You flip through your sketchbook and find one of the old messenger drones you used to make. These had to go faster than regular messengers and their first designs produced a lot of smoke. So special filters were put in place to remedy this.
You think you can make similar filters for the engines. It would take a few days of refitting but you're not in a hurry right?
There's no danger of not being able to get home again, so I can spend time here.. And its an excuse to go into the tinkerer's guild here for extra parts.
The next day, Oomar, fairweather and the others have each returned to enjoying the tranquility of the Valley.
Not you however, you find your tranquility working on the engine with Scrap.
As you're attaching one of the new filters Scrap boops. You stop your work and listen intently. Yes, it seems somebreezie is sneaking through the hallway coming closer!
*sneaking?!* I nod and get my biggest wrench ready in-case its a hostile and wait with the door cracked open to peak out.
You take a little peak and see a yellow haired breezie with white coat and white uniform slowly drifing through the hallway. She seems to be pretty nervous and glancing through all the doors. "H-hello? Anybreezie?" she says very quietly.
Oh, a uniform, that must mean he's with a guild! Which one thou, that doesn't look like a breezymancer suit or a tinkerer..
I float out shyly towards him to meet him. "h-hello?"
"Eeep!" she jumps in surprise.
"S-sorry, I saw nobreezie on the deck and I wanted to find who owns this ship so I went in looking and I got lost and…"
Apparently I'm enjoying the valley. But I should probably go check on the ship just in case of more slimes.
"S-sorry for scaring you." I make gestures of apology and calming with my little breezers.
"Oh, well that's me." I blush but attempt one of the proud gestures Fairweather makes. "I made this ship. The Happy Hummingbird."
Whatever it is you wildbreezies do for "fun". Maybe you're being grumpy about all these carefree breezies.
In any case, you make your way back to the ship and find the deck door going down wide open! You always close it so somebreezie must have come in!
You hear voices from down below.
It's Pattern and somebreezie else.>>709325
She smiles widely.
"Ah, that's great! You're exactly who I was looking for. Oh, let me introduce myself, I'm Golden Twirl. I'm a doctor working for the Tinker Guild."
"Doctoring and tinkering seem only loosely related."
I announce from behind, signalling my presence.
"Really? What section do you work in?" I ask excited to meet a doctor.
"Section? Uhh…I don't know any sections. I just recently got hired and it's not to work with any normal Tinker things. It was specifically for something called Project Frozen Heart. That's why I'm-">>709328>>709327
"EEP." she jumps up again.
"Oh, so you're a consultant doing some work with the guild, I see." I nod approvingly. "I'm Pattern Pitch, Inventor Rank tinkerer."
"Hello Fairweather, this is Golden Twirl, she was looking for us."
"Don't let me interrupt, please continue."
"Ok, Pattern, Fairweather, pleasure to meet you." she calms down a bit. "I'll just get to the point. I was wondering if you'd like to ferry me and the rest of us working on this project to a Tinker base in the Far Frozen North. It might be dangerous, it's north even from the Mushroom Breezie lands and very far from any other breezie cities. So…I'd understand if you don't want to but I still needed to ask since…some breezies are very worried if we do the trip by swarm many might get hurt or worse. The last group that returned had to recover a week with the Mushroom breezies before coming here."
"Warcat's whiskers, would you even be able to last up there even if you made it?"
"What are you researching that's worth the risk?"
She rubs her breezers. "It doesn't sound very hospitable I know but perhaps it will make more sense if I give you some context.
A month ago a group of rangers found and liberated a Radan penal colony in the North.
It was an enormous base holding about a hundred captives, breezies and bugs, and a few Radan guards. As far as I understand the base was captured mostly intact so the Tinker Guild saw an opportunity to use it as a base of operations in the Frozen North. It worked for the Radan and prisoners right, so there must be food, drink and warmth there. They sent a detachment of engineers to fix it up a week ago and now they want to send more regular personnel to help build up the base. Doctors, hunters, traders, etcetera."
"What's worth having there?"
"Wow, you're going to be part of a whole new guild building?! And in a par off place where there is endless room to build and expand?" My butterfly like wings flutter in excitement. "Wow, I want to help out."
"Like your friend said, it must be the opportunity for a new frontier right? I don't care what the Tinker Guild is up to there, if it means I can help the breezies up there, then I will."
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"Wanting to take a land just because you can… isn't that some kind of crime of hubris? Well… in any case, if the price is right, we can help. After all, this hummingbird doesn't fly on tree leaves."
I nod along with fairweather as she wisely negotiates for us.
"You'll help? Great. I'm sure the guild will reimburse you for your trouble. I'll make sure of it." she adds quickly "How fast do you think we'll be ready to embark?"
"Already? With just you, or others?"
"I'm still making some repairs, hmm maybe another day or two to be sure everything is tuned up. How many are coming along?"
"There's about 20 breezies that need to be shipped. And also equipment and supplies…oh but I can go and get Venation. He's in charge of the organization for this and he can arrange for your payment as well."
"We'll have to talk to him, then."
"Good idea, an organizer would also know how much equipment they need to bring."
"That's great. How about we meet together with him in an hour? I'll make sure he'll see you."
"Okay, where do you want to meet up?"
"In the Tinker Guild Headquarters? Is that fine?"
"Works for me, I'll see you there Golden Twirl. "
Skip to the meeting or do you two wanna discuss stuff first?
Seems fine to me
We can skip. Before the meeting, I measure the rooms so I know how much space we have for carrying breezies and equipment.
"I'm pretty excited!"
When you arrive back at the Tinker Guild hall you step underneath a construction scaffolding to repair the damage Ribbon did while breaking into the hall just a few days ago.
As usual, there's tons of breezies inside performing small experiments or simply chatting joyfully. No one seems to ask you about the damages.
In the middle you see Twinkle talking to a purple breezie with dark blue hair.
Uh, the building is probably insured against animals! Breezestate has your back.
Hurry up with a little clipboard to the two breezies. "Ehem, hello, I believe you were expecting to see the two breezy in charge of the Air Ship?"
The purple breezie has dark blue thinning hair. His body is frail and his construct seems to be taking notes for him constantly. He puts up his best smile as you speak to him.
"You are the ladies who offered to ferry us to Winterhaven? The name is Venation, but you may call me Vert." He offers a breezer to Fairweather.
"I'm Pattern Pitch, I'd like to discuss what needs your team has, as far as equipment weight and bedding."
"That sounds vaguely familiar from somewhere… have you been to Breezie Hollow?"
Since Venation's breezer doesn't get shaken he just moves on to offer it to you after a few awkard seconds.
"I have an inventory with me. I hope there's a lot of space.">>709360
"Ah…uh my last visit was a few months ago. Last time I was there to gather a few reports from the local Tinker chapter. Why?"
"Hmm, I had wondered if we ran into each other before, but maybe it's just coincidence. You know about all that matter with the Radan attack, and then the rogue Tinker, and that weird culty group of Butterflies or whoever. Lot of strange things in the Hollow lately."
Shake his breezer, with a weak little shake.
"Do you have weight statistics? I can look at it?"
He giggles a bit. "Wow, you know about that? Eh, you see that rogue Tinker business, that really isn't representative of all Tinkers.">>709363
"Yes, shall we go through the list together?"
"Of course, I've got my own notes ready, um not that I needed notes on my own ship but.." I start mumbling awkwardly.