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lucif-hare:

UPDATE!: There has been a bunch of new information about the Kittât alphabet and Sith Language since I made these charts. Previously this post contained a highly incomplete chart of a Sith alphabet that didn’t have a name yet. Now that the full alphabet and its name are official, I have updated the chart for that alphabet! It is definitely my favorite alphabet, so I’m very excited that the full thing is here now. Now if only the language was fully fleshed out so this alphabet could really be put to use… The information for that language below has also been updated!

[EDIT]This post has been getting reblogged a ton lately, but without any of the text, which is a shame because I spent a lot of time typing it. Even more of a shame, the second post has been completely ignored. So because I took so much time making these charts and typing this text, I think I should add a link here to the other post, even though none of you will even see it.

Post 1 with the first 8 languages: http://lucif-hare.tumblr.com/post/17133571192/edit-this-post-has-been-getting-reblogged-a-ton[/EDIT]

For people who don’t like to scroll to find valuables, here is a link to download all of the Star Wars fonts I’ve found: http://freak-show.zxq.net/Star%20Wars%20Fonts.zip (Note: This is a zip file. You will need to unzip it.)

To install a font:
In Windows 7, open the font and there should be a button at the top that says “Install.” Click that and you’re done.
In other versions of Windows, copy and paste ONLY the font file into the font folder on your computer (It should be located in something like C:/Windows/Fonts) 

About these charts:

For whatever reason, I have a fascination with in-world Star Wars languages. I’ve spent countless hours searching the internet for different languages, namely for the written alphabets. What I’ve found is that, even for the languages that exist, it’s extremely hard to find charts or fonts for the written languages. Aurebesh is obviously easy to find, but the others, not so much.

Because it’s so hard to find charts, I decided to make my own. It took far longer than I expected it to, but I’m finally done.

I’ve managed to find 16 languages. I already posted the first 8 (in alphabetical order) in the last post, now it’s time for the last 8.

I’ve also gathered together all the Star Wars fonts I’ve found, including the fonts for each of the alphabets above (except for Geonosian, which was in the first post, and Kittât, which doesn’t have a font). A link to a zip folder with all of the languages can be found above. I should note that there are a lot of other Star Wars fonts out there, I was only looking for fonts for in-world languages. I just happened to have picked up some other English ones along the way.

About the languages:

Mando’a:
Mando’a is one of the most in-depth spoken languages that the Star Wars universe has (Click the Mando’a link above to see the entire language as it currently exists). Aside from the spoken language, there is also this written language. I’ve made the letters extra large to show off the tiny details in the letters (It’s probably good to note that the font seems to have had some errors with some of the letters, causing some of the shapes to look a little different (Specifically numbers 3 and 7). I’m not sure if that’s an issue with the way the font was designed or with Flash, the program I used to create these charts.) Because the characters have a lot of small nuances that relate more to line thickness than to the strokes, I haven’t yet figured out the best way to write this alphabet by hand. For instance, A and P would be hard to distinguish between if written by hand and E, J and I would also be hard to distinguish between.

Massassi:
This was a very difficult font to find. I couldn’t find any instance of this written language anywhere on the internet except for the one single page that had this font for download (http://www.massassi.nl, the makers of the font). For some reason, the font displays strangely in Flash (looking closely, you can see white lines where the strokes of each character overlap). When I enlarged the font much larger, those white lines disappeared, but I had already made them pretty large. You’ll just have to try to ignore them, I guess…

Anyway, according to Wookieepedia, the Massassi glyphs did not always represent a single letter.

When it comes to Massassi and things related to sith purebloods, there are a lot of similarities intentionally made to ancient Egypt (which is awesome, considering I’ve always had an intense fascination with ancient Egypt).

Nal-Huttese:
Nal-Huttese is another large spoken language that you can learn (Click the Nal-Huttese link to view the list of words). As for the written alphabet, Huttese comes in two flavors. Nal-Huttese is the main alphabet used to write Huttese. The other is Trade Huttese (which we’ll get to below).

