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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sugon - Magical Monument


The inspiration for this is the AD&D Players Handbook, with a group of adventurers attempting to steal a gem from a large statue. Combine this with a statue of the Buddha, seemingly ever present in many people's homes and business, an inspiration and a reminder to people to meditate, pray and keep other principles. The Sugon is a twisted version of this, reminding evil beings to inflict suffering on their enemies.

One of the cool ideas is not to tell the players, depending upon how active they are. A statue that has no meaning to them, yet their eventually find in so many dungeons that they eventually seek out a deeper understanding.

Sugon - Magical Monument

On Nyssa, a Sugon is common slang for a creature or person of immeasurable patience few realize its meaning. Adventurers and evil creatures are more aware of the true meaning of its etymology, they originate from odd statues found in remote dungeon locations through-out the world.

This statue is made of smoothed black or dark Gray stone, most often appears to be plump human (or elf, gargoyle or bugbear) with demonic features, sitting in a lotus position, arms upraised, its face and body covered by a cowled robe. They can be a foot tall, hidden in a cranny, or thirty feet high in the main sacrificial area. Most are medium sized, found in locations where paid or suffering is common. Their face is always looking out, and its back is up against a wall. They are never on a raised dais, always on the ground or floor. Many times small offerings of coins, bones, blood soaked cloth or mirrors are left near the statue.

One of the great mysteries of a Sugon is where they truly come from. Nobody has ever hired someone to carve a statue nor does anyone ever admit to carving one. They seem to appear at night, looking for supplicants to show respect. What is even more odd is that there a many cases where a Sugon Statue will disappear and it cannot be tracked or traced, most times if a statue does vanish, a trail of brutalized bodies will be left.

One rumour, is that the Sugon can inhabit statues of their own form at any time, so best to remain calm around them as those the statue finds offence can find themselves being pummelled to death. Another legend is that anyone that meditates in front of the statue, can gain insight into the Sugon and learn from them. What they learn is different but the more time spend in quiet contemplation in front of the statue can increase the chance. The Sugon does not seem to care who or what meditates to them, just that the statue be left unmolested. Any disrespect shown will be remembered. another story, is that the Sugon is a (demi or lesser) deity of narcissism, and as long as someone meditates and shows reverence toward it, it is placated. It does not matter, who or what is meditating on the statue, as long as someone is doing it.

Anyone with knowledge dungeoneering can gain the following insights:

10: The statue is a Sugon, a non-specific force but ever-present sight in evil dungeons. It gives a bonus to those who reside near it. It does not radiate either magic or evil.

15: The statue helps those who meditate near it, after a month of continual meditation, it grants the observant a +4 bonus to anyone type of saving throw in the statue's presence once a week

20: For the most part, a Sugon is passive, letting evil and paid happen near it without interruption. If it loses supplicants or if someone attempts to harm the statue it has the following reaction (85% leave the next night, 15% come alive and destroy anyone that angers it.)

Friday, 23 November 2012

Low-Level Dungeon Encounter Table

One of my favourite things about combat in table-top role playing games is the random encounters. I always thought it a bit nasty or mean as the DM to deliberately pick creatures that you know have counter abilities to the players, which is one of the reasons I love encounter tables – you let the dice decide. I use a variation of this to throw things into disarray or just stir the imagination pot inside my head.  This can be used for adventurers up to 10th level, but the average level increase should be 5th level.

Low Dungeon

Use this encounter Master Table in a magically active area, less than a mile deep, so true underdark type creatures (Pech, Duergar) should be rare. It should be travelled on a infrequent basis by commoners, though adventurers or patrols are still there to do what must be done.

Encounter determination should be made at pre-set times, such as when a door is opened, a group descends a level, a loud noise is made, or every three hours check for encounters. Normally the base chance is 1 / 20. For every three additional members travelling together, add +3. For loud noises, add +5. All adjustments are cumulative. So a group party with seven people smashing down a door would have 1+3+3+5= 12 / 20 to attract attention. This gives a real incentive for rogue-types to scout ahead, their chance would be 1 / 20. You may increase the base rate (normally 1) as high as 5 then add the miscellaneous adjustments.

