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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

09 May 2012, 16:56

The time drew ever closer to the start of their magitech class. The professor was already drawing on the board in his workshop as the students entered. There were diagrams of a basic round artifact, and essence pathways were sketched all through it. Sitting on his desk were five closed boxes, with four of them locked tight using intricate locking mechanisms. Such devices would require a specific and strange key to access.
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09 May 2012, 17:34

Amneir only just barely makes it to class on time. Her hair is no longer in bouncy curls, but has been pulled back into a bun to hide that it is damp. Her make up seems reduced, at the very least the star is gone. She sits quickly, not looking at anyone as she takes her assignment out.
 
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

09 May 2012, 18:37

Morgan noted Amneir's appearance with clinical detachment (why was he doing that?) as well as several others in the room (or that?), and took his seat with swift and sure steps. His assignment is on his desk, done neatly and with the usual sizeable increase in the assigned number of pages. He looked at the lockboxes curiously. Fascinating. He started mulling over their appearance with his knowledge of First Age lore, trying to correspond them to artifacts or devices he had heard of previously.
 
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

09 May 2012, 18:51

Althena dashes in shortly after Morgan, getting settled in her seat and pulling her homework out of a bag. The southerner looks at the boxes curiously, wondering what they're for, as she waits for class to begin.
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

09 May 2012, 23:45

When Althena asks about storing her sanxian Kaetris indicates that she can place it in the corner of the room, safely out of the way. It would be a shame if the instrument was damaged; Kaetris enjoys good music and Althena is better than most musicians Kaetris has heard.

Once she gets to Professor Nacari's classroom Kaetris takes her usual seat by the window and begins to make some rough copies of the artifact diagrams, in an effort to get ahead in note-taking. As she does so she idly glances at Amneir, wondering what had passed between the her and Professor Drakkon. Probably nothing too dishonorable - Kaetris believed Amneir's quasi-denial of inappropriate behavior, if for no other reason than the Water-aspect was too arrogant to consider lying to Kaetris.

Of course, if that was the case she would have to revise her opinion Professor Drakkon. Maybe he isn't so bad after all.
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

10 May 2012, 00:49

The Professor waits for everyone to take their seats, quickly jots down who was late or didn't show up, and then began his lecture.

"Class. The past few days we have been discussing Artifacts and what distinguishes them from their mundane counterparts. While we have managed to compile a rather impressive list of features and characteristics, there is one common feature that can bind them all together." He taps his finger against the board toward the round example artifact filled with lines.

"Essence. Essence is what powers our artifacts and gives them life. Essence, the very thing that makes we Dragonblooded so unique, is what allows our inventions to transcend their mortal limitations and become something greater. The argument could even be said that the attuning and use of artifacts is akin to the Dragonblooded Exaltation itself. You take a mundane object, but one with potential to become something more. But once the Essence of the Dragons is infused into the artifact, it becomes a creature so fantastic that the world itself could not create it on its own. When you attune to your artifact, you are using yourself as a living battery to keep it functioning. Such a bond often runs deep. This can result in a favored daiklave passed down through the family generations, or a suit of armor that a soldier will wear into every battlefield. And why can we do such things? Because of Magical Materials."

Nacari approached his desk and grasped the box without a lock. He opened it, and within sat six pieces of jade: white, black, blue, red, green, and yellow.

"This, as any fool in Creation could tell you, is Jade. This is a mineral that rests within Gaia herself, and as the Dragons come from Gaia, so we come from the Dragons. This gives us a special link to these materials. Our essence can easily flow through them and we can bond to such artifacts almost without effort. What distinguishes them even more is a special bond each aspect has to a specific color." He grasps the piece of yellow jade. "Even mortals can attune to a form of jade, though such a color is only available through a secret technique of alchemy...which more often explodes and kills the researcher than produces a viable product."

He leaves the box open on the table, then going to grasp the locked box on the furthest left. As he held the rather large and heavy box in his hands, he looked up at the class.

"Now, class. Before I continue with my class, I must warn you. We here at the Heptagram specialize in the study of the occult and ancient lore. As such, it is our duty and responsibility to handle materials that the Immaculate Cult bans. We take this responsibility with pride, but we must also remain aware of the dangers. Such things are banned for a reason. Though we retain knowledge of most of these materials from the First Age and through our own study, there is still much we do not understand about the things I am about to show you. If any of you feel you cannot tolerate yourself being in the presence of such things, you may leave now."

