A Shot In The Dark

Victor initiates Balthazar into transmutation.

The untamed wilderness of Melrath is vast and encompasses frigid mountain ranges, glacial fields, deep alpine lakes, dark ancient forests as well as the expansive shoreline of the nation. Here creatures and spirits dwell together in the remote places of the world, far from the hustle and bustle of civilization.

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Re: A Shot In The Dark

Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:07 pm


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Balthazar did not move apart from his breath and heartbeat for about fifteen trills after Victor had asked if he could hear him and then the mage sat up with wide, bloodshot eyes, screaming indistinct Yari and Scalveen words. He rolled away from Victor and crawled backwards on his hands and feet in some delirious state for a few moment before the pain lingering over his body set in and he collapsed onto his back again, groaning, "Ow." Fuego, no longer able to hide his curiosity, ran over to the injured Balthazar. The little flaming rock with stubby arms and legs crawled up Balthazar's shoulder and walked onto his torso before laying down and pressing the side of his face to Balthazar's chest. After a few trills he pushed himself up and looked at Balthazar who was laying, sprawled out on the floor a little bit away from Victor.

"That was unpleasant." Balthazar said with another groan as he slowly pushed himself upright, sending Fuego tumbling into his lap. Fuego fumbled around to get himself upright while Balthazar looked over at Victor. "This feels... strange." It was incredible to feel the change in his frequency. He didn't have to focus hard to hear his own frequency but there were notes in it now that he hadn't had before and it changed the larger chorus... but he had no idea how to use the magic. Xanax had given him extensive theory on Defiance before he was initiated and Balthazar had used that theory to figure out most of the magic on his own. Isabella had given him continuous lessons in both Attunement and Rupturing but admittedly they were both easy for Balthazar to grasp. But something wasn't quite settled in him yet. Balthazar tried to push himself onto his feet but his knees gave way so Balthazar lowered himself into a seated position. "I'll stay down here for now." He groaned, "So... is that it?"
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Too Many Mutations For A Signature

  • Mass Mutation Summary: Balthazar Black always glows faintly, his skin is warm and sometimes hot to the touch, and when he gets angry sparks literally fly off him. He's a the middle of a field of static electricity so every once in a while when you touch him, you get shocked. He has the distinctive Attuner "puzzle eyes" and they glow whenever he Attunes. Fire leans towards Balthazar and droplets of water seem magnetically attracted to him. Whenever he uses Defiance, his eyes emit a soft smoke.

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  • Element in the streets, Yari pretty much everywhere else: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks in Faldrass. There are two scars on the sides of his abdomen from being stabbed and a slash across his back which blends in with the whip scars.
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Re: A Shot In The Dark

Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:03 am

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When Balthazar didn’t react to his question, at least not right away, Victor started to panic again. He knew that a lot of people didn’t make it through the initiation, but he had never heard of someone surviving, but not moving and just lying there. What if that state was permanent? Should he get Balthazar to a doctor? He wasn’t sure how people would react if he dragged Balthazar into a hospital and started to explain that his state was the result of a not entirely successful initiation – and if any of the doctors actually knew enough about …

He abruptly stopped that train of thought when Balthazar sat up and started to scream in a language that he had never heard before. Victor was by no means easily frightened – he had fought a literal mountain and dealt with cannibals, undead pirates and Skinbanes – but this here was a little unexpected – and concerning, and he wasn’t entirely sure what he was supposed to do now. Had the white-haired mage lost his mind?

He rose to his feet – he had been kneeling by Balthazar’s side before – and followed him. When the other man collapsed once more, he immediately knelt down next to him again though, ready to intervene at a moment’s notice. Balthazar managed to push himself upright though.

When Balthazar stated that the initiation had been unpleasant, one of Victor’s eyebrows rose slightly as that seemed like a huge understatement, everything considered. “Is there anything I can do?” he asked – his tone of voice was much calmer now, and he had relaxed visibly. It seemed as if Balthazar had not only survived the initiation, but apparently retained no permanent injuries either, but he might still need some help.

“It does, doesn’t it?” he agreed, smiling very lightly, when Balthazar stated that it felt strange. “Can you feel my ether now? I can feel yours”, he added. It was such a strange sensation. He didn’t remember what the first time had been like anymore, and his own mentor had died a decade prior, so most of his memories of that had become a bit blurred.

“That’s probably a good idea”, he informed Balthazar as the other man told him that he would stay down for now. “We can stay here as long as you want to, and if you are still in pain after a while, you can ride my horse back to Raelia. I don’t mind walking. And yes, that’s it – for now”, he added and smiled in a much more obvious fashion. Now that it seemed as if things had gone well, after all, he was actually quite excited.

“There is still a lot to learn. Acquiring a spark is only the beginning, but you already know that, of course”, he remarked with a grin. “If you need someone to teach you and provide you with a bit of guidance, I will give you lessons. A mage should teach his initiate. I would actually feel honored if you allowed me share my knowledge with you”, he amended. Some mages left their initiates after the deed had been done and never talked to them again, but he would not do that. As he had told Balthazar at the beginning of their meeting, he wanted to stay in contact beyond that trial.
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Re: A Shot In The Dark

Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:31 am


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"What does my ether feel like- you know what, don't worry about explaining that." Balthazar decided, his hand unconsciously pawing at his chest like it was trying to scratch an itch that would not go away. "It certainly doesn't feel like something I could describe." He didn't really know what he had expected it to feel like. Electricity? Energy? It was hard to know what he had expected before and now that he felt it, it could only be described as strange. He wanted to experiment to see what the two of them could do together but his body ached and he wasn't sure he could even cast a spell at the moment. Between the two of them, they could probably do a great many things with their ether. While Balthazar's body languished, his mind began to flourish with the different possibilities that were now within his reach.

