The Cryptographer’s Golden Baton
After pondering what type of language would surpass my own, I valiantly support an early cryptographer’s choice, scytale. Scytale, a form of secret language from early Roman time, would be better than English because it can be transported easily without fear of interception. In fact, the message handler could easily wear it on their body as a belt or to hold their supplies. Unlike other secret languages, it would not need to be concealed. Fortunately, it is easily used and read by each party involved. The only necessary tool would be a staff of the same size and diameter in order to accurately decipher the message.
Undeniably, this method of sending message is above the rest because the message can use multiple lines so communication is not limited. Letters typically extend to four lines of five letters each, depending on
the length of the cylindrical stick. In order to pass on a secret message in English, sustaining secrecy is a
significant issue. Without a doubt, scytale, is a form of communication that is organized, and highly-secret, yet
visible without concern of deciphering the message. Without an identical “golden baton,” you are just out-of-luck!