What language does the Swarm speak?


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My vesk soldier wants to speak the language of his 'greatest foe', and to him, the Swarm, which forced the Veskarium into a treaty, is that foe. But what language do they speak?

It would be nice if Shirren and Swarm both spoke the same language, as he'd have a relatively common third language, but given that the Shirren broke from the swarm generations ago, that seems to be an unreliable bet.

Anyone have information from Alien Archive or some other official source I haven't seen?

Grand Lodge

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they speak mind-hive

Silver Crusade

Given they're telepathic I'm not sure they have a language.

EDIT: Wait, no. You still need a language for telepathy.

Grand Lodge

think starcraft zerg


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I feel like Shirren is probably the closest you can get if you are not part of the hive mind, there are probably nuances that can't be picked out of 'the old words' unless you are part of the Swarm.


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My guess is the swarm speaks any language of any sub race it has incorporated, at least on a local level. They unlikely have 1 language. Although if you decided on a single progenitor race for the Swarm (they had to start somewhere) then making up a language for them and having that be the de facto Swarm language would make sense.


Kerrigan. The swarm speaks Kerrigan.


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ohokwy. wrote:

Given they're telepathic I'm not sure they have a language.

EDIT: Wait, no. You still need a language for telepathy.

I think limited telepathy is a Shirren thing that they kept when splitting from the swarm.

The swarm probably has a closer connected telepathic ability, which projects thoughts, feelings, and ideas: a core concept of everything the other party knows and feels as opposed to having a need to convert it into words.


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According to Alien Archive, the Swarm speak Shirren.


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David knott 242 wrote:

According to Alien Archive, the Swarm speak Shirren.

Thank you for that info! That makes my choice more useful day-to-day as well as fitting my conception. Sweet!

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