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Questions relating to setting-specific use of language in RPGs. Questions about real-world languages should be tagged with the specific language instead.

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What would a Warlock understand from written spells outside of their class, via Eyes of the Rune Keeper?

This related question asks if you could transcribe a ritual spell to the warlock book via the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation regardless of spell lists, and the answers were generally "yes, but you ...
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Does Shapechange allow you to speak a language you don't already know?

The 9th level spell Shapechange gives you many of the traits of the creature who's form you assume: ... You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies, in addition to gaining ...
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Are any languages similar enough to be partly understandable?

I am running a campaign, and somehow my 4 friends have managed to pick 11 different languages in addition to Common (which they all have). Of these 11, one (Elvish) is known by two people, but the ...
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Can Awakened Mind let you affect creatures that don’t share your language with spells that require them to understand you? [duplicate]

Spells like Mass Suggestion require that the target(s) must be able to hear and understand you. The Great Old One’s Awakened Mind allows a Warlock to telepathically speak and be understood by anyone ...
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Controlling Summons via alternative means

The summon monster spell can be very useful and powerful, but one of the limiting factors is the ability to give summons complex commands. What's the point of your celestial eagle if you can't tell it ...
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Does the recipient of a message sent by a Great Old One-patron Warlock using Awakened Mind “hear” the thought itself?

Warlocks with the Great Old One patron get the Awakened Mind feature at 1st level (PHB, p. 110), which allows them to telepathically speak to any creature they can see within 30 feet. Part of the ...
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Is there a spell or magic item that allows a character to speak a language she doesn't know?

I have a player at my table that wants to use the spells disguise self and comprehend languages to pass herself off as an Orc so she can walk through a vast war encampment, which sounds great to me. ...
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If a Ranger chooses “fey” as their Favored Enemy, what languages can they choose from?

The ranger's Favored Enemy feature description says: When you gain this feature, you also learn one language of your choice that is spoken by your favored enemies, if they speak one at all I am ...
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What are the official languages available to players?

The D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook lists some languages on page 123, giving players with characters who can choose a language a number of choices. There are other sources of player-choosable ...
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Can Communication or Mind Reading be used to speak with someone who doesn't share a language with you?

I'm looking at the Psychic's Telepathy Power. It's functionally two powers. It's the Communication power and Mind Reading power. The mind reading power does not require the Comprehend power to ...
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In AL can humans choose an exotic language as starting language?

In AL can humans choose an exotic language as starting language? We know that it is possible to obtain exotic languages through the background and that it is allowed learn them, but can you already ...
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Can a customized background provide two exotic languages in AL?

When customizing a background, you can choose a combination of 2 languages or tool proficiencies. Is it AL-legal to pick 2 exotic languages as your background languages? I'm asking this since I don't ...
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Can tongues allow a PC to speak and understand druidic and any other secret language?

The spell description says: This spell grants the creature touched the ability to speak and understand the language of any intelligent creature, whether it is a racial tongue or a regional dialect....
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Interaction of Master of Intrigue and Tongue of Sun and Moon re: NPC perceptions

First of all, our group assumes that Tongue of the Sun and Moon is similar to Tongues, and that both abilities produce an audible effect that mimics the function of language but does not replicate it. ...
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When using the spell Tongues, are you speaking the actual language? [duplicate]

When using the spell Tongues, is it obvious that you are using a spell to be understood, or would it be possible to convince someone that you know the language? For example, if you wanted to disguise ...
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How to get the most languages with the fewest level investments?

How can I optimize a character in regards to known languages? Unearthed Arcana, Multiclassing and such are allowed, as are feats. I am not interested in every single possibility to get a language, but ...
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Perfect Deceit with Tongues

I would like to play a character who excels in impersonating people. Of course, a high Deception skill comes in handy. But what if I want to impersonate an elf, a dragonborn or an orc? (Alter Self, a ...
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Every language character optimization

I've been theory crafting how to design a linguist character who is able to read and speak every language. I managed to accomplish this with a level 20 wizard who takes Signature Spells on tongues and ...
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Overview of common languages per plane

For my current campaign I'm exploring lore options regarding planar travel for NPCs and PCs. Where in the books can I find more information about which languages are common in which planes?* I'm ...
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Which languages are used for Spell Scrolls?

My guess would be Draconic, and for specific spells: Infernal, Celestial and/or Primordial. Is there an official list of which languages are often found on Spell Scrolls in 5e?
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Does Comprehend Languages allow one to understand Thieves' Cant?

Would someone under the effects of comprehend languages understand Thieves' Cant? Specifically, would they understand the meaning of what the person was saying and not just the words?
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Does Comprehend Languages let you understand secret languages?

We came to a point where one of my teammates cast Comprehend languages, but I still spoke in Druidic (actually just for the lolz, but it still raised the question): Does Comprehend languages allow ...
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Do either Speak with Animals or Awakened Mind let me use Command on animals?

The spell Command states the following: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can see within range. The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or follow the command on its next turn. ...
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Does using Speak with Animals with silent speech allow speaking telepathically to animals?

[Inspired by this question] Ghostwise halfling, a halfling subrace in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide has the racial ability silent speech. Silent Speech: You can speak telepathically to any ...
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Do non-rank skill bonuses in linguistics grant bonus langauges?

