Languages of the Flaness

Common language

Limited usage

Extinct or nearly extinct

Family Language Countries Alphabet
Oeridian Oeridian Furyondoy, Nyrond, Urnst, Shield Lands, Bandit Kingdoms, Almor, urban Keoland Suloise Alphabet
Velondi Veluna, Bissel, Gran March, S. Furyondoy
Celenic Celene
Old Oeridian None Old Oeridian Syllabary
Middle Oeridian None Suloise Alphabet
Flan Aerdan Great Kingdom, Almor, Medegia, Lordship of the Isles, Sea Princes, Sea Barons Aerdan Alphabet
Aerdan, Southern Onnwal, Idee, Sunndi, Ahlissa
Aerdan, Northern Madrigal, Bone March
Flan Bandit Kingdoms, Pale, Tenh, N. Nyrond Flan Ideograms
Ranapo Tiger Nomads, Wolf Nomads, Rovers of the Barrens, Blackmoor, Iuz, Stonefist Ranapo (sim. Baklunish)
Cold Tongue Barbarian Kingdoms, Stonefist, Ratik Cold Runes
Perren Perrenland Suloise Alphabet or Baklunish Script
Lendorian Spindrift Isles Lendorian Alphabet
Old Flan None Old Flan Pictograms
Suloise Keolandish Keoland, Gran March, Geoff, Sterich, Yoemanry, Valley of the Mage? Suloise Alphabet
Suloise Valley of the Mage?, Mages across the Flanaess Suloise Phonetic Script
Baklunish Baklunish Zeif, Ekbir, Tusmit, Ket, Paynims, Bissel, Gran March, Perrenland, pockets in Tiger/Wolf Nomads, Ull, pockets across Flanaess Baklunish Script
Paynim Paynims, Ull, pockets across Flanaess Paynim (mod. Baklunish) Script
Old Baklunish None Baklunish Script
Elvish Cerebor All elves, D. Ulek, Celene, Spindrift Isles Cerembwar or Ollembwar Script
Udorebor* Udoru Forest Cerembwar Script
Rieuebor* Rieuwood Rieuebor Alphabet
Derrumbor Dark Elves Derrumbwar Script
Dwarvish Dangmir All dwarves, Dangmir (Lortmil) Mts., P. Ulek Funeth Runes
Thorkellen* Thorkellen (Griff, Corusk, Rakers) Mts.
Krengtath* Krengtath (Yatil) Mts.
Joten Joten (Barrier Peaks, Joten, Sulhaut, Crystalmist, Hellfurnaces) Mts.
Gnomish Geyrin Western & central regions, C. Ulek Kamith Runes
Tarreji Eastern regions
Halfling None of their own

*Provided as examples only – most isolated populations have their own language.


Human Languages (by family and in order of importance)

Oeridian Language Family

    • Oeridian – Native language of most of Furyondoy, Nyrond, Urnst, and the Shield Lands. Along with Flan, used heavily in the Bandit Kingdoms. Thanks to heavy borrowings from Suloise and Old Flan, also serves as a common trade language.

 

    • Velondi – A close relative of Old Oeridian; sounds archaic to Oeridian speakers, but is almost understandable. Spoken in Veluna, southern Furyondoy, and Bissel, where it is as widely spoken as Baklunish.
    • Celenic – Spoken in northern Celene; mixture of Old Oeridian and Cerebor.
    • Middle Oeridian – Pre-cursor to modern Oeridian.
    • Old Oeridian – Pre-cursor to Middle Oeridian.

 

 

Flan Language Family

 

 

  • Aerdan – Spoken across most of the east, particularly the Great Kingdom, Iron League, and surrounding regions; thence exported to the island communities (Lordship of the Isles, Sea Princes, and Sea Barons). Three major dialects:

 

 

 

 

  • Standard – Spoken by most (~80%) Aerdan speakers
  • Southern – Differs from Standard mainly in pronunciation; mutual comprehension is not too difficult
  • Northern – Its frequent borrowings from The Cold Tongue and odd inflections make it almost a different language

 

 

 

 

  • Ranapo – Very similar to Old Flan; unintelligible to Aerdan speakers. Various versions spoken across the Tiger Nomads, Wolf Nomads, and Rovers of the Barrens. Most Ranapo speakers do not speak anything else.
  • The Cold Tongue – Spoken in the Barbarian kingdoms and Ratik, though incomprehensible to most other Flan speakers. Shares some common words with Northern Aerdan and Dangmir.
  • Flan – Spoken in some parts of northern Nyrond, the Pale, and Tenh.
  • Perren – Mixture of Flan and Baklunish, spoken only within Perrenland. Partially comprehensible to Baklunish speakers. Most Perrenlanders also speak Baklunish.
  • Lendorian – Obscure Flan dialect mixed with some southern native tongues from the jungles of Hepmonaland. Spoken across the Spindrift Isles. Utterly incomprehensible to mainlanders.
  • Old Flan – Created as an attempt to generate a common language for all Flan people. Never really caught on, and ultimately died out nearly everywhere.

