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5 Tips for Creating a Fantasy Language

If you’re writing fantasy or science-fiction, it’s quite possible that one or more unique languages will feature in your story. Creating a new language can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five tips I learned and adhered to while creating languages for my own writing.

(Of course, if you’re not writing speculative fiction it’s entirely unlikely that this article will be useful. But I’ll try to keep it fun.)

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Arth Lore

The Heroes’ Guild

One of the things readers enjoy most about The Dark Profit Saga is the extensive worldbuilding behind the satire.  I’m opening up some of my notes and sharing (spoiler free) lore and background information behind Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and less vowels.

The Heroes’ Guild is an international organization of professional adventurers, who specialize in monster slaying, treasure acquisition, hostage retrieval, and more.  The Guild is among the largest and most powerful organizations on Arth, with wealth rivaling even Andarun’s treasury. Under the banner of a sword crossed with a fiery comet—officially called the Sword and the Sorcery, but affectionately referred to as the old Hack n’ Slash—professional heroes protect all the people of light (and make considerable sums doing so).

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