Heroes of Midhgardhur
In the world of Midhgardhur, there is no convenient “Common Tongue” found in many settings. There is a vast array of languages in the world of Midhgardhur. Here is what you need to know for character creation:
- Thjodhisk – Also known as “Thjodiskmal,” this is the Northern tongue, common to the Danir, Gautar, Northmenn, Nyjirmenn, and Sviar. Thjodisk is also mutually intelligible with the language of the Ethellingar, Theodisc. These two languages are roughly the equivalent of the concept of a “Common Tongue,” but it is common only in the North. Thjodhisk is rarely written, and when it is, it is written in the runic alphabet of the North. Theodisc is more commonly written, and while in ancient times it was written in the runic script, it has been written in the Palnorrani script since about 550 N.Y. In a standard Midhgardhur campaign, focused on the region called The North, this is the equivalent of the Common tongue.
- Alfmal – “Elven” – The language of the elves of Midhgardhur, both Alfar and Svartalfar (although there are dialectical differences between the two), written in a flowing, curvilinear script. Equivalent to the standard Pathfinder Elven languages.
- Dvergmal – “Dwarven” – The language of the dwarves of Midhgardhur, whether Dvergar or Gradvergar (although there are dialectical differences between the two), written in a runic script that seems distantly related to the script used by humans throughout the North. Equivalent to the standard Pathfinder Dwarven language.
- Huldrumal – “Gnomish” – The language of the gnomes of Midhgardhur, shared by both Skilfingar and Niflungar, written in a runic script that seems distantly related to the script used by humans throughout the North. Equivalent to the standard Pathfinder Gnomish language.
- Jotnamal – The language of giants (standard Pathfinder “Giant”).
- Kveninkieli – Also called “Kvenisk,” the language of the Kvenir, nomads and barbarians of the northeast. It is a notoriously complex lanuage, compared with the other languages of the North.
- Lytlingmal – The language of the halflings of Midhgardhur, which seems to be distantly related to the Thjodisk and Theodisc used by humans in the North, and written in the same runic script. Equivalent to the standard Pathfinder Halfling language.
- North and South Gaunorrani – The bastard tongue of an offshoot of Thjodhisk (called Gauthjodhisk) and the Norrani tongue, there are two languages spoken in Gaunorria – North Gaunorrani (which is Gauthjodhisk with a slight admixture of Norrani vocabulary) and South Gaunorrani (which is Norrani with a slight admixture of Gauthjodhisk vocabulary and a simplified grammar and syntax). Few in the North bother to learn either tongue, even though vikings of the North raid Gaunorria on a frequent basis.
- Norrani – The Norrani Tongue was the language of the Norrani Imperium. It is still found in many ancient ruins in Ethelland and on the borders of the North. Variants of Norrani are still spoken throughout the southern lands, in territories once conquered by the Imperium. Norrani and its descendants are written with an alphabet originally devised in Palnorra, and called Palnorrani script.
- Orcmal – The tongue of the orcnar, the orcish trolls of Midhgardhur, often used by the Trollkyn as well. It is rarely written, but when it is, it is usually written in a form of the runic script used throughout the North. Equivalent to the standard Pathfinder Orcish language.
- Ormsmal – Also known as “Wyrmstunga,” “Wyrmstongue,” or “Draconic,” this is the language of Dragons. Equivalent to standard Pathfinder Draconic language.
- Palnorrani – An extremely ancient and conservative cousin of Norrani still spoken in the Empire of Palnorra (sometimes called “The Silver Imperium,” as a successor to the “golden” Norrani Imperium), and most famously at the capital of Argyropolis, the “Silver City.” The Emperor of Palnorra has a special bodyguard, known as the “Barrangoi,” which is made up exclusively of Northerners. Hence, some knowledge of the Palnorrani tongue has filtered back to the North, especially among mercenaries. Written in the Palnorrani script.
- Prytani – The language spoken by the original inhabitants of Ethelland (when it was called Prytania). The Prytani had been conquered by the Norrani Imperium, and when the Imperium collapsed, were again conquered by the Ethellingar. As such, their people and their language are nearly extinct. Prytani was written only in a script called ogham runic script, which is unrelated to the runic script of the North. Few today can decipher the ogham runes. The language is descended from the language of the ancient Gwerryn.
- Trollfolkmal – The language of the Trollfolk other than the Orcnar (equivalent to standard Pathfinder “Goblin”).
- Undirmal – “The Undertongue” – the common tongue of the Undirmyrkrit (standard Pathfinder’s “Undercommon”).
- Urrabite – The language of the Urrabites, considered sacred by them, for it is the language of the sacred text of Suleiman Abd-Hubal, the Kitab Ul-Qisam.
- Vendisk – The language of the Vendar, the inhabitants of Vendland. It is related to Vylgisk, though they are not mutually intelligible.