Language and Literacy (Communication)

The term “Language” is used to define, in a simple manner, a mode of communication – it need not be spoken/verbal/sound means. Each language a character knows will have a [Skill] rating of their capability in using it. Language use follows the Levels of Knowledge in terms of how much each level is employed by speakers. A Native Speaker is part of the society the character was predominantly raised in, or assimilated into. Not only is the language itself understood, but the social and cultural references and context.

Levels of [___] of which for any given individual is measured in the same range but the practice scale. An Actuated Mind has access to many modes of expressing communication, like language.

Literacy/Written/Recorded Communication: This reflects how well communication can be achieved when recorded – it is usually the same as the “Spoken” version of a language unless it draws heavily on symbology and conceptual expression over strictly phonetic. Not all languages have a literary accompaniment. Many literary elements are derived from other regional influences or even wholesale adopted from other languages if it was not evolved with the physical expression.

Understanding Records: For languages, it is the spoken sophistication they are capable of, for a literary work, it is, essentially, a “reading level”; A character capable of speaking at one level often writes as a lower level to be more approachable to a wider audience. A character accessing a body of knowledge must have a practice level of understanding equal to the reading level it is recorded in for it to be fully comprehended.

Practiced Communication

  1. Familiar: Simple phrases and words – Go that way; Go long ways; Was dark; Less of half a day [sun’s passage]; Sunrise or Sunset; Young or Old
  2. Competent: Rudimentary full sentences; Technically good enough to have basic back and forth conversation, it may take extra time to process and/or work out accents and colloquialisms.
  3. Accomplished: Complete Fluency – rapid back and forth conversation with complex ideas; default for native speakers.
  4. Expert: Communicators are those who are Fluent, and well practiced in elocution and rhetoric.
  5. Master: Master communicators are those who can communicate in lofty terms, ways that evoke emotions and imagery (or its equivalent) as part of normal communication. The greatest poets, writers, bards, and uses compositional techniques like rhetoric (that ARE sincere) to immerse the listener and are persuasive to their cause.

The Basic Communication feature covers a character’s starting spoken languages and literacy.

Having trouble thinking how this might play out after reading this? Check out the Players Roleplaying Guidance or ask the Game Master how it is best expressed in the setting.