It was nice to be able to spend a few days in the clan hold. It need be only a few days for my trip though with the rangers was not originally scheduled for this amount of time. I do not have full duties in Sog but, I am sure they have thought of something new for me to do. I like it when others also find more ideas for me to work on, other than taking time away from my own research it makes me feel that I am useful to the rangers. Upon showing back up I sought out Magpie but was unable to locate him. So Sky being my second choice for things of the Builders was my target the next morning. I found her at the Inn dragging someone out who was sleeping. Rok-Tar offered her a aromatic concoction that he said would pick them up. I think he meant give them a boost of energy.
She saw that I was waiting to speak to her so she passed the hulk of a slumbering man to another asking them to help him back to his office. Then she turned to me and asked if I was in deed waiting to speak with her. I told her that I was in need of her assistance for two things. One would involve a bit more than the other. The first was to simply shoot a few arrows for me into a practice target. She shrugged and suggested this was far too easy a task to have spoken to her about but did not complain. I than miss spoke and asked for her help with the Builder I have in a box. Asking her to help me make it work, this was miss leading since I have only the Builders gear and not an actual live or dead Builder. She informed me later that it had confused her and she wondered why I had captured a Builder.
Rok-Tor jumps in and asks if he could help with the arrow shooting he has a test site close by that would probably work. We would just need to make sure the children were not in the path of the test items. So he rolls a barrel, since the one I had planned to use was back at the Rangers hall, and leads us to a small park like area. More an area that had yet to be built in than one that was for beauty at least any longer. We fill the barrel with water and I explain to Sky what I needed done. I warn her not to touch the arrow tips and she say’s this will need her to agust her shooting a bit showing me that her draw is longer than most and the arrow head is right at her hand. This is fine since they are test shots not trying to kill anyone.
She lets fly the controlled arrow, a normal practice arrow, it punches a hole and then fills it leaving a splash and not much more than that, just sticking into the wood. She is obviously bored with this and asks for the next arrow this one she find a touch more interesting. Shooting it with the same flare as the first, she likes it better when the glue dissolved and the flammables ignite. This creates some steam and bubbles. As I work to assemble the last test arrow she shoots several more in rapid motions, I am not sure why but just keep affixing the stone holder to the arrow. This one she looks at with more interest since the last one did something. She notes the stone captured in the lead and gets worried but showing far more care and aim, this one she sends into the barrel as well. I am glad I used a very small chip, but it works as I had hoped. It staves in the side of the barrel and we can see the arrow head come out the back. It does let out all of the water, but it was a very good display of the power of this modification.
We clean up the mess and head back over to the ranger’s hall to my work room so that I can show her the builder in a box that I was talking about. I open the box and show them the box full of Builder gear. There is a real nice set of armor that covers the entire body head to foot. There is a set of bracers and belt along with a rod taken of an archmancer. There is the standard archcaster and Archfire sword, knife and nice short sword. I did not have the control collar in the box it and the broken golem where on the work bench. I ask her to show me how to make it all work. She blinks at me and for a minute I wonder if in my enticement I spoke in Dwarven. She walks over and try s to pick up the crate, It’s a bit too big for her, I am not sure what she wants but I figure I will find out if I put wheels on the crate, so I do.
She takes me to a very cool place; I did not know Sog had a builder working for us. She knocks on the door and there is a static charge. Inside is very interesting full of builder gear and the house itself is a builder item. She tells the man that she has a puzzle and shows him the box and we talk about what I want from it. How to make it work and how to be able to stop the Builders from using it on us. We talk about the powers and the art and for some time speak about how things work. We end up with a plan to work through the items maybe taking them apart, I can learn about them from the inside out. He also gives me a box with a limited spectrum of mulit frequency stones are nestled, this is to help me figure out how to shut of the crystals on a group to stop the armor and other things, from working.
I head back to my rooms to gather my report to turn in. I am thinking Artivan should be awake and ready to receive my report. I get back to a much busier Ranger hall and there are many people in and out. I go and Gather my bound report; it is a full copy of what I turned into the Lore Wardens, only leaving out the technical specs of the cave in wonder. I think it is only short about 70 pages out of the 800 I turned in to my order. I nearly run into several people trying to make my way to the head man’s office. I stop not far from it when I hear more yelling but it’s not just the head man, but also the calm in control second in command. This makes me turn around and try walking out, it is not meant to be. There are new people as well. I get jumbled in the hallway. There is more yelling and this time I think it is the boss man dressing down a drunk. Maybe I should poke my head in to offer the report so that I can get back to work on my tests.
