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Koryo was a language spoken by the Koryoan people, inhabitants of the kingdom of Koryo in Kara-Tur.[1][2][4]

Koryo descended from the ancient Han language, as did Kozakuran and Wa-an, and possibly others. Its vocabulary comprised many words evolved from the old Han tongue, as well as loanwords from Wa-an and Kao te Shou that had been borrowed over centuries. Koryo's vocabulary was very different to that of Kozakuran, but its grammar was very similar. Koryo sounded more like Wa-an than Kao te Shou, but it was as simple to use as Shou.[1][2]

Thus most folk of Shou Lung, Wa, and even Kozakura found the Koryo language relatively easy to pick up, and most Koryoans in turn found Kao te Shou, Wa-an, and Kozakuran easy to learn as well.[2] Thus it was easy to find Koryoan translators for many languages, though few learned Kozakuran, owing to enmity between the peoples.[1] The basics of Koryo could be taught in four to six weeks, and fluency could be acquired in three months if one was dedicated.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 120. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Curtis Smith and Rick Swan (1990). Ronin Challenge. (TSR, Inc), pp. 86, 87. ISBN 0-88038-749-1.
  3. James Wyatt (January 2004). “Kara-Tur: Ancestor Feats and Martial Arts Styles”. Dragon #315 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 61.
  4. Thomas M. Costa (1999). “Speaking in Tongues”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #4 (TSR, Inc), p. 26.


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