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Title: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 30 November 2008, 11:08:35
Overview: The Quill is a common writing utensil of Caelereth. A long Arrowhead Goose feather is the most common feather to be used. Nobility, however, prefer the hard to find, Howling Goose feather. When these are dipped in ink they 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. The majority of Quills have the barbs left on them for decoration, but there are some that have the barbs stripped off. The only remaining decoration is a small tuft at the top. This prevents ink from being absorbed by the extra fluff and allows a smooth, round surface for the writer to hold onto. The barbs that are stripped off can be used in some pillows and blankets. Most that buy these 'shafts' are those that use Quills on a daily basis, such as scholars and merchant.  

Appearance: The words of a skilled writer often seem to say "Read This!" A well crafted Quill for royalty is quite a beautiful sight. All the barbs remain on it, and it is usually very well-kept.

The more common Quill is made with an Arrowhead Goose feather. The black feather is usually pointing out to the right, over your shoulder, if you are writing with one. A well-kept Quill have all the barbs still smoothly angled toward the top. The tip will be a clean, white color. If, however, the Quill is not well kept, the barbs may be in disarray and the tip be stained with ink that the user did not clean off.

Sometimes, a Quill that will be used often, such as those used by scholars, will have the extra barbs removed. This allows the writer to have a better grip on the 'shaft' and helps prevent creating a mess of white, feathery fluff being mixed with sticky, black ink. The results of this could be disastrous to the writer and ruin an entire page of work.

Method of Production: The feather can be plucked from any fowl, though the Arrowhead Goose feather is the feather of choice. Though, to name other feathers that are used, Garhook, Taenish, and the Al'Syrr Sandbird are some of the other common feathers. The Al'Syrr being used mostly in the dry desert areas, where other birds are uncommon. Among aristocracy, a Howling Goose, Vévan’már, Cuuloo, or Haloen feather is chosen for a more elegant appearance. A good Quill usually is a few nailsbreadth wide and fore long, but the Quill will become smaller with use. The tips can be cut to different widths to create thinner or thicker lines. Most people have their preference of the thickness. Some like a thinner more neat writing, while other prefer a dark, heavy line that is easy to read.

Once the feather is plucked the point is cut at an angle and it is also cut along the sides so the feather is projected left. The projection is then split for about a grain to allow a gap for the ink to flow into. When dipped, a few drops of ink cling to the nib and the Quill can be dragged across the paper to create the line. After around a page, the shaft begins to splinter, producing a jerky line and the shaft must be re-cut. Some who want to make their Quill last longer will continue writing until the shaft has almost no use, at which point they will often buy a new Quill.

Another variation of the Quill is one that has a metal nib on it. The metal nib is two prongs which allow a small amount of ink to build up. The nib has to be dipped every three or four words to ensure that writing is readable. The main reason for the metal Quill to be made is to keep from having the trouble of re-cutting a feather.

Area of Production: The Quill is the most common writing tool all over Caelereth, though different cultures may have other forms of writing, such as the Dwarven Rune-carving. A major producer of Quills is the Llaoihrr tribe. They use the Arrowhead Goose for traveling purposes and can acquire their feathers quite easily. Both feathers that fall out naturally and ones that are plucked are used. Fallen feathers are more commonly used for making the 'shafts' because they clean straight edge of the barbs tends to be hard to find. The plucked ones are usually the ones with barbs left on.

Some specialty Quills are made to appear more expensive. They are skillfully dyed to appear similar to those used by royalty. Someone that has been around such Quills often can easily spot the difference. To those that have not seen a beautiful Haloen Quill, it will still appear real. These Quills will have a higher price, though not as high as an authentic Quill with one of the real feathers.

The area that each feather is plucked from depends on the bird. The Arrowhead Goose, for example, would have the feather plucked from its flight feathers. The Cuuloo bird would have it's feather plucked from the tail. The Haloen bird would also have the feather plucked from the tail. If the feather is around the general length and thickness needed, then it is suitable to be created into a Quill.

