Fort Weyr - Living Caverns
This cavern, having been created by bubbles in the volcanic flow of this extinct volcano, has a breathtaking ceiling — a vast dome that arches high above the heads of the weyrfolk that scurry around beneath it. A hollow echo can be heard from loud enough noises, and the chatterings of various firelizards are consequently multiplied into a chaotic babble. All in all, the living cavern is a loud place.
Tables are scattered around the room, apparently in no particular order. Over to one side near the kitchens, two medium sized serving tables are constantly spread with snacks, klah, and other goodies. The tables look worn, yet perfectly fitted to the atmosphere of the caverns. In the 'corners' of the cavern, smaller two and four place tables are set up for more private talks or just a less chaotic atmosphere in which to eat.


It's from the direction of the kitchens that Angelique emerges from as per usual. Today though she's pushing a cart with vases upon it. About a dozen vases or so and each one filled with wild flowers picked straight from the flower garden off the kitchen.

From the passage to the lower caverns K'drozen makes his way up into the living cavern looking this way and that as he goes, his exprission a bit perplexed as he seems to be looking for something or someone. AS he eyes land apon Angelique, he turns and begins to head in her direction.

Jastre is seated at a table, with a small pile of mechanical odds and ends that vaguely appear to go together, though what they're supposed to form is anyone's guess.It's not all on the table itself of course, but rather on a mat of wherhide for easy moving. He's got some tools as well, and he's fitting the pieces together, trying to reassemble… whatever it is.

Angelique catches sight of those odd and ends but to her eyes they don't go together. But then she's hardly mechanically inclined. She pushes her cart of flowers and vases along, though why is anyone's guess for now as she spies the brown rider approach in. She pulls out a smile for him and greets. "K'drozen. How're you today?"

K'drozen reaches up and runs his finger though his damp hair. "I am doing ok I guess…. though I ran into an intresting issue….You might want to know about." he glances back towards the lower caverns for a moment.

Jastre hears a conversation and looks around, though as it seems to be two people talking, he looks back to his bits and pieces. None of his concern, and he's not going to eavesdrop either.
But eavesdropping is how you /learn/ things! Angelique pauses in the action of setting one of the vases of flowers in the center of the closest table. She follows his glance back towards the lower caverns and then back to the brown rider. "Oh? What issue is that?"

K'drozen doesn't keep his voice particularily low so it is oh so easy to over hear him. He shakes his head and says, "Seems someone filling the pool in the bathing cavern with live fish…."

Jastre glances up at that. Oh wait, he has something to mention too. "Also it might be related, but there's also some sort of fungus in there as well."

Wait…what? That certainly gets the full attention of Angelique. Setting the vast down she blinks at K'drozen. Twice. "Fish? Live fish?" surely she heard that wrong. Then Jastre chimes in with the fungus among us. "And fungus?" now she looks disbelieving. "You two are playing a prank aint ya? A trick to get me to go look and there won't be anything wrong with the bathing cavern pool."

K'drozen looks to Angelique and shakes his head, "oh I will head down there with you to check it out… You can say I was suprised when I go in…"

Jastre lifts his hands up defensively. "I didn't notice the fish, but the fungus was growing in one of the corners. I meant to say so earlier but it slipped my mind."

Angelique stifles a groan and a sigh that would clearly state 'why me?'. Instead she peers at the undistributed vases and their pretty flowers then back to the pair. "Oh fine then." she's hard pressed to not grumble about this. "Give me a moment." stepping away she disappears into the kitchens a moment to grab another worker. Said worker then comes out to continue the task that Angelique started. "Lead the way." she gestures for K'drozen to precede her.

K'drozen nods to Angelique, "I am sorry to have to bring it to you but yeah." as he begins to move down towards the lower caver, Glancing over, "You should come to and show her the fungus…So she can get folks assigned to get rid of it.."

Jastre rolls up the wherhide mat carefully so he doesn't lose any pieces and stands up, nodding. "All right, that's a good idea." holding the bundle under his arm, he follows the two.

Fort Weyr - Bathing Cavern

A high, domed ceiling stretches far overhead, voices echoing in the distance. Warm, moist air fills the room, coming from the variety of pools scattered about. Vines have been planted in baskets and grow up the walls, thriving in the soft artificial light provided by glows placed at random intervals about the room.


K'drozen leads the way down into the bathing cavern and looks about. It doesn't take long for things to be revealed to be just as he said, I large silvery fish jumps in the large main pool, "See." he points at the pool

Angelique follows behind, certainly still not looking believing. As she steps in her gaze goes straight to the various pools and…"Oh by the first egg. Really?" now she turns her focus on K'drozen and fixes him with a glare. "Did /you/ do this? Is this your idea of a prank? Cause I swear by Faranth's shell I'll report you to the Weyrleader." it's most likely an idle threat but she tries to look like she means it!

Jastre follows behind the two, then moves towards one of the corners, pointing to where there is clearly some fungus growing. "Don't know about the fish, but this can't be a prank right? It's not like you can plant stuff like this, I mean…. you can't, can you?" suddenly he's not so sure.

K'drozen looks to Angelique and says, "My idea of a prank?" he blinks, "If it had been my idea of a prank you would have found out then a group of screaming girls ran out of here from it.." he glances over and frowns at the mold growing in the corners.

Angelique looks unconvinced completely as she moves first to the edge of the pool, squatting down to peer closer into the waters. "I'm surprised I'd not heard about this before now." she mutters. Her gaze slides towards the corner Jastre points too and it earns an annoyed grunt from the assistant headwomen.

K'drozen says, "Weyr brats probalby did the fish, I don't know really, I just figured you should know so someone can get them taken care of, I mean wont the hotsprings like cook them if they are in there two long…then what'll we have down here?

"They must've been put in there after I had my bath, I only noticed the fungus, not them. So they couldn't have been in there long." Jastre pauses, looking thoughtful. "I bet I could help get them out, I'm good at fishing."

Angelique snorts once. "Fishing. In the bathing caverns." now that brings up some interesting mental images. Poor Angelique is at a complete loss though as yet another fish leaps up and then back down, the splash catching her in the face.

K'drozen chuckles and says, "I don't think regualar fishing will do it here, um maybe running a net though the water though?" he looks to Angelique, "I guessed you might have some guys on staff that you could send to solve this?"

Jastre shrugs at that. "Or if there's a net in the Weyr, or, uh… a large bedsheet? We could try catching them in that. Well, if you don't mind a sheet getting dirty in that manner."

Angelique stands, moving to fetch a towel. "Oh syure, yes. I've some people on staff to simply wave their hand so all the fish can leap out of the waters." she jests though the annoyance mingles with the humor in this situation. "Course I've no idea how many fish are in there…" now she turns a speculative look over to K'drozen and Jastre. "Maybe one of you can jump in and take a closer look?"

K'drozen chuckles and says, "Oh I just had a bath thank you very much." he chuckles and looks into the water, "There are quiet a few in there…"

"Well I would, but…. that wouldn't help us figure out how many there are since they're swimming so fast. We'll only know as we get them out." Jastre shrugs once again, crouching by the edge of the pool and peering in himself.

Well that's really no fun neither one is willing to jump into a pool of fish. Grabbing a towel, Angelique dries off where she got splashed before looping it around the back of her neck. "I'll go scrounge up a net then and some workers I suppose. Could take some time. This aint gonna happen quickly, that's for sure. And when I get my hands on whomever put these fish in here!" she scowls. "They are certainly going to pay." for now the fungus is forgotten with the more pressing issue of the fish. Angelique strides out with intentions of searching down a net and helpers.


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