Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Formula Folio

This one creates an inkstick like those used in some Asian societies, as opposed to a fluid ink. I've used an inkstick before and they're quite cool, although they would really last for a lot longer than I indicate in the recipe. :)

Protection from Elementals
For the ink required to scribe a protection from elementals scroll

1 oz. giant squid sepia
2 drams of soot from burning coal
2 drams of soot from burning cloud giant lard
2 drams of soot from burning kelp
2 drams of soot from burning salamander lard
2 drams of soot from burning ash wood
2 drams of arrowroot powder
1 dram of soot from frankincense smoke
1 dram of soot from burning gall oak
1 oz. of rabbit-skin glue

Upon a marble surface, mix and kneed all of the soots, the arrowroot powder, and the glue for 10 minutes until a dough is made wherein all ingredients are fully integrated. Place the dough in a glass container and pour the squid sepia over it. Close the container and present the container to the first rays of sunlight for 7 days. After that, present the container to the last rays of sunlight for 7 days. Remove dough, which should have absorbed all the squid sepia, kneed for another 10 minutes and press into a columnar mold. Place the mold into a fine fire for 5 minutes and remove. Let dry for one day. The resulting inkstick should be ground against a marble surface and mixed with purified water. Makes enough ink for 3 scrolls. Any special quill is suitable.

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