Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Of Scroll and Scribe (Revisited)

Back in February of this year, I put a post together talking about parchment and papyrus, in the context of scroll creation for D&D. I had no idea it would go on to become my most-viewed blog entry of all time.

For my newer followers, here are the links to what became a trilogy of articles related to the subject (and founding the basis for a project that, for now, is on the back burner... but staying warm).

Scrutinizing the Scroll Part I: Papyrus, Parchment and Vellum
Scrutinizing the Scroll Part II: Comprehending the Quill
Scrutinizing the Scroll Part III: Investigating Ink


  1. this is brilliant

    akkadians also had wooden books or a kind of wooden book with clay tablets in frames - no idea of frequency though - china and vietnam used wooden books too. I like the idea of finding cave wall spells - also cool is the idea that sumerian contracts made of clay and were literally broken - you could end a tablet spell by smashing it. I have heard of birch bark books used by sth west native americans and in Java. Ive heard of wizards using tatoos for spell books

  2. eutruscan gold book

  3. Thanks, K. BTW, I really like the clay tablet "breaking" concept. So far, I haven't wanted to go near the whole "book" thing (e.g., long/pasted scrolls, codices, etc.) The 1e PHB and DMG only given occasional mention to spell books (as opposed to the page or so devoted to scroll manufacture in the DMG). I think what it comes down to is that a scroll (being "self-contained" magic) requires much more attention to detail than a spell book (which is really nothing more than a MU's set of instructions for creating the magic later). But I guess that doesn't mean I shouldn't give some thought to some sort of "book" article to continue the series.

  4. While we're on the subject:

    I've collected all the Oak Gall's from my yard.
    And the nails I put in the flower-bed are approximately 25% rusted.

    (You don't happen to have a better source of iron oxide?)