Magical runes are important in Iron Kingdoms magic. There are definite arcane scripts - and Thamar's discovery of the Telgesh runes is supposed to be significant.
It might go further than that, given that we're also seeing those rune circles for sorcerers, gunmages and even clerics in official IK art. Granted, that might just be there because it looks cool.
But for the sake of discussion, what if it isn't? What if for any magic scripts are almost essential?
- Menoth gave rock and ro^W^W^W, erm, fire and writing to humans, the other gods probably did something similar. Controlling the magic supply/access this way? Telgesh as a way to bypass that?
- What about illiterate sorcerers? Do they lack in control and/or power? Or are they basically anti-dyslexic, coming up with "innate" scripts if they can't fall back to something official?
- If it *does* have some effect on them, would this turn people like Vinter or the Protectorate leaders a bit against edumacatin' the common folk?
- Do bards use the normal runes or can I haz notes, clefs, bars etc.?