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Ygrin Inkroller, Printer (Petrichor 365)

2 February, 2023

Printing day and nightWell away from the docks on a solid patch of ground is a stout building with stone foundations and heavy wooden walls with windows along the top.  A sign above the door simply reads, “Printer.”

This is the print shop of Ygrin Inkroller, a Visse printer, who followed on the heels of the Imperial bureaucrats with a small printer and soon ordered a more significant one to keep up with demand.  That arrived and it runs more or less constantly providing forms for the bureaucracy and books and pamphlets, so mnay pamphlets, for local consumption and the occasional summary of news from around the town and beyond.

Ygrin is of average height for one of the Visse but well-muscled on his small frame.  He braids back his black hair and his brown eyes are often bloodshot from his late hours making sure everything runs correctly.  Ygrin is just moving into middle age and appreciates the opportunity he has here and so in driving himself to make it successful.  He is polite but he has the distracted air of someone doing too much.

Besides Ygrin, there are three apprentices and between two to five other laborers working at any one time.  When not working in the shop, Ygrin is making sure deliveries are made, picking up supplies, or seeing how his paper-making venture is coming along.  He gets by on four to five hours of sleep a night, large meals, and gallons of strong tea.

Ygrin has another printing press on order and cannot wait for it to arrive along with a larger and more extensive collection of moveable metal type that will expand his range of printing options.  He also hopes to find more woodblock artists so that he can expand the protection of illustrated books. it cannot be said that he lacks ambition.

Notes: Bureaucrats need forms, hawkers need pamphlets (such as about the Giant’s Sword or advice to new venturers), and the existence of printing presses had already been established.  Naturally, there should be one here.

Petrichor 365.  Previous entry: Tin Cup Eddie, Messenger.  Next Entry: The Fourth Shack.

Image Illustration showing a printing press designed in 1850 by Hippolyte Marinoni and called L’Universelle (the Universal) / Public Domain (found on Brewminate).

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