An attempt to produce a low-resolution pixel font which generates mazes from arbitrary strings of text. It requires the use of negative line spacing (available only to certain software) to look right without hand-editing.
The mazes it produces aren't the best, but they are definitely interesting! I might just call this a cipher and be done with it...
3x3 cipher, based on version 0.3 of "Micromaze". It uses its own form of binary notation for the numerals, wherein the upper-right 4 pixels play the role of the 1, 2, 4, and 8.
This is the smallest font in which I was able to give a unique symbol to every glyph (excluding the lower/upper case, which look the same). It reads sort of like Pigpen Cipher, but is more densely written.
Since MMC is obscure and of constant width/height, it serves many "gibberish" and "placeholder text" purposes in addition to being a modestly strong cipher.
Original size: 2pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
A cipher/code used by the Kibble Cabal, a mostly animal-based team of misfits and food thieves in the game Trap Farmer Brer Brah. This code is very similar in application to the "Hobo Code" from the United States in the late 1800s. It makes a pretty good cipher, as well!
Original size: 8pt (use multiples of this value for pixel perfection)
A written court language used by Ashrians on Bysonce Island, Planet Ashr in my video game Endless Sea of Stars. This one is used for public court documents, and its brother language Calystiphos Hand is used for private documents and old government records.
These glyphs could be considered a form of shorthand unto themselves, since each court stenographer has its own way of writing these down and its own way of abbreviating or embellishing them. Through knowledge of these glyphs, and their accompanying interpretation, one can surmise all of the important proceedings and notes.
Common methods for stenographers to alter these glyphs involve:
- Adding/removing quadrants
- Crossing out one or more elements in colored ink
- Drawing connecting lines between points within one or more quadrants
- Inscribing shorthand or marginalia within negative spaces
- Marking or coloring within the central circle
- Shading via different means (scribbling, crosshatching, or with colors)
- Rotating a quadrant upon its own axis
It's important to note that stenographers also often write (either in Royal Bysoncian, Sea Bysoncian or Voktlandish) in accompaniment with these symbols. The idea is for each stenographer to come up with a system of encoding that works for it. Eudastiphos Hand could thus be considered an amalgamate, interlingual cipher built from other Ashrian languages.
In terms of communication systems which exist on Earth, this is most readily compared to Nsibidi.
A combinatorial conlang whose symbols find many uses.
This is the written language of early Azwelke people from Planet Ashr in my game Endless Sea of Stars. The symbols are called "Moon Runes" (both pejoratively and not), and each represents a cluster of phonemes. The language is similar to Katakana Japanese in that written words are sounded out. Proper nouns cannot be written in Moon Runes, and so such nouns rely on Old Azwelkeland Script to be committed to record.
The Wolves of Euphedora still use these symbols as part of their own hidden language, here called "RZ". Since this cipher invents no new characters, these Moon Runes can be used to write RZ as well.
These symbols are also still used in modern Ashrian astrology. Their designations below reflect this fact.
- ESOSVM DESIGNATION -
TextData Block #013-ASHRJ, "Moon Runes KF-21 Original"
6!000001 "Hunter's Moon, New"
6!000002 "Hunter's Moon, First Quarter"
6!000003 "Hunter's Moon, Last Quarter"
6!000004 "Hunter's Moon, Waxing Gibbous"
6!000005 "Hunter's Moon, Waning Gibbous"
6!000006 "Hunter's Moon, Full"
6!000007 "Traveller's Moon, New"
6!000008 "Traveller's Moon, First Quarter"
6!000009 "Traveller's Moon, Last Quarter"
6!000010 "Traveller's Moon, Waxing Gibbous"
6!000011 "Traveller's Moon, Waning Gibbous"
6!000012 "Traveller's Moon, Full"
6!000013 "Demarcator L"
6!000014 "Demarcator R"
6!000015 "Traveller's Moon Eclipses Ashrflame"
6!000016 "Hunter's Moon Eclipses Ashr"
6!000017 "Traveller's Moon Eclipses Ashr"
6!000018 "Hunter's Moon Eclipses Ashrflame"
6!000019 "Northern Double Eclipse"
6!000020 "Ashr Eclipses Hunter's Moon"
6!000021 "Ashr Eclipses Traveller's Moon"
6!000022 "Southern Double Eclipse"