Dragonkin language

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The dragonkin have a language, of which little is known, as they speak in the common tongue most of the time. The only non-dragonkin known to understand some of the language are the Player character, Laniakea, the Kethsians and Robert the Strong, who wrote a book on the subject, an excerpt of which can be found below.

The language of the Dragonkin is as blunt as they are. From what I can gather, the sentence structure is direct and simple. I believe it follows a structure like this:-

Subject - Adjective if required - Action modifier - Action - Object.

So sentences like 'Odysseus went for a brisk walk in the park' would become 'Odysseus brisk walk in park'.

It seems that they really don't like to mince words, which may explain why much of their written language is only a handful of short excerpts.

Additionally I have encountered a few references to dragons that seem to have almost been given titles. The format for these appears to be Colour-Dragon-Title/Descriptor.

Robert the Strong

Dragonkin Alphabet[edit | edit source]

The Dragonkin alphabet. Red letters are conjectures

In the quest Desperate Measures, the Dragonkin alphabet is used in location names and a puzzle. From this, the Dragonkin alphabet can be extrapolated.

Dragonkin Words[edit | edit source]

Translated[edit | edit source]

  • Arakken = Dungeon[1]
  • Castil = Combine[2]
  • Chen = Razed/Destroyed[3]
  • Chenrath = Incinerator[4]
  • Crasortius = Surrender[5]
  • Draekeun/Drakeun = Dragon[6]
  • Drakkerkin = Dragonkin[7]
  • Fia = Safe/Protected from[8]
  • Gres = East[9]
  • Hesente = Intruder[5]
  • Kath = Failure/Weakling/Runt[10]
  • Kletter = Green[11]
  • Kreath = Dark/Shadow/Black[12]
  • Lith = Superior[13]
  • Lokur = Steel[14]
  • Ortha = First[15]
  • Orthen = First city[16][17]
  • Pthen = Sorcery/Magic[18]
  • Pthencaraun = Celestial[19]
  • Pthentraken = Sorcery Queen/Queen of Magic[20]
  • Rak = To speak (in the sense of giving orders/command)/Above all[21][22]
  • Raksha = 'The One Above All'/'The One Who Speaks'[21]
  • Rath = Fire[23]
  • Rathis = Fireblood[24]
  • Roakin = Elder God(s)[25][26]
  • Saur = Lizard[27]
  • Sha = One/Singular[22]
  • Skek = Dead[28]
  • Skeka = 'Grandma Death' (personification of death itself)/Murderer/Killer[29][30]
  • Skekslan = 'The unbroken wheel'[31]
  • Takla = Stone[32][33]
  • Tho = South[34]
  • Then = City[35]
  • Traken = Queen[18]
  • Ulthven = Sunken[36]
  • Vek = Failure/Failed[37]
  • Verak = King/Emperor?[38]
  • Vor = Pathetic[39]
  • Vosk = False User[40][41]

Additionally, "Skethzzzzz" is the dragonkin equivalent of laughter or a snigger.

Place names[edit | edit source]

Untranslated[edit | edit source]

  • Askanth
  • Bujahepen
  • Caraun
  • Carratas
  • Cra
  • Cras
  • Deskar
  • Dino
  • Dosk
  • Falkar
  • Fiawara
  • Gattarik
  • Gelik
  • Hak
  • Hep
  • Hepencaraun
  • Hok
  • Kab
  • Kal
  • Kalgat
  • Kalist
  • Kalistrak
  • Kalur
  • Kay
  • Kel
  • Kiket
  • Kilaya
  • Kindra
  • Kos
  • Kren
  • Kuln
  • Lac
  • Mok
  • Mott
  • Nos
  • Ort
  • Ortius
  • Pasaha
  • Reageth
  • Roake
  • Rosli
  • Skekkin
  • Skrael
  • Slancras
  • Sokun
  • Soma
  • Takken
  • Tescan
  • Tesska
  • Vazara
  • Vekkin
  • Ven
  • Volat
  • Vertentis

Phrases[edit | edit source]

Fully Dragonkin[edit | edit source]

