The Mulhorandi languages were a sub-grouping of the Mulani languages[1] and members of the Rauric languages family.[1][2][3]


This sub-grouping included the tightly related languages Mulhorandi and Thayan.[1] Some scholars did not recognize these two languages as distinct and only recognized a single Mulhorandi language.[4]


The Mulhorandi languages were highly inflected, and word order was of only minor importance. The languages sounded thick and slow to speakers of many other languages.[2]


In their earliest forms, the Mulhorandi languages used a logographic system of writing, which included pictographs to represent concepts. Over the millennia, the written form of the languages were simplified yet still contained tens of thousands of pictographs.[2] By the late 14th century DR, speakers of Mulhorandi proper tended to use the Celestial alphabet instead, which was taught to them by the god Thoth,[3] while those speaking Thayan utilized Infernal in their writing.[4][3]


It has been theorized that priestly rituals played a strong role in the sound and cadence of these languages.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thomas M. Costa (1999). “Speaking in Tongues”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #4 (TSR, Inc), p. 29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Scott Bennie (1990). Old Empires. (TSR, Inc), p. 13. ISBN 0-8803-8821-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 85. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.