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. – santyclause Jun 1 '17 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 Jun 1 '17 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. :) – Erin Thursby Jun 1 '17 at 18:03
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    @user14111 OP's friend implies that it is from a scifi / fantasy work. – wizzwizz4 Jun 2 '17 at 14:57
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    I submitted a translated version to one of the answers. When you see your friend, tell him a random skull on the internet told you his chalkmanship is atrocious and that "horrible" has two Rs and an E on the end. – Pharap Jun 4 '17 at 17:24
up vote 140 down vote accepted
+100

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.

letters

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 Jun 2 '17 at 0:36
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    You mean 'alphabet', not 'language'. – Hurkyl Jun 2 '17 at 10:33
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    @Hurkyl To be more specific, it's script, not alphabet. – poepje Jun 2 '17 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 Jun 3 '17 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 Jun 4 '17 at 22:47
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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) – Jon Clements Jun 2 '17 at 8:56
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    @JonClements, You're not the hero we deserve but the hero we need. – Edlothiad Jun 2 '17 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. – DisturbedNeo Jun 2 '17 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. – DisturbedNeo Jun 2 '17 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. – Walt Jun 5 '17 at 17:50

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