Everyone on this supercontinent somehow speaks the same language with no dialect differences whatsoever.

Everyone on this supercontinent somehow speaks the same language with no dialect differences whatsoever. Is that good world building?

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  1. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    don't the Thenn speak a different language?

  2. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Which answer will make you go away?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      What noble house produces the most beautiful women?

  3. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    this is /tg/, not Ganker
    frick off

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      >Ganker

  4. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    It's adequate. Even Tolkien didn't force the Fellowship to hire a translator to get around.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      The Haradrim, Easterlings, Mordor Orcs, Rohirrim, and Elves and Dwarves all have different languages.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Yes, but when any of those groups interact with each other they all speak the same one. Giving different languages to different regions/species makes for interesting background material, but if you're not planning to make language barriers part of your story (or game) then "background" is all it ever is.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        elves have a supernatural talent for understanding language and learned everyone else's in like 2 minutes of meeting them.
        Really baffling how even a lingiustics nerd like tolkien handwaved away language problems in his own books. I've read like two fantasy stories where that shit actually mattered.

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          The guy may have been a linguistics nerd, but he knew he was writing an epic first and a speculative history + conlang project second. Cant blame him for knowing how to pick a lane

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      they have a lingua franca, not a setting with little cultural impact on language beyond "house words"

  5. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    No, of course not. The worldbuilding in ASOIAF is adequate at best. Now that you heard what you wanted to hear, can you go away?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      True

      https://i.imgur.com/LGuFDZU.png

      Everyone on this supercontinent somehow speaks the same language with no dialect differences whatsoever. Is that good world building?

      >supercontinent
      False

  6. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on the tax policy. If it's unified under a single administration then eventually a lingua franca develops.

  7. 2 years ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      The UK and Ireland ain't a continent, anon.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        yeah but plant a man from inverness in cornwall and he will die of starvation before anyone can understand him

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      The UK and Ireland ain't a continent, anon.

      yeah but plant a man from inverness in cornwall and he will die of starvation before anyone can understand him

      westeros is the size of south america lorelets

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        this does not undermine my (

        yeah but plant a man from inverness in cornwall and he will die of starvation before anyone can understand him

        ) point in the least

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        GRRM is a complete mathlet. Ignore everything he says about the sizes and amounts of things, because they never match what he actually describes in the story.

  8. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Good for simulating reality? No.
    Good for facilitating his story? Yes.

  9. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    They've been unified under the same crown and the same church for a long time, why is it a problem for them to share a language?

  10. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    >Everyone
    We mostly see only the nobility speak, and it's very probable that they'd have to learn multiple languages to interact with each other.
    Otherwise, most other interactions can be interpreted as mutual intelligibility:
    >Northmen and wildlings speak different dialects of the same language
    >Andals all speak offshoots of the same langage, save for the Dornish
    >Essosi mostly just speak variants of Valyrian
    >Ironborn speak their own language
    We never really see Northmen and Andal commoners speak with each other, same deal with Essosi and Westerosi talking together.

    There are enough cultural differences that you can easily imagine linguistic differences, but I imagine GRRM didn't want to put the emphasis on those differences, since it's really a story about nobility. You can blame him for being lazy and not making those differences explicit, but I don't think it's fair to blame his world building.

  11. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Dialects are specifically stated to be a thing in the book to the point where Ned meets a Dornish Knight and can barely understand him

    OP is a gay

  12. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    play just one session where the party needs an interpreter
    you'll never do it again

  13. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    How is this map so fricking ugly? How did m*rtin think this was at all good? Jesus christ I hate him

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      >How is this map so fricking ugly? How did m*rtin think this was at all good? Jesus christ I hate him
      Dilate

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      wtf i hate grrm now

  14. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    It's almost like they've had the same ruler for hundreds of years and lots of seasonal time to learn

  15. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Wrong board

    [...]

    Now frick off

    Alternatively
    >British Isles
    >Supercontinent

  16. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    You’re a gay op

  17. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Travel is extremly fast in that setting which lead to one dominant language.

  18. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    While we’re here ,does anyone wanna hear about the extremely cursed year long song of ice and fire role-playing game campaign I ran during Covid lockdown?

    Never have I experienced a single group of players roleplay realistically flawed characters as well as they did.

    Pick related is the Home houses sigil; House Goldfyre
    Interest?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      FYI The leaves were added halfway through the campaign due to a matrilineal alliance marriage with house Oakheart

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Please recount us the tale of the damned House Goldfyre and their depredations in the plague year. Mayhaps I enjoy it and order the maesters to screencap the chronicle.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I would love to hear their tale.
      >Goldfyre
      Are they some Targaryen offshoot from the Westerlands? That's what they sound like.

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