He paused, waiting for anyone to leave.

"No? Well then, let us start off with an easy one. Everyone should know this material, and yet it makes it no less dangerous." Out of his pocket he fishes a key. It's a three-pronged utensil that, when jolted with essence, shifts itself into a complex figure that could only fit in the lock of the box. He places the key inside and turns it, then lifts the lid. The inside of the box is lined with prayer strips and wards, and resting on a fitted mat of fabric is a block of strange gold.

"Now then. Anyone want to take the easy question of the day and tell me what this likely is?"

(Intelligence+Occult, Difficulty 1, but Diff 3 if you didn't live within an area of the Immaculate Cult. It's pretty obvious what this is to you players, though.)
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

10 May 2012, 07:40

(<Henry> !roll_ww 8 7 ex
<The_Lady> Henry invokes the Lady...
<The_Lady> 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 9
<The_Lady> rolled 8d10. Got 2 Successes against a TN of 7, 10's are counted double

I assume the difficulty is only 1 for Kaetris as well, given her experiences in Lookshy.)

Kaetris looks up from her notes, peering at the box. She's handled all of the magical materials, save for yellow jade and starmetal, in the course of her kinetropic training at the Academy of Sorcery, so she's reasonably familiar with their properties. Since no one else is jumping to answer the question, she raises her hand cautiously.

"Orichalcum?" she says. "The metal of the Sun?"

And the less common kind of Anathema, she adds in her head. And the stuff that killed Kira.
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

10 May 2012, 09:48

"Very good, Kaetris."

He placed the box back on his desk very carefully. He then pulled out a thick glove, placed it over his hand, and picked up the block.

"Orichalchum is refined from gold with the use of magma and very carefully created mirrors that can reflect and focus the sunlight into the bubbling gold. It can also be found naturally near natural magma sources, such as volcanoes. The Realm holds one such orichalchum mine very secretly and watches over it. It is incredibly difficult to forge Orichalchum, as it requires a workshop of very high resources plus a steady supply of gold, so if the Anathema of the Sun ever return in force, it is likely they will attack the places where it has naturally formed first."

He walks around the class holding up the bar so the students can get a closer look.

"Orichalchum is gold infused with sunlight at intense levels of heat. While the gold is a major component, it is the sunlight within the metal that the Solar Anathema attune to. But just as sunlight can warm us and help our plants grow, it can also burn and injure at a whim. There are some who believe that it was attunement to Orichalchum that may have driven the Solar Exalted to become the demons they were. As such, contact with such materials are banned by the Immaculate Cult, and it is rarely used in our artifacts. For your purposes right now, you know the look of Orichalchum so you can avoid accidental attunement with such artifacts, and so you can report to the Immaculate Monks its location so an investigation can be made."

He placed the block back into the box and then closed the lid, locking it tight with his key. He then opened the second box. It had the same prayer strip wards as before, only this time the inside of the box held a jar of adamant glass. Through the glass the group could see a silver liquid.

"Now, what might THIS one be? If you lived or visited near the bordermarches, you might have even seen it before."
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

10 May 2012, 16:49

Morgan looked intently from the back of the room - the magical materials were quite familiar to him, after all. Given that he had an example of them shoved in his eye socket, and two more examples up his sleeves, that was unsurprising.

Still, he'd have given his right arm to get his hands on that moonsilver. Just enough there to make a truly marvelous pair of lightning torment hatchets...

He spoke out, quietly.

"Moonsilver."
 
