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Old August 12, 2011, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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[Gadgeteering Training] Tick-tock goes the clock; where does this go? (Tatiana)

It seemed like incredibly controlled chaos in the room, there were gadgets and gizmos, and a bunch of other weird designs everywhere here. This room, this building even, was used to train those of the hand in the skill of gadgeteering. Tatiana Falstad had asked her superiors for training in the skill of gadgeteering, and this place was where she would begin it. A messanger was sent to her house, and she was told to come here as soon as possible. Here, was somewhere out of sight and out of mind for the rest of the population. The only people that came here were those of the hand that wanted training in gadgeteering, no one else needed to know where it was besides the higher ups, so no one else knew.

The room was filled with books, tools, and gadgets of all sorts. The books were mostly beginner instruction books on how to use the tools, how to build simple gadgets and widgets, as well as simple contraptions. There were still plenty of books for more advanced concepts like combustion, thermodynamics, magnification, magnetism, clockwork, and many other things. These however, wouldn't be used by a beginner, in fact if any beginner even attempted to read them, they wouldn't be able to understand any of it; the books were just that complicated. There was even a copy of The Mechanica for students to read, it being one of the most comprehensive books (and oldest for that matter) on the subject.

There wasn't just books littered about, there was plenty of tools and other interesting things lying about too. There was spare nuts and bolts littered everywhere among the room, all sorts of measuring equipment, scales, hammers, and so much more that it would be impossible to name it all. Suffice to say that there was any sort of instrument that a gadgeteer could ever possibly need, including all sorts of examples of gadgets and widgets of varying sizes. There were also plenty of examples of what people could make once they became better, mostly they were things that were battle oriented like traps and telescopes.

The man who was in here waiting for Tatiana was not immediately noticeable at first. At least not considering the mess that was the room; he was behind a desk in the back of the room. The desk currently was hidden under books, knuts, tools, and anything you could imagine, so it was not readily visible. The man himself happened to be behind a large volume of The Mechanica, which was hiding his face from the door. If one could get a look at him however, they would notice that he was an older person, a human of age. He had white hair and a white beard, and lines all over his face. His eyes however were really quick, and his fingers nimble although slightly callused. They were the fingers of someone who has worked long and hard at putting things together. This man, was an expert at what he did.
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The messy room really shouldn’t have surprised the mage hunter in any way, but it did. She stepped into the place that would likely be her classroom and just blinked at all the various different bits scattered across every work surface imaginable. The woman had requested training in both stealth and Gadgeteering, knowing that she required both skills in order to advance through the ranks of the Checksteufel. Of course, she had a couple of other skills that needed to be learnt in order to advance, but those would come later. Knowing how to sneak was very important, and the idea of making items that would be useful in her job also sat well with Tatiana.

But looking around the room made the idea of learning Gadgeteering a somewhat daunting prospect. There were so many bits and bobs, so many plans and so many books. It was a lot of information that she would need to take in, plus she would need to actually do some practising in order to get better at making things, which would then allow her to move on to bigger and better items. The whole thing seemed more than a little bewildering at this particular point in time. Tatiana blinked and moved further into the room.

Eventually she noticed a man sitting behind a desk with his nose in a book. Then again, she wasn’t entirely sure that it was a desk given the fact she couldn’t actually see the top of it or anything. The mage hunter assumed this man was likely the person that would be teaching her given the title of the book he was reading. Tatiana softly cleared her throat and spoke to try and get the man’s attention. “Excuse me, sir? I was sent here to receive lessons in the art of Gadgeteering.” Hopefully that would get his attention.
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Having his nose deep in the book, the man did not notice Tatiana as she came into the room that would indeed be the place where she would learn how to tinker. The man jumped as Tatiana spoke to him, dropping the book on the table with a loud thud. He clearly was originally to wrapped up in his book to notice things. Hopefully, for Tatiana's sake, he wasn't like this all the time.

"Ah yes, ah yes, you're Tatiana are you not?" His eyes looked her up and down, measuring up to what he had heard about her and her abilities. "Yes, you came here to learn about Gadgeteering, well, there will be a lot of work to do, it will be hard; Don't give up on it though, or you won't get anywhere with it." He talked all at once, not giving a pause between any of his words and jumbling it all into one sentence. His voice was deep which was oddly contrasted to his slightly old and withered look. the depth of his voice, coupled with how fast he talked would make it difficult to understand what he was saying for most people, unless they were listening carefully to what he was saying. The way he talked was not unkindly, just matter of factly. Unlike most of the teachers for the Cheksteufel, he seemed somewhat approachable if Tatiana so wished.

