Lidahan was a language spoken by the inhabitants of the jungles and valleys of the Shao Mountains of southwestern Kara-Tur. The nine largest valleys each had their own dialect, the most sophisticated and developed of which was that of the Mahasiswa people of the Kesasar Valley.[1]



Ronin Challenge provides a list of common Lidahan words, but these are all taken from Indonesian.

In "Kara-Tur: Ancestor Feats and Martial Arts Styles" in Dragon #315, the Bavanese and Bertanese languages are also suggested to be based on Indonesian (or Filipino), suggesting a possible, hypothetical connection between them.


  1. Curtis Smith and Rick Swan (1990). Ronin Challenge. (TSR, Inc), pp. 2, 87, 88–89. ISBN 0-88038-749-1.