Languages Used In Idalos



Languages Used In The World Of Idalos



Idalos is home to a number of languages that are used throughout every race and region. As you've noticed while looking through the knowledge base, each race has it's own language that it practices, but what about the rest of the world? Just like the real world, different languages have sprung up from areas where mortals had clustered together to form their own civilizations. Due to this, we have a number of different dialects and languages that players can begin with or learn throughout the game.

Learning Languages



Learning and leveling languages is different than learning and leveling skills. Though they both follow the same process of the point buy system, languages are easier or harder to learn depending on which language it is.

When you encounter a new language within an RP, be sure to let your reviewer know. It is up to them to reward you with the knowledge, Language: _____. Once your character has been introduced to this language, they may begin studying this as they would any other skill. However, just because your character has been introduced to the language doesn't mean they can speak it just yet.

Language Spoken / Written Used By Origins Difficulty Commonality
Athivelienic Spoken/Written Anyone Western Easy Rare
Atvian Spoken/Written Anyone Korlasir Easy Common
Banumi Spoken Anyone Southern Easy Common
Cerke Written Anyone Northern Easy Rare
Common Spoken Anyone Everywhere Easy Common
Common Sign Gestured Anyone Everywhere Easy Common
Cursive Written Anyone Everywhere Easy Common
Grovokian Spoken/Written Anyone Southern Easy Common
Hussian Spoken/Written Anyone Hiladrith Easy Common
Irarian Spoken/Written Anyone Western Easy Common
Ith'ession Spoken/Written Anyone Etzos Easy Common
Jourkadri Cuts Written Anyone Northern Easy Uncommon
Leni Spoken/Written Ellune Treidhart Easy Common
Murnasian Spoken Anyone Northern Easy Uncommon
Omyeric Spoken/Written Anyone Eastern Easy Uncommon
Nysin Spoken/Written Anyone Western Easy Common
Rakahi Spoken Biqaj Ne'haer/Rynmere Easy Common
Pailtic Spoken/Written Anyone Central Easy Common
Xanevic Spoken/Written Anyone Rhakros Easy Uncommon
Xanthea Spoken/Written Sev'ryn Desnind Easy Common



Language Spoken / Written Used By Origins Difficulty Commonality
Anume Spoken/Written Anyone Western Region Medium Uncommon
Arathnaka Runes Written Anyone Southern Medium Rare
Avrielian Script Written Avriel Athart Medium Uncommon
Basa Spoken/Written Anyone Northern Medium Uncommon
Devakian Spoken Anyone Iulure Isles Medium Rare
Euthic Sign Gestured Anyone Augiery Medium Uncommon
Haltunga Spoken/Written Lotharro Uthaldria Medium Common
Ku'aric Spoken/Written Anyone Central Medium Common
Lorien Spoken Avriel Athart Medium Uncommon
Nidtaic Spoken/Written Anyone Western Medium Common
Ominowa Spoken Anyone Central Medium Uncommon
Perwarshian Spoken/Written Anyone Northern Medium Common
Pij'thak Spoken/Written Anyone Northern Medium Uncommon
Rifaish Spoken/Written Anyone Western Medium Common
Sulnysian Spoken/Written Anyone Northern Medium Rare
Umaya Spoken/Written Qi'ora Nashaki Medium Uncommon
Umhini Spoken/Written Anyone Southern Medium Common
Vahanic Spoken/Written Anyone Quacia Medium Common
Vauni Spoken Aukari Sirothelle Medium Uncommon
Vorkelien Spoken/Written Anyone Hotlands Medium Uncommon



Language Spoken / Written Used By Origins Difficulty Commonality
Ancient Language Spoken Eidisi/Immortals Viden Hard Rare
Dehasin Spoken Human slaves Athart Hard Uncommon
Draketh Spoken/Written Knights Valaris/Rynmere Hard Rare
Dregneen Spoken/Written Anyone Western Hard Uncommon
Dydahi Etch Spoken/Written Anyone Southern Hard Rare
G'ni Spoken/Written Anyone Eastern Hard Uncommon
Gihysian Written Anyone Hiladrith Hard Rare
Kaswa Gestured Drithai Monks Hiladrith Hard Rare
Naratrien Spoken Anyone Western Hard Uncommon
Qa Written Yludih Uleuda Hard Rare
Sau'ei Written Aukari Sirothelle Hard Rare
Shay'ava Spoken/Written Shay Unknown Hard Extremely Rare
Tree Talk Mimicking Tunawa Magani Hard Uncommon
Ulehi Spoken Yludih Uleuda Hard Uncommon
Unnamed Tongue Spoken/Signed Quiet/Anya/Yvithia Special Permission Hard Exceedingly Rare
Vucostic Signs Gestured The Cauldron Central Hard Rare
Xototi Spoken Anyone Southern Hard Uncommon
Yjik Spoken/Written Anyone Central Hard Rare
Zekarian Runes Written Anyone Iulure Isles Hard Rare



Broken



Easy: To level an easily learned language to 'Broken', you must have 1 Knowledge gained from practicing/learning about the language, and you must spend 25 skill points to purchase this rank.

Medium: To level a medium learned language to 'Broken', you must have 2 Knowledge gained from practicing/learning about the language, and you must spend 35 skill points to purchase this rank.

Hard: To level a hard learned language to 'Broken', you must have 3 Knowledge gained from practicing/learning about the language, and you must spend 40 skill points to purchase this rank.

Conversational



Easy: To level an easily learned language to 'Conversational', you must have purchased the 'Broken' rank, acquire 2 Specific Knowledge gained practicing the language, and you must spend 30 skill points to purchase this rank.

Medium: To level a medium learned language to 'Conversational', you must have purchased the 'Broken' rank, acquire 3 Specific Knowledge gained practicing the language, and you must spend 40 skill points to purchase this rank.

Hard: To level a hard learned language to 'Conversational', you must have purchased the 'Broken' rank, acquire 4 Specific Knowledge gained practicing the language, and you must spend 50 skill points to purchase this rank.

Fluent



Easy: To level an easily learned language to 'Fluent', you must have purchased the 'Conversational' rank, acquire 3 Specific Knowledge gained practicing the language, and you must spend 35 skill points to purchase this rank.

Medium: To level a medium learned language to 'Fluent', you must have purchased the 'Conversational' rank, acquire 4 Specific Knowledge gained practicing the language, and you must spend 45 skill points to purchase this rank.

Hard: To level a hard learned language to 'Fluent', you must have purchased the 'Conversational' rank, acquire 5 Specific Knowledge gained practicing the language, and you must spend 55 skill points to purchase this rank.

Swear Words

"By the Fates.." or "...if the Fates will..." Really anything about the fates makes sense.
"Rynmere's fire!" Referring to what's called the 'white fire' of the giant beast Rynmere.
"By the Seven.." or "What the Seven..?" Refers to the Sacred Seven, the original seven lords of the noble houses. Those not familiar with Rynmere history may also interpret these expressions as talking about the seven original beings who supposedly shattered after the Immortals creation.
"Peace to the Athivel." An expression than means rest in peace.
"Rookid" A title for someone who is morally lacking. A common insult.
"Wagon Nagger" An expression for someone who 'gets around'. A common insult.
"Bogs!" An expression for 'crap'.
"Fek" or "Fark" I'm sure you all can figure this one out.
"Sard" Another expression for the term above. Also means to have intercourse.
"Syroa's bloody fury..." A phrase that mean 'oh my god' or 'what the heck'.
"Fod-sack" A good-for-nothing individual.
"Foul born" A title for an individual who's existence is less than dirt.
"Skich" Pertaining to an unpleasant situation, person, or thing.
"Wago" An individual who spends time with or has had intercourse with someone of the same gender.
"This is a fire fight..." or "Bloody fire fight!" A phrase used when regarding aggression, a complicated or hostile situation or person.
"Koyar" Pertaining to an individual who gossips, or enjoys adding to gossip, for personal gain. Can sometimes mean 'Harlet' as well.
"________'s Balls!" Another expression of 'crap!'.

Benefit of the Skill, Linguistics



Having and using the Linguistics skill goes hand in hand with languages. Therefore, characters benefit from not only learning languages but studying the rhetoric, dialect, origins, and similarities between languages.

