The Mintaka Code
This is a brief overview of the system of glyphs and pictograms used by the South African Vampyre Community. The symbols used by the SAVA to represent each of the nine Halos are glyphs belonging to this system.
What Is The Mintaka Code?
In simple terms, the Mintaka Code is a series of symbols, glyphs and cyphers and a basic vampyric alphabet used by the SA VC in order to communicate certain information and messages reasonably securely and unobtrusively.
In many cases, these may be visible in public places without arousing suspicion and without being deciphered or understood by anyone Kin or otherkin who is not schooled in their use.
This letter code is based upon a personal letter substitution code created by Octarine Valur in the 1980’s in order to make personal journal keeping more secure. In 2011 it was revamped and improved for use in the House Valur Vampyre Coven, and marked for introduction to the SAVA as well as to interested non-member Groups of the SA VC in February 2012.
The Mintaka Code is the vampyric alphabet which started out in House Valur and Mintaka Halo, South Africa. The developers of this Code in its present form, are Octarine Valur and Gabriele Draegan, with come assistance from Jhenephyr Phoenix Liliam. A .ttf font called Mintaka, using the letter and punctuation symbols in this code was created by Samael Anathan and released by the SAVA in March 2012 .
Although this Code has been approved and refined for use in the SAVA environment, some non-member groups outside the SAVA expressed interest in the application of this system, and are of course, welcome to make use of it.
Naturally, in the interest of community transparency, should any new symbols be added by non-SAVA groups, these should be forwarded to the Culture Center for inclusion in the central register so that other groups may understand them if encountered.
The letter code is a hybrid between a letter substitution code (which is relatively simple to crack by code-breakers because of the repetitive pattern similar in a particular language used) and a phonetic code (which uses single symbols to represent composite sounds). It contains 24 glyphs for letters, 11 representing digits, and 6 for punctuation, and an array of unique pictograms which represent complex ideas or information, making it clear only to those who understand the code. There are no capital letters – instead, if the writer chooses, they can simply make the starting letter larger than the others.
The Mintaka Code has been approved by the SAVA High Council for use and implementation within the SAVA but will also be made available to the broader SA VC by personal request, or by internal SAVA channels.
The Use Of Glyphs
What exactly are glyphs used for? Simply put, glyphs are signs displayed in a code-form understood only by those schooled in their use. Therefore, it can be understood that glyphs are a short way to convey information without using conventional Mundane writing which could be understood by outsiders to our community.
The glyphs in this system have been developed for the South African Vampyre Community by the SAVA, in order to provide such a code-form, in order to convey information pertinent to members of the SA VC which generally only they should be able to understand.
NOTE: Glyphs are almost always created in black and white image form. This is intended to keep the system simple, as color-coding would simply make things far too complicated and difficult to display in real life situations.
Types of Glyphs:
Signets (Signature Glyphs): The vampyric alphabet in use in Mintaka Halo is useful in forming signature glyphs, which form part of the larger “vamp-public” glyph collection. Signets (or signature glyphs) contain either abbreviations, full names or initials of the individuals to whom they belong.
A title-bearer, for example, the head of a House or Vampyre Community organization, a priest may include their signet inside an asset glyph.
These signets, when included within an asset glyph, indicates ownership or authority over that asset (i.e. to which House a specific asset belongs, who is in authority there, or in whose territory it falls).
Status Glyphs: These include information about the individual referred to in a Signature Glyph, their community status as head of a House or community organization, or other rank or positions, and whether they are PSI or Sanguine.
Asset Glyphs: These glyphs include information about a particular asset, identifying it to the informed mind as an asset, such as a House premises, a safe house, a haeven or other community asset, and what kind of asset. The signature glyph included indicates to which House it belongs, or in which territory it is located.
Alliance or Affiliation Glyphs: These contain identifier glyphs of various organizations in one cartouche, signifying unity of purpose, if not actual unity.