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Grammar and Script of the Language of Dragons


Above:  Auwé, the first letter of the Draconic alphabet, and a highly spiritual icon of the major draconic religions.
The icon is shown expressed in Masterwork Manuscript Uppercase, Manuscript Lowercase, and Stonescript.

This wiki is a part of the Androntel Academy Classrooms, Dracology and Dragons - Biology, Sociology, and Magic, and it fulfills a portion of the language info from the Grammaticum Primeaval, an ancient artifact.


All Images of letters, content and information on the Draconic Alphabet is courtesy of [xido]'s creation, and copyright privileges go to him alone. Dragon Scrawls are the conceptual work of [Dr.Mandarian]. Do not copy content or imagery for non-private use.
And I hate to verbally urinate all over the content on this page, but it must be said to avoid problems with those pesky people thinking that this information is in some way 'Open Net Material'. It is not. It has a creator, who has sought representation for it in connection with Wizards of the Coast ( It is currently represented by both and xidoraven studios, under the xsnet direction of the Krewe of Harpocrates and the Draconic Clan of the Elftown Clans.

The work of Owen K. C. Stephens is available through multiple media, but will be posted here as a .pdf file (below - requires Adobe Acrobat/Reader to view - see to get the free official Reader dowload to view article.


     "The language of dragons is one of the oldest forms of communication. According to the {Great Wyrms}, it is second only to the languages of the outsiders, and all mortal tongues are descended from it. Its script was likely created long after its spoken form was standardized, as dragons have less need to write than other races. Some scholars believe Draconic script might have been influenced by dwarven runes, but the wise don’t express this opinion within hearing of a dragon."

     "Many reptilian races use crude versions of Draconic, including kobolds, lizardfolk, and troglodytes, and present this as proof of their kinship with dragons. It is equally likely that these races were once taught or enslaved by dragons, and it is even possible that they took Draconic for their own simply to make a claim to common ancestors. The Draconic script is also used when a written form is needed for the elemental languages of Auran and Ignan. Despite this, it is still difficult for someone who knows Draconic to learn the languages of air and fire creatures."

     "Slight variations exist in the Draconic that is used by the various kinds of chromatic dragons. These differences are similar to regional accents. They form no impediment to understanding, but they are sufficiently obvious for a native speaker to know whether someone learned to speak Draconic from a red or green dragon. The various metallic dragons have similar accents, but the chromatic dragons each have their own slight differences in pronunciation. In general, Draconic has not changed significantly for hundreds of years."

     "Draconic sounds harsh to most other creatures and includes numerous hard consonants and sibilants. It includes sounds that humans generally describe as hissing (sj, ss, and sv) as well as a noise that sounds a great deal like a beast clearing its throat (ach)."

     "Words that modify other words are placed before or after the word they modify. The most important modifier is always placed before, and it might be placed directly after as well if additional emphasis on the modifier is desired. A speaker of Draconic who wanted to say a big, black, evil dragon was approaching, but wanted the fact that it was evil more than anything else might say, Malsvir darastrix turalisj vutha gethrisj leirith or even Malsvir darastrix turalisj vutha malasvir gethrisj leirith."

     "Most Draconic words have emphasis placed on the first syllable. Important ideas are emphasized in spoken Draconic by stressing the beginning and end of the word. In the written form, important words are marked with a special symbol of six lines radiating outward, similar to a fireburst (*). This is most often done by dragons when referring to themselves. The dragon Karajix would pronounce his name 'KAraj-IX', and it would be written *Karajix*. This emphasis is also sometimes used when commanding, threatening, warning, or making a point."

     "Draconic has no specific word for “my” or “mine,” instead using several prefixes depending on the exact meaning. A physical object claimed as a possession by a dragon speaker would begin with veth or vethi, an individual with a relationship to the dragon (such as a friend or relative) begins with er or ethe, and all other forms of possessiveness are represented by putting ar or ari before a word. Thus for a dragon to say “my sword” or “the sword is mine” he need only say “vethicaex,” and “arirlim” translates as “my enemy.” When indicating possession by another, combine the name of the possessor with the object possessed into a single word that starts with “ar” or “ari.”" (Stephens, O. K. C., 2001)


     The Scripts of the Draconic Alphabet:

Also, see Dragon Scrawls...

The Draconic Alphabet:

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Draconic Numerals:



     Dragon Names:


     Diction of Terms (Alphabetical):

