[Haven] A Ship In The Night

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[Haven] A Ship In The Night


19 Ashan 721
Once the nightly unarmed combat training was done and the class had finally dispersed into the settlement, Balthazar sat down on the beach and looked out past the wave crashing on the sand. He took a deep breath and scanned the dark horizon for the ship he'd been expecting that seemed to have delayed. An old and good friend had been traveling around Faldrass and he was hardly inconspicuous. When he found out about his friend traveling so nearby, Balthazar wrote him a letter and had it go out as discretely as he could. He had still reported that he was reaching out to this friend to the Elements watching him because it was not them that he was trying to keep it a secret from.

He did not want Elisabeth to know.

He wanted to surprise her. Praetorum was a skilled Defiance mage and had trained her well at Storm's Edge. He would probably be able to help her with her magic in ways that he could not- even if he was unsure about progressing in her magic at the current time. Fuego's words lingered in the back of his thoughts. Their connection both let them hear the whispers, and it stopped them. Balthazar had a theory but he needed a little more before he would be certain. He left it to Praetorum to figure out a way to Haven which shouldn't have been hard for anyone who'd ever known where the Serenity Garden was. They still hadn't put up a proper dock but most people made to coming ashore and going out to sea in dinghies. Some mages didn't need that though. As the time dragged on, Balthazar began to wonder if what Miranda told him at the beginning of the night were true.

"Maybe you were right, Preston." Balthazar said to the trooper behind him. Miranda looked at Balthazar. "We can wait again tomorrow."
Last edited by Balthazar Black on Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:58 pm, edited 4 times in total. word count: 327

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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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To say that Prae had been surprised when the letter came would not have been entirely correct. Oh, he hadn't expected it, hadn't even known that Balthazar was on Scalvoris, never mind the fact that he'd evidently started a settlement here. But he wasn't surprised. Balthazar, much like himself, had a knack for finding trouble, so it only seemed natural that he be in Scalvoris in these troubled times. 


It hadn't taken much asking around to find a ship headed towards Faldrass, despite the late hour. Which was how Prae now found himself standing at the prow of a small ship, watching as the lights of a small village drew closer. 


"This is as far as I can bring the old girl in." The captain limped up to Prae, and gestured at the water between the ship and the beach. "It gets too shallow from here. I'll have the men bring up a rowboat for you."

"I appreciate it." Prae smiled slightly, amused. "But I won't need the rowboat. Thank you for bringing me out here," he said, and stepped up onto the railing. Wind whipped about his person as he did, and he took another step off into the open air. His faithful first kin caught him, and instead of plummeting into the waters below, Praetorum went soaring through the air, leaving a startled captain and crew in his wake.

It didn't take long for Prae to spot his welcome party waiting on the beach—the elements reached eagerly out to his fellow defier, and he let them bring him to the man, descending to the water and skimming along its surface until he reached dry land.

"Balthazar." Prae smiled as the wind deposited him onto the sand. "It's good to see you again." He glanced past him, at the village he'd told was named Haven. "I take it you've been quite busy since Storm's Edge."
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Let's play 'What's Weird About Prae'

Head

  • A fiery rune shines under his right eye
  • A firey glow in the back of his mouth

Arms

  • A ring of blue runes floats over each of Prae's wrists
  • A silver shield marks the back of his right hand
  • A ring of light around his left forearm

Misc

  • His tail is about eight feet long, usually knotted around his waist
  • His body temperature is uncomfortably high

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  • Wind gusts with every step he takes
  • The area around him is slightly more static-y than normal
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Re: [Haven] A Ship In The Night


19 Ashan 721
He was far from the powerful mage he'd been when Praetorum met him. His hair had been cut short and sat the dark brown it had been when he was born. He wore the paradigm bands on his wrists at all times but he was more than just a mage. Still, seeing Praetorum take to the sky in the distance- embraces by the elements like a good friend, hurt Balthazar a little. He thought about that which he had lost and not that which he had. He took a deep breath and by the time his old friend reached the shore, he had already pushed the negative feelings aside. Praetorum's skill was why he'd called on him.

