Thulin Vasteran was made by Aditya Bayu Perdana in an attempt to create a language, Vasteran, with it's own unique script. The name literally means "Vasteran writing". The script itself was made earlier around 2006 when it was used to write personal notes. Vasteras is a fictious country set in an European-like continent, located somewhere north near the equivalent of Scandinavia or the Baltic sea. Initially, the script was intended to look like runes.
The con-lang is slow to develop, now only consisting of various words and short phrases, though the script developed faster and are usually used by Bayu paralleled to the Latin script in his notes. As such, Vasteran can also be used for language using the Latin alphabet, such as English.
To write the vasteran as Latin alphabet, there are rules regarding the use of some letters.
- The letter 'Q' are considered to have same sound value as 'K', so any word with the letter Q is replaced with K.
- (Particularly English) This is somewhat less true for 'C', which in English can represent the sound value of /k/. Ideally, it should be written K, but if the reader understood that the Vasteran text in question are in English, vasteran C may be use.
- 'F' and 'V' are represented with vasteran /ϕ/. Readers differentiate between these two sounds via context.
- 'X' /eks/ are not considered a consonant, but rather 'K' and 'S' written together. So, x-ray is written with eks-ray. There is, however, a ligature of K and S which can be used as X.
In 2012, it was finally standardized into three distinct form; staid, kynga, and tirnan.
Comparison of Vasteran fonts
Staid means stone. It refers to the writing material of these script, which are ancient standing stones dotted throughout the vasteran landscape. It is similar in appearance to the runic script of Scandinavia, therefore it is also known as the 'runic vasteran'.
Kynga means book. This second form is the medieval script of vasteran, in which the shape of the letters are heavily influenced by old church slavonic. It is mainly used in manuscripts ranging from various literatures, religious texts, to imperial edicts. After the invention of the tirna script, kynga is no longer use for body text, but instead used for tittles and decorative elements to this day.
Tirnan means printed. This last form is the one that is currently used in Vasteras. It contains several ligatures which are unfamiliar to previous forms.
Runic Vasteran sample
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards
one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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