 

 

 

Baklunish Language Family

 

 

  • Baklunish – The most commonly spoken language of the Baklunish peoples, native to most people from Zeif, Ekbir, Tusmit, Ket, and surrounding regions, as well as enclaves of people who follow the Baklunish religions across the north. Understood by many from the Paynims, though the further south one heads, the less Baklunish is used.
  • Paynim – Minority Baklunish language, native to the semi-nomadic tribes of the Paynim Plains and Ull, and by the nomadic people commonly (though incorrectly) referred to as the “Bakluni”.
  • Old Baklunish – Not a direct ancestor of modern Baklunish, but rather an old dialect which has since died out.

 

 

 

Suloise Language Family

 

 

  • Keolandish – Modern descendant of Suloise mixed with Old Oeridian. Spoken in Keoland and countries to the west. Urban Keolandish speakers will also speak Oeridian, but rural speakers probably won’t.
  • Suloise – Few native speakers today; a language highly accessible to magic, it is learned by mages to as a trade language and to instruct apprentices.

 

 

 

Human Writing Systems (in order of importance)

 

 

  • Suloise Alphabet – Used widely today for the modern Oeridian language, as well as several other small languages (including Velondi, Celenic, and Keolandish). Note: Perren is usually written using Suloise characters, but can also (less commonly) be rendered in Baklunish script. Used to write lesser magic scrolls and the like.
  • Aerdan Alphabet – The alphabet of all Aerdic dialects; 75% similar to the Suloise Alphabet. Uses different symbols for some letters and has a few extra runic symbols.
  • Baklunish Script – Flowing script that uses lines to indicate consonants and diacriticals to indicate vowel sounds. Has not changed significantly since ancient times, though texts written in it are rare.
  • Ranapo Script – This resembles a more angular version of Baklunish Script. It incorporates some individual syllable marks, while other syllables are built up from consonants and vowel diacriticals. It is used only for the Ranapo language.
  • Flan Ideograms – Modern Flan uses a complicated system of ideograms created from the original pictograms. This is a difficult written language to master.
  • Paynim Script – A slightly modified version of Baklunish, though it is not often written.
  • Cold Runes – The runic writing system of the Cold Tongue. Some runes represent consonants (there are no vowel runes), others entire syllables, others whole words. They are clearly derived from dwarven runes.
  • Suloise Phonetic Script – An old magic-based script, the letters move around constantly. The most powerful magical scrolls and spell books are written in it.
  • Lendorian Alphabet – The organic-looking blobs that make up this alphabet are illegible to people not trained to read them. The alphabet is used exclusively for Lendorian. Lendorian is written with a thick brush, not a sharp quill.
  • Old Oeridian Syllabary – Uses cuneiform-like marks to indicate syllables. If read aloud, Oeridian speakers can understand some of the text.
  • Old Flan Pictograms – A pictographic system used to convey basic meanings. Highly representational and easy to decipher.

 

 

 

 

  • Middle Oeridian – This is not a writing system per se. Rather, it represents the halfway point between Old and Modern Oeridian, basically being Old Oeridian written with the Suloise alphabet.

 

 

 

Demi-Human Languages and Writing Systems

 

Elven Languages

 

 

  • Cerebor – The common shared language of the elves across most of the continent. Almost all elves speak Cerebor, though not always as a first language. Cerebor is commonly known simply as “Elven” among humans.
  • Udorebor – A local language of the elves of the Udoru Forest. It has borrowed a few words from Baklunish.
  • Rieuebor – A local language of the elves of the Rieuwoods area. It developed in isolation and is like no other elven language. Elves of the Rieuwood and Menowood are those most likely not to speak Cerebor.
  • Derrumbor – The language of the dark elves. This is shunned by other elves for the most part, but some scholars research it in an academic way.

 

 

 

Elven Writing Systems

 

 

  • Cerembwar – A beautiful script with delicately rounded characters and subtle artistic effects used to write almost all non-magical elvish texts. Non-elves who wish to read and write Cerebor learn this alphabet.
  • Ollembwar – This script is also used to write Cerebor, but almost always for magical purposes. It is only known to elven wizards who will not teach it to non-elves. There is no commonality between Cerembwar and Ollembwar.
  • Rieubwar – The Rieuebor alphabet closely resembles the Lendorian alphabet. Sages assume a connection (they are in the same geographic region).
  • Derrumbwar – The dark elf script is a utilitarian version of Cerembwar with more angular lines that other elves find clumsy and ugly. It is legible to a reader of Cerembwar, but no elf would ever admit to it.

 

 

 

Dwarven Languages

 

 

  • Dangmir – The common dwarven language; all dwarves speak it. To many humans, the language is just called “Dwarven”.
  • Thorkellen – A local language used by dwarves in the Griff and Corusk Mountain regions.
  • Krengtath – A local language used by the dwarves of the Yatil Mountains. Unusually for a dwarven language, it uses some borrowed words from a human langauge – Baklunish.
  • Joten – A local language used by the dwarves of the Jotens.

 

 

 

Dwarven Runes

 

 

  • Funeth – These runes are used for all dwarven languages, although languages other than Dangmir are seldom written.

 

 

 

Gnomish Languages

 

 

  • Geyrin – The most common language, used in western and central regions.
  • Tarreji – Used only in the east.

 

 

 

Gnomish Runes

 

 

  • Khamith – Descended from Funeth, but written in a cursive style.

 

 

 

Halflings

Halflings have never had a written language, and due to their long proximity to other races, have long since lost whatever native tongue(s) they may have had. They use whatever human or demi-human language and writing system is common to their area.