The Spoken Era includes everything that predates modern written records. It spans the creation of the world itself, to the mythic years when the Gods themselves walked the earth, up until the first High Queens and Kings.
Water is vital to mortal life. It springs from ground, flows along the land and drains into the sea. Along the way, certain types of water gain magical properties that are beneficial to alchemy. These waters are often harvested and traded.
Chthonic is an infectious and dangerous language that lurks in ancient textbooks and old ruins. Once exposed to it through written works or hearing it spoken at length, learning it is unnaturally simple.