Disian

Disian

Disian is the language most commonly spoken in Dis. It provides a lingua franca for the many planar travelers, immigrants, and refugees who pass through the city. None can recall now what plane the language began on, or if it might have grown with the city itself. Through the city’s beachheads, it has spread across many planes. The attitudes that the people of other planes have towards the language reflect their attitudes towards Dis itself. In some places, uttering a word of Disian might be all it takes to find oneself in mortal peril. In other place, it might simply be a pragmatic way to do business.

Disian has no way of saying “please.” Feelings are distanced from the feeler, and so are referred to more as an observation of an outside phenomenon than admitted as something that the speaker feels or is responsible for. So, for instance, you can’t really say that you are grateful for something; instead, you say, “Gratitude,” as if simply noting that gratitude has appeared, as if from nowhere. Or, rather than saying, “Grab your sword and follow me,” the Disian would translate more directly as, “Grab sword and follow step!”

Dictionary

Disian is based on Latin. Here is a short word list of common words.

  • Balneo: Bathroom
  • Faex: Shit
  • Futete: Fuck you
  • Gladio: Sword
  • Gratias: Thank you
  • Hastam: Spear
  • Mater: Mother
  • Pater: Father
  • Periculum: Danger
  • Protegat: Shield
  • Salve: Hello
  • Thesaurum: Treasure
  • Vale: Goodbye

Names

Disian names have male and female genders distinguished by their affix: -us or -ius for men and -a or -ia for women.

Appius, Aulus, Decimus, Faustus, Gaius, Gnaeus, Hostus, Lucius, Mamercus, Manius, Marcus, Mettius, Nonus, Numerius, Octavius, Opiter, Pollus, Postumus, Proculus, Publius, Quintus, Septimus, Servius, Sextus, Spurius, Statius, Tiberius, Titus, Tullus, Vibius, Volesus, Vopiscus

Disian

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