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    So the High Mordentish is French, Balok is Romanian, Vaasi is Danish, Falkovnian is German, and Luktar is Hungarian? Not sure what Low Mordentish or Lamordian are, though "baern" is definitely Scots and "schloss" is definitely German.
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    PATTERNA

    Patterna is the native tongue of the Vistana. No PC without Vistana blood (half-vistana) may choose Patterna as a language, unless the giorgio is specifically taught the language as a gift. And gifts as such are hard to come by.

    Common Sayings, Adages, and Proverbs of the Vistana
    "Of the blood": to have Vistani blood.
    "The ignorant know not how to address their betters, and there is little profit in correcting them": on the subject of accepting the term vistani from giogios.
    "Path to the Home Forge": the destination at the end of the Vistana's eternal wanderings.
    "The Splintering": a song played on gypsy violin sung by the Boem tasques.
    "The War For All Time": a creation myth song sung by the Manusa tasque.
    "The Tale of Vistan": a Vistana history tale told by the Manusa tasque
    "Fulltide" - the three nights of the full moon
    "A person is Vistani by right of birth"
    "Blood Rite" - A mingling of the blood, spiritually joining two people. A giorgio invited to complete the blood rite becomes a giogoto when the ritual is over (p. 19)

    Vistana Tasques and Tribes
    The Kaldresh - suppliers of services, blacksmithing, cursed items
    ---includes: The Kamii Tribe - excel in forging metal
    ---includes: The Equaar Tribe - animals for sale, mystical figurines, familiars
    ---includes: The Vatraska - restorations, curatives, poisons
    The Boem - entertainers, enchanting, trinkets, elixirs
    ---includes The Nalat Tribe - troupes of musicians and actors; carnivals, bear wrestling, musical instruments for sale
    ---includes The Corvara Tribe - tinkers, jacks of all trades, vagabonds
    The Manusa - the workers of arcane powers, mist navigation, anti-social, tarokka reading
    ---includes The Zarovan Tribe the spirit of all vistana, ties to von Zarovich family
    ---includes The Canjar Tribe - moon jewelry, evil eye amulets

    Patterna Primer
    Vistan - the name of a mythic conquerer who the Vistana are forced to follow in their eternal wandering
    tasque - one of the three types of Vistana tribes, but these are also catergorized further
    koorah! - utterly true
    kir-yahg - make fire
    dya-lahg - leave the fire; to break camp
    vardo - vistani wagon
    prastonata - fire
    prastona - gypsy dancer who dances around the fire
    moon - month
    lunadi - by the moon, it shall be done; okay
    festival - ritual
    captain - male leader of a caravan, though vistana tribes are matriarchal
    raunie - matriarchal leader of a tribe
    endari-vitir! - all paths converge!; a vistana farewell
    giogoto - "enlightened, but not of the blood"
    giorgio - one not of vistani blood; unnatural
    vishnaad - dark blade; justice; vengeance; an obsidian knife
    feeshka - little lie
    karash - a Vistani banished from his tribe
    shalach-ti - exiled from a vistana tribe
    darkling - a Vistani karash who develops an evil twisted mind and is no longer of the natural
    tralaks - sigils carved in trees Vistana rangers use to communicate with other Vistana tribes regarding safety of campsite and clues of surrounding area
    paaterns - secret symbols left from one vistana to another
    tarokka - Vistani decks of cards that can reveal the past and future
    scar - curse
    mishamel - terrorizing torture in payment for heinous crimes, body melts
    vista-chiri - birds that follow vistani tribes
    bourdad - a dry, red berry wine, imbibed upon solemn occasions (p. 22)
    mortu - undead; a vistana who does not wander
    braxat - a Vistani poison wine which slowly immolates its imbiber
    doroq - the ritualistic telling of legends and stories around the campfire (p. 16)
    The Dukkar - a Vistani abomination in the form of a male seer, who is prophesized to bring doom upon all Vistana tasques
    etherol - a Vistani poison which slowly traps the imbiber in an ethereal state. (p. 48)
    porda - a natural curative which either heals or nauseates the imbiber (p. 40)
    zvalev - a quasi magical, intangible essence which hunts down a victim and hovers by him, radiating a fear effect (p. 64)

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    SITHICAN

    This elven language is noted for its sibilants, which earns the Sithicans the derogatory nickname of the "hissing elves." To the learned ear, numerous Sithican words and phrases seem oddly dissonant, hinting that they may have been borrowed from languages otherwise unknown in these lands. An Elven language which originated in Sithicus.

    (common greeting) e’roess
    the sun rises (common greeting) - e'roess
    the sun sets (common farewell) - e’naess
    yes - s
    no - ust
    help! - aos!
    go away! - kelos!
    darkness - loth
    stranger - nelin
    forest - sereon
    tyrant - rothihir
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    The Red Condor shrieked at Sir Darvig in full wrath. Wings flapped storms of fire across the sky. "The Mage-God grows in power swifter than it appears to Paladine. This I know. A warning," Sargonnas told Darvigl, "for you to give to Paladine in your prayers."

    I will, Darvig uttered.

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