Sylvan language - can you talk to animals?


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I am going to be playing a druid and I was trying to figure out what animals the Sylvan language allowed you to communicate with. The language description in the Linguistics skill states that you can talk to centaurs, fey creatures, plant creatures, unicorns), while in the druid description is says it is the language of woodland creatures.

Does sylvan allow you to communicate with animals or just fey and such?

thanks
Kelly

Scarab Sages

It only allows you to communicate with creatures that have a language, likely Fey. Animals are categorized by having an Intelligence of 1 or 2, and thus have no Languages to speak of.

Your God of Knowledge,
Nethys

Sovereign Court

Gotrek22 wrote:

I am going to be playing a druid and I was trying to figure out what animals the Sylvan language allowed you to communicate with. The language description in the Linguistics skill states that you can talk to centaurs, fey creatures, plant creatures, unicorns), while in the druid description is says it is the language of woodland creatures.

Does sylvan allow you to communicate with animals or just fey and such?

thanks
Kelly

right woodland creatures capable of speech, which animals are not, but if you encounter an animal with a high intelligence due to magic that knows sylvan, then yes you can talk to it.


To answer the question as in the topic:
"Sylvan language - can you talk to animals?"

Yes, you can. But they wont answer... =) (sorry, couldnt resist)


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

As was stated, if they have an int of at least 4 or higher, they are sentient. Most sentient animals/magical creatures that live in the forests learn sylvan (just because that's what is spoken there). I've always just assumed if they were smart enough to learn a language, they know a language appropriate to their environment.

Note however, that it's the int, not whether they can talk. A magical wolf might have an Int of 8, but unless the magic modified his vocal chords, he still can only bark whine and whimper. Doesn't mean he can't understand, just not speak. Fantasy lore is rife with magical animals that can't speak but can understand languages.

Really it's up to you how you want to treat it in your game (if you're the GM, if not, it's up to your GM). However, if your animal companion ever gains enough intelligence to be sentient, it would likely learn whatever language YOU speak the most. Just like a cat that gained sentience in a human city would likely learn common, and a falcon that gained sentience in an elven realm would likely learn elven.


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Interesting though though, what happens when you put a Collar of Int +4 on your dog. That boosts him to a 5 or 6 when it's on. So... does he become sentient, or just a super super smart dog? I don't think I've ever seen anything in writing about it. :)


Teydyn wrote:

To answer the question as in the topic:

"Sylvan language - can you talk to animals?"

Yes, you can. But they wont answer... =) (sorry, couldnt resist)

Ha, excellent point.

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