Languages of Seken
Here is a list of Seken’s most well-known languages. These are the (commonly known) major and minor languages. There are almost certainty other languages that are not widely known, or at least not widely known in the region you are in. Additionally, many of these languages have regional variations, some of which can be quite extreme.h5. Major Languages:
- Korpeshian – The primary language of Korpesh
- Vellucian – The primary language of Vellucia. Most wide-spread of languages, due to Vellucia’s position as a trade hub.
- Antellian – The primary language of Antellus
- Nehni – The primary language of Nehni
- Garasan – The primary language of Garas
- B’takian (Orcish) – Used around B’tak, but has grown to be an common language among orcs world-wide
- Waisken – The root language of the various swampfolk (lizardmen, boggards, etc) of Seken. Several variations exist.
- Okinos (Rakastan) – Centered around Okinoso, but the language is comfortable for Rakasta, and has gained widespread use
- Xerkan (Western Goblinoid) – Gutteral language of the western continent’s goblinoid tribes
- Laikan (Eastern Goblinoid) – Lilting language of the eastern continent’s goblinoid tribes
- Styrásh (Elven) – An invented language, created by the elves of Quar’tolas to provide a common culture for their people. It has gained moderate use, though almost exclusively by anti-human rebels and malcontents.
- Douketsu – Commonly referred to as Wāstel’s Blessing, this is the language spoken by dwarves ad other creatures that make the underground their home. It is said that races that dwell in the dark learn this through Wāstel’s direct intervention, his attempt to reduce friction among the intelligent residents of his domain.
- Ezo – This growling, rolling language has obtained wide-spread use by lupins and gnolls throughout much of Seken, for much the same reason Okinos has spread, it is comfortable for creatures of a certain type to speak, more so than the old human languages.
- Seberen – the language of the fishing tribes of the southern polar mountain
- H’tuian – A collection of tribal languages used in and around the H’tuit area
- Gyjon – The tribal language of the Sarlosin Swamp natives.
- Ferukian – The language of the burning northern desert
- Thri-Kreen – A language of clicks and antennea twiches used by the Thri-kreen. It’s pysiological requirements make it unspeakable by most nonthri-kreen, though some do learn to understand it. It is not known how thri-kreen the world over all learned the same language, as they show few signs of any other common culture.
- Grunt – This language has no official name. Indeed, it is more a collection of local slangs interwoven with similar linguistic rules than it’s own seperate entity. Never-the-less, if you ask a giant, ogre, or other big, dumb and ugly tribesman on the eastern continent what they speak, this is what they will proclaim.
- Ibixian – At one point, Ibixians, centaurs, minotaurs, and a few other beast-man races seem to have shared a common language. Today only a few Ibixian tribes still remember the tongue, and it is fading into memory.
- Cant (several versions) – a slang language dependant on knowing the base language of your present location. There are many versions of this, used everywhere from thieves on the street to the courtiers of high court. Anywhere people want to disguise their conversations in innuendo and doubletalk
- The Elemental Languages (Aquan, Auran, Ignan, and Terran)
- Aklo – A mystic language
- Sylvan – A mystic language
- Abyssal – A language spoken by a number of extra-planar creatures.
- Infernal – A language spoken by a number of extra-planar creatures.
- Ten no – The language of The Godsmen priesthoods. Pretty much only used in religious ceremonies on Seken, though some extra-planar creatures speak this.
- Y’thamian – The language spoken by Dragons and their kin. This is the name outsiders/nondragons give it. Native speakers simply refer to it as ‘The Tongue’
- Druidic – A written language only, this rune-based language is used by Seken’s secretive Druid’s, individuals that tend and protect the blasted land.
- Gai’mas – An ancient ‘proto language’. Found on the rare ruin or scrap that has survived from the Godswar, this seems to have been the default language of the world, before the devesation. Scholars have been able to puzzle out only very minor pieces of this complex language, and it has proven utterly resitant to magical attempts to coax translations out of it. You cannot learn this languge without GM permission.
In addition to this, Wizards seem to have their own language, though little is known of it.