Argot

In the old First Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, characters who took the Thief class received a bonus language - The Thieves' Cant. This was intended to be a kind of street slang, like the argot of Oliver Twist or modern day "Ebonics." The idea was that thieves spoke "the lingo" - they had "street cred" - and they could communicate with other underworld types in ways that the Paladin and academic Mages and Priests couldn't. It was dropped from subsequent editions, but in creating Idae, I drew very heavily on Oliver Twist, as well as Gavroche from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, so I felt the need to reintroduced the street speak. The Thieves' Cant is thus reborn. Later, the player of Roark added Thieves' Cant to his list of languages.

Another site has collected a guide to the Cant. You can check it out here.

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