My friend keeps on writing it, yet he won't tell me where it's from.
He says the third line from the top says : "for what reason."

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    The more time I spend on this the more time I'm wondering if your friend just made it up themselves. Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 17:08
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    At a guess this is english transliterated into an alphabet that is a mashup of several real alphabets. So techniques to solve a mono-alphabetic cipher should apply. The thing that looks like two Xes is almost certainly a consonant and the vertical rectangle is probably a vowel. Circle with a dot in it is almost certainly 'E'.
    – zeta-band
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 17:43
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    Kinda reminds me of Agents of Shield. Where the people effected couldn't stop writing in the alien language. Is your friend ok? Do we need to call Unit? let us know if they sprout tentacles or something. :) Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 18:03
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    More suited for the Puzzling site?
    – Bookeater
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 21:21
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    @user14111 OP's friend implies that it is from a scifi / fantasy work.
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 14:57

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EDIT: Adele C. seems to have found the actual language. So go give them some love.

I feel that after pouring over possibly hundreds of fictional languages trying to find an exact match I can confidently say that your friend made the language up on his own. That being said I have spent even more time trying to decipher it and below is what I have so far arrived at.

"Life is strange why why today for what reason (?)y does this (?)eey happen in (? 'sc' maybe?)hool is hori(?)l (misspelled horrible maybe?) is (?)lor are we not"

I am fairly confident in most letters though a few are guesses based on letters surrounding them. Based on the content that seems reasonably accurate, I think there might be more to this message that is either scrambled, cut off, or whatever else. My current library of letters can be seen below. Excuse the messiness of it.


If you can improve upon this, please do.

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    Yep...I'm up voting Adele's but gotta up-vote yours for decoding effort!
    – Kerr Avon
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 0:36
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    You mean 'alphabet', not 'language'.
    – user12616
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 10:33
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    @Hurkyl To be more specific, it's script, not alphabet.
    – paddotk
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 16:01
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    @poepje An alphabet is a type of script, and since this is a simple cypher for the English alphabet, it's also an alphabet.
    – Marq
    Commented Jun 3, 2017 at 10:59
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    @poepje: an alphabet is a script with consonants and vowels. As opposed to syllabaries, abjads (e.g: Hebrew and Arabic, where symbols represent consonants (or, arguably, the class of syllables with a given consonant), and short vowels are represented in modern times via diacritics), abugidas (e.g. Devanagari, Tibetan, where symbols represent syllables with an implied vowel, and can be modified to have a different vowel), pictographic scripts, ideographic scripts, logographic scripts, ...
    – ninjalj
    Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 22:47

Key From Redwall Wiki
Wow, this takes me back. This is the script of the Royal House of Riftgard, from Brian Jacques' Redwall series. Specifically, it is featured in Triss.

Here is your friend's message in full:

Translation By Pharap

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    @Edlothiad LIFE IS STRANGE WHY WHY TODAY FOR WHAT REASON (first bit) Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 8:56
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    @JonClements, You're not the hero we deserve but the hero we need.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 9:03
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    Life is Strange. Why why today. For what reason. Why does this keep happening. School is horrible. Is (whlor?). Are we not. Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 9:08
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    Corrected for a couple of spelling errors / words that are cut off from the picture. Can't figure out what that one that really looks like "whlor" is supposed to be though. Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 9:09
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    @Adamant I think people are reacting to the fact that the "correct" answer is below a "helpful, but not correct" answer (in that it doesn't technically answer the question of "where is this script from"). Of course, that's just because the other answer is accepted, but still.
    – Tin Wizard
    Commented Jun 5, 2017 at 17:50

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