The Eastern Spire
- Common: The most wide spread language among the races of the East, it is generally used in trade and diplomatic exchanges. It’s pervasiveness is great enough that many races, humans, aasimar and tieflings especially can go a lifetime without the use of any other tongue.
- Celestial: The language of the higher realms, understanding of this language is inherent to most Aasimar. It is also the most frequently used language in the academic circles of the East other than Common.
- Infernal: The accepted language of the lower realms, the otherwise known ‘Devil’s Tounge’ is part and parcel with the other birthrights of the Tiefling population of the East. While rarely seen in more recent academic works, Infernal is a common script for those seeking forgotten or forbidden histories.
- Abyssal: The gutter-tongue of the lower realms, Abyssal still sees use, most often in the black markets of the East and in other similarly shady dealings. Rumors mount of secret texts written in this language from before the rise of the Spire, but this has yet to be confirmed.
- Avian: The few that can claim to have mastered this language often compare it to the general combination of signs, whistles and other mash-up used by scouts in the field: it’s possible to make some judgments, but difficult to know what exactly is being said unit to unit. The dialects of the Tengu vary from region to region; within a Quarter it is generally simple enough to decipher, but a Tengu rouge of the Far-Ridge would likely need a moment to understand the intricacies of a Tengu river-man in the Timberlands. When selecting Avian as a language, select a Quarter for your known dialect. Understanding another Quarter’s dialect requires a DC 10 Linguistics check for Tengu, DC 15 for other races.
- Gnoll: Surprisingly, the gnoll tribes use a far more universal tongue than that of the Tengu; many scholar use this as evidence of a time when the Gnoll were far more unified than their current state. Also, Gnolls do have a signing language that is rarely taught to outsiders; knowledge of it by non-gnoll is sure to be met with suspicion at best, hostilities at worst. Gnoll Field Signing can be taken as a bonus language with ranks of Linguistics or a high Intelligence bonus, baring that a teacher can be found for those outside of the gnoll race.
- Draconic: Spoken by all the reptilian humanoids, Draconic is a source of controversy among the academics of the East. One school of thought notes that there was at one point a great number of works written in draconic, perhaps containing histories beyond that of what is known today. Others object, either citing the lack of validation by celestial or infernal sources prior to the Spire’s rise or the…questionable source of such documents (the kobold scholars tend to take offensive at the implied insult, causing further difficulties in cross-referencing). While draconic is a common language for no other reason than the ease of communication with one of the largest learned populations in the East, it’s acceptance in academic writings is slow outside of kobold circles.