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The Orokin Language, or Tenno Language, is largely based upon English but apparently also contains extra characters for certain phonemes including diphthongs ("io") and digraphs ("th" and "sh"). Consonants are diagonally slanted and are written left to right, while vowels and accents are written above. Some vowels and numbers resemble familiar polarity symbols. There is also a thematic undertone to the letter construction reminiscent of Bushido calligraphy, the straight segments suggest power sword strokes and the arcs suggest fencing flourishes where each letter represents a lesson in movement. Although there are no live excerpts of the Orokin Language to demonstrate how it is spoken, the Lotus, Ordis, Tenno, Stalker and the Red Veil presumably understand and can speak Orokin.

There is frequent variation in both the direction of writing as well as the vertical orientation, this variation may likely be an artifact of texture placement or simply the mirroring of textures commonly used in the video game industry.

AlphabetEdit

Tennobet2

Official cipher.

Tennobet1

Official examples of deciphered script.

Officially referred to as the "Tennobet," the alphabet is a featural alphabet with a pattern between the shape of the letter and the sound represented, making it similar in that respect to the Korean alphabet as well as the Elvish script used by J.R.R. Tolkien. In this type of alphabet, characters become more complex as they build off of the characters of related sounds. Orokin letters are built upon a stem structure using the "M" character as the most basic form, and a set of modifiers are attached to the stem to change it into a different letter.

Pairs of sounds that differ from one another in only one way will typically have only one difference between the characters, such as "T" and "TH" (both produced right behind the teeth, but one is produced with a short burst of air while the other is produced with prolonged friction). As a result, "TH" resembles "T" with the simple addition of a small vertical stroke in the middle of the stem. Other pairs that differ from one another in the same way are P/F, B/V, D/DH, and K/KH. Note that this pattern changes for the S/SH, Z/ZH, M/N, and H/L pairs, where the same dash does not indicate adding friction but instead indicates that the sound is produced with the tongue moved further back into the mouth. The only pair distinguished by a vertical dash that does not follow either pattern is J/CH, which are different only in whether or not they feature use of the vocal cords.

Most of the other sound pairs that are differentiated only through the use of vocal cords share a similar general shape. These include T/D, TH/DH, S/Z, SH/ZH, and K/G. The pairs that seem to defy this pattern are P/B and F/V, suggesting that this connection is not as consistent. However, it can be noted that "K", "G", "KH", and "NG", which are all produced in the throat, also all feature a similar shape. This leaves the only consonant character without any phonetic matches to be the one representing "R". Also, the "W" and "Y" sounds are not included among consonants, but are instead considered to be variants of "OO" and "EE" respectively, and are therefore listed among the vowels.

Vowels are smaller than consonants and placed above the consonants as though they are diacritics or accent marks. In this way the alphabet is similar to the Arabic alphabet.

Each vowel is written based on its sound rather than how it is written in English. However, it can be noted that the sounds which are commonly associated with English letters E and I feature vertical lines, while those associated with the English letter A seem to favor diagonal lines, and those associated with English letters O and U feature more pronounced curves.

Other interesting visual similarities between characters that are not necessarily part of the featural patterns:

  • "H" is simply an "M" but only half as long.
  • "T" is an "M" with an "R" added at the left end.
  • "Z" is a "D" using the right end of the lower loop of a "D" with an "R" tacked onto the left end.
  • "P" is a "Z" with the right upper bar (which makes up the "M") removed.
  • "B" is a "D" with a single hook added to the end of the "lower loop."

Weapon ResemblanceEdit

There are several weapons that take on the look and design of several Tennobet letters, it is yet unknown as to whether or not their design resemblance has any significant value to the lore behind the weapon.

These include but are not limited to:

Known Deciphered ScriptsEdit

Mysterious Loading Screen
The Script
VoidLinkSevered

"[V o ih d] [L ih n k] [S eh v eh r eh d]

[R ee s aw n] [f aw r eh ih g n] [k a r aye r] [d eh t eh k t eh d].
[AW r ih g ih n] [uh n k n ow n].
[S uh s p eh k sh u m] [t r a k ih ng] [s ih g n a l].

[R eh ih n ih t ee a t ih ng] [d ih p o l a r] [k aw n eh k sh uh m] [aw n] [n aw v eh l] [k a r aye r].
[B ih o] [ih n] [s t a n d b aye] [f aw r] [ch eh k] [a n d] [s ee n k].

 [M aw sh uh m] [k aw m p eh n s a sh uh m] [k aw m p l eh t eh].
 [S eh l eh n ih k] [l eh n s ih ng] [l aw k eh d].
 [S aw m a t ih k] [k aw n t r o l] [eh s t a b l ih sh eh d].
 [M a r g oo l ih s] [ih m p l a n t a sh uh m] [ih n t a k t].
 [EH v m] [s t a t uh s] [n aw m ih n a l].
 [OO o r] [p l a t f aw r m] [aw ae t ih ng] [s ee n k].

