Writing

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You can write on paper, books, and some other things with various writing implements.

Syntax

write with <object> on <object> in <language>
write on <object> with <object> in <language>
write with <object> on <object>
write on <object> with <object>

The "write" command will drop you into your chosen editor to write on the item. You'll finish writing when you save--if you quit without saving, you won't actually write anything.

scribble <message> on <object> with <object>
scribble <message> in <language> on <object> with <object>

The "scribble" command lets you write one line on the item, immediately.

sign <object> with <object>

The "sign" command adds a signature to the item. It looks like this:

Written in cursive <ink> is the authentic and attested signature of <your name>:
<your name including title>

Language

Unless you otherwise specify the language you want to write in, you will write in the language you are currently speaking. This is true for all of the writing commands.

When reading something in your native language, the writing looks like this:

Written in <ink>:

If it's in a language other than your native one, it looks like this:

Written in <ink> in <language>:

Signatures also have the "in <language>" bit added to them.

If you write something in a language you don't have a high enough level of written in, it may be partially unreadable even by someone with 100 levels of written in that language. That is, parts of it may not translate properly.

Writing instruments

Some writing instruments need ink. For these, you need to get a bottle of ink, then "dip <writing implement> {in|into} <ink well>" before you can write with them. You can then "wipe <writing implement>" to remove the ink from it (this is necessary to change colours).

Item Source Appearance of ink or other Weight (lb) Notes
<colour> soap crayon [1] <colour> crayon Can only be used to write on people; the writing washes off with water (causing bubbles). They run out after being used a certain amount.
<colour> wax crayon [2] <colour> crayon Can be used in colouring books as well as for writing.
ancient kauri pen Brookless calligraphy shop <description> <color> chancery hand Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.
antique silver fountain pen [3] <colour> ink Needs ink.
bamboo reed pen [4] rusty black ink 3/9
barbed quill [5] blood 3/9 Does a small amount of damage when held; uses faith.items.scroll to hold.
black fountain pen [6] <description> <color> italics Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.
bloodwood oblique pen Brookless calligraphy shop <description> <color> roundhand Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.
bone stylus [7] scratches 3/9
buckeye burl oblique pen Brookless calligraphy shop <description> <color> ladies' hand Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.
clerk's quill [8] <colour> ink Needs ink.
deep blue fountain pen [9] <description> <color> italics Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.
ebony fountain pen [10] <colour> ink Needs ink.
ebony pen Brookless calligraphy shop <description> <color> heavy gothic script Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.
elegant black fountain pen [11] <description> <colour> ink handwriting 6/9 Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.
elegant golden plume [12] warm cinnamon-coloured ink 1/9
enamelled calligraphy brush [13] <description> <colour> ink calligraphy 4/9 Needs ink.
expensive ebony calligraphy brush [14] <description> <colour> ink calligraphy 1/9 Needs ink. Description of writing depends on crafts.arts.calligraphy skill. You can also "paint" words on blank paper with this brush (which does not require ink).[1]
fountain pen Felicity Avenue Stationers <colour> ink 30g Needs ink.
gold nib pen [15] <colour> ink Needs ink.
golden quill pen [16] <colour> ink Needs ink.
green glass stylus [17] subtly green-tinted indentations 2/9
grey goose quill [18] <colour> ink Needs ink.
holly clockwork pen Brookless calligraphy shop <description> <color> italics Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck. This gives off chats.
humble wooden calligraphy brush [19] <description> <colour> ink calligraphy 2/9 Needs ink. Description of writing depends on crafts.arts.calligraphy skill.
Hwel quill stall in Thespians' Yard messy, scratchy black ink
jaunty crimson plume [20] crimson ink 1/9
lacquered calligraphy brush [21]  ?  ?
longtail oblique pen Brookless calligraphy shop <description> <color> ornamental script Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.
midnight black quill pen [22] <description> <colour> ink secretary hand Needs ink. Description of writing depends on crafts.arts.calligraphy skill.
old leaky quill [23] messy, splotchy dark blue ink &&&&+100 1/9
ornate silver fountain pen [24] <colour> ink Needs ink.
quill [25] ink &&&&+300 3/9
rainbird quill [26] <colour> ink Needs ink.
rose-coloured glass italic pen [27] <description> <colour> handwriting Needs ink. Description of writing depends on crafts.arts.calligraphy skill.
seagull feather quill [28] sepia ink 3/9
shimmering blue iris pen [29] <description> <colour> handwriting Needs ink. Description of writing depends on crafts.arts.calligraphy skill.
silver dragon fountain pen [30] <colour> ink Needs ink.
silver fountain pen[2] [31] <colour> ink 2/9 The ink changes colour; see silver fountain pen for details. The current colour is apparent in the description.
silver scrollwork fountain pen [32] <colour> ink Needs ink.
sleek black plume [33] rich black ink flecked with silver 1/9
slim black fountain pen [34] <description> <color> italics Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.
slim ivory calligraphy brush [35] <description> <colour> ink calligraphy Needs ink. Description of writing depends on crafts.arts.calligraphy skill. You can also "paint" words on blank paper with this brush (which does not require ink).[3]
souvenir fountain pen [36] <colour> ink 2/9 Needs ink.
small neat quill [37] fussy green ink 1/9
stormy petrel quill [38] <colour> ink Needs ink.
sturdy purple plume [39] rich purple ink 3/9
swan's wing plume [40] elegant black ink 1/9
swansdown quill [41] <colour> ink Needs ink.
typewriter [42] typed characters "Put" a piece of paper in it, then "type on typewriter".
vulture feather quill [43] <colour> ink Needs ink.
wooden pencil [44] pencil &&&&+300 3/9
zebrawood oblique pen Brookless calligraphy shop <description> <color> copperplate Needs ink. Description of writing seems to take skillcheck.

