Linguigenesis

When the deities were making their people, Mamosi said, “Let our peoples have a language, so they can communicate with each other.” She asked the three wisest deities to each create a language. The deities would consider each one and choose the best to be the common language of all peoples.

Thafarsi created a logical language. Every word was composed of simple elemental pieces. Words and sentences could be constructed according to logical rules.

Lashrefi created a playful language. Words were easy to rhyme. Poetry was easy to write. Puns were easy to make. But the language was also practical. Words had concrete meanings and no abstraction was required to create new words.

Woshi created a difficult language. Words were challenging to pronounce properly. Meanings were veiled and obscure. It was a language for secrets.

Mamosi expected her triad to lead the deities. She was disappointed that Woshi had chosen to obfuscate communication. There was no way Woshi’s language could be chosen. Mamosi declared Thafarsi’s logical language to be the best.

But the other deities would not listen. Yolim and Devlen recognized that Lashrefi’s language was a practical language for common people. So they agreed that their triad would use Lashrefi’s language.

Zharnov and Swalethi recognized that Thafarsi had created an elegant language for scholars. This language suited their temperaments better than Lashrefi’s, so they agreed that their triad would use Thafarsi’s language.

Kashram had no use for Thafarsi’s scholarship. He decided his people would use Lashrefi’s language.

Mamosi was affronted by this insubordination, but it was now too late to convince everyone to use Lashrefi’s language. She had already chosen Thafarsi’s.

Woshi smiled, pleased that her people would speak a language understood by no one. That was what she had wanted all along.