He stepped around his desk, picking up the book he was reading earlier as he went. "We are going to start with the easy stuff, learning how to make Gadgets and Widgets, the basic cogs that make things tick; First things first, I want you to read over this." He handed the book over to Tatiana and pointed to an empty chair. "This is The Mechanica, the oldest book we have on gadgeteering, you will begin by reading this; once you have finished with it, we'll go on to actually having you attempt to make parts such as these." He picked up some pieces laying around that seemed to be wheels with little spokes sticking off the end. There were also things that looked like long poles with ridges, and a thing that looked like a donut that was on it, locked in place by the ridges (ie. nuts and bolts). "These are what we use to make things, and will be some of the things you use the most."

He picked up a book and went back to his table. "Let me know when you have read the first few chapters, the ones on the basic history of gadgeteering, as well as the introduction on the subject, and how to make basic gadgets and widgets as well as what they do; once you have finished that tell me and we'll get started on something else." He then moved a lot of the mess from his desk, placing it around the room in a semi-neat way, then took his book and sat down on his chair. He would peer up at it every once in a while to take a look at Tatiana.

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The man jumping at her words also made the half elven woman jump a little. She hadn’t expected that kind of reaction from a man that was supposed to be her teacher, and thus should’ve been expecting her to some extent. However he had been so engrossed in his book that her entrance had not been noticed. That partially amused her and partially worried her. As a mage hunter, the woman was mindful of her surroundings at all times. Sometimes she could spot something that would be of use to her, other times she was just making sure that no-one was trying to sneak up on her.

“I tend not to give up on anything.”

Unfortunately for her targets, that was very much the case, and also why Tatiana seemed to be doing somewhat well within the order. She was almost tireless, constantly hunting those whom needed to be brought to justice in the eyes of the order. Most people believed they were doing Aslan’s work, she believed that she was just making her superiors happy. Given that they took her in and raised her, that was a good enough reason to do the things she had done over the past few months. Maybe not the best reason, but good enough.

As he mentioned the book and picked up a few pieces to show her, the young woman simply remained quiet and watched. She nodded where appropriate and then found somewhere to sit down with the book she had been provided. Chapters had been outlined for her to read, so that’s exactly what she did. Tatiana found herself somewhat skim-reading the history of Gadgeteering, as she really wanted to get stuck in with the more practical aspect. However, she forced herself to go back and re-read it, just in-case she had any questions to answer.

Next came the meat and bones of the book in her opinion, the parts on how to make basic gadgets and widgets. It seemed that she might need to do a little metal smelting and casting, which didn’t bother her at all, but it was not something she had expected. Apparently these little devices were the staples of gadgeteering, required in every device in order to make them work. Where they were placed and how they all locked together determined what the device did and how well it worked. That made quite a bit of sense.

Once she had a basic understanding of the skill, the woman looked up and nodded. “I think I’m done… no idea how much of it has stuck, but I’ve read it.”
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It didn't take Tatiana long to finish the chapters she was assigned. The information that she had to read was fairly basic, the stuff that beginners had to know; they were fairly easy to comprehend. The future information would be harder to be sure, but the current information was not all that difficult for a mind as bright as Tatiana's. The instructor looked up from his book with a snap when she had finished, not being startled but just responding to Tatiana's words. "Good, good, good, that's what we like to see; people who can read quickly and understand what they have read. People with sharp minds, that's what it takes to make a good mage hunter. You need to be smarter than the people you're chasing to take them down." This instructor seemed to be placing a lot of importance on intelligence and quick wits, then again as he was a gadgeteer, that might not be all that odd.

"One second while I get the next thing we'll get started with." The old man started rummaging around for some things, Tatiana couldn't quite see them as his back was turned towards her, but he seemed pretty frantic looking for them. He turned suddenly back towards Tatiana, his arms full of a bunch of items; mostly metallic ones. He dropped them on the table nearest to Tatiana and beckoned her over so she could see what was there.

