Languages are no longer gained at a one-to-one ratio for high intelligence. Two points in intelligence are required to learn one language. As well, the Linguistics skill grants one language per three points.
Here is a list of languages to choose from and, if applicable, what that language is cognate to in our own real world.
- Ardine (aka Common) – English
- High Ardine / Haute-Ardine – Norman French – Not really a native language to anyone, but understood by all Ardine nobles as well as scholars across the world. It is a prestige language, and thus the primary literary language (especially in Ardune), as well as the de facto language of magic (many scrolls and virtually all command words to activate magical items are in High Ardine).
- High March / Marcaterreno – Tuscan Italian – Not a native language to anyone either, but understood by all proper signori of the Marchlandes, and is an important literary and scholarly language of the Marchlandes (it is banned in Ardune). It evolved from the same source as High Ardine, and thus the two are rather intelligible (DC 10).
- Dwarf-speak – Scots – Dwarven NPCs do not start play with Ardine, but with D-S; Ardine must be a learned language. PCs start with both, as normal. It is somewhat intelligible with Ardine (DC 14).
- Oeftine – Irish-Gaelic – An extinct language native to no one, and used only for legal/religious/ceremonial purposes. It is mutually intelligible with Skygar (DC 6 to understand the other speaker).
- Skygar – Scots-Gaelic – An extinct language native to no one, and used only for legal/religious/ceremonial purposes. It is mutually intelligible with Oeftine (DC 6 to understand the other speaker).
- Asy – Welsh – Still spoken by most Asy dwarves, who are very insular and xenophobic. No non-dwarf is permitted to learn Asy under pain of being crushed to death by stones. Asy PCs speak all three.
- Elf-speak – Old English – As with Dwarves, elven NPCs start with E-S and must learn Ardine separate. PCs start with both, as normal.
- Barbaric – Dutch – The language of the barbarians. Barbarian NPCs do not start with Ardine.
- Swarthy-tongue – Swahili – The language of the dark skinned people far to the south, who live in the deserts. They are often encountered as slaves and as such have carried their language all across the world, though they are often forbidden to speak it. All swarthy characters (NPCs and PCs) either born in the Marchlandes/Ardune or are slaves speak Ardine as well.
- Druid-talk – ? – The language of druids, which only druids may learn.
- Orc – ? – Foul language of the orc.