An alphabetical blood script translation guide in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain.
|Introduced in||Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996)|
Nosgoth's blood script was a Nosgoth alphabet/written language, occasionally encountered in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Soul Reaver 2 and Legacy of Kain: Defiance. It was based on the real-world Elder Futhark runic alphabet.
In Blood Omen, Kain could encounter many 'messages' written in a strange alphabet - Blood Script. Once he was strong enough, Kain could return to his Mausoleum and move some boulders to find a book which showed a guide to deciphering the rune symbols. Blood Script in Blood Omen was a straight forward 22 letter alphabet (K and C share a symbol and the alphabet misses out Q,V and X) that can be translated to English. Kain found Blood Script Runes in the Cemetery and on the Moon Gate leading to the Lightning Spell. It was also shown in some Blood Omen era maps.
Blood Script returned in Soul Reaver 2 and Defiance, where it was modified slightly become based on phonetic sounds rather than specific letters. Writing on Kain's tomb was written in Blood Script.
Daniel Cabuco, a Legacy of Kain series artist and Legacy of Kain: Defiance art director, shared an anecdote explaining the appearance of the "Wendler's monument" inscription in Soul Reaver 2. It was a reference to fellow team member and artist Jacob Wendler:
- "The runes were mostly decorative. We took some things out of the Blood Omen script, Ancient writings, etc. There was one funny story where Jake Wendler put his name on an obelisk as 'Wendler's Monument' using Futhark. We were laughing about it, when Amy [Hennig] walks up behind us, takes one look and says 'Wendlor's Monument?! [sic] Very funny guys'
Jake and I looked at each other... "YOU can read Futhark?! WTF?!" Have I mentioned that Amy is a very, very sharp cookie?
Anyway, that particular set of symbols was decorative."
- ―Daniel Cabuco
It is unclear how Nosgoth's Blood Script relates to its other languages, signs are written using the 'Latin' alphabet and Kain refers to a Latin-like language as the Ancient Tongue and Blood Script is obviously distinct from this. Blood Script is based on real life Futhark Runes of Norse and Germanic tribes that may have been used to help enhance the 'Medieval' feel of Blood Omen.It is unclear how Blood Script relates to the similar concept of the Lovecraft's Diary language.
Blood Script is presumably a Human language due to its usage, though certain mentions of a prophecy at the Lightning gate hint at an older explanation. There are several Runic Symbols throughout the series that resemble Blood Script, but are not included in its decoder and whose meanings are left unexplained (such as the symbols in the Subterranean Pillars Chamber). It may be the Ancient Vampires used similar runic symbols.
- Arcane symbols
- Ancient tongue
- Feral humans' language
- Lovecraft's Diary
- Meridian's written language
- Blood Omen: Nosgoth's Blood Script at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn).
- Futhark Runes at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln).