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« on: 07 January 2008, 06:02:12 »

I am making an entry on the Stylus and was wondering which tribe would be best to credit for making the stylus and creating the Santharian version of cuneiform. I don't want to use the word cuniform, but can't come up with anythign atm. So if anyone that has knowledge on the Human tribes could help me pick one out for the Stylus that would be great! Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: 07 January 2008, 08:55:40 »

Well, it would have to be appropriate to geography.  A culture that has paper doesn't use clumsy slabs of clay... so a more southern tribe in a treeless area would be effective.

Thin frames of wood with a wooden backing (like an oldfashioned slate - hey, add in slate and chalk, two natural 'stones' that can be used together as writing implements!) - or we can use another material such as Windgrass for really wood-poor cultures -  have a layer of damp clay smeared over them, about one or two grains thick.  They are stacked with wet cloths between them and taken from the top of the stack as needed.  The clay dries slowly enough that a letter in 'birdtrack' (as cuneiform could be called in that tribe's language) can be composed to fill the frame without rewetting.  If an error is made, one simply wets and smooths over that word with a tiny chunk of seasponge which is attached to the other end of the stylus  :)

Why don't you ask Talia if one of the Southern clans could have developed the clayframe, the stylus, and 'birdtrack' calligraphy?   Whomever you do choose eventually, make sure to mention that 'this is an almost obsolete form of writing as the cheap (northern?) paper has well-nigh replaced the cumbersome frame...'
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« Reply #2 on: 07 January 2008, 10:05:18 »

Thanks for this too!
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