Animal-speaking is one of the three gifts of language in The Books of Bayern.
When the world was created, everything spoke one language. Snails could speak to stone, trees to the wind, and so on. But as time passed, creatures developed their own languages and gradually forgot how to speak between species. However, some people were born with the ability to learn the language of animals. Most of these people appeared to hail from the country of Kildenree, but eventually the people of Kildenree grew fearful and suspicious of those who could speak to wild things. Uncomfortable with the hostile, mistrustful glares of their fellow Kildenreans and wanting to live among animals free from cages, most of Kildenree's animal-speakers moved away to live in the mountain forests.
Specific Types Edit
- Bird-speaking- Although all birds speak basically the same language, there are many different dialects. Speakers include:
- Horse-speaking- Newborn colts have their own names on their tongue. They speak it only once, directly after they are born. If a person hears the name and repeats it back to the colt, it unlocks the horse's voice in the person's mind and they will be able to speak to each other silently without anyone else hearing a sound. Speakers include:
The Aunt attempts to speak with other species, but finds that few respond to her. She theorizes that the language of mice and other rodents is too simple for bigger creatures to understand; cats and dogs are lazy in their domestication and are too used to speaking to humans on the humans' terms; and bigger animals like wolves and deer don't care to listen or be listened to.
It is speculated that continually speaking the language of another species may eventually cause a creature to slowly go mad or, at least, make it easier to slip into madness. It is hinted that animal-speaking may need balance to prevent this, but it is not known what language would balance it.