Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Whence scrolls?

by Charles Keegan
Is there a literary precedent for the scroll as a single charge spell device?  I always assumed it was a Gygaxian extension of the basic logic of Vancian magic, but it occurred to me earlier today that maybe somewhere lurking in the seedy underbelly of Appendix N one could find a tale of derring-do that actually uses enruned paper that self-erases upon activation.

Any ideas?