Languages

There are many indigenous languages in Hammurak though they are almost all derived from the complex otherworldly language of the Old Gods. Language was one of the secrets kept from mortals by the Old Gods. Shortly after the Godswar mortals began to adapt the Gods language to their own uses here it fractured and grew into the many complex and varied tongues of the people of modern Hammurak.

Primordial

Divided into six different dialects these are the languages of the elementals of the six interwoven demi-planes that make up the physical world of Hammurak. Though mortals rarely come into contact with them the Mikaanese often use these languages between themselves.

Old Hammuraki

Extant today only in its written hieroglyphic form, this complex and mostly clerical; language is not very useful for communication. Those who can read and write Old Hammuraki mostly do so to hide their messages from commoners, to study the ancients or to codify mystical or magical texts. The true pronunciation of Old Hammuraki is not truly understood or known but a vocalized form has been popularized by the Enko scholars and used in their studies.

Hammuraki

The closest related language to the true spoken form of the Gods language. In northwestern Hammurak it is used as the lingua franca and the common trade language and is the official language of Shet. The Shene viewing the continued use and dissemination of it as part of their godly birthright.

Racial Languages

All various derivatives of the language of the Old Gods the racial languages of Hammurak are interwoven and fed back into each other to create most of the common national languages of modern speakers.

Dwarven

Spoken in two dialects, the more Elven influenced of the Dwarf slaves of Shet and the Giant influenced tongue of the Dream Dwarves of Barcoby. Dwarven is a harsh language of consonants and abrupt vowel sounds that is hard for many non-dwarves to vocalize.

Elven

The lilting speech of the elves is common mostly to Barcobene elves and low born Shene elves as the highborn of Shet more commonly speak Hammuraki and the elves of the Enko temples speak their own dialect that in unintelligible from Elven or Hammuraki.

Giant

Uncommon outside of Giant culture even when they were numerous the most prominent speakers today are the Goliaths though even they more commonly speak Moziqi or Hammuraki when taken to Shet as slaves.

Halfling

The language of the smallfolk is almost exclusively heard in the secretive glades of their homelands in Caerne. Few Halflings are willing to teach the tongue to outsiders.

Orc

The primitive language of the Orcs of Rho is barely considered a codified tongue by most scholars that deem it mostly a language of grunts and facial gestures. It lacks any written form or many of the nuances of other Hammurakene languages.

Phoenarch

The rare and enigmatic Phoenarch language is all but extinct along with it’s native speakers. Once considered the height of Huwensene culture the language is only partially understood by most scholars.

National Languages

Complex derivatives of racial tongues, Primordial and the speech of the Old Gods there are several national languages mostly created and disseminated by the short-lived humans and half-orcs.

Enki

The language of scholars, Enki is considered to be sacred by the elves of the Enko temple complexes though they speak it freely and consider it an honour to teach it to those that make the dangerous pilgrimage to their mountain homes.

Barcobene

A hybrid of Dwarven, Elven, Enko and Rhocar the art loving Barcobene peoples have a close connection to the Mikaanese though the languages have a distinct vocabulary and syntax.

Moziqi

The common language of free peoples of Etzhandi and Moziq it is spoken by Goliaths and Tallmen in their homelands and by freed slaves all over Hammurak.

Rhocar

A more refined version of the Orc tongue and the common language of Half-orcs and Sunbloods living in Rho and Caerne.

Mikaanese

An abrupt and sometimes considered rude tongue by outsiders. the Mikaanese value a laconic method of communication and take parts from almost every other language to form their Imperial tongue. Many scholars belive it to be mostly derived from Barcobene.

Other Languages

Trade Language

A simple yet subtle language used to trade between peoples that have no common tongue. It is mostly made up of hand and facial gestures taking many cues and forms from Orc. Suitable for trade agreements and simplistic conversations but little else.

Druidic

The secretive language of the groves. Non-druids are not to know its secrets or even know it exists.

Draconic

Spoken only ever by the four great dragons of Hammurak and lost along with them when they went into their eternal slumber after the Godswar

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