[Haven] Make Yourself Useful Or Leave

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[Haven] Make Yourself Useful Or Leave


19 Ashan 721
Balthazar took a deep breath, feeling the gentle but cool breeze blowing over the orange sands of the beach beside Haven while he waited for the rest of the people he'd summoned to arrive. He was taking a break from writing letters to stretch his legs and handle a few smaller issues in the settlement. Trooper Preston lingered not far behind. As he exhaled, Balthazar listened to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore and watched the water retreat into the ocean. They were surrounded by water, all of Scalvoris was surrounded by water, and yet the biggest problem facing his people now was that he did not have a steady source of clean water. Water to the left, water to the right, and all around them the water had too much salt to drink or use for farming. The element mocked him and Balthazar didn't know what to do about it. He had spent a long time going over the books he had for anything on Faldrass that might solve their troubles but found nothing native to the island that would help him.

Fortunately the world was larger than a single island and Balthazar had seen a lot of it. He had met a lot of people, been on many ships, sailed past many places, read countless books, and developed countless 'friends' everywhere he went... and he could remember it all. His simple idea was to make a well (he'd seen enough of them) in the middle of town so that everyone could draw water from it for whatever they needed but the issue he assumed they would find was that the water beneath them was as salty as the water striking the beach. Still, a well gave them a place to draw water from that they could rely on if they found some way to separate the salt from the water. Alchemy and chemistry initially lead Balthazar to think the best solution for their water issue would be to boil the salt out of the water but when he thought about it more, he realized that he did not know how they'd manage to collect enough of the water to make it viable.

Alchemy did present other options in the form of reagents. Alchemy was a complex art of imbuing properties from one thing into another but if you looked at the base materials used, you could find many interesting things. The hide of a Golden Salamander was resistant to heat. Balthazar knew that because of the sheath around his Faldrunium blade. Faldrunium was a metal that grew stronger as it got hotter! Another good example of how there were many strange things in their world that could serve multiple uses. So what did he know that could separate salt from water?... It would have paid to be a sailor rather than a farmer in his youth... or to have not used the Untold so much. Luckily for Balthazar, there were plenty of intelligent minds in Haven now.

A few trials ago four scholars from the university had come to Haven on ships and discovered nowhere to dock. It was amusing to Balthazar but it did present another important problem, they could not have flourishing trade if they did not have docks for the ships to come in. The scholars were brought ashore on rowboats and they explained their reasons for coming to the settlement. They were after Elisabeth's clams. They wanted to study the new species that had been discovered on Haven's beach. Balthazar thought about immediately turning them away because at the moment the clams were the settlement's alone. They were a useful resource and if they found more pearls they could probably make some decent nels off them. Unfortunately Balthazar hadn't had the infrastructure created that he would want before allowing scholars to see or collect samples of their discovery.

He could assign a guard to watch the beach but it would be a waste and if he didn't assign a guard there, then the scholars would be able to take the clams at will. He had, however, discovered that there was a flaw in the justice system on the island. One transgression, no matter how small, could cost someone thirty trials of their life and after that their fate was left to a single person who could be swayed for or against them. It took a bit to figure out how he wanted to address the issue to the scholars but he'd figured it out. He invited them to join him and his guard on the beach and they were running a little late. When they arrived, the scholars were in the midst of a debate about something Balthazar couldn't quite overhear.

"Hello," Balthazar said to the group gathered in front of him, stealing the scholars' attention from their debate. "I've heard you have settled in, welcome to Haven. It has been brought to my attention that you four are interested in studying the ingis clams we discovered. Correct?" The scholars looked at each other a little apprehensively and then nodded in general agreement with what Balthazar had said.

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Defiance: Skin always glows faintly and he is warm to the touch. His is also the center of a field of static electricity so people get shocked touching him on occasion.
Rupturing: Orange etheric cracks spider-web up his arms to his elbows. His eyes and the glowing cracks going down his cheeks glow dark blue.
Transmutation: He has a series of emerald, glowing cracks on his right pectoral.
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Bellinos: His fingernails are always black. The color fades into his fingers.
Celarion: A dim glowing ring surrounds his left forearm.
Palenon: A silver lightning shaped mark about the size of a hand stretching up towards his torso.