Alternate Determination: If the current roll doesn't make sense, such as a building feature due to PCs making noise, reverse the numbers (14 into a 41). If this still doesn't work, odd roll drop down to the previous listing, even roll go to the next highest item listing.

How to use this table: You may use this table during the game for every dungeon encounter check. However, consider pre-rolling a “hot-list” of the eleven (2d6) most likely creatures encountered. This way you can use the Master Table, and the hot list changes per dungeon, without players knowing what a specific dice roll is on the Master Table. I most often use the hot-list for known threats in an area, for example, if enquiring about the dungeon, and the locals say cultists and ogres, these should go on the hot list. Anything from the Master table (actually anything in the monster books or in my head may end up in the adventure) but these are the most

Features: The encounter table has a number of environmental aspects. Just like with a creatures, if something doesn't ”make sense” to you, you don't use it. I recommend you try to incorporate it, even if something is illogical or out of place, describe it that way. If all of the other doors you find are made out of wood for medium sized creatures, suddenly you find a double set of metal doors for small creatures.

1 Collapse, Deadfall
2 Angel, Deva
3 Serpent-Folk 1 - 2
4 Rakshasa, Dandasuka
5 Demon, Babau
7 - 8 Shadow Undead 1d4
9. Bats, Dread 1d8
10 Centipedes, Fast 1d12
11 Kyton 1 or 2
12 - 13 Bugbears (2d6)
14 Feature - Stairs (60% sequestered, 30% down)
15 Grick 1d6
16 Troll 1d4
17 Cave Octopi 1d4
18 Choker 1 or 2
19 - 20 Spiders or Snakes 3 - 6
21 Dark Creeper 3 - 12
22 Rhinto (often called rhino-dog) 3 - 6
23 Feature – Burial Mound
24. Feature – Mysterious sounds (echoes, howls, screams, lull-a-byes) without a source
25 Feature - Metal Grate, Chains, Column
26 Dire Wolf 1 or 2
27 Gelatinous Cube
28 Disenchanter Template (Snake, Bear, Wolf)
29 Rust Monster 1 - 3
30. Medusa
31. Green Slime
32 Troglydyte 5-12
33. Drider 1 - 2
34. Feature - Tapestry or Animal Hides or Straw
35 Feature - Magic Circle (Stones, Mushrooms, Runes) with protection vs alignment
36 Goblins 5 - 8
37 Stirges 5-8
38 - 43 Local Humanoid Sub-Table
44. Wraiths 1-2
45 Gremlin, Jinkin 3-6
46. Piercers 3-6
47 Feature - Shrine, pool or graffiti
48 - 49 Minotaur 1 - 2
50 - Giant Slug
51 Cloaker 1 - 2
52 - 53 Ratmen 4 - 16
54 Golem (Lesser: Clay, Mud, Flesh)
55 Mimic
56 Gray Ooze
57 Faceless Stalker
58 Feature - Door (trap or secret) or Porticulis
59 - 60 Lizardmen 7-12
61 Dire Bear
62 Feature – Machinery or Levers (95% broken, 5% may open secret doorway or other effect)
63 Feature - Pit (Bones, Darkness, Dead, Refuse, Water)
64 Gibbering Mouther
65 Feature - Razor Vine (d6 dmg if touches the vine, double damage if fall on top of it)
66 Terra-Cotta soldier 2 - 5
67 - 68 Ogre 2-5
69 Gibbering Mouther
70 Feature – Magical Fungus *
71 Skeletons 2d6
72 Feature - Crates, barrels, boxes (5 % treasure)
73 - 74 Mephit 1 - 4
75. Ettin
76 Otyugh
77 Belker
78 Intellect Devourer
79 Flumph (min 3rd lev sorcerer)
80 Feature – Large Statue (Person, Deity, Creature)
81 Decampus
82 Cavefisher
83 - 85 Cultist (Roll on humanoid table twice)
86 Feature – Small Statue, Stalactite or Other Rock formation
87 Slithering Tracker
88 Basilisk
89. Vampiric Mist
90 Ghoul 2d7
91 Urdefhan 1 - 3
92 Gargoyle 2d4
93 Feature - Body parts (Bone, Head or appendages)
94. Feature -Ruined weapons or armor
95 Feature -Trap (Magical spell 1st to 3rd level Effect)
96. Lurker Above
97 Feature - Dropped Treasure (d100 coins / 10)
98 Demon, Shadow
99. Daemon, Ceustodaemon
100. Feature - Gate or Portal (must be activated to use)

