Because of having such a primitive base, pictographs had little or no chance to develop into a complex writing system. Much of what was written could often be misinterpreted. Authors could not use colorful phrasing. Everything had to be written very basically.
Eventually, some cultures applied the sounds that each pictograph began it's pronunciation with as it's phonetic value. For instance, A pictograph of a bird would stand for the "B" sound. Linking pictograph's together created words - Elevating the characters towards a true alphabet.
The reason I have not included early pictographs in this book is because I would have to include far too many pages of them in order for it to be useful for you. If I were to even limit the pictographs to the very basic ones, your adventures would have to evolve around what pictographs I made available.
Even though there is no one alive today that either speaks or writes the Egyptian language, E.A. Wallis Budge used "The Rosetta Stone" and the works of Samuel Birch (author of the first Egyptian dictionary) to devise this phonetically based Egyptian alphabet.
Also derived from pictographs is this version of simplified Chinese Characters.
These next scripts were said to be used in the writing of spells and some even used in ceremonial acts.
(Though the TTF above can not easily support this, Ogham was written from bottom to top along a continuous line)
ALPHABET OF THE MAGI
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