Steel alphabet

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Steel alphabet
Related to Allomancy
World Scadrial
Featured In Mistborn (series)

The Steel alphabet was the set of glyphs used on Scadrial. It has been shown that the glyphs evolved over time.[1]

Most of the symbols used were also used to represent various metals.

At some point the alphabet diverged such that the symbols used to represent Feruchemical metals were distinct to those used by Allomancy and the general alphabet.[2]

During the technological advancement after the Final Ascension, the symbols used during the Final Empire were tweaked to become easier for printing.[3]

The three sets of symbols show the progression of the Allomantic text through the ages. The earliest script is from Hero of Ages. It was changed and modified into the Terris script symbols we see in Well of Ascension. After more time, the Terris script morphed into what is now known as the Allomantic Alphabet or the Steel Alphabet, which are the symbols used in Mistborn: The Final Empire. We've extrapolated the Steel Alphabet into a script that's more-standardized and refined for the chapter headings in Alloy of Law, which takes place 300 years after Hero of Ages.
Isaac Stewart on the history of the icons.[4]

Symbols and their Meanings[edit]

The mapping between the English and Steel alphabet was first achieved by Valkynphyre of the 17th Shard.[5]

Iron.svg Iron Steel.svg Steel Tin.svg Tin Pewter.svg Pewter
1 2 3 4
B P E/I O/U
Zinc.svg Zinc Brass.svg Brass Copper.svg Copper Bronze.svg Bronze
5 6 7 8
L R D T
Cadmium.svg Cadmium Bendalloy.svg Bendalloy Gold.svg Gold Electrum.svg Electrum
9 10 11 12
G K M N
Chromium.svg Chromium Nicrosil.svg Nicrosil Aluminum.svg Aluminum Duralumin.svg Duralumin
13 14 15 16
W Y Z? S
Atium.svg Atium Malatium.svg Malatium Allomancy 19 (Final Empire).svg unknown Allomancy 20 (Final Empire).svg unknown
unknown unknown 256[6][7] 4096[6][7]
V F J? CH
Allomancy 21 (Final Empire).svg unknown Allomancy 22 (Final Empire).svg unknown Lerasium.svg Lerasium Allomancy 0 (Final Empire).svg unknown
unknown unknown unknown 0
H SH A unknown

Evolution of the Steel Alphabet[edit]

Metal Ancient Terris (pre 0 FE) Intermediary Late Final Empire (ca. 1022 FE) circa 341 FA
Iron Iron (Book 3).svg Iron (book 2).svg Iron.svg Iron (Alloy of Law).svg
Steel Steel (Book 3).svg Steel (book 2).svg Steel.svg Steel (Alloy of Law).svg
Tin Tin (Book 3).svg Tin (book 2).svg Tin.svg Tin (Alloy of Law).svg
Pewter Pewter (Book 3).svg Pewter (book 2).svg Pewter.svg Pewter (Alloy of Law).svg
Zinc Zinc (Book 3).svg Zinc (book 2).svg Zinc.svg Zinc (Alloy of Law).svg
Brass Brass (Book 3).svg Brass (book 2).svg Brass.svg Brass (Alloy of Law).svg
Copper Copper (Book 3).svg Copper (book 2).svg Copper.svg Copper (Alloy of Law).svg
Bronze Bronze (Book 3).svg Bronze (book 2).svg Bronze.svg Bronze (Alloy of Law).svg
Cadmium Cadmium (Book 3).svg Cadmium (book 2).svg Cadmium.svg Cadmium (Alloy of Law).svg
Bendalloy Bendalloy (Book 3).svg Bendalloy (book 2).svg Bendalloy.svg Bendalloy (Alloy of Law).svg
Gold Gold (Book 3).svg Gold (book 2).svg Gold.svg Gold (Alloy of Law).svg
Electrum Electrum (Book 3).svg Electrum (book 2).svg Electrum.svg Electrum (Alloy of Law).svg
Chromium Chromium (Book 3).svg Chromium (book 2).svg Chromium.svg Chromium (Alloy of Law).svg
Nicrosil Nicrosil (Book 3).svg Nicrosil (book 2).svg Nicrosil.svg Nicrosil (Alloy of Law).svg
Aluminum Aluminum (Book 3).svg Aluminum (book 2).svg Aluminum.svg Aluminum (Alloy of Law).svg
Duralumin Duralumin (Book 3).svg Duralumin (book 2).svg Duralumin.svg Duralumin (Alloy of Law).svg
Atium Atium (Book 3).svg Atium (book 2).svg Atium.svg Atium (Alloy of Law).svg
Malatium Malatium (Book 3).svg Malatium (book 2).svg Malatium.svg Malatium (Alloy of Law).svg
unknown Allomancy 19 (Hero of Ages).svg Allomancy 19 (book 2).svg Allomancy 19 (Final Empire).svg Allomancy 19 (Alloy of Law).svg
unknown Allomancy 20 (Hero of Ages).svg Allomancy 20 (book 2).svg Allomancy 20 (Final Empire).svg Allomancy 20 (Alloy of Law).svg
unknown Allomancy 21 (Hero of Ages).svg Allomancy 21 (book 2).svg Allomancy 21 (Final Empire).svg Allomancy 21 (Alloy of Law).svg
unknown Allomancy 22 (Hero of Ages).svg Allomancy 22 (book 2).svg Allomancy 22 (Final Empire).svg Allomancy 22 (Alloy of Law).svg
Lerasium Lerasium (Book 3).svg Lerasium (book 2).svg Lerasium.svg Lerasium (Alloy of Law).svg
unknown Allomancy 0 (Hero of Ages).svg 50x50px Allomancy 0 (Final Empire).svg Allomancy 0 (Alloy of Law).svg

Notes[edit]

  1. symbols used in WoA & HoA
  2. Feruchemical metal table
  3. the font, said by Peter, used in AoL
  4. Isaac's Mistborn artwork
    — wayback machine - 2012-05-10
  5. Treatise Metallurgic translation
    17th Shard forums - 01 May 2012
  6. a b Edition Number in Eleden Daily
    17th Shard forums - 14 November 2011 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "17s-topic-1157" defined multiple times with different content
  7. a b Elendel Daily
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