Local Humanoid Sub-Table:
Race 1-7 Dwarf, 8 – 14 Human, 15 Oread, 16 - 18 Lizard Man, 19 – 20 Company (Mixed Races)
Level: 1-8 2nd level; 9-10 3rd Level, 11 4th level, 12 5th level
Class: 1-3 Cultist, 4 Monk, 5-13 Fighter, 14 - 18 Finder, 19 Sorcerer, 20 Ranger

Quick Examples

Piercer, Nyssian AC 14, 3HD, HP 19, INIT -1, +8 d6+(2d6 surprise), Perception +10, Stealth +11 CMB +7, CMD +16

Centourax (fast centipede) AC 15, Move 40, HP 7, INIT -1, +14 / +0 /+1, tentacle +4 d6, Perception +5, Stealth +8 CMB +7, CMD +16 two foot long centipede,

Rhinto AC 14, HP 2HD, 9 hp, INIT +2,Bite +4 d4+1, (Horn +6, d6 / X3) Perception +4; CMB +7, CMD +16
Medium sized; gaunt doberman pincher with Blackish-Red fur white horn in the middle of its head, fast runner.


Magical Fungus: a mold that appears on almost anything in a dungeon in a two to five foot spread; non-sentient, comes in a multitude of colours. Radiates a magical effect within a ten foot radius. If consumed, Fort Save DC 14 or take d6 temporary constitution damage as a poison. If scrapped off from the substance, the magic fades in d10 rounds. These are just the most common types of fungus, there are others.

Blue Fungus – Calming, +2 on will saves skills or saves involving mental activity or concentration
Red Fungus – Rage inducing, -4 on all will saves or skills involving involving mental activity or concentration
White Fungus - Magic Absorbing, -2 on all magical saving throws; concentration check DC 15 to cast a spell within 60 ft of a white fungus
Silver Fungus – Spells have a 25% chance of rebounding on caster, 50% if cast near someone that made their saving throw


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Nyssian Piercer


One of my favourite dungeon creatures in previous editions was the piercer, a perfectly fit creature that existed in caverns. In third edition, it was nixed or morphed into something else depending upon how you view it. I liked the stupid simplicity of the piercer; you knew what it was, where it lived and what it did. 

Early in my dungeon and monster creation days, I scoured almost every book I had at home, looking for inspiration. I noticed a wickedly similar creature in the old Star Wars Marvel comics, except they lived outside, and rather then falling down, they “jumped” up out of the ground. This seemed like a much better version of what the piercer should have been...so here is my melding of old, not-so-old and just a cool idea to use as a living hazard. It's done in Pathfinder but easy enough to convert.

A stalagmite thrusts upwards, tearing your ally apart, all around you dozens of similar stalagmites jump out of the ground, impaling your traveling party.

