First off, I've updated the Galarian Word List with more stuff, now that I've made it to Spikemuth. ... yes, I'm WAY behind on the game. 7o7

But now that I've made it to Spikemuth, I noticed something shocking:

Pokemon in Galarian

Pokemon in Galarian

It's bad enough that they added a 40th letter—?—which has only been used like TWICE IN THE ENTIRE GAME.... but now there is clearly a missing 41st letter, which has ONLY appeared in this word (which is obviously "Pokémon"). Now what I'm now curious about is... first off, why?? Why did the devs do this? To be specific, that 41st letter is similar to both ? and G in that they only appear in very VERY rare circumstance; ? has only been seen on the red "Trainer Tips" signs and in the word "PokeJob" (and now "Pokemon"), while G has only appeared in the word "Galar" (GA9A4). So there is clearly a small class of Galarian characters which exist only in rare cases and is NOT used anywhere else. In that case, for all I know there might be another one-off 42nd and 43rd character as well. I guess I'd best keep it open. But still, normal languages don't work this way; even letters like Q, J, and Z—which are literally the three least used characters in English—still appear in plenty of places, AND together—queen, jazz, quiz, equalize, jacqueries, jacuzzi, japanize, objectivize—they aren't seen in ONE or TWO words, and that's it. So I guess this is just one more mystery to unlock.

 

And secondly: consider how that 41st character looks like it would be an uppercase version of h, similar to how maybe e is the uppercase version of 2 or 9 is to 6. In that case, since we know that some characters are intended to be "lowercase" characters, is there an actual one-to-one connection between one certain lowercase character with a certain uppercase character? If so, then perhaps it'll help sort out if there are any missing characters based on any lack of related upper- or lower-case characters. ... That said, I personally don't think that's the case. Despite their similar shapes, there has been literally no indication that they actually ARE intended to be upper- and lower-case forms of the same character. Like, RQ38 ("Rose") has never been depicted as, say, Ro2i somewhere else... rather, every case of "Rose" in Galarian has ALWAYS been written as RQ38. But even if I don't think that's the case, Galarian continues to surprise me, so I wouldn't truly bet against that being the case.

Anyways... I'll update Thraex Sans to include that missing 41st letter; I'll probably include it as #, $, or &, as those shapes seem to be the most similar (at least of the ones I have left to use). I'll post an update about it here when it's done.

 


 

20200107 UPDATE:

OK, the Thraex font has been updated to include the 41st character, which is attached to the number sign (#), thus: #

And now, the Galarian word for Pokémon, in all its glory:


This is going to be a bit of a short post, but I'd thought I'd share a few updates with you.

  • First off, I've updated the Galarian Word List with a few new bits. One important bit has been in Circhester, where I added text from both Bob's Your Uncle and The Hero's Bath, where I came upon an interesting theory about how the game artists dealt with "garbage text" (which I'll share below).
  • I've also accepted that there is a 40th letter to the Galarian alphabet which I missed... ?. Which is weird because I've only seen it ONCE, and it was on a piece of text which I attributed to a lazy artist. But when I saw it on the PokeJobs name—?WRET3—I had to accept it. Which is weird, but it does seem to align with another idea, that some letters are used only for a single purpose, like the G/G in "Galar/ga9a4".
  • Finally, I started collecting words which are OBVIOUSLY supposed to be something, and then writing down what English/romaji letters that those Galarian letters correspond to, to hell with if they don't actually match up. And guess what? There ARE certain similarities between them! Take a look on towards the bottom of the Word List page.
    • This leads me to believe that maybe certain artists had certain preferences, and this might allow me to cross-reference values. Like, if one word uses "E" for E and K for X, then maybe another word which uses those same values might share other similar values as well.
    • Of course this is also still just a hypothesis, but I think it's something worth looking closer into.
  • Side note: seeing the logo for Hammerlocke University share the first letter with Hammerlocke itself (X) just proves to me that there IS some consistent value that is being referenced. There is no doubt in my mind. But how to unlock it is still the question. It MUST be possible.

OK so the theory about "garbage text" is... long story short, I think an experienced artist writes up a block of random Galarian text... something reasonable, perhaps something that can be deciphered?... but that block of text is just for filling in random meaningless bits of text which exist only for the sake of looking like writing, but with zero syntax. This block of text is then handed off to a bunch of interns or other lower-tier artists who are then just told "use this to fill that in"... and that's what they did. They just copied-and-pasted the garbage text where ever it needed to be placed with no rhyme-or-reason... and that's it.

The reason why I think this might be the case is that, in Circhester, I found the exact same text at both Bob's Your Uncle and The Hero's Bath. For example:

  • Menu at Bob's Your Uncle:
    • yn^u^f2i / xni15 v2oz2hp tz26 dzi^ So16 +i!z6 712n
    • d1! Soh / 4u1 qnfio mz6i f1!5 82
    • +i!z6 712 / k51!oz2o / r!u1z c6u / jniu6 3po / dzi^ So16 / yn^u^f2i
  • "Bob's Guarantee" certificate, which is hanging from the middle rafter:
    • vh w2hi!p u56 !2on5 x2iu16o5 au +hufo2 mz6i f1!5 82
  • The Hero's Bath text
    • xni15 v2oz2hp
    • 3n512 oz6 j5h16 72hf1i!u 5!o 95nop
    • jniu6 3po yn^u^f2i k51!oz2o
    • vh w2hi!p u56 !2on5 x2iu16o5 E6!^2

You can see similarities in the text, which I've highlighted.

But yeah, right now this is the only text I've seen regularly repeated, so I will need to look into this more to get a more definitive list of what is clearly "garbage" text, and what isn't.

Ok, that's it for now! I hope this was informative for you. I have other updates I want to cover, but I'll get to it next time. Happy New Years!


Well, so much for 2019! As we wind down the remaining minutes of the year (nay, decade), let us listen to the four or five wise sages and their predictions of the year 2020. (It should be cued up already, but if not, fast forward to about 32:20ish.)

Yep, the Firesign Theatre accurately predicted back in the 1970s that NO underwear will be work by the year 2020. They have spoken.

Anyways, enjoy the new year, the new decade, and I'll see you guys next time!


Galarian Unown

Galarian Unown

Just to put it out there, here's what I think Galarian Unown would look like. BTW, they are listed in my personal "Galarian alphabetical order", namely:

! + ^ 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Enjoy!


ga9a4 becwve gv+e 4revx

Yep, that's right! This is our "official" Galarian alphabet font. Now for the sake of keeping things legal and generic, I named the font "Thraex", after the type of Roman gladiator who—as part of their Thracian-style armor—were armed with a sword and shield (giddit?)

It took me all of yesterday to make this, but it was totally worth it. However, it's somewhat incomplete... there's still some keming—er... kerning issues, such as with letters or letter pairs like y5k, etc... but at least it's usable. My next step now is to replace the Galarian emotions on the Word List with the actual font.

Now if you want to download the font, you can do it here!

Download Thraex Sans
(Download Thraex Sans)
24kb .TTF file, v1.00 — last updated 2020-01-11

To write it in, simply consult the Galarian emoticon letter guide, since I used that as my reference. Furthermore, upper and lower-case letters produce the same character—like M and m—except for the letter "S", which has two different forms: s and S.

And also remember, it's still a "Beta" of sorts, so please come back for better versions later on down the road. I might also make other versions, such as a serif version (this one is sans-serif, thus "Thraex Sans") and a handwritten version used on the autographs from each player's cards.

And now for some gratuitous Galarian text!

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