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The women's script is an alphabetic writing system used in Vorin nations, such as Alethkar, Jah Keved, and Kharbranth, on Roshar. The script is a phonetic alphabet, meaning each symbol, or "grapheme", denotes a particular sound, or "phoneme", and is written left to right starting in the top left hand corner of a page. Each letter is determined by both shape and size. As is indicated by the name, it is almost exclusively used by women, as writing is considered a feminine pursuit. The women's script is distinctly different from glyphs, which are a more logographic writing system (albeit with a phonetic component), which men are also allowed to learn.
The twenty-five known letters in the women's script can be arranged into five sets of five letters each. Each set is defined by the basic shape of the characters within it: the "vowel set" is a vertical line, the "T set" is a curved triangle pointing to the left, the "S set" is a curved triangle pointing to the right, the "P set" is a curved diamond, and the "K set" is a jagged triangle pointing to the left.
Within each set the characters are defined by height and the addition of shorter lines. The first character is the maximum height, the second is two-thirds the height of the first, and the third is one-third the height of the first. The fourth is the same height as the second with the addition of two short lines to the right, and the fifth is the same height as the third with the addition of one short line to the right.
Women's script has only one known character for punctuation. It is a single vertical line with two small, horizontal lines at the top and bottom. It is written at the beginning of a passage and it defines the maximum character height. Questions are marked by adding “ha” at the end of the last word in the sentence. There is also a question mark present in Navani's sketch in Oathbringer on page 447, but judging by the handwriting this was added later by Nazh and is not part of the women's script. It is unknown what other punctuation exists, if any, as no other examples have been observed.
Women's Script Characters
Examples of women's script
Navani's notebook - pain knife
Navani's notebook - mood bracelet
Navani's notebook - elevator
Navani's notebook - airship designs
- The only samples of the women's script currently available are five excerpts from Navani's notebook, a sketch depicting a lait in Shallan's sketchbook, and a ketek by Jasnah
- It was designed by Isaac Stewart, to look like waveforms.
- Neither Brandon nor Isaac can read the women's script without reference.
- The mapping between the women's script and the Latin script was first discovered by Harakeke on the Timewasters Guide forum.
- A fanmade font has been created for the Alethi Womans Script Font, by discord user Michael Kent.
- A second fan made Font. Made by ichigoli