Praetorum approached and Balthazar moved to greet him. Miranda's hand shifted slightly to her sword before she realized he was not a threat. A big ithecal looked threatening, but Praetorum was the friend they'd been waiting for. "Oh you have no idea!" Balthazar said with a little amusement in his voice. Storm's Edge seemed like so long ago. Before Viden and the falling out with Doran, before Immortal's Tongue, before the discovery of slavery in Scalvoris and his trial. A lot had happened in what seemed like such a short span of time now. However there were introductions to be made before the two of them could get into the stories they had to tell. "Praetorum, this is Miranda Preston. She's one of three Flame Troopers who have been assigned by the Albarech to watch my every move so that I do not violate my sentence. She's not very social." He spoke as if the trial were common knowledge because he figured it would be both easier to explain if Prae asked a question and it would serve as a nice... foreshadowing of his time since Storm's Edge. "Miranda, this is Praetorum, a good ally and the second most powerful Defiance mage I know." Balthazar said that with a somewhat smug grin and Miranda gave Praetorum a curt nod.

"How have you been? How the journey here?"

Last edited by Balthazar Black on Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:47 pm, edited 1 time in total. word count: 357

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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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As Prae drew close to his old friend, it became clear that something odd had happened to him. Balthazar looked so normal, missing the mutations Prae had never seen him without, and Prae felt a trickle of unease seep through his chest. As Balthazar introduced his companion, Prae's eyes swept over the human, taking in the brown hair, the plain eyes and skin, the conspicuous cuffs around his wrist. "I dread to ask, just what trouble have you gotten yourself into now? What do you mean by your sentence?"

Rolling his eyes fondly at "second best defiance mage I know", Prae inclined his head towards Miranda. "I've been well enough," he said when Balthazar asked. "I've been helping with the repairing of Storm's Edge, and, well, building a new home for myself in Rharne." That was something of an understatement. It had taken the better part of Zi'da for what was essentially a small keep to be built, courtesy of a stranger's kindness. There were trials that Prae still couldn't believe that he had a home again, never mind one so expansive. 


"I came to Scalvoris through Saoire's Dream. It's a fascinating place." Prae continued. He considered elaborating, but decided not to explain what, exactly, he'd come to Saoire's Dream for. Talking about going to therapy would undoubtedly open up an entire other conversation Prae wasn't prepared to have. And knowing Balthazar, he might already know. 


"You're going to have to explain to me, my friend, exactly how it is you came to found this place. I don't think I would have ever pegged you for the type—too much of a rupturer to be kept in one place for long."

word count: 295
Let's play 'What's Weird About Prae'

Head

  • A fiery rune shines under his right eye
  • A firey glow in the back of his mouth

Arms

  • A ring of blue runes floats over each of Prae's wrists
  • A silver shield marks the back of his right hand
  • A ring of light around his left forearm

Misc

  • His tail is about eight feet long, usually knotted around his waist
  • His body temperature is uncomfortably high

Surroundings

  • Wind gusts with every step he takes
  • The area around him is slightly more static-y than normal
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Re: [Haven] A Ship In The Night


19 Ashan 721
Balthazar noticed the shift in Praetorum and the small signs that indicated unease when he began to realize what happened. They were different in an ithecal than in a human but what wasn't? He asked Balthazar exactly what trouble he'd gotten himself into and the mage gave a small laugh. Around Praetorum he felt he had to present a little more confidence and so he tried to make light of what was a constant burden in his thoughts. How did he want to describe the trial of the season to Praetorum? "Oh, you know how it goes. You leave to get supplies to help with the fallout, you go to Viden learn a little alchemy, legally burn down a building to banish a ghost, go to Quacia, get drafted into an army and paid very well to fight the Creep, go to Melrath and learn a new magic, fight the Creep there too, then you crash land in Rharne because a Shade is chasing you through the Untold, brawl a little to get supplies which you send back to help with the fallout, stick around a little too long but just long enough to be useful against the Flameborn, then finally get back home, get to work and you get arrested for blowing up a two arc investigation by walking into a room with an undercover trooper and trying to buy slaves to prove it can be done." Balthazar spoke quickly, leaping through events that had spanned quite a length of his life to get Praetorum up to speed.

"He didn't get permission to leave." Miranda said in a level tone with no interest in speaking further on the topic.

"Mistakes were made." Balthazar's tone became sharp and unfriendly in that moment but he quickly covered it up again and spoke more pleasantly. "All people seem to care about is what you do for them, and apparently I didn't do enough for Scalvoris. So they did this." He raised his arms to show the bands. "Because they think one bad plan means my magic controls me." He lowered his arms and shrugged. "Well, two bad plans. So I can't work on Element business, I can't leave the island, I can't use my magic, and I have to talk to a therapist from the Order but he's alright." Balthazar admit. "And I still get paid so that's nice."