Usage: The Quill is used for writing. It leaves long, sharp letters demanding to be read. The tip is cut at an angle allowing ink to flow into the shaft of the feather. The tiny little holes the goose used for transporting blood are the cause of the ink flowing upward. With every stroke the ink in the feather is slowly used, until the feather needs to be dipped again. These writing implements can run for a high price, or can be cheap enough for most to buy. The price usually depends on what feather is used, and how well they are cut.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Telàmorí V'uoríen on 02 December 2008, 08:50:54
I know you aren't finished, but I thought this might help push you to finish ^.~

Overview: The Quill is a common writing utensil of Caelereth. A long Howling Goose feather, <-remove comma the most common feather used for nobility (why not mention the one which is used most by the common, and mention specially what the nobility use? This would make more sense), 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. Generally, Quills have their feathers left on them, but for the writers the feathers may be stripped off, leaving the shaft (why would the feathers be stripped for the poor and not left on, as it costs no more money either way). It works just as well, just resembles more of a stick than a feather.

Appearance: The letters of a skilled writer often seems to say "Read This!" A well crafted Quill of nobility is quite a beautiful sight. More to come as time and creativity permits...

Method of Production:(space)The feather can be plucked from any fowl, though the Howling Goose feather is the feather of choice among nobility.(again with the nobility against the common. I think it would be a wiser choice to make the 'common' before the 'noble') Though to name other feathers that are used, Garhook and Taenish are some of the more common feathers. The Quill requires the feather to have a large shaft. (Large or long? Any size should really matter as long as it holds ink, it will work even minutely) Once the feather is plucked the point is cut at an angle and it is also cut along the sides so that<-delete the feather is projected left. The tip is then split for<-delete about a grain to allow a gap for the ink to flow into. When dipped, a few drops of ink cling to the nib and the Quill can be dragged across the paper to create the line. After about a page, the shaft begins to splinter, producing a jerky line and the shaft must be re-cut. Some who want to make their Quill last longer will continue writing until the shaft has almost no use, at which point they will often buy a new Quill.

Area of Production: The Quill is the most common writing tool all over Caelereth, though native people may have other forms of writing. There are two types of Quills, one has a metal nib on it and the other is just a regular feather that needs to be re-cut often. The metal nib is two prongs which allow a small amount of ink to build up. The nib has be dipped every three or four words to ensure the writing is readable. The main reason for that<-delete the metal Quill to be made is to keep yourself<-delete from having the trouble of re-cutting a feather.

Usage: The Quill is used for writing. It leaves long, sharp letters demanding to be read. The tip is cut at an angle allowing ink to flow into the shaft of the feather. The tiny little holes that<-delete the goose used for pumping<-delete transporting blood are the cause of the ink flowing upward. With every stroke, the ink in the feather is slowly used, until finally<-delete the feather needs to be dipped again.

:heart: Telàmorí V'uoríen :heart:


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 26 February 2009, 05:10:16
Hey, Ganinon! When are we going to see this one finished? You know, this entry is sort of a relative for me, as my second name is actually German for "quill" :)

Hope we get to see this done sooner or later! Doesn't need that many additions methinks, and we always have a use for seemingly ordinary things in Santharia!


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 21 May 2010, 06:55:38
Alright... Decided i should finish this. Comments welcome. Unsure of the whole brownie part, so if the way i worded it sounded logical then let me know and I'll leave it. Otherwise, suggestions on how to make that fit are welcome. :)


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 22 May 2010, 02:16:54
Well, if it isn't Ganinon! Haven't seen you for a while as well, just like Petros who showed up yesterday... Nice to see you back and kicking!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 22 May 2010, 05:13:26
Ha, yeah. Got the sudden urge for Santharia... must be something about this time of the year. Hopefully my stay will be longer this time.  :D


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Petros Greenvale on 22 May 2010, 10:21:04
Lovely to see you again Ganinon! Hope you've been well :grin:
Yummy entry on such a common object!

Comments in Glorious Green!

Overview: The Quill is a common writing utensil of Caelereth. A long Arrowhead Goose feather is the most common feather to be used. Nobility, however, prefer the hard to find, Howling Goose feather. When these are dipped in ink they 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. The majority of Quills have their feathers left on them for decoration, but there are a few that have the feathers stripped off. These are usually used by the not-so-wealthy, who want to save a few coins. It works just as well, just resembles more of a stick than a feather.
Would the process of stripping off the feathers not be more expensive than just leaving them on? Unless the Feathers are used for something else? Perhaps cheap pillow down or tacky hats?

