Davmar Scrollmaker was responsible for a major advancement in
Thaumaturgy that occurred during the reign of
King Mumberthrax the Insignificant in about the year 755 GUE. Working
in the newly crowned king’s laboratory, this great thaumaturge claimed
to have discovered a means to transfer not just the written Incantation
of magic spells to paper, but the presence or the actual power of the
scriptor as well, which could be stored on a special Presence-imbued
paper. The problem with Davmar’s so-called “scrolls” was that once the
spells written upon them were cast, the scrolls dissolved during the
What exactly Davmar accomplished is up for
tremendous debate by historians. Many spell scrolls were known to have
been in existence as early as Entharion the Wise and in widespread use
during the days of Duncanthrax. It is possible that in 672 GUE that
most of the scrolls were destroyed during the days of The Unnatural
Acts, and thus nearly extinct. For if scrolls had been in mass
circulation during the days of Davmar, he would not have been able to
claim credit for their discovery.
The debate does not end here.
Did Davmar reinvent the technology himself? Did he plagiarize a scroll
he found? Did he base his research upon one he discovered for
replication purposes? Did he simply uncover one of the rare scrolls and
deceive all of Zork into believing he was the true inventor? Is the
account pseudo-historical? Do we once again have to claim the defense
of time travel? Historians may forever be blinded to the truth.
scrolls soon replaced the temperamental and poorly-understood
Hyperbolic Incantation Generator as the primary means of Incantation
and their "inventor" became known as Davmar Scrollmaker. This breakthrough brought
cheaper, easier, and more reliable spellcasting to the people. However,
the problem of imbuing Presence became a deterrent to the rapid growth
of magical science. The creation of a single powerful scroll could take
literally months for even most creative and productive thaumaturge.
This roadblock prevented the widespread use of magic for generations.
And the fact that scrolls could only be used only once remained a great
frustration that prevented many people from even bothering with them.
The next great step in magical technology would not come until some
fifteen years later.
is also known that Davmar spent six years of his life as a zucchini
farmer, despite the fact that he was allergic to zucchinis, and could
not eat them himself!