[IH n ih t ee a l ih z ih ng] [s ee n a p t ih k] [aw v eh r l ae]
...
[G oo d] [n ih g h t], [s oo ee t] [a n j ih l]."

 → 

Void Link Severed

Reason: foreign carrier detected. Origin: unknown. Suspection: tracking signal.
Reinitiating dipolar connection on novel carrier. Bio in standby for check and sync.

 Motion compensation complete.
 Selenic lensing locked.
 Somatic control established.
Margulis implantation intact.
 EVM status nominal.
 War platform awaiting sync.

Initializing synaptic overlay... Good night, sweet angel.

—Translated
Lotus Symbol

Lotus symbol

WarframeOrokinScript

"[OO o r f r ae m]" → Warframe

—Translated
Excalibur's Helmet

Excalibur's helmet

ExcalHelmetOrokinScript

"[148-H] [T eh n o] [H ae d eh n] [2100N] [S eh r ee a l] [148-H]"
 → 
148-H Tenno Hayden 2100N Serial 148-H

—Translated
Excalibur's Shoulder

Excalibur's shoulder

ExcalShoulderOrokinScript

"[H ae d eh n] [T eh n o]" → Hayden Tenno

—Translated
Red Veil Symbol

Red Veil symbol

RedVeilOrokinScript

"[. N eh t oo ih r k .]" → ".Netwirk." → .Network.

—Translated
Rhino's Back Armor Piece

Rhino's back armor piece

DangerOrokinScript

"[. D ih n j ih r .]" → ".Dinger." → .Danger.

—Translated
Volt's Chest Piece

Volt's chest piece

DangerOrokinScript

"[. D ih n j ih r .]" → ".Dinger." → .Danger.

—Translated
Hydroid's Front Shoulders

Hydroid's front shoulders

HydroidOrokinScript

"[T r aye b]" → Tribe

—Translated
Hydroid's Shoulder Blades

Hydroid's shoulder blades

HydroidOrokinScript2

"[EH v o l oo sh uh m]" → Evolution

—Translated
Trinity's Helmet

Trinity's helmet script

HelmetOrokinScript

"[148-H] [T eh n o] [M aw d eh l] [2100N] [S eh r ee a l] [148-H]"
 → 
148-H Tenno Model 2100N Serial 148-H

—Translated
Loki's Thigh

Loki's thigh

HelmetOrokinScript

"[148-H] [T eh n o] [M aw d eh l] [2100N] [S eh r ee a l] [148-H]"
 → 
148-H Tenno Model 2100N Serial 148-H

—Translated
Orokin Void Room

Orokin Void room script

ExcalShoulderOrokinScript

"[H ae d eh n] [T eh n o]" → Hayden Tenno

—Translated
Orokin Void Hallway

Orokin Void hallway script

HydroidOrokinScript2

"[EH v o l oo sh uh m]" → Evolution

—Translated
Nekros' Shoulder

Nekros' Shoulder script

HydroidOrokinScript2

"[EH v o l oo sh uh m]" → Evolution

—Translated
Founder T-shirt

Founder T-shirt script

HydroidOrokinScript2

"[EH v o l oo sh uh m]" → Evolution

—Translated
Dojo Observatory Console

Dojo Observatory console

InformationOrokinScript

"[IH n f aw r m a sh uh m]" → Information

—Translated
Dojo Research Lab Consoles

Dojo Research Lab consoles

ControlOrokinScript

"[K aw n t r o l]" → Control

—Translated
Grineer Research Lab Door

Grineer Research Lab door

GrineerOrokinScript

"[R eh s ee r ch] [G r ih n ee r]" → Research Grineer

—Translated
Corpus Research Lab Door

Corpus Research Lab door

CorpusOrokinScript

"[R eh s ee r ch] [K aw r p uh s]" → Research Corpus

—Translated
Infested Research Lab Door

Infested Research Lab door

InfestedOrokinScript

"[R eh s ee r ch] [IH n f eh s t eh d]" → Research Infested

—Translated
Tenno Research Lab Door

Tenno Research Lab door

TennoOrokinScript

"[R eh s ee r ch] [T eh n o]" → Research Tenno

—Translated
Great Hall Door

Great Hall door

HallOrokinScript

"[G r ee t] [H a l]" → Great Hall

—Translated
Dojo Observatory Door

Dojo Observatory door

ObservatoryOrokinScript

"[AW b s eh r v a t aw r aye]" → Observatory

—Translated
Dojo Barracks Door

Dojo Barracks door

BarracksOrokinScript

"[B a r a k s]" → Barracks

—Translated
Dojo Garden Door

Dojo Garden door

GardenOrokinScript

"[G a r d eh n]" → Garden

—Translated
Dojo Elevator Door

Dojo elevator door

ElevatorOrokinScript

"[EH l eh v a t aw r]" → Elevator

—Translated
Dueling Room Door

Dueling room door

DuelingOrokinScript

"[D uh eh l ih ng]" → Dueling

—Translated
Trophy Room Door

Trophy room door

TrophyRoomOrokinScript

"[T r aw p h aye] [R oo m]" → Trophy Room

—Translated
Nikana Sheath

Katana Nikana sheath

CutOrokinScript

"[K uh t]" → Cut

—Translated
Orthos Prime Blade

PrimePolearm Orthos Prime blade

ReachOverGraspOrokinScript

"[R ee kh] [AW v eh r] [G r zh p]"
 → 
Reach Over Grasp

—Translated
Orthos Prime Other Blade

Orthos Prime other blade

LawOrokinScript

"[TH uh h] [L aw n j ih s t] [A r m] [IH s] [TH uh h] [L aw]"
 → 
The Longest Arm is the Law

