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Description: Language covers the speaking and reading of languages other than the player’s native tongue. A speaker is considered fluent at a skill level of 50; anything above this indicates further refinement in technical vocabulary, accents, and knowledge of dialects.
Use: Use the Language skill whenever you want to speak, understand, or read something in a language at which you are skilled. Most speaking and reading comprehension tests can be considered Simple Success Tests if your skill is over 50, unless the gamemaster rules the subject is sufficiently complex that a non-native speaker would have trouble understanding it.
With the Fall of Earth, the languages that remain most prominent in the solar system are those that were extensively carried into space by countries and hypercorps with aggressive space programs or by the large populations of poor laborers and infomorph refugees that followed. No single language dominated the realm of space expansion, and multilingualism was common. Many habitats and (sub)cultural groupings cling to specific languages as a method of retaining cultural identity. Despite the availability of instant translation via the mesh, many people remain versed in two or more languages.
The ten languages with the largest speaking populations are:
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • English
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Other languages that remain strong include Bengali, Dutch, Farsi, German, Italian, Javanese, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Wu. Some languages were effectively lost during the Fall, especially those in undeveloped regions, as their speaking populations did not migrate into space pre-Fall and were not privileged enough to survive in large numbers as infomorph refugees.
Type: Field, Knowledge
Linked Aptitude: INT
Sample Fields: Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Specializations: As appropriate to the field, representing dialects, technical jargon, and subcultural slang

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