a brief overview of the languages of télos
If the Feroenae had a language, it has long been lost in the abyss of prehistory. Rumours persist that certain inscriptions on the walls of deep-burrowed caverns are the writings of the Feroenae, but these have never been proven.
It is with the Demoenae that the first known languages appear. In the south, the Calongris have preserved ancient tablets inscribed with the earliest fragments of recorded speech. Except for a few words, themselves contentious, most of these have remained undeciphered, being so ancient that they have no clear relationship with the later languages of the Demoenae. This language was presumably that of the earliest Demoenae civilisation, in the times when it was still confined to the southern regions. Once they began to migrate into Múralongrad and Medrálios, their language swiftly fragmented, soon (in historical terms) to become mutually unintelligible, and by the time of the first kingdoms to leave records behind, those languages had lost all connection with their southern ancestor, and, largely, with each other.
In the north, the Uengoelis races possibly had their own languages, but they have left no trace of these, and once they became subjugated by the Demoenae they soon took on the language of their overlords, and abandoned their own tongues completely.
Thus, two primary language families emerged, which we can call the Múra family and the Medra family. The Múra tribes spread more slowly, and kept more in contact with one another, mainly because of the vast mountain ranges which handicapped their northward migration. Their languages stayed closely allied for many millenia, just as the tribes themselves did, even though distinct dialects emerged. The Múrae proved to be a conservative race, resistant to change, and great regarders of tradition and ancestry, and the tongue of the chief of the Múra tribes was retained with little change throughout most of this early history.
There were three sub-races (if they can be called that) amongst the Múra tribes. The dominant of these was marked by high, fin-like crests on their heads, and the preserving of the full expanse of Demoenae wings long after the wings of the other races had largely atrophied. It was this species which preserved the ancient tongue, the oldest recorded language of Télos, known as Schekti (a word which, predictably, just means 'language', in the same way that their name for themselves, Kischtaug, means 'people').
The two other races or species were called Úlághú and Faestug, names which appear to have originally been patronymics, presumably of tribal chieftains.
Amongst the Medra tribes the situation is much more complicated. If ever there was a primary language (as with Schekti in Múra) all traces of it have now been lost. Instead, there are at least five language tree families to be found amongst the multitude of languages and dialects of the Medra.
On the grounds that those languages whose origins are closer to the south pole are older (a questionable assumption at best), the language families in possible order of age are Chaegor, spoken amongst the Árlichengu tribes of the southern foothills; Meghrúst, spoken amongst the various tribes of the pine forests and mountains to the Scíra side of the southern lands; Telústo (from whence the name Télos is derived), spoken by the tribes of the lands from the southern foothills down to the first of the great inland seas; Vaekh, spoken by the tribes who inhabited the swamps and islands of the inland sea; and finally Moraega, spoken by the tribes of the jungles to the north and west of the inland sea.
Of these five, three -- Meghrúst, Telústo, and Vaekh -- were to become significant in the future languages of the Múra, thanks to the influence of their respective peoples on the subsequent history of Télos.
*S'gledix (original Demoenae language, now lost) | +-------------+--------------+ | | (Múra) (Medra) | | Skletikst +------------+-+----------+--------+ | | | | | Exrúst | | | | | | Chaegor +-----+-----+ Vaekh Moraega | | Meghrúst Telústo