Recording Sphere | E. Christopher Clark

Recording Sphere

Recording Spheres are a magic-based elven innovation, co-opted by the technology-fearing kingdoms of the Edenian South during the Second Age. Used extensively by the Sages of Saltgate in their record-keeping, recording spheres remain the United Kingdom of Wonderland’s preferred method of capturing audio to this day.



Each sphere begins its life as a translucent glass orb—just an ordinary crystal ball. After an enchantment is placed upon it by a competent spellcaster, the sphere turns opaque. Its color is an off-white by default, but darkens to a rich gray as its storage is filled. The sphere turns red while recording and green during playback.



Each sphere can record up to 60 minutes of audio. The quality of the recording is dependent on the space in which the audio is captured. While the sphere does its best to make sure each and every speaker is intelligible and to cancel out any obvious background noise, it does not perform nearly as well in a loud, crowded room as it does in a smaller, cozier space.



The spheres are more cumbersome than other recording methods, though not any more expensive. The greatest challenge to using them is transporting them to the recording location.



As they are made of glass, recording spheres are prone to accidental damage and must be handled with care. They are also designed to be write-once devices, so that must be taken into account (though rumors abound that if you place a piece of Scotch Tape over the right part of the sphere, you can record over its original contents).

Item type
Book / Document
24.5 lbs
8" diameter, 25" circumference


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Feb 10, 2024 00:25

Does the shade of red change while recording if it's approaching the storage limit? And how well does it perform when a cat mistakes it for a ball of yarn?

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Feb 10, 2024 00:39 by E. Christopher Clark

Yes, I think it goes a darker shade of red from the bottom up. As for the answer to that second question, I'm going to try and embed a visual answer here:


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Feb 10, 2024 02:59

That is my favorite page out of the whole comic! :D

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Feb 10, 2024 11:42 by E. Christopher Clark

Aw, thanks. It's because of the reaction to pages like this that I've been looking for ways to bring the cat back into the story sooner rather than later. The rabbit too, now that I've redesigned him a bit to make him easier to put into scenes.

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Feb 11, 2024 23:34 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Fun. I bet there are recording sphere purists out there. :D

Feb 12, 2024 01:23 by E. Christopher Clark

Hahahaha, yes. Oh my gosh, yes. That's such a great idea.

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Feb 13, 2024 18:00 by Chris L

I got the scotch tape comment because I'm also old!

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Feb 13, 2024 22:41 by E. Christopher Clark

Hehehehe. I put that one there for you, if no one else.

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