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Aldus Manutius’ Vellum
Aldus Manutius’ Vellum1
Vellum after copying an Antiphonal Manuscript page

Origin

Aldus Manutius

Type

Vellum

Effects

Text Replication and Summarization

Downsides

Turns objects into written characters

Activation

Placing over text

Section

Out and About List

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OriginEdit

A humanist and publisher, he introduced some revolutionary ideas to the domain of writing. He was first to create the now common italic font, printing historical texts within their native Latin and Greek, binding the predecessor to the modern portable paperback in vellum and even introducing the semicolon.

EffectsEdit

When placed above any text, the sheet will expand to precisely cover the page. It will peel off the text and etch it into the vellum, a perfectly replicated copy. The host text will initially appear blank and then populate with a more accessible, understandable version of the text. While not simplified to an elementary level, the modified writing will still accurately preserve the author’s original connotations. However, it’s always set into italic typeface, no exceptions. Causes nearby objects to slowly turn into a jumble of letters, numbers, punctuation marks and other written symbols, coalescing into a pile of senseless gibberish.

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