Cerin is careful he is not followed as he slips towards the lab he found out about from Ssithumi, its in one of the more ruined areas, though the door, designed to protect the rest of the city from what happened within, had withstood the passing of the ages without being breeched/
Though dust gathers in the laboratory, it otherwise appears to be basically intact.
The dagger gleams a dark, brick red under the lights of the laboratory.
The Essence of the blade does in fact match closely with Lai's, much like an orichalcum blade clearly belongs to a Solar Exalt. The Essence flows through the metal are unusually elaborate and curvy, compared to the simple straightforward lines of Orichalcum or the angular fractals of Starmetal.
The purpose of the artifact is frustratingly obfuscated -- a closer look would definitely be necessary to determine it's purpose.
After some rummaging through broken or mysterious materials, both can be located.
Through the lens, the true detail of the Essence flows can be seen. The weapon seems to bear an elaborate Essence inversion that's almost inperceptible at higher levels, but which can be clearly observed when each thread is traced separately. Such a construction is drastically abnormal.
The dagger is about one foot long. The blade is a very slightly curved double-edged blade with a blood channel, made of smooth red metal; beneath that, there is a simple handguard which juts out to both sides. The handle is wrapped with a black leather, and bears a gemstone of brilliant blue in the hilt.
The gemstone seems to be utterly mundane, serving only as a placeholder to fill the space required by the specific construction of Essence flows.
The essence is absorbed by the channels within the blade and begins to be carried away by them -- its brilliant yellow still visible against the light rose of the blade's native channels -- but the channels in the hilt seem to be locked down, preventing the Solar essence from continuing its movement.
The mote continues to push against the blockade, then slowly is absorbed.
The mote is propelled with a much greater force through the path laid within the blade, but once again comes to a dead stop against the hilt.
A drop of Essence placed into the gemstone spreads out through the gem's facets and becomes absorbed by the hilt. It continues to spread until it has suffused the entire hilt with a pale yellow glow, filling various niches and cul-de-sacs prepared for that purpose. At the top of the hilt, the closed Essence gateways shift just a bit.... after about thirty seconds, the charge fades and all returns to normal.
The Essence flows in the handle clearly seem to indicate pathways and containers for committed essence.
There are two sets of pathways in the hilt: one which control the attunement process, and one which connect with the pathways in the blade. Only the former been able to activate.
As with previous motes, those introduced directly to the blade strike the gateways at the edge of the hilt and cannot advance further.
After the careful introduction of 6 motes of Essence, the containers within the hilt are full, and the Essence gateways at the top of the hilt fully open; now, the pathways in the blade and the hilt fully connect to one another.
The mote begins to move through the circular pathway described through the dagger, easily clearing the Essence gateways, shooting through the hilt, and back through the blade again. It continues to pick up speed for several seconds until it gains enough momentum -- and is forcefully expelled out of the blade, striking the wall of the workshop and leaving a slight burn mark.
The motes race through the blade significantly more quickly, and explode out with more force -- enough to break the surface of the wall, several feet away.
Upon close inspection, the Essence channels in the blade seem to have frayed ever so slightly since the experiment began.
Tags: (:tags Red Knife, Magical Materials, Essence Feedback:)