The New World
Languages in Mazteclopan
Amongst the Europan explorers and colonists who have flocked to the New World, Iberian serves as a lingua franca. This is not unexpected, given Iberia’s role in the early exploration of the continent.
On the mainland, at least in the areas around The Emerald River, Ixtlan is the commonly used trading tongue. Although the Indian tribes native to the area do not swear allegiance to the Empire, and are indeed often taken as slaves by the Empire’s Jaguar Knights and Eagle Warriors, the various tribes are linguistically isolated, and a common tongue is necessary for any inter-tribal communication.
The languages of closely located tribes are often related, and thus a native from one tribe may be able to speak to a hunter from a nearby tribe at Accented (if he’s lucky) or Broken (if he’s not), but this is only true over what Europans would consider a very small distance. Mazteclopan Indians live in such small groups and are so wary of strangers that two tribes living only ten miles apart speak entirely different languages. This is why, in the wake of Europan ingress and increased aggression from the Empire, the Ixtlan tongue has become prevalent