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The various intelligent races of Eora speak different languages, which also differ along ethnic groups within those races.

Note: This article covers a lot of real-world references and general setting rules.

Aedyran[edit | edit source]

Main article: Aedyran

Aedyran is the language of the Aedyr and is spoken in the Aedyr Empire, the Free Palatinate of Dyrwood, and the Penitential Regency of Readceras. Aedyran is derived from the now archaic dialect Hylspeak and Eld Aedyran.

Dyrwoodans have appropriated some words from Vailian(e.g. "duc").

Vailian[edit | edit source]

Main article: Vailian Language

Vailian Republics and Old Vailia speak Vailian, which borrows from a mix of Italian, Occitan, Catalan, and French roots, but is Italian in overall flavor. "Romance-y", you could say. j, y, and x are extremely rare in their words and names.

Engwithan and Glanfathan[edit | edit source]

Engwithan and Glanfathan are from the same part of the world and are loosely related (as Cornish and Irish are). The ancient Engwythan language (used by the eponymous culture and nowadays extinct) is based on Cornish.[1]

Glanfathans speak Glanfathan, which borrows elements of Cornish, Welsh, and a bit of Irish. q, u, x, y, and z are all unused in Glanfathan. w is both a consonant and a vowel ("uh" or "oo" if it has a circumflex). It has the Irish-style "si" ("shih" or "shee" when there's a circumflex over the i), the Welsh "ll" (hard to explain, like an aspirated l sound), and distinguishes between an unvoiced th (like "thought") and a voiced dh (like "the").

Other[edit | edit source]

The natives of Deadfire Archipelago use a language with some Inuit/Greenlandic roots. People in Rauatai (especially the nation of Rauatai itself) use a language with Maori roots. People from Ixamitl speak a language with Nahuatl roots.[2]

The language of the pale elves has a few elements of grammar and vocabulary that have common roots with Eld Aedyran and are not found in surrounding languages.

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