So, it looks like Imric and Averell are joining the group.
On the appointed day, the boys meet at Fiona's cottage, where they find the door open and two mugs of hot tea waiting on a table in the foyer. The maga gives them enough time to warm up from the winter's snowy chill before she joins them. Unlike her normal white Hermetic robes, she is wearing a blouse and a long skirt that fit in a way that they will likely greatly appreciate when they're a little older.
[color=blue]"Thank you both for showing up. Before we head out...do ye both know how to magic your clothes to keep you warm? It's fairly simple in theory, but it does require some knowledge in Creo and Ignem. And with us being in a fairly powerful magical aura should help. Do you want to give it a try?"
If they do, she will coach them on what to do. It's a base 2 Creo Ignem spell, R: Touch +1, D: Sun +2, for a final spell level of 5. Looking at their character sheets, Imric would need a 2 (Sta 1 + Cr 2 + Ig 1 + Aura 4 = 8 ), while Averell would need a 7 (Sta -2 + Cr 1 + Ig 0 + Aura 4 = 3).
[color=blue]"Today, I'm just going to take you on a tour of my gardens and greenhouse. The garden is rubbish right now, since it's the dead of winter and there's a foot of snow on the ground*. But the greenhouse..." Fiona smiles with pride.
She starts off with her gardens, pointing out the stone edgings for each plot. [color=blue]"These stones serve two purposes. They're not only decorative, you'll notice that they also serve as small boundaries. I've enchanted my Talisman" (which she holds out for a moment for demonstrative purposes) [color=blue]"so that it furrows the ground within an area drawn by it. These edgings mark the area large enough for my Talisman to work. Do you want to see how it works?"
Assuming they do, she will first clear off the snow on the ground within a plot, by reducing the snow down to a snowball. Perdo Aquam, base 5 ("Greatly reduce the amount of a liquid without destroying it completely"), R: Touch +1, T: Part +1, for a final spell level of 15. Her CT is Sta 3 + Pe 12 + Aq 8 + Aura 4 + (die roll of 0, with a Botch Check of 5) 0 = 27, halved is 14. Oh, so very close. Fiona scowls. [color=blue][size=50]"Let's see...ho, haha, guard, turn, parry, dodge, spin, thrust. Got it."[/size] She then tries again, this time with a CT of 27 + die roll of 6 = 33, halved is 16. Spot on. And where there was a cover of snow, there is now a decent-sized snowball centered in the plot. She picks it up and looks around for anyone to chuck it at. If she sees no one, she hands it to one of the boys. [color=blue]"You'll know what to do with this when the time comes," she says with a playful grin.
She then drags the butt of the staff along the edging of the now-clear plot, finishing up with an [color=blue]"E-I-E-I-O", at which the dirt in the plot turns white for a moment, then becomes turned, harrowed, plowed, etc, and perfect for planting (and its normal colour again).
After she shows them her snowed-under gardens, she takes them to a huge wooden structure, with no windows or shutters. She opens a door and motions them inside. Once they're within the building, they may be awestruck. If they didn't know that the walls were there, they wouldn't know the walls were there. The ReIm effect makes it appear utterly transparent. And there are pots of varying sizes, ranging from small ones suitable for violets to large ones that hold small trees.
Fiona grins. [color=blue]"I've been working on this for four decades. I've traded, cajoled, pleaded, and did things that I very much enjoyed to get these plants from all over the world." She shows them a plaque hanging from what one assumes is a wall. [color=blue]"This item is marvelous. It not only carries the species hitting it from outside to the inside, so you can see outside perfectly, but it also transmits the sun's heat so that it's nice and warm in here most of the year. It also keeps all the plants here in perfect health, and they grow as if they were in their native soil. For example, this little beauty..." Fiona takes them to a large tree that almost touches the ceiling some 25 feet above the ground, [color=blue]"is a fig tree...the same kind as in the Bible. I had a lot of fun getting the original tree from a magus from the Levant." Fiona pauses to reminisce about the noisy nights they had spent together and to give time for the students to explore the Greenhouse.
- She says a foot...it's more like two or three inches.