"I want to visit Saoire's Dream one trial soon, but there is still work to do here before I can. As you saw, we don't even have docks up yet but once everything is a little more settled I'll pay it a visit." He noticed that Praetorum did not say why he was at Saoire's dream but it would not be hard to make a deduction. Did they teach combat there? Balthazar didn't think Saoire would. So it seemed unliked he was there as a teacher. Then again, perhaps he was teaching something mystical? Yes. He'd think that for his friend.

Balthazar grinned when Praetorum said Balthazar pegged him as too much of a Rupturer to stay in one place. "It's interesting you say that because Rupturing was actually my least powerful magic before I took on the fourth and Attunement helped me manage them all." As for the settlement, well, that was a little more complicated issue. When and Immortal and an Induk asked you to do something and you'd sworn a vow to the Induk, it didn't make a lot of sense for a honorable man to refuse. However he had also been instructed not to let the settler know about the guidance. They were to believe they'd grown and prospered entirely of their own blood, sweat, and tears. They could not become dependent on immortals and induks. So Balthazar explained it vaguely. "I was at Port Diabolo with Darius and we saw people in need. A decision was made that we would be fit to lead and we acted on it. To my knowledge, Darius has been with his people since and after thirty trials in a hole, I've been reunited with mine. We've been hard at work to build and grow. We got buildings up but we're still facing some issues."
Last edited by Balthazar Black on Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:05 am, edited 4 times in total. word count: 728

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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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Re: [Haven] A Ship In The Night


Every word Balthazar spoke only brought up more and more questions, and made Prae raise his brow higher and higher. “Fates, you have been busy,” he said. It seemed Balthazar’s ability to get into mess far outstripped Prae’s own.

Still, the part that really caught Prae’s attention was the fact that Balthazar had left without permission. It didn’t surprise him that Balthazar had broken the rules to leave; it surprised him that Balthazar had had rules to follow at all. In Yaralon, Balthazar had been something of a free spirit, attached to no group or company, but it seemed he’d fallen in with the Elements, the closest thing this island had to a true military.

How long, Prae couldn’t help but wonder, would Balthazar stay with them? He just couldn’t see his strong willed, free wheeling friend working happily in the confines of a military hierarchy. Either the Elements would put him in his place, or he’d chafe so deeply against their rules and regulations that he eventually broke free. The man was perhaps too independent for his own good.

Again, Prae’s eyes drifted to the cuffs Balthazar wore. They weren’t the same, the make and material completely different, but he saw they served the same function as the cuffs Prae had worn an arc ago—to cut a mage off from their magic. His gut twisted at the memory, of being alone again for the first time in seasons, of having the elements fall silent around him, unresponsive. It wasn’t a feeling he’d wish on anyone, let alone a friend.

“I know what you mean.” Prae said when Balthazar spoke of attunement. “Soothing a spark to keep control of it… It’s very useful.”

“Well, while I’m here, if there’s anything I can do to help you and your people, let me know.” Prae grinned. “I’m no farmer or builder, but I’m sure I can be useful one way or another.”

“Is Elisabeth with you here?” Prae asked, remembering the studious young human with no small amount of fondness. “How’s she been faring? Any improvement with her swordsmanship and defiance?”
word count: 368
Let's play 'What's Weird About Prae'

Head

  • A fiery rune shines under his right eye
  • A firey glow in the back of his mouth

Arms

  • A ring of blue runes floats over each of Prae's wrists
  • A silver shield marks the back of his right hand
  • A ring of light around his left forearm

Misc

  • His tail is about eight feet long, usually knotted around his waist
  • His body temperature is uncomfortably high

Surroundings

  • Wind gusts with every step he takes
  • The area around him is slightly more static-y than normal
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Re: [Haven] A Ship In The Night


19 Ashan 721
All and all, maybe Balthazar would have been better off if he'd joined a mercenary company when he was in Yaralon. Well, maybe not- he'd only really started swinging a sword in Quacia. In Yaralon he walked around unarmed with invited certain... things. He was sure he'd have been mocked relentlessly in the company. Maybe he'd have picked up a weapon sooner? Maybe he wouldn't be as far along with his magic? So much could be different, but that was the past and it could not change. The question on Praetorum's mind about how long the man would stay with the Elements was one that probably lingered on the mind of the majority of the people who knew about his situation now. It certainly hung over Balthazar's. There would never be a normal again.

