Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter

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Decyphering the Language of Hyper Light Drifter
By Orbb09 and 1 collaborators
Within this guide is a cypher that will show you how to translate the HLD language to English. Also included are the translations for all the monoliths and the Library (hidden behind spoiler tags for those who want to decode them themselves).
 
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Introduction
Throughout the world of Hyper Light Drifter you will come across glyphs such as at the shops or on the monoliths. This got me curious and thinking, what do they say? I used the glyphs at the shops in town as a starting point and managed to create a full cypher for decoding the glyphs throughout the game. If you're thinking about decoding them yourself be ready to spend quite a bit of time decoding!
Cypher
This cypher shows the letters of the alphabet and their corresponding in-game glyphs. Many of the glyphs represent two letters instead of only one and are color coded accordingly.
Using the Cypher
The glyphs are read from top to bottom instead of from left to right.


With this knowledge, we can start matching glyphs to our cypher. Let's decipher the sign above.



Using the cypher we can see that the first word on the sign is "Sword". Try using the cypher to translate the second word. The completed translation should spell out "Sword Master".
Decoding the Monoliths
This is what many of us are really here for, so let's get to it! Myself and my friend NoDuckNoDodge have spent hours going through and decoding each of the 16 monoliths.

*Click for enlarged image

North
Monolith 1: TRANSCENDENCE FAITH IN MORTALITY

Monolith 2: RIFTS CRAFTED, DANGEROUS POTENTIAL

Monolith 3: A FOUNDATION FOR FAITH & VIOLENCE

Monolith 4: A LOSS OF SELF, A NARROW PATH TRAVELED

South
Monolith 5: OVERWHELMING WONDERS AND POWER

Monolith 6: DESPERATE HUNGER FOR PROGRESS

Monolith 7: DISTORTION OF LIFE, DEVOURING BODY

Monolith 8: THE FIRST VICTIM OF THE INVASION

East
Monolith 9: AN ISOLATED PEOPLE FEARFUL & OBSESSED

Monolith 10: OFFERING OF A GREAT CLEANSING FLAME

Monolith 11: A POISONED, MADDENED HOMELAND

Monolith 12: FRAGILE BALANCE SCORCHED, UNDONE

West
Monolith 13: PRECIOUS MOMENTS CAPTURED BY CRYSTAL

Monolith 14: A STILLNESS OF MIND, SKILL HONED SHARP

Monolith 15: MIDNIGHT LOOMING

Monolith 16: TRAPPED BY DESPERATION TO REMAIN
The Library
*Click for enlarged image

After finding all 16 monoliths the full text of the library is revealed. This text translates to the following:

HARNESSING A GREAT WELLSPRING, A PERFECT IMMORTAL CELL WAS CRAFTED TO BE IMBUED WITHIN ALL SENTIENT LIFE A NOBLE GOAL, THOUGH SUCH A POWER TERRIFIED OTHERS, AND BROUGHT RUIN AS ITS PURPOSE WAS TRANSMOGRIFIED
THE ABHORRENT CELL STILL FESTERS DEEP IN THE CHAMBERS OF THIS WORLD


If you have any suggestions on what you want me to add, feel free to ask below!
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78 Comments
Deep-Fried OnionX Apr 1 @ 3:45pm 
So there's no J, Q, X, or Z? any fan (non cannon) additions? or any overlooked?
Aevoa  [author] Mar 18 @ 7:15pm 
Sure. Where are you using it?
Venomenon Mar 18 @ 10:40am 
Hey there, love your guide! Would if be okay to use the image you created of the cipher (without altering it) if I give credit?
Aevoa  [author] Mar 10 @ 5:24pm 
I added a translation graphic to the end of the guide. I actually made it like last year but forgot to add it to the guide. :x

Also I hope to redesign this guide a bit sometime.
Mystic Aug 11, 2018 @ 6:59am 
Hmm FEZ... :top:
Koh Jun 27, 2018 @ 4:06am 
@Orbb09 This is a late post but I believe I have something to contribute. The language of the tablets are written from top to bottom. But the way the tablets are listed in this guide it naturally leads the reader to read them as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5....

I believe the order of phrases is actually meant to continue top to bottom. Thus when the tablets are read the order should in fact be read as ...1, 9, 2, 10, 3, 11, 4, 12...etc

Have a look. I think the phrases flow more correctly that way.
Lukas Exemplar May 31, 2018 @ 5:22pm 
@ButterCat1211 Where did you find it?
Buttercreamfish May 24, 2018 @ 3:45pm 
after much work trying to applie this to different areas i found it doesnt work with all the text in game. It would help if you could make it cyfer more things
Buttercreamfish May 24, 2018 @ 3:36pm 
i found a letter that looks like a C and isn't shown in your cyfer. Its simaler to the W/R glyf but has no outer line
Buttercreamfish May 24, 2018 @ 2:56pm 
oof. I still am not sure the story :(