Thayan was a language spoken by the inhabitants of Thay.[1][2][3]


As one of the Mulhorandi languages, Thayan was highly inflected, and word order was of only minor importance. It sounded thick and slow to speakers of many other languages.[4]


In their earliest forms, the Mulhorandi languages used a logographic system of writing, which included pictographs to represent concepts. Over the millennia, the written forms of the languages were simplified yet still contained tens of thousands of pictographs.[4] By the late 14th century DR, however, speakers of Thayan utilized Infernal in their writing,[5] as a direct insult to the god-kings of neighboring Mulhorand, who used the Celestial script.[6] A century later, they had switched to using the Thorass alphabet.[2][3]


Thayan was so closely related to Mulhorandi that many scholars considered them a single language.[5][7] Both languages were in the Mulani languages group within the Rauric languages family.[8]



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  7. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 15. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  8. Thomas M. Costa (1999). “Speaking in Tongues”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #4 (TSR, Inc), p. 29.