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Zcribe Automatic Writers

Is this damn thing working?   Okay, lets ghgthghh try this again. Yes, hello. Can you rghh blasted thing!   Once more; hello! This is the prototype test of the Zscribe Automatic Wrrtiiterrr no go back - writer. W R I T E R. Damn blasted stiff!   Mark 2, this is the test of the mark 2 variant. It has less than a 5% error rate, as long as you speak slowly and loudly. Just pretend you're a tourist, at least until the Mark 3 is out. Is that it? Tell that bloody thing to stop, then. It's creeping me outghhnnn...
  Zcribes are a specialized kind of stiff that will, once commanded, copy everything it hears. These creatures are usually stationary thing, fused to a work desk that holds the bulk of the undead within, along with the batteries it requires to function, ink for its pen, and so on. The undead aren't known for their fine motor skills, to the necromantic skill required to make one is higher than any old grunt stiff. It makes the Zcribes a novelty, something afforded the wealthy and thrill-seeking... One that doesn't yet function particularly well.   But it holds promise. Some researching necromancers believe that if the Zcribe can be perfected to work reliable, it would open the doors to more complicated undead behavior.   Zcribes are notably different from other stiffs. The skull is reinforced with metal, with great horns attached to their ears to help them catch whatever it being said. Their arms are bound to great wooden frames that move with them, to help with stability of lettering, and the pens are usually fused with their hands, leaving only space for a tube to refill it with ink. Already expensive luxuries, Zcribes are often reinforced with brass and iron, and welded to chairs made from rare wood, all which are invariably stained by the slowly seeping rot from the stiff in question.
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Some Zcribes have been discovered writing and drawing on their own, unbidden by any master. If it is malfunction or malevolent prophecy remains hotly debated.

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Jul 10, 2021 16:42 by Morgan Biscup

Ooh that final thought. Ominous.   I could totally see wealthy people being all over this.

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Jul 10, 2021 17:26

All decorated in ivory, brass, and drooling all over the expensive furniture while doodling!


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Jul 11, 2021 04:44

Every writer looks a bit like a zombie at 4 am xD

Jul 11, 2021 05:41

Can't deny that in my own case, at least :D


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Jul 14, 2021 10:28 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

This must REALLY be quite a sight! An indispensable accessory for every office :p   And so very ominous at the end, I'd be interesting in seeing extract of what those "random" writings look like...

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Jul 15, 2021 06:29

"oh no big scary monsters why can't anyone see them"? In truth, I'm not sure yet, but it is definitely fun to think about >:D


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Jul 15, 2021 05:36 by Stormbril

That opening got a good laugh out of me. This idea is horrific, and seems problematic in all the best ways.   "Aw come on, how long has my Zcribe's arm been on the floor? I've been talking at this stiff for hours!"   Amazing idea here xD

Jul 15, 2021 06:29

When all you have is zombies, every problem looks like it's solved by zombies! :D


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Aug 6, 2021 13:57 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

'Some Zcribes have been discovered writing and drawing on their own, unbidden by any master. If it is malfunction or malevolent prophecy remains hotly debated.' Oh no.

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Aug 6, 2021 15:41

:ohyeah:!


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