This is a cryptic language that is the delight of Dwarven
artisans and explorers that pursue the world in search of the strange creatures known as Elementals
. Speakers of this language are generally Dwarves
, Rune Mages
themselves and a variety of spirits in strange places of the world have been known to speak this language without any indication as to why. The script for Protarchikós and its four dialects were created by Dwarves
and it stands as a point of pride that their race was the first out of the Elder Races
to encounter and fully catalog these strange creatures and their method of communication.
The earliest appearance of this language is unknown, Elementals
themselves are believed to be among the most ancient creatures in the world as they are a halfway point between being part of the world and being an independent creature. While there is debate over the age of the language, the age of the script is solidly known and recorded by the Dwarves
with no small degree of pride and accomplishment because they not only created the script for Protarchikós but they were able to decipher the root language of these creatures within a few decades. The script for Protarchikós was designed to be different from the known scripts of the world at the time and while it seemed impractical to some at the time the script was designed so that you could form an individual letter with one continuous motion of the hand. This language has a large presence as an academic study for spellcasters, explorers, and a sect of mapmakers that are interested in the vast underground network of tunnels and caverns that permeate the world due to the abundance of three types of Elementals
in underground areas.
The advantages of speaking this language lie in the fact that four different species of Elementals
to include Fire, Earth, Water, and Air all have a basic understanding of this language and can answer in it to some degree. While communication with an Elemental
is inherently difficult there are recorded instances of accomplished speakers being able to persuade an Elemental
to help them dig out of a cave-in and lead them closer towards the surface. The disadvantage of this language is that while it is a root language there are four different dialects that are spoken more commonly and the Protarchikós language will give you only a basic understanding of their speech and almost no understanding of their individual scripts.