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Equestrian alphabet by JackJacko-Eponymous Equestrian alphabet by JackJacko-Eponymous
Pretty much everything is explained in the image, but I'm adding a note: I already had in mind the overall shape of the letters while working on Avenue of Lost Tales, but it wasn't until later that I decided to come up with an actual alphabet. So while the scribblings in Avenue of Lost Tales resemble these letters, they don't actually have any sense at all.

Font pack link:
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As I explain better in the guide included in the pack, I looked into OpenType but didn't find a simple solution to line implementation. Maybe a combination of features would have done the trick, but I'm no coder or font maker so I opted for 7 (yep, seven, sorry guys) fonts that must be combined inside the text block to implement lines. This is very tricky and tiresome I know... Remember though that I never meant this to be a common use font, but just a little decyphering game inside my future works instead.

You're welcome to use these symbols in your works if you want, and you can modify and improve them too. In both cases, just please reference me, thank you ^^
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shadw9austin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Looks really cool!
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matriksoft Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I decided to use it in my fanfic just after seeing this! It's brilliant. But I have a question: Wouldn't it be better to make q/k letter instead of c/k? What in case of word "key"? It would be written "cey" and read as "see"...? I mean Q is not a well-spread letter and in English it's always spelled as /k/ and always is before U (ok, when borrowing from Arabic, it can be anything). So why not to make K/Q?

And could I create modified version of this script and upload it on dA. It will be Verdana-like and it'll involve some spelling changes (eg. 'thought' as "þowt", 'though' as "þow", 'language' as "langwaj" or 'Twilight' as "twilite").
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But for the "s" sound you can indeed just use an "s", and for the "ch" sound I've put a specific symbol :meow:
It was just a way to spice things up a bit ^^

And please do use my script and modify it if you want! Just put in a link back to here if you can =D
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matriksoft Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Here it comes! fav.me/d82bqby

What do You think?
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really really sorry for how late this reply is =(

Great job with your font! It is indeed more lightweight, and easier to read. And the bit sign is a neat addition :D

Again I'm terribly sorry for the delay, I've failed miserably at keeping my life from straying into a mindless work/vidya/sleep cycle since I've started my PhD. My Equestrian font is something I would really like to rebreath some life in, and your work on it is a prod in that direction for me =)
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matriksoft Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't have to be sorry. :) Thank You a lot for Your appreciation. But keep in mind that I wouldn't create this font if You hadn't done Yours. ;)

I really understand how it is to live without time for anything, so I'm very thankful that You have finally decided to reply. ^^
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matriksoft Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, here is the font: sta.sh/02flrtejrvjn
And here is the preview: sta.sh/01kw825dah2l

I've added some characters ($, " and ; ) and changed codes of phonetic characters (now Jj for "_J_acob", Ðð for "_th_ough", Þþ for "_th_ink", Čč for "_ch_eese", Šš for "_sh_y", Žž for "occa_si_on"). And of course K/Q instead of C/K. ;) What do You think?
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ThumbTag Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
OMGGGGGGGGG
But how you you get the front to work?
this is the best thing ever~
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there, thanks for the appreciation!

I'll try to get the font working again, sorry about it!
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RageLokiCat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't figure out how exactly to make the font work. Halp?
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there, sorry for the late reply!

