is regarded of a sign of education and fine breeding. Unsurprisingly,
hailene of any station do their level best to ensure their children
know Imperial, oblivious to the irony of speaking the tongue of
the Empire their ancestors warred with.
Ancient even in the time of Saint’s Landing, draconic was
the only official language on Ere during the bulk of Draconic Control
and as a result, a mass of older written material was put down in
draconic. This, draconic is a scholarly language as well as remaining
the antic tongue of dragons. Spell chants, incantations and mantras
are often in draconic. Words like ‘fais’ (life/soul)
and ‘fri’ (still) appear often in the common names of
A deliberately corrupted and clipped version of draconic, spoken
by the first dwarves as an insult to their would be dwarven masters,
dwarven has remained largely unchanged since it’s inception.
To dwarves, words have power and to alter their language would be
to alter their world.
More of a code than a language, Halfling is Common with it’s
own grammatical structure and a large helping of slang that sounds
like word salad to those who haven’t been taught. Halfling
families all have their own slight variations of the language that
functions as an accent. They teach this version to close friends
who they consider family.
The woodland language passed down to the peoples of her realm by
Sylph the First. It is still spoken within her domain, by Sylph
Reborn’s druids, and has been adopted, by whatever mechanism,
by those spirit beasts advanced enough to speak.
Also called Low Sylvan or Dog Sylvan, Elven is the language of elves,
miare and fey on Ere proper. It is removed from Sylvan by some five
hundred years and borrows heavily from common. Most elves born in
cities or towns never learn elven, but elves that remain living
in their own cities and Elfhames speak it almost exclusively.
The language that stems from the dark mind of the King of Shades,
Kaydan is spoken only among those who are part of the secret, true
face of the Kaydan church and is generally only known to outsiders
who are dedicated to fighting them.
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.
me” – strong oath.
my soul.” – very strong oath.
be stilled.” – expression of shock or unpleasant surprise.
to ice.” – expression of horror or extreme disdain
Priest" – cleric of Pandemos.
spinner” – proper title for a bard or any entertainer
who merely tells stories and sings songs. Sometimes used in a derogatory
manner as slang for liar.
to ash.” – very caustic curse, not for polite company.