Apostrophe, having one of the oldest and richest cultural histories, has a number of complex writing systems. The most important one to Trinka is the one she finds in the diary of her mother, Ashira.
Ashira’s diary is written in “boustrophedon” style: the first line goes right-to-left, then the next line goes left-to-right (with each character flipped or mirrored), zig-zagging across the page. (No wonder Trinka describes it as marks crawling all over!) The ancient Greeks sometimes wrote like this. Really.
Characters, old and new
In case the above writing looks too complicated, not to worry. There are more modern, “simplified” versions of the older literary script. (Or you can just hope that, like Trinka, you find the talisman that helps you “read” it…) In the older literary scripts (fine lines), vowel marks go above the consonants. In the newer (bold lines) common hand, vowel tags attach to each letter, and the words go strictly right-to-left.
A study in contrasts
Here you can see the words “Trinka and the Thousand Talismans” written in all three styles, right-to-left.
If you could make your real-life writing system simpler, what changes would you make? Or, conversely, how would you make it more stylish and intriguing?