     Diction of Terms (by Parts of Speech):
(Draconic) - (English - related terms) - (Parts of Speech - Subtype)


vutha - black - adjective (color)
ulhar - blue - adjective (color)
achuak - green - adjective (color)
charir - red - adjective (color)
aussir - white - adjective (color)
yrev - yellow - adjective (color)

vorel - beautiful - adjective
turalisj - big - adjective
faessi - coward - adjective
thurgix - crippled - adjective
loex - dead - adjective
levex - enchanted - adjective
irlym - enemy - adjective, noun
malsvir - evil - adjective
karif - far - adjective, adverb
thurirl - friend - adjective, noun
bensvelk - good - adjective
usk - iron - adjective
karak - last (final) - adjective, adverb, noun *
leirith - near - adjective, adverb
irthos - secret - adjective, noun
osskevekorik - slow - adjective, adverb, verb *
kosj - small - adjective
othokent - smart - adjective
zyak - so - adjective, adverb, conjunction
vyth - steel - adjective
versvesh - strong - adjective
pothoc - stupid - adjective
kaegro - undead - noun (creature), adjective
pothvim - unimportant (useless) - adjective *

karif - far - adjective, adverb
karak - last (final) - adjective, adverb, noun *
leirith - near - adjective, adverb
thric - no - adverb
osskevekorik - slow - adjective, adverb, verb *
zyak - so - adjective, adverb, conjunction
thel - this (here) - pronoun, adverb *
axun - yes - adverb
sjerit - yet - adverb

vur - and - conjunction
shar - but - conjunction
sjek - if - conjunction
thur - nor - conjunction
usv - or - conjunction
zyak - so - adjective, adverb, conjunction

baeshra - animal - noun (creature)
athear - celestial - noun (creature)
urathear - deity - noun (creature)
kothar - demon - noun (creature)
darastrix - dragon - noun (creature)
tundar - dwarf - noun (creature)
vaecaesin - elf - noun (creature)
terunt - gnome - noun (creature)
rauhiss - halfling - noun (creature)
munthrek - human - noun (creature)
ghontix - ogre - noun (creature)
ghik - orc - noun (creature)
kaegro - undead - noun (creature), adjective

thrae - air - noun (element)
edar - earth - noun (element)
ixen - fire - noun (element)
hesjing - water - noun (element)

rhyvos - cow - noun (food)
rhyaex - meat - noun (food)

waere - cave - noun (place)
caesin - forest - noun (place)
hurthi - fortress - noun (place)
okarthel - home - noun (place)
edajing - marsh - noun (place) *
verthicha - mountain - noun (place)
arux - valley - noun (place)

ir - one (a, the) - noun (number)

ierikc - century - noun (time)
kear - day - noun (time)
thurkear - night - noun (time)
earenk - tomorrow - noun (time)
eorikc - year - noun (time)

aujir - bronze - noun (wealth)
rach - copper - noun (wealth)
kethend - gem - noun (wealth)
aurix - gold - noun (wealth)
ux - platinum - noun (wealth)
orn - silver - noun (wealth)
rasvim - treasure - noun (wealth)
noach - wealth - noun (wealth)

garurt - axe - noun (weapon)
vaess - arrow - noun (weapon)
garurt - axe - noun (weapon)
vaex - bow - noun (weapon)
gix - claw - noun (weapon)
jhank - hammer - noun (weapon)
ner - spear - noun (weapon)
caex - sword - noun (weapon)
oth - tooth - noun (weapon)

litrix - armor - noun
vignar - ash - noun
waeth - bag - noun
vargach - battle - noun
iejir - blood - noun
sveargith - bravery - noun
sunathaer - cleric - noun
korth - danger - noun
sverak - darkvision - noun
irlym - enemy - adjective, noun
sauriv - eye - noun
haurach - fate - noun
lauth - few - noun, adjective (number)
achthend - food - noun
thurirl - friend - adjective, noun
vaeri - dance - noun, verb
lauth - few - noun, adjective (number)
dartak - hate - noun, verb
karak - last (final) - adjective, adverb, noun *
maekrix - leader - noun
arcaniss - magic - noun
sthyr - man - noun
throden - many - noun, adjective (number)
ominak - name - noun
martivir - peace - noun
oposs - rain - noun
ausnesalisj - salt - noun *
sjir - scroll - noun
irthos - secret - adjective, noun
sjach - shadow - noun
molik - skin (hide) - noun
miirik - song - noun
vorastrix - sorcerer - noun
isk - star - noun
ternesj - stone - noun
kepesk - storm - noun
virlym - thief - noun
vivex - victory - noun
aryte - war - noun
laraek - weapon - noun
levethix - wizard - noun
aesthyr - woman - noun
grovisv - wood - noun

svern - above - preposition
ghent - after - preposition
ghoros - before - preposition
zara - behind - preposition
vhir - below - preposition
unsinti - beside - preposition
ihk - for - preposition
persvek - in - preposition
shafaer - on - preposition
erekess - through - preposition
ekess - to - preposition
onureth - under - preposition
mrith - with - preposition

thel - this (here) - pronoun, adverb *
yth - we - pronoun
wux - you - pronoun

valeij - bleed - verb
maurg - breed - verb
durah - bribe - verb
valignat - burn - verb
vaeri - dance - noun, verb
loreat - die - verb
gixustrat - disembowel - verb
osvith - flee - verb
austrat - fly - verb
majak - give - verb
gethrisj - go - verb
dartak - hate - noun, verb
irisv - heal - verb
svent - kill - verb
thadarsh - pillage - verb
ssifisv - rest - verb
ocuir - see - verb
kurik - slaughter - verb
osskevekorik - slow - adjective, adverb, verb *
hysvear - soar - verb
renthisj - speak - verb
pok - stop - verb
clax - take - verb
ukris - talk - verb
ossalur - travel - verb
tuor - want - verb

All material copyright to its specific owners. (Stephens, O. K. C., 2001), (Thompson, R. W., 2007), & (pyre builder, 2007 *); Aarknorian dialect / glyphs - [Dr.Mandarian]

Stephens, Owen K. C., (2001). 'Dragontongue.' From Dragon Magazine, Issue #284, Paizo Publishing Company (Adobe .pdf format).

