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The familiar clearing around the Zanaris teleport hub, now filled with astromagical equipment, dissolves away and is replaced by an island off the southern Misthalin shore and the grand Wizards' Tower standing on it.

"Wizard Chambers!" Fairy Fixit calls out. "I am here. Your instrumentation is set up."

"Oh, if only my instrumentation was set up; I could have captured data from the fairy ring when you came though," comments the wizard standing closest to where Fixit was hovering.

"I would appreciate if you didn't set up any magical equipment to study the fairy rings without my approval first. I am responsible for their maintenance and do not need them malfunctioning on me, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT THERE IS A GIANT WORLD DEVOURING PIG ABOUT TO IMPACT THE PLANET. FETCH ME WIZARD CHAMBERS NOW!" Fairy Fixit shouts, giving the wizard a cross look.

Chambers, bespectacled and in dark blue robes, comes around jogging and Fixit buzzes her way toward him. "Did I hear right? My equipment is ready?"

"Yes. It would be better if it were in some other location on the moon but Zanaris is at least a better location than a mountaintop here. So next step is getting a teleporter there."

"I was thinking a lodestone..."

"Are you mad? A lodestone? That is a huge and heavy payload and the rockets you proposed using aren't even close to being big enough to lift something that massive a centimetre."

"Actually, I wasn't planning on getting it there in one piece, and there are chunks or debris orbiting Tuska. They likely have useful minerals."

Fairy Fixits already large eyes open even wider. "WHAT?!"

The beast has a deep enough gravitational well that debris orbits it. No, nononono, this is wrong, it has to be wrong.

"I was about to leave to inspect a meteorite. I can teleport us both there and we can discuss logistics further there. Are you coming?" asks Chambers.

Getting over a stunning thought, Fixit nods. "Yes, sure, let's go."

The world blinks grey and fleshy, and the scene changes again. Before Fixit and Chambers stands a large, pockmarked hunk of stone and metal. "Perfect!" exclaims Chambers, "This might very well be iron, and it and the rock are probably attuned to the magnetic and other fields surrounding Tuska. You know, I think I actually caught a certain blue giant trying to attack Tuska, but she was shielded somehow."

Fixit is silent, staring at the meteorite, then says quietly, "Thanks for not saying his name. Or saying that he is a god. I know a lot of the wizards of the Tower are Saradominist."

"Even if I was a staunch Saradomist, seeing that would have made me doubt my faith..." Chambers says. "So I was thinking, actually, of using the rockets to send trained monkeys to one of the asteroids to mine it." He takes a small pickaxe off of his belt and approaches the meteorite.

"And these monkeys are going to mine these... asteroids, then built a forge, then learn enough magic to enchant a lodestone?"

"What, no. I was thinking..." he swings his pickaxe at the meteorite, "that you could help me with coming up with some sort of self-unpacking self-installing lodestone spell? Fungus magic might be useful." He manages to break of a chunk of meteorite.

"Or maybe even toothbeasts." Fixit ponders, trying to push the size of the meteorite out of her thoughts.

"What?" Chambers pockets the chunk of meteorite and starts swinging his pickaxe again.

"A creature created by spells I have been working on. They could help a lot more than monkeys; also a self-unpacking spell could be dangerous but -"

Another chunk of asteroid falls off, but this time accompanied by very large insects crawling out of the meteoroid. Out of the sleek black carapaces grew spikes sparking with energy. Their sudden appearance causes Chambers to backpedal. The insects start hoping toward him.

"What are those things?" Fixit asks.

"I don't know, they look like giant lice." The space lice hop closer, and Chambers starts running. "I somehow doubt that is how they communicate." One of the insects leaps at the hovering fairy.

And with that, Fairy Fixit decides to join Chambers in fleeing. "THE DAMNED GIANT SPACE PIG HAS GIANT SPACE FLEAS WHAT THE HELL I HATE THIS I HATE GODS," she screams as she pursues Chambers.

Chambers looks back to find Fixit buzzing in behind him while rummaging through her toolbox. "Oh thank Saradomin I thought that you were one of them and that they could fly!"

"I hate you I hate Saradomin," the fairy grumbles, "here you are!" She lifts a wand out of the toolbox and points it at the insects closest to catching up. The wand makes several thwip sounds which are followed by chitinous cracks. The insects convulse on the ground before the fruiting bodies of some odd type of fungus erupt from the joints in their carapace and release a cloud of spores.

Chambers starts coughing. "What was that?"

"A strain of Cordyceps I modified to be indiscriminate about its host and with a super accelerated and shortened life cycle. Don't worry about the spores, they are non-viable." The wand makes more thwipping noises.

Chambers has a coughing fit. "I don't think my lungs care if the spores are viable. I have a good enough sample, let's go." His coughing gets worse. "Preferably before I die."

Fairy Fixit switches wands and casts a spell on Chambers that envelops his head in a bubble of cleaner air. She flies to Chamber's side and tells him, "Okay, we're going."

They both disappear leaving behind several dead insects and the meteorite.

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