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Thyatian Language

by Marco Dalmonte

Hattian: the Final Truth

The Thyatian language seems to be either Latin (Anaxibius) or Italian (di Malapietra), which are obviously closely related as both are derived from the same base Latin language. Now, given that the Hattians are part of the same group of peoples the Thyatians are from, it would seem that their languages would be similar.

Yet the Hattians have a distinctly German flavour, much different from that of the Thyatians. So, how did the Hattians, who aren't separated (geographically speaking) from the other Thyatians, develop this language so different (orally speaking)?

Indeed, this mystery is much simpler than it seems. Thyatians, Kerendans and Hattians were in their origins Antalian tribes that Nithians moved from the Heldann-Northern Reaches area to Davania in order to establish there new colonies. Unfortunately for the Nithians, they revolted and drove off their masters, and then thrived in the forests and plains of Davania, becoming the ancestors of the Hinterlanders.

Then, around 1.000 BC, the gnolls invaded Traldar and King Milen fled south to Davania, where after his death a great warleader founded the Empire of Milenia. The Milenians developed a new way of writing and a new tongue, resulted from the influence of the other Neathar and Oltec tribes with which they mingled, and thus the Milenian (Greek) was born. The Milenians then conquered and enslaved the surrounding populations, influencing heavily their culture and language. At this time (600 BC ca.), the Kerendans, Thyatians and Hattians migrated northward to avoid the complete submission to Milenians, and arrived in modern day Thyatis.

Thyatians and Kerendans had been strongly influenced by Milenian-Greek culture, and so they developed a new language and culture based 20% on their old Antalian ancestry and 80% on the Milenian culture, resulting in the Thyatian-Latin language and culture. Then, as the centuries passed, Kerendans developed their own language based on 2 distinct ethnic groups, the Kerendans (Italians, as Italian is the result of the mixture of Latin and Italic dialects) and the Ispans (Spanish, very much similar to Italian and Latin). I believe also geographic features made this divergence possible (as it is in real world).

What about the Hattians, then? Simply, they remained very attached to the old ways of the Antalians and their dialect and culture is a close reflection of this. It is not Antalian, since it was influenced by Thyatian and Milenian, but it is very similar (the same difference between High German and Low German, or maybe between German and Danish).

When the Hattians then moved back to their ancestors' homeland (Heldann), they adapted their tongue to the modern Heldannic, thus returning to the old ways. Now it is likely the majority of former Hattians speak both Heldannic and Hattian, which should be similar to one another (say the Heldanners can understand 60% of what is being said between Hattian speaking people).