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Ars Lingua


Language matters. Whether you are trying to order a new longsword from the blacksmith, ask for a woman’s hand in marriage, or stave off a horde of Goblins from attacking the village, what you say is important.

The current rules for the Speak Language skill do not allow for the reality of language. A single skill point represents the ability to fluently speak, read, and write any given language. While this allows for speedy game play, the intricacy (and reality) that different languages or dialects offer is lost with the current system. A 1st-level non-Human PC with an 18 Intelligence score has the ability to be fluent in both reading and speaking six languages!

Ars Lingua seeks to expand on the current Speak Language skill. Within this book you will find:

  • An enhancement to the Speak Language skill that treats languages in a realistic, yet easy to play manner
  • A new skill for Read/Write Languages and 3 other new skills
  • 19 new feats
  • Updates to existing spells for use with the enhanced Speak Language skill
  • 14 new spells that focus on the use of language
  • New magic items
  • New forms of verbal communication such as dialects, accents, and slang
  • New non-verbal communication such as sign language, codes, and pheromones
  • Two new prestige classes

Ars Lingua is the perfect book for any campaign setting. Whether you want to add some flair and reality to the Speak Language skill, or are merely looking for some new ways to spice up your game, Ars Lingua has it.

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April 24th, 2009
This product goes a long way toward handling languages much more realistically than the standard d20/OGL rules. I really appreciate the work that went into this product. However, when I tried to use these rules in a 3.5e campaign, my players and I foun [...]
December 28th, 2006
Rules for degrees of knowing languages-cool! In d20, you either know a language or you don't-no grey area. In this product, you have rules to be a native speaker, someone who took maybe a course of German in school, or someone who has immersed themse [...]
Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
December 25th, 2006
Ars Lingua is a supplement from Tangent Games. As part of their Campaign Dealer line of products, this book is world-neutral. The zipped file is just over 1.2 megabytes in size, and contains a single PDF file. The PDF is fifty-nine pages long, taking [...]
Chris G. [Featured Reviewer]
December 22nd, 2006
Ars Lingua The D&D game does languages lousily. But it can work for people that do not really want languages to be a challenge. It is extremely easy for people to be fluent in languages and most characters will start out being [...]
December 21st, 2006
Good product, simple with some inventive new feats and spells. For the German example at the beginning . . . strange to use a modern German translation of a medieval Italian poem . . . stranger still to believe that "Angst" translates as &qu [...]
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