Ancient Languages

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Aside from the main language the Final Fantasy games are set in (for most of you English, for some others Japanese, other languages for yet others…and of course, with no guarantee that the people in the game speak that language in in-game terms), there are various ancient languages used throughout the series. This page aspires to give a presentation on them.

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Old High Sylphic

Very little is known about this language, even the when and where it was spoken. The only firm bit of information is that it was spoken by the sylphs of old. Very little is known about the language itself either, although it is used for one verse of Ramuh's theme song, and the FF14 staff kindly provided insight into the words and constructs used in that verse1.

What's known about the construction of the Old High Sylphic language is that it's highly context sensitive, words can have many different meanings depending on the context. It's also very dependent on pitch, to be more specific verb tense and pronouns are only represented by pitch.

Old High Sylphic Official English Translation Literal English Translation
Ula menida tula oh
Tela omnida tula ei
Ona ramuhda deme os
Nola tulama tela ei
Hoary Arbor, Lord of Light
Thine advent quelleth creeping night
The wicked burn, their pyres bright
Smote by Levin's blinding might
The fires burn bright because
The wicked have been smote by lightning
The Lord of Levin’s─the old tree’s─arrival
Is the reason that the creeping night is quelled

-a - Of, added to the end of a gerund verb to indicate it's eg 'coming of', 'quelling of'
-da - Is, added to the end of the word that 'is'
Deme - Old tree
Ei - Reason, Because of, Caused by
-ma - Is the opposite of, added to the end of the word that 'is the opposite'
Meni - Fire
Menima - Water (constructed with the -ma word ending from 'fire')
-n - Isn't, added to the end of the 'is' or equivalent word ending (eg -dan means 'isn't', -man means 'opposite of [this word] isn't')
Nol - Moving slow
Nor - Moving quickly
Oh - Because
Omni - Wicked
On - Arriving, Coming
Os - Also
Ramuh - Ramuh, Levinlord
Tel - Quelling, Smiting
Tula - Bright, Lightning, Day
Tulama - Night (constructed with the -ma word ending from 'bright')
Ul - Burning

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