Constructing the Book of Kampar
Crafting page, art and hide into what will be a Kamparian Holy book is a sacred undertaking. Each book is carefully prepared by hand through ancient methods transcribed throughout Kamparian lore.
The process begins with the pages themselves, which are made from a reed found only in the west of Kamparas where the grasslands meet the forests on the cost. To make the pages the inner pith of the stem is cut length ways into strips and soaked in water. The strips are then placed side by side with a second layer placed at right angles to the first. The two layers are then beaten with a mallet to break down the fibres and bond the strips together. The sheets are left to dry under weights for several days. The dried sheets are then polished with a flat stone to make them smooth and ready for use. The entire process is carried out exactly as it was in ancient times and is one of the responsibility of the Order's Neophytes, to be carried out during the month of Oodlud.
Once the pages are ready it is time for them to be inked but before this happens the ink itself must be made. The chief ingredients of Kamparian ink is lampblack and glue. The finest lampblack comes from the burning of vegetable oils. The best soot is made from the burning of specially selected pines in an ink furnace that has inverted pottery jars over the smoke. These jars trap the soot which is then removed with feather brushes. The soot is then mixed with glue, which can be made from horn or animal hides. According to ancient Kamparian lore the glue made from the horns of young Vork'Linx, an animal much like the Hrosma Tiger, was of the highest quality because of its purity. However the Hrosma Tiger is believed to have been wiped out roughly 600 years ago with so far no answers as to why. Because of this the horns of the Edan Tiger and Pa Mei'zhou Tuo, the latter being remarkably similar to the Hoth Climbing Tauntaun are used instead. Carried out during the month of Rooppay this responsibility falls upon the Neophytes who create the soot and the Brothers and Sisters who hunt for the horns to make the glue.
The last material that will make up the book is the leather that binds it, a process that is taken up by the Prophets. Various hides have been used such as Draz, Gundark and Howlrunner. However it is not reserved for any type of beast. During the Ritual Hunt it is said that the Twelve will guide the Prophet to a sacred beast that 's hide is to be used. The Hunt takes place during the month of Chtan. The Process used to Create the leather that binds the book involves scraping a wet hide on a smooth horizontal log, at stomach or sternum level. A steel blade or split leg bone can be used for a scraper. The hide is draped on the log, the person leans into it, holding the hide in place with their body and pushing the scraper away with both hands. The epidermis is scraped off, and the flesh side is scraped as well, to remove the membrane.
Once the hide has been scraped it must be dressed in a dressing solution. For the dressing solution it has been found that the emulsified fat from Ewok Brains works the best in providing a long lasting and supple finish. Typically the wet hide is wrung out, then left in the dressing solution for 15 minutes or more, then wrung out and dressed again. Repeating this a third time ensures that the dressing reaches the middle of the hide.
The next step is stretching/drying. This is time sensitive, and has to be done from start to finish without stopping. The drying hide is continuously pulled and stretched in all directions, which lubricates the fibres of the hide with the oil of the dressing, and ensures that the fibres stay lubricated. This may be done on a rack with a stretching tool, or by hand. Often the hide is stretched against a Meleenium cable or a rounded Meleenium or wooden blade (with care not to cut the hide). This must be done until the hide is completely dry and no longer cool to the touch or else the finished leather will be stiff, and will have to be dressed and stretched over again.
The water-soluble oils in the dressing will wash out with water. To waterproof the hide it must be smoked. When a hide is smoked, the non-water-soluble oil in the smoke bonds with the water-soluble oil in the dressing, making all of it non-water-soluble. Thus, a smoked hide can be washed, even with soap. After much Ritual, hunting and manual labour the book is ready to be bound by the Kamparian Maids. With a complete book it is time for it to be inked, once again falling to the Prophets to ink out the delicate Kamparian glyphs in true artistry. Once the Prophets have delicately inked out the Kamparian glyphs it is then passed to the Brothers and Sisters to ink the opposite page in a form of Basic so that all may read the book. This takes place within the month of Pipet.
Each book is notably different with various types of hide being used and some bearing symbols of Kampar in precious metals and gems. Due to it's ritualistic and labour intensive processes the Kamparian Holy book is quite rare, because of this the Kamparian holy book is not something that all can posses and is handed down by the Prophets to those that are seen to be following a true path of betterment with the passing down of the book being considered one of the highest honours the Prophets can bestow upon someone.
Here is an example of a Kamparian holy book. The book was given to Corbin Ruinwalker, one of the chief Kamparian archaeologists currently working on various digs on Kamparas