Gonna pull an Elder Scrolls and try to pump out a few “books” for in game lore and background. I always dug that aspect of Oblivion and Skyrim, so I’m gonna shamelessly steal it. Sounds like a quick, fun side project. I’ll post them here, or have them printed for game night perusal. Here’s my first go:
An Examination of the Origin of Language
By Silas Martin, sometime Counselor to the King, sometime bar patron,, sometime brawl participant, oftentime jail resident, and holder of interesting knowldegical tidbits
“The first languages we know of were proscribed by the Gods and the Primordials to their followers on the world. The Gods used a language called supernal, while the Primoridals tongue was simply called…Primordial. Not very creative, but who’s going to argue with a mountain or an intelligent snowstorm? No one smart, that’s who.
Anyways, the Gods and Primordials go and have their war, the Primordials lose, and so we’re left with Supernal. Supernal soon split into 2 dialects with the creation of Abyssal, but the demons aren’t too involved with the subject at hand, so that mention is the only one they’re getting. Back to Supernal.
Over time, the language of the Gods began to vary by race and region. Dragons had their own particular tongue of it, which isn’t surprising with them long snouts and snaky tongues. Goblins too took off with their own take on the language, but with a slight difference. One who is versed in either Draconic or Goblin can usually make themselves understood in a basic sense to a speaker of the other language.
The Draconic “amigo” is synonymous with the Goblin “amico”, though the inflections are different. They are both descended from the original Supernal word “amicus”. Elven is similar in its Supernal base, but strays a bit farther from the parent language. Friend in Elven is “Ami”, by the way.
Dwarven is the black sheep of the lingual community, as Moradin had other ideas for his favored race, apparently. The Forgefather was fond of a throat-grating sound in speech, and it’s followed through to his bearded worshippers. There’s no rolling Draconic lilt of “guerrero” for warrior, for the Dwarves it’s a nice harsh sounding “Ritter”.
Common, as the tongue is known, is a mixture of both vocabulary and grammar from both Supernal and its descendants, and Dwarven.
Oh, and since I gave the word for friend in all the other languages, if you’re in a pinch with Dwarves, try tossing around “freund” Might get you out of a nasty nip. Might."