Originally Posted by Jellby
Beware of using that kind of font, though. It is not recommended to use font with a non-standard character map, i.e. an "A" should always look like an "A", and not some ornament or dingbat. For that, a font should use the appropriate Unicode point or the private plane.
True, but for scene/chapter breaks and such, if you choose carefully, you can use a decorative font's alternative glyph for asterisk, dash, emdash, etc. Those would degrade gracefully if the embedded font is not honored/used.
Another alternative which I am exploring is a freeware font editor called TypeLight from http://www.cr8software.net/typelight.html
The feature list is pretty impressive: you can use it to create fonts or edit existing fonts, convert between ttf and otf, and more. (They also offer a trial of the Pro version, which is not time-limited, and supposedly only feature-limited in that it will only save the first 50 characters of the font.)
I have barely begun to use TypeLight, but I am going to try to create some small fonts with decorative glyphs and see how it works out.