I think the language barrier issue is very realistic and should be incorporated. This brings in the interplay between your character and your party members more actively everytime when you enter a foreign town. I can see how it can lead to quests being solved or failed due to misunderstandings, etc.
At least my wizard should be able to speak some ancient languages.
They should be dead languages like Latin that aren't spoken by anyone but wizards, like how Latin is a dead language spoken only by the Catholic church and Latin teachers.
and the Vatican as a state.
Honestly, people should stop saying latin is a dead language, not just that a nation and religion uses it, but also by knightly orders and it is also heavily used in education and medicine.
No, it is a dead language. Ask any linguist. Nobody speaks it colloquially. Nobody is born and raised speaking Latin. You have to choose to learn it or be given away as a child as a ward of the Catholic Church to be taught it. Nobody is a native speaker of Latin. It has been a dead language for over a thousand years. Nobody really
knows how to pronounce Latin words, even.
Knightly orders? When the Queen of England knights somebody it's just a play, put on for show. Knights are as dead as Latin, and most real knights didn't speak a word of Latin because it was dead by the time medieval knights came around.
The use of Latin in science is entirely technical and used for nomenclature purposes exclusively. Scientists do not speak to each other in Latin, and if it's any subject of public interest there's almost always a public colloquialism for it in English or whatever the native language is.
Written Latin was the basis for scholastic activities simply because it was seen as more civilized than a pidgin like English or a derivative such as French.
Just as much ancient Greek is used in science, and has contributed just as much to the English language as Latin (especially given how much Latin borrowed from ancient Greek.)
The reason the King James Bible was a milestone in history is because it was the first time in a thousand years the bible was written in a language other than Latin, which broke the Catholic Church's monopoly on salvation. The Catholic Church used Latin precisely because it is a dead language and nobody natively speaks it.
The idea of common people being able to hear a sermon in their native tongue was an outrage to the Vatican at the time.
Edited by AGX-17, 13 November 2012 - 03:46 PM.