TelleKurre – also called KurreTelle – was the primary language of the areas subject to the Domination, the empire of the Dominator in the northern continent. TelleKurre also referred to the ethnic group who spoke the language natively. A major regional vulgate of TelleKurre was known as UchiTelle. The spelling of names was free-form and difficult to translate: it "is one of those languages where various letter combinations can represent identical sounds" as Croaker complained centuries later.
Before Croaker’s AnnalsEdit
During the White Rose Rebellion, TelleKurre armies and their leaders fought against the White Rose and her forces in the Great Forest. Some or perhaps all of them were led by King Broke, the Dominator's subordinate who had a ruby embedded in his skull. However, some soldiers among the White Rose's forces also spoke TelleKurre (and UchiTelle) so their culture did not seem to be monolithically in support of the Dominator. At the Dominator's defeat, King Broke was killed and buried in the Barrowland. The victors went on to burn cities and to transport women and children. The entire TelleKurre language was therefore rooted out and eventually became extinct. It was replaced with other languages, including Forsberger. For the next 370 years, only some of the White Rose ghosts which haunted the Barrowland still spoke the language.
The Black CompanyEdit
Three hundred and seventy years after the Dominator was imprisoned in the Barrowland, the only native speakers of TelleKurre reappeared: the Ten Who Were Taken and the Lady. They would speak this language among themselves to maintain privacy during the years of the Lady's Empire. For example, Soulcatcher and Shapeshifter conversed with the Hanged Man in TelleKurre when he arrived at the Stair of Tear to reinforce the Black Company. Croaker attempted to eavesdrop nearby but did not understand a word despite his extensive education.
The White RoseEdit
Raven could interpret and write texts in both TelleKurre and UchiTelle. When he entered the Barrowland in spirit form, the ghosts of White Rose soldiers who haunted it screamed at the intruder in their native TelleKurre, as well as UchiTelle and lesser-used languages.
Shortly before the Battle of the Barrowland, the wizard Bomanz was freed from the Barrowland. Although he was neither a native speaker of TelleKurre nor a contemporary of the Ten or the Lady, he taught himself their language using whatever limited documents from the period he could get his hands on. However, he could not read the regional dialect UchiTelle.