These things are what we'll use to make the gadgets and widgets, you'll be making them now while I watch what you do, correcting you if you do anything wrong. We're going to start with these little pieces right here. He picked up two flasks made of sand, and some things that looked like wheels with notches in them. "We're not going to smelt, as that has already been done for us, but we will cast these lead ingots to make more Gadgets." The instructor pointed at some ingots in the corner that apparently the two would use to make more items.

"Now, first things first, we're going to melt those ingots into a liquid. To do that we're going to have to make a hot fire; when I say hot I mean REALLY hot, not like those fires that you have at home. We're going to be burning coal which creates fire that burns at extremely hot temperatures. Once the fire is hot enough, we'll melt those ingots in this." he held up a metal bowl to show Tatiana. "It's a bowl made out of iron, which will still stay a solid when the lead is melted, that way we can hold it. Once the lead is done melting we'll pour it into these casts, which will force the lead to keep it's form and then let it cool. Once it has cooled down, we'll have our gadget." He paused for a second to look at Tatiana, a frown creasing his forehead. Not of anger or frustration, it was just there. "Do you think you have all of that?"
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At least the instructor seemed to be rather pleased with how quickly she read, that was always a plus. Tatiana couldn’t help but feel that his praise regarding her understanding was a little bit too ambitious though, considering she hadn’t actually had the chance to apply any of what she had learnt just yet. In fact, the mage hunter could see herself referring to the book on many occasions, simply because she’d had a lot to take in. Not that was anything wrong with checking facts and the like, but the woman preferred to keep knowledge in her mind and not use external sources wherever possible.

Soon enough the instructor was wandering off to pick up a few parts and came back with his arms full of stuff. Once they were placed on the table, the woman found herself picking them up to take a look at them, inspecting the items and trying to get some kind of feel for what they might be used for. Of course, the man gave her an explanation and Tatiana nodded in response, but she felt that trying to work things out on her own might not be a bad thing at this point in time. Soon her attention drifted to the flasks and their contents, giving a nod as the man explained what they were going to do.

Melting the ingots into a liquid seemed quite reasonable, and Tatiana had somehow expected that. She looked at the bowl that was picked up and glanced into it, trying to see exactly how the molten lead would turn into a gadget for later use. At least the young mage hunter seemed to be genuinely interested in what she was being taught, so that was most certainly a good thing. “I think I understand, yes.” She looked at the impliments again, trying to work out which ones were for the smelting. “Do I need to take any precautions with my hands when smelting?”
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"Yes, when you smelt, there are a few precautions you need to make sure of. We won't be smelting now as the ingots have already been done so, but knowing what to do is always a good thing." The instructor walked around, looking through the mess for something while he continued to talk to Tatiana. It seemed like he was looking for books of some sort. Although looking for a book in all of this mess seemed a daunting task, he seemed perfectly fine with doing so; in fact, after a few minutes, he picked up what seemed to be a newer text and handed it to Tatiana.

"You won't have to read this now, but it is a good thing to have around just in case. What it is is a basic guide to smelting, but more importantly it explains what you need to do to keep safe." Upon looking at the book, Tatiana would see that it was called nachinayushchih rukovodstvo po plavke, and if she opened it it would describe in detail how to smelt metals; taking impurities out of the metals you wanted to work with and such, along with pictures of how to do it. It was most definitely a reference book.

"Some thing you have to remember about smelting, the fires can get really hot, so you need to have equipment that can deal with the heat. Heat resistant gloves and clothes are a must; they are hard to come by but worth it. You should also have a bucket of sand on hand just in case you need to put out the fire, also the fumes can sometimes be a danger to you, so you should always have a place for them to escape." He kept going on as well, explaining all of the necessary safety things in detail that Tatiana would need to know when she went to smelt for her first time. His explanation was a bit long-winded, but it covered everything that Tatiana would need to know about.

