Characters/Pairing: Ori, Balin, Orcs
Book/Source: The Fellowship of the Ring
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Tolkien. No profit reaped by myself, aside from a wealth of intellectual giddiness.
Summary: A decoded Orc letter worries Balin. Answering the prompt “Code.”
Foreword! The reader may, if so desired, decode the letter and post results/questions/curses in the comments. However, since life is short, a link to the decoded letter is provided at the bottom of the drabble.
My code assumes an English language alphabet, although I have strong linguistic objections to that; I didn’t want to complicate matters overmuch.
PS - please bring any mistakes observed to my attention. I'm way better at creating the code than actually applying it, so I might have some errors.
Cracked the code finally!
For consonants, count back two, example B = Y.
A = I
E = O
I = U
O = E
U = A
The devil’s in the vowels:
Vowels following consonants are decoys, ignore them; only vowels beginning words, following digits, or following other vowels are legitimate.
Someone must’ve taught them.
Good. I maintain they invented it themselves, mountain Orcs aren’t stupid. Decoded letter found on fallen messenger four years ago, am uneasy.
Go.W. ugex02av09og Y2988awfik19ot k03uve jut0eyl ur05ufe98o. Uvu aqvewt07ifw24oga, h09ood02aqj pi1402uqhan00ovk yk12oq ix10ian1400udn04o. Etef-h08enom f1929oq q17e n08eqj62ote r24uviv wak2988o r07een v1924uh24onbo; t09os03iovaw f98eiqv00one.
LINK TO DECODED NOTE.