Basic Ranqa Script Picture

Book image belongs to ~flowersong (From this texture pack: [link]). Script is mine, copyright Ke-Yana Drake (1994-2012).

Also, I made the big original file available for download for folks who want to print it out for future reference.

This image shows the very basics of writing/reading Ranqa. Starting from the top right hand corner on the right hand page is the alphabet (in order) and the English spellings of the sounds. The order is down the page, right to left. Each consonant in Ranqa has a default vowel, with the exception of T and D, this default vowel is "a". For T and D, the default vowel is "o".

To change the vowel, the right hand row on the left hand page, shows the diacritic marks attached to a place-holder consonant of "M". These diacritic marks are used on any of the letters in the right hand page to alter the default vowel sound. (There are exceptions.)

Below the vowel change diacritic marks on the left hand page are two extra diacritic marks. The first shows how a word has a silent consonant, the second show the silent vowel.

The next column on the left hand page shows the main exceptions for reading diacritic marks. "S" and "Sh" have different silent vowel/consonant diacritic marks than the others. T and D have a different way of writing "Ta" and "Da", as is shown.

At the bottom of the exceptions list are two consonants that are used as an "interfix/infix" ([link]) in words. These are "-r-" and "-n-". Also, "-n", as in a suffix on the end of a word is the same symbol.

The last three letter symbols on the left are a vowel interfix (-a-/-aa-), and two suffixes that denote gendered names or titles: "-aana", female, and "-aan", male.

Finally, the last lot of symbols in the far lower left, are the symbols for the 1-10 numbers.

To read Ranqa, you first need to read from the top down, right to left, recognise each of the consonant letters, the vowel diacritic marks, the exceptions and then the extra symbols.

Unfortunately, I haven't set up a system in this writing system to show the three different types of long-short vowel sounds, but, this image has been generated for the Puzzle Game on my website, and I'll use ciphers that don't need long/short vowel notations, or are recognisable words.

Numbers are either written down and right to left like the alphabet, or right to left horizontally.

Originally the Ranqa number system was a base-nine, I converted it to a base-ten for the ease of future readers/fans of TSU, but I might actually change it back later because a base-nine fits in better with the base mythology of Ranqa.. it would just make it a basic maths problem to translate the numbers... which might not be a bad thing for future puzzle games, but for the first one, I'll keep it base-ten.
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