tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Mon Jun 15 16:01:36 2009
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Re: pIqaD origins
On Jun 15, 2009, at 12:46 PM, Mark J. Reed wrote:
> Well, it's wrong about the identity of the movie - there were no
> Klingons in Star Trek II. Assuming it was really III, though, it does
> sound like the origin of the onscreen Klingon script that was the
> inspiration for the KLI's pIqaDqoq.
If it was any movie other than the first, it's not the origin.
Klingon text in the form we call pIqaD appeared onscreen in Star
Trek: The Motion Picture. KLI lore attributes the symbols to Astra
Image Corporation (Wikipedia concurs). The Bitstream connection came
with ST3, after which they produced the Star Trek Font Pack disk --
with a total of ten Klingon symbols in the "Star Trek Pi" font. The
Bitstream Klingon font does look more "consistent" than the one given
to the KLI by an anonymous source at Paramount, so the redesign part
of the story is plausible.