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« Reply #15 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.
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« Reply #16 on: 23 May 2010, 04:35:27 »

ah. So maybe rewording it with some stronger reasoning would fix it?
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« Reply #17 on: 23 May 2010, 04:35:54 »

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« Reply #18 on: 23 May 2010, 04:42:29 »

Better?
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« Reply #19 on: 23 May 2010, 05:09:21 »

Very nice little entry, Ganinon. thumbup

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« Reply #20 on: 23 May 2010, 05:12:53 »

Oh, sweet! first 2 aura ever! :)

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« Reply #21 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.
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« Reply #22 on: 23 May 2010, 07:05:28 »

Added suggested things. :) Keep 'em comin'.
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« Reply #23 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.
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« Reply #24 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!
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« Reply #25 on: 25 May 2010, 05:31:57 »

Added a paragraph in the appearance section, and reworded the top. Colored both in red.
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« Reply #26 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 :)
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« Reply #27 on: 26 May 2010, 04:52:30 »

I will add that in there then. :)
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« Reply #28 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.  
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« Reply #29 on: 03 June 2010, 23:56:28 »

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