A Brief Ethnography of Nalushan Languages
  • The First Age
    In the First Age, the world’s races were divided by distinct languages and, in some cases, complete separations based on dialectic differences. During this time, each race was deeply divided from one another, and it was only in the waning years of it that the races began to mingle enough to allow for trade to occur, which called for a mingling of language as well.
    • Important Languages
      • Alvasi
        Primal language of the Avana
      • Buriis
        Primal language of the Ouros
      • Gariig
        Primal language of the Druojh
      • Hasali
        Primal language of the Hasili
      • Jhurnya
        Primal language of the Jhurn
      • Lish-Jhil
        Primal language of the Lish-Jat
      • Quo’Riil
        Primal language of the Nemen
      • Xuu
        Primal language of the Xuu’Vrah
      • Zhi’valehii
        Primal language of the Zhiel
  • The Second Age
    During the Sapphire Age, commerce began and where it happened most communities grew up from the dust. First small villages, then towns with villages between, then cities. The races began to mingle, trading their livelihoods at first, and communicating in the barest of terms. Over time, languages began to blend, creating larger, more useful universal languages that spread along travel lanes, into the smaller communities to slowly overtake the older tongues of the first age.
    • Early Period Languages
      • Durvai
        Early Trade Language between the Druojh and Hasili
      • Fei’lin
        Early Trade Language between the Avana, Zhiel and the Xuu’Vrah
      • Kath-Injh
        Early Trade Language between the Lish-Jat and the Ouros
      • Val’Sana
        Early Trade Language between Nemen and the Jhurn
    • Late Period Languages
      • Dur’Sana
        Unified Tongue derived from Val’Sana and Durvai (Druojh, Hasili, Nemen, Jhurn)
      • Fei-Injh
        Unified Tongue derived from Fei’lin and Kath-Injh (Avana, Lish-Jat, Ouros, Xuu’Vrah, Zhiel)
  • The Third Age
    In the Iron Age the disparate city-states and communities began to band together through shared language and shared experience, creating a more varied and cosmopolitan society while forming the beginning of Empires and the first true wars. There had always been skirmishes and conflict, but the Third Age saw a rise of violence and of separatism never before encountered.
    • Middle Period Languages
      • Avanjhi
        The tongue of the Avarel Empire; a mingled version of Dur’Sana and Fei-Injh
      • Duriem
        The tongue of the Dureth Empire; a distinct dialect of Dur’Sana
      • Kuur’Sali
        The tongue of the Kurasara Empire; a mingled version of old Fei’Lin and Dur’sana
    • Late Period Languages
      • Durami
        Unified Trade Language combining Kuur’Sali and Duriem
      • Gho
        Unified Trade Language combining Avanjhi, Duriem, and Kuur’Sali
  • The Fourth Age
    Less than 700 years into the Age of Onyx, dialects have been slow to form though many communities have begun to adopt simplified versions of older languages to communicate without the Humans being able to decipher them easily.
  • Important Languages
    • Nazamuur
      The most commonly used language of Humanity
    • Dur’Zhuur
      Mixed language of Durami and Nazamuur, used mostly for Trade
    • Ghozhi
      Unified language of Gho and Nazamuur, used mostly for Trade
    • Naza-Riin
      Military codified language of Humanity
    • Losh
      Easily modified code-tongue of the Nalusha Resistance
Game System

For a player, this may be a confusing list of discordant notes, but it makes more sense with the following information:

  • First Age Languages cost 5 Linguistics Ranks
  • Early Period Second Age Languages cost 4 Ranks
  • Late Period Second Age Languages cost 3 Linguistics Ranks
  • Middle Period Third Age Languages cost 2 Linguistics Ranks
  • Late Period Third Age and Fourth Age Languages cost 1 Linguistics Rank

These costs are modified, as below, based on a simple process.

  • For a Language derived from the older Tongue, reduce the cost by 1 (to a minimum of 1).
    • This means that a character who speaks the following:
      • Ghozhi
      • Gho
      • Avanjhi
      • Dur’Sana
    • Can reduce the cost of all Languages of the Early Second Age and earlier by 4.


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