Nal-Huttese is another alphabet that I think would be difficult to write by hand. It’s obviously a very calligraphic alphabet. It does look cool, but due to how difficult it’d be to write this alphabet in a recognizable way, it’s not one of my priorities to learn this alphabet, though I still plan to get to it eventually.

Teresian:
Teresian is a written language based in glyphs. According to Tommy, the creator of this font, the characters were taken from the walls of an ancient sith temple called the Great Temple (also known as Massassi Temple) on Yavin 4, where the rebel forces made their base in A New Hope. Tommy also says that the Star Wars comic books call this glyph language Teresian. I have no idea what Teresian is or what species it is associated with, a Wookieepedia search and a Google search turn up zero results. Tommy also didn’t say which comic it’s from, so I couldn’t even attempt to look it up. That said, this temple was constructed by Massassi to worship the sith lord Naga Sadow, which means that if all of the above information is true, then this glyph set is another Massassi glyph language. I don’t know if that means that this is just more letters from the Massassi written language or if they had two different glyph languages or what…

The font itself is named SWyavin4. SW obviously stands for Star Wars and Yavin 4 is the location of this temple where the glyphs were found. Aside from all of this, these glyphs do not correspond to letters of an alphabet which means they are logographic and represent words and ideas instead.

Trade Federation:
A note from the creator of this font:

I discovered these characters on the official Star Wars website. You can find them on their new feature, the Droid Viewer. All characters are cannon as far as I could decipher them. They are pretty small. I was not able to find an X yet, but I will update the file as soon as possible.
I called it the Trade Federation Font, cause this interactive feature is called “Federation Droid Viewer”. I also noticed, that there are several characters that are the same as in the “Droids” font.

Please note that the font is missing the letter X and numbers 0, 7, 8 and 9. To create the chart above, I cut up other letters to create the missing characters using a complete chart found on Wookieepedia. I have no idea why this font hasn’t been updated to fill in the missing letters. Also note that I modified letters R, Y and Z to match the chart on Wookieepedia. The actual font for those 3 letters looks slightly different.

Trade Huttese:
Trade Huttese is the second alphabet used to write Huttese. It is used primarily for trade with people from off world.

from a source sent by Mike Dolan from Star Wars Insider Magazine #35, Winter 1997. Article: “Making Special Edition Collectibles - A Talk with Designer Eric Larson”, pages 63-67. The single picture appears on page 65.
Relevant quotes: "I created some boxes for Pizza Hut…I then created "Jabba’s Alphabet." Years ago at a World con, I got to work for Howard Kazanjian, the producer of Jedi and Raiders. We had to put the frozen Han Solo and speeder bike together for the exhibit, and while doing so I noticed the writing on the props. I asked Howard what it was and he told me it was Hebrew, so when I designed Jabba’s alphabet I used a modern Hebrew font as a model." — from Designer Eric Larson.
Mike Dolan and I feel than since nothing is made for StarWars without the OK of Lucas & Co., this is as canon as Trade Huttese will get.

Kittât:
This alphabet is by far my favorite of all Star Wars alphabets. It doesn’t look anything like any real world alphabet I’ve ever seen (Look at my previous post at the Common Sith info to see how important that is to me, haha). I really like the way this alphabet looks and how it works. Something about it really reminds me of demonic sigils, which I think is extremely fitting for a written alphabet for ancient sith.

There are only two sources that I am aware of that feature Kittât at all. One of them is the Book of Sith, which has a spell called Dwomutsiqsa (Summon Demon) that is written in Kittât. I traced the letters from a scan of that image in order to get the most accurate possible letters for my chart. This spell can be seen on the Sith language page, which is full of lots of great information about the language. This spell only contains a small portion of the full Kittât alphabet.