After explaining all about smelting, the instructor went to the pile of things he brought out earlier, and got a few of them. "We'll now get started on how to cast things; like I said earlier these ingots we'll be using have already been smelted, now we just need to cast them. We'll do these together that way you can understand it, and get the hang of it." The two of them would then go into the motions of casting, Tatiana doing most of the work, but the instructor helping out when needed, and explaining how to do things all the while. No matter what Tatiana did, the instructor would have an explanation on hand on how to do it correctly; correcting Tatiana if she was doing it wrong, or already starting to explain the next part.
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Learning new things was always a very interesting process, or at least that’s what the young, half elven mage hunter felt at any rate. Mostly she wanted to learn so she would be better at her job. After everything the hand had given her throughout her life, it seemed the most respectful thing to do would be to make herself as useful to them as she possibly could. That’s why she’d requested the Gadgeteering training, plus the thought of actually making and modifying things with her own hands was something that very much appealed to Tatiana.

As such, when her instructor spoke, she sat quietly and watched him, listening to everything that he was saying and nodding appropriately to show that she understood. He talked a lot, but then there was a lot of information to take in. Somehow she was surprised that the man was able to find a book in all of the clutter that was around the room, then she realised it was probably something akin to organised chaos, if such a concept existed at all. He seemed to know where everything was, and that’s all that really mattered at the end of the day.

The book was placed to one side and Tatiana made a mental note to read through it in her free time. Right now they had to get on with the actual aspect of learning. Smelting was not necessary, but she did need to reduce the iron ingots down to their liquid state in order for them to be cast. As such, she listened to the instructor and looked over the tools once more. She followed his lead, lighting a fire as necessary, getting it stoked hot enough to actually melt the metal and then placed the ingots in the bowl and proceeded to use the other tools to warm it up without burning herself to the best of her ability.

A lot of this was going to be trial and error, though Tatiana was pretty sure that her instructor would correct her as required. She listened and adjusted as required, all the time being mindful of her safety, and mindful of the fact that she could end up setting fire to the workshop. That was something she most certainly did not want to do. For one, it was reckless, careless and dangerous. For another, it would set a bad first impression on her tutor if she ended up burning down his workshop, damaging his tools and destroying all of his books.

If all went well, the iron would eventually be liquid, and then she’d move onto casting it into something useful, using any moulds that the instructor had provided for her. Next she’d likely need to cool them, and she looked to the older man for help in this.
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"Yes, yes, well now you do have yer self a Tool kit, correct?" her teacher asked. When he got a puzzled look from the mage hunter, he let out an audible groan of disappointment.

"You were suppose to be issued a standard gadgeteer's tool kit. We can't have you training without the basics." he then looked about, and then moved to a corner of the room. He picked up a wooden box, let it fall open...empty. He tossed it over his shoulder, nearly striking Tatiana as he did so. He then found another box. He shook it, and it rattled.

"Here look through this. Keep the box and what might be useful in it. We will put together the basics for you, but when we are finished yer lessons, get yerself a proper one."
he said, as he handed the half-elf the wooden box.

The box itself was reddish brown in color, and elongated to a length of a foot, and a width half that. Inside the box, Tatiana would find any number of weights and nuts and bolts of all various sizes. Several different sized hammers (small) and wrenches as well. There was also a set of three molds that were shaped to form three different sized cogs. As Tatiana looked it over, her teacher came over and looked as well.

"Not bad, but you'll need a couple of other things." he declared. He leaned down to go through a pile of tools in another section of the workshop. After a few moments he came up with a few items, which he passed to the Cheksteufel. Two sets of prongs (one large, one small) and a set of pliers.

"That should do it for now. Now take out those molds, and lets get to pouring some lead." he ordered. The fire had heated up, and the teacher prepared the lead ingots, having them placed in a container for proper melting down. Once done, and instruction given on how the melting was done, he allowed Tatiana to use her prongs to take up the container with the lead and pour the liquid metal into the mold. He had selected the medium sized cog mold from her three, and also two different sized gadget molds from his master set.

Once the lead was poured, the gadgeteer motioned for Tatiana to come away from the molds.

"Now, you have seen and done a lot today. It is time fer ya to go to your living quarters and review what you have learned. Return next brightening, and we will begin the next set of lessons." he then tossed her the book she had been reading earlier. Pointing to the door, he finished,

"Review the chapters you read today, and the section on basic tools."


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A toolkit? No-one had given her such a thing, so the tutor certainly did receive a very puzzled look from the young mage hunter, followed by a shake of her head. “No… I was not issued such an item.” Well that made things quite a bit more interesting. She winced a little when the master seemed irritated that she hadn’t been given the required items, but kept quiet for the moment. There was no way she could’ve known that a kit was needed, though when she had requested the training, her superiors really should’ve realised that.

