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[Aelyria Prime] Playing with Fire

Winter Era XXIV

Adyn sat in the silence of his hovel inspecting the strange seed he had acquired in Iceheart Forest. He could sense the contamination that came off of it, the power of a spell waiting to be taken from it and wielded into something more. It smelled like rust and charcoal and seemed as though it might just fall apart. He let it rest on the table untouched so as not to risk damaging it any more than he had to.

He had gathered small vessels in which to place the seed. A glass jar was there filled with the ashes from a fire, and he concentrated on its structure. He willed the ash into a liquid form. He was hesitant to taint it with something like water, afraid the opposing element might compromise the strength of the fire contamination held within the seed.

Sometimes this took a while. He could continue this process over the course of many brightenings if he had to. He focused in the silence of the room, waiting for the properties of the ash to shift and change.
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It was a strange thing, this forcing of one's will on matter. There was so little to grasp onto, and for all that Adyn was capable of using the contamination of the arcane essences, he had nothing tangible to reach out and manipulate when using his particular skill set. He could not control the weave of the essence or set spells to do his work, but was only able to sit and, essentially, think at whatever it was he wanted to change, to warp.

Which is what he did, trying to stay focused long enough to exert his will over the ash in the glass jar until it finally began to change. And once it began to change - more a matter of his ability to concentrate than anything else - the process did not take so long. Perhaps only half a candlemark had passed before Adyn managed to warp the ash into a thick substance, like clay but softer and slightly more malleable. Unfortunately, the last few minutes he'd spent trying to get it to soften further had produced no obvious changes.
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The rogue poked disappointedly at the black mess of clay-like substance sitting in his jar. He wondered if this would even absorb the contamination, given that it was hardly as liquid as other mediums he had worked with successfully. He wasn't sure he wanted to test his luck, but he supposed this had been a decent try. He got up out of the chair and opened one of his whiskey bottles, taking a swig before he strode over and started pouring the rest of it unceremoniously into another jar. There. Liquid. Fiery liquid. Good enough.

He turned his attentions to the charred root and touched it gently, attempting to warp the thing in order to shore it up a little. He didn't want it to simply crumble, and it needed to at least house the contamination long enough to stay stable as the medium leeched it of whatever it contained.
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Adyn gave up on his sludge of ash, turning instead to the familiar hot friend known as whiskey. Surely it would help with his efforts to have a portion of the stuff inside himself when he started the real work. Resonance, and all that.

As he set his will to strengthening the delicate piece of charred wood, it became obvious that the thing had been slowly leaking contamination, as he'd never properly strengthened or warped it to begin with, but only taken it as he'd found it. Still, there was contamination left inside it, if not so much as there might have been originally.

With his focus set to strengthening the structure of the root, that leaking contamination slowed and then stopped entirely. It would hold, and the charred root no longer felt so fragile to touch, or to his less mundane senses, for that matter.
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He grumbled somewhat at realizing he had forgotten to shore the damn thing up when he had initially found it. Ah well. He could be negligent with his art and he had to admit, he had never been the most apt of pupils. This was not so unfamiliar from how well he had performed on assignments in his youth - half-assed and less-than-satisfactorily. He'd take what he could get for now.

At least now it finally seemed solid and able to hold what remained within. He grabbed a pair of tongs and used them to take hold of the seed, dipping it tentatively into the whiskey to see if anything disastrous seemed to happen from there.
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Nothing disastrous... it was simply a seed in some whiskey now, rather than a seed on his table.

In other words, it was now a wet seed.
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No explosions or sudden releases of useless contamination, then. Not that it had ever happened before, but one couldn't be too safe with this sort of thing. He released the seed into the liquid and prodded it with the tongs, watching for those familiar tendrils of contamination to begin leaking into the medium.

Once the process began, he would typically go about urging the seed to move around in the liquid, allowing the ripples and motions to coax the contamination outward. Sometimes tapping on the jar from the outside had helped a bit. He didn't move from his seat in favor of paying the process his undivided attention, knowing it to take some time as the medium began to thicken and react to what it absorbed.
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And yet... no tendrils began to leak into the medium, at least not that he could tell. Indeed, if there was any leakage, it was no more than the seed would have leaked onto the table or into the air surrounding it.

Clearly, Adyn was missing something. Because right now he was just staring at a glass of whiskey that had a piece of wood in it. Of course, he knew that the whiskey could be more than just whiskey, and he knew that the root in the glass was more than just wood. But for all intents and purposes right then, that's what he had.
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Adyn's fingers snapped, a reverberation of sound that filled the hollow spaces in the air. It accompanied a strange twist of his features, a mixture between an aha moment and an expression of frustration toward how haphazardly his thoughts were spinning. He sighed, standing and maneuvering to the fire again, gathering what he had only realized, just then, he had forgotten in his attempts to recall the steps in a process that was all too infrequent for him.

The ashes were still warm from the previous fire and left black marks against his hands as he added them to the liquid in the jar. There was enough to create a murky and unappetizing slurry, a concoction that would help suspend the seed as he attempted to work with it. Now would come the process of guiding the contamination out of the blackened root, infusing the medium to the point where it could actually be used toward some better purpose.

