Aeai (pronounced AY AY) is the oldest living language in Ethnis, with a history reaching back over 15,000 years. It is most commonly spoken among the Verin, though by sheer prevalence appears within non-Verin spaces as well.
From The Accounts of The Adventines
At first, I mistook them for a street performance. A group of friends, all Verin, traveling together, seeming to sing to one another. It was only once they caught me staring and pulled a confused and excited face (I must be the first human they ever saw), that I realized that it's just how their language sounds.
"What language was that?" I asked our guide.
"Aeai," she said, before diverting my attention back to the museum looming ahead of us. "You can learn about that later. Aren't you here to learn about Aempis' many conquests, first?"
(Following the concept of Linguistic Relativity)
Aeai is an ancient tongue revised over thousands of years. It has numerous dialects and children, making it easy to discern someone's age by the linguistic standards they adhere to.
With a robust lexicon, countless adjectives, and complex conjugations, it's a linguistic rabbithole that lends itself to digging into a topic.
Birthright speakers tend to be a bit more deliberate and detail oriented, sometimes to a fault.
It adds time, but history has shown us how badly translators can misinterpret an original work in translating it poshumously. I will not stand to have my postulations and precepts bastardized so easily by time.
If you do not speak Aeai, but you do speak another language, you have some relative fluency, and can understand Aeai about as well as described below. If you do not speak any of these languages, Aeai is gibberish to you.
If you know Sazasharanare, you can grasp the basics of spoken language, such as what the subject is.
You understand gesticulations, but written word, idioms, and art are all lost on your remedial understanding of Aeai. You cannot speak it.
1 degree easier to learn
Saza is not pretty coming from the mouth of a native Aeai speaker. It makes them sound so cold. Aeai is a tonal language, but not in the same way Saza is, so most emotional affect is lost entirely.
Pair that wih how expressionless some Verin seem to make a habit of being, and you get a hint of why Saza and Aeai nations frequently butt heads.
If you know Pheraeai, odds are that you already know Aeai. If somehow you don't, however, you find it an intuitive, albeit coarse language.
All aspects of Aeai are easy to grasp, but your communication is slow and halting and important descriptors are easily lost.
2 degrees easier to learn
The priestess, somehow, did not speak Aeai. She spoke to one translator, who translated it into Aeai for the next translator, who translated it to our guide in Saza, who finally translated it to us.
It was translated to me from our translator, whose native tongue is Spanish and whose English is basic. The length of each leg of translation varied widly, I can only guess at what rich details were lost.
It's a bit heartbreaking.
If you do not know any of the above languages, Aeai is unintelligible gibberish.
Root Languages and Successor Languages are the languages which Aeai is adjacent to.
If you speak an adjacent language, learning Aeai is easier. Refer to the relative fluency section to determine how much easier it is.