For most of the continent, prevailing winds come out of the east and blow west. Southernmost Hanist sees prevailing winds out of the west and blowing east.
Languages and ScriptsEdit
- Fae, Tzavarim, and Luminal
The alphabet used by the Fae Court, the alphabet used by the Tzavarim, and the alphabet used by the Luminals are all related to each other in roughly the same way that historic Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek alphabets, respectively, are related to each other: there are some shared characters, but not enough for a reader of one of them to read another.
The spoken language of the Fae and Tzavarim have about as much similarity as modern German and English: there are a few cognates and shared roots, but speakers of one language can't really communicate with speakers of the other.
Spoken dwarven shares some root words with the languages of the Fae and the Tzavarim, but again, not enough for any comprehension.
- Other Races
Most other races, including humans, Minotaurs, Kobolds, Reptilians, Orcs, and Goblins, use a script that is related to the Fae or Luminal scrips as the Latin or Greek alphabets are to Futhark: some vague similarities at best. Most of these races share a common language, which is related to the spoken Fae or Tzavarim languages as modern English is to Republican Latin or Ancient Greek: a few similar words here and there, but not enough to allow communication. There are traces of Orc native language in orc names and places names in Menkgu and in Orc-built fortifications in the mountains conquered from the Dwarven Safeholds.
Minotaurs have a formal language, mostly used for philosophy, with a slightly different alphabet that compares to the common script as Old Hungarian does to Futhark: many overlapping characters, enough to make things confusing. Formal Minotaur corresponds to the common speech as the Slavic languages do to modern English: aside from loanwords, the languages use different root words and grammar.
The native language of the Reptilians can be rendered in the common script about as well as Welsh can be rendered in Latin letters: poorly, and with very different meanings. Any older Reptilian scripts have been lost under the oppression of the Empire of Night. Native Reptilian speech is completely unintelligible to non-speakers, similar to the difference between modern English and some of the more obscure eight tone Chinese variants.