Nyssian Piercer CR 3
N Medium aberration
Init -2; Senses Tremorsense 60 ft., Perception +13

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 13, flat-footed 17 (+4 Natural Shielding, +3 natural)
hp 19 (3d8+6)
Fort +3, Ref +0, Will +3

OFFENSE

Speed 10 ft.
Melee bite +4 d6 + 2d6 Surprise attack *

STATISTICS

Str 8, Dex 9, Con 14, Int 5, Wis 10, Cha 9
Base Atk +1; CMB +4; CMD 13
Feats Improved Initiative
Skills Stealth +19*, Perception +13
SQ Tremorsense, Damage Reduction (5/-)

The piercer appears as a stone stalagmite, the smallest being around four-feet tall. This is its outer shell. Inside, the piercer appears as a slug-like creature with a long tail. Two tiny eye-stalks protrude from its sides.

COMBAT

The piercer attacks by thrusting upwards on unsuspecting individuals and impaling them with its shell. While one piercer is not too threatening, they usually exist in colonies, anywhere from a dozen to one hundred piercers stretching out covering a range of over a thousand yard radius. Piercers often attack creatures when the meal is in the middle of their colony, presenting a hazard for creatures unable to fly or otherwise escape from the middle of the colony.

They are not too bright, but their tactics are effective when they have surprise. They exist in any environment that they can tunnel into. When their attacks no longer bring sufficient food, they begin their slow journey to richer pastures, they have hearty constitutions so they can survive for months without proper nutrition. Many evil creatures deliberately lure them to act as living hazards to protect locations. If you know where they are, you can can easily avoid them while walking close to their lunging spot. They generally don't care for intruders as long as the colony has enough to eat.

Surprise Attack: If their victims are not aware of the piercers, on the surprise round they inflict damage as a surprise, same as a rogue of their HD. 

Dmg Reduction: When piercers are below ground, they receive a 5/- dmg reduction as they are fully shielded. Out of the ground, they lose this protection.

Tremorsense: Piercers can sense any creature larger than 20 pounds within a 30 ft radius if they are moving while touching the ground.

Skills: The piercer receives a +8 racial bonus to Perception checks. The piercer receives a +15 racial bonus to Stealth checks when below the surface .

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Charr - Barbarian with supernatural tribal weapon (PC Race)


I do not play OSR, but one of the many things I love about the system structure is that of playing a race. It is cool, was always cool in older editions that your race defined much of what you were, as that was the short-hand. No need to argue about it, that's what the package was, roll, pick your equipment and lets go into those dungeons or hexes.
My games are more about style than power as I never intend to reach Epic levels, and we all have fun so they all go with the flow. But,  I want to offer different races for style and character and let them define what makes an XYZ an XYZ...and some of them really like to do that. What I would recommend is if you have munchkins that power game, this might not be your thing.

