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The Bombshell that is Skyward Sword Hylian

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 3, 2012, 7:07 PM
As I write this, the constant state of shock I've been in all day still hasn't subsided even a tiny bit.

Let me tell you all a little story.

When I first heard about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, to be quite honest my expectations hadn't been too high. I still clung onto my favourite titles, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. This idea that a game predated those didn't sit well.

During time in Germany last year, I was able to attend the GamesCom in Cologne and test play Skyward Sword for a total of ten minutes. It consisted of running around a closed off section of Faron woods with the Beetle as a test item. I was ecstatic. Link could sprint in a console game again! Those ten minutes felt like seconds, and I was finally looking forward to the game with a new found love.

Time since then was slow. Very slow. Soon, the release date came upon us. My problem was that I didn't have a Wii. The release date came and went. December, the day after Black Friday, my mother informs me that she ordered me the Special Edition set of Skyward Sword that came with the gold Zelda Wiimote and the 25th Anniversary CD. I was so happy. I planned to buy the Wii on the first of January, this month, when I knew I could afford it... the next surprise? My mother buys the Wii for me, so I can play my new game. ♥

I admit, my expectations were still a bit low. I didn't know what the story would provide and was still clinging to OoT and MM. I think it took me about 5 minutes of game play to change my mind. It was gorgeous! Little did I know at first that the game would hold so much amazing information... and a new alphabet.

Of course, I noticed the signs around Skyloft. Then I bought my first item from Beedles Airship. Sold out...does that thing say "sold out"!? I ran to grab a sheet of paper and a pen, and began writing all the characters down that I could. Note, at this time, I had avoided spoilers to the point that I had no idea that other fans in the community had not only been working on translating the characters, but at this time were a week ahead of me and were only missing about 5 or so letters.
I kept writing, and finding new things with new characters..and eventually stumbled upon the forum at Zelda Universe. Come to find out, by the time I'm running out to share a half finished cypher, I find their almost finished one. I made a note to myself that it was there, but made a point to keep trying to find more on my own. I actually refused to write much into my own list until I'd seen it myself, just to double check them. I found a couple more characters just as the community found them. Then we were down to three left. J, Q and X.

For three weeks, I sat on an almost finished font, scouring through the game here and there as I finished the game and began Hero Mode. Those signs in Lanayru kept nagging me. I made a mental note to go back and look at them until I could figure something out. The in game graphics seemed so bloated, it was almost impossible to read them, though I did notice a pattern. I could see a few letters, and knew it said something... at the time I last looked at it, I was tired and decided to go back to it later...

Then came the Hyrule Historia scans. Those had to tell us what the characters were! After days of abusing search engines, and talking to other Zelda fans, forum users and site owners, I managed to acquire a link to the scan of the "SS Hylian" text!... to my dismay, it was gibberish, and the Japanese description claimed "this alphabet is too ancient to translate". Safe to say I was mildly heartbroken. But, none the less, I just couldn't give up. I was either going to find those remaining letters, or provide a broken font.

It was about...2am on the second of January,  mere 42 hours ago, that I found the hires version of the scan. I was ecstatic, and terrified at the same time- the characters I had drawn in photoshop didn't look perfect. I was feverish, nervous, and it took me around an hour to calm down so I could begin basically remaking the font from the ground up. If I was going to make the font, broken or not, I was going to do the best job I could. This...was a task for coffee. Lots of coffee.

By around 7am I had finally finished reimporting every glyph, reformatting them to perfection, and had saved the font. I come here to DA fully intending to upload it when I notice a message. A simple message from a user who was aware that I was attempting the now near impossible, and wished to help me find the last letters. The message proved a link to the texture image from one of the signs from Lanayru! The small text on the texture proved to be much easier to read than it had been in the game. ...Low and behold... this tiny text that had nagged my mind for three weeks, was in fact the entire alphabet repeated in a tricky way that made it look like a couple words written on the surface and repeated much like other texts in the game!