Well... they would be within his reach. For the moment the only thing in his reach was the soil beneath him and anything at arms length... so... Fuego was in his reach but that was about it. Balthazar took a slow breath and looked over to Victor with his glowing eyes. It was strange to see the world through his mutated eyes because everything was brighter. Even in the dark the snow created an unpleasant glare that Balthazar wanted to suppress. Rather than using his magic to distract himself, he tried to distract himself by talking to and focusing on Victor. The warlock made a generous offer to get them back to Raelia in a bit and Balthazar gave a slight nod. "I think I'll be alright in a moment. It's hard to tell with injuries like this but Attunement allows me to heal most magical ailments with a little time so I should recover quickly." Balthazar explained without making any effort to prove it.

"We've got some time now." Balthazar pointed out as he scooted backwards so that he could lean against one of the trees outlining the clearing. He took a deep breath and let one hand rest across his abdomen while the other seemed to pet the earth beside him. It was an absent minded comfort that reminded the master Defier of his connection to the elements even while he felt entirely spent. "Do you want to give me some advice now? Teach me how to make wings like you did while we were sparring a few trials ago? Or- oh! I knew a transmuter once, real prick, who turned a barn full of hay into gold. How do I do that?" He was joking mostly- he had no personal interest in turning hay into gold but he was interested in learning how the magic worked. He had a fairly limited amount of practical knowledge. He knew it let mages reshape objects and he knew it let them hurl ether as a weapon.

Yet there was a world of magic between those two abilities and Balthazar was eager to learn. He could not practice without more time to recover but he could listen and he would remember. They had all the time in the world to talk.
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Too Many Mutations For A Signature

  • Mass Mutation Summary: Balthazar Black always glows faintly, his skin is warm and sometimes hot to the touch, and when he gets angry sparks literally fly off him. He's a the middle of a field of static electricity so every once in a while when you touch him, you get shocked. He has the distinctive Attuner "puzzle eyes" and they glow whenever he Attunes. Fire leans towards Balthazar and droplets of water seem magnetically attracted to him. Whenever he uses Defiance, his eyes emit a soft smoke.

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  • Element in the streets, Yari pretty much everywhere else: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks in Faldrass. There are two scars on the sides of his abdomen from being stabbed and a slash across his back which blends in with the whip scars.
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Re: A Shot In The Dark

Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:15 am

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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?”
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Re: A Shot In The Dark

Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:30 pm


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Balthazar listened closely to everything Victor said, trying to absorb the concepts more than the exact things he mentioned. He had mastered his other magics by testing the limits of the concepts he learned and he expected that he would need to do the same once he was on his own again. He was a little disappointed to hear that he would not be able to use the magic to generate wings but that disappointment was tempered by the information Victor revealed to him. Victor was indeed blessed by Delroth. When that was revealed, Balthazar made a face like that of a child finally understanding something that had vexed them for a while. Marked by Delroth. That was the strange sound in Victor's frequency.

Ether missiles, corrosion, bolstering, and imbuing objects were the key concepts that stood out to Balthazar but given time he'd consider some of the other things Victor had said. Balthazar listened to the steps as Victor explained them with great interest- the choice to focus on an example Balthazar had seen first hand helped capture the mage's interest because Victor was providing him invaluable context. During the investigation, Balthazar had floundered around- lead only by his magic and some intuition to figure out how the mage was doing what he was but Victor's explanation helped it all make sense.

The golden hay had burned because it was not real gold and it was not real gold because transmuters inscribed the qualities that they learned- in this case, the color of gold. It was fascinating to Balthazar how similar the magic was, conceptually, to Attunement. With Attunement you had to meditate on and focus upon certain notes to learn them and commit them to your spark, but once you had you could use those notes for various other abilities granted by the magic. Possibilities limited only by imagination and well... practice. Based on how Victor explained it, Transmutation was the same but instead of learning notes in people you learned qualities of objects.

Victor's copious examples helped Balthazar think and the more he thought, the more questions he had. It was natural that he would want to know about his new parasite but Balthazar was a curious person to begin with. When Victor opened up to questions and proposed that he tell the mage how he'd shaped the earth, Balthazar was quick to counter with, "I think I know how you moved the earth," Balthazar said, "I felt it forced into a shape it did not want to be- I assume using ether the same way you would shape an object?" With his theory given, Balthazar asked the questions that did linger in his mind. "You mentioned that it is not permanent? What did you mean? And how would I actually imbue an item with a quality? Is it as simple as picking up a stick and willing it to be a certain way or is there some trick to it?"
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Too Many Mutations For A Signature

  • Mass Mutation Summary: Balthazar Black always glows faintly, his skin is warm and sometimes hot to the touch, and when he gets angry sparks literally fly off him. He's a the middle of a field of static electricity so every once in a while when you touch him, you get shocked. He has the distinctive Attuner "puzzle eyes" and they glow whenever he Attunes. Fire leans towards Balthazar and droplets of water seem magnetically attracted to him. Whenever he uses Defiance, his eyes emit a soft smoke.

Scars

  • Element in the streets, Yari pretty much everywhere else: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks in Faldrass. There are two scars on the sides of his abdomen from being stabbed and a slash across his back which blends in with the whip scars.
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