Charr

These barbarians humanoids travel the freezing wastelands and raid others to help them survive the bleak conditions, not for personal gain. Each can call upon ancient traditions to summon a primitive weapon from their dreams.
Personality: Gruff, violent with few socially redeeming qualities. Friends call them dependable allies, someone you may not want to share a drink with but will want on your side during battle. Theirs is not a true egalitarian society, but strong women often emerge, and once they are proven in battle or raids are treated as an equal. Weak boys rarely live past puberty if they do not prove themselves fit or useful in some way. Charr are pragmatists, the elderly or injured who are unable to keep pace with the tribe, are abandoned without ceremony or warning; anything that weakens the tribe is a threat to all tribe members. 
Their tribes may have one or two families, up to a hundred or so members travelling together. Tribes always determine supremacy among the leaders when they meet, then immediate accept the ranking and work as one. Petty squabbling or politics is not the Charr way. Their foes are the environment, the weather and anyone that does the tribe harm, not each other. 
Physical Description: They are heavily muscled, pale-blue skinned humanoids with deep red hair, who wear heavy furs and a backpack filled with everything they may need to survive in the wilds. They ritually brand themselves as physical reminders of personal oaths and victories. Men tend to braid their hair; women cut it short when weaning otherwise flowing long. Women tend to be taller and thinner then men and excel at archery and running, but once they are mothers they refrain from active raid participation.
Relations: Other races give them their due, as virtually everyone has a story that involves the Charr coming to aid their people in need, as they help those weaker than themselves if they have enough on hand. When possible you avoid the Charr, and hope they will do the same. Some groups make it relatively easy for the Charr to raid their towns as they are horrible allies but the wastelands are safer with them being there. Some Charr tribes collect and stash magic trinkets, and may be open to sharing their treasures depending upon the circumstance. 
Alignment: Wild, violent and unpredictable. They greatly tend towards both chaos and neutrality,as nothing they do is personal, and will not inflict injury unless they must. But if anything is in their way, that is an obstacle that will be overcome without hesitation.
Lands: Charr are nomads; they travel the wasteland in a predetermined path, hunting and resting in a predictable pattern. They do not claim the wasteland, it is merely their path, and woe to those who get in their way.
Religion: Surprisingly, these brutes tend towards peaceful and nurturing deities. Often their leaders are druids who help the tribes survive without harming the already fragile balance. Some tribes have shamans (sorcerers) who act as advisers, though they may never lead the tribe or raids but are greatly respected and are their primary spokesman for relations with other peoples.
Language: They speak their own language & dwarven; shamans often know common or faerie.
Adventurers: For the Charr, life is an adventure. In their struggle for survival, they battle the elements, tyrants, undead and anything else in the wasteland. It is quite common for individuals to leave the tribe to seek their fortune for a period of time. They are not derided in this choice; it is celebrated, as many of the tribe's best leaders have sought experience outside the tribe. 
Charr Racial Traits
+2 on climb, survival and Knowledge (Wastelands Geography)
Gain Endurance as a free feat
Call Tribal Weapon (supernatural ability, see below)
+2 strength, +2 Constitution, -2 Charisma
Racial Hit Dice: 2d10; Attack, Hit Dice, Saves, and Skills as a fighter of the same level
Base 4 skill points, more if they have exceptional intelligence, to be used on core skills only:
Core Racial Skills: Acrobatics, Climb, Handle Animal, Intimidate, Knowledge (local, geography, nature), Perception, Ride, Stealth, Survival, Swim (core skills are always available)
Level Adjustment: +2 CR
Advancement by HD levels; they do not gain a class level until 10th
3 HD gain damage reduction 1 / -
4 HD +2 to strength or Constitution
5 HD specialized in their tribal weapon; gain damage reduction 3 / -
6 HD +2 to strength or Constitution
7 HD Divine Bond with their tribal weapon as paladin ability of the same level
8 HD +2 to strength or Constitution
9 HD gain damage reduction 5 / -

Preferred Classes: Barbarian, Fighter, Ranger, Sorcerer
Tribal Weapon: Is a spiritual weapon, that all Charr learn to summon as youth in times of danger. It exists as long as they are conscious and are holding it. They must pick their weapon type below which can never change. (75% choose dagger, the rest usually choose Hammer.)
Psychic Dagger: Damage 1-6, Critical: 18-20 / X 3, Special: None / Check DC 8
Psychic Hammer: Damage: 1-8, Critical: 20, Special: X 4 damage to constructs, objects & undead. / Check DC 13
Psychic Whip, Damage: 1-10, Critical: 20, Special: Improved Disarm / Check DC 16

In normal times, a Charr can summon his tribal weapon without difficulty as a free action, however during stressed times, (calling upon the weapon with less than 20% max HP, or when grappled and does not already have the weapon summoned or situations determined by the DM) they must make a concentration check at the DC listed. If they fail they must wait 24 hours to retry even if no longer in a stressed environment. 
They cannot ever lose access to the weapon, thus If they are disarmed or try to throw the dagger the weapon dissipates. If both hands are not free, or if they cannot call out to their dreams, they cannot summon the tribal weapon. 
Each tribal weapon from the same type from the same tribe looks identical, even down to small chips on the blade. They cannot describe where the weapon comes from, the best description is their dreams.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Obelisks of the Faithful (Magical Monuments)

It is a common belief that magical energy (Chra or Mana) comes from the gods whether it is given to the faithful (Priests) or directly tapped into (wizards). How the energy is received has long been questioned, but it has always been assumed that the obelisks are the key.

