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Languages - Proficiencies

Language Group

There are several different language groups through out the world.

For humans there are three primary language groups:

Each of these languages would require a character to spend one proficiency slot to learn to speak the language, and an additional slot to learn to read and write the language. Knowledge of the main language group is sufficient to understand all of the dialects in each language group.

There are other languages a character can choose that are used by other races in the world that are more homogenous then the human languages. Elven, Dwarven, Gnomish, as well as the many other racial languages are all possible to learn if a character wishes to spend the appropriate proficiency slots on learning them.

Each race gets its own language as a free slot at character creation. For humans choosing the language groups from their native area is typical. This does not give the ability to read or write that must be acquired separately.

This is a partial list of the many potential languages that the many intelligent creatures of the world use. Each of these creatures has their own language and possibly understands other languages as well.

CreatureOrganizationOther possible languages/notes
AarakocraTribalGiant Eagles, Common
AbolethBroodany (acquires knowledge of creatures eaten)
Ape, CarnivorousFamilyown language is very basic
BeholderSolitaryany LE creature, all related species share similar language
Eye of the DeepSolitarysee above
SpectatorSolitarysee above
GauthSolitarysee above
BhaergalaSolitarycommon only, mimic any human or elf voice
BullywugTribalcommon (50% understanding)
BrownieTribalcommon, Elf, Pixies, Sprites, Halfling
BugbearTribalGoblin, Hobgoblin (own language contains lots of grunts and whistles)
Giant LynxSolitary 
Centaur, SylvanTribalElf
or Pride
Red Dragon (50% understanding)
GorgimeraSolitaryRed Dragon (50% understanding)
CloakerSolitaryvery rarely magic language of mages
CouatlSolitarycommon, most serpent and avian languages, telepathy
Blink DogPackown language is barks and yips
DolphinSchoolown language is very high pitched
Dragons separate section
Dragon TurtleSolitary 
DragonneSolitaryBrass Dragons, Sphinxes, no language of their own
DryadSolitaryElf, Pixies, Sprites, Speak with all plants, Herbae Vividum
DwarfClanGnome, Goblin, Kobold, Orc, common
Dwarf, DuergarTribalundercommon, own silent language
Giant EaglesFlocklimited telepathy
ElfBandsGoblin, Orc, Hobgoblin, Gnoll, Gnome, Halfling
Elf, DrowClanscommon, undercommon, Gnomes, Elf, own silent language
or Pairs
own language is high pitched chittering
EttinSolitarymish-mash of orc, goblin and giant dialects
FirenewtsTriballizard man, common
Giants separate section
GnollPackFlinds, Troll, Orc, Hobgoblin
FlindPackGnoll, Troll, Orc, Hobgoblin
GnomeClanKobold, Goblin, Halfling, Dwarf, Burrowing Animals
GoblinTribalKobold, Orc, Hobgoblin
Daemons know all languages
Hag Annis Ogre, common, evil giant languages
Green Hag common, Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Halfling, Hag Annis
Sea Hag Hag Annis, Sea Elf, common
HalflingFamiliescommon, Gnome, Goblin, Orc, Elf, Dwarf
HobgoblinTribalOrc, Goblin, Carnivorous Ape, common
Jermlaine common, Rats, Dwarf, Gnome, Goblin, Orc
Kelpie telepathy (with touch only)
Kenku telepathy
Ki-Rin telepathy
Kill Gulis telepathy
KoboldTribalOrc, Goblin
Korred Satyr, Dryad, Centaur, Elf
Lamia does not have its own language uses common
Lammasu common, limited telepathy
Leprechaun common
Leucrotta common
Lizard ManTribal 
Locathah Merman, Koalinth, other aquatic languages
Medusa common
Merman Locathah
Mind Flayer telepathy
Minotaur common (limited to 30% understanding)
Mongrelman none of own, debased common (50% comprehension)
Muckdweller Lizard Man
Naga always knows at least four other languages
Nixie common
Nymph common
OgreClanOrc, Troll, Stone Giant, Gnoll, Merrow, Common (Ogre Magi in Central Area)
OrcTribalcommon, Goblin, Hobgoblin, Ogre (own language has many dialects)
Otyugh limited telepathy
Pixie common, Sprite
Satyr Centaur, Wood Elf, Korred, common
Sphinx all sphixes, common (see dragons)
Sprite Elf, Common
Svirfneblin undercommon, Kuo-Toa, Drow, Elemental Earth, telepathy (own language is 30% comprehension from Gnome)
Sylph common
Tasloi monkeys, apes, common at 10% comprehension
Thri-Kreen common at 10% comprehension very rarely
Treant Elf, Dwarf, common, Herbae Vividum, most other humanoid languages at 10% comprehension
Triton Sea Elf, Locathah
Troll own language is a miss-mash of common, giant, orc, goblin and hobgoblin only 25% comprehension from area to area
Umber Hulk  
Unicorn Elf, other sylvan creatures
Urd Kobold, common
WemicPridecommon at 80% comprehension