Does a character gain bonus languages for other bonuses to the linguistic skill such as from class skills, feats, or traits? Whenever you put a rank into this skill, you learn to speak and read a ...
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How can an Apallie infiltrate a humanoid society if it only speaks sylvan?

The appallie ooze can assume humanoid form and try to fulfill its desire to become one. But how does it interact with humanoids if it only speaks sylvan? The only core race that has sylvan as a ...
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Why aren't the languages Auran/Aquan/Ignan/Terran listed as choices in the PHB?

It seems to indicate that Primordial is actually the language of elementals in 5E, but the Monster Manual seems to suggest otherwise by listing Auran as the language of Air Elementals, Aquan for Water ...
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How do you determine the language a creature is speaking?

okay, so I have a Mute Musician mermaid who speaks canto via castanets. My aboleth masters had taken away my voice and cursed all of my writing to be in the aboleth language before they sent me to the ...
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Are Imps incapable of speech or is my DM messing with me?

So, I am new to DnD and have been having a conversation with my DM about restrictions she is putting on my Warlock (pact of the chain), such as limiting my short rests to only one per day to restrict ...
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Learning new languages

Im building a character and have been going over the races and happened to have a thought while looking at languages. Races tend to have languages they know, and then learn from high int scores. Are ...
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Overcoming language barriers in Starfinder

Since Starfinder has been released I've been interested in using it as a system for an exploratory kind of campaign. Imagine West Marches meets Star Trek. There's a lot I and the people I'm playing ...
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learn the name of an unknown language

In a game I'm in, we have a script written in an unknown language. We can use comprehend languages to read it. However, is there a method to learn the name of the language itself?
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Except for PC Rogues, who else knows thieves’ cant?

The Thieves’ Cant feature lets you hide a message in a conversation, providing the person you are talking to also knows thieves’ cant: During your rogue training you learned thieves’ cant, a secret ...
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How can I talk to anybody the most easily?

I want to be able to talk to whomever we may come across. Despite keeping Linguistics maxed, I don't know every language out there; enter Tongues. There are several items which grant Comprehend ...
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Does speaking Giant mean understanding Giant Runes (Storm King's Thunder)

Does a character that speaks giant understand/know the meaning of the Giant runes provided in Storm King's Thunder? My guess would be no - the Giant language is based off of the Dwarvish script (PHB p....
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When you polymorph/wild shape into elementals, can you speak?

Since elementals have languages that can be learned and spoken by anyone, are you able to speak freely with any language you know to fulfill the conditions of spell casting and communication?
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From what language(s) did Common evolve?

According to the Forgotten Realms wiki, the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (3rd edition) material from Wizards of the Coast asserts that Common is only a simple trade language: Common was little ...
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What does thieves' cant sound like? [closed]

Related but not exactly what I'm asking: Can Thieves' Cant be understood without a level in Rogue? Also related: Would other PCs eventually notice two rogues talking in Thieves' Cant? ...
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Is drow sign language a language on its own or does my drow get it as a bonus?

I'm new to DnD and my drow character should (if I got that right) know Elven and Common as by the PHB definition of a drow PC. Also, I'd like to take duergar or undercommon as an additional language ...
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What script is Undercommon written in?

What script is Undercommon written in? I think it's supposed to be the common script, but I'm just confirming that.
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Is a shared language required to understand the thoughts of a target of Detect Thoughts?

Detect Thoughts allows you to "know the surface thoughts" of another creature. If both creatures do not share a language, will the caster be able to understand the surface thoughts of the target?
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Do Magicians learn to read all languages they learn to speak, or just those they speak at level 1?

The Languages and Professions line for Level 1 Magician says: You read all the languages you know how to speak. Does this mean that the character learns how to read all languages they speak when ...
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How many languages is it possible to learn?

If I want to roleplay an interpreter, is there a max number of languages I can learn? Standard human, plan to get 18 INT.
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Can a Kenku with Wind Speaker speak Primordial without using their Mimicry trait?

Okay so the Language entry on the Kenku states You can read and write Common and Auran, but you can speak only by using your Mimicry trait. (VGM, 111) and I know there's the whole race background ...
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Does the fey summoned by Conjure Animals inherit the language of the beast it resembles?

Background: We wanted to scout an island. To do that we thought about using the Conjure Animals spell to summon a bird that could speak, and using Tongues to communicate with the bird after it had ...
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As a nagaji, what are my starting languages in PFS?

I've created a nagaji character for Pathfinder Society and I'm trying to figure out what languages I start with. There seems to be competing information in different sourcebooks, and PFS documentation ...
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Is there a root language from which multiple Forgotten Realms languages were derived?

I am looking for an analogue to Latin for the world of D&D. To modern English speakers, Latin is not well known, but since it is still taught in some areas and it supplies a lot of vocabulary to ...
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What does a Kenku's speech sound like?

Introduced in Volo's Guide to Monsters, Kenku can only speak by imitating sounds they've heard — they're unable to speak with their own voices (p. 110): Although unable to speak in their own voices,...
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Does the tongues spell require the creature to be capable of speaking in the first place?

I have been polymorphed into a squirrel, but thankfully I am under a permanent tongues spell. Squirrels have no listed language but from personal experience in the real world I know they can make ...
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What happens when a Headband of Vast Intelligence grants ranks in Linguistics?

When a player gains ranks in Linguistics, they learn a language. What exactly happens when a headband of vast intelligence grants ranks in linguistics? Does the wearer gain new languages, just as if ...