The box was taken and Tatiana gave it a cursory glance, trying to work out exactly what was contained within it. At least she’d be provided with a few basics, and she could look into buying or acquiring a proper kit later. Enquiries would need to be made with the superiors of the Hand. More tools were passed to her, and the half elf took them, examining them carefully and trying to work out how they fit into the grand scheme of things. She’d read the book earlier, and therefore hoped to gain some kind of insight into just how they might work.

Now that the fire was hot enough, the young woman was told to remove the moulds. She did just that, taking them out and realising they would be used to make different sized cogs. They were placed on a nearby counter and thus set to one side. Tatiana watched and listened as the teacher melted the ingots and then explained what she needed to do in order to pour the lead. The prongs from earlier were picked up and used to hold the container with the molten lead in it. Carefully she poured this lead into the mould that the master had selected, and the two other moulds that he’d put in front of her.

Soon enough, all three were full of molten lead. The container was carefully set to one side, as were the prongs. The half elf wanted to make sure that she didn’t lose anything, especially since she’d just been given some of the items. However, it seemed that her lessons for the brightening were done and it was time to review everything that had been learnt. She caught the book and nodded. “Yes Master. I shall return tomorrow.”

With that said, the young woman left the classroom with her book tucked under her arm. She went straight back to her quarters, as commanded and sat down to do some reading. Each section was re-read several times in order to try and commit it to memory, though she spent extra time on the section regarding tools, since that one was new. The next brightening, she got up early so she could read through the sections of the book one last time before proceeding to her lessons. Tatiana wanted the knowledge to be fresh in her mind so she could try and impress the instructor, and to facilitate the learning process.
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The next day, when Tatiana arrived at the chaotic debris ridden lab, her teacher was in his usual place...crouched down tossing things left and right looking for something. When Tatiana entered, and made her presence known, the gruff deep voiced man stood up.

"Found it!" he said with elation. He then turned around to face the half elf. Upon seeing her, he had a look of slight confusion on his face.

"Who are--" he began, but then a candle was lit in his brain, "Oh yes, the new trainee. Now then..." he began. His voice carried it was so booming, a completely perpendicular characteristic to his codger-like appearance.

"You've studied the required lessons I assume."
he said. He did not wait for an answer, but rather came closer to Tatiana, a large multicogged mechanism in his hands. He looked down at the machine, confused once more, then tossed it back in the pile.

"Right then. Tell me student, what are the two fundamental units or components of machines and mechanisms, and describe each and their use." he commanded. Once the girl had done this, he nodded or shook depending on her answer, and then corrected her on any errors, before moving on.

"Now, That we have covered those, please, tell me the names and uses of the basic tools you have in the kit I gave you last brightening." Once again waiting for the answers.
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Somehow the half elven woman really wasn't surprised to discover that her tutor was ripping through all of his possessions in order to find something. She was a little surprised to discover that he'd completely forgot she was supposed to be present in the room. "Yes, that's right" was all she said to the man's comment about her being the trainee. Tatiana was rather anxious to get started on the brightening's lessons and she hoped it might be a little more hands on this time.

A nod was given when he asked if she had studied the lessons. She'd read the book several times, studying the passages that he'd instructed and concentrating specifically on the new information he'd highlighted. Briefly she wondered what the mechanism was that the man held in his hands, and then she watched as it was casually tossed back into the pile of chaos that littered the room. Tatiana wondered if something so complex should really be treated in such a casual manner, and then figured if it broke the teacher would no doubt be able to fix it anyway.

The woman really shouldn't be surprised that her knowledge was being tested given that she'd been asked to read the book. "Gadgets and Widgets." Hopefully that was the correct answer, but she figured that the man would likely correct her if that was not the case. "According to the book, Gadgets and Widgets interlock together in order to create mechanisms, such as simple collapsable devices, though that might be a little beyond my current skill level at this point in time."

Admittedly she was just reciting what she'd read, but at least she had bothered to read the book, which was proof she was commited to learning. Next she was asked to list off the tools in the box, and that's exactly what she did. "Weights, Nuts, Bolts, Hammers, Wrenches and Moulds. There should also be Measuring Sticks, Scales and Picks to aid in the construction process." Hopefully that was the answer he was looking for with regards to what the actual items were called.