Novice Linguistics: Select 2 easy level languages. You may rank up to 'Broken' in these languages for free. You may learn a maximum of 4 languages.

Competent Linguistics: Select 2 easy or medium level languages. You may rank up to 'Broken' in these languages for free. If you have a language/languages of the rank 'Broken' already, you may level it/them to 'Conversational'. As another option, you may choose 1 language to level to 'Fluent' for free. You may learn a maximum of 8 languages.

Expert Linguistics: Select any 2 languages to level to 'Broken' for free. As an option, you may choose 2 languages you've learned already to level from 'Broken' to 'Conversational' or 'Conversational' to 'Fluent' for free. You may learn a maximum of 12 languages.

Master Linguistics: Select any 2 languages to level to 'Broken' for free. As an option, you may choose 2 languages you've learned already to level from 'Broken' to 'Conversational' or 'Conversational' to 'Fluent' for free. You may learn a maximum of 16 languages.

Legendary Linguistics: Select any 2 languages to level to 'Broken' for free. As an option, you may choose 2 languages you've learned already to level from 'Broken' to 'Conversational' or 'Conversational' to 'Fluent' for free. You may learn a maximum of 20 languages.

In addition to the bonuses listed above, the Linguistics skill also confers an additional bonus. For each Skill Level of Linguistics, the PC gains the ability to buy points for languages at a discount. At Novice, each skill point purchased towards a languages counts only as one skill point, but at Competent, they get two skill points for every one they spend. At Expert, they get three skill points for every one they spend, and at Master, they get four. At the highest tier, their skill points count for five times the normal amount, meaning it takes the PC one-fifth the skill points to master a language. 

As an example: If the PC wants to buy a language that costs 35 points to level from nothing to Broken, the advantages would be thus:

Novice = 35 points. Competent = 18 (17.5 rounded up). Expert = 12 (11.6 rounded up). Master = 9 (8.75 rounded up) Grandmaster = 7.

Languages F.A.Q



Q. With this new update, where does a 'basic' language fall?
A. 'Basic' Language = 'Broken' Language.

Q. Can players assume there are NPCs in cities to teach languages they're looking for, regardless of whether the language is listed or not with the city and/or NPC?
A. Yes, players can assume this, however, it is recommended that players send the prophets of that city a PM or post in that city's OOC forum or questions forum regarding which NPC may know the language or if it needs to be moderated.

Q. Can I learn more than 2 languages without the linguistics skill?
A. No, unfortunately not. You must put points into linguistics if you wish to learn more languages.

Language and the Loyalty Bonus



In order to promote and encourage long-term involvement in a city that the PC is invested in, the PC may opt into a "Loyalty Bonus" for the primary language of their city. If the PC remains in the city for one Cycle, they may take the primary language of that city up to the level "Broken" for FREE. If they remain in the city for one Arc, they may take the primary language of that city up to "Conversational" for FREE.

This is explained as the PC picking up colloquialisms and other tidbits of the language in their everyday dealings in the city. The more time they spend in the city around the languages, the more they would recognize the intricacies of the language they are commonly around.

Additionally, a PC who is FLUENT in the primary language of their city may add +2gn to their daily wages IN THAT CITY. So if the PC is fluent in Ith'ession and works in Etzos, any job threads completed in that area would be subject to the +2gn bonus. However, if that PC moves to Rhakros, the +2gn bonus is lost, and the PC would have to learn Xanevic to regain the bonus in Rhakros. This can be explained by the employers of the city looking more favourably upon those who speak the native language of their area.

Located below is a list of the CURRENTLY OPEN CITIES, their primary languages, and whether or not they qualify for this bonus. This list will be updated when/if cities are opened or closed.

Language City Loyalty Bonus?
Rynmere Common No
Viden Common No
Sirothelle Sau'ei/Vauni Yes, may take either / or
Scalvoris Scalveen Yes
Athart Lorien (Avriel), Dehasin (Slaves) Yes
Etzos Ith'ession Yes
Rharne Common No
Ne'haer Rakahi Yes
Uthaldria Haltunga Yes
Augiery Grovokian yes
Nashaki Umaya Yes
Desnind Xanthea Yes
Ivorian Common No
Quacia Vahanic Yes