Aeyano Language in Pathfinder: Crusades | World Anvil


Aeyano is an ancient language that was once spoken all over the Masoud Desert. While the predominant language for several centuries, the arrival of tourists and travelers alike caused a bit of a culture shock. With those outsiders that settled in the desert, their native languages became tangled with the locals and as time went on, Aeyano was phased out. The villages that clung to the language now have a loose grasp on it, transforming it into a new dialect of their own. The only group of people who speak traditional Aeyano fluently are The Ashiali Tribe that reside in the Lothorn region of the Masoud Desert.   As such, it's commonly referred to as the "serpent's tongue" by those outside of the tribe. While records of the language exist, it's treated in a similar vein to other ancient languages which is to say, those old texts are left to collect dust and the only ones who genuinely care about preserving it are scholars who major in linguistics. Many ancient languages are a popular subject to learn, but given the lack of public knowledge on Aeyano, there hasn't been much interest in it.

Writing System

It is important to note that Aeyano was not the first language to grace the Masoud Desert. It shares similarities with other older languages that have survived in its wake, all of them tying back to a single parent language that rose from the region that now houses villages such as Ankasi. The script itself is written horizontally and right-to-left. The font itself is as fluid as a snake in the sands, cursive with lots of flourishes that make Aeyano texts look decorative.   As such, it's not uncommon to see these ancient texts scattered throughout cities, adorning homes and businesses as a form of decor rather than a form of history. Aeyano branched off into several new languages, one being Eutiya which was mostly spoken in the far eastern reaches of the desert. Eutiya wasn't nearly as stylish as its predecessor, cleaning it up to rid the language of any hieroglyphs that had proven themselves to be tricky to younger generations.

Geographical Distribution

The Ayeano has been exclusive to the region of Lothorn within the Masoud Desert. While some villages in other regions may speak it as well, their grasp on the language is loose due to a lack of linguistic resources to learn from.


There is a lack of hard consonants within Aeyano, giving the language a very soft sound despite its modern reputation. Most words sound like a gentle hiss, with emphasis always placed on the first syllable of their words. With so many soft consonants and many vowels, it has a tendency to make outsiders trip over their tongues.

Adjective Order

Quality or a proper adjective is established first, followed by any descriptors that may be relevant to the conversation such as colors, sizes, or ages. When speaking of quality, they follow up with the object or person's purpose. Opinions, if they are publicly shared, come last to everything else.
Spoken by
Common Phrases
  • "Lesh idha sudish tan dusad.": Warm, comfortable farewell. "May warm sands guide you home.".
  • "Siwu anah iz lilsh tan!": Cheery compliment. "The sun is smiling for you!"
  • "La kashu iz nudshim fen la mukshu.": Insult to imply that one's words are the worst they have to offer. "Your bite is worse than your venom."
  • "Sosteu!": This one's fairly simple and translates to, "Fuck!".
  • "Tida neshti.": "What's done is done.". While a phrase of defeat for many facets of life, it's said with a quick shrug before the Ashiali move on.
Common Female Names
Tovia, Ishmala, Etanie, Maliyahu.
Common Male Names
Tizrak, Bakmi, Jahmet, Reskel.
Common Unisex Names
Levia, Elsam, Janai, Raiku.

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