The second source that features Kittât is from a brief 4 page article that was featured in Star Wars Insider Issue 134 called Speak Like A Sith, written by Kittât’s creator, Ben Grossblatt. The final page features an illustration showing the entire Kittât alphabet, which can be seen on the Kittât page, however it has a much sloppier style than is seen in the Dwomutsiqsa spell. This made it hard to discern the exact shape and size of a few of the letters (especially the letter for L or R and Z. The L or R letter is the only letter that doesn’t have a sharp bend at the bottom, which makes it hard to know where the bottom of it is and how far, if it all, the bottom curve extends below the baseline. Z is the only letter that extends above the top line. Like L/R, this makes it seem like I’m not interpreting it correctly, or that the sloppy writing style has made it appear to be shaped differently than it is supposed to be. It doesn’t help that several other letters differ a lot from how they look in the Dwomutsiqsa spell, like the bottom curve of any letter with Y in it, for example. For both the L/R letter and Z, it’s also hard to tell if the lines are meant to be curved or straight. Do they appear curved because it’s sloppy handwriting? Or do they appear straighter for that reason? All I can say is that I did my best to match the illustration.

The way this alphabet works is that all vowels are diacritics (a small mark added in or around another letter) that are placed at the top line or just under the hook of the previous consonant (if it has one on the top). You can see an example of this in the bottom right corner of the chart.

There are some important things to note about this alphabet. The first thing one might notice is that several English letters are missing. Unfortunately this alphabet just doesn’t have them, by design. Kittât’s creator, Ben Grossblatt, said the following in Speak Like A Sith: 

I like to think creative Sith scribes would translate [Palpatine’s] name into their own language.

This means it will be very difficult to use this alphabet without learning the Sith language, which is difficult on its own due to there currently being such a limited vocabulary available. I’m dying to use this alphabet (and the Sith language) in day to day, casual settings, so I seriously hope the language gets fleshed out fully and very soon.

Veknoid:

NOTE: This font was previously named Boonta after the festival it is seen in, but we renamed it Veknoid because Mike Dolan found out that the Boonta festival & Pod races seem to be inspired by the Veknoid aliens. The Veknoid [Boonta] symbols are visible on the Racing Pod of Teemto Pagalies (A furry, Bulldog-faced being) in the Incredible Cross-Sections Book. Teemto has been identified as a Veknoid, another species famous for having many members who are Podracers.

This font only has letters A-J, which makes it rather useless. It looks pretty cool, though.

I’m just reblogging this to let everyone know that I just finished updating the chart and information for Kittât. A lot of new information for this alphabet came out since I originally made these charts and this post.

lucif-hare:

[EDIT]This post has been getting reblogged a ton lately, but without any of the text, which is a shame because I spent a lot of time typing it. Even more of a shame, the second post has been completely ignored. So because I took so much time making these charts and typing this text, I think I should add a link here to the other post, even though none of you will even see it.

Post 2 with the last 8 languages: http://lucif-hare.tumblr.com/post/17141980690/for-people-who-dont-like-to-scroll-to-find[/EDIT]

For people who don’t like to scroll to find valuables, here is a link to download all of the Star Wars fonts I’ve found: http://freak-show.zxq.net/Star%20Wars%20Fonts.zip (Note: This is a zip file. You will need to unzip it.)

To install a font:
In Windows 7, open the font and there should be a button at the top that says “Install.” Click that and you’re done.
In other versions of Windows, copy and paste ONLY the font file into the font folder on your computer (It should be located in something like C:/Windows/Fonts) 

About these charts:

For whatever reason, I have a fascination with in-world Star Wars languages. I’ve spent countless hours searching the internet for different languages, namely for the written alphabets. What I’ve found is that, even for the languages that exist, it’s extremely hard to find charts or fonts for the written languages. Aurebesh is obviously easy to find, but the others, not so much.

Because it’s so hard to find charts, I decided to make my own. It took far longer than I expected it to, but I’m finally done.

I’ve managed to find 16 languages. I’ll post the first 8 (in alphabetical order) in this post and the last 8 in another post.

I’ve also gathered together all the Star Wars fonts I’ve found, including the fonts for each of the alphabets above (except for Geonosian and Kittât, which don’t have fonts). A link to a zip folder with all of the languages can be found above. I should note that there are a lot of other Star Wars fonts out there, I was only looking for fonts for in-world languages. I just happened to have picked up some other English ones along the way.

About the languages:

Atrisian:
Atrisian is a language that comes from the planet Atrisia. Behind the scenes, it is an alphabet that was used in Star Wars games several times before Aurebesh was finalized. This font was created by Erikstormtrooper, who mapped the 12 characters seen in the games to the 12 most common letters in the English alphabet. He made up the rest of the letters. He named the font Dark Katarn after the game Star Wars: Dark Forces and the main character from the game, Kyle Katarn. There is much more information about where this alphabet comes from here. The language, however is officially called Atrisian, according to Wookieepedia.

Aurebesh:
Aurebesh is the language of the Star Wars universe. If you’re looking at an official Star Wars item from like the last 10 years, chances are there is Aurebesh printed on it somewhere. Aurebesh is an alphabet that was based on low-quality screen shots of monitor screens from the original Star Wars movies. At some point, someone stumbled across the original font used for those screens in the archives and revealed them to the world. It turns out the original letters differ a bit from Aurebesh, but it’s still pretty close. A font that more accurately matches the original screens (which is not included in my .zip above) and more information about the original Aurebesh can be found here. In-world, Galactic Basic is the language spoken by most of the galaxy. Galactic basic is just English (or whatever the native language is of the viewer). The written form of Galactic Basic is Aurebesh (Aurebesh means alphabet. Aure is the name of the letter A in Galactic Basic and Besh is the name of the letter B in Galactic Basic).

One note about the numbers in Aurebesh: Most Aurebesh fonts use the number design used in the above chart, with vertical lines and dots. However, there is only one instance that I’ve ever seen in an official source where this number design has been used (It was on a close up shot of credit ingots from the Star Wars: Clone Wars CG animated series) Everywhere else, a slightly modified version of the English numbers is used. I’m not sure why this is, and I also haven’t come across a font that has that same number design. This image shows the two number designs. The “alien” numbers on top and the “Arabic” numerals normally seen in official Star Wars items on bottom.

Contained in the font .zip download are several different Aurebesh fonts made by various different people (Credits for who made what are inside). Among the fonts is a narrow version and a version that looks hand-written.

Common Sith:
There are 6 different versions of Darth Vader’s chest box, each uses different characters from this language. These 6 boxes are the only instances I’ve ever seen that use this language. For some reason, it was decided that these letters should be the Common Sith language. There is a very detailed explanation of where this alphabet came from here.

I’ve thought about it quite a bit and this just doesn’t seem at all likely or logical to me. Darth Vader was the last sith in a very long line of sith existence (Yes, I know the sith came back after Palpatine died, but for at least a short time, the sith stopped existing) It seems unlikely that only the very last sith to exist would have used this language and not the thousands who came before him. Aside from that, Palpatine and Vader were the only Sith left in the universe. The only reason you write in a particular language rather than another is so that a particular person or group of persons can read it. You choose the language most easily read by the people whom you want to be reading it. If there’s only one other person in the galaxy who knows how to read this language, it doesn’t seem logical at all to bother using that language. With Aurebesh being the primary language in the galaxy, it stands to reason that Vader would have used that. Or at the very least a more common alphabet than one only the two of them knew how to read. Which brings me to my next point. It could be understandable if the text was used to hide valuable information that Vader wanted only sith to know. But it’s his fucking chest box. It’s a medical component, a part of his life-support system. For one, you don’t put secret information on your chest, even if it isn’t legible to anyone. And for another, you don’t label medical components with secret code. If you have a medical emergency, you want your doctor to be able to read what the the fuck your life-support system says. Which brings me to another point. It’s a medical device. Vader probably didn’t make it himself (Maybe he built a newer version later on, but not the original one) why would the medical engineers that made this device have labeled shit in the sith alphabet? How would they have even known the sith alphabet? It’s unlikely that they would have.