Source Original Partial translation
Dragonkin Primer.png Dragonkin Primer Kletter Draekeun dosk Arakken Ullergrax. Green Dragon dosk Dungeon Forinthry.
Dragonkin Primer.png Forinthry Dungeon Kletter Draekeun tescan Kath. Draekeun castil Lokur kel Draekeun. Drakkerkin dosk Tho Arakken Sketherin. Green Dragon tescan Runt. Dragon combine Steel kel Dragon. Dragonkin dosk South Dungeon Brimhaven.
Dragonkin Primer.png Brimhaven Dungeon Ortha Draekeun Hok Kreath Draekeun Traken. Kreath Draekeun Traken Ortha lith Kerapac reageth Carratas. Drakkerkin dosk Ven Arakken. First Dragon Hok Black Dragon Queen. Black Dragon Queen First superior Kerapac reageth Carratas. Dragonkin dosk Ven Dungeon.
Mysterious statue chathead.png Mysterious statue during One of a Kind Drakkerkin Kren Volat Roake Falkar Dragonkin Kren Volat Roake Falkar
Kerapac chathead.png Kerapac summoning protoplasmic wisps during One of a Kind Drakkerkin Roake Pthen Tesska Askanth Kuln Dragonkin Roake Magic Tesska Askanth Kuln
Kerapac chathead.png Kerapac sending the player into a magical construct that represents the curse during One of a Kind Drakkerkin Roake Pthen Kalgat Askanth Kuln Dragonkin Roake Magic Kalgat Askanth Kuln
King Black Dragon during One of a Kind Arakken Kos Roake Pthen Deskar Dungeon Kos Roake Magic Deskar
Dragonkin Primer.png Adamant dragon dungeon Draekeun Castil Lokur. Vek. Kerapac Vertentis Draekeun Lokur. Vek. Forcae Kalist. Forcae Lith Kalist. Forcae Lith Verak! Dragon combine steel. Failure. Kerapac Vertentis Dragon Steel. Failure. Forcae Kalist. Forcae superior Kalist. Forcae supreme Emperor!
Dragonkin Primer.png Mount Firewake Drakkerkin Kethsi Chen. Kethsi Vek. Kalist Fia Necrosyrtes. Lith Roake Pthen Kethsi. Askanth Kuln Kethsi. Kalist Lith. Kerapac Vek. Dragonkin Destroyed Kethsi. Kethsi failed. Kalist safe from Necrosyrtes. Superior Roake Magic Kethsi. Askanth Kuln Kethsi. Kalist superior. Kerapac failed.
Ulthven Kreath Mural Kranon Cras Roake Pthen. Kranon Cras Roake Magic.
Ulthven Kreath Mural Kreath lac Roakin... Drakkerkin Skek... Black lac Elder God... Dragonkin Dead...
Ulthven Kreath Mural Skekkin Kath Rath! Kranon Roakin Rak Skekkin Weakling Fire! Kranon Elder Gods Speak
Ulthven Kreath Mural Vek... Skek... Chen... Ulthven... Fia... Failure... Dead... Destroyed... Sunken... Safe...
Taraket destroying crystallised black stone Skek roake pthen. Skek verak Taraket. Lith skek takken mott! Dead roake magic. Dead king Taraket. Superior dead takken mott!
Taraket summoning a rift of undeath Skek takken mott! Dead takken mott!
The Ambassador chathead.png Kranon greeting the player and in The Last Offering Castil kreath fia Roake Kal. Skek Lac Ortius. Combine black safe Roake Kal. Dead Lac Ortius
Kerapac (Desperate Times) chathead.png Kerapac during Desperate Times GATTARIK VEK! VOKUN VEK! HAK HAK GELIK! GATTARIK FAILURE! VOKUN FAILURE! HAK HAK GELIK!
The Ambassador chathead.png Kranon's poem found in Next of Kin Hep! Kal! Ort! Sha Cra Lith Kab Nos Kay Mok Hep! Kal! Ort! One Cra Superior Kab Nos Kay Mok

Partially Dragonkin[edit | edit source]

