The Hrrngü Chuzho (or Hrrngy Chuzho depending on transliteration conventions) script, was developed by a religious sect known as the New Kingdom about 650 years before the events of my novel.
This was used to write an ancestor of the Thussic language. But although some of its characters resemble modern Thussic ones and, like the modern script, were also derived from logograms; the characters in this script were not assigned for the initial sound of the word but for symbolic considerations. For example, the character for /m/ represents soil, which in the language is "angz".
The inventory of 17 signs, divided into two sets of categories (with the 17th being outside of the second grouping) is of religious and philosophical significance: for one thing, it models the Thussic binary division of categories, with an additional odd category always added on: 3, 5, 9, 17, 33 etc. The vowel symbol (which can stand for any of six sounds) represents that Odd principle which is commonly understood as a symbol of the divine (and for which zero, after its adoption, has more recently been adapted by the orthodox church). In the orthodox color wheel this principle is represented by the black rim and spokes. (A modern offshoot sect from the orthodox regards prime numbers as sacred, but that's another story.)
There are other symbolic meanings which I feel like saving for the novel.
The script was meant to be hard to use: "Hrrngü Chuzho" means "hidden script" in modern Thussaf. In fact, for the most esoteric texts, the vowel character was only used to indicate initial vowels.
(If anyone thinks I should mark this as having mature content because of the fourth character in the second row, let me know.)
Hand-cut quill with India ink, pencil.
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