Elden Ring fans have come up with a clever way to decipher some of the hidden info from the game. Fans who are eagerly awaiting the upcoming game realized that the language used for runes in the games is actually Yi. A Chinese dialect that is used by around 2 million Yi people in China. In doing so, the amateur sleuths have been able to decipher the meaning of some of the game’s runes and map markers. Be warned that the video below contains some spoilers for Elden Ring. Although they are mild, if you don’t want to know more, read/watch no further!
As described in the video, once the players were able to figure out the basics of the Yi that were being used and the Japanese equivalent words, they were able to decode 80% of the Elden Ring map. Once decoded, that’s where things really get interesting. One of the examples is a note written by the creator of the map which reads “Do not listen to the songs of the lying mermaids” which, as the video notes, looks to be a reference to the mythical creature, Sirens. For those who don’t know, Sirens are said to lure sailors with their enchanting music, causing them to shipwreck on the Siren’s island. But Sirens are not the only creature that may have been revealed.
Another warning on the map reads “multiple witnesses to a sea serpent, danger!” The warning looks to be a reference to red sea serpents that can be seen on the map. Whether or not they would actually pose a threat to players remains to be seen. There’s also an area called “Kraken Channel”, no prizes for guessing what may live in that area.
There’s much more to the video but one thing is clear. Sea monsters and sea-related mythology look to be playing a much larger role in the game than previously revealed.