OOC: I'd forgotten that the core book referred to both Gifted and unGifted as Redcaps. I was just used to the later books, which fall into using "Redcap" as a shorthand for unGifted Mercere magi. Funny, I'm playing a Mercere magus in another saga and have never called him a Redcap. I'll have to remember that.
"Fengheld and Durenmar," Gavin says. "I've heard of them, of course. "But I've never actually been there. It must be quite a shock to move so far, what with the difference in culture and language - not to mention weather. I hope you're ready for some cold winters. That was a shock for me. And don't worry, Günther hadn't put me off. I know how overeager familiars can be sometimes. My own, Groot, gets into all sorts of trouble, don't you, Groot?" A black and white cat sits lazily nearby. It looks up and dryly notes, "I have no idea what you're talking about."
"The Society of Alchemists is a division within House Miscellanea. We work on techniques of distilling vis as well as making other alchemical concoctions. We're quite focused on lab work, potions, items, that sort of thing."
"And my eyes," he adds, lifting his hand to his face. "Yes, those. Well, I spent a great deal of my life living in Faerie. As best I can understand, it changed me somehow. Made me part faerie, or at least faerie-like. That's one of the outward signs. Very convenient, actually. I can see quite well in the dark and notice things that are unseen. I've been told that's not true for most people. My blood is also rather more blue than red. And near as I can tell, I'm aging slightly more slowly than a normal person would."
"I see you have a family,", Gavin adds. "That must be a great comfort to you. I only ever knew faeries growing up. And then I was in my apprenticeship. After gauntlet I've been in the lab, mostly. I applaud you being able to start and maintain a family. Groot here is the only family I have, well, at least on this side of the faerie veil. I have an original family too, on this side of the veil, or so I'm told. But I've never met them."