Archives of Nethys

Pathfinder RPG (1st Edition) Starfinder RPG Pathfinder RPG (2nd Edition)

All Rules | Downtime Rules

Chapter 3: Races


Source Starfinder Core Rulebook pg. 40
The myriad peoples of the Pact Worlds speak a wide variety of languages, from the system-wide trade tongue called Common to obscure alien dialects and ancient languages from other planes of reality. Many worlds have a shared planetary language, most races speak a racial tongue, and all of the prevalent languages of the Pact Worlds have both signed versions and written versions (including both visual and tactile writing).

A character begins play speaking and reading Common, her racial tongue (if any), and the language of her home planet (if any). She can also choose a number of bonus languages equal to her Intelligence bonus from the lists below. A character can learn the signed or tactile version of a language she knows, either as a bonus language or by putting a rank in the Culture skill (see page 139). A character who begins play blind automatically knows the tactile versions of any languages she knows; a character who begins play deaf automatically knows the signed versions. An astonishing number of languages are spoken in the Pact Worlds, and not all are understandable or reproducible by other races without complex technology; some of the most commonly spoken tongues in the Pact Worlds are presented below.

Prevalent Languages

Common, the most prevalent trade tongue of the Pact Worlds, is believed to be based on one or more of the old human languages of Golarion. The other most widespread languages spoken in the Pact Worlds (and their typical speakers) include the following.
  • Akitonian (inhabitants of Akiton)
  • Aklo (inhabitants of Aucturn, Dominion of the Black)
  • Brethedan (inhabitants of Bretheda, Liavara, and their moons)
  • Castrovelian, also called Lashunta (lashuntas, inhabitants of Castrovel)
  • Eoxian (inhabitants of Eox)
  • Kasatha (kasathas)
  • Shirren (shirrens)
  • Triaxian (inhabitants of Triaxus)
  • Vercite (inhabitants of Verces)
  • Vesk (vesk, inhabitants of the Veskarium)
  • Ysoki (ysoki)

Other Languages

The following languages are somewhat less common, but they are often encountered by scholars, spellcasters, and those doing business on their speakers’ respective home worlds.
  • Abyssal (demons, chaotic evil outsiders, inhabitants of the Abyss)
  • Aquan (inhabitants of the Plane of Water)
  • Arkanen (inhabitants of Arkanen and Osoro)
  • Auran (inhabitants of the Plane of Air)
  • Azlanti (Azlanti, inhabitants of the Azlanti Star Empire)
  • Celestial (angels, good outsiders, inhabitants of the good-aligned planes)
  • Draconic (dragons, reptilian humanoids, Triaxian dragonkin)
  • Drow (drow, many residents of Apostae)
  • Dwarven (dwarves)
  • Elven (drow, elves, half-elves)
  • Gnome (gnomes)
  • Goblin (bugbears, goblins, hobgoblins)
  • Halfling (halflings)
  • Ignan (inhabitants of the Plane of Fire)
  • Infernal (devils, lawful evil outsiders, inhabitants of Hell)
  • Kalo (kalo, inhabitants of Kalo-Mahoi)
  • Nchaki (inhabitants of Nchak)
  • Orc (orcs, half-orcs)
  • Sarcesian (sarcesians)
  • Shobhad (shobhads)
  • Terran (inhabitants of the Plane of Earth)