Source Phrase Partial translation
Strisath chathead.png Strisath during One of a Kind Sokun-Kerapac! Release me now! Sokun-Kerapac! Release me now!
Kerapac chathead.png Kerapac during One of a Kind The curse that my kind suffers is like a chain that connects us to the Stone of Jas and also to the Vosk... Sorry. The 'False Users'. The curse that my kind suffers is like a chain that connects us to the Stone of Jas and also to the False Users... Sorry. The 'False Users'.
Dragonkin research.png Dragonkin research
  1. VEK. VEK. VEK. Kranon, the fool. All of them are fools. Now they are skek. SKEK. Dead, dead, all but Kranon. SKEKKIN! Leave it to me to break the curse. Don't fail and give me more to deal with.
  2. Skekkin Kranon is the rak to it. Roake rak. Phalaks will aid me. The boy will come too. Chen on Kranon. Rath on Kranon. We'll seal him, or destroy him. And the roake. More draekeun for this purpose. We'll start prototyping soon, discard veks, try more, discard the veks. VEK KRANON!
  3. We have, together, dubbed them 'pthencaraun draekun'.
  4. The shipment of kreath takla has arrived.
  5. I'm so angry, rage consumes me beyond any curse, that you would destroy my work after insisting on being so careful with your own toys. VERTENTIS! I'm leaving, Kerapac. Keep my masterpiece, let it be a reminder of what you instill in others.
  6. We'll study to see how kreath takla implantations will affect these kath.
  7. The temperature and natural environment are ideal for hatching and raising draekun.
  8. My kreath takla draekun isn't behaving as before.
  9. The sunken black. Ulthven Kreath. For now my priorities have reverted back to this roake curse.
  1. FAILURE. FAILURE. FAILURE. Kranon, the fool. All of them are fools. Now they are dead. DEAD. Dead, dead, all but Kranon. DEAD-KIN! Leave it to me to break the curse. Don't fail and give me more to deal with.
  2. Skekkin Kranon is the speaker/commander/main(?) to it. Roake speak/command/above all(?). Phalaks will aid me. The boy will come too. Destruction(?) on Kranon. Fire on Kranon. We'll seal him, or destroy him. And the roake. More dragons for this purpose. We'll start prototyping soon, discard failures, try more, discard the failures. FAILURE KRANON!
  3. We have, together, dubbed them 'celestial dragons'.
  4. The shipment of black stone has arrived.
  5. I'm so angry, rage consumes me beyond any curse, that you would destroy my work after insisting on being so careful with your own toys. VERTENTIS! I'm leaving, Kerapac. Keep my masterpiece, let it be a reminder of what you instill in others.
  6. We'll study to see how black stone implantations will affect these failures/weaklings/runts(?).
  7. The temperature and natural environment are ideal for hatching and raising dragons.
  8. My black stone dragon isn't behaving as before.
  9. The sunken black. The sunken black. For now, my priorities have reverted back to this roake curse.
Redacted Dragonkin Research.png: RS3 Inventory image of Redacted Dragonkin ResearchRedacted Dragonkin Research
  1. Therefore application of material kreath takla should disrupt the link.
  2. Method: Subject was restrained and kreath takla was applied to their eyes, head, chest and hands, the known locations of magic. Kreath takla activated by the Dissonance Chorus.
  3. Anima link a possibility, but kreath takla is clearly not the right approach if we are to free ourselves from the curse.
  1. Therefore application of material black stone should disrupt the link.
  2. Method: Subject was restrained and black stone was applied to their eyes, head, chest and hands, the known locations of magic. Black stone activated by the Dissonance Chorus.
  3. Anima link a possibility, but black stone is clearly not the right approach if we are to free ourselves from the curse.
The Ambassador chathead.png Kranon I see you've learned combat techniques from our Laboratory in Ullergrax. Vor... I see you've learned combat techniques from our Laboratory in Forinthry. Pathetic...
Kerapac (Desperate Times) chathead.png Kerapac during Desperate Times I intend to put a stop to this madness. To save my people, once and for all. So that never again may we be choked by the shackles of the Roakin. I intend to put a stop to this madness. To save my people, once and for all. So that never again may we be choked by the shackles of the Elder Gods.
Maragan (Nodon elder) chathead.png Maragan during Desperate Measures Perhaps we have slept too long, Daraval. Very well, vekkin. You saw in our dream here Kerapac's intent for his device. Then, let me share with you the direct result of his actions! Perhaps we have slept too long, Daraval. Very well, vekkin. You saw in our dream here Kerapac's intent for his device. Then, let me share with you the direct result of his actions!
Kerapac's tablet.png Kerapac's tablet
  1. The Needle allowed me to pull forward a version of Orthen from a point in time after the roakin curse, but before my device was destroyed.
  2. Before any adventurers made landfall here, I was able to construct a Chenrath within the laboratory by tapping into the volcano's magma reserves. I can use this for all wastage without attracting undue attention from outside.
  3. Thankfully, I have also been able to transport enough hibernating Nodon to the Slancras chamber in my lab.
