The Nuances of Draconic
By Dr. Lissa Goins
Speaker, unknown Silver Dragon
Dialogue transcribed by Adventurer UptheHill while held in captivity
It is a well known fact that true dragons live an extremely long time. Even the Elves, with their un-ageing grace, look to dragons for their wisdom which they have accumulated from combined eons of living. One of the most notable facets of this general looking-up-to is the fact that you can hardly call yourself a wizard or a scholar without knowing some words in Draconic.
Of course, actually going up to a dragon and asking (in whatever language the adventurer speaks as a native language) if that dragon would be so kind as to share their language, generally requires very little wisdom and a whole lot of dexterity. This is admittedly an unusual combination of traits in adventurers.
For those few who can both dodge, and not question the sense of asking a dragon a favor, learning the language from the source is a worthy quest. For everyone who lacks these special qualities, language study books can generally be found in almost any wizard’s library. Wizards themselves often learn from their mentors, who learned from their mentors, who learned from some other adventurer, who spoke to an old sage about it who claimed to have learned the language from elf who was friends with an actual dragon during his youth.
The issue, unfortunately, comes back to the unusually long lifespan of this magical creature. As with any sentient being, a dragon often develops a particular way of speaking. So that when an individual who has learned the noble language of dragons from books and mentors and -- most importantly -- different dragons, the interaction often sounds something like this:
“Oh Great Dragon” Sounds like that cousin who got himself killed last century “I have” Is this guy from Sand Bank? I hate that accent. “need of your most excellent service.” Jinny? Did she have a kid? “Pray listen” With that dragon from Sand Bank?! “and I will extol your virtues throughout the known realms.” Oh wait, that’s an elf accent. So it’s another elf then.
Ah, those things never listen.