For now, however, he needed to facilitate purpose somehow. It was a process he was constantly exploring and - admittedly - not as wholly familiar with as he would have liked to be, but that's what this little project was for. He considered the nature of the contamination before him, as well as the end purpose of the medium he'd use, and ended up gathering a palm full of more ash before seating himself back at the table.

So far instinct had guided him relatively well. But Spp's teachings on resonance had been uncertain to him before, a blunder toward finding what worked and what didn't. After having met Elliot, though, Adyn was a little more familiar with the concepts of alchemical likeness, which helped him to understand just what his instincts had been attempting to guide him toward before. The entire ordeal had still ended up feeling like more of an art than anything else, so he was aware this might take some manner of exploration regardless.

So, best to get started then.

He deposited the excess ash on the table and dug his fingers into the clay-like substance he had created, lifting the jar and smearing it liberally on the table beneath it. The jar went back down on top of that. He formed a light pile of the dry ashes around the base of the glass, forming something akin to a fire or a warming element around it. He found a cigarette from within his pocket and lit it in the meantime, fanning the smoke that emitted from it about the edges of the jar as if it might coax the contamination away - if the warmth and ash hadn't already begun to do so already.
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The addition of the ashes to Adyn's intended medium, and the beginnings of his focusing on the purpose he would be stearing it toward all aided his efforts. He could sense the fire essencefeel free to explain how Adyn senses the magic, if you like starting to infuse the medium.

It was slow, steady, but the process had begun.
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There was some sense of relief at seeing the tendrils of fire essence begin to bleed into the murky medium. Amid the charcoal particles and sludge within the jar, the essence was like a smoke in and of itself, expanding and swirling outward from the blackened piece of root. The medium seemed to glow with a warmth from whatever edged out of the seed, but he could hardly be certain he really sensed as much at all with how subtle it seemed to be. His fingers brushed at the pile of ashes on the other side of the jar, pushing them up along the edges and allowing them to fall and settle back when gravity took them once more.

He took a long drag on the cigarette then, blowing it toward the jar so that the fire essence and the smoke itself seemed to bleed into one within his vision. He watched carefully for a time afterwards, tried to see if the essence seemed to respond to the smoke somehow as it dissipated around it. He held the cigarette near the jar again, moved and shifted it around in order to determine much of the same - to see if the essence inside wanted to react to the heat at all.

In the meantime he continued to waft the smoke over the jar, hands occasionally resting over the ashes to lend the warmth of his hands to the process. It was a matter of watching it now, guiding it... maintaining his pull on the essence so that it ended up right where he wanted it to be. Slow and sure was better than anything unexpected, and he was prepared to remain patient and watchful for as long as such was needed.
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The medium and Adyn's concentration combined to do the trick, pulling the essence back out of the seed to infuse the ash-laced whiskey in the jar. It swirled in the murky liquid, and to his senses, seemed to take on a warmth, if not one that was tangible when he reached out to touch the glass.

But once it was out of the seed and into the medium, Adyn's smoke blowing and hand warming may or may not have been doing what he was hoping it would do, whatever that was. It was a question of directing the essence now, tricking the contamination into the shape he wanted it to take. Giving it purpose. For that, Adyn needed to know what, exactly, he was wanting.

Or not... exploration for exploration's sake was okay too. This was his craft, after all, and he would make of it what he would.
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To be fair, the essence was doing what he hoped it would do, which was leak into the medium so that he could stuff something into said medium later. Because, after all, he totally wanted to use it to make something that would heat up enough to generate a small flame on contact, even if it was just to light a cigarette. He was experimenting here. End result was reificating one of his uncut rubies to have some heat generating quality of some kind, although how strong that was would be left up to the amount of contamination remaining or the strength of it. Whether it could light a cigarette or light a fire, he'd be happy either way.

So, whatever shape that made, have at it, essence. He kept the image of that cigarette lighting ruby he was going to make somewhere in the back of his mind, waiting for the medium to thicken as it was infused.
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Indeed. Have at it, essence. Contamination. Whatever.

It was infusion time! And Adyn was... well, he was thinking real hard about a ruby that would heat up to the point where it would light a cigarette on contact.

No problem. Now Adyn just had to maintain that thought for the next however many candlemarks (or brightenings?), while that direction shaped the medium, and imparted his intent onto the contamination held within.

No.

Problem.

Adyn was good with focus, would surely not grow bored or distracted. That whiskey sure smelled good. And his stomach rumbled loudly. How long had it been since he'd eaten?

No, focus!

Focus focus focus focus focus focus focus.

Easy, right? What was it he was supposed to be thinking about?

Oh yes... a ruby that would light a cigarette.

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Well, the infusion process always took hours. That's just what happened. He could play around with ways to make the process faster, perhaps. It wasn't like he was married to the idea of the cigarette lighting ruby thing, so if he destroyed this attempt then he wasn't going to cry over it.

He moved the jar carefully away from the table and maneuvered to the fireplace, burying the jar part of the way into the dying ashes of the fireplace. The heat was mildly warm, but nothing that would shatter the glass. And it was a hell of a lot better than maintaining the heat himself.

The spirit of what he was trying to create was in the heat, anyway. All he wanted was to make something that created or maintained that. What he did with it afterwards wasn't a huge concern. He could throw it away for all he cared.

This... this was an experiment. And attempt at understanding what his abilities entailed. Eventually he would be more familiar with things and have a better idea of what he was doing.
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