Lántas writing

Lántas is written with a simple alphasyllabary, where most glyphs consist of a consonant or cluster with a descender marking the vowel following it. There are full-sized letters for vowels, used when they start a word or follow a syllabic consonant. As a quick example, here’s the first sentence of the North Wind and the Sun:

Ruakul naipa bahútlit aimlis Laksimat Fuhamkas Guwanḿ asumsas ba sua.


At the start of a word, or after a syllabic consonant, these independent vowel letters are used.

a á i í u ú ai au ia ua ł ḿ ń ŕ

In other cases, vowels are attached to the letter for the previous consonant.

ta ti tu tai tau tia tua tḿ


The basic consonant shapes are:

t k g d ƶ p b s š l m n č ǧ w h f j r

Clusters are written with a single glyph called a ‘conjunct’. These aren’t always just the two letters glued together but they’re not usually too surprising.

tt tk tg td tp tb ts tl tm tn tr tw th tf tj
ƶt ƶk ƶg ƶd ƶƶ ƶp ƶb ƶs ƶš ƶl ƶm ƶn ƶr ƶč ƶǧ ƶw ƶh ƶf ƶj
st sk sg sd sp sb ss sl sm sn sr sw sh sf sj šš

Conjuncts with š are the same as with s, but with the line above. In the case of šš the lines join up.

lt lk lg ld lp lb ls ll lm ln lr lw lh lf lj
mt mk mg md mp mb ms ml mm mn mr mw mh mf mj
nt nk ng nd np nb ns nl nm nn nr nw nh nf nj
rt rk rg rd rp rb rs rl rm rn rr rw rh rf rj
kk ks pp ps pj bj čs čč hh hn hm fn fm

If a word ends in a consnant, a horizontal line is drawn under it to specify that there is no vowel.

–t –ƶ –s –š –l –m –n –r


Punctuation in Lántas is very simple. Phrases within a sentence can be separated by a single circle, and sentences are ended by a double circle:

ta, ta ta. ta

Both have an equal amount of space either side, more for the second one, and if they are next to a line break they stay with the previous word.


Numbers are written in base 10. Most of the digits are letters, with the ascenders removed if they had one. Numbers in running text are indicated by double vertical bars each side, and are grouped in fours.

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