A Little Puzzle


I’ve been working on how Sylvans write for a while now, extending off of the basic patterns established for the imperial glyph (latin alphabet to us) form of their syllable compounds.  I will give you all the following clues:

  • All of these words have appeared in the books.
    • I’m fairly sure all of them multiple times.
    • Some very, very often.
    • Not necessarily in perfect Sylvan.
  • They use a “word line” to distinguish each compound/word from the next.
    • Their version of “consonants” appear above the word line.
    • Their version of “vowels” appear below the word line.
    • Some of their “consonants” would be compounds in english.
    • Th, Ch, Sh
    • One of these appears.
  • It is some what relevant that r is both a consonant and a vowel.
    • The consonant is said as in english like rare.
    • The vowel is more of a pur, or rolled r like in french.
    • If you mess that up they will still understand, but it will come off as an accent.
    • They are drawn differently, only the vowel form appears here.
    • No one in Avrale would find this odd, partially or fully rolled rs is a common accent between both Avrale and Osyrae.
  • Modifiers work differently.
    • If a modifier exists inside a compound it breaks the word line for clarity.
    • They do not always exactly follow their consonant or vowel shape.
    • This helps differentiate them.
    • Note that while pairs are normally read top to bottom, modifiers are typically read in the reverse order.
  • Some consonants look different when they start a word.
    • There is one such here.
    • It may be the type of word at fault, I’m undecided.
  • Many glyphs were designed to bare vague likenesses to familiar letters.
  • One suffix is a peculiar syntax variant but is acceptable for the use case.
    • This is also related to common patterns in Avrale and Osyrae.
  • Remember j is pronounced kind of like zj.
    • Which is a hint there is a J here.

Any guesses?

I’m about 85% committed to how these are formed.  I’ll probably do a bit of cleanup, and tweaking though going forward, but thought I would share as is.  One of the words is quite pretty for something they don’t like.  Yes.  That’s another clue.


2 thoughts on “A Little Puzzle

  1. hansmassage

    After reading chapter 4, I think I am beginning to see a pattern. People do not live long enough individually to see the design of Thea through to the end and elemental’s only have a life pattern and not the capacity with out an associated life form. However trees are long enough lived to see Thea’s destiny through to the end.
    I like your word construct, It has some of the Hebrew construct of later added vowel points and the Korean grouping of letters into words.
    I did notice quite a few words in chapter 4 with transposed letters. I might miss them if I am sight reading but they interrupt when I am reading phonetically.


    1. Hmm, could you call any of the transpositions out, I ran this through some advanced processing, but maybe something went wrong.

      Edit: I think I found most of them. Think I was too sloppy where I was doing my editing between the three tools I’m using to try and streamline editing. Have to be sure to re-run some of the tools before committing back to the main file.

      Any way, I like your theory. On a level I think it does catch part of what’s going on, looked at from a given perspective. After the fall of the Evergrove’s heart the oldest trees would probably be the dryads north of Lundan. Some a few thousand years old. With the introduction of human consciousness into their nature, and the scope of their historic memory they might begin to see the forest through all the trees. As it were. Collectively the Lundan dryads have maybe a few tens of thousands of years under their bark. All perspective being relative, it’s nothing to sneeze at.


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