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Just for fun, I decided to go through various PF products and compile a list of languages.

From Core Rulebook:

Abyssal
Aklo
Aquan
Auran
Celestial
Common
Draconic
Druidic
Dwarven
Elven
Giant
Gnoll
Gnome
Goblin
Halfling
Ignan
Infernal
Orc
Sylvan
Terran
Undercommon

From Bestiary:

Aboleth
Boggard
Cyclops
Dark Folk
Sphinx
Tengu
Treant
Vegepygmy

From Bestiary II:

D’ziriak
Grippli
Protean

From Inner Sea World Guid:

Ancient Osiriani
Azlanti
Hallit
Jistka
Kelish
Osiriani
Polyglot
Shadowtongue
Shoanti
Skald
Strix
Tekritanin
Thassilonian
Tien
Varisian
Vudrani

From Into the Darklands:

Canto
Gug (but see below)
Orvian
Necril
Sakvroth

From various other products:

Cyrunian (AP 14: Children of the Void)
Ceratioidi (AP 32: Rivers Run Red)
Elder Thing (AP 46: Wake of the Watcher)
Mi-Go (AP 46: Wake of the Watcher)
Varki (AP 50: Night of Frozen Shadows)
Erutaki (AP 51: The Hungry Storm)
Flail Snail (Misfit Monsters Redeemed)

Are there any that I'm missing? Also, I'm not sure if "Gug" is still its own language. It's noted as a separate language in Into the Darklands, yet in Bestiary II, gugs simply speak Undercommon. Thus I'm assuming Gug is no longer a language.

Scarab Sages

Freaking awesome list!
Thanks for putting this together.


Thanks for putting this together and listing sources. I happen to have an archeologist-themed character who is obsessed with learning every language in Golarion. Happily, to this end, the DM allows me to pick even ancient dead languages when I put skills in Linguistics. Ancient Libraries ftw! Then of course he forgets I know them when the "ancient language riddle" comes along :p. I love home games.

Sovereign Court

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Excellent work generic Villain! With skills like this you need to be working for the Pathfinder Wiki forthwith at:

http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Pathfinder_Wiki

Nearly all of the languages you list are there, categorized and searchable. There may be some you don't have too like Minkan and Garuda.

Start at this index page for the languages:

http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Languages_of_Golarion

However, you got one we haven't got in Varki. I can add it but do you want to? If you don't know how people there can help. Offer of joining us is very serious!

J


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...and then they named him their king, and took many ranks in Linguistics.


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Fleanetha wrote:

Excellent work generic Villain! With skills like this you need to be working for the Pathfinder Wiki forthwith at:

http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Pathfinder_Wiki

Alas, I don't have time to work on much PF-related stuff these days. I mainly work in "spurts" when the stupid real world leaves me alone long enough to do so. Rare occasions.


I think you can add Drow Sign Language to the list. It's a bonus language available for drows.

Frog God Games

Impressive list, but...

Polyglot is a descriptive word for someone who knows three or more languages. It's not a language itself. (Unless Paizo made a language named "polyglot" but I would find that to be very strange.)

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Chuck Wright wrote:

Impressive list, but...

Polyglot is a descriptive word for someone who knows three or more languages. It's not a language itself. (Unless Paizo made a language named "polyglot" but I would find that to be very strange.)

They use Polyglot in Serpents Skull as the local language spoken in Mwangi.

I think the idea is that there are actually multiple local languages and rather than dealing with 10 local dialects you take polyglot to pick them all up. Not sure about that though.

Contributor

There's a undecipherable script of a dead/lost language mentioned on page 6 and page 37 of BotD III (yeah sorta kinda maybe yes implying that it's the same language for both those brief references).

Frog God Games

I find that very strange, indeed.

It's like naming a language "bi-lingual". But ok. :D

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Chuck Wright wrote:

I find that very strange, indeed.

It's like naming a language "bi-lingual". But ok. :D

Again, I'm making an assumption here... it's not a single language, but rather than burden characters by requiring they take 5-10 slots to speak a collection of similar languages they take polyglot instead

Sovereign Court

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Pathfinder Wiki is now updated with Varki Generic Villain plus a comment to thank you for the spot.

Liberty's Edge

Artemis Moonstar wrote:
Thanks for putting this together and listing sources. I happen to have an archeologist-themed character who is obsessed with learning every language in Golarion. ...Ancient Libraries ftw!...

You and me both, my friend. You and me both.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

Thank so much! I have sort of a language fetish.

Dark Archive

Chuck Wright wrote:

I find that very strange, indeed.