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  • Oops, Oops, Ouch: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks on 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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19 Ashan 721
"I will be arranging for a small group to set up a farm along the beach. They will be responsible for producing the majority of the the clams I will provide you to study." Balthazar explained to them. He didn't have a great wealth of his own knowledge about clam farming so he would need to get someone who was good at it to run the farm. "I will provide you with a building to use as a... command center of sorts. A place for you to store your research and conduct your tests on the clams and any other unique resource we find so you can uncover any secrets they might have. I'll assign a guard to protect you and research, and if you have any issue they will be able to reach me for you." It seemed like a good offer and for a small settlement like this, it was painfully generous so there had to be a catch. Half the scholars didn't seem to care but the other half were watching Balthazar a little suspiciously.

"In return for my help and your place in this settlement, I ask that nothing leaves this island without going through me. I myself am curious to know as much about the resources in my settlement as possible and think it is only fair you share the knowledge you gain of the resources I'm allowing you to study." He could turn them away and find other curious parties. They had been 'inundated' with letters from people who wanted to look into the clams. "You are of Haven now, one of us. Act like it and you will be treated as such. Work against us or for your own personal gain in any way and I'll have you replaced with someone who won't. That's not a threat, well it is, but I think of it as a promise to ensure you have a team dedicated to the greater good, not petty gain." There was a rumbling among them at that and one of them spoke out.

"What do you mean by personal gain?"

"I'll ensure credit is given where it is due, but no stealing samples of anything. All samples stay in the building that assign you for your research." The rumbling among them grew a little louder, "How is that unfair? The building will be yours, the materials will be yours. I asked you not to send anything off the island without going through me and keeping everything in one location helps to ensure that. If you don't intend to violate that rule, what is wrong with the second?"

None of them could present a good argument for that and the next rumble that emerged from them was one of agreement.

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Defiance: Skin always glows faintly and he is warm to the touch. His is also the center of a field of static electricity so people get shocked touching him on occasion.
Rupturing: Orange etheric cracks spider-web up his arms to his elbows. His eyes and the glowing cracks going down his cheeks glow dark blue.
Transmutation: He has a series of emerald, glowing cracks on his right pectoral.
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Bellinos: His fingernails are always black. The color fades into his fingers.
Celarion: A dim glowing ring surrounds his left forearm.
Palenon: A silver lightning shaped mark about the size of a hand stretching up towards his torso.

Scars

  • Oops, Oops, Ouch: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks on 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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19 Ashan 721
Alright... scholars dealt with. At least that was what he thought as he watched them walk off towards the buildings that had cropped up so quickly under Balthazar's watch. He needed to build their... research center? No that didn't sound right either. He needed to figure out what he was going to call it, then he needed to build it. Well... he needed to get supplies to build it first. There were a lot more steps in conventional construction than Balthazar expected there to be and it was quite irritating for someone who was used to shaping the earth with his will. It was about mid-trial now, the morning eaten away by letter writing and his meeting with the scholars. He felt good about the situation with them. They'd been an unruly bunch since their arrival so he felt like the reminder that they were replaceable was necessary... but hopefully that was the end of it. He'd offered far more than he'd threatened to take away.

The next issue on the trial's agenda was the actual clam farm. Balthazar had no idea how to farm clams and the Munny family didn't either. He'd asked Edward and received little more than a blank stare. The Munny family were gardeners and crop farmers, not clam farmers, not fishermen. So Balthazar turned to the broader settlement, putting out the call for anyone skilled in fishing to come to the beach for a special job. Jobs were a strange concept in Haven at the moment. People had their nels but everything seemed to function off trade rather than real business. Most settlers were just happy to have a roof over their heads but sooner or later they'd need to get back to buying and selling. Hopefully the clam farm would help them with that.

There were only so many breaks left in the trial... Balthazar would only wait on the beach a few for anyone to show up. If no one knew, he'd have to write more letters.

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Defiance: Skin always glows faintly and he is warm to the touch. His is also the center of a field of static electricity so people get shocked touching him on occasion.
Rupturing: Orange etheric cracks spider-web up his arms to his elbows. His eyes and the glowing cracks going down his cheeks glow dark blue.
Transmutation: He has a series of emerald, glowing cracks on his right pectoral.
Marks
Bellinos: His fingernails are always black. The color fades into his fingers.
Celarion: A dim glowing ring surrounds his left forearm.
Palenon: A silver lightning shaped mark about the size of a hand stretching up towards his torso.

