Most of the languages of Aihrde find their origins in the ancient dwarf language. This is true for modern Dwarf, Goblin, Gnome, Halfling, and Human languages apart from the Holy and Runic tongues. Knowledge in one, however, does not necessarily mean knowledge in them all for there are racial, socio-historical, and cultural characteristics which mark each language unique. The languages spoken by elves, humanoids, and ungern do not originate in ancient dwarven and are altogether different.
AENOCHIAN, “OLD IMPERIAL”: This was the dominant language during the age of the Empire of Aenoch. It is now spoken mostly by the aristocracy of the east, the Punj, the United Kingdom, Augsberg, Onwaltig, and the Hlobane Nation (reference the Confederation) speak it as well. The cult of the Paths of Umbra uses the language in their everyday speech.
THE LANGUAGE OF CREATION: This is the language which the All Father used to spin the magic of his being into the World of Aihrde. It is a powerful language, and being the greatest source of magic serves as the root for the magic tongue.
DWARVEN: The language of the dwarves is the base root of all human, goblin, gnome and halfling tongues. This is the reason that many place names seem similar to ancient dwarven. It is a simple language based around solid descriptions.
ELVEN: The elven languages distinctly involve a great deal of body language. The elves communicate not only by speech, but through emotive expressions which manifest in the way they stand and sit, their facial expressions, and so on. Learning the elven languages is extremely difficult, taking years of practice. The Age of Winter Dark exaggerated the differences in the elven races. FONTENOUQ HIGH ELVES: Their lust for war has given the Fontenouq Elves a militaristic world view. Their language is sharp and clear, with few references to things beyond the physical plane.
SHINDOLAY HIGH ELVES: The High Elves of Shindolay speak this sing-song language which remains the root of most all the elven dialects.
TWILIGHT: The Twilight Wood, a place which thrived during the Winter Dark, did so by feeding off of the light of the moon. The Twilight Elves adapted to the peculiar nature of the forest, and their language reflects it. The tone is quiet, almost secretive. They identify things and places through metaphor as much as through nouns.
WILD & MIST ELF: These elves remained upon Erde during the Winter Dark, migrating from one area to the next. The Wild Elf dialect is a smooth flowing, high pitched language. Their sentences are frequently laced with double meanings, for they lived in the open during the Dark and were hunted far and wide.
WOOD ELF: Like the Wild Elves, these elves hid themselves in deep forests and combated the Winter Dark. The Wood Elf tongue is thickly accented, almost guttural, and is the most difficult for other elves to comprehend.
ETHRUM, ALSO CALLED “KAYOMARESE,” OR SIMPLY THE “WESTERN TONGUE:” This was and still remains the dominate language in the west. The decedents of the tribe of Ethrum have maintained their native tongue quite well over the centuries, even during the Winter Dark. It is considered by many to be a holy tongue.
GNOMISH: This language is very much like dwarven, its mother tongue.
GOBLIN: Much like the goblins themselves, this language is a twisted representation of the dwarven tongue. Where dwarven is easy to learn, goblin is difficult. Sentences are convoluted, filled with many phrases and pauses that are seemingly pointless. The language is not, however, for goblins are by nature devious and their language is as well. The goblin language is used to force a person to respond and to thereby expose their own emotive desires. For this reason, dwarves, who understand goblins very well, are frequently found sitting motionless for hours while goblins ramble on, speaking only when they are certain the goblin has finished his speech.
HALFLING: The halfling tongue also derives from dwarven, but it has aspects that make it wholly different from any other language.
HOLY TONGUE, “THE WORDS OF LAW”: This is the language of the law and good, used by such groups as the Holy Defenders of the Flame, the Confessor Knights, and the priests of Durendale and St. Luther. The language evolved over a long period of time, and involved emotive responses and intuition in its development.
HUMANOID LANGUAGES: Orcs, hobgoblins, trolls, kobolds and other humanoids speak their own languages which are generally unique to each individual race. Humanoids descended from the same race, or which often co-mingle will also often share bits and pieces of language.
RUNIC TONGUE: This language predates most of the wars of Aenoch and Ethrum, coming from, or so scholars assert, the Age of the God Emperors. It is exceedingly complex and few on Aihrde can speak it with any fluency. The priests and wizards of the old gods are adept at the language, and frequently use it as their holy tongue. Those who are fluent can generally understand and speak both Ethrum and Aenochian.
THIEVES’ CANT: The language of thieves is spoken worldwide by almost every thief and guild
UNGERN: The ungern speak their own tongue, reflecting the origins of their race. It derives from Old Aenochian, but Unklar’s knowledge of the Language of Creation gave the tongue a hidden power that other languages of Aihrde do not possess. The language is guttural and very difficult to learn, requiring a minimum intelligence score of 16 to master it.
VULGATE, THE COMMON TONGUE: This is the common tongue of men.