Celestial Language in The Morning Realm | World Anvil


“Valor, you cry. The song is dead in your mouth. You speak corpses and think you know Faith. I have seared my eyes upon the Gods. Surrender, for I am the Divine Conqueror. I leave no doubt in my wake.”
Celestial, also known as the Divine Tongue or Sacred Tongue, is the language of the Gods. Anyone can learn to pronounce and understand Celestial, but few can learn how to truly speak it. Most speakers can only truly learn a word or two, and can otherwise only be understood by others who have studied Celestial. A true speaker is universally understood when they speak Celestial, even when the listener has never heard Celestial before and has no other language in common with the speaker.   The only humanoid who can speak true Celestial fluently is the High Monarch of the Castellan Kingdoms, who is bestowed the language as one of the Twelvefold Blessings.


  Celestial is a polysynthetic and rythmic language, where a single word can often serve as an entire sentence. A word is composed of several morphemes that add to the meaning of the word. An example from the Thaumaglossia is the lesser invocation colloquially called the Healing Word.  
"I heal you"
The Healing Word is constructed from six morphemes, and usually spoken over eight beats, with a beat of silence between én and tos. Màg or "Make" is held for two beats, when elongated to three the meaning shifts to "ease", when it is shortened to one it becomes "force".

Ecclesial Celestial

Ecclesial Celestial is the Celestial used by the clergy of the Temple of the Twelve. It is more accurate to say that Ecclestial Celestial is composed and preformed than to say it is spoken, as most preformers of Ecclestial Celestial cannot form sentences or even construct basic words of their own.   Even experienced composers and scholars of Celestial struggle to speak it, and usually rely on a simplified grammar where the morphemes are transformed into words and used in a similar structure to Imperial Common to communicate using Ecclesial Celestial.

Celestial Choirs

  When a choir sings together in Celestial the harmony can occasionally bridge into true Celestial even if none of the singers themselves are true speakers. These transcendental choirs are rare, perfecting the harmonies that bring out the true celestial takes decades of practice.
  Temples will usually have one or more members of the clergy reciting tales and myths about the twelve, and the language is often described as song-like and hymnal, even in temples that do use a single speaker rather than a Celestial Choir.  


  Thaumaglossia is the proper term for Celestial as a Spellcasting Language. The term Thaumaglossia is derived from Sirenic θαῦμα (c: thaûma, “wonder, miracle”) and γλῶσσα (c:glôssa, “tongue, language”). The word can be translated to "Miracle Tongue" or "The Language of Miracles". To use the Thaumaglossia, a divine caster must invest their magic into the words.   The Thaumaglossia builds on Ecclesial Celestial, and much like the Ecclesial variant most of the divine casters who do use Thaumaglossia are unable to speak or form sentences in the language.   Theologists have long debated if the power of Thaumaglossia derives from the divine nature of the words or the beliefs and the meaning the language holds to the caster. It certainly holds true that the Thaumaglossia has little value to a spellcaster that is not particularly religious.   Some of the most powerful invocations known in the realm, the divine Words of Power, are Thaumaglossia.


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Language FamilyCelestial
  • Ecclesial Celestial
  • Thaumaglossia

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    Dec 31, 2021 11:05 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

    A really fascinating take on the "true tongue" trope :D Like i've already said, the "you speak corpse" line is really striking. I also like the detail about the grammar and how lengthening syllabes change meaning. No wonder few people can speak it fluently XD

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    Dec 31, 2021 12:43 by Annie Stein

    Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the opening quote, I'm always worried how they'll come across. I think the polysynthetic nature is one of my favourite additions, it's such a cool linguistic feature

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    Jan 5, 2022 12:45

    I really like the idea of Celestial being more integrated and woven into the magic (divine, in this case) of the world. Usually it's Draconic and wizardry, but it's such a rich field of ideas to tie it in like this. It makes a lot of sense metaphysically, and just creates a lot of fun ideas.   Are there different 'dialects' for different gods? Good or evil? Any secret words or phrases that provide particular power to particular spells but only known by some gods/clerics etc? :)

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    Jan 5, 2022 13:08 by Annie Stein

    Thank you! Divine Casters came before the arcane, after all!   There aren't really good or evil gods, it's all just a matter of perception and what aspects of the deity is invoked. There's definitely a lot of secret words and phrases in and based on Celestial. Those who do learn a word (like, truly) are often said to wield it. The language is often seen as a weapon in and of itself.

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    Jan 7, 2022 13:52

    Interesting consept! Is celestial just so hard to learn, that the people can't learn it properly even if they try, or not all of it is known by the mortals, or is there a magical/physical reason preventing them from learning? What would happen if they did learn it? Would they be able to use magic so well that they would become like the gods?

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    Jan 7, 2022 14:11 by Annie Stein

    Thank you! Celestial is near impossible to learn even a single word of less because of the grammar and more because it's a language that requires you to deeply and thoroughly understand what you're saying. You cannot say Faith unless you understand faith deeply and thoroughly and it's an important part of your being. Without that, it's just sounds, not Celestial.   The High Queen/King is the only mortal who can speak Celestial like the gods do due to their blessing, but on it's own it's just a language that's universally understood. Using it for spellcasting requires you to be able to cast spells and have strong enough magic to power up a word. So like, just knowing the word KILL isn't enough to kill someone. You need to be a strong enough spellcaster and use a ninth level spell slot to use it as a spell. I hope that clears things up ^^

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    Jan 18, 2022 10:33

    I finally got around to read your article and it is such a nice read! I love the phonetic aspect of the language and the difficulty to truly speak. Very well done.   Also, I added it to my reading challenge article :D

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    Jan 18, 2022 11:16 by Annie Stein

    Thank you so much! I appreciate the link.

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    Jan 29, 2022 22:15 by Chi

    Really liked this take on celestial language and healing word, very inspiring to see a suggestion on structure and use.

    Jan 30, 2022 23:28 by Annie Stein

    Thank you! Feel free to adapt it for your own games ^^

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