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High Nehekharan

High Nehekharan is the ancient tongue of the nobles of that dreaded land. The written form of this language is based entirely in pictograms and has no traditional alphabet, making it extremely difficult for Old Worlders to comprehend. Indeed, many necromancers do not use this difficult language, as it is possible to use Lingua Praestantia in almost all necromantic castings because of how exhaustively specific that language is. This true necromantic tongue is only used by those necromancers who have need of it for specific rituals or seek to learn the forms first set out by Nagash.[1a]

The Arabyans call this language Nehekharin, its study is forbidden except for faithful scholars. In most cases, the tomes and scrolls that contain this damned script are burned or sealed, and just using such vile words is liable with death.[2a]

During the travels of Ibn Jellaba, he was surprised by how one of the Skinks of Zlatlan were able to converse crudely with the use of this dark language, in particular by how they used a form prior to the coming of Nagash.[2a]

Lexicon

A

  • Ab - the awareness of right and wrong, the ability to choose between the two, the conscience.[4a]
  • Abn-i-khat - lit. 'Burning Stone', term used for Warpstone.
  • Akhu - soul.[4a]
  • Annu-horesh - lit. "Mountain Lords", term used for Dwarfs.

B

  • Ba - subconscious self, emotion.[4a]

E

  • Enmesh-na Geheb - lit 'Breath of Geheb'

K

  • Ka - ego, reason, abstract thought.[4a]
  • Kha - the physical body.[4a]
  • Khaibit - the physical shadow of a being. To the Liche Priests, the existence of a shadow was a byproduct of existence and showed that the being in question was mortal or at least affected by time.[4a]

N

R

  • Ren - the True Name. The 'notion' or 'idea' of a being, the signifier of self and identity generated through interaction with the world, how a person is remembered in history.[4a]

S

  • Sahu - the temporary physical forms Daemons and djinn create when they interact with the physical world.[4b]
  • Sekhem - soulfire, aethyric energy.[4a]

T

U

  • Ushabti - lit. 'Chosen of the Gods'.

Sources

  • 1: Warhammer Fantasy RPG 2nd ED -- Night's Dark Masters
    • 1a: pg. 121
  • 2 Warhammer Armies: Lizardmen (5th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 5-6
  • 3: Warhammer Armies: Tomb Kings (7th Edition)
  • 4: Liber Necris (Supplement)
    • 4a: pg. 24
    • 4b: pg. 25
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