Here's How to Write Your Name the She-Ra Way

“I have the power...of good grammar!”
“I have the power...of good grammar!”
Image: Netflix

Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a show with many layers. In fact, there’s an entire ancient society bubbling underneath the surface, with its own language and everything. Now, there’s a way to write whatever you want like a First One, and it’s pretty damn fun.

Dreamworks has provided a handy guide on how to write your name—or, really, any word—in the show’s newly established language of the First Ones. According to the guide, the language is phonetic and characters are read from right to left, connected by a series of lines and squiggles. Here’s my first name. At least, I think it is. If I accidentally wrote “butt,” please don’t tell me.

It spells Beth. I hope.
It spells Beth. I hope.
Image: Beth Elderkin

For those who don’t know, the First Ones are semi-mythical beings who either formed Etheria or colonized it, who now exist as spirits inside the Cavern of Fire. In the original series, Adora calls upon them to help heal She-Ra’s Sword of Protection after the stone was cracked. It’s unclear what role they’ll play in the reboot, but I’m guessing it’ll be pretty significant if their language has been given its own cheat sheet.

And look, Netflix even helped io9 with ours!

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power arrives November 16. Be sure to leave a comment with your own name!

Video Editor and Staff Writer at io9. My doppelganger is that rebelling greeting card from Futurama.

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“That looks complicated.”

- The people who developed the Gallifreyan writing system