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§ What the Kue? That is no baby sound or pigeon call. §

Cuòuae (< Cuòa "correct") is an ancient language with many dialectal boundaries in Arden, but more specifically, the Kue Continent of the Ancients. Kue was first discovered by a series of migrations from the Dark Continent (Worshop) and Mt. Kravòkalla in Arden. Evidence of the Kue tongue are seen in the "Book of the Morning," and the Creation Accounts. The first dialect of Kue recorded by scholars was Cáterneàsh. The name was attributed by the scholars to the Ancients or Gaggkon, who remained on the continent, when the scholars arrived to the Kue Continent before the reign of King Exiv. This was probably before or during the Pre-Historic Era. In the "Book of the Morning," it was called the "correct" language spoken.

Artist: Kallen © 2001
Queen Seòsceià of Àirgèos was cursed
by her sister, Lady Ellaphnoír of Eluíra

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When King Exiv went into the horizon, to "find his kingdom," he knew the language of the Ancients, but most communication done during his reign was done by the "Collective Thought." Vocal speech was not common during his reign, and the only ones who used vocal and "mind" speech were the elves. After Exiv's fall, evidences of another dialect arose with Kue, when people learned to speak vocally again. Fortunately for those who forgot vocal speech in Exiv's kingdom, the elves living in the East taught vocal speech to those who forgot how to speak. About this time, a migration of Nash nomads and sojourners from the south brought their speech to the Kue Continent. The origin of the Weàlsh language is derived from the mentoring of the elves and the Nash Migration of the South. Among those who arrived with the Nash Migration was Tarloc, the Father Historian. He also is known as the Great Prophet and some say he could've been Jax reborn.

§ The Kue or Cuòuae Dialects of Kue Continent. §

  • Cáternóich (High Cáterneàsh): This is the dialect spoken predominantly by the elves in the Eàsceànn (Eastern Corridor); Cátern, Eluíra and areas of Thoris Port. Most of what you have seen recently (on the website and in writings) has been Cáternóic. Apart from the other dialects, the runes seen for Cáternóic do not have letter-equivalents to the letters: W, V, K, Z, J, Q, Y or X.

    The oldest dialect on the Kue Continent is Cáterneàsh, a lower form of Cáternóic, which was spoken by the Gaggkon. Evidence of the Cáternóic Runes are seen and are usually associated with the Gaggkon, the Ancients. The original settlers of the Kue Continent spoke a form of Ardònic, the language of Mt. Kravòkalla and Krav. This speech merged with the dialect of the ancients to form Weàlsh Kue, the language of man.

  • Weàlsh: Not to be confused with the Welsh language in Great Britain, this tongue is the dialect of men of Dunsha, Kue Proper, Welmor, Dephas, Sheíbban, etc. Granted there are variations in each of the Twelve Kingdoms of Men, but the common tongue for man is Weàlsh. It is also the feudal tongue of the Kue Empire today. Many of the names of places, gods and heroes seen on this site are Weàlsh. For instance: Wuàde, Kuírbha, Welmor, Alkagora, Daulky Kinkayle, Vall, etc. During the Sixth Era, many eastern settlements were renamed by historians and scribes with Weàlsh names during the reign of King Ilùviuks.

    Incorporated in the Weàlsh dialect remains the original traces of Nash, the language spoken by Tarloc, the Historian. Tarloc arrived from the desert lands of Onaisha, deep in the south regions of the Xèmas Continent, the "golden continent." Some of the Nash names, such as Exiv, Owedæghax (Jax), Akkævall, Sunokwatz, Xandràxan, Satash, etc. were incorporated into Weàlsh Kue. Whilst the Weàlsh Runes are similar to Cáternóic, there are English letter-equivalents for over 30 sounds in Weàlsh. High Weàlsh include extra runes, making diphthongs and letter combinations like CH, KH, SH, etc.

  • Rhuíash: This dialect belongs to the dark elves in the Artic regions of Arden, The Arm of the Dragon, Draccòna, Racha-Àirgèos, Mirror Island and Solcrànous (Fellowship of the Crown), the Great, Northern Capital of elves. It is almost a dead dialect, and very few speak it. It has become a battle tongue for the elves of Cátern and Ely. Since there are no derivatives or correlation between Cáterneàsh or Rhuíash, this has enabled the elves to speak a "secret" tongue. Legend has it that Queen Saskía originated this dialect, but there is enough proof to state that this tongue existed before her time. The only correlation to Cáternóic and Rhuíash are the runes and the same letter-equivalents. Rhuíash do not have runes for the sounds of W, V, K, Z, J, Q, Y or X. There are traces to this dialect in the "Book of the Morning" when a feud arose between Saskía and Lady Ellaphnoír in Ely. Most especially, Rhuíash is seen in the "Golden Book" of Jax. Jax fluently knew the tongue and encrypted his journal with the dark, elfin tongue. It is quite possible that this too was the language of the Abjurants and the Children of the Morning. Today, it is a forgotten language.