Writing boxes

Writing boxes are just boxes in functionality, but the names make it easier to organise without a delude and have themed descriptions:

Source Short name Layer Width Length Weight
(lb)
lbs # items lbs/lb[4] items/lb[5] lbs/item[6] Notes
Kefka's
db
Properties Capacity Ratios
[45] hand-painted Quirmian writing box none &&&&+675 9/12 &&&&+900 1 &&&&+900 1 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&&+180 0.2
[46] hand-painted Quirmian writing box none &&&&+675 9/12 &&&&+900 1 &&&&+900 1 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&&+180 0.2
[47] hand-painted Quirmian writing box none &&&&+675 9/12 &&&&+900 1 &&&&+900 1 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&&+180 0.2
[48] small pink writing box none &&&&+675 9/12 &&&&+900 1 &&&&+900 1 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&&+180 0.2
[49] bluebell writing box none &&&&+675 9/12 &&&&+900 1 &&&&+900 1 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&&+180 0.2
[50] elegant white writing box none &&&&+675 9/12 &&&&+900 1 &&&&+900 1 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&+1800 2 &&&+9000 10 &&&&+180 0.2
[51] black lacquer writing box none &&&&+675 9/12 &&&&+900 1 &&&&+200 2/9 &&&+9900 11 &&+54000 60 &&+44550 49.5 &+243000 270 &&&&+162 0.18

See also

Footnotes

  1. This requires around 36-58 crafts gp, and the result looks like "Written in <size>, <description> calligraphy in Agatean". It can only be done in Agatean and if your skills are too low you may get a garbled result.
  2. Those who can see in octarine see: This polished silver pen sits comfortably in the hand, and the nib is shaped for a flowing, easy to read copperplate. Just above the nib, the shaft has been decorated with a small rainbow, including the eighth colour of the spectrum, octarine. The nib glistens with <colour> ink. The pen shimmers with an octarine rainbow of colourful potentiality.
  3. This requires around 36-58 crafts gp, and the result looks like "Written in <size>, <description> calligraphy in Agatean". It can only be done in Agatean and if your skills are too low you may get a garbled result.
  4. Capacity in pounds / weight of container
  5. Capacity in number of items / weight of container
  6. Capacity in pounds / Capacity in number of items