Fort Weyr - Stone Barn

Fashioned from the same volcanic material that houses the caverns, these square-cut stones have been laid by a Mastercrafter stonemason turns ago to house the implements necessary in caring for Fort Weyr's stock. Large enough to stable several runners, there are also stalls for ailing herdbeast, with straw-covered stone floors within the stalls, the aisle outside swept clean. Overhead is a loft full of hay, grain bins, and other supplies. Large double doors open wide on either end and smaller windows higher up along the walls allow for light and the free flow of fresh air.

At either end of the structure are two work stations, one for leatherwork and another for healing: the waist-high counter of stainless steel with shelving above contains gadgets and tools, jars, bottles and boxes of salve, potion and powders - some of it fairly scary-looking like saws, clippers, clamps and needles. Mingled with the scent of animals and hay is a pungent medicinal smell that marks this as the healer area. The other has a wooden workbench with a rack of snippers, blades, mallets, awls and an anvil beside which are pegs with strips of leather, half-finished harnesses, whips, aprons and wide-brimmed hats. Overhead, shelves with jars of finish - dyes and oils, boxes of coiled rawhide thread for stitching and hand tools indicates this is the leatherwork station.

The winter morning is cool, with a fresh blanket of snow on the ground. Towards the barn walks a knotless woman with four goats on loose leashes trailing along behind her. The poor baby goats look exhausted, muddy, drooping. They've had quite the morning.

Raziel is up with the sun and he's all ready doing work. He is carrying a forkful of hay as he spots the knotless woman come up with the goats who look awful. He shakes out the hay to the stalls he's feeding and he puts the fork away before he goes out to greet her, "Hello there." He says with a smile towards the woman, although his eyes are looking at the goats.

Kimmila grins, "Hi! These are the survivors." What? "I'd imagine they need some food, water, and a place to sleep quietly, but as far as I can tell none of them are injured." Physically, anyway.

Raziel nods a little bit as he was told about this to be ready for it since he was on duty. "Okay. I'll make sure to take care of them." He reaches into his pocket for some treats and he tries to give them to the goats as he takes the lead from her, "Did the training go well?" He asks as he gives out treats and gentle scritches.

Kimmila nods, leaning against one of the stall doors once the goats are no longer in her posession. "Remarkably well actually. First time I've seen dragons actually catch them on the first try. One blue caught /five/. Pretty strange, if you ask me. They were using teamwork too. That was impressive. So yeah, it went real well."

Raziel nods as he leads the goats to the pens and he gets some more hay for them to lay down on. He gets some food and water for them, "Well that's good to hear that they are working together, must have a lot of natural talent then in the group."

Kimmila nods, "It sure seems like it." Then she smiles. "I'm Kimmila by the way. Are you new here?"

Raziel smiles, "It's nice to meet you Kimmila, I'm Apprentice Beastcrafter Raziel. Nope I've lived here all my life. It's okay, I was just a weyrbrat before and most don't notice us." He says with a good natured smile as he checks over each of the goats as they have calmed down.

Kimmila dips her head. "Well met, Raziel. Huh." She frowns a bit at that. She's been here forever, and was born here, but…there are always folks she doesn't know, as much as it bugs her. "Now an apprentice beastcrafter huh?"

Raziel smiles, "Yep, my foster mother noticed that I liked animals which I do very much so she got me an apprenticeship where I can work with animals instead of trying to bring home pets."

Kimmila smiles, "Sounds perfect for you then. As long as you don't get too attached to them," she admits with a low laugh.

Raziel nods, "I know not too get too attached to them, there are animals that are pets and there are animals that are food and as much as I'd love them to all be pets we need them for food and dragons need them. So I care for them the best I can so they will be the best they can be, even if they will one day be the best food."

Kimmila nods, "Right. Good man." She looks around and then back to him. "You spend most of your time here? Or in the beast area outside of the weyr?"

Raziel smiles, "I spend most of my time here, but sometimes for lessons we go out to the beast area outside of the weyr. With the talk of plague though I don't want to leave the Weyr."

Kimmila nods with a soft sigh. "Well…yeah. Wash your hands, cover your mouth, all that good stuff. And hopefully it doesn't spread much…"

Raziel nods, "I will, I just hope it doesn't get the animals sick as well, they can't be as clean as we can. I've been doing my best to make sure their pens are as clean as possible."

Kimmila looks around the barn with a frown. "It shouldn't jump species, but…I think that's a good plan just in case."

Raziel nods, "I hope so, because if can go to animals it could go to dragons and that'd be horrible. Do they know what caused it yet?"

Kimmila shakes her head. "Not necessarily. Going to one species doesn't mean it could go to all. It could cross to canines, for example, but nothing else. But that's pretty rare, I think. And no, at least not that I've heard."

Raziel smiles, "You are right there are lots of animal sicknesses that don't affect humans at all. Well I hope this isn't one of the rare times that it does." He says as he talks as he works. "Will you be needing more goats?"

Kimmila shakes her head. "Not right now, and probably never. I think next we'll use sheep. Then older herdbeasts. Let them work their way up to the larger animals."

Raziel nods a little bit, "I take it you want some healthy adult sheep? Do you want just rams or ewes or both?" He asks as he'll make sure to mention it to his journeyman.

Kimmila nods, "Healthy, yes. I don't care what they are though. Whatever the others don't want to use for breeding."

Raziel nods, "I'll make sure to mention that." He goes over to get a pad of paper from a cubby hole and he starts to write down what Kimmila wants. He nods, "Right, want anything else?"

Kimmila shakes her head with a smile. "Nope, I think that's it for now, thanks for your help."

Raziel nods as he tears off the paper and he puts the pad of paper away, "Right I'll put this up on the board where he'll see it."

Kimmila smiles again. "Great, thanks again. Good luck with the rest of your day. Wash your hands." With that advice, the bluerider meanders out and off to her next duty.

Raziel smiles brightly and he waves, "I will I promise you have a good day too." He says before he goes back to his chores.