Languages of Denar

The following is a list of major languages spoken currently or in the past that had a great affect on current speech. The list is still somewhat incomplete and may be changed.

Living Languages

Cientian
Also known as Cientian Common. This language was painstakingly developed as civilization broadened and began to overtake the bulk of Cientia. Leaders, seeing the need of unification for the purposes of peace, painstakingly crafted a brand new language, using the conventions they thought most logical to communicate with.
Denar Common
Denar Common is the mostly widely spoken language in the land. It is the amalgamation of Enilderan and Wind-Whisper, the languages of humankind in Enilder and Woodwind respectively. It also incorporates bits of other languages, though none so prevalent as its base two.
Derman
Recognized as the official language of the Derman people, although they largely speak Denar Common instead. Derman took portions of crude human languages and forged with with dwarven sounds in the forgotten past. It has since evolved with human language, though still keeping a keen dwarven edge to its speech. For this reason, many think speakers of Derman sound gruff or angry while talking.
Dwarven
The language of all dwarf folk. Its sounds are harsh and gruff to a foreign listener, filled with harsh consonants and hard alliteration. The language is said to be as old as the mountains themselves and remains largely unchanged since its origination.
Elvish
The language of the elves in Denar. It was created from Old Elvish and designed to be more accommodating for the ears and tongues of other races, allowing for better communication between the peoples of the time. The language is over eight centuries old, despite some elves still calling it a “child language”.
Her’zai
The language of the barbaric tribes of Her’za, taking the form of over two dozen dialects. While the language varies widely from tribe to tribe, enough basic structure and vocabulary exist that speakers of any dialect can understand one another. Many learn multiple dialects for the purposes of slave trade between tribes and oaths of fealty to the Her’zai Prime. Its sound is fast and harsh.
Neergian
Developed in complete independence of other human languages on the continent of Chellar, Neergian retains a unique sound and relies heavily on the intonation of the speaker to impart meaning onto the listener. The language has a relatively small vocabulary, but through vocalization of emotion, even the most complex of ideas are easily communicated between experienced speakers.
Nephilim
The language of the Nephilim people. Owing to their feline heritage, the language incorporates smooth purrs and hisses into conversation for the subtle differences between similar words and various intentions. Due to their anatomy, humans are universally unable to speak the language, though a dedicated learner under the proper tutor can learn to understand the speech.
Remman
A smooth and flowing language, Remman is the speech of the desert and the jungle. With its heavily use of ‘es’ sounds and extended vowels on the ends of words, its sound comes off as overly poetic and slow to foreigners, though these traits were influenced by Nephilim speech.
T’chuch
A language used on the Neergian islands by only a select few groups. The language itself is rather simplistic with a small vocabulary, relying on intonation and clicks to convey meanings. The speakers are split into a wide variety of dialects separated by the many small islands off the mainland.


Dead Languages

Enilderan
The former language of Enilder. Since the advent of Denar Common centuries ago, it is no longer used and has largely been forgotten.
Gren’noch
A long-forgotten language supposedly used be the first humans. Its mention is rarely found in any written record, though traces of its writing have been found in stone pillars and other structures.
Old Elvish
Consisting largely of slurred vowels and liaison between words, Old Elvish was hard for those without incredibly sensitive ears to understand and harder for unfamiliar tongues to speak. Its use incorporated nasal sounds that could off-set first-time speakers and make the language tremendously difficult to learn. For these reasons, elves decreed the need for a new language, though they still desired a unique and culturally relevant one, and thus modern Elvish was born. Few, though not many, elder elves still speak the language fluently, as well as young scholars and admirers of its rich aural textures.
Wind-Whisper
The language of the humans in Woodwind. Its speech and sound was greatly affected by Old Elvish and it has a soothing, flowing sound. Since the advent of Denar Common centuries ago, it is no longer used and has largely been forgotten.


List of Minor Languages

The following is a list of very minor languages, rarely spoken in large city centers. As above, this is an incomplete list.

  • Abyssal
  • Aquan
  • Auran
  • Celestial
  • Conval
  • Draconian
  • Druidic
  • Esce
  • Giant
    • Frigo (Frost Giant)
    • Collis (Hill Giant)
  • Gnoll
  • Gnomish
  • Infernal
  • Orcish
  • Putrel
  • Sylvan

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