For all of these reasons, it seems really unlikely and illogical to me that the text on Vader’s chest box would be a sith alphabet. If it was a sith alphabet, it’d have been seen all over the place, written by all the countless other sith that existed before Vader. But it hasn’t appeared anywhere else.

I maintain that this font is not a sith alphabet. But it is canon at this point, so there’s not much I can do about it.

Having said all of this, the real reason I don’t like this font are two fold: 1.) Several of the characters are very similar and when writing it on paper, unless you write the letters perfectly (and my handwriting sucks), it can be difficult to determine which letter you’ve written (I know, I’ve already done this.) 2.) The biggest thing about this alphabet that bothers me is that it is not original. The letters in this alphabet are literally just Hebrew letters. And that bothers me. I like my fictional alphabets to be fictional. This is the main reason I reject this alphabet. I love the sith and I want an original, unique language to be paired up with them. That’s why I’m thrilled about Kittât, which you’ll see in my next post.

Droid:
I don’t really know where this font comes from, I can’t seem to find any information on it except the brief blurb about it next to the font download on one particular site. It uses symbols very similar (and sometimes the same as) the Trade Federation alphabet, but it isn’t exactly the same.

The blurb from this website says this:

The Droid font comes from the Star Warsr movie “The Phantom Menace”r and the book StarWars Episode 1 Visual Dictionary. The info for this font comes from Scott Watson. This is the Galactic Basic numerals used to identify Droids. The font is canon 0 thru 9 and A thru J. The rest of the font was invented by Mike, if more info is forthcoming he will update the font.

Ewokese:
Aside from having a spoken language that you can learn (Click the link above to view the list of words from the language), Ewokese also has this glyph writing system. The symbols represent words and ideas and are not used to spell words like normal letters are. The symbols are also written vertically, not horizontally.

Futhark:
Futhark is the formal written language used on Naboo.It was not often used because it was found hard to read by common folk, according to Wookieepedia. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never cared for Naboo and this happens to be my least favorite of the Star Wars alphabets.

Futhork:
Futhork is the informal version of Naboo’s written language. I.. guess there isn’t much more to say about it than that…

Geonosian:
Geonosian is a language that was created by Philip Metschan, along with two other alphabets, for George Lucas. Philip incorporated this alphabet in several of the Death Star technical readouts in Episode 2. As far as I know, this alphabet has not been released as a font publicly. For the chart above, I photoshopped the characters out of the image (which you can see by clicking the “Geonosian” link above) from Philip’s portfolio (which you can find by clicking his name above). Because I am not a typographer and do not have the means to make my own fonts, this font is not in the .zip folder. It’s a shame because I think this font looks pretty cool.

And that wraps up the first of this two part Star Wars/language nerdgasm of posts I’m making.

…Wow, I’m such a nerd…

masterjoram:

Sith!!!

charmbo:

siljoe:

Great Deviantart artists, theme: star wars fantasy…….cool!

artists: daroz, artificialdesign, erenarik, wojciechfus, david vargo, dywa,

Simply awesome!

kvallning:

siemari:

beyondthedistantstars:

Are you trying to give me heart palpitations?

*TROUBLE BREATHING*

I can’t reblog this enough times just holy fuck

deepfriedtwinkie:

mommamorte:

tehfawx:

teratocybernetics:

idlnmclean:

winneganfake:

mrrmq999:

Inside Lightsaber!! 

OK, now normally, while I’m a Star Wars geek, I don’t tend to reblog a ton of SW stuff. This, though… this just had me drooling over all the craftsmanship. Brilliantly done. 

It cuts. Not like in the movies. It’s contained in glass instead of plasma or magnetic containment. Neat first generation prototype. Fragile and requires everyone to wear special glasses to avoid blindness.

You know if I’m reblogging Star Wars, it’s got to be something really fucking cool.

Wow yes sign me up for a lot of these

I’ll take 500 please.

…..A f…..a fucking real lightsaber…….

scinerdmanboy:

Star Wars

Execute order 66.