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Ysalwen Surana, Warden-Commander of Ferelden ([personal profile] freedom_is_grey) wrote in [community profile] milliways_bar2017-07-14 06:36 pm

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Ysalwen steps through the front door, looking lighter and less troubled than she has in weeks. Having your apprentice settled into a Tal-Vashoth mercenary team -- the Valo-Kas, as it happens -- will do that. Particularly given that they are newly formed, though taking in members of several different mercenary bands with a great deal of experience.

Meraad liked them, and James found very little to complain about with any of its members, so.

Ysalwen settles herself at a corner booth, pulling out her tablet-book and pulling up three holographic windows. One contains a complicated nuclear decay simulation, another has some sort of energetics equations on it, and the third is playing Die Hard. She's been told it's a quite interesting play, and so.

Liranan has settled underneath her chair, ready to take a nap while she works. He may come out when the movie's gunfire starts, or he might just roll his eyes and go back to sleep.
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze blinking (if you say so)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
Baze makes a mental note to look up "spatial coherence" later. "You've built some lasers? Or plan to?" he says, raising his brows. "Damn, Ysalwen, that's fantastic. I used to modify my blasters and built a longbow, which is a type of plasma bowcaster. I wonder if working with lasers uses the same principles? What would you use lasers for?"
iprotectyou: Baze tilting his head back and laughing (hahaha)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 12:39 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, Ysalwen. You precious nerd. Baze scoots out of his side of the booth and into hers, looping a companionable arm around her shoulders in a half-embrace. He holds her there for a moment or two, just long enough to offer a squeeze, and then returns to his side of the booth across from her.

"Liking math is a good thing!" Baze says, beaming at his friend as he folds his hands together on the table. He feels a kindred spirit here, and wants to assure her of that. "So is learning new things. If you're not learning, you're stagnating. People seem so surprised when I tell them I'm happy here in heaven, being stuck in such a small place, but that's only because I have a whole multiverse of things to learn."
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze smiling (smile)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
Baze chuckles. He hails a waitrat, as he's clearly going to be talking for a long time, so tea is in order. "Surprise tea for me, please, and anything the lady wants."

He leans back in the booth, looping his hands together around the back of his head. "I like building things. I mentioned that I used to modify my weapons, and that was a whole lot of fun. I'm brewing beer in a workshop upstairs--which exploded! man, that was such a mishap--and I like having a finished product to enjoy, you know? But learning about other people's worlds is good, too! I like people, and I like to know where they come from. What about you? What's your favorite way to learn?"
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 01:11 am (UTC)(link)
Baze grins toothily. "Absolutely you can see the still," he says, snickering at the rapid-fire way she asks her questions. It reminds him of himself! "After tea, and more sitting, but yes, the workshop is upstairs and is open to you anytime."

He rests his elbow on the table, cupping his chin in a meaty palm. "And learning by yourself makes sense! Are you a classic introvert who needs time alone to recharge? Chirrut is, even though he loves people, too."
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 01:37 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh, that's awful," Baze says, blinking at her. The rat returns with his tea--blueberry pineapple--and he blows on the liquid encased in an earthenware cup. "I'm so sorry that happens to you. Is it because you're a mage, or because you're a non-human? Or both?"
iprotectyou: Baze looking off to the side, wrinkling his nose (how about no)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
"And here I thought it might be because you're pretty," Baze teases, and hopes the joke doesn't fall flat, given the subject matter. "So, the staring went from prejudiced to awed and prejudiced? That's terrible. I don't blame you at all for not wanting to be involved in that. I'm so glad you can be yourself here, and people like you for you. Non-humans always got the short end of the stick back... home, due to the Empire and their 'humans first' doctrine. It was bantha poodoo."
iprotectyou: Baze aiming a bazooka cannon with a red tint (welcome to the gun show)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, kriff. Baze did not even> think about that. He wrinkles his nose, and sets his undrunk tea aside, to take her hands in his.

"I am so sorry," he says, and then abandons her hands to cross to her side of the booth, instead. He settles his armored bulk in the seat beside her. Wrapping his massive arms around her thin shoulders and pulling her close, he rests his chin on her white-haired head. "Tell me about this holovid you're watching?"
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
"And blowing things up is the only way to save them?" Baze says, his brow creased.

Sure. Seems legit.

He clings to Ysalwen, rubbing her back and trying to offer her all the comfort his embrace can. "Speaking of explosions, did you want to see the still?"
iprotectyou: Baze tilting his head back and laughing (hahaha)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
"Scorched earth approach, huh? Seems... Destructive," Baze says. Professional film critic, he is not.

He beams at her hesitance, offering her another squeeze before drawing back to look her in the eyes. "Sure! I can always take my tea with me."

Baze Malbus, solver of problems.

He takes up his staff and tea--which he still hasn't tried--and leads her upstairs to the workshop. Shifting the staff to the crook of his arm and the tea to that hand, he palms open the biometric lock. Taking a step back, he holds the door open for her.

The workshop is clean, with wooden shelves lined with empty beer bottles. The scents of yeast, apples, and alcohol permeate the space. A large window with no curtains is open along the wall. There's a stove holding a pressure cooker with copper tubing coming out of it, a sink, and two refrigerators. A metal lid is embedded in the roof.
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Baze grins, just this side of cheeky. "That's exactly right! It's an art piece, now. I'm calling it 'The Hubris of Man.'"

He steps inside, leans his staff against a wooden counter, and takes a gulp of tea before setting the cup down, too. "Here's the still," he says, motioning to the pressure cooker. The copper tube comes out of it via a hole drilled in the lid, and travels down to the sink, where it's coiled multiple times around a thick section of PVC pipe. The end of the tubing sits just above a bit of charcoal, which in turn sits above a ceramic jug.

"When the still is running, I fill tbe sink full of water to cool the alcohol," Baze says, tapping the sink handles. "The first preasure cooker exploded because too many fumes escaped, or it became too pressurized, or something. I have a friend looking into the cause."
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-16 12:19 am (UTC)(link)
Baze cackles, leaning on the sink and folding his arms. "I'd rather not go through another explosion, even for art's sake," he says, shaking his head. "I lived through too many, and died that way, too."

Despite the subject matter, he still seems cheerful. "So, I was distilling moonshine when the first cooker blew up. But I've successfully brewed stout, red ale, and hard apple cider. Did you want one? I have some of each chilling in the fridge."
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze smiling (smile)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-16 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
"Of course!" Baze says, and crosses to the fridge. He opens it and retrieves two brown, glass bottles of cider and a magnetic bottle opener. After popping them both open, he offers her one.

"So, did you ever get your apprentice settled?"
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-16 12:49 am (UTC)(link)
Baze beams at her. Watching someone enjoy what he created is a unique pleasure. He indulges in his own cider and makes an appreciative hum.

"That's great! So she's also a Tal-Vashoth? I can't remember if you'd told me her species name. I assumed she was an elf, like you."
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