This does not work out as I had hoped. I waited until they seemed to be looking for someone, they tried yelling a few names and no one seemed to care. I poked my head in and asked if they were looking for someone in particular. The answer was yes but it seems that I was not one that they were looking for. So I pull my head back out the door and stand there. After the biggest Brichie walks out the door following a wolf I wonder if I should just try one of the others. I am about to try leaving again when Artivan yells back out to me welcoming me back. I step in and he looks at the book in my hand and stops speaking, so I look down. Then he asks if I have my report, so I offer it to him saying that I do. He goes a bit pale and tells me to walk it down the hall to Cairos. I nod and head down that way, when I knock I get yelled at again. This is odd he is normally even tempered. I open the door and his demeanor changes and he nearly yanks me off my feet dragging me into the room. He has many questions mostly about what I can do with books and the like; it seems that Kassegore has left them with a mess of paperwork to go through. At least the beast did the paperwork. So we spend some time going through the records trying to put them in order. It seems though that we might have a long road as he was Dragordean. I ask if Cairos can read that language he says no sadly not. I tell him I might be able to make something that will help just as Artivan bursts in the door saying I am needed and now. They talk about whom has greater need and rank is pulled. Cairos said that I could not leave until I make him a way to read the papers and Artivan sighing waits. So I use some crysarium and turn the ear piece I was using with the builder into a monocle by adding more crystals. Informing him it will not last long I leave.
We rush to the inn where some others have gathered and the yelling starts again. This time it is about a town in need of our help and who is going and, well Artivan must be short handed he offered the big cat 1 gold to go with us and help clean out the red store. That is my weekly pay for over a month, this makes me wonder why he is so valuable. He must have been good in the fight that busted up the inn, real good.
speaking, so I look down. Then he asks if I have my report, so I offer it to him saying that I do. He goes a bit pale and tells me to walk it down the hall to Cairos. I nod and head down that way, when I knock I get yelled at again. This is odd he is normally even tempered. I open the door and his demeanor changes and he nearly yanks me off my feet dragging me into the room. He has many questions mostly about what I can do with books and the like, it seems that Kassegore has left them with a mess of paperwork to go threw. At least the beast did the paperwork. So we spend some time going threw the records trying to put them in order. It seems though that we might have a long road as he was Dragordean. I ask if Cairos can read that language he says no sadly not. I tell him I might be able to make something that will help just as Artivan bursts in the door saying I am needed and now. They talk about whom has greater need and rank is pulled. Cairos said that I could not leave until I make him a way to read the papers and Artivan sighing waits. So I use some crysarium and turn the ear piece I was using with the builder into a monocle by adding more crystals. Informing him it will not last long I leave.
We rush to the inn where some others have gathered and the yelling starts again. This time it is about a town in need of our help and who is going and , well Artivan must be short handed he offered the big cat a gold to go with us and help clean out the red store. That is my weekly pay for over a month, this makes me wonder why he is so valuable. He must have been good in the fight that busted up the inn, real good. So with Stoon liberated the red Store working for the Prelacy are trying to find other in roads and using this small village upstream as a jump off point. We have just gotten word and need to hurry there and check out and remove the threat. This village is several hours upstream and a boat is provided, we gather our gear and load up for this investigation. As we were rowed upstream Magpie and I had a discussion about blowing up crysarium. We where talking about my builder in a box and my new work with weaponized crysarium. For some reason he does not mind shooting it at targets but he is really not behind my ideas to use it in ranged weapon applications. He wants me to work on a more advanced version of a bow or crossbow with springs in the arrows or bolts. I think he is worried I am wasting a commodity that he can more properly use. We speak at length until arrival at the village cuts our time short.
I will never understand why we bother to send scouts, I have yet to be on a mission with the rangers where the scouts are not seen and trigger a fight. Would it not be better to at least all be in one place when the fighting starts? Our scouts this time seemed to run across some guards just hanging out in the open not patrolling but waiting around, like they are play acting at being regular people, just with a ton of weapons and armor and a few streaming armbands of red. This is fooling no one, at least not in our group. I am not sure exactly what scout was seen or put them on alert but we were sent warning to our minds from the druids wolf. So as per the norm we all charge in. This time taking differing paths threw the small roads in the town. Father Salvator and I to the far left, others dash straight up the middle and a last group with the druid and Rok-tar on the far dockside. I activate my AAS as we charge up and it seems the scouts had only put them on alert not show where we where. This is a good and bad thing, with the noise from my AAS they focus on our position, pulling the focus away from the other groups and to me. We have caught only a portion of them, there where divided as we expecting one group to surround. This way we where able to take them out in the groups. Yet there is an ominous Black glow radiating from the next Warehouse, this is not going to be fun.