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Sep 29, 2022 4:20 AM
you look trustworthy, let's create some tokens of ultimate power together
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"Have you come to share in knowledge, then?"

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"If knowledge is available to be shared."

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"A skilled crafter is always welcome."

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"Any tests involved?"

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"Not in particular, though a demonstration piece is a good way to garner attention if you wish to work with a particular guild member."

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"And what if I wish to work with you?"

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"Then I would recommend an impressive showpiece."

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"May I use your halls to work?"

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"If you don't mind the possibility of being observed as you work."

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"Not for this, no."

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"Then you may schedule time with the facilities by speaking with the secretary in the main hall."

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"Will do."

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The tour is almost over, so Celebrimbor will deposit her back there soon enough.

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She moves in without much fanfare, and is ambiently around a good bit after that, talking to the other crafters, exploring the halls some, and apparently spending an unusual amount of time thinking and planning before starting her work - enough there's rumors she isn't actually a smith, which she laughs at if she acknowledges them at all. 

She's popular pretty quickly, though, so she draws some attention when she finally starts working - 

That pretty quickly fades. Whatever she's doing, it's small and fiddly and boring, mostly involving tiny etchings into silver thread and brading and unbraiding and twisting and untwisting said thread while humming a low tune. (She gets some persistent attention from the more broadly curious of the jewelsmiths, those elves and dwarves most enthusiastic about learning from other traditions, and Celebrimbor at one point overhears her saying it's a style of craft used in the avarin kingdom on the far eastern shores of Rhun.) 

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Interesting... Not enough so to distract her from her own projects, but she'll drop by to watch when she has a free moment.

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At one point, she overhears Annatar explaining to her audience the principle of shape she's working with -

"Your style, you make a thing better at its own functions, yes? You draw a conceptual link. A magnifying glass changes what you see, a sword helps you in battle, a gem traps and reflects light, a cloak hides you. You can stretch it, but it's very hard."

"In Yanwa, we do that some, but this art is different - it lets me create effects not associated with the base shape. I still will not spoil the surprise, of course, but there's fairly few things a bracelet could do under your system, and very many it can do under mine - necklaces that treat disease and heal wounds in the person who wears them are relatively common in Yanwa."

"This is fundamentally related to the continuous circle..."

And on into ever more esoteric theory. 

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Hmm...

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Her gaze drifts over to Celebrimbor with a little smile. "Do you have more questions for me?" she asks her audience. 

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"A few. But I might wait until after you finish to ask. See what I can puzzle out myself."

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"I look forward to your thoughts."

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"And I look forward to seeing the final product."

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"It won't disappoint."

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"Good."

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She smiles again and turns back to her work. 

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Celebrimbor will let her get back to it.

She writes a letter to Domhildr, her dwarf friend, about the visitor and her strange methods. Domhildr is the person she knows who comes up with, mmm, unusual approaches most often, so she expects Domhildr may be able to grasp this more quickly than herself. And writing it out helps her sort what she knows, and take on somewhat of Domhildr's mindset herself- she has some fresh ideas after finishing, which she appends in a postscript.

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