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Ardin in the Woods

Post by Ardin Gallagher on Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:44 am

Walking through the forest, Ardin sees a glint from a rock. Investigating, he notices the discolouration in the rock signifying of an ore of sorts but despite his attempts cannot manage to extract any usable part. Hearing a twig snap behind him, he turns to see a pair of white horns through the trees.

"Ah, hello Mavla, just the person I wanted to see here. I've found some ore in this rock, but I can't seem to get it out. Perhaps you could help?"
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Post by Malva on Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:53 am

"Oh, hey." She waves and makes her way across the rugged terrain.

Finally, she makes it to Ardin and the rock. "Now what've we got here..."

She steps up to the boulder and looks up, shielding her eyes from the glare of the sun.

"Some kind of sulfide..." She glances over to Ardin "A sulfide is a mineral containing sulfur. Usually sulfur and a metal like iron, copper, or lead."

"I'd need to get closer though..." She says, peering back up at the rock that's just out of arm's reach.
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Post by Ardin Gallagher on Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:17 pm

"Oh, of course"

Ardin steps to the side, allowing Malva access to the rock as he watches what she does.
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Post by Malva on Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:39 pm

"Uh-um..." Malva is slightly confused by Ardin's reaction.

Not to be flustered for too long, she turns and gazes out over the forest before zeroing in on a log a few meters away.

She points at it. "Can you help me carry that over here so I can stand on it and reach a little further?"
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Post by Ardin Gallagher on Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:44 pm

"Oh, okay."

Ardin goes over to the log and drags it back towards the rock, dropping it at the base of the rock.
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Post by Malva on Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:48 pm

"Thank you."
Malva steps up on the log and takes a closer look at the ore.

"Sphalerite: we can harvest this for tin, iron, and sulfur. And look, there's pyrite here too. The red color indicates that it's blood pyrite, which is incredibly useful alchemically."
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Post by Ardin Gallagher on Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:54 am

"Interesting, and how to we extract the Sphalerite for each of it's ingredients? They seem interwoven to me."
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Post by Malva on Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:01 am

She stops and thinks for a second...

"I don't know, that's more of a smith's job isn't it?" She chuckles. "Probably something using densities and melting points..."

"Anyhow, let's just get the sphalerite and pyrite out for now. The pyrite is simple because it cleaves easily; just hit it at the right angle and..." She grabs a nearby rock and smacks the pyrite. "... it breaks into little cubes like this." She shows them to Ardin and then tucks them into a pouch in her bag.

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Post by Ardin Gallagher on Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:21 am

"Seems simple enough."

Ardin takes the rock and hits the pyrite, causing some cubes to break off after a few attempts.

"Ah, there we go."
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Post by Malva on Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:45 am

"Nice."

"The sphalerite will be a little more tricky; there's no easy way about it. I don't suppose you've brought your rock hammer with you?"
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Post by Ardin Gallagher on Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:32 am

Ardin digs around his bag and hauls out his mining tools, passing the hammer to Malva.

"Here you are."
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Post by Malva on Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:39 am

Malva nods, impressed. She takes the hammer.

"The skill here is to find the way to break it that will get the most ore and the least of the host rock."

She turns to inspect the rock and mumbles "And also not injure yourself..."

She gives the rock a good smack with the hammer and off comes a chunk of sphalerite.

"Here, there's a little left, you try."
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Post by Ardin Gallagher on Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:05 pm

Ardin begins hitting the rock, a little too hard at first as bits of rock fracture, but calms his hand and gets the remaining bit of sphalerite out.
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Post by Malva on Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:10 pm

"Good job."

(Singing off on Geology whatever-it-was for Ardin)
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