I'll check the font and try to get it in working order again. It always needed a proper makeover anyway!
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RageLokiCat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! You're the best!
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm afraid it'll take some time though, because to make it as I intend to I'll basically have to dig up a tutorial on how to make an arabic font and adapt it to my case. Just as arabic letters have four different shapes each, my letters have up to three, and in both cases they must adapt to the letters that come before or after them. Needless to say, I'm no professional font maker, so I'll have to learn some basics first.
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RageLokiCat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No rush, I just wanted to see what it would look like in large quantities and I was hoping to learn how to actually write with it.
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Jacobellinger Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
what you think of the writing seen here lh3.googleusercontent.com/--TW…  I forget what episode this image is from but of all the examples we see in the show of writing. there is like 4 different kinds; I think this one is the most believable. 
What are your thoughts on it?
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I guess it's something. Why do you think this is the most believable out of all four of them, if I may ask?
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Jacobellinger Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
well when I say ALL if them I mean the ones displayed in the show. I don't include yours in it. Yours is 100% believable because it works.
But I think that it's the most believable because it has enough characters to work and many of them are basically ripoffs from greek letters which makes sense given how much they draw from greek mythology in the show.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, no, I didn't mean to sound offended, I knew you weren't including mine, and even if you did I would have been totally cool with that. :meow:
It's just that it didn't seem so peculiar to me to really make it stand out among the many we've been shown in the series, so I was curious about your own opinion on it.
Speaking of which, good thinking. Some of them also remind me of Japanese kana, although I think the author was just doodling away to get a "mysterious writing" feeling ^^
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Jacobellinger Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
yeah but it would be one of my dreams come true if in the show they included a Equestrain language of some kind. I was always fascinated with the fact that star trek made one and now that I have my own little show to fanboy over I feel a little jelly that bronies don't get a langage but Trekies do.
Yeas it's just made up writing but one  can dream.
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iftheyaskiwasnthere Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student General Artist
So for a completely RANDOM example, if somepony wanted to write "Her name is Princess Celestia" I'm guessing it would be written "Name is Princess Celestia." My question is, which of these words should be modified by the first, second, third person lines?

For examples: In this case, would all three words have the connecting lines? Or would "Name" and "Princess Celestia" have the lines, but not is because it is a conjoining word? Or would "Name" only have the lines because it is what her is modifying? Or would "Princess Celestia" only have lines because that is the specific name which is hers?
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iftheyaskiwasnthere Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Actually, looking at you Roanoke tapestries (which is what lead me here) it looks like you dropped the whole underlining thing? If so, disregard this question.
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iftheyaskiwasnthere Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I know this is a little pet project of yours and you shouldn't take this too seriously, but I think that this alphabet is a WONDERFUL idea and I'd prefer to go to the creator first before making my own assumptions. ^_^
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, thanks for the attention to this little pet project of mine :3

Ok, if it was me, I would indeed write it as "Name is Princess Celestia", and then underline only Name, Princess and Celestia.
This is not really because "is" is a conjoining word (it's actually the verb, so it's a fundamental part of the sentence), but because "is" is clearly recognizable as 3rd person singular by the way it's written. The underlining thing applied to verbs was born because most English verbs have the same form for any person or number (apart from the 3rd person singular). By adding the underlining, one can give information on the person while at the same time cutting the personal pronoun. Now, since the 3rd person singular has a distinguishable form of its own, using underlining is optional. I would use it for emphasis, and not use it in cases where the underlining is already heavy all around the verb like in the example you gave. The truth is, to apply underlining to verbs in a serious manner there should be an additional rule that says "verbs are always written as their root form, then underlining defines person". Number may be left to be figured out from context as I originally devised, or one could come up with some further mechanism to define it (although it would become unnecessarily complex in my opinion).

