familiar with the skills needed to be an Illuminator.
(fireworks) and Knowledge (Illuminations) are class skills. Normally
Craft (fireworks) and Knowledge (Illuminations) are cross-class skills,
and may only be learned through specific instructions.
stopped near Aludra's wagon; the Illuminator
was working with wooden mortar and pestle on a table let down from the
side of her wagon,
muttering to herself over whatever she was compounding...
one," Aludra said, "she uses the hands and the feet with
remarkable ability, no? Do not
glare at me so, Nana," she added, dusting her hands. "I am not
your enemy. Here. You must try
these new firesticks."
took the wooden box from the dark-haired woman gingerly. It was a cube
she could have held
easily with one hand, but she used both. "I thought you called them
yes, maybe no. Firesticks, it says what they are much better than
strikers, yes? I have
smoothed the little holes that hold the sticks so they can no longer
ignite on the wood. A good
idea, no? And the heads, they are a new formulation. You will try them
and tell me what you
think?" - -
of course. Thank you."
hurried on before the woman could press another box on her. She held the
thing as if it might
explode, which she was not certain it would not. Aludra had everyone
trying out her strikers,
or firesticks, or whatever she would decide to call them next. They
certainly would light a
fire or a lamp. They could also burst into flame if the blue-gray heads
rubbed against each other or
anything else rough. For herself, she would stick with flint and steel,
or a coal kept- properly banked
in a box of sand. Much safer.
The Fires of
Heaven, Ch. 33 - A Question of Crimson