When Balthazar wanted to know what his ether felt like, Victor immediately opened his mouth in order to answer (he had the suspicion that he would do a questionable job again, just like when he had attempted to explain his Awakening, but since the other man was curious about it, he wanted to at least give it a try). A moment later, when Balthazar told him not to worry about it, he breathed a sigh of near-relief and inclined his head.
“It’s probably another one of those things”, he remarked, briefly furrowing his brow when Balthazar scratched his chest, as if something bothered him. “Sometimes, I have the suspicion that the Common language doesn’t even have the right words to describe such things and that the best that we can accomplish is a vague approximation of sorts”, he elaborated before he waved his right hand in a somewhat dismissive fashion, thus letting his initiate know that he didn’t have to say anything to that.
He doubted that Balthazar would be particularly interested in his linguistics musings right now, especially considering that he was still in a certain amount of discomfort. With that being said, a part of him was tempted to send a small amount of ether to his initiate, because he was just so curious about what would happen, but he refrained from it as he wasn’t sure how it would affect the other man so shortly after his initiation.
For that reason, he simply listened to his initiate talk, shifting his position on the rock slightly. He did not comment on Balthazar petting the earth beside him, having come to the conclusion that it was some sort of quirk that was a consequence of the other man’s magics; besides, it seemed to make him feel better, and that was all that really mattered.
When Balthazar asked about teaching him how to make wings, he couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow in surprise. A moment later, he smirked slightly and remarked in a somewhat dry tone of voice, “I’m afraid that’s not possible. The wings are neither a Transmutation technique nor one of my mutations. They are part of Delroth’s Blessing.” He said the last sentence without hesitation. As he had already concluded during their previous meeting, Balthazar came from a fairly open-minded place and thus there was no reason for him to keep his mark a secret from him as a consequence.
“Turning hay into gold on the other hand is something that Transmuters can do – in a way”, he continued in a rather casual tone of voice. Someone that did not practice Transmutation might have questioned the truth of Balthazar’s story, but to Victor it made perfect sense, and he had a pretty good idea as to how their colleague had done it.
“We – for you are capable of the same now - cannot only fire Ether Missiles, corrode something or reshape our environment – or bolster our armor and increase its defensive capabilities greatly, for the matter. Imbuing objects with different qualities is another important part of this magic”, he explained and leaned forward slightly. “In order to accomplish what the mage you mentioned did, you have to study the quality of gold first – and proceeded to enchant the hay.”
“Before you do so in order to become the richest man in Idalos, you should know that it won’t really turn into gold”, he warned him and raised a hand, as if to stop him (although he probably wouldn’t go anywhere in the near future, considering his current state). “It will look like gold, but it won’t be metal, and it won’t be permanent.”
“That technique is not as useless as it may sound though. It is more than just trickery”, he added in case Balthazar had wrongly come to the conclusion due to the mention of fake gold – he felt the need to defend his magic – or rather, their magic. “I could imbue an object with the sensation of burning as well for example. While said object won’t burst into flames, any person that touches it will still get burnt.”
“And while I cannot imbue an object with electricity, I could make it so that people who touch it get shocked. And I could imbue several qualities at the same time – with nothing but a bit of ether”, he continued and added, “So, I could take hay, make it look like gold and make it hot to the touch and shock anybody who touches it on top of it, although I cannot help but wonder what the point of hay that burns and shocks people would be”, he explained in an amused tone of voice before he admitted (he wasn't sure how good he actually was at explaining things so far), “I’m not sure what else to tell you.”
“So, is there something in particular that you want to know? Do you have any idea how exactly I stopped the wave that you created during our duel, for example?”