The ithecal offered whatever assistance he could and Balthazar smiled and gave him a small nod. "I'll give your offer some thought, I was no farmer or builder when I started here but I've been learning a little each trial. Right now we are mostly concerned with building." Balthazar explained with a gesture towards the settlement. They had wooden homes up for the settlers but Balthazar was still living out of his large tent at the edge of the beach just before the buildings began. Most of the settlement was asleep by now so they'd be able to walk around undisturbed as long as they were not too loud.

Praetorum asked him about Elisabeth and Balthazar's smile wavered slightly. It's not that she did not make him happy, it was just that he wasn't quite sure how to describe how she was doing. She was optimistic and hopeful but he knew this was not exactly the way she would have preferred things to be. "Elisabeth is and she is as well as she can be, they took her when they took me. They held her 'to protect her.' Still she's progressed with her sword and unarmed skills quite a bit. Every night I hold an open training session down here on the beach for any of my settlers who want to learn and she's consistently the best among them. Defiance as well but her progress has been slower. I am not as suited to show her how things work now but I was hoping you might be able to help with that while you're here?"

Last edited by Balthazar Black on Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:03 pm, edited 1 time in total. word count: 418

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Mutations
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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Re: [Haven] A Ship In The Night


Prae nodded, stepping up to follow Balthazar around the settlement. “Well, for what it’s worth, I have access to a forge I can transport to twice a trial. I’m hardly a master smith, but whatever small things you might need, I could try to make them for you. Not well, but it still better than nothing.” Prae had been learning quite a bit about smithing in Rharne, and had had the opportunity to put it into practice here in Scalvoris; he was confident he could at least help make some of the basics for them.

Looking around, Prae noted that the settlement was rather small, which was to be expected, and was on the edge of what Prae had heard called the Badlands—a name which more or less spoke for itself. “I’m guessing you haven’t had any issues with bandits, but what about animals and monsters? Could set up stone defenses while you have me here.” He suggested. A wall, perhaps, or lookout towers. It depended on what sort of dangers this place had, if any. Well, even if there were no dangers, he supposed a wall might well make people feel more secure.

He listened thoughtfully as Balthazar spoke of Elisabeth. Was it just his imagination, or did Balthazar seem a little uncertain? Prae wasn’t sure, and made a mental note to see what was going on there, if anything. “I look forwards to seeing her improvement,” Prae said. “I’d be glad to help guide her. I assume she’s not… restricted the way you are?” He gestured at the cuffs. He guessed probably not, given that Balthazar was asking him to help her, but he found it curious that they had both been held by the elements but only one had been cuffed. Then again, he didn’t know if Elisabeth was also a member of the elements—something to ask about at a later time.

“Well, like I said, I’ll do what I can. For both of you. So come on, tell me about this place. What projects are you thinking of?”
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Let's play 'What's Weird About Prae'

Head

  • A fiery rune shines under his right eye
  • A firey glow in the back of his mouth

Arms

  • A ring of blue runes floats over each of Prae's wrists
  • A silver shield marks the back of his right hand
  • A ring of light around his left forearm

Misc

  • His tail is about eight feet long, usually knotted around his waist
  • His body temperature is uncomfortably high

Surroundings

  • Wind gusts with every step he takes
  • The area around him is slightly more static-y than normal
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Re: [Haven] A Ship In The Night


19 Ashan 721
It felt good to talk to a friend again. It was almost good enough for Balthazar to forget he was being watched and reported on but not quite. When Praetorum mentioned that he had access to a forge he could access twice a trial, Balthazar's eyes seemed to grow a little distant while his head began to flood with different thoughts and requests he could make. He had been given a bag by an old friend that allowed him to produce enough food or weapons to arm a dozen people so he didn't really need weapons made but it would be good to have some. However there were much more basic needs that he thought would both help the settlement and help Praetorum improve in his ability to craft. He mentioned he was no master smith, so Balthazar considered a simpler project. "What do you know how to make best? We could always use more nails and tools to build, mine, and cut down trees with if you know how to make those." He wouldn't turn down armor for the guards if Praetorum had pursued a more combat oriented approach to his smithing but he did not ask for it. Instead he'd asked what the ithecal knew how to make best.

