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Dracoglyphics

A PICTURESQUE LANGUAGE   Dracoglyphics is a language of pictures instead of letters. It is thought to be the oldest of old languages, and so old not even the eldest of dragons truly knows their meaning. They are found engraved upon stone walls or on sheets of precious metals hung on walls in incredibly old caverns, some natural but most obviously dug by a master burrower of great size. The greatest scholars all agree that the dracoglyphs contain tales that seem so fantastical and of many things unknown that they must be of some long lost time or simply the recording of dreams. It is this scholastic belief that leaves dracoglyphs a dead and ignored language.   Within the Grand Archives, the Brethren adopted the dracoglyphs as their own. They do maintain a genuine translation compiled from every source they have found kept in honor of the originators of the language. More importantly, though, they maintain the air of authenticity as they use dracoglyphs to hide the fact that it is now a scret language. No magic is used to write their dracoglyphs, nor are there any magical words or phrases used in the translations which carries the much more detailed coded message. To outsiders, the Brethren are merely a collective of deep study scholars sharing rather boring minutia of academia.   THE CODE   The over seven thousand different dracoglyphs have each been given a single word in draconian. These words can be objects, creatures, places, actions and descriptions like red or fast. To further protect their code, a message always contains a cryptogram puzzle that, once solved reveals the secret message.
PHONOLOGY   There are no sounds attributed to any of the dracoglyphs, though the Draconian language is often used as the language to first explain the dracoglyph. If there are any words directly applied to a dracoglyph they are also in Draconian.   MORPHOLOGY   Dracoglyphs do not vary as words do in alphabetic languages. The meaning or suspected translations vary but never the dracoglyphs.   SYNTAX   Dracoglyphs are arranged in columns to be read from top to bottom, each representing a single idea, thing, action, name, or event whose meaning changes into a new group meaning for all the dracoglyphs in a column. This is the closest to a sentence dracoglyphs get and it is not uncommon for a single column's translation to involve several paragraphs.   VOCABULARY   There are 7,473 known dracoglyphs that have been found all over the world. What each one means is often debated as there is no true translation of them, only assumed translations that can sometimes differ depending on the scholar doing the translation.

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