Papyrus

The usual material for writing books and letters in Gehennum is papyrus, made out of the fibrous pith of a water-plant of the same name. Papyrus is prone to crack when folded, so books and letters are usually rolled instead. This is why books in Gehennum consist of wound scrolls.

Papyrus is by no means as cheap as paper currently is on Earth, and is used more carefully. Drafts and working notes are inscribed with a bamboo stylus into a wax coating on wooden tablets. They can be erased readily by smoothing the wax, a task often performed with the blunt end of the stylus.

Scribes are often employed to copy final drafts from the wax manuscript to papyrus.


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