The Cities of Eternal Fog
Languages and Dialects
Spanish and Chinese are both spoken by a great deal of people in the bay area. Some speak it exclusively, unable to understand English, while others are simply more comfortable talking in their native tongue and respect those that choose to learn their language. Furthermore, most ancient texts of lore that arrive in the city are either written in Greek, Arabic, or Latin. Chinese, of course, is two separate languages. However, the majority of Chinese immigrants speak Cantonese, and those who don’t tend to pick it up pretty fast.
“Dialect” is a custom merit. The basic principle, there are dialects within certain languages. While someone speaking in dialect can be understood by another who only knows the base language, speaking in a mutual dialect grants a +1 bonus to all social rolls. Each merit dot in Dialect grants one dialect. To speak a dialect, a character must first have at least two dots in the dialect’s base language merit (or have it be their native language). Dialects prevalent in San Francisco include:
O Town Game (English)- prevalent on the streets of O-Town among pushers, addicts, and others associated with the drug trade. So, pretty much everyone in O Town.
Bezerkeley Academe (English)- The ability to throw out words like Wachstuung and postneohumanism grants a certain level of respect in Berkeley.
Triad Talk (Chinese)- Almost a separate language unto itself, the Triads of San Francisco use this dialect to discuss their illegitimate dealings through a series of code words, subtle gestures, and facial expressions.
Barrio Idioma (Spanish)- Popular in the Mission District and among the bulk of central American immigrants, Barrio Idioma is made up of a variety of references to places, things, events, and persons that tie the latino community together.