The Peasant's Guide to Roleplaying
Using the Old Tongue
The Old Tongue is the language of ancient Temuair. It is based closely on Gaelic. Look at your spells. They are named after the Gaelic word for what they do. Another example is Dubhaimid: evil creatures. Dubh means darkness in Gaelic. Dubhaimid means, basically, demon. You will find Gaelic a fascinating language if you examine it closely. But continuing on-- let's not get off track! Old Tongue words should be slipped in whenever possible. Try never to say "fire spell" when you can say "srad," unless, maybe, you're a kind of person who answered "A" or "C" mostly on "Who Are You?". There are several phrases you can use in the Old Tongue that will associate well with the theme. I take all of mine from a Gaelic-English dictionary called the Gramadach Lexicon.. Here are a few of my favorites:
Dar ny Niaughyn! = "By the heavens!"
Ny Beayntee = The blessed souls
sagart = Priest
Slaynt! = A toast, "To salvation!" or "To health!"
Noorey vie ort! = "Good luck to you!"
Slane lhiat! = "Farewell!"
In Character: Temuairians ceaced speaking the Old Tongue thousands of years ago, but it is still used in proper spell names, even as it is archaic. It's casually spoken sometimes, especially in religious communities. As I have noticed, namely Cail, but this is no precedent.
You will find many Aislings who speak with defined accents. As opposed to "Hello, how are you", they may say " 'Ello, 'ow are you", or in my case, " 'Ello, how do ye be this day?". These are excellent ways to make yourself seem more authentic. You should pick sounds to pronounce differently, and stick to this system. Make use of apostraphes. They are the key to utilizing accents. However, though accents are fun, be wary. I've encountered a few too many people who make "Hello, how are you" become " 'e'o, 'ow ah y'", or something of the like. Avoid things like this at all cost. No matter how important or entertaining accents are, remember what I say: "Conversation is the key." If your accent impairs effecient and audible conversation, it is a good idea to change it. Ask a number of people if you think it's questionable, especially if you intend to speak in public. A few 'ellos, and "ye"s make it more interesting without impairing conversation. Archaic sounding words such as thy, thee, and so on, are effectife, if used properly. Thy = Your, Thine = Yours, Thee = You. You'll notice that they corrospond to the "Me" forms. My, Mine, My, and so on. That may sound a bit confusing, and it isn't very important, though it's a tad interesting. You may want to reread it, but it is nothing vital.
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