Scars

  • Oops, Oops, Ouch: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks on 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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Much later that day, as the sun had just finished dipping down below the horizon and leaving an orange stain across the sky, Balthazar's ears picked up the sound of hurried footsteps across the sand behind him. Looking back, he was met with the sight of Tai, a fourteen years old settler of Haven, jogging towards him. Beneath his mop of unruly back hair Balthazar could see that the boy's expression was caught halfway between confusion and alarm.

"Mr Black, sir..." Tai stuttered, looking back briefly to the village. "I think you'd better come see this. There's an... well-, an owl that wants to talk to you."

Tai led the way back into the village, where sure enough a small crowd of people were gathered together around an owl that was perched on one of the central tents. The moment he came close enough the owl's head twisted around in that boneless way only owls could manage to look at him, and when it opened its beak the rich, cultured voice of a man spilled out.

"Ah! You must be Mr Black. Extraordinary!"

With a flutter of wings the owl glided down to land at his feet, and extended one wing in a facsimile of a hand shake. Despite having an avian face his expression was remarkably warm and cheerful in a distinctly human way. "Harold Drumpf, professor of zoology at the Scalvoris Campus of the Viden Academy. Charmed to make your acquaintance. I had hoped to speak with you with regards to research into these Ignis Clams you have discovered. Would you perhaps have a moment to spare, and perhaps a place where we might converse in private?"

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19 Ashan 721
Scratch that, scholars not dealt with. Balthazar was standing on the beach stretching when Tai found him in his state of confusion and alarm. Why was it always the young that ran to him in such states? Tai, Eric, who would be next? Balder wasn't particularly young and he brought plenty of messages but there was something different about the younger settlers and the way they interacted with him. Tai reported something that, in light of the Caudori, shouldn't have been incredibly strange and yet it was. An owl wanted to speak to him? Alright. Balthazar very much wanted to speak to the owl so he followed close behind Tai as the young man lead him back into the village. Balthazar could smell and hear the gathered crowd before he could see them but when he did see them, he saw the owl perched on the tent above them as well. Handsome fellow, that owl.

It was a little disturbing to see his head snap around in the strange way owl heads did but Balthazar did not let it show. The owl greeted him kindly and Balthazar smiled to try and mask his confusion. The owl knew of him enough that he could recognize him with his new appearance- or perhaps the owl just recognized Tai was bringing him there. Then the talking bird explain who it was and flew down to Balthazar's feet, the settlement leader considered crouching down before deciding that might be seen as demeaning. You got on the level of a child, not an adult... right? Balthazar gently but somewhat awkwardly shook the outstretched wing like he'd shake a hand and then folded both his hands behind his back while they spoke. The owl was Harold Drumpf

"It's a pleasure to meet you, Professor Drumpf. I'd be glad to discuss the clams that were discovered with you. My guard will have to accompany us," Balthazar responded with a gesture towards the Flame Trooper behind him, "but we can speak in my tent. If you'll follow me." Balthazar gestured away from the crowd towards his tent where they'd be able to speak with a little more privacy.
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Defiance: Skin always glows faintly and he is warm to the touch. His is also the center of a field of static electricity so people get shocked touching him on occasion.
Rupturing: Orange etheric cracks spider-web up his arms to his elbows. His eyes and the glowing cracks going down his cheeks glow dark blue.
Transmutation: He has a series of emerald, glowing cracks on his right pectoral.
Marks
Bellinos: His fingernails are always black. The color fades into his fingers.
Celarion: A dim glowing ring surrounds his left forearm.
Palenon: A silver lightning shaped mark about the size of a hand stretching up towards his torso.

Scars

  • Oops, Oops, Ouch: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks on 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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"Splendid! Thank you kindly Mr Black." Harold replied chipperly, and hopped after Balthazar to follow him and his escort into the tent. Once inside he unfurled his wings once again, and with a quick burst of flapping flew over to perch on top of the backrest of a nearby chair tucked in before a table, putting him at eye-level with anyone else sitting down.

