It had been a slow trial and Elisabeth had gone off to the Serenity Garden to meditate while Balthazar went to help the construction crew finalize a few more buildings. He'd spent the majority of his time with them but when they took a break for lunch, Balthazar excused himself back to his tent. It was pure chance that while he was going through his chest of belongings, he pulled out the bag full of wells that he had obtained in Yaralon and held onto ever since. He knew there was something to be done with these strange little crystals but he was not sure what. Every time he picked them up he had a different idea but he'd never really explored it. Alchemy, chemistry, and attunement would have given him the tools to explore further but attunement had been taken from him. The ability to explore these unique stones safely was taken from him. Balthazar looked to the shadow behind him. Maybe it would be worth it to just throw one at him and see how Trean responded... no... waste of a good well.
He had assured the guard that he wouldn't do anything dangerous without doing a little more research into the practice and acquiring the proper tools, but Balthazar found himself spending the majority of the workers' lunch break sorting out the wells that he had. He had three rainbow wells, two fire wells, and two stone wells that he'd obtained in his various journeys through Emea but in that moment when he was looking at them, he did not yet know the exact difference between them. That was what he wanted to figure out while the workers ate their meals. He figured he had roughly thirty bits to examine the wells, a break if they took a long lunch, but it should have been plenty of time. He was not interested in chipping away at them or experimenting with the strange rocks. He just wanted to examine them one more time with the more discerning eye to see if he could learn anything about them.
All of the wells looked different in some way be it shape or color but some of them had very similar features. He had grouped them together on the table based on their size, shape, and color but now found himself looking for a more specific features. What made these well the wells that they were? How could he identify them if he ever found himself in a fracture again? He suspected it would be a long time till he found himself in a fracture but he'd remember what he saw now perfectly and it would help him then. Plan ahead. Be prepared. Don't be surprised again.
There was a lot to learn by staring at rocks. That was the discovery of the trial.
He grouped two of the wells together that were a deep purple in color and had mostly sloping edges. They were both roughly the size of an apple but one was a little larger and when Balthazar took them into his hand they had a little more weight to them than the prismatic and brown crystals sitting on the table. He was curious if the weight translated into durability but he did not want to test it by striking the well against anything so he simply set them back down and moved onto the next ones. He picked up two of the three kaleidoscopic crystals on the table and tried to weigh them in his hand for a few trills, immediately noticing they were much lighter and smaller than the two purple crystals. He recalled being drawn to them in the fracture where he found them but without his sparks now he didn't feel anything remarkable about them other than the color and angular shape they'd grown in. He took a deep breath and set the rainbow crystals down before moving onto the brown crystals.
When he lifted it he noticed the weight was greater than the kaleidoscopic crystal but less than the purple ones. He kept them all isolated in their own bags so he missed one of the most unique features of the stone wells. It made it seem... unremarkable. However he knew it had to do something. His spark had been drawn to the rainbow wells. He had felt a change in temperature around the fire wells. These stone wells must have done something.
He just didn't know what they did and it was a little frustrating. He didn't know how to test them to find out either but he had a lot of books. Unfortunately most of the books were about Faldrass and the various things that could be found on the island prior to the eruption, not after it. He had the many books that Woe had given him as a gift the first time he met Saoire but he did not know if they would have anything about wells inside. He had so many books, but he didn't quite have the skill to shuffle through them effectively. He did however, have a perfect memory which helped a lot... most of the time.