P.S. As you correctly noted, apart from its honorific purpose, I dropped entirely the usage of the underlining in the tapestries. The reason why is simple, although it is a bit spoilery: the writings are all in Latin, which has defined and distinguishable forms for every person and number of the verb, thus making the underlining a redundant device. There, the cat is out of the bag ^^
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iftheyaskiwasnthere Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I indeed noticed this. I decided to start on the third tapestry due to it having several easily identifiable locations to translate and immediately came across several latin words I noticed. I wasn't planning on letting it out just yet, but you made the decision for me XD. Nj
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HOT--DOG Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Fascinating! Breathtaking!
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CoffeeFan15 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
So what if I want to write a word with a soft "c"? Would I use the S character or the C/K character? That goes for any deceptive character as well; would you do it by the English word or phonetically?
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You would still use the C/K character, as I did in the Princess Celestia example given. The letter X is written "KS", while other things like letter J or letter groups SH, CH, TH are written using the phonetic symbols. As the disclaimer says, this is by no means a serious attempt at a coherent language. Or maybe Equestrians pronounce C as classic Romans did, who knows :3
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CoffeeFan15 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Okay. Now, here's another thought. How about the silent GH in thought? Should that be TH O U T or should the silent letters be included? Also, speaking in terms of subject. If you're saying the name of an organization or a title or something like that, would that have the he/she/it top and bottom lines or no lines at all? This is very crucial research I'm conducting here.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally I'd include the silent letters as well and only write the words phonetically when there's the chance to use the phonetic symbols, so, again, just in cases of TH, SH, CH groups and of the letter J.
As for company names I guess that would depend. On an advertisement board, for example, I would say no. Inside a sentence, maybe yes. For example "Ponycola has released a new hay flavored drink" would probably have Ponycola with top and bottom lines for the third person. You may even want to refer to an organization with the same lines but in an honorific sense, think secret/religious societies and whatnot.
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CoffeeFan15 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
So imgur.com/ZuJLEE8 would be a news bulletin, while imgur.com/URuSscG would be something found on a shirt or something. Is that fairly accurate?
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, although in general the verb would have the top and/or bottom lines as well. This is so that unless you want to underline or clarify the subject (like in our example) there is no need to explicitly write the pronoun. For example, if Dean said "I love pie" then the sentence would be written as "Love pie" in Equestrian, with a lower line on the word love. Of course one would read it "I love pie" all the same though :3
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CoffeeFan15 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
I'm back.

Is it okay with you if I transcribe a book into this text, just as a personal project? I've been thinking about this for a while, and I've decided to do it with your permission.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, no problem :meow:
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ctrlaltBATMAN Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
IMPRESSIVE!
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Apple-Tank Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Artist
gah, buh, wah. WHAAAA?
Mind blown. And I still can't understand how this works.
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xXNostalgicDreamsXx Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The last six letters? How to pronounce them?
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matriksoft Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Like begginings of words:
1. Jacob
2. cheese
3. think
4. though
5. shyness
6. like SI in "inclusion"
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Very slick! Although, it would perhaps have been a bit easier to preface all seven fonts as "Equestrian-" (such as "Equestrian", "EquestrianUpper", "EquestrianLower", "EquestrianDual", "EquestrianUpperFix", "EquestrianLowerFix", and "EquestrianDualFix"); that way, they're all grouped together.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, I made a mess with those fonts :iconsadderpyplz:
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
But it's still a cool font, and I really think I'm getting the hang of it.
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Hybrid147 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ooh! Really cool man. I love language and scripts, so props to you for making one. And not to mention in such detail too. That is rare to see consructed alphabet. I could go one, but anyway this is very interesting.:love:
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timstro59 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I started making a language of my own in high school.
it was supposed to be a mix of all languages while using latin as a base for context and grammar.
I called it "Unitorus" or Unity. after it being a mix of langauges.
I also modified an alphabet that developed years earlier to suit the purpose for it.
I was no linguist now, and I certainly wasn't one then. but this may make me try to bring my language to full status and finish it.
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FilPaperSoul Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved self-made alphabets, I can't count the ones I thought up as a kid ;P
I like the few details that make it original, like the honorification :)
And either way, it looks kewl ;P
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Too bad I'm using this alphabet less and less in my works... I'm still quite fond of it though :3
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killjoy1221 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I'm using this as a replacement for the Standard Galactic Alphabet in Minecraft.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, it does seem just perfect for the blocky nature of Minecraft.
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killjoy1221 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I've noticed there's no X. What should I use in place of that?
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Use "ks". I did it on purpose, just some quirk to make it more interesting :3
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almightybooda Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I might just use this to send messages to people
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FaustXXXVII Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
No wonder why Twilight is so smart, I cannot even read these.
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