January 02, 2012, 7:45:53 AM

That is the final creation date for the now fully finished Skyward Sword Ancient Hylian font.

I uploaded it as soon as I could.

As I write this... and refresh the fonts page once again, it tells me that I uploaded it 1 day, 11 hours ago. The font as of this refresh has had 17,998 views and 3,783 downloads.

The story of the fonts creation got posted ti Zelda Universe early this morning and since then has spread like a wild fire from site to site, all cross posting the news, all linking directly to my DA page which provided the font. From ZU, to Kotaku, ScrewAttack, even IGN UK, and various other sites all hyping the news. Every couple minutes, even now, the download count raises by one or two numbers. I've had a hard time keeping up with it all...it's so overwhelming.

I've spent most of the day wanting to cry, and laugh with glee. I never even thought that it would spread like this, that so many other fans would know my name in less than two days, that so many people around the world would be thanking me from the bottoms of their hearts, that it would be such a rage...

Words cannot express how thrilled I am to see that my work, with the help of other users, has made so many people so very happy.

I'm still in shock.

Thank you, everyone. Thank you so very much. ♥

• CSS & Graphics Sarinilli
  • Mood: Delighted
  • Listening to: Ballad of the Goddess
  • Reading: so many lovely comments
  • Drinking: coffee
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jeffyarts Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
    You make me feel like a lesser fan: all your research and hard work that you put into this takes dedication. I'm the kind of fan that researches the games and pictures and makes ideas for my own Zelda titles. It makes me want to be more engrossed in the enterprise. I have several ideas for the Zelda series. One of which, (is a idea game story line) is my dream to make in to a video game. Some are like small things like, since Link is like a music prodigy would it be cool if he could sing not actual words but unintelligible, no dialogue, short songs like Zelda in skyward sword. Wouldn't that make fangirls swoon? ;) Or even a movie Mario, Final Fantasy, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighters, Doom, Double Dragon, Max Payne, ext. ext... all had their own movies. If they came out with one there would be so much more memorabilia for the series. If you want to some of my ideas message me, visit my page to check out my artwork .
Legend of Zelda: A Hero's Curse
         Thank you again for your hard work, with fans like you the fan experience would not be as it is today.
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
1. No. No no no no. Don't ever say that again. I won't put up with people dissing their own sense of fandom because of me, even if it's said in a way that means you respect me for my almost obsessive level... you're still a fan of a great game series! I share my crazy work on here because I know that it's not common to be able to think like I do about things like language, and I know people love it. I do it because I want to do it, and I share it because I want other fans to have fun with it with me. :3

If you want to make games, write stories, express your fandom however you can- do it. Enjoy it, love it, live it if that's what it means to you. 

But yes..I totally agree! But there have been movie ideas come and go over the years... and the Mario Bros. movie didn't really help the games popularity; I honestly worry that a movie might kill it. lol... but on the flip side it might be amazing. I'd still watch it though even if it was cheesy as hell. hehehe

As for your artwork...I LOVE Flecks. I love it.. and your "a New Land" Hyrule map ironically has some similarities to an expanded OoT era map I designed a while back but never put online...interesting! 