Obelisks are stone structures anywhere from five to fifty feet in height that are dedicated to one of the gods. They act as altars and worship sites, but they are much more that this, they are mana conduits.  Vitae Laenum Nem I, whose source is unknown and veracity unquestioned, explains that mana is a life energy that inhabits every living thing. This energy can be given or taken with significant consequences; if taken away, the living will die. When given in great quantities manipulation of reality and meta-physical laws is possible, this practise, is better known as magic.

Every creature has a finite amount of frequency that is contained within their life force. Creatures from other worlds have an “excess” of this energy they need and can bestow it to another without being harmed. The mana from the gods is incomprehensible, and they radiate it outward from the heavens. it is important to note that the gods do not give magic, only the energy used to cast spells.  Mortals can sense this energy most often through their hearing, seeming to be a soft heavenly chorus of humming known as the frequency, and is the most recognized telltale sign of magic. After manipulation of the energy fields, there is often a kaleidoscopic rainbow-like swirl around either the source or affect that lasts for a few minutes.  

Spell-casters tap into the frequency to cast spells, manipulating this energy via various means: clerics use their holy symbol, wizards invoke ancient words of power, sorcerers seems to be mini-conduits themselves. Clerics believe wizards directly steal the frequency, and for this reason there is a bad blood between the two. There are no gods of magic or wizards known on Nyssa for this reason. Sorcerers are tolerated, as they are believed to be gifted. Wizards tolerate clerics, they think the faithful are toadies that offer coin and hollow words for favours, yet they know that if clerics ceased their acts of piety, the energy for magic, potentially would fade away.

It was the gods, wanting to help their followers, that began to send some of this energy to the mortal plane. Because these heavenly beings are unable to directly enter the mortal planes, they sent their angelic hosts to teach their followers how to build the first and maintain control of the obelisks. In the space between, the chra or raw magical energy is in oceans, swirling in currents and eddies of raw unblemished energies. (Mana comes from living creatures, chra does not, but it can be used just the same.)

Even if unmanned, obelisks conduits tap into the astral to release the energy in the mortal plane as a small outward invisible stream. Interestingly even though obelisks are dedicated to one power, all priests regardless of the god worshipped can gather the energy through any obelisk. Many are virtual temples with hundreds or thousands of faithful coming daily or weekly to give praise and sacrifices to the power they worship. Some do not have resident priests and may be visited only once or twice in a year. They are always outside, though they may have buildings near it. Most are in cities often within site of other obelisks dedicated to other gods.

It is the reliance on obelisks which is both a strength and hindrance for clerics. Many obelisks can give increased energy, power or insight, especially to their faithful. But as they get farther away from obelisk, a priest`s power wanes. There are places, such as in the Hopeless Sea, that magic cannot be cast simply because there is no nearby connection to the obelisks. While wizards and sorcerers are far less reliant on these devices, they too can fall prey to being far enough away from an obelisk that they start to lose their capacity for highest levels of magic.

Obelisks can be created in various ways, the most practical is to carve one out of stone, then have a priest bless it. These are the most common and are often great works of art, sculpted over a long time and financed by the faithful. They often have pictures of the gods or their forms on one side as well as the “common” located on another. Others appear due to wondrous acts of faith, appearing overnight as a sign of favour from the god. Lastly they can be created through spell for high-level priests who wish to spread their religion or begin a monastery.

Yet, as important spiritually as they are, an obelisk does have a physical form and it can be destroyed. It will not happen by magical or natural means. Lightning will not strike it and spells cast to harm it merely reabsorbs the energy used to cast the spell itself.  Deliberate acts of violence by mortals can destroy the obelisk as if it were a mere stone monument. Most have the faithful as well as other guardians protecting them and it is only after a long protracted struggle could most obelisks be left vulnerable to such attacks.

