Please upgrade your browser for the best possible experience.

Chrome Firefox Internet Explorer
×

How can my character understand languages of races he didn't even know existed?

STAR WARS: The Old Republic > English > Story and Lore
How can my character understand languages of races he didn't even know existed?

Pahomi's Avatar


Pahomi
12.29.2012 , 02:40 PM | #1
It seems that all characters, even smugglers and bounty hunters who are usually just thugs can understand languages of species they never even knew about. I am a Star Wars fan but not the hardcore type. What explanation is given in the lore that explains how everyone talks with each other so casually? I mean how can my characters understand Gree , Rakata or Esh-Ka? How the hell can people understand Wookies? I mean in the BH story, we have a Wookie give a gosh darn speech. It was so ridiculous to hear him groaning with the subtitle being a carefully worded intelligent speech. I mean I know Star Wars is not sci fi and more fantasy but still, even fantasy needs to make some sort of sense, right?

SithKoriandr's Avatar


SithKoriandr
12.29.2012 , 03:05 PM | #2
I'm still wondering what planet they think all the PCs come from, that they know NOTHING about any of the planets they visit.

CthulhusLawyer's Avatar


CthulhusLawyer
12.29.2012 , 03:12 PM | #3
Well at least on the Commando story , if you have Vik with you , your character explains that he knows all the languages from all the species on the Republic. You get the dialog when you meets the Gand . Now ,even as incredible as that is, it still doesnt explain how u know languages from just completely Xeno races .
THIS JUST IN.........A pack of Rancors ate the SWTOR Billing Department !!! More at 5

Stncold's Avatar


Stncold
12.29.2012 , 06:56 PM | #4
The only one that really doesn't make sense is Inquisitor seeing as they were a slave.

Jedi are taught a whole bunch of languages early on. Warrior came from a prestigious family and probably had top-notch education. Agent and Trooper are likely required to know a lot of languages to conduct their jobs as a spy and special forces. Smuggler and BH probably picked them up along the way to better help out with their dealings.
Selthia-Guardian
Zarrec- Gunslinger Yorenec-Commando
POT5.
RIP The Fatman

spencer_'s Avatar


spencer_
12.29.2012 , 06:56 PM | #5
well, we do know something like universal translators exist. Your character in Kotor 2 had one. Its modeled after an HK droid vocabulator, and its called the sonic imprint sensor (Which exists in game as a crafting resource too).

If Sonic Imprint Sensors became widespread enough in the 300 years since Kotor 2, then that would explain it. If not.... Translator Microbes.

I should also point out that you have a protocol droid on your ship who could be providing real time translation through your comlink. Protocol droids often know millions of languages, and C-3PO was able to translate languages he'd never heard before by comparing them to others.

I suppose they could do what they do in the Star Wars movies and have no subtitles when your character doesn't understand the language and have the protocol droid translate what they say, but do you really want that? Do you?

AlexDougherty's Avatar


AlexDougherty
12.30.2012 , 05:17 AM | #6
The Hk translator would explain it, but by the films we have to rely protocol droids.
The real answer is probably that they were going to put something in to explain it and forgot.
Peace can be found, above all passions. Through passion, I may gain strength.
Through strength, I may gain power. Through power, I may gain victory.
But for every enemy fallen, a new foe rises.
For every chain broken, new chains bind me. Only the Force can set me free.

Huttchew's Avatar


Huttchew
12.30.2012 , 07:30 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by CthulhusLawyer View Post
Well at least on the Commando story , if you have Vik with you , your character explains that he knows all the languages from all the species on the Republic. You get the dialog when you meets the Gand . Now ,even as incredible as that is, it still doesnt explain how u know languages from just completely Xeno races .
It is not possible to learn all the languages, there are millions of them. For the Jedi this could be explained by a Force power: Comprehend Speech, this enables him/here to understand the language tough not necassery to speak it

TalonVII's Avatar


TalonVII
12.30.2012 , 09:36 AM | #8
There are many ways to explain how your character can know many languages.

1. Jedi/sith can use the force to understand languages.

2. Everybody else, well they can learn them, or have a translator droid, or most of them can carry tech that are a universal translator that does it for them.

3. or just to be funny, could shove a small yellow fish down your ear like in hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy.
Pretty, so what do we blow up first? -Wraith Squadron Motto
Ebon Hawk
Skiratta Legacy
Finished: Trooper, Agent, Knight, Inquizitor

Genuine's Avatar


Genuine
12.30.2012 , 09:48 AM | #9
you need t look at it from the other side if bioware only put in Galactic Basic then ppl would be asking for example why the hell do the wookies not talk like wokkies
BIOWARE PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS THREAD Collectors edition vendor

BradTheImpaler's Avatar


BradTheImpaler
12.30.2012 , 08:02 PM | #10
There are ways to get the basic meaning of what someone says through the Force even if you don't know the language. There's also the technique Revan used to communicate with the Rakata, whose language wouldn't be included on any translator of all known languages.
In the Imperial Army, it takes more courage to retreat than to advance.