|Natural Magic, Caster, Caster link, Juice, Scroll, Magic Item, Spell, Grandiocosmic Strings, H-strings, Channels, Nodes, Dictums|
Caster proficiency: Novice – Adept – Master
A Scroll is a magic item. It is a physical storage device for a single spell, which can be used only by a caster. Casters may create a scroll or scrolls on their turn, for a significantly higher cost in juice than simply casting the same spell.
A scroll can only be used once.
Casting from a scroll does not consume a Caster's own supply of juice.
A caster can create a scroll out of nothing but juice.
Scrolls can be made while under the effects of a link. A scroll made with a Carnymancy link may allow itself to be used by a unit that normally cannot use scrolls.
Summon Perfect Warlord Spell is a scroll bought by Wanda for Gobwin Knob in the beginning of Book 1 for 350,000 shmuckers to solve their pressing warlord shortage and unfortunate tactical situation. It was created in a huddle of Eyemancers and Predictamancers and summoned Parson who was to fulfill multiple prophecies in Erfowld.
Dismiss Perfect Warlord is a scroll crafted in a link-up by Charlie and uknown Weirdomancer and provided to Parson by Jojo. It subverts the magic of the Summon Perfect Warlord Spell and uses it to send Parson home. He was provided the description as part of Declaration of Non-Aggression Between Charlescomm and Gobwin KnobHvs.tCF 37
Scrollmaking will generally require all of a caster's juice for a given turn. Casters in the magic kingdom will often make scrolls which can be purchased by the various sides for Shmuckers to pay the caster's upkeep. Casters on sides tend not to spend out-of-combat turns scribing scrolls as they mostly have other uses for their juice (e.g. making golems) and if a caster uses all their juice scribing a scroll they will have none available if attacked later in the turn. Of course, there are exceptions, as with Wanda and her "stash".
It is not clear whether a scroll's effectiveness relates to the scroll maker's unit level or novice/master caster ranking in the discipline, the scroll-reader's unit level or novice/master caster ranking in the discipline, whether it's the same kind of skill the maker or reader are good at, or the amount of juice/money/time used to make it.
It may be necessary or not to learn a scroll's recipe from the related kind of caster, making it impossible for certain sides to learn certain scroll-creation methods unless they hire outsiders. Perhaps seeing it being cast once suffices.
Some spells might be too high level to scroll, or incredibly long/costly so they're not worth the effort. Otherwise every major side would get a stash of turnamancy scrolls to have turns twice and end the other side's turn and quadruple arrows/leader bonus and do foolamancy etc. at every important battle which would render the story uninteresting - it's more of a Charlescomm ultimate stand thing. (However it has also been shown that many casters are more adept than others at casting spells outside of their specialty - for example, Wanda had difficulty casting the ultimate-warlord spell to Stanley's satisfaction because she was not a Findamancer, though her ability to manage spells outside her specialty made it possible for her to cast the spell at all. In addition, such powerful spells as ending another side's turn requires a link-up, which may not be possible to replicate via a scroll).
Scroll making level may be a skill which varies with caster independently of skill level or discipline, as a separate unit special with its own level number.
Scroll making could be why casters are valuble as captives, even if they can't be turned, they could be force to make scrolls in exchange for their upkeep.
- ^1. Added by the Titans themselves.
- ^2. TBFGK 6 - Wanda's insistence that the Summon Perfect Warlord spell would be better done by a findamancer instead of herself.
- ^3. TBFGK 126 - Sizemore, self-described as "good at nothing beyond his specialty", makes use of a Shockmancy scroll.
- ^4. IPTSF Text 20 - Wanda's use of the Dirtamancy scroll while Goodminton's battle plan relied on her having as much juice as possible suggests that casting a spell from a scroll does not expend any of the caster's juice.
- ^5. WB2014_Digdoug_-_Episode_4 - Digdoug creates a scroll while traveling by hippo-crate, presumably without any crafting ingredients available.
- ^6. Hvs.tCF_37 A Carnymancer (heavily speculated to be Charlie) used a link (most likely with the Arkendish) with a Weirdomancer to create the Dismiss Perfect Warlord scroll, simultaneously creating a spell that could dismiss Parson and allow him to cast the spell himself without necessarily being a caster.