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PostPosted: Thu, Nov 02 2017, 11:11 AM 

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The house in Nes'ek in which the lovely drow sorceress, Sui'Aerl Valis, had made her home is a serene place. The drow and her companion, a copper dragon wyrmling named Boulderdash, are often seen sitting outside in the warm sun or wandering about Nes'ek and all the way to Khalem, simply enjoying the new home they have made for themselves. The little dragon chases scorpions in the sand with glee and Sui'Aerl speaks cheerfully with the locals about the Morninglord or her Art. She had arranged a small laboratory in her home, apparently, and as such she offers to her neighbors a source of magical trinkets or tools or even fine jewelry. The examples she shows them of her work, namely a platinum necklace with a symbol of Lathander set with seven blue diamonds in an arc over top of it, give a perfect representation of what she is capable of creating.

Oftentimes, a half-elf with black hair named Elliot Cys'dina accompanies Sui'Aerl on her outings. He is equally pleasant and friendly, and the pair make an attractive couple. It is certainly unusual for a drow to linger in and enjoy the sun of the desert, but Sui'Aerl is an unusual drow. Her demeanor is sweet and kind, as if she has never seen the realms Below and has no desire to do so.

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PostPosted: Thu, Nov 02 2017, 21:04 PM 

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Sui'Aerl brushed her fingers over the shining golden grip of the rapier which rested on a table in front of her. The sword was perfect for what she had wanted and she smiled to herself as she thought back to when she had first looked upon it. She had not unwrapped it when Alenia had given it to her in Bendir Dale the night before, but perhaps she should have. She knew the joy and satisfaction which came with seeing a customer's delight at your craftsmanship.

She was glad that she had been able to make a larger laboratory for her artifice. For the many projects which she felt did not require a sympathetic link to the location of the ritual, it was a perfect size, with two large circles to act as focal points for larger projects. She had one project set out atop one of the circles already. She did not need one for this, though.

She reached into her pouch of diamond dust and sprinkled it over the weapon in its entirety. She then took a deep breath as it settled and focused her attention. She moved her hands, first weaving a spell of Greater Magic Weapon over the rapier. She worked slowly, meticulously, layering the spell twice more just to ensure that it takes. This would be a potent blade, and she wanted it to be perfect. Afterward, she called upon the magics of Keen Edge. This part was a bit trickier. In order to make it just a little more potent, exceptionally sharp for the sake of doing massive damage with just the right strike, she needed to manipulate the magic in just the right way.

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Her eyes closed as she layered four of these spells, cast methodically and slowly in her ritualistic manner. She gave it the added potency she was sure it needed in order to cause the effect she wanted. And when she finished those four castings, she let out a heavy breath. She was already growing weary. She ran a hand over her brow and took a moment to cast an Endurance spell over herself. She still had the most difficult part to accomplish, and it could take some time. She might even have to finish it later.

She breathed deeply, focusing again before returning to the task. This was a new approach, but like most of her creations, it was a matter of piecing together the magics in new, inventive ways. Her father had always encouraged her to experiment, and this was certainly experimental. She recalled when she had imbued a sword with the energies of Undeath to Death to give the weapon additional effectiveness against Undead. Using that same theme, she called upon a Maximized variant of Magic Missile. Rather than release the energies onto the sword as she might an enemy, she held it fast and focused it over the blade. Her eyes narrowed intently as she pressed the energies close, carefully coaxing it to permeate the weapon's clear, metallic surface.

It was a process that drained her. Especially as she pressed the magic into the blade to seal it, and then did it nine more times. She cried out softly as she finished the last one, leaning into the table as she gasped softly for breath. Sweat covered her brow and she had to lean into the table as she regathered her strength. She stared at the sword, lifting a shaky hand to grab a fistful of diamond dust. A quick movement sent the dust over the weapon and she stared at it as the potent magic hummed and throbbed, making it uncertain if it would take.

It took half an hour for the magic to settle. Siu'Aerl let out a relieved breath and simply sank to the floor with a quiet, weary laugh. As far as she could tell, it had worked. It had worked!

She leaned back to lie down on the stone floor, panting softly still from the exertion of the spellcasting. She closed her eyes, smiling to herself as she imagined what Ulrik would say if he saw the things she did with her artifice now. Would he be proud? If the sword had taken the enhancements in a stable manner, as she hoped, then yes.

Well, he would probably still be proud of her for trying so hard to do something different. She smiled to herself, a wave of emotion coming over her as her thoughts lingered on her father. How she missed him...

The door to the laboratory opened.

"Hey!" Boulderdash leaped down from Elliot's shoulders and flew across the room to Sui'Aerl's side. He landed next to her, nuzzling at her cheek as she weakly tried to wave him away amidst a chuckle. Elliot stepped in, a confused look on his face.

"Are you all right, Sui?" he asked as he hurried across the room to join them.

Sui'Aerl opened her eyes and smiled at them both. "I'm wonderful," she replied in a quiet, tired voice. "I finished my project." Despite her weariness, she looked utterly happy.

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