First Tongue

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The Uratha innately have knowledge of their own language, known as the First Tongue. We reccomend using ctrl+f to use your browser's search function to look for english words.

Background Information

Ethan Skemp says:

The root of most First Tongue stuff is Sumerian, then run back through Grimm's Law. Step Three is where it gets really complicated, though, as many — and I mean many — a word is not at all literally the un-Grimmed Sumerian root. Messing around in Blasphemies I had to come up with some weird poetic language — like "neighbor-desire" for Envy. Many of the words that you see in the core were assembled by the guy who first put this thing together (James Kiley) and then many more were done by Carl Bowen while I was working on other stuff. So I can't quote the exact etymology of some words. Hieing all the way back to that traffic light spirit, the Little Road Tyrant — yeah, its First Tongue name was derived from the Sumerian "red-yellow-green."
There are minor "rules" derived elsewhere, too. Like the lunar choirs — they all end in "-lunim" not because it's proper Sumerian derivation, but because it was evocative of old angel names (and thereby sort of evoked another really ancient culture).
Sometimes we went right for the in-joke, too. The Breath, Worm and Deep all have direct in-joke First Tongue names, two of them from Werewolf: The Apocalypse|W:tA (the Breath from an Elemental Urge, and the Worm... well, you probably know why we went with "Zmei|Zmai").
In retrospect, I guess it wasn't a fair challenge. Rule Three is in its way the most important rule, and it seems to have gotten in the way of decoding the most. I apologize for that.
But it is the most important rule, particularly when designing your own words. It's very, very easy to come up with the same not-so-intuitive word for three entirely different concepts, due to the many homonyms in Sumerian. Always keep that sucker in mind.

Jess K. Hartley used this site for Sumerian words while working on Predators.

Glossary of First Tongue Words

Listed below are all the known words of the First Tongue. For further discussion on this language, please visit the Talk page. NB- If you are going to add words, please add the book and page number citations so that people will know where to find them. For First Tongue words and concepts created in play and not listed in source material, please use Created First Tongue Words.














  • Ortuz-Ur: The Blood Wolf, supposedly one of the lesser children of Father Wolf he is the patron of the Lodge of the Hunt. (WTF: Core Book, p. 203)






  • Viruhk-Ur: Soulless Wolf, totem of the Bale Hounds


  • Ya-Dumu: "The Fifth Son", the Totem for the Lodge of the Lone Wolf, he claims to be the fifth son of Father Wolf who was driven from the pack for being the smallest and weakest. (WTF: Tribes of the Moon, p. 37)


A Note about the Maeljin

All entries marked with a * do not truly have their base in the First Tongue (as can be seen by the very different roots in the names of the Maeljin's Bale Hounds). The fact that their origins cannot be traced to any known language is a cause for concern amongst the wisest of lore masters, Forsaken and Pure alike.

Thus far, the names and titles of the known Maeljin have been listed as thus (as listed from pp. 51-57 of Lore of the Forsaken)-

  • Carnala, Lady of Lust
  • Mammon, Feeder of Greed
  • Maastraac, Master of Envy
  • Baalphegor, King of Gluttony
  • Lamashtu, Calipah of Pride
  • Beliar, Slave to Sloth
  • Asmodai, Queen of Wrath
  • Pseulak, Minister of Deception
  • Thurifuge, Architect of Violence