- "Done up in High Galactic letters, I see."
- ―Zerba Cher'dak, commenting on a standard alphanumerical keypad
The High Galactic alphabet was a form of writing in the galaxy. While not as commonly used as Aurebesh, this alphabet was frequently used in signatures and by nobles, and was often associated with snobbery. It was most commonly used to write in Galactic Basic Standard. The High Galactic letters came in two forms: one was a printscript, in which all letters were treated as separate glyphs, and the other was a handwritten, cursive form, in which the strokes of successive characters were joined and the angles rounded. While the High Galactic alphabet normally made the distinction between the letters that were in larger upper case and smaller lower case, many logos were written entirely in capital letters.
Origins and historyEdit
The alphabet originated as part of the High Galactic language, which was spoken by the colonists of Alsakan prior to 17,000 BBY, and originated during the war between the Galactic Republic and the Tion Cluster. The alphabet entered widespread galactic usage in approximately 17,000 BBY, during the Alsakan Conflicts. The Alsakanese borrowed characters from Tionese language and introduced others of their own invention, creating a writing system with no ties to the Aurebesh or related scripts.
Millennia later, the alphabet continued to see fairly widespread use. By circa 22 BBY, Republic Census figures showed that the High Galactic Alphabet was used by nearly one third of Galactic Basic speakers when writing, and by over half of upper-class Basic speakers. As a result, Aurebesh and the High Galactic Alphabet were often presented side-by-side. Nearly all Basic advertising was presented in the High Galactic Alphabet, as was the case for corporate logos that incorporated written language, such as Industrial Automaton, the Corellian Engineering Corporation, and Sienar Fleet Systems.
Texts written in this alphabetEdit
Although the usage of this alphabet was less common than Aurebesh, there is indication that whole (although few) texts were written in it. Following are several examples:
- Aro logo
- Bureau of Ships and Services logo
- COMPNOR logo
- Corellian Security Force (CorSec) hovercraft
- CSA logo
- Declaration of a New Republic
- Interstellar Parcel Service logo and signage (Non-canonical appearance)
- Jedi Code
- R-Duba police hovercraft
- Sienar Fleet Systems logo
- Sunburst Mining logo
- Technical Specifications: Spacecraft of the Imperium and the Rebel Alliance
- Trade Federation logo
- Offworld Mining Corporation logo
- Bront Autin
- Shepprd Barron
- Garm Bel Iblis
- Doman Beruss
- Mal Biron
- Thame Cerulian
- Darth Sidious
- Arhul Hextrophon
- Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Rejlii Mithel
- Mon Mothma
- Ral'Rai Muvunc
- Voren Na'al
- Leia Organa Solo
- Mirash Peet
- Lesan Ramier
- Obo Rin
- Anakin Skywalker
- Luke Skywalker
- Roark Slader
- Ahsoka Tano
Droid names examplesEdit
Droid names often derived from letters in this alphabet:
- The Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Gnisnal had corridors named Q and R.
- The display in Barb Mentir's Flarestar-class attack shuttle contained High Galactic letters.
Behind the scenesEdit
This article describes the occurrences of the Latin alphabet in the Star Wars universe; it is a form of writing in the real world and is the most common alphabet of Western nations, usually containing about twenty-six letters. Although canon has established the fictitious writing system of Aurebesh, it is somewhat unsurprising that this alphabet, especially its American English variant, make their appearance in the Star Wars universe, as the Star Wars movies and most Expanded Universe materials are of American origin.
- "Well, actually, they do use the Roman alphabet in the Star Wars universe."
- ―Pablo Hidalgo
The Latin alphabet has appeared in several instances of the original trilogy and the Expanded Universe, but its appearance was ambiguous before explicitly canonized as the "High Galactic Alphabet" in the Hyperspace-exclusive article The Written Word. Roman labels in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope were edited into Aurebesh in the DVD release, indicating that George Lucas had some reasons to believe that real-world Roman letters don't belong in the Star Wars universe.
