The Scar syllabary was created by Jon Molnar for use in a novel he's writing. In the novel the syllabary is used by a draconic race called simply "the dragonkin" by outsiders to their culture, their writing system being called [xɛkɑʃi roʊdɛsɑzi] (The Scars of Rhodesar". Rhodesar, in Shessin (dragonkin) lore, was a great red dragon of insurmountable intellect who created the Shessin and gave them the gift of written language, shaping the glyphs with his claws in a great stone cairn. This cairn bears the sample text below.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: syllabary with 55 glyphs, 49 of which represent syllables. The remaining six are divided into the three sets of vertical strokes, which are punctuation, representing the short and long pauses and the full stop, which delimit sentences, paragraphs, and documents respectively, and three sets of horizontal strokes, which are placed before a syllable glyph to change the value of its consonant. As a result, the Rhodesian (Scar) Syllabary can represent 140 different syllables (there is no quarternary equivalent for l, r, or n).
  • Writing direction: from top to bottom in columns from left to right.
  • There is no spacing between words, but there is usually a new line after a short pause, long pause, or (on the rare occasion that it is not at the end of the entire document, as in a quotation from the end of another document) "full stop" character.

A Bit of Linguistic History

Printed texts in the Scar Syllabary are kept in left-to-right books or on scrolls and are typically printed with a press or written with a brush in a red ink made from pomegranates.

Initial vowels were originally nonexistant, but over time certain words that used to begin with "h-" have dropped that initial consonant to leave just a vowel. Different regions of the Shessin empire deal with this in different ways, but the standard and most accepted method is by assigning the quaternary L group to the initial vowels.

Scar syllablary

Scar syllabary

Sample text

Sample text in the Scar alphabet

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