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Node hieroglyphs were the writing system used by the spellweaver race.[1] Far from a simple alphabet, hieroglyphs were closer to a complex cipher, the meaning of the symbols varying from one document to the other.[1] Sages theorized that this was due to the alien way the spellweaver brain worked, encoding information in complex patterns incomprehensible to other creatures.[1]


The spellweaver alphabet was made of at least 29 symbols.

The alphabet used to write words.[1]

Numeric system[]

Spellweavers used two different numeric systems.[1] As numbers (and especially the number "six") were sacred to them, they preferred relying a senary numerical system[note 1] They also developed a decimal numeral system to work with other races, such as the nerra.[1]

Symbols of the senary (top) and decimal (bottom) numeric systems used by the spellweavers.[1]

Example of numbers using both the senary system (left), the decimal system (center), and the common alphabet (right).[1]



  1. A senary number system, or "base-6" number system, only uses numbers from 0 to 5. Counting in base-6 looks like this: "0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, ..."


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Tito Leati (December 2005). “Ecology of the Spell Weaver”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #338 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 62–68.


Language Families of the Forgotten Realms
Linguistic Groupings of Languages Spoken in Faerûn and other lands of Toril