Old May 11, 2017, 07:38 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Adyn was careful enough with transferring the medium to the ashes that the contamination stayed happily within it's bounds, even if it did swish and swirl in his sights a bit. Once nicely nestled in among the ashes, safe and warm as a baby phoenix, Adyn was free to continue shaping it toward his goal. Or not. As he pleased.

No need to cry over spilled essence, after all.

There's no crying in Spellbreaking.

(It was good that Adyn wouldn't cry, is all I'm saying. It might put out the fire, after all, and that would be counterproductive.)

And so Adyn sat and thought about heat, mildly warm heat, and something that generated heat that he might or might not throw away afterward he finished his experiment. And time passed. And the ashes cooled around the jar. And time passed.

And more time passed.

And slowly but surely the medium took on that gel-like quality that he'd been waiting for.
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Old May 20, 2017, 11:48 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Adyn snacked. He was used to subsisting off of stale bread, cheese, and other rations while he was lounging about at home, so a quick bite while he stared relentlessly at the jar and then back to his knees before it. The glass held up well enough, so that was good, and he continued to nestle the ashed around it as he thought on the small pinpoint of heat that he was hoping it might eventually create.

That, of course, made him think of stars and the final embers of a dying fire. He attempted to keep his thoughts on track even as they tried desperately to meander. He lit another cigarette, huffing the smoke toward his charge just because it hadn't seemed to hurt. And then eventually he sank down, cross-legged, and waited for time to pass.

He kept his attentions on the jar whenever able. In his experience, leaving it be would not do the process any good. He turned the jar inspected its contents every once in a while, until finally the medium seemed to have thickened.

He tried to gauge how much longer he'd need for it to reach completion. Did it seem stable? Was the essence still trickling through steadily, or did something seem awry?
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Old May 29, 2017, 12:54 PM   #18 (permalink)
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It was an exceedingly slow process, which meant that Adyn was nearly forced to grab a nap or to smoke some rapture if he preferred to make it through the process with no sleep.

Finally, the infusion seemed to be complete. The gel-like consistency of the medium and the fact that he could no longer sense even the faintest trickle of contamination coming from the seed.

There was just one thing missing from the mix to complete his experiment, now.
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Adyn figured he could nap after the infusion had already taken place. He'd stored it before, so why not? He smoked some Rapture to help with energy and attempted to wait the process out. At least eventually the medium had seemed to take everything it could.

At that point he capped the jar and left it where it was. He caught a few candlemarks of sleep then, so that he'd be able to concentrate on the process of reification a little more steadily.

When he awoke, he placed one of the smaller cut rubies into the infusion, replacing the depleted seed, and set about trying to warp the gem somewhat, hoping to make it receptive to absorbing and consuming whatever essence it possibly could from the medium.

Even at this point he tried to keep the end goal in mind - envisioning the gem to be capable of generating a single point of heat that was strong enough to light something aflame.
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Fresh from his nap, Adyn was ready for the final stage in the process, finally.

The ruby he'd traded out for the seed settled into the thickened medium, and it was time for Adyn to do what he and only few others were capable of, warping the physical gem in such a way that he could sense the essence beginning to flow into the ruby. Was it a trick of the warping? Or of his intention? Some less than tangible combination of both?

Whatever it was, he could sense a sort of soft cascade that trickled into the small gem. And he could also sense that he would need to solidify the gem as he went along to keep the essence inside, to strengthen the Focus he'd chosen for this work.

It was a delicate balance, this last step of reification. A small amount of force to direct the essence to where he wanted it to go, and some warping to make the Focus receptive, but not leaky. Strong enough that he could seal it off once he'd wrung the medium dry, and have an entirely new creation that would - one could hope - be useful to him.

Adyn was so close to the end of his labours.
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Although it was unclear whether the warping or the intent of his craft was guiding the contamination onward, Adyn persisted with both as the process continued on. He willed the gem's structure to open itself to the essence that was reaching out for it, to embrace the nature of one plane into the reality of the material one. Although each was the sort of thing that Adyn would not normally have seen as compatible, he watched as one connected with the other, becoming one within his mind.

As he turned and opened the gem to the fire essence in the medium, so did he close and harden it to serve as a container for his purpose. It was much the same as guiding the gem to operate as a clasping hand, at first receptive to the essence before closing in around and taking it within itself. As one might knead bread and fold the flour into the dough, the gem's very structure cascaded and closed in, until it and the essence it absorbed were - hopefully - one final piece.

When the last of the essence had made its way into the gem, Adyn sealed it at last with whatever vis reserves were left to him, hardening and shoring up the gem so that the essence would remain a part of it and not easily erupt should the gem be in danger of rupturing or cracking. With luck, such a thing would not be a possibility, but he did the best he could given what strength was available and yet remained to him.

With luck, there would be something to claim at the end of all his labors.

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Indeed, Adyn's nap had done him good, for this last step in the process flowed smoothly, his mind and will guiding the essence that he'd given purpose into the focus. The imagery he used was perfect, and Adyn noticed just how much more easily the reification went than the previous steps.

It still took time, of course, to weave the newly directed contamination into the structure of the small gem, but it was nothing compared to the candlemarks that had come before.

And finally, he was left with a small ruby, that - when he pulled it from the medium - sat quietly in his hand, seemingly as inert as when he'd pulled it from its companions.

It grew no warmer than his body temperature, as any gem would.

It was only when he finally admitted that it wasn't going to do anything in his hand and held a cigarette up to it that he noticed a change. It took a moment, but a tiny lick of smoke curled up from the tip of the cigarette where the paper had caught. In another couple breaths, the curl of smoke widened and begged him to take a drag so as to light the thing properly.

As he played with it further, it became obvious (the scorch mark it left on the table was going to be a nice reminder to be careful) that the ruby developed a pinpoint of heat when settled against anything flammable - Anything. Flammable - and would happily start a fire if given long enough.

A successful creation, if one he would need to take care in housing.

 
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