  4. When I have accumulated enough anima from the Nodon, I can inject it into my device to create shadow anima, then feed that directly into the animasphere though the piping in the Bujahepen chamber.
  5. The security of this project is paramount. To that end, I have installed a kreath takla drakeun, sister to the one abandoned beneath Ullergrax.
  6. She will need to be safely contained, so I have placed her within a Fiawara chamber to the north. The code to switch it off being the names of the destroyers, input into pylons in the other chambers, one for each name: Jas within the Slancras, Ful within the Chenrath, Wen within the Bujahepen and Bik within the Kalistrak.
  7. Four roakin brought this pain-filled universe into existence, and four roakin names will send it into an entropic state - its beginning and its end.
  8. The Kalistrak has become my home as I sit and write this journal while monitoring all aspects of my device.
  1. The Needle allowed me to pull forward a version of Orthen from a point in time after the Elder Gods curse, but before my device was destroyed.
  2. Before any adventurers made landfall here, I was able to construct a(n) Incinerator within the laboratory by tapping into the volcano's magma reserves. I can use this for all wastage without attracting undue attention from outside.
  3. Thankfully, I have also been able to transport enough hibernating Nodon to the Slancras chamber in my lab.
  4. When I have accumulated enough anima from the Nodon, I can inject it into my device to create shadow anima, then feed that directly into the animasphere though the piping in the Bujahepen chamber.
  5. The security of this project is paramount. To that end, I have installed a black stone dragon, sister to the one abandoned beneath Forinthry.
  6. She will need to be safely contained, so I have placed her within a Fiawara chamber to the north. The code to switch it off being the names of the destroyers, input into pylons in the other chambers, one for each name: Jas within the Slancras, Ful within the Incinerator, Wen within the Bujahepen and Bik within the Kalistrak.
  7. Four Elder Gods brought this pain-filled universe into existence, and four Elder Gods names will send it into an entropic state - its beginning and its end.
  8. The Kalistrak has become my home as I sit and write this journal while monitoring all aspects of my device.
Naressa's journal.png Naressa's journal Of course this would happen. As powerful as we may think we are, we were never a match for a Roakin. The other creeds were foolish to think otherwise, yet, I wonder what became of them. Are they still out there? Can we be saved, or are we doomed to this curse for eternity? It could be said that we were the bigger fools in the end, to have our own technology used against us. Vek. Of course this would happen. As powerful as we may think we are, we were never a match for a(n) Elder God. The other creeds were foolish to think otherwise, yet, I wonder what became of them. Are they still out there? Can we be saved, or are we doomed to this curse for eternity? It could be said that we were the bigger fools in the end, to have our own technology used against us. Failure.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • "Vokun Vek," a phrase said in anger, invokes the name of the mythological dragonkin hero Vokun[47].
  • Laniakea observes several dragonkin words in the southern dragonkin ruin on Anachronia, including 'locked', 'sacrifice', 'loss' and 'unity'. However the original inscription, and the original words, are unreadable by the player.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Arakken = Dungeon?"
  2. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Castil = Combine"
  3. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Chen = Razed/Destroyed"
  4. ^ Kerapac's tablet, RuneScape. "[...] I was able to construct a Chenrath within the laboratory by tapping into the volcano's magma reserves. I can use this for all wastage without attracting undue attention from outside." Based on the known meaning of Chen (razed/destroyed) and Rath (fire), it can be deduced that chenrath means something approximating an incinerator.
  5. ^ a b Mod Slayer. "One of a Kind FAQ." 13 March 2014. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  6. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Draekeun = Dragon"
  7. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Drakkerkin = Dragonkin"
  8. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Fia = Safe/Protected from"
  9. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Gres = East"
  10. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Kath = Failure/Weakling/Runt?"
  11. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Kletter = Green"
  12. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Kreath = Dark/Shadow/Black?"
  13. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Lith = Superior"
  14. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Lokur = Steel"
  15. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Ortha = First"
  16. ^ Charos, "Desperate Times", RuneScape. "It means 'first city' I believe."
