if I make an Old Tongue, a language spoken by the Alamarri before Andraste, and still spoken as a co-first language by many groups across Ferelden but especially by those who follow the Old Faith, should I make it Germanic based or Celtic based?
Germanic pros: It fits with something I’ve already been kind of doing, often having Loghain use Germanic words, and Fiona use Latinate or French words when there are two options,
Germanic cons: Ferelden seems to be the British Isles if it were never fully conquered by any people, so it’d make more sense for Celtic languages to remain as the Old Tongue,
Celtic pros: Loghain Mac Tir, who’d be the main speaker of the few words from it we learn, is far more pan-Celtic than Anglo-Saxon, his dad’s name is canonically Garreth, which is Welsh, his surname apparently means wolf in Irish, Loghain is clearly a form of the Scottish Logan,
Celtic cons: It’d be a lot harder because Celtic words didn’t really survive as much as Germanic words in English. Also, unfortunately, digging for Celtic stuff, and, unrelatedly Nordic stuff, tends to turn up A LOT of Neo Nazis.