Writing utensils are an important part of the world. Without it there could be no written evidence of anything. Experiments, books, anything that has been written down would not be around without something to write with. Most of the following are now rarely used. The Quill is currently the most widespread and most used utensil used today. Included in the list below are the Reed Pen, the Stylus, the Quill, Chalk and Slate, Charcoal, the Brush, the Dip Pen, and the dwarven Rune Chisel. Each has a description and a small amount of the history of the utensil.

Writing Implement Types. The following writing implement types are known (sorted alphabetically): Return to the top

The Brush is used by artists who paint pictures. There are a variety of sizes of brushes depending on how fine a line the artist wants to add. The hair for the brush comes from goats and pigs. Their hair is placed inside a metal ring that has sap in the bottom that dries and hardens to keep the hairs from falling out. The paint is made from different plants that when ground up and have water added to them become a certain colour. The Brush is then dipped into the paint and then applied to the paper or canvas being used for the painting.

Chalk and Slate are used together to write. It is most commonly used for school. The chalk, which is a white rock, when scraped on Slate leaves a dust behind it. Slate is a cheap black rock that lasts longer than any other known rock when being scraped against. A long board of Slate is called a blackboard. The dust that is left behind can be wiped off easily with a wet cloth or with a “chalk eraser”. This eraser is a small block of wood with a layer of think cloth attached to it.

Charcoal can be used to write and draw, though it is usually used for drawing. The Charcoal leaves a dark dusty line behind it and is used to make sketches and outlines for pictures. The most common type of Charcoal is wood charcoal. It is made by burning urban trees, not to the point of fire but rather, until they turn black. The pieces of wood are cut to a smaller size, about the size of a Reed Pen and they are burned to different degrees to produce darker and lighter shades.

The Dip Pen is the most recent writing utensil to be made. It is uncommon for someone who is not of royalty or nobility status to have a Dip Pen. It is called a Dip Pen since it has to be dipped often. There is no ink reservoir to hold ink and slowly let it out. The reason these are so special are that they can use coloured ink. This coloured ink is made similarly to paint, but less plant is used and more water is added. The only problem is if you do not wash it after use, the left over ink will dry on and make it harder to use each time, until finally it can't be used.

The Quill is the common writing utensil of Caelereth. A long howler goose feather, the most common feather used but others are chosen for different thickness of lines, dipped in ink can write a full two lines before you have to dip the feather again. The feather is usually between two palmspans to a fore. Most Quills are pulled from the left wing so that the feathers are curved outward for a right-handed writer. Though they do pull from the right wing for the left-handed writers. Most Quills have feathers left on them, but for the poorer writers the feathers may be stripped off, leaving the shaft. It works just as well, it just does not look fancy. As for royalty, they have beautiful vévan’már, cuuloo, or haloen feathers to use.

The Stylus is an uncommon writing utensil at present time. Vast amounts of humans aroung the world used this during the Era of Consolidation until the end of the Era. The Stylus is pushed into clay tablets, leaving a wedge shape. The wedges can be made into symbols, and writing using these symbols is called "birdtrack". The Stylus is commonly made out of reed, though it can be made out of anything stiff and is able to be cut. The wedge shape just needs to be cut and then the shape can be pushed into clay or other material that can hold an impression.

The Reed Pen was one of the first writing utensils to be used wide spread. It is still sometimes used today to make large words. The nib of the pen doesn't last very long, and this led to the making of the Quill. Reed Pens can be made from any hollow thing, but reeds that grow near the shore of any body of water are the common material used in making. The size can vary though none are commonly used when it falls below 6 nailsbreadths in length. This may be due to the fact of the ready supply of reeds and the simplicity of making your own. Writers who use Reed Pens sometimes live by a body of water, just so they can make their own pens and not have to buy them.

Formed from a tempered metal rod about the thickness of a human forefinger and about a palm long, the Rune Chisel is one of the odder 'writing' implements in our list. It's a short and comparatively delicate implement which can look downright dainty in the sturdy dwarven hand, poised ready for the Runehammer - its inevitable partner - to descend.

The cutting edge at one end is usually honed to the width of a babe's thumbnail (two or three grains), while the other end is slightly 'mushroomed' to form a striking head. The chisel is placed against the face of the rock tablet upon which the dwarf (for yes, this style of writing is almost solely the preserve of the Thergerim) has scribed faint chalk lines to guide him, and struck lightly with the Runehammer to flake away straight chips of rock.

 Date of last edit 2nd Awakening Earth 1668 a.S.

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