Orrian syllabary

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ArenaNet's official table for Orrian syllabary.[1]

Orrian syllabary is the writing system for Orrians prior to the Cataclysm and the kingdom's death.

Locations of visible Orrian syllabary

Reading Orrian syllabary[edit]

The following section only shows the glyphs that are available in game:

Orrian syllabary A.png Orrian syllabary E.png Orrian syllabary I.png Orrian syllabary O.png Orrian syllabary U.png Orrian syllabary Y.png
A E I O U Y
Orrian syllabary B.png Orrian syllabary BE.png
B BE
Orrian syllabary C.png Orrian syllabary CA.png Orrian syllabary CI.png
C CA CI
Orrian syllabary D.png Orrian syllabary DE.png Orrian syllabary DI.png Orrian syllabary DO.png
D DE DI DO
Orrian syllabary F.png
F
Orrian syllabary G.png Orrian syllabary GI.png Orrian syllabary GO.png
G GI GO
Orrian syllabary H.png Orrian syllabary HA.png Orrian syllabary HE.png Orrian syllabary HI.png Orrian syllabary HO.png Orrian syllabary HU.png
H HA HE HI HO HU
Orrian syllabary K.png Orrian syllabary KE.png Orrian syllabary KI.png
K KE KI
Orrian syllabary L.png Orrian syllabary LA.png Orrian syllabary LE.png Orrian syllabary LI.png Orrian syllabary LO.png
L LA LE LI LO
Orrian syllabary M.png Orrian syllabary MA.png Orrian syllabary ME.png Orrian syllabary MI.png
M MA ME MI
Orrian syllabary N.png Orrian syllabary NA.png Orrian syllabary NE.png Orrian syllabary NI.png Orrian syllabary NO.png
N NA NE NI NO
Orrian syllabary PO.png
PO
Orrian syllabary QU.png
QU
Orrian syllabary R.png Orrian syllabary RA.png Orrian syllabary RE.png Orrian syllabary RI.png Orrian syllabary RY.png
R RA RE RI RY
Orrian syllabary S.png Orrian syllabary SE.png Orrian syllabary SO.png
S SE SO
Orrian syllabary T.png Orrian syllabary TE.png Orrian syllabary TU.png Orrian syllabary TY.png
T TE TU TY
Orrian syllabary VE.png Orrian syllabary VI.png
VE VI
Orrian syllabary WA.png Orrian syllabary WI.png Orrian syllabary WO.pngOrrian syllabary WO(2).png
WA WI WO

Notes[edit]

  • According to Matthew Medina, Orrian syllabary was designed to be a translatable language seen in the game, however due to the challenge in using it and difficulty in QA testing it, it was shelved during development.[2] Because of this, only one model uses Orrian syllabary.

Trivia[edit]

  • This script resembles an alphasyllabary. In actuality, it is a digraph cipher.
  • The text of the syllabary may reference the inscription on a statue of Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II, which is famous for having inspired Percey Bysshe Shelley's sonnet "Ozymandias". The paraphrased inscription in Shelley's poem bears a similar message to the text of the syllabary using similar language, and the placement of the syllabary in-game amidst the ruins of Orr echoes the theme of self-proclaimed great civilizations inevitably falling into decline. Shelley's poem is especially familiar to many gamers because the part containing the inscription was used as a flavor quote in the game Civilization 4.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

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