Kobold Language Reference
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Modern Kobold is spoken by today's underground kobolds. Much of its vocabulary comes from Old Kobold, the language used by long-ago kobold ancestors deep in the underground.
Twelve Basic Words
Ug hello Hoowah! hurrah! Gug'yu goodbye Skah! @*&$#%!!!! Yub yes Har! lol, :) (smiley face) Nub no Rulg lat Thank you Mih me Blah talk, language Lat you Gruk know, understand
If you don't know or understand something or what someone is saying, just say Nub gruk.
klomp attack, kill flat dead mojo magic, buffs flishi resurrect krimp mez or root lurnin experience figz heal uzg land, world bait pull hihr drumz gain a level
Kobolds talk about things like defending their territory, defeating their enemies, and hunting for good things to eat. They don't talk too much about levels and experience.
kobo kobold gazat dwarf shara human ilid elf olog troll gobo lurikeen uruk firbolg
Humans, dwarves, elves, and lurikeen are often called pinkis because they have pink skin.
Warriur warrior Shamun shaman Huntur hunter Ruungoth runemaster Snihkur shadowblade Guulgoth spiritmaster Savuj savage Boni bonedancer Howlur skald
Other words are often used as well, such as Shaddurzult for shadowzerker, Ruunbuum for runemaster, or Danzur for bonedancer.
Weapons & Weapon Users
Womp hammer K'igg spear Lusk axe O'lig bow Zult sword Ligz arrows Blok shield Stik staff Klaw claw Dub paw two-handed Womp'r hammer-using warrior Zult'r sword-using warrior Lusk'r axe-using warrior Ligz'r bow-spec hunter Kigg'r spear-spec hunter
Womp is a hammer. Womp'r means someone who uses hammers. To Womp, is to use a hammer.
Good & Bad
bubhosh great, big snaga slave nubhosh bad, small buub pig pushdug stinky glob fool
Kobolds enjoy teasing one another, as well as taunting the lesser races, but would never use human language to deliver an insult!
Zuth zero Blug six Ash one Udu seven Dub two Tukh eight Gakh three Krith nine Futh four Ash'Zuth ten Krak five H a lot
You'll also hear words like Ashlog and Dublog. These words are names for klomp ranks; see the section on Klomp Ranks for details.
Kobolds don't talk about numbers much. Numbers on how much damage someone does, etc., is out of character.
Sleeping & Waking
wayk ub log in mud lag gu slihb log out muddi experiencing lag blak owt go linkdead Sliipwalking AFK
Even when you are apologizing for going linkdead in the middle of a fight, you can express it in a Kobold way rather than using human language. Surri, mih blak'd owt agh nub kuld wayk ub!
Long ago, the ancient underground kobolds spoke a language that we now call Old Kobold. Although Old Kobold is no longer spoken, much of its vocabulary survives today in Modern Kobold, the language of today's underground kobolds.
The following is a brief grammar of Old Kobold, based on Tolkien's Black Speech.
agh and albai elf (or) elves (n) amal where (relative) ash one bagronk dung-pit (n) búbhosh great (adj) bugd- call (v) burguul shadow ('burz + guul') (n) burzum darkness (n) buub pig (n) buurz dark (adj) dug filth (n) durb- rule (v) durub ruler (n) dush sorcery, magic (n) duump doom (v) fauth- lie hidden (v) gaakh let it be that gakh three gazat dwarf (n) ghaash (ghâsh) fire (n) ghaashum heat (n) gimb- find (v) glob fool (n) goi city (n) golug elves (n) goth lord, master (n) gund stone (n) guul (gûl) wraith (n) hai folk (n) hosh guts (n) ilid elf or elves (n) krak five krimp- bind (v) krith nine lat you lata- under (prep) lug tower (n) m- root of interogatives mal where? (interrog) mat- die (v) matuurz mortal (adj) mog voice (n) narkuu never nazg ring (n) nuut sky (n) olog Troll (n) prakh- lure (v) pushdug stinking (adj or participle) ronk pool (n) sha together with (prep) shakh lord (n) shara man (n) sharkuu (sharkû) old man (n) skai or skah exclamation of contempt snaga slave (also used by Uruk-hai as 'orc ofsmaller breed' srinkh- gather (v) (transitive) ta him tab his tak them tala above thrak- bring (v) throqu- devour (v) tug only (adv) u to (prep) udu seven uliima throne (n) uruk larger breed of orcs (n) uzg land (n) za this zagh mountain pass (n)
-at verb infinitive -hai people (collective plural) -i or -u noun plural after consonant -ishi in (a suffixed postposition: burzum-ishi,"in the darkness") -ob of (case suffix) -ub- verb future tense suffix -ug verb present active participle -uga verb past passive participle -uuk (-ûk) all -ul them -um -ness, -yness (n) -uur for (case suffix) -uurz a common adjective-forming suffix -z noun plural after vowel a- prefixed to an interrogative makes itinto a relative
gunduurz stony, rocky, rough (adj) duguurz filthy, dirty (adj) shara-hai mankind (n) globuurz foolish, silly (adj) bagronk-ishi ill, dying (literally 'in the dung-pit') snaguurz fawning, groveling (adj)