And like I said... I do it because I love it. It always makes me so happy to see that my crazy obsessive fandom and projects make others happy, too. ♥
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jeffyarts Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
I am writing a letter to Shigeru Miyamoto for a class assignment explaining what I was suggesting to you and trying to pitch my idea for my story line for Legend of Zelda game i had in mine. My friends loved the idea of a movie and said maybe we could make our own about the story i had created. even if it was bad it still would have a great story line filled with a tragic theme. I don't know about that though the Mario movie i really did enjoy it was about a video game and it had Yoshi when i watch if i did not know as much as i do now but even now it is still one heck of a movie. you are really sweet saying what you said my heart almost stopped when i began reading it. I'll probably post more pics to my page soon and the story board to my idea to when i get the chance (Did not bring camera to collage) freshmen being a freshman and you don't away think of everything. the journal entries aren't the story parts to my game just an idea i came up with. the actual story is something that came to me in a very disturbing but interesting dream.
              LINK hero of Hyrule now renowned for being a legend is a resident of the castle. One day while out for a ride on Epona he decides to practice his archery. he and his fairy were accurately
powering through his targets he readied his release, aimed... fired. just before it is to late to take it back a young messenger boy had run out on the field eyes wide he realized what he had done the horror he felt was worst than any ghost. he ran up to the boy and did his best to keep the boy alive but he bleed out and dyed in his arms his blood on Link's hands. he clutch the boy in his arms and mourned to boys lost for a while saying a short prayer to the gods for his spirit. he stood up and before he knew it he was back on the ground the guards had taken him into custody and threw him in jail. He did not resist. where dreams haunted his slept and evil invaded his thoughts.
 Hyrule is on fire! he stared at the ashes of the burning field as his whole world crumbled around him. through the ruins he walked carefully stepping over the remains of Hyrule rubble littered the streets homes were left abandon peoples' possessions scattered around the what was left of the town. he turned a corner and found a still partially standing house that must have survived the flames it may not have had much of a roof left but not to many bricks were gone. Link walked into the hole where the door should have been into a not to small room. light seeped through the broken windows the glass on the floor was the only thing left on them. as he turned his head his eye fell on something kind of shiny in the corner where the light hit it. As he approached it he fell a tad bit unnerved something did not sit well with him. closing in on it he noticed it was a mirror and was a figure in it he leaned in to get a closer look. what he saw next froze his body stiff and unblinking. all he could do was stand there and stare at the horror that he observed. It seem to laugh at him showing its toothy smile and bright red eyes almost seemed to glow. worst of it all was not that of its appearance but it nature the sight of this ungodly creature reminded him of very thing that he despised and stands against the root of all evil. he stares at it only to discover that the monster was himself.
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Gleamingmoon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's nice to know that there are some Zelda fans as insane as me:icongrindanceplz:
BTW, your font was the first result on google I came upon congrats!
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well now! I hadn't checked that in a while..that's pretty awesome! Thanks for telling me. :D
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Gleamingmoon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome!
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BlakePhantom19 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Writer
I think...I love you :iconhugplz:
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
hehe aww, thanks! It's always so awesome seeing my obsessive love for Zelda loved by others. :hug: :3
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Female-InuYasha Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am impressed, enthralled, and in love!
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
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keniakittykat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
What an impressive story! I thought that, if I was going to download this font, I might as well read this post. And I never thought that so much research and effort would have been put into it. It really makes me appreciate this even more. On behalf of all zelda fans who look beyond the game, I salute you! =D
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I tend to "research" a lot into things I like... I don't deny that my fandoms likely do border, if not run rampant within the walls of something called "obsession". It isn't hurting anyone though. x3


*salute* ^^
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cellothejello Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I......I love you.
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
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mittens243 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I think I posted a comment twice...sorry if I did...
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mittens243 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!!! No offense but I am glad I am not the only Zelda nerd like this...I have listened to the Orchastrel CD OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!! I now have the courage to combine my favorite things...playing piano and Zelda!!! I will send a link if I post on youtube...and I am going to download the font! Again thank you!!!!
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol, I don't take offence to being called a nerd, I'm fully aware what a little geeky thing I can be. *laughs* ^^
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takocos Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
How do we get the font?
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's for download in my gallery, there's a link right to it on my main profile. :3
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dakitticat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cracked.com got you, too! ♥
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dakitticat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lul, just noticed the comment by MarkyVigoroth xD Guess you'd already know.
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CKSProphecy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! Your cipher skills are superb. I am in awe of your mental prowess, diligence and Zelda knowledge.
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Otherwise known as stubbornness, obsessiveness, and being a major Zelda geek with a lot of free time. x3
Thank you for your comment! ♥
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TheMagus199 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
That's awesome!
now I just need to find the download link.
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nimaid Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Guess what? You are officially revered as awesome on CRACKED.COM!

