Sometime during the summer, Orion finds Maximilian in the library. "Good afternoon, sodale," he says. "If I'm not interrupting an important passage, I was wondering if I might have a moment of your time." When Maximilian consents, the Merinita magus will take a seat at the table opposite Maximillian.
"You've spoken in general about needing a longevity ritual soon, and I thought this might be a good time to hammer out the details before too much time passed. I assure you, I'm quite skilled in them, and I'm certain that you'd be more than satisfied with a ritual I devise for you. In fact your ritual will probably be better than the one I used on myself, since I've had time to increase my skill since I devised my own. Now, as you know, it will require about three months for me to properly devise a longevity ritual tailored for your use. It strikes me that a fair trade would be for you to also spend a season working in your lab for my benefit."
"I understand that your talents lie with magic items, as is common with your house. I expect that you're as competent in your field as I am in mine. To that end, I propose that in exchange for my devising a longevity ritual for you, you will create a magical item for me - with the limitation that I choose an item that you can craft in a single season. In fact, I must admit that I'd rather fancy having a fire wand such as the one you have.[sup]1[/sup] I'm quite good with water magics, as you know. But is strikes me that having some fire in my repertoire would be very useful as well. Furthermore, each of us shall provide the vis for the other's activities, you for the longevity ritual, and me for the wand of fire. Does that arrangement sound agreeable to you?"
[sup]1[/sup] Basically I'm looking for the best Pilum of Fire wand you can make in a season with a decent penetration and a decent number of charges.