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Old February 7, 2018, 10:18 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, 05:06 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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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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Old March 6, 2018, 02:38 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Kailin felt herself flush at the praise he spoke, too tired to really realize just how long he'd been sitting waiting for her, or how extremely bored he must have been. But not to tired to be aware that he'd helped her to accomplish something she'd never done before, so as she looked up at him from the ground, and her hand settled into his, a tired smile broke over her features, "you too, a'mael." For she knew she could not have done this without him.

Grateful that he took control of the ring, lest she drop and lose something suddenly so precious to her, Kailin came slowly to her feet, and was happy enough to clasp her arms around him as ordered. Dark eyebrows had just begun to arch at the grin that he gave her when all at once she was falling, moving without moving, and her stomach dropped.

Then they were outside, with the carriage next to them, and Kailin's mind was filled with images of a small dark room and another face before hers, black hair framing features that bore none of the sharp elven grace of the one before hers now. If she went a bit pale, it was as much the shock of that memory as it was the fatigue of her candlemarks of work, or the teleportation itself.

"Gods..." she breathed, trying for a shaky laugh, "it's been a long time since I've done that."

"Does it ever get better? Or is it always so strange?" She would need help getting up into the carriage, she thought, perhaps just a bit of a boost from behind would suffice.

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It was a couple of brightenings before Kailin had recovered enough to return to the warehouse, and this time she'd let Calanon off the hook, as they'd had a chance for him to express just how terribly boring his wait had been and she had no desire to torture him further.

But walking back into the midst of the pallets of textiles, she took a deep breath and looked down at her circle, starting with the calming exercise of drawing back over the lines of the circle and the symbols inside of it. It helped her to focus, preparing her mentally for the next step.

Reaching for the dagger next to her, she simply held it for a long moment, listening to the quiet of the warehouse around her, and the very distant sound of activity outside on the street that led to the nearby docks. Mentally, she reviewed the order of what she was about to do. Circle. Symbols. Blood. Focus. Be very fething careful with a Healing spell. Lock it.

"Okay then..." best not to think about how she would get out of here afterward. Deal with that when the time came.

Pricking the same finger as last time, she set the dagger down, leaned to let a drop of blood fall on each symbol, then - holding the ring in her palm as she'd done previously - closed her eyes and sought her focus, trying not to anticipate the overwhelming rush of magic that had overtaken her last time.
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Indeed, though he had tried to mask it, the relief that Kailin did not wish for him to accompany her again had broken like a wave over the elf's face when she had told him, confirming her suspicions that she was indeed letting him off the hook. He had however, insisted that she repeat the process back to him so he was confident that she would manage it alone. He took his role as teacher very seriously after all.

So when Kailin came back to the warehouse, she had been well schooled, and the sequence was easy to call back to mind as she sat and looked over the redrawn circle of amplification. Each of the symbols she had chosen that were personal to her laid out to call the power of her sphere to her. All that was needed was those few drops of her blood and her focus. The dagger cut was a sharp sting but did its job, a drop of red marking each of the symbols.Perhaps Kailin regretted selecting quite so many as she had to squeeze her finger to mark the last one, but it was done and the Thaumaturge shut out the material world for a second and instead reached for the arcane energy that surrounded her.

There was a sudden, shocking sensation of falling, as if she had taken a step off a ledge, the chasm below bottomless and as wide as the skies. And then, like if she had opened the floodgates, there was a surge as Order essence rushed in to fill every available space until she could feel it pushing against her control again, threatening to sweep her away. Again, the knowledge of the additional power that came with the amplification made itself known, and it was enough to turn her head, but Kailin strove to keep her focus as the additional vis churned and boiled within.
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If the sudden amplification were no less shocking on the second go-round, at least Kailin was more prepared for just how overwhelming it was, how her skin felt suddenly too thin to contain the essence she'd just called. Later there would be time to consider the irony of feeling such chaos from an essence named 'Order', but for the moment Kailin turned her attention to one word - the sensation not dissimilar to what she imagined it would feel like to attempt to push against a river's current - and the meaning hundreds of previously cast spells had given it: Healing.

She could feel the ring in her palm, a small weight that she used to give her thoughts an anchor, and - trying not to think about just how long this might take, again (sometimes ignorance was a blessing) - Kailin began to walk the mental paths she'd built previously, weaving the necessarily intricate design of a relatively simple spell into the small circular paths the ring provided. Her fingers folded over the small band, a preparation for the shaking she fully expected would come as the candlemarks ticked slowly by.

If she had worried, beforehand, that it would be harder to keep her focus without Calanon watching, it was a concern that came to nothing, as the fear of not having help should she need it provided it's own sharp prodding to keep her attention from wavering. So she focused, the pattern her mind traversed having its own somewhat hypnotic quality as she again attempted to force something intangible into an inert, unhelpful structure.

It was all so very different, having nothing in common with her experience of thaumaturgy up to this point. What sweet relief it would be to set a spell on a body again, a living thing that took up the magic with alacrity, and then changed with it.
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The ritual of amplification, though more familiar, was no less unnerving. Kailin kept her head though and was quick to harness the order essence into her familiar healing spell. And just as before, she then had to hold the spell in stasis, release in gently and carefully into the ring as she took her first mental steps down that path.

Only she would find it not quite the same, the mundane metal band already altered from its original state by the work she had done a few brightenings before. This charge then would be trickier for she had to find space for it amongst the magic she had already sewn into place, so her walk was a lot more winding and weaving than nice neat circular paths. And at the same time she had to hold back the spell at her fingertips, it all too ready to rush in and overwhelm the delicate patterns she was making with her mind.

It took all of her concentration, awareness to the outside world restricted, even the knowledge of her own weariness did not make itself known until the the spell seemed to have leeched entirely from where she held it, carved its inroads around the simple band she held. It sat there, all her efforts in the palm of her hand, but still precarious . There was one more ask of the Thaumaturge before she could say she was done for the day.
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Worse.

It was so much worse this time, which she would have claimed to be impossible before starting out. Calanon had either not mentioned (perhaps he hadn't wanted to worry her) or had mentioned but she hadn't understood him, just how tricky it would be to fit more magic into the ring once the first spell had been laid.

There was an instant, a very precarious instant, when these thoughts flashed through her mind as she held the magic and began to search for ground to lay the spell into and found her way blocked by her own work of a few brightenings previous.

It was only the fear of what would happen that kept her from losing her hold on the amplified magic that filled her as the surprise reverberated within, and that a narrow thing. But hold it she did, and began to painstakingly find new and harder to follow paths to walk in the infinitesimal space left in the small band.

The world around her eventually drifted to the background, her awareness limited to the world of the ring and the magic that hummed through her, still seeking its violent release. Until, finally, she set down the last of the spell and found herself simply holding a ring, her mind cooing at her to lay down for a moment and sleep. She was so tired.

Me'a.

The thought bore as much fatigue as the rest of Kailin's being, but Calanon had reminded her - and made her repeat back to him - the order of things, and she heard his voice now, uncharacteristically strict.

It brought a smile to her lips as she pushed herself up from the circle, slow and aching from sitting in the same position for so many candlemarks, to make her way only as far as the pallet that Calanon had taken position on previously. There, she curled up and was asleep before she could do much more than slowly uncurl her fingers - which had all but locked in place over the ring - and tuck it carefully into a pocket.
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Yes, more difficult. Mapping out new routes over old ground, finding paths not already trodden. Candlemarks of effort poured into the band. And when Kailin stopped it was another battle not to succumb to the tiredness there and then. One last thing to do, lest it all be for naught.

Her locking word sealed in place that second layer of magics and left the ring nothing more than a warmed circle of metal in her hand, tucked wearily away into a pocket as the Thaumaturge thought to just close her eyes for a moment. Only that was not enough for her tired mind and aching body, so despite the sparse bed she had chosen, Kailin was soon asleep.
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If it was not the sound of talking by the door that woke her then it would be the soft shake of her shoulder that followed scant moments later, a voice that was more than a little edged with concerned calling her back from her slumber. " Kailin..liramaer. Can you hear me?". A more persistent shake, and then the voice was thrown away from her, back toward the door. " And you are certain there were no bangs? No..disturbances" The answer was negative, another voice that she recognised as the exhausted mage slowly returned to the waking world.

