The Tongue of the North
If you’re coming to the Blood-Clans of Jorikk for the first
time, we recommend taking a moment to familiarize yourself with the
intro material on the website, found at http://kenzerco.com/jorikk.
While differences may be found in the
local dialects of the many and varied Fhokki clans and tribes of the
Wild Lands, more remarkable is their consistency. Indeed, the
similarities of the three primary Fhokki dialects offer clear evidence
of a shared kinship between all Fhokki peoples.
The three primary Fhokki language
dialects are distinct to the regions that use them. The Fhokki of the
Middle Wild Lands, stretching from the eastern slopes of the Byth
Mountains to the Great Eastern Steppe beyond the Jorakk River,
primarily speak Hargg. The Torakki, who have dwelt upon the northern
tundra for untold generations, hold to the old forms of the Torakki
tongue, and do so proudly. The Skarrns and the Dunnvigr speak Skarrnic
Fhokki. Within these three primary dialects some local variations may
be found, especially within Hargg, but for the most part those concern
differences in accent, idiom and slang.
The Fhokki dialect with which we
concern ourselves here is primarily Skarrn, the tongue of the folk of
Skarrna, and the Dunnvigr. Emphasis has thus been placed upon
Skarrnic constructs and usages, as a treatment of the Fhokki tongue as
a whole stretches beyond the scope of this work.
As to written forms, our
understanding of Skarrn must come entirely from the Skarrns, for the
Dunnvigr still regard quill, ink and the scribbling of words onto the
semi-permanent medium of paper as a thing to be wondered at,
distrusted, sometimes feared and, for the most part, ignored. The
Dunnvigr, and indeed many Fhokki, see writing as, on average, a waste
of time and, at worst, a sort of rune-magic used by foreign sorcerers
to trap the essence of a person or reality. More moderate and
reasonable Dunnvigr view writing with some reluctant acceptance, even
regarding it as a sort of oath-making, where thoughts and spoken words
are made concrete and thus bound un-breaking in the world, much as is
done in a blood-oath ceremony.
This PDF is a primer to the Skarrnic Fhokki dialect and contains
hundreds of definitions of vocabulary specific to this tongue within
its 35 pages.
GMs will find this resource of eminent utility in adding localized
flavor to adventures taking place within the realms of the Blood Clans.