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10 May 2012, 18:40

"Very good Morgan. Yes, this is Moonsilver. It is kept in a jar due to its liquid form, and yet it is still technically a metal. In this state, however, it is useless for crafting. All we really know about this metal is that it naturally occurs in locations where Creation and the Wyld meet, which makes it the perfect Magical Material for the Lunar Anathema. Lunar Anathema are cursed to never remain in the same shape for long, and the Moonsilver can shift to fit whatever they need at that time. There were even stories that some Lunars could produce Moonsilver from their very bodies to make natural weapons and armor. The Lunars guarded the secret to their Moonsilver crafting very closely. Many Dragonblooded have died trying to obtain the rituals required, so one of our responsibilities here are the Heptagram is to figure out how they use Moonsilver in their artifacts. Though this responsibility took a lot of convincing, and many of the demonic guards here at the Heptagram are here solely to fend off the possibility of a Lunar Anathema invasion. The Lunars are horrendously jealous of anyone not of their kind owning Moonsilver, and if it was discovered that we owned any, they would likely attack in an attempt to take it back."

He closed the box on the moonsilver, locking it once more. Now he went to the third box with one of the more complex locks. For this one he needed three keys, and each key had to combine together in a very specific pattern. He checked the clock, then made another adjustment to the key. He slid it in and the box opened up.

"This, my students, is the rarest and least understood Magical Material the Realm has discovered."

He held up the box, showing what looked like a piece of plating from a breastplate. It was white, though as it moved it showed a sheen of rainbow along the surface.

"Now, would anyone know what this material is? And don't feel bad if you don't. Few do."

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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

10 May 2012, 19:39

Althena thinks for a minute. She'd never seen anything quite like it before, but maybe something from one of her studies of Northern culture...

"Might be some sort o' amalgam of feathersteel 'n' Chiaroscuran glass?" she guesses, based on the metal's sheen and prismatic colouration.
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

10 May 2012, 19:45

Morgan stared at the metal hard enough to bore a hole in it with his eyes. Magical materials - he knew of Jade, Orichalcum was simple enough...white metal. Rainbow sheen. White metal. Rainbow sheen. Appearance rang bells. Something he'd read looking for materials. Materials for The Ritual. A material discarded, too little information on it. Three months of solid work trying to dig up any information on it. Nothing.

White and rainbow.

Glittering.

Glittering like...stars.

Metal fallen from the sky.

Rare, very rare.

Starme-"Starmetal."
 
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

10 May 2012, 20:39

Amneir raises her hand suddenly.

"Professor? You keep saying that we're supposed to learn how to use these materials and recognize them. Why isn't Steel Silk or Ironwood considered a magical material?"

Why she thought that now was a good time to bring that up is unclear, with perhaps the best answer being: it's Amneir. At least this question is slightly on topic.
 
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

10 May 2012, 22:37

Kaetris cranes her neck to get a better view of the starmetal. This was by far the biggest piece she's ever seen, and she is extremely curious about the metal and its properties. She has seen it used as wiring and as filigree, but she is uncertain as to its true properties and she would love to get a chance to handle Nacari's cache. Sadly, this was probably as close as she was ever going to get to it.
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

11 May 2012, 14:45

"A good guess, Althena, but this metal is no hybrid. It is its own metal-yes, Morgan. This is Starmetal. It is an extremely rare magical material that is found, if ever, in usually very small amounts. It can be found in thin amounts in high-level artifacts, such as power armors or vehicles, but never at excessive levels which leads us to believe that its source is rare as well. This armor plate, in fact, is the largest piece of forged Starmetal the realm has...at least to my knowledge. There are many theories as to the presence of the metal, though the most commonly accepted theory is that it comes from the sky and is gathered from meteorites. However, any meteorites found already seemed to have been broken open, likely by the local animals, so any Starmetal that can be scavenged from it are trace amounts. Normally we would not think more of it than some rare novelty, but its use in high-level artifacts, as well as the fact that this anonymously donated piece was forged into a shape for armor, hints that there was once a greater use for it. Some scholars believe that it was a new type of metal the Solar Anathema were working on before the Cleansing. Others believe that because it is possible for we Dragonblooded to attune to it, that there was once a race of beings very similar to we Dragonblooded who could naturally attune to it. It's likely, however, that if such beings ever existed that the Anathema wiped them from the world long ago."

The professor closed the box and was about to move on before Amneir's hand went up. He listened to her question, smiled, and nodded.

"That is a very good question, Amneir, and I was going to bring it up later. However, considering the...delicate nature of my last sample, it would probably be best for the class to explain how we know what is and what isn't a magical material." He set the box containing the Starmetal down and turned to address the class.

