The Age of Ascension
Old Imperial – The language of the Guldaran Empire. Most of the world spoke it before the Fall. It was the mandated language of the Empire and also a common tongue for trade and commerce beyond imperial boundaries. Much of the world still speaks it, though regional variations were introduced during the Age of Night. Old Imperial is also the only written language in parts of the world and the basis for written language in others. It is primary language of the Aradonian Empire, Dargaria, Barantine, Parthonia, Tarkos, and the Island of Thane. It is spoken by most of the rest of the world and is the language of trade and commerce.
High Imperial – The Guldaran dialect used at court and by the aristocracy and bureaucracy of the empire. It is still spoken by both the Aradonian civil service and the Kaladian aristocracy, but for different reasons. The Aradonian civil service never stopped using it as it is a direct descendent of the Guldaran bureaucracy. They also require knowledge of the language to read and understand old imperial texts. Kaladian aristocrats view command of the language as a mark of distinction and high intellect.
Valgaric – The common tongue of the warrior clans of Valgarod. Few speak it beyond the great northern mountain passes.
Kaladian – The native language of the Kingdom of Kaladia and Tholantium. It is also spoken by other nations within the Kaladian Hegemony: Arbant, Moddi, Barantine, and Tarkos. It is one of the many languages spoken by the Federation of Trinabado.
Moddish – The native tongue of the Moddite, the ruling tribe of Moddi. It is the prescribed language of the entire nation, though there is resistance to its adoption.
Yoddin – The native tongue of the Yoddite tribe, recently conquered by the Moddite. It has been outlawed by the Moddi King, though this proclamation is easier to make than enforce.
Rohanic – The native tongue of the Rohnite tribe, conquered by the Moddite over a decade ago. The language is used mostly by Rohnite with friends and family in private. It has also been outlawed by the King of Moddi.
Ulbranish – The common tongue of much of the continent of Ulbranok prior to being conquered by the Guldaran Empire. It is the official language of Nazrov, Kishrata, and Casulnok today and is also spoken by most of Tholantium.
Vetskavish – A dialect synonymous with resistance in Nazrov. It started as the native tongue of the Vetskov, a mountain tribe of northern Nazrov. The Vetskov were ferocious guerilla fighters and fought off many much larger tribes. Later they held out against the Guldaran Empire and the language spread to all those who resisted the conquerors. Today it spreads through the slave population of Nazrov and has been outlawed by the Oligarchy.
Kishran – The language of the Platinum Order, the church that rules Kishrata. It is used by Kishratan priests, bureaucrats, and the military.
Nokanese – The “dialect of the steppe” was once a common tongue of the horse tribes of Casulnok, used during trade and diplomacy. It was replaced by Ulbranish and then Old Imperial for the domesticated parts of the nation but remains in use amongst the wild noka.
Tholanish – Until recently, the official language of Tholantium. It has now been changed to Kaladian though much of the population speaks both or only Tholanish.
Trinese – One of the two major native languages of the Federation of Trinabado. It is the “tongue of the sea” and is spoken by the Federation Armada, traders, and fishermen who live and work on the sea. Parts of it have worked their way into the vocabulary and slang of sea-faring folk the world over.
Badoan – The second of the two major native languages of the Federation of Trinabado. Badoan is spoken on land in the towns and cities of the Federation and is the official language of the government.
Filagese – An informal dialect of the Federation of Trinabado used within family and tribal units. Matters of business and governance are never conducted in Filagese.
Tulatonese – A lesser-known language of the Federation of Trinabado. Outsiders are forbidden to learn it and little is known of its purpose.
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