World of Athri
Sumestri, the language of dragons, is remarkable for its precision of meaning and pronunciation. The Sumestri alphabet boasts a series of letters and diacritics meant to represent nearly any sound possible, and as such it is the language of choice for recording magical incantations and other sounds that require great accuracy. Sumestri is written from left to right and top to bottom.
Sumestri’s precision comes at the price of great complexity. It is a tonal language featuring nine distinct tones. There are many letters that are impossible for certain races to correctly pronounce. Those who wish to speak Sumestri but are unwilling or unable to cope with its more troublesome aspects can dispense with them when speaking. The resulting dialect, referred to as Low Sumestri is understandable to anyone who speaks the proper language (sometimes called High Sumestri), but is not as precise in meaning. While High Sumestri, when spoken properly, is perfectly unambiguous, this clarity is lost with Low Sumestri.
The clarity of Sumestri is a benefit to those who wish to be understood perfectly. In addition to its widespread use as the lingua franca of wizards, it also sees considerable use in discussions and documents relating to science, philosophy, law, diplomacy, and other fields. Speaking fluent Sumestri is considered a sign of sophistication to some, and pretension to others.