"Ah, a Bush Breezie. Listen, I'm sure that outside of the Duchess' Demesne they do things very differently, but out here we do things our way.
You should try our way sometime, perhaps you'll find living in the Demesne a lot more intellectually enriching than living in the forest."
As you fly back, you suddenly see one of the younger Breezies waving to you from behind a partly collapsed wall.
Huh, go down to those kids.
Shake my head. "Although a more centralized, authoritarian government allows Breezies the stability necessary for more abstract pursuits like Tinkering, your intellectual integrity is more in jeopardy as well. As a subject, you have no say over how your innovations are employed. Moreover, you can be compelled to work in a certain way. For example, if the Duchess wanted you to build torture devices, or if a general ordered you to send some of your engineers into the line of fire to repair a cannon. I'm not entirely sure there IS a good system, but it's more or less missing the point to suggest that enlightenment is only achievable under a stringent regime. For example, if that were the case, I wouldn't have been able to realize the significance of the lightningflies in the first place."
Really flexing that 20 int.
"I like your attitude. But you don't know everything the Guild is involved in. There are 12 Breezie Demesnes in the world, all radically different except fopr two things. They all have a Duchess or Grand Duchess in the case of the Valley and..they all have a Tinker Guild chapter. And while the Duchess's each rule their own Demesne, the Guild is centrally ruled by our Grand Council. I can say without boasting that the Guild is the most interconnected organisation amongst all Breezies, City or otherwise. Right now Tinkers from the Hollow, the Valley, the Rift and elsewhere are working together to advance Breeziekind. We have already our own security force and while we're officially subject to the Duchy, in practical terms we are just as important as them." She adds "Who knows, the way things are going, in the future we might even surpass them.">>671009
They smile at you. "Wow, are you really a Tinker?"
"The Guild structure has its own limitations as well, but getting into a legal debate won't catch those lightningbugs."
After pointing that out, I glance back at the cottage. Is this Breezie's… I dunno, husband? Here yet?
I nod at them smiling just a little.
"Yes. I am Pattern Pitch. What are you doing over here?"
You see him coming. He seems to be wearing simple gloves and carrying a bucket with some kind of yellow seeds.
"Sorry, I couldn't find the Sun Seeds…oh hey Spark."
The Tinker Breezie turns to you again.
"Now I was thinking about doing the job myself but I see you have some experience dealing with animals and a certain degree of intelligence. How about we make this a friendly competition? I have a spare Tornado-device.>>671013
"Ma and Pa don't want us talking to the Tinkers, but I wanted to be a Tinker for so long, I really really REALLLYYYY wanted to see you! Oooh, is the Tinker Core as awesome inside as it looks on the outside?"
"Its very nice, doors make it very safe, and its rounded shape makes it efficient." I reply trying to be helpful
"Wow and is there a big tornado inside?!?"
"I have the time I guess. Alright, we'll see what the Guild turns out in terms of practitioners."
What kind of roll do we want to use? Survival?
"..I guess you could call it that, it does spin really fast, but its not dangerous."
Yes, you use your Survival modifier for the number of Lightningflies you suck up in one turn, before an assistent attaches a new jar to your Tornado-Device.
You may also use one of your AD's per turn if you like. You both suck up lightningflies until they're all captured, then we'll see who caught the most.
Ayrie throws one of the Sun seeds onto the grass near the Lightningflies and they swarm towards it, curiously zapping it with their lightning.
Another breezie asks "Miss Tinker, is it true the Tinkers caused the storm?" with teary eyes.
Bonus '1d4'Roll #1 15 + 9 = 24
/ Roll #2 2 = 2
"No! Why would we cause a storm? Tinkers only want to protect other breezy." I reply quickly and in shock at the very idea.
Spark zooms off as well.
"R-really?"Roll #1 20 + 10 = 30
/ Roll #2 6 = 6
What? Are you kidding?
'1d20+9' '1d4'Roll #1 18 + 9 = 27
/ Roll #2 3 = 3
'1d20+10'Roll #1 20 + 10 = 30
"Yea! That's not true at all. Where did you hear it?"