However, in the way that Galactic Basic is English, Roman letters were seen in some in-universe inscriptions (such as the Jedi Code) or emblems, like that of the Jedi Order. The text seen on viewscreens in The Star Wars Holiday Special is in Roman, rather than Aurebesh, due to the fact that Aurebesh had yet to be invented at the time in the real world. Aurebesh was introduced later in The Empire Strikes Back (when R2D2's conversation with Luke Skywalker in the X-Wing on the way to Dagobah is translated on the ship's dashboard readout).
Some instances show both Roman and Aurebesh alongside (Corporate Sector Authority) showing that the two coexisted. Additionally, the use of characters from the Roman alphabet to describe various starfighters based on their shapes (X-wing, Y-wing, A-wing, etc.), as the shapes of these craft do not match the shapes of the corresponding letters in Aurebesh but do in the Roman alphabet while other craft was named after letters in the Aurebesh alphabet (Aurek-class tactical strikefighter) or Greek alphabet (Lambda-class T-4a shuttle).
Except vehicles, droids too are named with the alphabet, such as R2-D2 being called Artoo Deeto, rather than "Reshtoo Dorntoo", and C-3PO is Cee Threepio and not Cresh-ThreePethOsk. Clone Troopers are also sometimes code named in games such as Star Wars: Battlefront.
In the Tokyo Disneyland queue videos for both Star Tours and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, English writing using both Roman lettering/"High Galactic" and Aurebesh appears along with Japanese writing. In addition, in the former ride, French writing and speech was used for the Disneyland Paris version of the ride.
- Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, First Edition
- Galaxy Guide 6: Tramp Freighters
- Han Solo and the Corporate Sector Sourcebook
- Galaxy Guide 10: Bounty Hunters
- "A Buyer's Guide to Alternative Starships"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 5
- The DarkStryder Campaign
- Instant Adventures
- The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook
- "Swoop Gangs"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 6
- "Festival of High Winds"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 12
- Gamemaster Toolkit: Live-Action Adventures
- Tapani Sector Instant Adventures
- Lords of the Expanse
- Player's Guide to Tapani
- Rules of Engagement: The Rebel SpecForce Handbook
- The Far Orbit Project
- The Essential Chronology
- "Ask Lobot"—Star Wars Insider 90
- (First identified as High Galactic alphabet)
- Star Wars: Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owner's Guide
- The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett
- Enter the Unknown
- Imperial Star Destroyer SpecPlate
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Written Word
- ↑ Scoundrels, chapter thirteen
- ↑ See the signatures on the Declaration of a New Republic as shown in the Dark Empire Sourcebook.
- ↑ As seen in the Pets' "N" Pieces advertisment featured on the HoloNet News official website.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Platt's Starport Guide
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Galaxy Guide 12: Aliens — Enemies and Allies
- ↑ Cynabar's Fantastic Technology: Droids
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Han Solo and the Corporate Sector Sourcebook
- ↑ Heir to the Empire Sourcebook
- ↑ "Best Birthday Ever"—Star Wars Tales 16
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 107
- ↑ Star Wars Droids 5: Separated
- ↑ Star Wars Miniatures Battles Companion
- ↑ The Resistance Within
- ↑ The Farlander Papers
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 104
- ↑ Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival
- ↑ Gundark's Fantastic Technology: Personal Gear
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Dark Empire Sourcebook
- ↑ Secrets of the Sisar Run
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.7 The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
- ↑ Rebel Alliance Sourcebook
- ↑ The Last Command Sourcebook
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 Pirates & Privateers
- ↑ Flashpoint! Brak Sector
- ↑ "Shape-shifters"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 12
- ↑ "The Pentastar Alignment"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 3
- ↑ Before the Storm
- ↑ "Hate Leads to Lollipops"—Star Wars Tales 9
- ↑ "Lunch Break"—Star Wars Tales 16
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