This takes place some time before Zev secretly vamoosed from Hei Fon 4. Yes, he left in secret. Enjoy!
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On Hei Fon 4, in Láng City, it was a cold, dreary day. The skies mostly hissed and spat with thunder, but a drizzle occasionally rained down. In the Conquistadores Guildhouse, most of everyone was either asleep, or had headed out to find something to do. Zev in particular was deep asleep, bundled up in his covers on his bed. Suddenly, however, he got a sense that something was not right; this prickling feeling of foreboding woke him up. Judging by how Asabana wasn't right at his bedside to greet him, his Spirit Ally was most likely up to something that had caused his feeling of foreboding.
Putting on his shirt and a pair of slipper-sandals, Zev yawned, and headed out into the hall. He had a feeling that Asabana wouldn't be in her room, and thus, decided to head to the most inconspicous place he could think of. This rationale led him to a large supply closet midway down the hall. Sure enough, when he touched the handle, a tiny arc of electricity jolted his finger. Chuckling at just how silly all of this was, Zev easily dispersed the wards that Asabana had placed on the door. "She must not be hiding anything too serious," Zev mused quietly, interrupted by his own yawn. "Her wards are normally much beefier than that." With that, he opened the doorway - ignoring the seemingly normal interior - and crossed over the threshold.
A rippling like the surface of a soap bubble parted around him, closing itself as he passed through. Whilst the door slid itself shut behind him, Zev inspected the strange space that had been applied to the room. The floor and walls had been covered in sapphire-blue tiles, while the ceiling was a shimmering crystal. At the center of the room was some kind of huge well, filled with a scintillating teal liquid that had the consistency of mercury. Several books floated by, some closed and some opened. Zev waited patiently, and his patience was rewarded: Asabana darted out of hiding, her fox ears perked up, expectantly gazing at her master. Zev sighed, smiling, and gave in. "Alright, Asabana," he chuckled, "I'll ask: what are you doing with a contained space in the supply closet?" He idly scratched the back of his calf, nonplussed by the replacement of an entire room.
"I'm very glad you asked, Master," Asabana chirped, her fluffy fox's tail wagging frenetically. "I got terribly bored, and while you spent your boredom napping, I decided to look for something that we could both do together!" Turning as she hovered in mid-air, Asabana gave a sweeping gesture to the room. "I decided to practice my enchantment some! You remember those daggers you made to keep your smithing skills sharp?" Zev nodded, smiling as usual. "Well," the kitsune grinned with disarming exuberance, "I may have nabbed them, and placed a few enchantments on them!" Though he shook his head, Zev was clearly more amused than offended by the theft from his forge.
Asabana continued, "I decided to temporarily transpose a construction and enchantment space into the supply closet! I got everything finished just in time for you to join me!" She offered her hand with a flourish. Zev grasped her fingers lightly, and allowed the kitsune to lead him towards the center of the room. The well rippled quietly, and tinkled like bells. "This holds some materials that I was able to appropriate," Asabana smiled. "A few passels of timber, iron, and some rather otherworldly materials too! I saw a construct in a book that I thought we could make together, with your leave?" Now, as she waited, she seemed a bit nervous. It couldn't have hurt to ask permission, but she just loved surprising her master...
With a smile and a nod, Zev showed his approval. Asabana squealed in glee, and set Zev to helping her with the craft. Once Zev had fetched some tools, he found that Asabana had drawn some heavy timber, some bronze, and some steel plates out of the well. There was also a mound of silver and two small rubies, which she was using magic to manipulate into some kind of shape. As his Spirit Ally did this, Zev worked on the more substantive materials. Care of Asabana's directions, a distinct shape began to form.
A few hours of work and several snack breaks later, the lumber and metal had been hewn into the shape of a burly golem. Zev had added the touch of a heavy plate on its brow, and an axe for it to wield. Meanwhile, Asabana's work resulted in a medallion shaped with an infinity symbol of silver, with a ruby in either loop. "And now, we have a golem," the kitsune said gleefully. As the room returned to being a supply closet, Asabana imbued more enchantments - an ironwood enchantment on the golem's timber skeleton, and a spell to lighten and strengthen its armor were her most noticeable refinements.
By the time they were done, the golem's armor glowed as if an etheral light lit it from within its torso and upper-limbs. Across its clavicle, glowing runes of some kind pulsed like a slow and dormant heartbeat. Zev had also carved a tiny cross, and welded it onto the top of its helm. With all of this finished, Asabana handed Zev the medallion. "Master, you hold this while I bond to it," she explained. However, whilst she detailed the medallion's purpose, something strange happened to the golem. Asabana froze in mid-sentence, flinching, as the room seemed to reveberate with a deep breath. Suddenly, the golem howled, and charged towards the outer wall.
When the dust settled, an almost perfectly golem-shaped hole had been busted in the wall. Zev stared after, perplexed, until the ground shook with another crash. Asabana sighed deeply. "I must have gotten overzealous and applied the animation enchantment too early. Drat." She looked up to Zev. His expression said it all. "Yes, of course I can fix it, Master! Have more faith in me! If we can track it down, I can break the enchantment. That's really the safest way to stop it. With luck, we'll be able to do it right, this time!"
Moments later, a pair of glowing, green-on-green eyes glared into the dim room. "Zev," Namah said tiredly, "I figured that no good could come from Asabana being up this early. I'll help you with whatever mess you got into. Please, just let me wash my hair first." She walked back out, grumbling about the humidity.
Asabana secretly prayed that she'd not done as good a job as she'd intended.
If she had, they were going to go through hell catching that golem.