[xido] - Thompson, R. W., (2007). 'Draconic Alphabet', from Draconic Language and Script. Retrieved June 10, 2007, from this page,


Draconic Clan
Unit One :  -  Dragon Biology and Physical Features
Unit Two :  -  Draconic Personality and Sociology
Unit Three :  -  Draconic language and script
Unit Four :  -  Draconic Magic and Arcane Bloodline
Unit Five :  -  True Dragons
Earth Dragons Unit :  -  Earth Realm Dragons
Student, Scholar, Fan and Elftowner Artwork and Media Page  -  Dragon Artwork and Media

For Grammaticum Primeaval Info and studies, Draconic Writings include the Book of Dragons, which houses the writings and prophecy of the draconic bloodlines of the Selenar System and Jashnia's current eon.


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2006-02-19 [ShiftySkillet]: way to be bored in some class, xido! :p

2006-02-20 [Lunnie]: Mmm interesting. o.o;; Maybe you could try making a font out of those or some clear graphics. It's a little hard to read. Either way, -watches- ^__^

2006-02-20 [xido]: I AM making a font out of them.... see the big one up top... I have all 45 of them like that. I am editing them currently for use as a font.  I didn't know this page could be openly viewed... I just thought I'd make some noise about it until someone asked.... I actually set it up so that it was only viewable and editable by me... How come that isn't working? Not to throw you guys out, but I wanted it to work right..... :(

2006-02-20 [Lunnie]: I have no clue, but can I have your font once it's done? XD

2006-02-20 [iippo]: You need a forum to hide it. The choice is viewable by forum members only and editable by owner only, not viewable and editable by owner only. :)

2006-02-23 [Darvitch]: My friend... Such content is somewhat captivating for myself, in a tense way, considering the supposed "source" of information. I beg for your sincerity on awnsering me some questions, if you do not mind it, of course: Is this content actually worth considering practical or historically correct in the way I am thinking? And, if it is, where, how and when you acquired this knowledge? Sorry if I sound agressive. This is me. All the best for all of you.

2006-02-26 [xido]: I see about the forum... darn it all... oh well... Um, when the font is finished, we're gonna start talking about publication, so I'll consider it... maybe only if I get something in return for it... ;)  The type face is mixed from earthly letters, runes, and what I believe the fantasy draconic alphabet to look like, and have created it as the first phase in an endeavor to create an alphabet and basic diction of all the common D&D fantasy languages... I hope to utilize them for a publication for Wizards of the Coast/ D&D... We'll see.

2006-02-28 [Darvitch]: Well... In that case, I congratulate you for your admirable work and I equally wish you sucess in your publication.

2006-03-12 [xido]: ;) Thank you, dear friend. The good measure is well-noted and equally given back. Hopefully more will come of this soon.

2006-12-10 dragonfan: Do you have more words in draconic language than there are in the book Draconomicon that DnD has put out?

2006-12-10 [xido]: Hi, dragonfan, and to answer your question, yes, but only a slight few more. I am currently trying to get in touch with Owen K. C. Stephens, the original author of the Dragon Magazine article, "Dragontongue" in issue #284, so that I can feature more 'authentic' information on the full language of dragons. I do not currently have this issue, but you can find info on it here:

You can also find an article on Dragon Names by him in issue #260:

As I said, I do not currently have these articles or issues of the gaming magazine to feature "authentic" draconic material other than what has been presented in the Draconomicon, but as this page progresses, more will be featured, and if new information comes to light, I will make sure it is posted. I would also appreciate anyone who owns or purchases the issues of these publications (which are available in print or as an Adobe .pdf file on the web - ) to make any and all contributions that you are willing to make, even from non-Elftown members. Thanks!

Thanks for commenting dragonfan, and because you are the first non-ET person to pop up, I'd like to ask: How did you hear about this page?

2007-04-19 [xido]: I now own the article I referred to in the above comment.
I am considering a mutual project with Owen K. C. Stephens in the future, after my representative gets in touch with him through Wizards or Paizo.

2007-05-29 [Galadhwen]: This is so cool and I like what I see.Can anyone tell me if they have a dragon script by dr, ernest drake from the book Dragonology??

2007-06-01 [xido]: I own that book. It uses purely Nordic Runes, which are also the script which Tolkien used for Hobbits in his series.

Thanks and best wishes!

2007-06-02 adam: <img:2706_1128818519.gif>

2007-06-02 adam: dargn script

2007-06-02 adam: stop it vic star

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