Help Topic: Write

Category: Communication

While illiteracy is a possibility in Avaria, a single point in Education
will grant the ability to read and write. Even for illiterates, however,
paper can have certain functions.

You can use the papermote command to set a description on a piece of paper
that will show up when it is looked at. This can be used for crumpling
up a note and tossing it in the mud, or for folding paper animals, or
for noting about certain stains on the pages. This can be done for the
object as a whole only. If you'd like to specify effects for specific
paragraphs or pages, you can include that in the writing.

papermote <object> as <description>

Most pieces of parchment have at least 2 pages, a front and a back. To
turn pages, you can turn the object to go to the next page, turn back to
go to a previous page, or flip to a specific page number.

turn <object>
turn back <object>
flip <object> to <page number as 1, 2, 3, etc>

You can read and write on the current page up until it is full. Each time
you write, it will add a new paragraph to the page. You will need a quill
dipped in ink or other writing tools in order to write, and will write in
whatever language you are currently speaking.

dip <quill> in <ink>
write <object> <written paragraph>
read <object>
analyze <object>

Analysis of an object will give a more detailed look at the handwriting
and language on the open page.

Sometimes, you may wish to erase what you have written. You can cross out
just a paragraph on a page, or clean the whole page. Erasing just one
paragraph will show that it has been erased, but it will not require you
to rewrite the entire page.

erase <object>
erase paragraph <number> <object>

You can also use the paint or sketch commands to describe art that has
been done on a page. This will take into account your art skill rather
than your education.

paint | sketch <object> <art description>

Art is independent of the writing on a page, and there can be writing
along with art. Art can be seen at a look, and doesn't need to be read.
You will need supplies to make art, such as paint or a dipped quill.

If you have multiple single parchments in your hands, you can stack them
into a sheaf. You can get pages out of a sheaf or put them back in as if
it was a regular container, and you can also read and shuffle the pages
as if it was an unbound book.

If you have a book, you can tear a page out of it. You can also glue
pages into books, so long as you are not trying to glue a large
sheet of parchment into a small book. Both the tearing and gluing
command will act upon the current page of the book.

tear <book>
glue <parchment> on <book>

Lastly, a single sheet of parchment can be folded to only show the
writing on one side of the page. This way you can write a letter,
fold it, and write the person it's addressed to on the outside.

fold <item>
unfold <item>

You can stamp a seal onto a page or a sheaf or a single parchment,
and if you seal a folded parchment, unfolding it will break the seal.
The stamping stage is optional in this case but it could impart a
sigil or other symbol into the sealing wax.

light wax
seal <item>
stamp <item> with <stamp>

As might be expected, customizations like handwriting and signatures
can be important. Check 'help handwriting' and 'help sign' for more

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