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"The walls told us of your coming. When we once were. Look at them. Are they not fascinating?" […] "These walls tell of a tragic story. A story we transcribed on our structures, on our artifacts. The stories written into the walls of these rooms. By whom, we never knew."
The Messenger, 48 BCE.[src]
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Script on the pedestal in Khesesh Em Sesh Em Eeneb.

The Isu script was a system of writing employed by the Isu.

Often used to decorate various Isu complexes and technologies, the script was used to tell the history of the Isu.[1] To this end, the script could be found written into the walls and floors of various locations and was often interspersed with other symbols.[2][3][4]

Despite its fall from use following the Great Catastrophe and the near-extinction of the Isu, the script continued to be recognised and used in a symbolic manner by a number of humans. Nostradamus notably used a number of characters from the Isu script to hide his Enigmas through Paris during the 16th century.[5]

At least one document written in the Isu script, the Voynich manuscript,[6] survived up to at least the 19th century.[7]

Behind the scenes

  • It is unknown whether the Isu script is an alphabet or logogram (i.e. whether each symbol represents a letter, individual phonemes, or a single word), but it is similar in look and style to cuneiform, the earliest known written script.


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