See also: Darklands languages
Being such insular communities, the inhabitants of the Darklands have developed a specialized terminology or slang all of their own, many terms of which have made their way into a number of the languages spoken there.
- Cold walk: A tunnel that dead-ends into an area covered by water.
- Darklander or Darksider: Someone who lives in one of the three layers of the Darklands.
- Dead walk: A dead-end tunnel that terminates in a rock fall or other impenetrable obstruction; also something that has no further practical use (a played-out mine, etc).
- Deepbaiting: When a darklander tricks a surface-dweller into danger in the Darklands.
- Deepmeat: A surface-dweller who has met a grisly fate in the Darklands (see deepbaiting above).
- Digger: Collective name for the many Darklands-dwelling creatures that can easily burrow through soil and rock (e.g. purple worms).
- Down Orvway: A euphemism for death (i.e. he's gone down Orvway).
- Dry walk: A tunnel with no ready access to fresh water.
- Slopper: An ooze that inhabits Darklands tunnels (e.g. gray ooze, ochre jelly).
- Overburn: The surface of Golarion, referencing the sun.
- Scrubber: Creatures of the Darklands that clean tunnels by eating carrion; generally refers to vermin like gelatinous cubes, but can also refer to more common creatures such as rats.
- Uplander: Someone who lives on Golarion's surface.
- James Jacobs and Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Into the Darklands, p. 4. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-140-4
- Robert Brookes, Eleanor Ferron, Michelle Jones, Alex Riggs, and Nicholas Wasko. (2017). Heroes of the Darklands, p. 3. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-936-3
- James Jacobs and Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Into the Darklands, p. 37. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-140-4