Imparters are thin crystal squares that operate through voice control. For example, if an elf were to hail Elwin, they would say, "Show me Elwin". Once the hailed elf has connected, the device works like a video phone (unless someone tampered with the wiring to make it only output audio, as Lady Gisela does in Book 6: Nightfall). When contacting a Councillor, one needs to have been given clearance first by the Councillor themselves.
An Imparter can also display text across its screen, and can send messages similar to human text messages. When an imparter flashes "out of range" when trying to contact someone, it means that the contact is in one of the few places where imparters don't have signal (often dark, forbidden locations).
- The word Imparter means "an object that tells or relays information."