Slimcreeper wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:46 pm
I assume that the racial languages are magical in nature at their core. It's the only way I can accept that all orks speak a language in common that they all understand, even with their short life spans and hundred of years spent in kaers.
that idea. The idea of languages being racial instead of geographic has irritated me in, well, every game ever, because it's stupid and they all do it
. But if they're part of each race's Great Pattern, then... well, that could be another ridiculous D&D trope that Earthdawn actually makes sense of, which is totally a thing that Earthdawn does all the time.
That implies, then, that Thera and Throal stand out as big enough entities to have Great Patterns that can support their own national
language, such that people in Thera, by virtue of being Theran, all speak Theran, and people in Barsaive.. all speak Throalic, even after all that time in kaers. Not because everyone has to take five years of it in grade school, but because Throal, by venturing out first with The Earthdawn and asserting their claim over the province, has established themselves magically. (And I'm not sure if this idea strengthens or weakens that idea in Thera that Thera's Great Pattern has been damaged by the loss of Barsaive -- but the fact that Barsaivians no longer speak Theran, then, would totally support the idea that they have
lost Barsaive, in a Great-Pattern-y kind of way.)
This is awesome. I'm, like, stupidly happy about this. Thank you for throwing that thought out! That actually works