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6th of Saun 724

Seated on the shores of Lake Lovalus, Rharne serves as the home of the Lighting Knights, the Thunder Priestesses, and the Merchant's guild. This beautiful trade city is filled with a happy and contented people who rarely need an excuse to party.

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Luvi had learned of another project that Isonomia had going on, something to do with repairing homes in the area. It wasn’t what she had planned to do with her morning, but her fight with Nir’Wei the previous day had put her out of her normal mood for combat. Doing this work would be good for her, she thought.

“Hello, I’m here to help with the house repairs,” Luvi said as she walked up to the community center area where volunteers were supposed to meet up at. She added, “I’ve no experience building houses or repairing them, but I am a mage and I can make myself pretty strong. I could help carry things, or do other things if you wanted.” She hard learned from the last time that it was best to open with her capabilities instead of having to go through a whole conversation about them.

“A mage? Wow, okay… See those planks? We need those moved several blocks. Grab as many as you can and follow us when the rest of the volunteers arrive. The wagon that we usually use for this sort of thing broke down yesterday, so we could use the help.”

Luvi looked at the planks and nodded to herself, mentally calculating whether or not she could lift all of them. She figured that the problem would be her limited number of arms, rather than her strength. “I think I could do it, though it might take me several trips.”

“Anything’s better than having to tire out the rest of the volunteers,” the man said with a curt nod.
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As Luvi approached the community center, Goku was already there, his tall frame standing out among the volunteers. He had arrived early, drawn by the need to lend a hand and the promise of a hot meal for his efforts. His rugged features softened into a warm smile as he spotted Luvi.

"Hey, Luvi! Good to see that you made it," Goku greeted cheerfully, his voice carrying a deep, resonant tone. He glanced at the planks stacked nearby, noting the challenge they posed. "Looks like you're ready to jump right in. That's great!"

Without waiting for a reply, Goku moved towards the planks, his movements purposeful yet relaxed. He crouched down beside them, fingers tracing over the rough wood as he thought for a bit. Tiny runes, glowing faintly with magical energy, began to form on his exposed skin. It was a simple spell, one that bolstered his strength and endurance for physical tasks.

"Let's make this easier," he said to Luvi, flashing a grin. He grabbed a length of rope lying nearby, quickly looping it around the planks to bind them together and create makeshift handles. "You take the front, and I'll grab the back. We can carry them together."

With a grunt of effort, Goku straightened up, muscles flexing beneath his shirt as he hoisted his end of the planks. The runes on his body shimmered faintly, enhancing his strength as he waited for Luvi to take her position.

“You really are strong.” Said one of the other volunteers.

“It’s one of my few good qualities.” Goku said with a smile.



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Luvi’s eyes widened as she saw what Goku was trying to accomplish. Tying everything together would make things a lot easier. “Okay, I’ll grab this end, then,” she said, drawing strength runes on herself and lifting up the planks with some effort despite her enhancements. She hoisted the bundle of planks up onto her shoulder while stabilizing them with both hands.

“Ready to go?” she called behind her. She’d pause for a few moments and then start moving alongside the group now that the rest of the volunteers had arrived.

“So, what are all these planks for?” Luvi asked, “This seems like a lot to make simple repairs.”

“A lot of homes are in disrepair and need a lot of work done,” explained the foreman. “We might not need them all, but we usually go through a good amount of planks. We have tools to cut them to the appropriate sizes which allows us to reinforce some areas of the homes. Of course it’s not a perfect fix in every case. Sometimes all we can do is patch a hole in the wall or fix some roofing. Sometimes the right material for the job is stone or brick but we haven’t got much of those this morning.” He pushed along a wheelbarrow filled with large stones and bricks in case they needed them.

“I see,” Luvi said, “I wouldn’t mind practicing a little with a saw.”

They would soon arrive at the first house and Luvi got her wish. The foreman handed her a saw and told her about how large to start cutting.

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Goku listened carefully to the foreman's instructions, absorbing the information like a sponge. The first task was straightforward: cut a few planks to size and reinforce a wall that had started to bow outwards. Luvi handled the saw which was convenient for the rest of them even if she was a beginner. Once she had cut through the wood, Goku took the planks and held them in place against the wall.

With the plank firmly held as instructed, the other builders moved in with nails and hammers, securing the wood to the existing structure. Goku watched as they hammered the nails in at a slight angle, ensuring a tighter and more durable fit. They explained what they were doing during the rhythm of their work, how they alternated hammer strikes to avoid splitting the wood and how they checked for alignment constantly to maintain the structure's integrity.

As they moved on to the next section, Goku felt more confident. The team worked like a well-oiled machine, each member knowing their role and contributing to the task at hand. Goku's role was to provide the muscle, holding heavy beams in place while others secured them. Despite the physical strain, he found it rewarding to see the immediate results of their efforts.

In one instance, they needed to repair a roof. Goku climbed up to help steady the ladder while another volunteer climbed up with the necessary tools. He handed up planks, watching as they were carefully positioned and nailed into place. The foreman explained the importance of overlapping the setions to ensure that water would run off properly and not seep into the house.




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Luvi didn’t help much with the actual building. She was too busy trying to saw the planks. They needed them faster than she could cut them, so someone else had to help her out. Using a saw was not like using a blade, as she thought it would be. It didn’t simply cut through in one clean motion. She had to move the saw back and forth in order to make it all the way through a plank, and even then the edges she made were oddly shaped. She also found that the saw bent more often than not.

“You’ve got to make sure you’re moving the saw straight,” she was told by an older man who looked like he knew what he was doing. Despite him having at least twenty years on her, he cut through the plank more quickly than she could because of his technique.

Luvi furrowed her brow and tried again, trying to keep the saw straight. It helped but that was hardly the only thing she was doing wrong. Still, she did her best to meet the demand for more and more pieces of wood to be cut.

It wasn’t long before all the wood was cut and they stated using brick instead. This was a little easier to work with. Someone had a big bucket of a cement-like mixture which she was instructed to lather. She found the viscosity of the mixture intriguing. It felt like she was handling a thick paste. She wondered whether this stuff had been made using alchemy.
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When it came time to switch to bricklaying, he felt a sense of relief. Bricks were much lighter than holding up large pieces of wood. The task seemed straightforward: Luvi would spread the cement-like mixture, and Goku would place the bricks.

As Luvi lathered the thick paste onto the wall, Goku grabbed the first brick. He carefully positioned it, pressing it into the mixture with a firm yet gentle touch to ensure it adhered properly. The texture of the mixture felt gritty under his fingers, and he could feel it squishing slightly as he applied pressure. He made sure the brick was aligned with the others before stepping back to admire his work.

"Alright, next one," he said, grabbing another brick. The process quickly became rhythmic. Luvi spread the paste, and Goku followed with a brick. One of the more experienced builders stopped him from time to time to handle the subtle details that made a difference, like making sure each brick was level and ensuring there were no gaps in the mixture that might weaken the structure.

"Looks good," he muttered to himself, placing another brick. "This is starting to feel like a workout," he said with a chuckle, glancing over at Luvi.

Goku continued stacking the bricks, finding a steady pace that matched Luvi's application of the cement. One of the builders occasionally used a small tool to scrape off excess paste, making sure the joints were neat and uniform. The repetitive nature of the task was oddly satisfying, and he could see the wall gradually taking shape.




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