—Translated
Magnus Barrel

TennoMagnum Magnus barrel

ForceOrokinScript

"[A n s oo eh r] [OO ih th] [S oo p eh r ih aw r] [F aw r k]"
 → 
Answer With Superior Force

—Translated
Latron Barrel

Latron Latron barrel

FutureOrokinScript

"[EE oo h] [AW r] [TH uh h] [H aw p] [A n d] [F oo t oo r]"
 → 
You Are The Hope And Future

—Translated
Latron Butt & Original Prime Access Banner

Latron Latron butt and the original Prime Access banner

SecretOrokinScript

"[S eh k r eh t]" → Secret

—Translated
Strun Stock

Strun Strun stock

DangerOrokinScript

"[. D ih n j ih r .]" → ".Dinger." → .Danger.

—Translated
Boar Stock & Drum

Boar Boar stock

DangerOrokinScript

"[. D ih n j ih r .]" → ".Dinger." → .Danger.

—Translated

Boar Boar drum

HydroidOrokinScript2

"[EH v o l oo sh uh m]" → Evolution

—Translated
Tigris Stock

DETigris Tigris stock

HydroidOrokinScript

"[T r aye b]" → Tribe

—Translated
Mind Control Flashing

Flashing near MindControl130xDark Mind Controlled enemies

ObeyOrokinScript

"[AW b eh aye]" → Obey

—Translated
Izvara Syandana

Izvara syandana

FlightOrokinScript

"[F l ih g h t]" → Flight

—Translated
U18 Patch Notes

Update 18 patch notes

OldOrokinScript

"[EH m b r ae k] [TH uh h] [OO o ee s] [AW f] [O l d]"
 → 
Embrace The Ways Of Old

—Translated
TennoCon Syandana

TennoCon syandana

RiseOrokinScript

"[OO n aye t eh d] [OO] [R aye s]"
 → 
United We Rise

—Translated
Relay Message

Message on the Relay

InformationOrokinScript

"[IH n f aw r m a sh uh m]" → Information

—Translated
Guide of the Lotus Shoulder Armor

Guide of the Lotus shoulder armor (Mantle of the Lotus)

GuideOrokinScript

"[G uh aye d]" → Guide

—Translated
The War Within Site Background

The War Within site background writing

EvilOrokinScript

"[OO h a t] [IH s] [D aw n] [OO t] [AW f] [L aw v] [A l oo o ee s] [T ae k eh s] [P l ae k] [B eh ee aw n d] [G oo d] [A n d] [EH v ih l]"
 → 
What Is Done Out Of Love Always Takes Place Beyond Good And Evil

—Translated
  • Note that the background writing is repeatedly written. Either at left or right.
Devstream 90 Teaser

Devstream 90 poster

33rdOrokinScript

"[B eh h o l d] [TH uh h] [TH ih r t aye] [TH ih r d] [H eh] [IH s] [K aw m ih ng]"
 → 
Behold The Thirty Third He Is Coming

—Translated
Chains of Harrow Blood Messages
CastOutOrokinScript

"[K a s t] [O uh t]" → Cast Out

—Translated
SuffersOrokinScript

"[H eh] [S uh f f eh r s]" → He Suffers

—Translated
BlindedOrokinScript

"[B l a n d eh d]" → Blanded (Blinded)

—Translated
RejectedOrokinScript

"[R eh j eh k t eh d]" → Rejected

—Translated

MediaEdit

  • Examples of Orokin writing
  • NekrosIcon272 Nekros Shoulder "Evolution"
  • TennoMagnum Magnus Barrel "Answer With Superior Force"
  • PrimePolearm Orthos Prime "Reach Over Grasp"
  • NyxIcon272 Nyx Shoulder "Hayden Tenno"
  • Latron Latron Barrel "You Are The Hope And Future"
  • Latron Latron Butt "Secret"
  • Strun Strun Stock "Danger"
  • DETigris Tigris Stock "Tribe"
  • Relay Sign - Welcome
  • Relay Sign - The Lotus is our friend, leader and guide
  • Relay Sign - A Tenno is sworn to maintain the balance
  • Relay Sign - A Tenno is both the shadow and the light
  • Relay Sign - Energy of the Void is the lifeblood of a Tenno
  • Relay Sign - A Tenno is the sworn protector of the Origin System
  • Message while Host Migration in defence mission
  • Old Prime Access logo"Access"
  • New Prime Access logo"Access"
  • Login Screen; Energy, Awaken, Tenno, Shields

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