Proper Varan

One of the Mileic languages, Varan is the result of various centuries of influence converging on the old original Milean tongues. Thus, it is markedly different from both the languages of the territories around it, though it does share some properties with a few of the Ordric (and Eylic) languages due to the fairly large population of dwarves. This is most notable in the Third Empire region of Goldhook where a local miners tongue has developed.

A note on Poetic Varan.

Varan Dictionary

Milean Script

Verb Forms and Conjugation

Ancient Varan was a fairly complex language, and modern High Varan retains many of these complicated conjugations. Note that North Varan has dropped some of the more obscure conjugations and declensions.

The Perfect system relies on the second principle part of the verb involved. The tenses presented below are present (progressive) and past imperfect as well as future (imperfect).

Imperfect System of the First Conjugation

Form Person Present Past Future
Indicative 1 root+aes root+oes root+ies
indic 2 root+ael root+oel root+iel
indic 3 root+eo root+ean root+ien
Indicative Plural 1 root+aesi root+oenir root+ionir
Pl 2 root+aelir root+elir root+ilir
Pl 3 root+eonir root+enir root+inir
Subj. Singular 1,2,3 root+ere root+ore root+iere
Subj. Plural 1,2,3 root+era root+ora root+ira
Participle root+ende root+ed root+esse
Imperative sing 2 root+e
Imperative plural 2 root+eir

Perfect System of the First Conjugation

Form Person Past Future
Indicative 1 proot+(e)n proot+(e)s
indic 2 proot+in proot+is
indic 3 proot+int proot+ist
Indicative Plural 1 proot+ena proot+esa
Pl 2 root+ina root+isa
Pl 3 root+inte root+iste
Subj. Singular 1,2,3 root+unt root+ana
Subj. Plural 1,2,3 root+unde root+ane


Varan drops the endings of most words unless they are followed by a vowel. Likewise, the letter r is rolled, and many vowels and beginning consonants are pronounced in the front of the mouth, creating nasalized sounds. Old High Varan retains complete pronunciation of every letter.

Low Varan drops complete sets of conjugation and declension, reducing and simplifying. Many letters are elided and conflated, leading to a fast-paced rolling “rural” style of speech.


To pluralize a noun in Varan, the ending (i)r is normally added. Thus, cathas (elf) becomes cathasír (elves).

First Declension nouns (note that endings are built AFTER the -ir plural suffix); (using cathas; elf):

Case Suffix example translation
Nominative cathas elf (nominative)
Genitive -i cathi of the elf
Accusative -(a)m catham elf (accusative)
Dative -o catho to the elf
Ablative -a catha towards the elf (and others)

Second Declension (strong) nouns (using arx; stronghold):

Case Suffix Singular Plural English preposition example translation
Nominative -ir arx/arxír fortress
Genitive -is -illus of arxis/arxillus of (a/the) fortress
accusative – or -en – or -ens arxor/arxen fortress
inessive -eva -evas in arxeva/arxevas in (a) fortress
elative -om -omen from (inside) arxom/arxomen from (a) fortress
illative -im -imen into arxim/arximen into (a) fortress
adessive -ot -ote at, on arxot/arxote at (a) fortress
ablative -a -as from arxa/arxas from (a) fortress
essive -en -enir as (temporary state) arxen/arxenír as a fortress
translative -ini -enir becoming (change of state) arxini/arxenír becoming a fortress

Third Declension (strong) nouns (using bateux, field of war):

Case Suffix Singular Plural English preposition example translation
Nominative -ending bateux/batee battlefield
Genitive -enne -aille of batenne/bataille of (a/the) battlefield
accusative -as bateux/bateas battlefield
Dative -om -omene from (inside) batom/batomene from (a) battlefield

Personal Pronouns

First Person

Case Singular Plural
Nominative eas eír
Accusative emas eos
Genitive ein eírin
Dative emas eos

Second Person

Case Singular Plural
Nominative teo teór
Accusative thië ëow
Genitive thine ëower
Dative thië ëower

Third Person

Case Singular Plural
Nominative inon/anon inír
Accusative ine/ane inenír
Genitive ion/aon ioner
Dative ine/ane inenír

Indefinite Pronouns

Ques – “Who”, Quem – “What”, Quare – “When”, Quen – “Where”


The definite article is “ter”, abbreviated to “t’” before a vowel. The INDEFINITE article is “aré”, sometimes abbreviate “ré” or simply “r’”.


Genitive — “de,” meaning “of”

Interior — “en,” meaning “inside of”

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