Once Balthazar was seated Harold continued. "Your hospitality is appreciated Mr Black. Now then I'm sure you must have many other matters to attend to, so for both our sakes allow me to cut the small talk and dive straight to the heart of the matter. I speak on behalf of the academy when I say that we were overjoyed to hear of your plans to establish a research station here in your new settlement. As terrible a catastrophe as the eruption was, I would be lying if I didn't admit that the scientist in me has been marvelling over all the new discoveries being made in its wake." With each word he grew more visibly enthusiastic, like a reader getting lost in their own retelling of a favourite story. "Why, did you know that there have been reports of a tiger said to be made from pure flame roaming around near the volcano! It beggars belief! Some of my students have been theorizing that the timely discovery of these new species is not chance at all, but actually the work of a guiding presence having awakened on the islan-... Ah, but I digress. You didn't humour my request just to sit and listen to me ramble after all."

"No Mr Black, what I wanted to speak with you about was the somewhat contentious demands you made in return for allowing our scholars access to your research station. Forgive me if I have misunderstood, but you insist that all samples sent back to the mainland be checked and vetted by you, correct? As a way to ensure that nothing be used for personal gain? I'm afraid that this may cause more issues than you realise Mr Black."

It didn't seem to be possible for an owl to frown like a human could, but Harold's avian face gave it a good attempt. "The academy is, first and foremost, an educational facility. This was made very clear to the Scalvoris government at the time when we drew up the contact to establish the campus. Though we have deep connections to both Viden and Scalvoris, our agenda is ultimately to provide knowledge for everyone. Now I do believe that your intentions in establishing this research centre was to provide knowledge for the greater good of all, but your insistence that every sample go through you for this purpose is frankly unnecessary. The academy has many policies that have been tried and tested over the years to ensure that the research it conducts is for the greater good. And, as it so happens, one of those very policies is to not allow the suppliers of research materials the level of control you wish. While I'm sure you have good intentions Mr Black, imagine how this might look to the public? Many would see this as you attempting to conduct secret, personal research with the academy's resources simply because you could be withholding research from the mainland if you wished."

"Now please don't misunderstand me Mr Black. I will admit that I am very, very keen to establish a strong working relationship with Haven, as I feel that this research station will be very beneficial to studying the changes occurring across Faldrass. However we simply cannot allow you the level of control you desire. It go against our ethics policy, and that is not something that we are willing to break with over a research station. You will of course still benefit from the research conducted at your station, probably moreso than anyone else since you would be the first to hear of it, but we cannot allow a situation where it would be possible, even in theory, for your settlement alone to benefit from this research and not the wider world. It would be inconvenient for us to collect the Ignis Clams and other samples of new wildlife ourselves and take them back to the mainland, but if a more acceptable comprise cannot be reached I fear that will be our only option. These clams are after all a wild resource found on a publicly available beach. We have every legal right to claim them ourselves if we wish."

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Other than violence and the odd swear words I would ask that there not be any explicit adult themes.

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I am shamelessly copying this style of moderation (and the template structure) from Pegasus, who I gather was taught it by someone called Crimson, because it looks like it works really well and I'd like to give it a try. Imitation is the highest form of flattery after all. My thanks to both of them.

The NPCs do not reflect my own personal thoughts of feeling on any subject. They are just characters.

I promise I'm not actively trying to kill your character, severely wound them or anything like that, but I would like to give fair rewards/consequences for any actions taken in this thread. If you feel that these are at all unfair please let me know.

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19 Ashan 721
Balthazar liked the way that Harold talked but he wasn't quite sure why. Maybe it was simply because the man was a talking owl and Balthazar found it fascinating. Fuego did too. The diri only the fire forged could see was standing on Balthazar's shoulder and staring at the talking owl. Balthazar didn't linger on how Harold talked for long because before many words left the little owls beak, he had said more than a few things intriguing to the man. A tiger made of flames? First wolves, now tigers? Harold theorized about a guiding presence having been set loose on Faldrass and Balthazar couldn't help but think of Faldrass. Was a tiger made of pure flame necessarily a good thing though? Tigers were wild animals and fire was a rather destructive force so combined... it could be problematic. Harold pivoted away from his students' theories rather quickly though and moved onto what he had come to talk about.

Harold wanted to discuss what he had said about the research center. He called the decision contentious. Hm. Big word. Contentious. It was a good one. It seemed more polite than other words that could have been used in its place. Harold said a lot of words about the connections the academy had and about how it was meant to be an institution of knowledge and so on and so forth. After a while Balthazar found himself waiting more for the inevitable point of what Harold was saying than listening but he did not show it. He seemed like he was interested. The point arrived. The Academy had a policy that said they knew better than him and so they would not let him control the research station under the terms he'd given them. Word reached them quick if he was being told this on the same trial he'd made the declaration. The scholars had complained. No wonder there seemed to be more trouble in the settlement since they arrived. Did the Academy send the owl because he was the fastest professor? Balthazar did not let his internal thoughts slip as Harold continued to speak.

