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Metalwork has a minion!

Timex the Brass Whelpling




Metalwork
Legacy Name: Metalwork


The Steamwork Feli
Owner: Chrysariel

Age: 5 years, 5 months, 3 weeks

Born: August 2nd, 2015

Adopted: 9 months, 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Adopted: April 4th, 2020

This pet has been nominated for the Pet Spotlight!

Statistics


  • Level: 101
     
  • Strength: 247
     
  • Defense: 88
     
  • Speed: 12
     
  • Health: 82
     
  • HP: 82/82
     
  • Intelligence: 309
     
  • Books Read: 303
  • Food Eaten: 0
  • Job: Certified Mad Scientist


Credits
Profile Code by: Tashamon
Extra Code by:
Ringo Bug Celestial
Edited, Animation, &
Name Art by: Chrysariel
Story by: Pureflower

Background 1 by: TheJumpinJukes
Background 2 by: WeNeedFun
Story

The Servant of Chronos


"Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires."

~Charles Caleb Colton~

From a distance, the mountain range looks like any other scenic line of peaks you'll find mass-printed on tourist postcards of Veta Lake. It is only if you are willing to venture beneath the surface to the caverns that make up the Temple of Cronos that you will see sights to take your breath away.

The great clock is formed from precious metals both native and foreign to Subeta, its great bronze numbers shaped as Roman numerals. The minute hand is solid gold, the tip of the arrow worked into intricate swirls and lines. The second hand is pure silver, a no-nonsense arrow that boasts no decorative features beyond a lethally sharp point. The second hand is mistaken by many for platinum but is in fact durbilium, a substance harder than diamond that is mined on a moon three galaxies over.

Miniatures of the master clock hang on the walls of each chamber. No priest or worshipper of Cronos need ever fear being late for anything. All clocks are kept in sync and perfectly accurate through the power of Cronos, Lord of Time.

Metalwork knew he was destined to serve Cronos even before he learned to read a clock face. At the moment of his construction, twelve starlings hovered over the hut of his maker, forming the shape of a perfect circle with twelve points for just a moment. Even the youngest children of Subeta know that starlings are the messengers of Cronos. At that moment he was also blessed with a soul, unlike nearly all Steamwork pets. This gave him not only a zest for life, but also emotions, humor, sensitivity, and boundless curiosity. Even though Metalwork was by definition genderless, he identified with a male aspect and perception.

His living area is comfortable and spacious, with bookshelves full of books that feature the writings of those that would seek to discover the mysteries of time as well as practical manuals for clock repair. A large stone fireplace provides warmth and comfort for those long winter nights when the outer world is blanketed with snow. The grate before the fire can be removed to make room for a large cauldron, the only way to cook a truly delicious pot of stew. He is a surprisingly good cook, even though he himself cannot eat.

The workroom is spacious, its center taken by a massive table scattered with cogs, gears and the wooden frames of over one hundred clocks Metalwork is in the process of building, restoring, or repairing. A desk to the side holds orders, its pigeonholed upper shelves neatly organized with common parts that are named with yellowed labels that identify each cubby's contents in a spidery script. Metalwork never lacks good light. By day, special crystals located at the entry to the cave gather the light of the sun. Magical globes call on the stored energy at night, allowing him to examine even the most intricate internal components with confidence.

The clocks he builds are just one of many ways he honors the glory of Cronos. Metalwork does not care if the one making the request is rich or poor. Even cheap materials can create a thing of beauty in the hands of a master. He asks only one thing of those who would request his services. They must let the inspiration for the design come from Cronos.

Metalwork cannot explain the force that enters his mind and subtly moves his hands when he builds a clock. Somehow, the finished product is always beautiful, functional, and utterly perfect in every way.

Take for example a piece recently sold to an ontra resident of the waters off the coast of Omen Islands. Her mantle clock needed the ability to stand up to the constant flow of the ocean but she insisted on a conversation piece that would please the eyes of her many torrent and tutani friends. Metalwork bought a grand selection of sea shells and pearls, tying these treasures of the sea together with special strips of driftwood spelled against rot and wear. That ontra's tea parties have doubled each week and she could not be happier with her custom clock that puts all the offerings of Home Appliances to shame.

Today's project is a small wooden clock powered by the chaotic nature of dark matter particles. Such a force is necessary in Darkside where many conflicting experiments can alter plain clocks and make them fall behind slowly. His chisel and screwdriver are set aside promptly at noon as the bell calls the priests of Cronos to their afternoon duties.

Metalwork takes time polishing the grand clock and sweeping dust from the floor of the temple main. He nods to his fellow dedicates but does not speak. They have no such reservations about talking to one another but Metalwork pays little attention as he accepts a basket of baked goods donated by a worshipper of Cronos. He welcomes technical questions but has no time or patience for gossip.

The novice whistles a merry tune as he arrives half an hour late to take up the task of polishing the platters on which offerings of steel and bronze are made to Cronos. The boy's dedication to the god is obvious and his attention to detail marks him as one who can be great but he suffers the arrogance of youth, a vice that brings many rising stars crashing back to earth. Metalwork is glad for his position as high priest of Cronos. He wishes the boy no ill but is glad not to waste hours on a child not yet ready for the sort of discipline that creates masterful time pieces.

Evening prayer is a time for meditation, reflecting on events of the day and the Seven Great Questions of Time that every follower of Cronos makes a part of their personal life code. Metalwork feels relaxed and centered when he returns to his workroom and turns his attention to those clocks he has accepted for restoration or repair.

Nothing angers the priests of Cronos more than the sight of a neglected clock. They can tolerate small amounts of dust or the occasional tiny chip in the wood but a clock with insides caked with grime or a wooden face coated with scratches is sure to leave them muttering curses against the owner. It is why Metalwork never works on this type of order until he has completed his nightly meditation. It is not right to call on the power of Cronos for something as trivial as making an abusive clock owner late for work.

He handles a dusty old clock with careful tenderness, working every dirt particle free of the gears and polishing the dull wood back to a glorious shine until the clock looks better than it did the day it was taken from the shelf.

His reward is not in the money he will receive. It is in the soft ticking of the fixed clock's heart.



Thanks to User not found: hollow for letting me adopt. :)


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