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Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:20 pm
by gusindor
I'm wondering if there are any symbols Ijad associate with their beliefs. Do they have anything like a Crucifix, Star of David, Yin Yang, Thor's Hammer, Ankh, etc?

It would also be nice to know some mythological terms, so that mechs with symbolic names like Lancelot, Unicorn, Goliath etc. aren't exclusive to humans.

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:07 pm
by Joshua A.C. Newman
They're big on writing. They use the word "BHADAL" in particular, which is their central tenet, as a rallying cry, in calligraphy, and all over the place. It literally means "community", but it has connotations of both fierce loyalty and a defiance of those who would try to control the community.

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:27 am
by mraichelson
Any pointers on what kind of style Ijad calligraphy might take? Ijad/human pairs could be doing something in English or the like. But is there a native Ijad writing system of some sort? Or just something to relate it back to (kind of like Arabic and Sanskrit viewed through a kaleidoscope) that might be able to be pulled from for any of us screwy enough to think "hm, banners, yeah"?

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:56 am
by Joshua A.C. Newman
Yeah, I haven't posted anything publicly except for BHADAL. I'll make a hi-res version in a minute.

OK, here you go! This is the decal sheet (which will be available for purchase at some point): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/139 ... ecals1.pdf

You can see Ijad numbers in the upper left. BHADAL can be seen in Ijad to the right and below center. It's blue.

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:57 pm
by mraichelson
Awesome! Danke.

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:36 pm
by Kiavahr
That is a kickass decal sheet. How is that going to be made available? Adhesive transparency, waterslide transfer... ?

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:03 pm
by pasukaru76
What's the Katakana on the red logo supposed to read? I'm thinking it says "seru sutairu" (which could be a mangled up "zero style" or something).

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:51 pm
by Zero Revenge
Joshua A.C. Newman wrote:Yeah, I haven't posted anything publicly except for BHADAL. I'll make a hi-res version in a minute.

OK, here you go! This is the decal sheet (which will be available for purchase at some point): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/139 ... ecals1.pdf

You can see Ijad numbers in the upper left. BHADAL can be seen in Ijad to the right and below center. It's blue.

I love the Join or Die, very nice Revolutionary throwback... I assume that's for the Free Colonists?

And now I MUST know what all the symbols are! D:

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:06 pm
by mraichelson
Banzai Institute!

(Also the WARNING stickers are hilarious.)

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:33 pm
by Kiavahr
pasukaru76 wrote:What's the Katakana on the red logo supposed to read? I'm thinking it says "seru sutairu" (which could be a mangled up "zero style" or something).

Close. Cell*Style.

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:34 am
by Soren
I've played around with various eye and hand symbols; I think they'd conceptualize a lot of their religious imagery in eye-and-hand terms. It's a very tidy perception/action dichotomy.

The symbol I have for the Armored of God is in line with that. I imagine they then paint their frames, ships, houses, etc. with various hand, claw, foot, and other appendage symbols, to symbolize that they act as God directs them to. It's intentionally kind of creepy.

God (ahu) is, of course, the Billion Eyes/Hands/Voices (it varies depending on context; the subtext being that God's sight/acts/words are clear and without confusion, but are a summation of the sight, acts, and words of all people) and One. The specifics may vary, but we're all saying the same things - and so Ijad religious symbols have certain basic characteristics, but vary a lot in execution.

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:43 am
by milt69466
Joshua A.C. Newman wrote:OK, here you go! This is the decal sheet (which will be available for purchase at some point): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/139 ... ecals1.pdf

NYAN NYAN NYAN NYAN NYAN
NYAN NYAN NYAN NYAN
NYAN NYAN NYAN NYAN
NYAN NYAN NYAN NYAN NYAN
NYANNYAN NYAN NYAN
NYAN NYAN NYAN NYAN NYAN
NYANNYAN NYAN NYAN

:lol:

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:08 pm
by Joshua A.C. Newman
I'm gonna be selling those decal sheets soon. They're 5-color, transparent stickers. You cut them out yourself. The lens faces in the lower left are by Soren, by the way.

The warning labels were really fun to write. I'm particularly pleased with THIS END TOWARD ENEMY written four-meters wide, but mostly I think fine print is the greatest font of humor our society has ever produced.

There are a bunch of shout-outs in the unit markers! The non-Banzai ones are all anime. Well, kinda except for Cel*Style.

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:59 pm
by Archangel6
Joshua A.C. Newman wrote:I'm gonna be selling those decal sheets soon. They're 5-color, transparent stickers. You cut them out yourself. The lens faces in the lower left are by Soren, by the way.

The warning labels were really fun to write. I'm particularly pleased with THIS END TOWARD ENEMY written four-meters wide, but mostly I think fine print is the greatest font of humor our society has ever produced.

There are a bunch of shout-outs in the unit markers! The non-Banzai ones are all anime. Well, kinda except for Cel*Style.


I know this is going WAY-back...but was wondering if anyone knew where or how to get ahold of this old decal sheet??

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:29 pm
by Trokodile
Archangel6 wrote:
Joshua A.C. Newman wrote:I'm gonna be selling those decal sheets soon. They're 5-color, transparent stickers. You cut them out yourself. The lens faces in the lower left are by Soren, by the way.

The warning labels were really fun to write. I'm particularly pleased with THIS END TOWARD ENEMY written four-meters wide, but mostly I think fine print is the greatest font of humor our society has ever produced.

There are a bunch of shout-outs in the unit markers! The non-Banzai ones are all anime. Well, kinda except for Cel*Style.


I know this is going WAY-back...but was wondering if anyone knew where or how to get ahold of this old decal sheet??


I personally bought one at PAX East; I think it's the main way to get them. Joshua sells them there each year. Not sure if this is close by to you, but I hope this helps.

Re: Ijad symbols & myths

PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:08 pm
by LordShadeck
Can i ask that avesome sheet again?!
Does somebody have it?

Pls ... :cry: