The Ancient Tongue is the oldest language that is still readable, albiet to a small percentage of the population. The name of the language is lost along with most things concerning the Ancients. What is known is that the ancient tongue is the basis for almost all modern languages, particuarly the most common dialect. Ancient tongue is still spoken in more remote areas such as the swamp region of Paladum. Things that directly deal with The Four are also usually in the ancient tongue. Grammar and pununciation differ from the ancient tongue to modern languages. In the ancient tongue the verb usually comes at the end of the sentence and is conjugated according to person and number. Nouns are also declined based on gender, number and use. Grammar constructions can be very complex depending on what one wishes to say.
Though written in much more civilized manner now with capitalization and punction, the ancient tongue, when spoken in its prime, was cruder and was difficult to read. Both "V"s and "U"s looked like "V"s, and sometimes "G"s replaced "C"s
An example of ancient text would be: VASTATORTAMCELEREVENITVTNONFORTVNAMHABEMVS
Translation:"The Destroyer came so fast that we did not have a chance."
"V" is pronounced as a "W"
"C" is prnounced as a "K"
"th" is pronounced as a hard "t"
"ph" is pronounced as a hard "p"
"E" is pronounced "eh"
"I" is pronounced "ee"
"ae" is prononced "eye"
"R" is prouncounced with a rolling of teh "r"
"U" is pronounced "oo"
((The Ancient Tongue is the exact equivilent of classical latin))