Common words in the drow tongue
For a detailed look at how drow players use the Arelith -language features, please read this article.
- Note - It is highly recommended that new drow players read the above article, as it will clear up a lot of confusion regarding language in the Arelith Underdark.
Underdark players (and a few unlucky surface players) will notice that drow characters often make use of weird expressions Like: "dos", "xas", "usstan" or "Kivvil". Theese words are part of the drow dictionary, and in order to improve the role playing and distinguish the drow way of speaking from the other races, many drow-owner players use them.
A list of common terms have been published on the arelith boards (credit to sojouner and fire boar), if you either play or wish to start a drow character, it is strongly recomended to have the following list copied on your journal:
Yes = Xas
No = Nau
Not = Naut
Thank you = Bel'la Dos (apostrophe positioning optional)
Matron = Ilharess (other valid spellings include Illharess and Il'lharess)
Queen/supreme ruler (not really used here) = Valsharess
Lolth bless you = Lolth kyorl dos
Lolth be praised = Lolth tlu malla
Surfacer = Kivvil
Human = Rivvil
Surfacer Elf = Darthiir
I (myself/this one) = usstan
me = Ussa
mine = Usst
My = Ussta
you = dos
your = Dossta
yours = dosst
Yourself = Dosstan
I/we Greet You = Vendui'
I/we Leave You = Aluve'
Of course = Del'heen
(general curse) = Vith
Male (Gender) = jaluk
Male in charge of something = Jabbuk
Female (Gender) = jalil
Mistress (Respectful way to address an unknown female) = Jabress
sister = dalninil
Brother = Dalninuk
Daughter = Dalharil
Son = Dalharuk
honoured = malla
Example: Of course, honoured Matron, I will do that for you. = Del'heen, malla Ilharess, usstan will do that for dos.
NOTE: You do not have to know these words if you play a Drow, you can always ask to the other players in case they said something you did not understand, still, knowing them will make RP flow way faster and will spare you from OOC chats (tells),which can take away your attention from the main RP focus.