More words that didn't really mean anything until he got to the point again. It would not inconvenience them to harvest the clams themselves and send them back to the mainland. Now that sounded like a threat and it would have made Balthazar defensive an arc ago but he was not really in the business of being defensive at the moment. A defensive Balthazar would have considered the many indirect things he could do to inconvenience them. Harold finished talking and Balthazar looked over at the Flame Trooper watching him for a few trills. Watched and reported always. Harold was siting laws and agreements made with Scalvoris and they were beholden to the laws of Scalvoris. Balthazar took a deep breath and shook his head slightly. Sometime you just had to make smaller moves. "Well first, contrary to what you might think, I would be very interested in the theories your students have presented if you ever have the time to collect them or discuss them in more depth. If there are creatures like tigers made of pure flame roaming around the island, I think it would be good to know where they came from or any theories about it." Open with a positive note. "Especially if they hear about something like that near us. I'd rather learn about a danger before I have to deal with it." He would hate to hear Tai had been devoured by a rat made of fire one morning.

However there was still the issue of how to respond about essentially everything else that Harold had said about the academy and their policies and such. Did they really think that by not being forced to go through him in the station they would maintain any more control? There were many ways to get something done. "As for the policies, clarify something for me, if you could." How did he say this without sounding rude... did he care if he sounded rude? "The Academy wishes for Haven to provide clams from Haven's farm- because the clams would be produced by the work of our settlers, a building- that our settlers have to construct, a guard from our settlement to protect the building we make and your research, and in return we get exactly what everyone else gets- only a little sooner because it was discovered here?" Balthazar looked a little confused. "It seems like it would benefit the settlement more, because our resources are stretched thin already, to just give you a building to act as your research center, keep the clams produced by the farm for trade and food, and keep our guards on their usual patrols while allowing your researchers to go and collect specimen on their own." Balthazar took a breath. "You have every legal right to claim them yourselves but as you said, it would be inconvenient. It is not convenient for us to do it either so what can the Academy do to help that doesn't violate your ethics policy because I want to work with you, but I have to consider what is best for Haven until the people are content."

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Defiance: Skin always glows faintly and he is warm to the touch. His is also the center of a field of static electricity so people get shocked touching him on occasion.
Rupturing: Orange etheric cracks spider-web up his arms to his elbows. His eyes and the glowing cracks going down his cheeks glow dark blue.
Transmutation: He has a series of emerald, glowing cracks on his right pectoral.
Marks
Bellinos: His fingernails are always black. The color fades into his fingers.
Celarion: A dim glowing ring surrounds his left forearm.
Palenon: A silver lightning shaped mark about the size of a hand stretching up towards his torso.

Scars

  • Oops, Oops, Ouch: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks on 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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It was impossible to miss the way that Harold's eyes lit up when Balthazar mentioned an interest in the fire tiger. "Truly! That is most fortuitous! The first unconfirmed sighting of the tiger was actually mere hours prior to the eruption, but there have been a few reported sightings of something matching its description since. As of yet there has not been any evidence of it hunting living prey, but no evidence doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't happen. One of my dearst students, Myran, has been obsessed with the beast. He believes that if its internal organs are similarly made of fire it might hold the key to creating artificial replacement limbs out of elemental substances. If negotiations here are successful I shall be sure to send him your way."

He nodded patiently as Balthazar explained his point. "That is true Mr Black. Indeed, it would be unfair of me to suggest that your settlers recieve no benefit for their work. That is what I hoped to achieve with this meeting; to negotiate a comprise that both of us would find beneficial." He folded his wings behind his back in a manner that looked strangely reminiscent of someone leaning back in a chair. "The simplest solutions are usually the most effective I find. How about we simply rent the research station premises off you? It would provide your settlement with a steady source of income in exchange for basic maintainence and cleaning, and I shall assign researchers with a budget to purchase the clams and other sample specimens from your village, which again would be money going straight into your people's pockets. The research being conducted would be done under academy guidelines and considered 'our" research if you will, but you would profit form it both monetarily, and from early access to findings. Does this sound satisfactory to you?"

