The Shou Chiang languages were a group of languages spoken by the various nations of Kara-Tur, namely Shou Lung, T'u Lung, Khazari, and Ra-Khati. The Shou Chiang languages group comprised the Kao te Shou, T'u Lung, Khazari, and Ra-Khati languages.[1][2][3][note 1] Of them, Kao te Shou and T'u Lung came from same root tongue.[4][note 2]

The languages were mutually intelligible, similar enough for a speaker of one to understand the other, yet different enough to count as separate languages.[1]

The Shou Chiang languages heavily influenced the Eastern Imaskari languages.[1]

Shou Chiang was also the name of the written language of Shou Lung.[5][4]



  1. The T'u Lung language is not mentioned as among the Shou Chiang languages in The Horde, but it may be assumed to be as Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms and other sources establish it to be closely related to the language of Shou Lung.
  2. This root language may be called "Shou Chiang", which is said in the The Horde to be the main language of Shou Lung, yet is used as the name of the group of languages that descend from it.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 17. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 David Cook (1990). The Horde (Cards). (TSR, Inc), p. 9a. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  3. Thomas M. Costa (1999). “Speaking in Tongues”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #4 (TSR, Inc), p. 26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Curtis Smith and Rick Swan (1990). Ronin Challenge. (TSR, Inc), pp. 86–87. ISBN 0-88038-749-1.
  5. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.