"Wrenches are used for holding and restraining items. Hammers can be used to tap things into place. Nuts and bols are typically used in the construction process. Weights are obviously used for weighing, the moulds are for creating other parts as necessary while measuring sticks and scales are used for accuracy."
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The crusty old man nodded up and down as Tatiana explained the lessons. When she had finished, he looked at her for a moment. No change in his expression. Then the half-elf noticed her was staring at her. After what seemed like forever,

"Yes...now what were we talking about?" he asked. He pondered yet again, then,

"Ah yes, widgets and gadgets. Indeed these are the fundamental components of any machine, of any mechanism. Perhaps we should take some time to make one. Yes, one of each." He then turned to his pile, and leaning over, began to dig again. Several moments, and much thrown debris later, he stood straight up,

"There we have them. Moulds."
he tossed the two molds, one for a widget, the other gadget, at Tatiana. He then moved over to a long table that had upon it many tools, and many other strange items.

"Now we reviewed the process of creating these things the other day, so I am gonna let you guide ME through the process this time." he said. He then hauled out two more ingots of lead, and put them on the table.

"After we are done with these, we can make sure they interlock. Then, a review of the Lore surrounding basic mechanics, and your training for now is complete."
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Old November 26, 2011, 04:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The staring was a little bit creepy to be completely honest, and the comment that the instructor promptly made actually had Tatiana wonder if he'd been paying attention to anything that she said at all. Not a good situation to be in when all was said and done. Thankfully it seemed that maybe he had paid a little attention to everything she'd said since it appeared that he was fairly happy with her answer. Now it appeared that it was time for her to make some extra components. Moulds were tossed over to her and the woman snatched them out of the air with only the dexterity that only an elf could muster.

Once they were in her hands, the Half Elven Mage Hunter took a few moments to examine each one, trying her best to learn how they were different and which of the moulds was a widget. If she could find that out, then the other was obviously a gadget. Hopefully the reading she had done the previous brightening would aid in identifying the two different pieces. The moulds were placed on the long table and Tatiana’s gaze found the two iron ingots that were placed on the table. Obviously they would need to be used in the casting process, and her instructor expected her to guide him.

“First we get the fire lit.” The young woman looked on the table for anything that would do the job, and then proceeded to light a fire. After that was done, she looked over the table for a container the same or similar to the one used the previous brightening. “A container is required to heat the ingots and pour the molten iron.” Once she had that container, the ingots were placed inside and she carefully held the container over the fire, making sure that the heat couldn’t get to her hands in any manner, which meant using the prongs.

When the iron ingots had melted, it was time for the casting. “Now the iron is liquid, it can be poured into the moulds to create the required widget and gadget… once it has cooled, of course. Care must be taken to prevent burns and fires.” With that said, Tatiana carefully poured the liquid metal into the moulds, half into one and half into the other. Hopefully that would be the explanation the instructor had wanted, and hopefully the casting process went well.
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As Tatiana went through the time consuming and laborious process of melting and then pouring the iron, the master seemed to be half-paying attention. One moment he was watching closely, the next he seemed to be following the path a house fly was taking as it passed by his nose. When the casts were complete, and cool enough to remove (which also took a while), the old man took them up and popped out the pieces. He examined first the widget, then the gadget.

"Hmmm...this widget has a bump here."
he said, pointing to a slight defect in one part, "...and this gadget could use a scraping here first." pointing to another bit of debris along the second item. After another moment of inspection the gadgeteer lifted his shoulders to indicate he wasn't bothered in the slightest, and then proceeded to take the two mechanisms and turned to Tatiana.

"Alright, let's see if they connect properly." he said. he then took one piece and placed it near the accepting part of the other. Moving them together, he attempted to get them to interlock...not quite. He pushed a little, but no go. Then he raised an eyebrow.

"Oh, no, that's right." he said. He then turned one of the two pieces upside down and tried again...bingo. The two came together and locked with very little trouble.

"Marvelous. Well done lass." he congratulated. "ok. Now...now..." he paused to think for a moment. "Oh yes, now tell me what you know, or have read on the basics of mechanics and mechanical theory." he asked the half-elf as he continued to play with the new mechanism.
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