Literally what the FUCK.
'1d20+9' '1d4'Roll #1 8 + 9 = 17
/ Roll #2 1 = 1
"That's what my daddy told me. He said that the Tinkers don't care about us and that the storm was because of something they did in the Core…">>671027
'1d20+10'Roll #1 9 + 10 = 19
'1d20+9' '1d4'Roll #1 3 + 9 = 12
/ Roll #2 2 = 2
Still going. Almost caught them all.
'1d20+10'Roll #1 10 + 10 = 20
'1d20+9' '1d4'Roll #1 17 + 9 = 26
/ Roll #2 4 = 4
And the last of them get caught
'1d20+10'Roll #1 16 + 10 = 26
"Hmph. I guess you didn't need me after all. Anyway, you can keep your reward, I'm not sticking around to collect."
Scratch Ribbon's ear. "Let's go Ribbon, it's late."
TOTAL: 247 lightningflies
The assistents count
"116 for Fairweather and 131 for Spark!"
"Not bad, Fairweather…" says Spark.
"I could tell you were going to win anyway at the beginning. You outpaced me early on, it wasn't a match. Don't make it out like it was one - I'm not looking for charity."
Back to the house!
You hear Spark muttering behind you something about a sore loser.
Ribbon walks with you. Suddenly you hear behind you. "Hey, Fairweather, wait up!"
"I.." I frown rubbing my hooves together. "I don't actually work in the core, but every tinker I know cares lots about everybreezy."
"What is it? Aren't you going to help the Tinkers with those jars?"
He shrugs. "Spark doesn't need my help. He barely comes around the cottage even though he's supposed to work there with me.
I was just thinking if you need a place to stay, I've got an extra room in the cottage. And special food for your cat!">>671038
She sniffles. "W-will you tell my daddy?"
"No, my house wasn't destroyed by the storm."
I mean, technically it was flooded and a window smashed but it's still standing.
"I don't get along well with other breezies anyway."
"I see. Well, I can always use some help with the animals if you're looking to make some money. And here, take one of these." He hands you a Sun seed. It feels warm in your hooves and trembles slightly.
"I guess you already know that their warmth attracts animals and that if you throw it hard enough, the flash blinds everybreezie nearby."
Weigh the seed in my hooves.
"In the East - which some call the land of the rising sun, near the edge of the forest, there is a river. Somewhere along it - perhaps upstream, there are plants that produce seeds like this. In the evenings, the gnats and minnows dance across the gentle waves on those forever-sparkling shores. Because even after the sun has gone down, the light still remains, shining up from the otherwise-hidden banks at the riverbed. They say that the settlements there never sleep, because they always have light."
Try to make out the moon through the branches above.
"I might try there next. Or not. It's a big forest, like Spark said."
"It really is." He chuckles "I wish I could see it one day."
"All ties are illusory constructs. In other words, the only thing that prevents you from moving forward is broken legs and broken wings."
"I don't know if that would work very well.."
The kid seems really sad, but I don't know how to deal with that!
"I'm not very convincing.."
He scratches his head.
"And duty. The Breezies in the Demesne depend on me to take care of the animals. Without me, what would they do?">>671048
"Uh.. but maybe you can come see the guild." I suggest.
"Or he'll calm down once things are rebuilt."
"I can see the Core?"
You'd need to request special authorization first for that.
, I can't promise that, but I can ask about it."
"What's your name little breezy?"
"There are animals to take care of everywhere in the forest - many settlements don't have the resources the Hollow does and have no one at all to care for their animals. So no matter what, you're choosing some animal lives over others. You just don't see those other ones you're functionally abandoning on a daily basis."
"You really love to argue, don't you?">>671052
"How bizarre. If I agree with you, am I not, ipso facto producing evidence of the opposite, and visa versa?
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"When you talk like that, I find it hard to believe you're a bush breezie, you know. Is there some kind of Forest University?"PAUSE