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Espruar (pronounced: /ɛsprˈɑːres-proo-AR[1] about this audio file listen) was the alphabet of the moon elves[1] and the script used to write the Elven language.[2]

Description[]

"A true friend
As the trees and the water
Are true friends."

Espruar was a graceful and fluid script.[2] It was commonly used to decorate jewelry, monuments, and magic items.[3] It was also used as the writing system for the Dambrathan language.[4]

The script was also used by mortals when writing in Deep Speech,[5] the language of aberrations, as it had no native script of its own.[6]

History[]

The Espruar script was originally developed by the moon elves, but had been subsequently adopted by sun elves, drow, and other elven peoples as their preferred script, remaining so for several millennia.[3]

Around 1357 DR and by the late 15th century DR, most elves across Faerûn used it to render messages, either in Common or in their own language.[1][7] The language was also used on Evermeet.[8]

By 1372 DR, a variant of the Espruar script was commonly in use,[9] with characters that differed substantially from the ones in use in previous and subsequent decades.[7][10]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Steve Kenson, et al. (November 2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 105. ISBN 978-0-7869-6580-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 85. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  4. Steve Kenson, et al. (November 2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 112. ISBN 978-0-7869-6580-9.
  5. Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, Robert J. Schwalb (September 2008). Forgotten Realms Player's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 156. ISBN 978-0-7869-4929-8.
  6. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 123. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Steve Kenson, et al. (November 2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 105, 108. ISBN 978-0-7869-6580-9.
  8. Thomas M. Costa (1999). “Speaking in Tongues”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #4 (TSR, Inc), p. 26.
  9. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 86. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  10. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
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