Appearance: The letters of a skilled writer often seems to say "Read This!" A well crafted Quill for nobility is quite a beautiful sight. The Howling Goose feather, still has all its feathers on it. Most will not see what these feathers look like, unless they work among the nobility.

The more common Quill is made with an Arrowhead Goose feather. The black feather is usually pointing out to the right, over your shoulder if you are writing with one. A well-kept Quill (remove "with") have all the feathers still smoothly angled toward the top. The tip will be a clean white color. If, however, the Quill is not well kept, the feathers may be in disarray and the tip be stained with ink that the user did not clean off.

Method of Production: The feather can be plucked from any fowl, though the Arrowhead Goose feather is the feather of choice. Though to name other feathers that are used, Garhook and Taenish are some of the other common feathers. Among nobility (the word "nobility" is repeated alot perhaps aristocary?), a Howling Goose feather is chosen for a more elegant appearance. A good Quill usually is a few nailsbreadth wide and fore long. Though the Quill will become smaller with use. Once the feather is plucked the point is cut at an angle and it is also cut along the sides so the feather is projected left. The projection is then split for about a grain to allow a gap for the ink to flow into. When dipped, a few drops of ink cling to the nib and the Quill can be dragged across the paper to create the line. After about a page, the shaft begins to splinter, producing a jerky line and the shaft must be re-cut. Some who want to make their Quill last longer will continue writing until the shaft has almost no use, at which point they will often buy a new Quill.

Another variation of the Quill is one has a metal nib on it. The metal nib is two prongs which allow a small amount of ink to build up. The nib has to be dipped every three or four words to ensure that writing is readable. The main reason the metal Quill to be made is to keep from having the trouble of re-cutting a feather.

Area of Production: The Quill is the most common writing tool all over Caelereth, though different cultures may have other forms of writing, such as the Dwarven Rune-carving. A major producer of (remove "the") Quills is the Llaoihrr tribe. They use the Arrowhead Goose for traveling purposes and can acquire their feathers quite easily. (Know little about the Brownie's but seems credible!)

Usage: The Quill is used for writing. It leaves long, sharp letters demanding to be read. The tip is cut at an angle allowing ink to flow into the shaft of the feather. The tiny little holes the goose used for transporting blood are the cause of the ink flowing upward. With every stroke the ink in the feather is slowly used, until the feather needs to be dipped again. These writing implements can run for a high price, or can be cheap enough for those that know how to write to buy easily. The price usually depends on what feather is used, and how well they are cut.

Loves it much, lot of nice detail, could do with a good grammar zap though! :) Once again, lovely to see you back!


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 22 May 2010, 12:01:19
Thanks much Petros. I think i'll put it back to WIP and run through it a few times to get the grammar fixed up.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 23 May 2010, 01:19:20
Alright. Fixed up, and ready for another round of comments.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Seeker on 23 May 2010, 02:22:35
Welcome back Ganinon, hope you stay a while.  

Well I must say,  I like entries which explain little things like this.  Also is an excuse to draw them.  :thumbup:  I also appreciate that you are keeping it relatively short.  No sense having pages upon pages to describe a quill pen.  So very well done from my perspective.  

In the Writing Emplements  (http://www.santharia.com/gear/writing_implements.htm) page there is the following short description which appears to have some minor details that could also be mentioned in your full entry. Things like the thickness of the lines and the point about the types of feathers used by royalty, etc.

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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.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 23 May 2010, 02:57:48
Ah! i forgot about those feathers. :lol: Been a long time since i wrote that. I'll put that in.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 23 May 2010, 03:01:45
Alrighty. Added that in.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Altario Shialt-eck-Gorrin on 23 May 2010, 03:23:16
I don't understand this part:
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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.

Wouldn't the task of stripping off the feather part of the quill actually be labour intensive, thus more expensive?  Instead, wouldn't the differentiating factors be both quality and rarity of the feathers used?  Like, a chicken feather would be fairly common, compared to say a Haloen.  Also, some feathers might be too soft or too brittle to be a quality quill.  So, two fairly common birds, a chicken and a dove, where the chicken feathers are too soft, making for blurry lines, while dove feathers are much firmer, making caligraphy much easier?