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DragoonDirge Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
You know you've hit the big time when you're cited on Cracked; that's how i get here too. Fantastic work, Sarinilli. Seriously, beating Nintendo out like this is unbelievably awesome.
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bender7889 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Weird...Thats what brought me here!!!!
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Calligurl63 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just reading it now! Jacopo is one of my favourite writers! Though he's not always funny, he always writes interesting and informative articles
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe oh I know. Found out this morning. It's been...an interesting day to say the least. Thanks for the link though regardless! ^w^
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Parker-Stark Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
FOund it through Cracked.Com As well XD

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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm surprised they even linked to my blog post.. Kind of happy it didn't get overlooked after I wrote all of that. x3
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FiresBlaze Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Congrats on the magnificent feat.
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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JinxMoon77 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student General Artist
i'm so in love with you!!!!! :love:
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
*^^*;;
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yaosaysobjection Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Your a hero to zelda fans everywhere, you cracked the 20 year mystery. Great job!
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh wow, please don't misunderstand. The alphabet in question was only about a month old according to game release. Not 20 years. *blush* ^^'
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yaosaysobjection Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Still, fan's have speculated for that long, and you gave us the answer. I'd hate for this to have been released by Nintendo when the franchise was failing and really old as a last ditch effort to make money. Your cracking of this code pretty much exemplifies how Zelda fans feel about the series and I am confidently sure that the series will be popular for years to come.
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MarkyVigoroth Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
"Cracked" is a rather accurate word to use here:
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Now Cracked has to be a little nicer to deviantArt after this.
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope they will be. And yes indeed, "cracked" is an accurate word. In more than one way. ^^
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Lethera Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, awesome! I really love your fannerd dedication! :D
I can get pretty wrapped up in my own world when I'm doing similar things, but damn, you have me beat by a longshot (get it? :XD:)
This is awesome! Although I don't know what I'd use it for, the fact that you uploaded a whole alphabet within months after release has made me your fan! :)
Also, I'm jealous. I only got the CD with mine, no goldmote, oh well. :)
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :3
Lol, longshot. Yes, I get it. :3

And I got lucky with the wiimote...I think you can find them on ebay, but I don't know what people are selling just that alone for. Maybe you'll get it eventually too. ^^
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Lethera Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Indeed you're welcome! :D
:XD:

Who knows... *shrug* Yeah, I got the game before I realized there were also versions with the wiimote, but I haven't actually seen any of those bundles. According to some site, they won't release the wiimote without the bundle, and I can't think of anybody who'd actually try and sell an awesome mote like that. :)
Oh well, at least I got the game. There are some who haven't even got that, so I count myself lucky. ^_^
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, there are some on ebay, but they all want $60 and up, and most don't look all that trustworthy. There's one that does, but they're in the UK. Guess I DID get lucky. o.o;;

All I can say is keep your eyes pealed, you might find one eventually. :3
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Lethera Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Those prices are such rip-offs, especially when it cost $70 for the whole bundle! >:(
Nah, unless they sell it dirt-cheap, I probably won't get it. I'm not too big of a "collector" type person, since that usually costs money to be like that. :XD: However, I'm slightly disappointed that I found out too late that they had them. Oh well. Still, we're both lucky XD since the game's so awesome, and the mote is only secondary to the actual game! ^v^

Yeah, who knows... Hopefully...XD
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CatastrophicChris Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for downloading it. I have been looking for Hylian letters for awhile for my Skyward Sword story and now I can :D
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Downloading? I think you mean uploading... o.o
And you're welcome~ ^^
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akion-totocha Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"Sold out" Haha, I remember that. It's the matching "O" in "sold" and "out" that reveals its secrets, ne? xD

*hi5* on the effort though :)
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's what tipped me off in the first place, yep. :3
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Nilavae Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's an amazing story. Thank you so much for going out of your way to do this. :heart:
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