Mage glyph written in "Ancient Tevene"

Tevene is the official language of the Tevinter Imperium.[1] Several runes bear Tevinter symbols, some of them old.

In modern Tevinter, Tevene has ceased to be the main spoken language among the population in favour of the Trade tongue. Higher ranking Tevinters use phrases as signs of their education and social standing.[2]

Words and phrases[edit | edit source]

  • Alluvin valla kal[3]
  • Amatus: A term of endearment[4]
  • Astia valla femundis[5]
  • Avanna: "Hello."[6]
  • Benefaris[7]
  • Calthora Virethen[8]
  • Corypheus: Conductor[citation needed]
  • Fasta vass: A swear word.[9]
  • Festis bei umo canavarum: "You will be the death of me."[10][11]
  • Incaensor: means a dangerous substance, such as raw lyrium or natron salts. It is often used as derogatory slang for a magic-using slave—something dangerous but useful if controlled.[12]
  • Kaffas: "Shit."[13]
  • Kevesh[14][15]
  • Manaveris Dracona: "Long live the Dragons."[16]
  • Menavaris festa landem[17]
  • Na via lerno victoria: "Only the living know victory."[18]
  • Rattus: A demeaning word for the elves.[citation needed]
  • Soporati: A non magic user, also referred to as a sleeper.[19]
  • Somniari: "Dreamer". A special kind of mage who can shape the Fade.[20]
  • Venhedis: A swear word.[9]
  • Viridis: "The Green". Refers to the unexplored jungles in the far north of Thedas.[21]
  • Vishante kaffas: "You shit on my tongue."[22]
  • Vitae benefaria: A respectful goodbye[23]

Ancient Tevene[edit | edit source]

Ancient Tevene is the ancient and dead language of Tevinter Imperium.

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Furthermore, the annums (annual holidays) in the Thedosian calendar use a high name from Ancient Tevene, and a low name (Trade tongue).[27]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mary Kirby twitter
  2. [1]
  3. Combat line by Fenris.
  4. Dorian Pavus addresses the Inquisitor as such, if romanced. Or he addresses Iron Bull as such in Trespasser if neither is romanced by the Inquisitor.
  5. Mentioned by Fenris during Questioning Beliefs (Fenris Act 2).
  6. Fenris (short story)
  7. When taking a potion, said by Fenris.
  8. Said by a Venatori accompaining Calpernia at the Well of Sorrows in ambient dialogue
  9. 9.0 9.1 Mentioned during Speak to Fenris (Act 3). Spoken by Dorian during Here Lies the Abyss
  10. During Questioning Beliefs (Act 3), if Fenris and Hawke are in a rival romance.
  11. Possibly spoken by Dorian Pavus during What Pride Had Wrought, if romanced.
  12. Short Story: Paying the Ferryman
  13. Said by Dorian Pavus during The Magister's Birthright.
  14. When low on stamina, said by Fenris.
  15. Said by Venatori enemies in battle if low on health.
  16. Dragon Age: Those Who Speak, Chapter 1
  17. Said by Fenris on approach to The Final Seal (Legacy)
  18. Said by Fenris during The Last Straw, if he isn't Hawke's love interest.
  19. Race specific dialogue between a human inquisitor and Corypheus during the final battle
  20. According to Keeper Marethari during quest Night Terrors.
  21. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 131
  22. Mentioned by Dorian Pavus in discussion with Sera.
  24. Based on the Novice Dweomer Rune description.
  25. Mentioned by Dorian Pavus describing the Orb of Destruction.
  26. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Chapter 1, set 1, p. 47
  27. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Chapter 1, set 1, p. 14
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