The ancestral tongue of Rhas Cayerne is a matter of some debate for scholars. Though trade and influence from other cultures has over time standardized the Rhas Cayerne dialects, and brought them closer in line with the other Western languages, the ancestral tongue of the islands bears heavy influences from Old Realm and is almost unintelligible to outsiders – or, indeed, to present-day natives, aside from surviving expressions of cultural importance. Native legends suggest the people of Rhas Cayerne originally developed this tongue as a form of pidgin, to allow them to communicate with the Benandonner, and that as the giants slept, the ancestral tongue fell into disuse.
Though the language is dead today, many of its terms survive in modern Rhas Cayerne, especially in family names and place names. A few are listed below.
Caer: Stone, especially a ceremonial one such as a grave or monument. Often denotes a settled place, such as a settled island.
Cayerne: Earth, land. Also the name of the Cayerne people, “those who walk the earth”.
Dol: Home or hearth. The common name for a dwelling.
Dun: Castle. Also refers to the home of any highborn individual.
Kull: A squire or attendant. The family name of the famous Rhas Kull, sworn to serve the First Heroes.
Lir: The sea. Infrequently used today outside of curses, as the word is considered very unlucky.
Morrosh: Tooth or bone. Often used as a mild curse by natives, also appears in the name of the island Mor Morrosh, said to hold the teeth and bones of dead Benandonner.
Rhas: Clan, but literally “sworn to”. One of the most important terms in Rhas Cayerne, which literally means “the sworn earth”. Also appears in the name of the Rhashaan, “those who swear”.
Val: A city. Appears in place names such as Val Vishag and Val Karren.