Just my two sans.  The trimming off of the feather to the shaft just sounds a bit weak is all.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Athviaro Shyu-eck-Silfayr on 23 May 2010, 04:05:12
A feather with no barbs is more utilitarian. Imagine writing with a not-very-good old dipping-pen. Then put a load of drooping things around it, and try to stop it becoming an absolute mess. Nobles would use them unchanged for fancy signatures etc., but the scribes who do the real writing would use stripped shafts. Unaltered feathers are not very practical.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 23 May 2010, 04:32:24
I was thinking along the lines of Athviaro. They would get in the way for some people. And i don't think it would be that much more expensive. Just needs someone to put the time into removing the extra fluff. I'll see if i can think of a better way of phrasing it or at least a solid argument against it. Anyone else got 2 Sans they would like to add?


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Altario Shialt-eck-Gorrin on 23 May 2010, 04:34:23
My point wasn't to the unitarialism, but they way it was stated that the poor used them because of this.  You made price the deciding factor.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 23 May 2010, 04:35:27
ah. So maybe rewording it with some stronger reasoning would fix it?


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Altario Shialt-eck-Gorrin on 23 May 2010, 04:35:54
 :D


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 23 May 2010, 04:42:29
Better?


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Altario Shialt-eck-Gorrin on 23 May 2010, 05:09:21
Very nice little entry, Ganinon. :thumbup:

Auried.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 23 May 2010, 05:12:53
Oh, sweet! first 2 aura ever! :)

And a mysterious third appears...  :shocked:


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Valan Nonesuch on 23 May 2010, 06:29:38
"The very tips"
Isn't the tip the extremity of something in any case? The very looks out of place there in any case, trimming it off might knock the sentence into better alignment.

Would the brownies be using plucked feathers from the arrowhead or fallen feathers? Which sort of feathers would we be using? Flight, tail?

What about dyeing feathers? Imitations of more expensive varieties?

Other than that, I see not a problem at all with the entry. Simple enough.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 23 May 2010, 07:05:28
Added suggested things. :) Keep 'em comin'.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Bard Judith on 24 May 2010, 10:45:54
We are accustomed to seeing full plumes in clip art depictions and fantasy illustrations, but at particular times in history, the barbs and soft parts of the feather were actually stripped away for a good part of the rachis, or the shaft, leaving only a small tuft at the end.  See Elizabethan or colonial style quills - the ones preserved in museums, for example.  This provided the writer with a smooth shaft not unlike a modern pen/pencil to grasp in the fingers and lie along the V of the hand, and kept the feathery bits from absorbing ink.

You might want to see if you can describe that, or say that while ladies often prefer quite feathery, decorative quills, those who must use them on a daily basis,  such as merchants and clerks, prefer to have much of the plumes stripped away, leaving only the pennaceous or tuft portion at the top of the rachis/shaft.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 24 May 2010, 10:58:17
That's in there, just maybe not very well described. I'll add that in there tomorrow sometime. Thanks Judith!


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 25 May 2010, 05:31:57
Added a paragraph in the appearance section, and reworded the top. Colored both in red.


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Smee on 26 May 2010, 04:29:01
A little something from the Al'Syrr bird entry I wrote...

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In addition, a recent discovery has found that the long feathers from an Al'Syrr's wing make quite adequate quills. It seems the regular coating of the oil on their feathers makes them tough, waterproof and durable as writing implements

They are desert birds, perhaps an easier supply of quills in such an environment where geese and other normal supplies of quills aren't so readily available :)


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 26 May 2010, 04:52:30
I will add that in there then. :)


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Seeker on 01 June 2010, 06:04:57
This looks pretty well done Ganinon.  Do you intend on adding anything else?  If not I think we can blarrow.  Good job.  


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Seeker on 03 June 2010, 23:56:28
blarrowed


Title: Re: The Quill
Post by: Ganinon on 09 June 2010, 04:18:14
Sorry, Thanks for the blarrow! I am on vacation, out of state so first time i've been on in awhile. I'll be back at the end of the week. Thanks!