  • Ilùvian: Not really a dialect, but during the reign of King Ilùviuks, the King used wordplay on many of the sacred names of Cátern, like Ikhthrako, Ikhthrakon, Axis and Kuíl. The origin of Ilùvian is debatable. Some say, during the Sad Era, many of the elfin lands in the east were inhabited by men, and many of the men who wrote Weàlsh, brought their dialect and runes with them. The Shreeves and Nobles of King Ilùviuks pride their utterance of Ilùvian, saying King Ilùviuks coined the dialect during the Kíette Era.

    The Nobles say that King Ilùviuks fashioned his own kingdom dialect, incorporating both Weàlsh and Cáternóic, to spite the elves in the East and King Tristan. Ilùvian was commonly spoken in the Ikhthrakon Corridor. Other traces to this dialect are not found elsewhere in Arden or the East. It was known as the "fire fief's tongue."

  • § Outside The Kue Continent: §

  • Ardònic: This is the language of Krav and Mount Kravòkalla. This is also the language of the Archivon Warriors in Arden.

  • Nash: This is the mother tongue in the southern continent of Xèmas, where the famous Historian, Tarloc arrived. Nash and it's several hundered dialects are incorporated throughout Xèmas.

  • Worggànic: This is the dark tongue of the inhabitants of the Dark Continent, the place near Mount Kravòkalla where Kuírbha recruited an army against King Exiv. It should be noted but there are similarities to the Worggànic Tongue compared to the Kue dialect of Rhuíash. It is a mystery, but perhaps, Rhuíash is an offshoot of the dark tongue of Worggànic. There is a term in Rhuíash that gives reference to the dark tongue of Worggànic (Mharagganóish). Jax makes mention of this also in the "Golden Book of the Elevated Sunbeam," that the two tongues are similar. Worggànic was the mother tongue spoken with the Bibhon and Kuírbha in the Ardònic Pantheon.

    § What's the difference? §

    Hopefully, as you browse this website, the names will not confuse you. Some of the names may not even make sense or correlate. Even some of the discourses you'll read here, do not seem to follow a sound syntax. One of the hardest dialects to follow is Cáternóic, because of the use of lenition (softening), the absence of articles and plurality (in some cases). This complexity, fortunately, was never incorporated in the Weàlsh dialects of man. To the elves in Cátern today (those who do not speak the anathema tongue of Ilùvian), it is a sacred dialect, commemorating the origins of the Gaggkon, who mysteriously disappeared before the arrival of King Exiv. The original "Book of the Morning" for the Kue Continent was written in Cáterneàsh.

    Below, there is an example list of some names and their origins, relative to Cáternóic.

  • Akkævall (Wsh < Nash, Akkad baux, "magical foot" > Cat & Rhu, Eàchabhàull). This is the name given to the Woman of Desire, exiled in the Nash Desert. She was named for the "fall of Dunsha City," and, according to legend, she was Lady Ellaphnoír of Ely, who was banished for her curse against the Northern Kingdom of Elfs.
  • Axis (Ilv < Wsh, Aka, "magic" ~ Cat, Àicseàon, "raven"). The fortress of Shalíes, the Invincible. King Ilùviuks gave the beautiful, elfin city of ravens the name of "magic" during the Sixth Era.
  • Kuíl (Ilv < Cat, Cùllaigh "destruction" ~ Wsh, kíel, "fish"). Plotting to keep the secrets of Kàul Island hidden, Ilùviuks' father, Stuíw, gave the name Kuíl to the surrounding community, known for its fine Fish Markets, as a premonition to the rise of King Ilùviuks.
  • Treíkayan (Wsh > Ilv & Cat, Tristan, "fervent one" ~ Cat, Treàchaòainn or Treàstòain, "truthful one"). Seen with various translations in the "Book of the Morning," this is either a direct reference to King Tristan or his next of kin. Some say it's an allegory or a metaphor for a golden kingdom.
  • Xandràxan (Wsh < Nash, Xàndras, "wolf" ~ Cat, sandreàs, "yellow" ~ Ard, ksndr, "yellow"). The famous name of the evil wolf in Arden, the enemy of time, is associated with bad luck and the color yellow. The origin of the name Xandràxan is Nash.
  • Krav (Wsh & Nash < Ard, Krymb, "mystery" ~ Cat & Rhu, Craimh, "quill"). This is the famous Quill Bearer and guardian of the Realm of Arden. The word, Krymb, is the Ardònic paraphrase of the term. Since Ardònic is not a known language and only spoken at Mt. Kravòkalla, all records and traces of the Ardònic Runes are gone. Krav and Mt. Kravòkalla perhaps are the only two terms carried on from the language of Krav. Possibly, the Children of the Morning and the Archivon Warriors know the language, but they would have to be found first and alive, to learn the language. Therefore, it is a language considered forgotten.
  • Mharabhàunt (Cat & Rhu < O.Cat, mharabhàunt, "bitter taste"). This title or name applies to the Deity in the Concordant Summit. It also the God of the Abjurants, and the elfin god of judgement. All dialects of Kue recognize this term the way it was originally written in Cáterneàsh. Since the term no longer is carried by any sacred sect, the term has been somewhat forgotten.

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