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I am shamelessly copying this style of moderation (and the template structure) from Pegasus, who I gather was taught it by someone called Crimson, because it looks like it works really well and I'd like to give it a try. Imitation is the highest form of flattery after all. My thanks to both of them.

The NPCs do not reflect my own personal thoughts of feeling on any subject. They are just characters.

I promise I'm not actively trying to kill your character, severely wound them or anything like that, but I would like to give fair rewards/consequences for any actions taken in this thread. If you feel that these are at all unfair please let me know.

Otherwise let's have some fun!

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Re: [Haven] Make Yourself Useful Or Leave


19 Ashan 721
While Balthazar shared Harold's curiosity and enthusiasm to discuss the creatures found in the Badlands, he did a little bit better at keeping himself composed while the owl spoke to him. Little things slipped through to give away his intrigue but he didn't exactly 'light up' like he used to when he was talking about things he enjoyed. When Harold mentioned that the first unconfirmed siting of the creature was just hours before the eruption, Balthazar considered asking Fuego if he knew anything about the tiger. Perhaps if things had not gone so poorly at the mansion they would have been able to figure out something about they flaming tigers that now potentially roamed the cursed lands. Harold mentioned one of his students named Myran who had been obsessing over the creature. For all Balthazar's discipline, he certainly seemed surprised to hear that the student was working on artificial limb replacements made of the elements. When Harold suggested he might send Myran if negotiations succeeded, Balthazar gave him a slight nod. "I'd be glad to aid him in any way I can with that endeavor." But there was still a deal to be struck.

Harold considered what Balthazar had said and presented him with an offer that seemed reasonable. It was harder to read the expressions and body movements of an owl but it was not impossible... just different than humans. Similar, but not the same. As far as Balthazar could tell, Harold was being genuine with the offer he was making. It was a simple enough proposition but Balthazar still found himself thinking a little bit too hard about it. How could the Academy be using this as a trap to steal from his people? Everyone had an agenda... but maybe the Academy's agenda wasn't a bad one. Harold was right- a steady source of income would do the settlement good. Nels could be turned into anything they needed whereas the clams were just clams. Basic maintenance and cleaning were not incredibly difficult requests to accommodate in return for the renting on the property so after a few moments to consider the offer, Balthazar nodded his head again. "It does and so long as the Academy is contributing as such, I would be willing to provide whatever assistance your researchers need as issues arise- within reason."

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Defiance: Skin always glows faintly and he is warm to the touch. His is also the center of a field of static electricity so people get shocked touching him on occasion.
Rupturing: Orange etheric cracks spider-web up his arms to his elbows. His eyes and the glowing cracks going down his cheeks glow dark blue.
Transmutation: He has a series of emerald, glowing cracks on his right pectoral.
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Bellinos: His fingernails are always black. The color fades into his fingers.
Celarion: A dim glowing ring surrounds his left forearm.
Palenon: A silver lightning shaped mark about the size of a hand stretching up towards his torso.

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  • Oops, Oops, Ouch: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks on 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: [Haven] Make Yourself Useful Or Leave

Make Yourself Useful or Leave
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19th of Ashan, 721
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"Marvellous! Simply marvellous!" Harold clapped his wings together in a way a human might have clapped their hands together. The result was more of a dull, fathery thumpf rather than an actual clap, but the expression seemed to get across. "I'll have a first draft of a contract drawn up, and have Myran bring it over. He's a tad excentric when it comes to his work, but he's a good kid and a smart cookie to boot. Naturally the more you expand and equip the research station, the more rent we shall pay. Within reason of course. I'll give Myran permission to iron out the details, since I imagine he'll probably end up living their until the tiger is found. You... ehh- you may want to stock up on coffe if you can. The kid drinks enough daily to fill a well."

With that Harold hopped off the chair and, in a flutter of flapping, landed back down on the floor. He once again extended a wing to Balthazar in a mimicry of a handshake. "It has been a pleasure speaking with you Mr Black. I have high hopes that this will be the beginning of a fruitful relationship between our respective institutions. With that matter resolved, I shall leave you to attend to your village. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if that academy can be of service in any other matters."

And with that parting note, Harold skipped out through the tent flaps and took flight, leaving behind a single feather and endless weeks of gossip about the talking owl that'd come to town.

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