When Calanon turned back from Stigur to Kailin, his expression was tight, worry and annoyance visible for the barest of seconds before they were swept away by a wave of relief. " Oh thank feth. You're awake. She's awake" he called back over his shoulder. " Why the hell are you sleeping?! I thought you had blown yourself up or something." Despite the rather cross tone, the elf was already gathering her up into his arms and pulling her close, dropping a kiss on her brow, before he craned back enough to see her face. " You are okay?". Scanning her face, Calanon tried to quiet his racing heart. He had thought to meet her and take her for some dinner or something, but having arrived and heard from the door guard that she had not been seen, he had panicked, and finding her slumped on a pallet in the warehouse had not put paid to that. Perhaps the boring and tiresome wait was worth it to save himself this.

"You can explain on the way home" he scowled, quite strict again now, and the elf stood up, pulling her with him. He eyed her speculatively " Walking..or a carriage?"
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Kailin scowled in annoyance at the noise and movement that was disrupting her sleep, and it took her a long moment to come fully awake, pale green eyes blinking blearily up at a somewhat flustered looking elf. The scowl deepened at his barage of questions, and she yawned hugely as he gathered her to himself, the mewling sounds of it ending up muffled against Calanon as she felt him press a kiss to her head.

"Yes, I'm okay," she said on a sigh, then thought to actually take a moment to suss out exactly how she was feeling, having napped. "I did not explode myself, melamin..." she said reassuringly, patting him on the back of his arm somewhat awkwardly.

"I was just so tired, afterward, that I thought to sit down and rest for a moment before finding the carriage." Because she had, at least, thought to arrange for the carriage to take her home when she'd finished. It was just the long walk through the warehouse that had seemed daunting, after the imbuement.

Pulled to her feet, she stopped to stretch her arms above her head and wring the kinks out of her back, making more groaning noises as she did so. Pallets of textiles might have made a better bed than boxes of wine, but not by much.

"Walk to the carriage," she said primly, then yawned again, "then carriage home." Reaching up, she wiped at the moisture her yawn had squeezed from her eyes, then grumped, "I'm hungry."

"How in Aetheria am I supposed to do this again, a'mael? It was so much harder to find the spaces this time. What will I do with the third spell?" It seemed impossible, if she were honest, but knew that Calanon had done it before many times. Surely he would have some advice to lend?

Only after an obviously amused Stigur had seen them out the door - with Kailin murmuring an apology to the guard for having created such a fuss - into the blessedly crisp darkening air did Kailin think to turn and curl close to Calanon, "I'm sorry to you, too, love. I did not mean to worry you so."

*****

Kailin gave herself four brightenings this time, and it was still bright afternoon when she ducked into the dim interior of the warehouse, nervous but intent on completing the imbuement of the ring on this her day off.

Once again, she began by grounding herself in her circle. Even were it not necessary, the quiet sketching of her symbols calmed and prepared her, and if she took longer about it than necessary, it was likely due to the knowledge that this attempt was likely to be the hardest yet. Such worries would not aid her, though, so she took her time in her sketching and waited until she naturally dropped into the calm space that always opened within her when she put charcoal to paper. Or, in this instance, chalk to floorboards.

Feeling more centered, she drew out the ring from her pocket, and took the small knife from her belt, once more cutting a knick into her finger and squeezing a drop onto each of her six symbols. Taking in a deep breath, she held it for a moment before closing her eyes and reaching for her focus, unaware of the fact that she was already gritting her teeth against the barrage to come.
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Calanon’s face held a fond exasperation as he witnessed his love’s rather grumpy awakening, but the relief he felt at finding her unharmed was enough to dilute any stronger irritation that might have otherwise been stirred by her - less than gracious - response to his concern. Sliding an arm around her waist so she might lean against him if she so wanted, he scooped up her bag and began to lead her toward the door, glancing at her as she asked her question.

“Oh. Well yes, it does get a little more complicated on the later charges. But..it's just patience I suppose. Did it all go to plan today?”

He expected, had things not gone to plan that it would have been more obvious, but thought it best to check anyway as they made their way to the Alyxanda’s carriage that had obviously been waiting around for his sleepy beloved. Passing Stigur, the elf shot him an apologetic look, for it was possible he had been a little fraught upon his arrival.

