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Old February 7, 2018, 11:18 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Whatever vision might have been her companion during the amplification, it would do Kailin no good to surrender to the suddenly swelled levels of vis that she found herself in possession of. No, they needed to be controlled, and though it was not easy, the Thaumaturge managed to contain it long enough to weave the spell of her choosing.

Healing

Well practised, even this felt more of a challenge with the distraction of the energy that churned within, but Kailin was able to bend the order magic to her will, and she had the spell. Not to cast, no, but to hold onto, and instead to feed into the metal band that she held. Intense concentration was required, even as the mage visualised walking a familiar path, guiding the magic into every available space.

Sometimes, she would find the way blocked, and she would have to turn back and find another route. And then the next steps along her walk would feel like a hundred miles so carefully she had to tread, so aware of the power she was laying with her journey.

By the time she could feel the intensity of the spell lessen and fade as the she fed the last of it into the ring, there was an overwhelming weariness, and Kailin felt her hand sag, the weight of the small band seeming far more than it should be. Perhaps if she just let her eyes close for a moment...

There was a gentle clearing of a throat. " Not yet. Almost, you are done. But you must lock it before all your efforts are wasted"

The elf spoke softly, wary of jarring his love's concentration when the spell she had so laboured over was still unfastened in that ring. So, hoping his prompt had been enough, he resisted the urge to unfurl from the seated position he had been in, and waited just that little longer.
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Old February 12, 2018, 06:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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It was hard. So much harder than Kailin could have guessed it would be. At some point, her fingers closed over the small band to keep it from bouncing out as her hands shook with the sustained effort, the painstaking care that it took to feed so massive a thing into something as small and inert as a ring.

But though that word continued to tease her, 'surrender' dogging her steps and waiting around each bend in her path, Kailin did not give in. In the end, it might have come down to the knowledge that her love watched and waited, that he'd told her of the danger of letting loose the amplified magic. She certainly was aware of a stubborn need to not fail in front of him.

So when the last of the spell finally settled into the metal band, Kailin's head sagged, and a long, quiet gust of air left her as her fingers threatened to loose their grip on it. The idea that the spelled ring might go bouncing across the ground would eventually have pulled her back from the brink, but it was Calanon's words that reopened her eyes and settled determination around her shoulders like a heavy blanket.

The thought was a simple one, 'me'alight', and Kailin was careful not to say it out loud as she locked the spell inside.

Then she sagged again, only lifting her head enough to look at Calanon with both fear and triumph riding her expression, lines stretching from the corners of both eyes and mouth.

"It's done," and so was she. If the gods were good, her carriage would be waiting outside, because the journey from her circle to the front of the warehouse seemed an impossible distance, just then. Kailin thought she might sit there a while longer yet, though her fingers uncurled as she bowed her head to look down at the ring, wondering whether it really was heavier, or if it were just her imagination making it seem so.
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Old February 14, 2018, 02:31 PM   #18 (permalink)
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That last push, that last drain on her vis was an important one unless she wanted see all her efforts bleed away into nothing. But as Kailin thought the word, the magic was sealed firmly in place and she could let herself relax, let that intense concentration break. Even if the ring itself was not truly heavier than it had been before, her limbs certainly were, and there was a dull but persistent ache behind her eyes that came of such lengthy focus.

And as she sighed out her relief that it was done, so did her love. It had been a long few candlemarks for the elf, and he resolved that if she wanted to do another charge then he would bring a book. Though perhaps she would be confident enough to not require his presence?

"Well done, melamin" His smile was warm, as he reached to offer her a hand up, knowing all too well how draining the process could be. If he was the tiniest bit annoyed that she had managed it with such aplomb after his own disastrous first effort at imbuing then he did not let it show. It must be because she had such a good teacher.

He had already gathered her things and Stigur had agreed to lock up after them, so as Calanon pulled Kailin up to her feet and plucked the ring from her fingers to secure in his pocket, he shot her a grin. "Hold on tight". And then calling upon his own magic, neatly teleported the both of them outside to where the carriage was indeed waiting. For Kailin, there was a odd twisting sensation in her gut, as if she were falling, and then the disorienting reality of blinking back into existence somewhere entirely different. But at least she hadn't had to walk?
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