  17. ^ Dragonkin statue (Anachronia), RuneScape. "There is an inscription at the base of the statue written in the dragonkin language. You make out the word 'Orthen' which you believe to mean 'first city'."
  18. ^ a b Pthentraken is a compound word meaning Sorcery Queen/Queen of Magic. Because "pthen" is used for celestial dragons (pthencaraun draekun) we can discard it as meaning queen. Therefore "pthen" means Sorcery/Magic and "traken" means Queen.
  19. ^ Dragonkin research, RuneScape. "[...] Giving it the dimension-warping abilities we need to study is making it more aware of itself, and its power puts it in a state of confusion. [...] We have, together, dubbed them 'pthencaraun draekun'." Based on the mention of dimension-warping abilities and confusion we can deduce this passage is talking about Astellarn. Given that Astellarn is the first celestial dragon, we can deduce that pthencaraun draekun refers to celestial dragons.
  20. ^ https://www.twitch.tv/videos/934257842 35:55
  21. ^ a b Rumours of the Raksha, RuneScape. "They call it Raksha - taken from the name of a fallen entity among some of my people's older mythologies - 'The One Above all' or 'The One That Speaks' in our modern vernacular."
  22. ^ a b Mod Rowley. Runescape Official YouTube Channel. 28 November 2020. "And sha is... Is a word we haven't previously put in the game, but from the transliteration of the name, you could guess that is "one" or "singular", something along those lines."*
  23. ^ Rathis is a compound word meaning Fireblood. As "rath" has previously been brought up in the context of fire (Chenrath), we can deduce it means "fire".
  24. ^ https://www.twitch.tv/videos/934257842 35:22
  25. ^ Kerapac's tablet, RuneScape. "Four roakin brought this pain-filled universe into existence, and four roakin names will send it into an entropic state - its beginning and its end."
  26. ^ Kerapac, "Desperate Measures", RuneScape. "We have pleaded with the roakin. We have begged them. We have worshipped them. We have fought for them, died for them. We have done everything to placate them. [...] The elder gods don't care. The elder gods will never care."
  27. ^ a b One... Voice..., RuneScape. "We... Build... City... Saurthen... Lizard... City..."
  28. ^ Dragonkin research, RuneScape. "Kranon, the fool. All of them are fools. Now they are skek. S K E K. Dead, dead, all but Kranon."
  29. ^ Mod Rowley. Discord comment. Discord. 6 August 2021. "The dragonkin quite possible already had a 'Death', or at least the concept of such an entity, in the form of Skeka (NOT the dragonkin named in the Orthen lore pages, that was just a nickname others had given her - 'Skeka', akin to something like Grandma Death, murderer, killer)."*
  30. ^ Ethical Concerns, RuneScape. "'Skeka' is what they call me. Depending on who utters it, they either simply mean to call me 'killer', or they inject the sing-song intonation used when naming the personification of death itself."
  31. ^ Higher States, RuneScape. "We kin believe in Skekslan, the unbroken wheel"
  32. ^ Dragonkin research, RuneScape. "My kreath takla draekun isn't behaving as before." Based on the context and other known words, kreath takla draekun means black takla dragon. From there it can be deduced that the text is referring to the black stone dragon, located in the Dragonkin Laboratory, where these pages are found.
  33. ^ Kerapac's tablet, RuneScape. "[...] I have installed a kreath takla drakeun, sister to the one abandoned beneath Ullergrax." Kerapac is referring to the black stone dragon encountered during Desperate Measures, which is the sister of the black stone dragon located in the Dragonkin Laboratory.
  34. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Tho = South"
  35. ^ Based on the known meaning of Orthen (First city), which appears to be a portmanteau of the Dragonkin word Ortha (first) and the suffix "Then" that also appears in the Dragonkin words Herethen (Taverley) and Istruthen (Lumbridge), it can be deduced that Then means "city" in Dragonkin.
  36. ^ Dragonkin research, RuneScape. "The sunken black. Ulthven Kreath."
  37. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Vek = Failure"
  38. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Verak = King/Emperor?"
  39. ^ Old notes (Dragon Slayer II) (Old School RuneScape), RuneScape. "It was another vorkath, a pathetic failure."
  40. ^ Kerapac, "One of a Kind", RuneScape. "The curse that my kind suffers is like a chain that connects us to the Stone of Jas and also the Vosk... Sorry. The 'False Users'."
  41. ^ Forcae's journal, RuneScape. "They were arrogant Vosk. They felt they could use the power of the Stone."
  42. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Ullergrax = Forinthry/Wilderness"
  43. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Sketherin = Brimhaven"
  44. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "aV'rok = Varrock"
  45. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Herethen = Taverley"
  46. ^ Dragonkin Primer, RuneScape. "Istruthen = Lumbridge"
  47. ^ Mod Raven. Runescape Official Discord. 12 July 2019. "The intention was, if I recall correctly, that it's a sort of curse phrase. Sort of like "For Pete's sake". Vokun is a mythological character if I remember my story correctly, so it's effectively referencing a shared dragonkin culture as a curse phrase."*