He sighed then as Kailin pressed closer to him, finally shaking off her tiredness enough to register that perhaps the tension she could feel in his form was not just to try and keep her upright. He pressed his lips together, for it was difficult for him to rein in his worry, but he knew Kailin was more than capable and would not appreciate his being over protective. “ No harm done” he eventually settled on, unwrapping his arm from around her to offer her a hand to climb up into the carriage. “ Only perhaps next time you could try and get home before you pass out”. It did not seem too much to ask.
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In the end, the elf had not insisted he go back to the warehouse with Kailin those four days later, the immediacy of his worry having settled and the memory of just how tedious it had been the first time reasserting itself. He did however, make her promise to ensure the door guard at least looked in through the window at regular intervals to ensure she hadn’t exploded herself, or fallen asleep. He had glared to emphasis the latter.

And so the Thaumaturge set about the quiet and peaceful action of drawing out her circle of amplification, adding in the symbols she had chosen that were unique to her before sealing them with a drop of her gemblood. Teeth set in anticipation, she knew more what to expect, and sure enough there was a rush as order essence flooded and overspilled her reserves, increasing her power, enabling her to attempt the third and final imbuement.
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"I don't know how you do this all the time," she said, voice petulant and expression set in a visible pout, "it's so much harder than spellwork. And yes. Everything went just fine," aside from the neat surprise of it growing more, rather than less, difficult.

Kailin's mood had just begun to improve within the comfort of Calanon's arms, her expression softening as she stepped into the carriage, when - at her back - he decided to push the subject one step too far, in her very balanced estimation. "Says the one who only has to stumble as far as his bed, when he finishes." And she purposefully put herself in the middle of one of the bench seats, arms crossed and legs folded as she waited for Calanon to join her. Entirely aware of her somewhat less than grateful aspect, she was too tired to shift her attitude, and the elf was left to enjoy her stony silence on the rest of the ride home, one foot bouncing irritably between them as she stared out the window.

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Once again left to her own devices, Kailin had dutifully - and with only mild irritation at doing so - asked Stigur to glance in occasionally, warning him that she might well seem asleep while she worked the magic. Leaving him with a somewhat perplexed expression and the promise that he would not disturb her so long as she was not sprawled on the ground or slumped awkwardly, she went in to her little cove of fabric-covered piles and pallets.

The shock of the magic rushing into and filling her had not diminished in the least by this, her third time amplifying her reserves. But given that this was her final imbuement, Kailin's determination was - she thought - equal to the task of bending the magic to her will one last time.

Jaw set and likely to be just as achy after this time as it had been after the last imbuement, Kailin began differently this time. Holding the Healing spell formed and ready, instead of trying to walk anymore paths into the small metal ring she clasped in her palm, she instead imagined a long, slow exhale of magic. In her mind, it was like putting on the final coating that would seal the ring and the other two spells it already contained. Rather than finding the diminishing spaces in between, she would wrap this one around the others, painstakingly, as if winding a nearly invisible thread around the ring.

Lost in the work, Kailin's entire being was focused on the process, so if the guard did as asked, she was entirely unaware.
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Calanon had rather been congratulating himself on his patience in his role of teacher. He had fought against his concerns, given her the knowledge and tried to step back and give her the space to work without cluttering it with his reservations. Which he observed only a touch bitterly had thus far been entirely unwarranted. It made his imbueing misadventures seem all the more unfortunate. But regardless, Kailin's surprisingly surly mood was grating, and he pinched his lips together to prevent his own irritation further souring the atmosphere on their journey home.

He might help her adjust her attitude later.


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Calanon had tired to impress on Kailin that the third and final imbuement would of course be more difficult, but that it was not impossible, and just required further patience and a light touch. And so Kailin was aware of this as she began trying to channel her healing spell into the already complex form that was the imbued ring. Slowly....achingly slowly, she wound the spell around and through the metal ring. It was increasingly difficult to feed the magic into place, the effort sending tremors through her thoughts, meaning she had to repeatedly stop, try and get a hold on the spell again, before resuming the process.

Candlemarks passed, the light in the warehouse shifting from the bright sunslight of day to the burnished gold of low afternoon as the three suns began their descent. Stigur had walked repeatedly past the door, peering through the glass panes at the still form on his employer, but heeding her instructions not to interrupt.

For the Thaumaturge, it was a draining a task as any, and the final few winds of the Healing spell about the ring was akin to walking up soft sand dunes, unbalanced and wearing. But eventually her patience and perseverance paid off, and Kailin felt the last strands of the weave slip from her and coil around the ring resting upon her palm. That was it, loaded with as much magic as it could ever contain, and certainly as much as she had to offer, all of that storming vis having flowed away, leaving her exhausted after being buffeted by it as she sought to control the infusion process.

