Languages

The setting of your Super Fantasy game might be relatively homogenous or a diverse cosmos with countless cultures. The more varied your cultures, the more languages will exist allowing people to converse in a multitude of tongues by speaking, writing, gesturing, or other means of communication.

Your race indicates the languages your character can speak by default, and your background might give you access to one or more additional languages of your choice. Note these languages on your character sheet.

When selecting a language, choose a specific language, not a language group. Language groups are given as a reference for some class features, like the Brain's Decipher Languages feature.

Choose your languages from the Languages list, or choose one that is common in your title. With your GM’s permission, you can instead choose an ancient, alien, magical, or even secret language. Scholars are especially suited to read ancient languages, and those who have magical aptitude may rely on the words of a magical language.

The languages given here assume you're setting is the Earth with some added fantasy and science fiction elements. While alien, faerie, and cryptid languages are given, they may fit in very different groups in your setting.

Whenever a creature's language is said to be "common", that means that the creature knows the local vernacular—the most common tongue spoken in the area it's from.

Secret languages are spoken only by the initiated, including cults, secret orders, and criminal organizations. They are not known by common people or even scholars. Following is a list of many secret tongues with a description of those whom most commonly speak them.

Language Groups


There are thousands of languages to choose from. A few are listed here, sorted into their general language groups.

A language’s group doesn’t affect the learning of languages, but it can matter when using the Decipher Languages feature or other abilities.

This list is by no means exhaustive—there are many more language groups, and most groups contain more languages than those listed here. Languages listed in multiple categories have roots in more than one language group.

Language is complex. Some languages are spoken only and have no written form. Some are written only. Some, like Chinese, are written forms of multiple spoken languages.

There are also ancient languages that are preserved in writing but have not been spoken culturally in centuries.

Languages


  • Afro-Asiatic (Hamito-Semitic): Archaic Egyptian1,3, Coptic1, Hausa, Kabyle, Masri (Egyptian Arabic), Middle Egyptian1, Tamazight, Tarifit (Riffi).
  • Alien. Flatwood4, Green4, Grey4, Hopkinsville Goblinish4.
  • Algic: Algonquian, Arapaho, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Shawnee.
  • Armenian: Armenian.
  • Athabaskan: Apachean, Chipewyan, Navajo.
  • Attic: Ancient Greek1,3, Atlantean, Greek.
  • Baltic: Latvian, Lithuanian.
  • Celestial: Celestial3, Elvish3, Grey4, Lupine2, Sylvan3, Yokai.
  • Celtic: Gaelic (Irish), Gaelic (Scots), Welsh.
  • Chinese: Cantonese, Mandarin.
  • Finno-Lappic: Estonian, Finnish, Lapp.
  • Germanic: Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, English, Flemish, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Yiddish, Dwarfish3.
  • Indic: Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit1, Urdu.
  • Infernal: Abyssal3, Goblin, Infernal3
  • Iranian: Farsi, Pashto.
  • Japanese: Japanese, Yokai.
  • Khoisan: Ju, Nama, Sandawe.
  • Korean: Korean.
  • Niger-Congo: Aziz3, Dogul Dom, Fon, Fulfulde, Igbo, Kinya-rwanada, Swahili, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu.
  • Nilo-Saharan: Berta, Fur, Kanuri, Kara, Masalit, Songhay, Teda.
  • Romance: French, Italian, Latin1,3, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Goblin, Ogrish.
  • Semitic: Akkadian (aka Babylonian)1,3, Ancient Hebrew1, Arabic, Aramaic1, Hebrew, Phoenician1,3, Zumic.
  • Slavic: Belorussian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian.
  • Tibeto-Burman: Burmese, Sherpa, Tibetan.
  • Turkic: Azerbaijani, Turkish, Uzbek.
  • Ugric: Hungarian (aka Magyar).

1 This is an ancient language. In the modern world it is spoken only by scholars, or in some cases by small populations in isolated corners of the world.
2 This is a secret tongue. You cannot take this language unless you are of an associated people group.
3 This is a magic language which can be used to cast spells or communicate with creatures not considered to have a language or even the capacity for speech.
4 This is an alien language not commonly spoken on Earth but prevalent among those living on other planets.

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