Read/Write Language (None)
The Read/Write Language skill
doesn't work like a standard skill
A character automatically knows how to read and write his or her native language; the character does not need ranks to do so.
Each additional language costs 1 rank. When a character adds a rank to Read/Write Language, he or she chooses a new language that the character can read and write.
A character never makes Read/Write Language checks. A character either knows how to read and write a specific language or doesn't.
To be able to speak a language that the character can read and write, he or she must take the Speak Language skill
for the appropriate language.
A character can choose any language, modern or ancient. (See below for suggestions.) The GM might determine that a character can't learn a specific language due to the circumstances of the campaign.
There are thousands of languages to choose from when a character buys ranks in Speak Language or Read/Write Language. A few are listed here, sorted into their general language groups
A language's group doesn't matter when a character is buying ranks in Speak Language or Read/Write Language. Language groups
are provided because they pertain to the Smart hero
's Linguist talent.
This list is by no means exhaustive-there are many more language groups
, and most groups contain more languages than those listed here.
Algonkin, Arapaho, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Shawnee.
Apache, Chipewyan, Navaho.
Ancient Greek*, Greek.
Gaelic (Irish), Gaelic (Scots), Welsh.
Estonian, Finnish, Lapp.
Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, English, Flemish, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Yiddish.
Coptic*, Middle Egyptian*.
Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit*, Urdu.
French, Italian, Latin*, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish.
Akkadian (aka Babylonian)*, Ancient Hebrew*, Arabic, Aramaic*, Hebrew.
Belorussian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian.
Burmese, Sherpa, Tibetan.
Azerbaijani, Turkish, Uzbek.
: Hungarian (aka Magyar).
*This is an ancient language. In the modern world it is spoken only by scholars, or in some cases by small populations in isolated corners of the world.
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