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In the north, a paper substitute involving the thin, layered bark of the birch tree was developed after the Upheaval. Raw birch bark is used for training (scratched with a sharp bone or antler tool), but a finer parchment is processed for more permanent records, which the northerners are meticulous about keeping. This paper is also dyed and molded into 3-D sculpture on special occasions, particularly a mid-winter festival of flowers, where paper flowers are created, worn, and gifted to each other to remind each other of summer colors in the darkest days of winter.
There are a few important stories in Northern that are illustrated using torn paper (or in some cases, torn flatbread). Tearing, in their culture, is important, and very distinct from cutting, and anything that can be torn rather than cut should be. (This is also in part due to the fact that they have very little in the way of hard metal tools, and sharp edges and points require much more upkeep in softer materials) Paper, in their view, should never be cut with a tool, only torn.
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