When Praetorum asked about issues with bandits, animals, or monsters Balthazar looked out towards the direction he knew the Badlands sat. He shook his head slightly. "No bandits, animals, or monsters yet- maybe they're afraid of me." He gave a small grin and then continued, "But the danger is certainly still out there. The people of Haven have been concerned about the Badlands ever since we arrive but no danger yet. When I was imprisoned I was worried something would attack this place but... nothing did." They were long overdue for a bad trial. So after a few trills of thought about Praetorum's offer, Balthazar nodded. "A wall is an excellent idea but it might take more than magic to get a strong one up. I'll talk with the build crew in the morning and see if we can get someone to supervise for us or give me a quick lesson in wall building. If we could, I'd like one between the settlement and the Badlands and maybe another between the settlement and beach." Balthazar figured he should probably explain why. "The first wall would serve as initial protection and the second would give us a second location to fall back to if the first wall were breached." Balthazar looked towards the garden and then back at Praetorum. "Then again, I'm open to other ideas."

Praetorum seemed happy to train Elisabeth which was a bit of a relief for Balthazar. When asked if she was restricted the way that he was, Balthazar shook his head slightly but said nothing. He was apparently wearing the bindings she had been wearing in prison, but Praetorum didn't need that detail. "I'm sure she will be glad to show you her improvements as well." How often did she tell him she was better than the others? Probably not as often as it seemed to him.

When Praetorum asked about the projects going on, Balthazar took a deep breath. "Follow me, I'll show you." He picked up his pace a little bit and moved towards the back of the settlement where the slowly growing farm sat. As they made their way there, Balthazar explained the projects Praetorum would have already seen. "On the way in you might have noticed we don't have a dock built yet so that's really the most pressing one, but we're also working on a small clam farm and few other things. There are woods nearby we'll harvest trees from sooner or later." They'd arrived at a small wooden building sitting a good distance from the rest of the village and near a small fence of stone pillars Balthazar had pulled from the ground to create a windbreak when Balthazar finally stopped.
Last edited by Balthazar Black on Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:08 am, edited 4 times in total. word count: 682

Visible Mutations/ Marks

Mutations
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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Re: [Haven] A Ship In The Night


Prae smiled a little as Balthazar thought; he could almost see the man’s mind starting to work through the logistics of what his village needed. “So far I know how to make nails, woodcutting axes, hammers, chisels, and I think if you give me an iron pickaxe I can make a passable imitation. I can also forge chain but I don’t expect you have much use for that right now?”

Much of his sort of apprenticeship with Antonia had been him assisting in techniques he had no hope of trying on his own, but he’d been volunteering his services in Almund, where he’d quickly picked up how to make simple tools. And anchor chain.

As the conversation steered towards danger and defenses, Prae considered what Balthazar was telling him, trying to envision this place from the air. As his friend said, just because there hadn’t been any attacks thus far, didn’t mean there weren’t going to be any in the future. This village had the advantage of being set in something of a natural chokepoint, meaning they only had to fear attacks from one direction. The idea of a two layered defense system seemed fine to Prae, and he nodded at Balthazar's words. "A proper builder would be invaluable here," he agreed. "I expect it would also encourage people, to have a wall they'd built at least partially with their own hands."

Prae said nothing more about Elisabeth, but stepped forwards to join Balthazar as the man started to show him around the place. It wasn't bad, though Prae had to admit he didn't know the first damn thing about farming or village life. He'd lived just outside of Korlasir his whole life—the closest point of comparison Prae had for this place was the farm Luther and his family owned. "You've a source of food and timber—what about fresh water? Do you have a well?" Prae asked. From what he did know, a farm required a great deal of fresh water; surely it would be unreasonable for them to distill it all from seawater. 


"I know it's much too early to need to worry about this, but have you given any thought to eventually expanding? You're in a bit of an odd position here—you've got the Gardens blocking your way in one direction and that—" he waved his hand at the badlands "—in the other direction. It seems like you've only a limited amount of space, unless you can reclaim parts of the wasteland."
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Let's play 'What's Weird About Prae'

Head

  • A fiery rune shines under his right eye
  • A firey glow in the back of his mouth

Arms

  • A ring of blue runes floats over each of Prae's wrists
  • A silver shield marks the back of his right hand
  • A ring of light around his left forearm

Misc

  • His tail is about eight feet long, usually knotted around his waist
  • His body temperature is uncomfortably high

Surroundings

  • Wind gusts with every step he takes
  • The area around him is slightly more static-y than normal
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