Auran was the language of the Elemental Plane of Air.[2] It was also known as Old Alzhedo, as the modern Alzhedo language spoken in Calimshan derived from it.[3]


Auran was a breathy, relaxed language that has been described as a slow exhaling of air.[2]

It was considered a dialect of Primordial, so that creatures who spoke one of the other elemental dialects such as Aquan, Ignan or Terran could understand Auran and vice-versa.[1]

Derivative LanguagesEdit

Both Alzhedo and Midani derived from Auran.[3]


In addition to creatures native to the Plane of Air, Auran was sometimes spoken by Air genasi[4] and smoke drakes.[5] Kenku could understand Auran, but could only produce speech through mimicry.[6]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 123. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jeff Grubb, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan (September 2001). Manual of the Planes 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 68. ISBN 0-7869-1850-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Thomas M. Costa (1999). “Speaking in Tongues”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #4 (TSR, Inc), p. 29.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 9. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 157. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
  6. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 194. ISBN 978-0786965614.