What was left then?
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Old April 15, 2018, 02:31 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Like everything else, the word trembled through her mind, her fatigue serving her for once in that she did not think she had the energy to uncrack her jaw enough to accidentally speak it aloud, even had Calanon's warnings not been echoing loudly.

He'd been right, of course. This last one was the worst, and she had a new respect for the elf's willpower, given how frequently he set himself to this very task. She would have to ask him if he enjoyed it, because she did not much think she did.

A good few moments passed before Kailin realized that her mind was wandering, and her fingers were still clasped around the ring that was finally complete. Or was it 'full'? How did one speak about such things?

Pulling her attention back into the moment yet again, Kailin used her free hand to pull open the digits that had locked around the ring, gritting her teeth against the discomfort. Then, while she gently shook out the remaining stiffness, dropped the ring safely into a pocket.

Her gaze shifted to the bucket she had thought to bring with, this time, and she forced herself to her feet, making it the few steps to pick up the rag laying over the edge before dipping it into the cold water. It took longer than it normally would have, kneeling in the center of her circle, to erase the chalky marks she'd made and drawn over and over. If there was some sadness at seeing this symbol of her growing proficiency with her magic being erased, there was enough relief to keep the balance firmly in the 'thank gods I'm done for now' category.

With the floor damp but clean of any trace of magics (barring whatever residual contamination she might have left here, a thought that had her frowning again), Kailin dropped the rag in the bucket and let out a long sigh. The light was fading, and she would need a candle soon enough if she stayed much longer.

Unfortunately, climbing to her feet seemed an impossible task, and so she concentrated on working her jaw loose first, sliding it side to side slowly while rubbing gently at sore cheek muscles. Once it no longer felt as if her jaw had been wired shut, she took in a deep breath while she struggled back up to her feet.

"Stigur?" Voice cracking from the long silence, sounding almost as if she'd just woken up, Kailin cleared her throat and tried again, "Stigur?!" If he was nearby and could carry the bucket and her bag, maybe lend her an arm, she was quite sure she could make it to the carriage, thus doing her best to not submit to the overwhelming fatigue and worry Calanon, again.

The thought of Calanon was just the bit of impetus Kailin needed, as she realized she could finally present him with the little band she'd worked so hard to make useful. The idea that he would have some of her magic with him should he need it was a great comfort, and well worth the enervation currently dragging at her, especially in light of recent events.
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Not usually one to find herself at a loss for words, it was perhaps a blessing that the tension in Kailin’s jaw prevented any accidental activation of the ring, and the undoing of all her hard work. Still, the thought was enough, wrapping itself around the infused ring, sealing in place the Order magic that the Thaumaturge had painstakingly imbued.

With all her vis depleted, there was that familiar feeling of emptiness, and Kailin’s limbs felt heavy and her head fogged as she shuffled her way through the act of scrubbing away the symbols of her circle of amplification. Eventually the chalk was washed away and nothing remained but a darkened, damp area of the floor to signify the hours that Kailin had toiled there.

Her call for the guard, cracking through her parched throat, was quiet at first, and it took a few tries before her body remembered she had a voice and it carried enough to attract the bear of a man in her family’s employ. Hurrying over, he was happy to offer Kailin an arm, and assured her he would come back for the bucket and to lock up the warehouse. If he noticed the atmosphere in the space seemed a little heavy, the air a little thick, he did not comment on it. A man of the physical rather than the magical, he did not much understand the arcane. That and it was not his place to ask. Pale blue eyes did look at her in a little concern though as he helped her up.

“Everythin’ went ok, did it M’lady? You done for the darkenin?” He hoped so, given the dark circles that stood out against her pale skin. It would have been a lot easier - and quicker- he considered, if he could have just picked her up and carried her out to the carriage, but that was far beyond what would be proper, so instead it was slow and steady progress. He gave her a little bow as she was settled in the carriage.

“G’night, M’lady.”

And then Kailin was bouncing her way home, the noise of the carriage wheels across the cobbles lulling her closer and closer towards the slumber her body and mind so dearly needed. The ring that bore the fruits of her labour remained safely tucked in her pocket, and with it the lessons learnt in her first foray into imbueing.
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