"Creation contains countless numbers of materials for crafting, whether mundane or artifact creations. Such things could be basic metals, like steel or iron. They could be grown plants, such as Ironwood or Mother's Moss. They can even be made from or by animals, such as the Steel Silk or Furnace Rhino Hide. These are all wonderful items that can be used to make mundane items, and can even be included in artifacts. However, the thing which distinguishes an Artifact from a mundane object is the use of the Magical Materials. This is because the Magical Materials are minerals that are capable of taking in the flow of Essence from an Exalted and bonding to its user. When you attune to your Daiklave, you are not attuning to the sword itself but to the Magical Material within it. Steel Silk and Ironwood, while both very useful materials, are not magical in the sense that they cannot attune to our essence. They can certainly be used within artifacts that DO contain Magical Materials, but they are not capable of taking our essence alone. So on that same note, we also can tell if an item is a Magical Material through the testing of attunement. If we can attune to it, often with the use of a Harmonizer, then it is a magical material...which brings me to my last sample."

He takes up the last box. This one is made of a dark wood, and Nacari handles it as if it were to explode at any moment.

"Now, I warn you all. While the other materials are banned or restricted due to their affiliation with the Anathema, this material is banned for fairly obvious reasons. We have known of its existence since the First Age when the Solar Anathema began its forging. And I truly...truly believe that this material is all that is needed to prove why they were the Demons our faith claims them to be."

There was no obvious lock for this box. No keyhole for unlocking. There was simply a needle of black jade. Nacari pricked the tip of his finger on the needle and then smeared a small drop of his blood along the seam of the box. It popped open after registering his blood. This box was also different on the inside. There were twice as many warding prayer strips, as well as a thick foam material that seemed to be more for soundproofing than anything else. And the soundproofing became obvious as the class could hear the sound of several moans coming from the box. Resting inside the box was a black chunk of metal. The metal's surface would move slightly every so often, and those in the front of the class could swear they saw a face for a moment before it disappeared.

"Now...anyone know what THIS material is?"

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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

11 May 2012, 14:58

Amneir looks at the metal and squeaks.

"That's hell metal!"
 
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

11 May 2012, 15:50

(<Henry> !roll_ww 8 7 ex
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<The_Lady> 1, 4, 4, 5, 7, 7, 9, 10
<The_Lady> rolled 8d10. Got 5 Successes against a TN of 7, 10's are counted double)

Kaetris knows exactly what the metal is. She has seen it before, touched it even, while cleaning up that miserable little battlefield south of Celeren. She knows how it sucks the warmth from the air around it, how its edges are jagged and smooth at the same time, how very much worse the sounds it makes are when they are inside your head. And she saw what it did to her brother.

Her face ashen, she shudders and wraps her arms around herself, leaning towards the window in an effort to get away from Professor Nacari and his damn box.

"Anima adamantis," she whispers in Old Realm, not really trying to answer the professor's question.
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

11 May 2012, 23:22

"No, Amneir, it is not from hell, though you are rather close." Nacari picked up on Kaetris's light talk.

"Well yes, that is the Old Realm word for it. However, here in the Realm it is commonly referred to as Soulsteel. This was another creation of the Solar Anathema in the First Age, which helps lend credibility to the theories about Starmetal. From what we still hold in our archives, this is the stone from the Labyrinth in the underworld, which is then forged in such a way that ghosts and souls of the dead are shoved inside of the metal. These wretched souls remain within the Soulsteel for all of eternity...there is no known way to release them. They live an existence of pain and torture, trapped within this material. And yet, we are still capable of attuning to it. So this is most definitely a Magical Material, used in a few artifacts from that age but not many. Hopefully, any beings that could naturally attune to such an object never existed, or were destroyed so long ago that our ancestors never knew them as more than memories." He closed the box tight, placing it back on the desk.

"So, class. Those are the five Magical Materials. Get to know them and understand them. They each have a place within the crafting of artifacts, though with so many of them restricted for VERY good reasons, you must learn how to work around that. Many a failed craftsman uses a restricted material in order to strengthen an artifact, or to create weaponry similar to the Anathema. We Dragonblooded, however, are above such things. Jade is our gift from the Dragons. It has served us well for centuries, and will continue to do so."
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

12 May 2012, 09:16

Morgan stared at the soulsteel, curious - a truly dangerous material, by all accounts, but powerful. Harnessing forged souls in an artefact, it was blasphemous, it was disturbing...but the potential inherent in any artifact forged from it would be staggering.

