"After that, my next priority would be to speak with Windbreak Enchantments. That shouldn't take long. Then work on mitigation. Once the gatherers have had some time to work, I'll have a better idea of where the current wards are weak and can reinforce appropriately. It'll give my apprentices time to arrive from Crescent Bay with my equipment, too."
The tall dark draka nodded, his gold gaze thoughtful on her. "I endorse your plan, master enchanter. I'll ask Security about guards to watch the new gatherers; if you want to designate one a priority, that will be more feasible than all of them. Windbreak Enchantment's address is in here with our all other documents on them and Courthall's wards." Corydalis offered a blueprint case along with a folder. "Courthall will cover your expenses. If you've never worked with the bureaucracy before: be sure to keep receipts and itemize everything. Document everything. It will make your life much easier in the long run." The corner of his mouth twitched up with an apologetic quirk.
He rose and came around the desk. Smoke stood as well, which did not make them feel any less dwarfed as Corydalis took their hand. "Thank you for your advice, Master Smoke. This is already the most productive conversation I've had with an enchanter in years. Is there anything else I can do to make your work easier?" he asked, the expression on his face sincere and considerate. For a dizzying moment, Smoke felt as if the full power of Courthall might be at their disposal, just for the asking.
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"An advance would be good. The components for gatherers are expensive and I came too quickly to pack."
"Um, how about dinner? I mean, I could tell you about my progress tomorrow night. Over dinner. Yes. A business dinner. Very common in Crescent Bay."
"No, thank you. I'll let you know if I need anything."
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Anything else Smoke wants to mention?
Blackwood knew where they put the new gatherer.
Licorice knew too.
Don't say anything. It was the obvious place to put a gatherer. Anyone who knew enough about enchantments to tamper with one would expect it to be there, so there's no reason to cast suspicions on bystanders that Smoke drafted to help.