It's like naming a language "bi-lingual". But ok. :D

It's the catch all term for the various dialects of the various Mwangi sub-groups*. I guess the designers thought "polyglot" was a good name for a language that is actually a group of languages similar enough that speakers of one are able to understand speakers of another.

Per the ISWG, it is believed they all come from a lost root langauge.

* these sub-groups arguably have about as much in common as (say) Kellids and Ulfen do, but are lumped together for convenience.


Polyglot may, amongst the other things, refer to person or language created from fusion of multiple languages (mixed language or pidgin).


We've gotten a few more languages since the creation of this list. These are the new ones from the books I own, there may be others...

From Distant Worlds

Spoiler:

Brethedan
Shobhad
Shortwave

From Dragon Empires Gazetteer

Spoiler:

Dtang
Hon-La
Hwan
Minatan
Minkaian
Nagaji
Samsaran
Senzar
Wayang

From Bestiary III

Spoiler:

Adlet
Catfolk
Chemical Communication (Ghorazagh only)
Empath (Carbuncle only)
Garuda
Girtablilu
Kech
Sasquatch
Shae
Tanuki
Thriae
Vanaran
Vishkanya
Yithian

And I'm not sure which book it's from, but seems to be missing from the first post:

Spoiler:

Taldane

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

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Gluttony wrote:
And I'm not sure which book it's from, but seems to be missing from the first post:** spoiler omitted **

We treat that language as Common in the Inner Sea region of Golarion—the idea is that the most prevalent language of the larger area (continent, planet, whatever) where your campaign is set counts as Common. So for example, if your campaign is centered in Tian Xia, Common would be Tien instead.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Other languages I've seen:
Thieves Cant (Mother of Flies page 56)
Kech (City of Seven Spears page 24)

Probably retconned languages:
Daemonic (Varnhold Vanishing page 36); I don't think I've seen any actual Daemons listed as speaking this, it just shows up as the language for one Soul Eater


^Kech is also in Bestiary III.


Lord Gadigan wrote:

Probably retconned languages:

Daemonic (Varnhold Vanishing page 36); I don't think I've seen any actual Daemons listed as speaking this, it just shows up as the language for one Soul Eater

Bestiary 2 Soul Eater has only Abyssal and Infernal. Exact release dates of Varnhold Vanishing and Bestiary 2 would have to be compared. I guess that Kingmaker used Tomb Of Horrors 3.5 Soul Eater which was later updated for PF in Bestiary 2, which also included update of daemons - who hadn't got their own language.


I didn't see this post and created my own list for my campaign's wikidot page. My list only includes the Core rulebook and the Bestiary, but also lists which creatures speak each language (per Bestiary 1).

It is here: Complete list of languages


This is the the most complete list I can find using Hero Lab. No sources just a quick cut and paste list.

Aboleth
Abyssal
Adlet
Aklo
Aquan
Auran
Azlanti
Boggard
Brethedan
Catfolk
Celestial
Chelaxian
Chemical Communication
Common
Cyclops
D'ziriak
Daemonic
Dark Folk
Draconic
Drow Sign Language
Druidic
Dtang
Dwarven
Elven
Ettin
Flail Snail
Garuda
Ghol-Gan
Giant
Girtablilu
Gnoll
Gnome
Goblin
Grippli
Halfling
Hallit
Hon-La
Hwan
Ignan
Infernal
Jistka
Kech
Kelish
Kuru
Minatan
Minkaian
Nagaji
Necril
Orc
Orvian
Osiriani
Osiriani, Ancient
Plantspeech (fungi)
Plantspeech (gourds)
Plantspeech (seaweed)
Plantspeech (trees)
Polyglot
Protean
Sahaugin
Samsaran
Sasquatch
Senzar
Shadowtongue
Shae
Shoanti
Shobhad
Skald
Sphinx
Strix
Sylvan
Takritanin
Tanuki
Tengu
Terran
Thassilonian
Thriae
Tien
Treant
Undercommon
Vanaran
Varisian
Vegepygmy
Vishkanya
Vudrani
Wayang
Worg
Yithian


Chuck Wright wrote:

I find that very strange, indeed.

It's like naming a language "bi-lingual". But ok. :D

I think it's more like calling a language "pidgin" or "creole". I took it as implying that it's a composite language, mostly understandable by everyone in the region, but not native to any of them.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

New languages from "Rasputin Must Die!"

Spoiler:

Balachka
Greek
Russian
Church Slavonic


Generic Villain wrote:

Just for fun, I decided to go through various PF products and compile a list of languages.

** amazingly complete list of languages **

Are there any that I'm missing?

Kasatha, spoken by the race Kasatha, from the Advanced Race Guide.

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