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Quiesy, more popularly known as Deadish, is the language of High Cromlech. It is spoken by both humans and Thanati.


Quiesy is the principal language of High Cromlech. Since many of its speakers have either sewn-shut mouths or larynxes too decayed to form sounds properly, it consists of a series of "softly barked" grunts and swallowed noises, formed in the back of the throat, with "intricately timed pauses" interspersed that are as important as the spoken element.

It can also be "spoken" entirely soundlessly, with gestures or eye movements, as well as written in several different ways.


  • Uther Doul is the only known native speaker of Quiesy seen in the Bas-Lag Cycle.