Idle plans for artifacts and devices whirled through his mind, and he almost half-heard the professor's words - keyword, almost. A somewhat flat expression crossed his face at the talk of 'above such things' - he didn't quite disagree, but neither did he fully agree. Materials were materials, and tools were tools; they were no more evil than the mortal or Exalt who put them to use. Jade was the Dragonblood's birthright, but orichalcum, moonsilver, soulsteel...he wasn't sure of starmetal, but he knew full-well the wonders of the First Age were driven by great engines and creations built on the backs of these materials.

Still, all things considered, he'd rather not work with the soulsteel if he could help it. Just common sense - a weapon that was constantly wailing and lamenting would get highly annoying very fast.
 
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

12 May 2012, 12:02

The bells began to ring and Nacari placed the sheet back over the boxes.

"Very good day, class. No homework for this weekend, but don't get used to it. I'm just being nice for your first weekend here at the Heptagram. There will be homework on Moonday so be ready for it. Otherwise, have fun and be safe."

Professor Mapel was up and about now, having recovered from her night of fits. Her class, however, was still cancelled for the day as her classroom had to be cleaned out. She was also spending the day alone in her classroom, replanting what she could and saving what foliage hadn't been destroyed. It was not the time for teaching.

Their last class was the library class, and as usual it was boring and unimportant. They were going over proper etiquette in caring for books that you've checked out of the library. Don't drink anything while reading a book, no dog-earing any of the pages and you don't have an excuse because bookmarks here are free, if you bring a book back with smudged fingerprints from chocolate or cheeses she'll feed your reproductive organs to the chimera in Lab 47.

The bell finally rings at the end of that, and the school day is over. The students are released to their own devices until Moonday morning.
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

12 May 2012, 12:46

Amneir leaves class after turning in her homework. On the way back to her dorm she meets with Inigo, who has just delivered her order with Drakkon. She listens to the message about meeting in Kaetris' room and wrinkles her nose. With a six page essay to do that will hit on a rather sensitive topic, the last thing she wants to do is sit around Kaetris' drab room, remembering the insult that was given to her when Amneir was trying to be nice. Then again, it's not as if Lookshy was known for its hospitality. Besides, she had a decorating group to head and since that was her biggest lead so far, that was more important than whatever new kind of paranoia Morgan had created in his head.

"Let's go see if my room has been cleared for habitation. I'm sure it needs to be cleaned and re-organized. On top of everything else I have to do." She rolls her eyes and heads back to her room. She's going to get in so much trouble with her grandmother from these first few days alone. But, she considered as she walked past the dojo. At least there were a few bright spots.
 
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

12 May 2012, 13:01

The room was more or less cleaned. The staff had replaced the blood-soaked rug with a new one, and any of the broken furniture was replaced.
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

12 May 2012, 13:29

Amneir lets her hair out before flopping onto the chaise, letting the red and gold gown flow around her. She closes her eyes to rest a little.

It has been a rough week.
 
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

12 May 2012, 15:36

After classes, Althena takes a few moments to stop by her room and drop off her books and pack a change of clothes just in case. Her fingers brush over Willow Whisper, then she harrumphs and lifts it down from its display. Maybe she couldn't take it to the Isle with her tomorrow, but she could have it tonight as she'd promised herself. She heads over to Kaetris's once she's locked up her room.
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Re: The Freshman 15 - Fourth Day Of School

12 May 2012, 18:35

Morgan brings new meaning to the word "meticulous" as he goes over his room - practically peering into every nook and cranny with his Essence Sight, resetting every booby trap in a new (and surprising) spot, locking up tight his window and ensuring every 'smokescreen' he'd created was in full view. Everything truly valuable, on the other hand, was locked up safe away. In his head. Or in his sleeves, ready to be used to...question...any wayward demon or true fool who thought his room was not inviolable.

If he did not find any such things to investigate, he locks up the door to his room and notes that several new locks are required (this weekend), then promptly sets out to Kaetris's room.

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