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The origins of the Modern Tongue
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At the dawn of what the inhabitants of the Eastlands call "The Age of War", a group of Midland scholars had begun studying languages in depth for the purpose of diplomacy. At the time, humans spoke a variety of languages, which were loosely categorised as Sox (/sox/), Ksan (/ksaŋ/), Yrhog (/ʒʒ͡ɹog/), and Dzul (/d͡zul/). The scholars, led by Mboljo dzof Nkazi (/b̃oʎo d͡zof k̃azi/), decided it would be advantageous to create a common language for all humans.
Mboljo surmised that the contemporary meetings between the Midland Kaödiyes (/kao̯diʒes/ in Modern)—the autocratic leaders of the region— would eventually develop into some sort of union, effectively predicting the birth of the Confederation of Soksan. His Kaödiya, Nguksa dzof Tsjem (/g̃uksa d͡zof t͡sjem/), was one of the leading forces of the confederation movement. She strongly believed that a united humanity would be more likely to achieve world peace and harmony, and concluded that an egualitarian confederation between the Midland humans would be the best feasable start.
Knowing his lady's intentions, Mboljo craftily introduced the proposal to standardise the language to her. Nguksa was very enthusiastic and would later present the plan at a meeting. After a heated debate, and after assuring the other Kaödiyes that the new language would incorporate plenty of regionalisms, the warlords agreed.
The scholars shaped the language in an unprecedented way. The writing system was based on dwarven Vulgar Runes: Mboljo worked with the celebrated dwarven runemaster Trùskr ízgrameer (/tɾyskɾ izgɾame:ɾ/) to create letters loosely based on dwarven logograms.
For example, the dwarven logogram for the word "Vaz" (meaning "land"):


It was adapted to form the letter svan (pronounced /w/ or /u̯/, latinised as ⟨v⟩):


And it was chosen to symbolise the first letter in the word "vamde", meaning "(known) world". At Trùskr's suggestion, Mboljo decided to add letters not just to represent sounds from human languages, but also from the dwarven language, such as /y/. After that, he quickly created letters for the sounds from elven and even greenskin languages, such as /s̠/ and /ɪ/. In fact, he became so fascinated by his own work, that he exercised his creative freedom to create words based on those from non-human languages, such as "qvajome" (/ʀwajome/), based on the sylvan "qvaj muun", meaning "kingdom". Naturally, Mboljo also created ways of expressing sounds from other human languages, such as /ʒʒ͡ɹ/ from Yrhoksul.

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