Chronicler’s Cipher - Final Version
Here it is! My completed work, attempting to recreate Chronicler’s Cipher from Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle.
I fixed errors, tidied up lines, and got it all on something that looks a bit nicer than my old notebooks. The cipher is functional and covers as wide a variety of sounds as I could reasonably detail. My apologies to the people of the world that the charts rely on English examples.
POINTS TO NOTE
- This is meant to capture the sound of what’s being said so you needn’t worry about spelling.
- I’m not an expert in linguistics, hardly even a novice. I made this because it seemed nobody else was going to and it’s something I really wanted to exist. So, if you think you can do it better, or improve upon the structure I’ve built, please do!
- The goal with Chronicler’s Cipher is to create a a method for transcribing that is faster than written English using a dip pen. Thus, the minimization of pen strokes is prized; turning “Look” from 7 strokes to 3. This, however, means lots of symbols to memorize and new muscle movements to grow accustomed to. The cipher won’t be easier or faster at first, but it’s not meant to be easy and faster comes with practice.
- I’ve doubtlessly made mistakes. If you find some, please point them out.
Thanks again to the r/KingkillerChronicle subreddit for their input and to my friends for their support.
If you haven’t read the Kingkiller Chronicles, go read it.
In the book, a character called Chronicler uses a fast-hand to record a person’s speech. This cipher works by recording the sounds themselves, giving it the ability to record nonsensical words. This guy decided to bring it to life!