Every obelisk can be used as a exiting teleportation site by any outer planar creature. Creatures can only step through if they are allied to the dedicated god and there is a cleric willing the creature to step thru. There are other unique magics such as resurrection spells which can only be cast near an obelisk.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Nyssarian Languages


At some point many years ago, when creating my own campaign world, I thought that there was too little emphasis on languages. If it's a world, a big world, shouldn't there be lots of them. The problem, of course, is that it can get in the way of in-game action.

Most creatures speak at least two languages, their own and the most common language of the area, so a party with a human, dwarf and elf can be almost anywhere in the world and find someone in a town or tribe that they can speak with.

For script, if in a human town use Nyssarian. If in the forest, use faerie. Everywhere else, assume they use the Dwarven script, exceptions noted.

General Languages Guide

The common tongue is also known as Nysarian; approximately 90% of all humans know this as their home-speech, as do those humanoids who reside near human communities such as gnomes & halflings. Many integrated races do not have a racial language.

Elves speak Faerie, the language of the fey. Bardic music is written in faerie script.

The language that mortals call Draconic is actually Lizardith. Dragon is a language that only dragons can speak and few scholars understand. It is believed Dragon has no script. Most adult dragons know at least three languages, but if you are pleading for mercy, do so in Celestial.

Lizardith is the standard tongue and script of all lizard-men and all other intelligent reptiles. Lizardith has a script that is 99% the same as Dwarven, but they claim it as their own. Lizard-men rarely use magical runes, they prefer talismans.

Dwarven is widely used and recognized. Most mountainous regions & creatures in the spirelands speak Dwarven. It has a script that is virtually identical to Lizardith and both claim it as their own. It is by far the most common written language, as almost 90% of all magical runes are in this script.

Hembrian is the language of the old magical empire that once spanned the domain. Only wizards may learn this out of campaign; in game, characters may learn under the right circumstances, it takes two slots to learn both the verbal and written forms. (4 skill slots in total) This is the equivalent of read magic as a skill not spell.

Celestial is the language of the holy heavens, used in parts of the Spirelands and the Phastian desert; the faithful of Japeth and Quanna also learn this for use in their rituals

Oromian is known as the trade tongue or simply Trade; Oromians prefer speaking Nysarian. On the Isle of Oromos, Oromians speak this to the native elves.

Dral: sound-less hand code, named after the honoured elves of the same name. Only elves may learn this out of campaign; in game, characters may learn under the right circumstances. The gestures are so subtle, non-fluent watchers must make a Sense Motive Check (DC 12) to even realize some sort of message was sent.

Shaerl: oriental language of the far east. Unlike Nyssarian magic, Shaerl magic is also written in their native tongue, thus anyone can activate these runes by speaking the command words.

Phastian: language and script for the southern desert lands, some speak Lizardith or celestial as well.

Minotaur: Often called Horn; standard language for the Knossil, Jahlen, Orynix and Ferrasil. When needed they use Fae script, but none of these races use written communication regularly.

Druidic: An evolved version of Faerie, uses a different script as well. There is total comprehension between the two. Awakened animals can apparently understand druid but cannot fathom Faerie.

Sylvan: non-existent; replaced by Faerie

Phaetox: same as Auran

Ignan: non-existent

Giant: Evolved Giants use the Dwarven language and script. Unevolved giants speak their own gutteral language without script

Terran: Equivalent to Dwarven

Infernal: Commonly used in Keranic ceremonies; it is rumoured Oromian merchants write contracts between themselves in Infernal

Abyssal: some areas of spirelands use this; there is no known script but runes are common for simple messages or warnings.

Shellar: language of psionic humans; do not use a written script but a telepathic one. For the Shellar, a picture can say far more than a million words. Non-natives simply get the mood of the picture or hear instrumental music.

Most used languages (in order of usage): Nysarian, Dwarven, Lizardith, Faerie, Minotaur

Most used Alphabets:  Dwarven, Nysarian, Faerie