On a raised platform above the orb Se’rith and Brelyna found three aqua marine gems set into some sort of Dwemer constructed plinth. Pushing one, they were spring mounted, it clicked and one of the three concentric, circular rings set in the ceiling above the orb rotated. Se’rith deduced that the other gems must control the remaining two rings. Paratus shouted from below that his research had led him to believe that the Dwemer control crystals were highly susceptible to extreme changes in temperature. This gave the mage an idea. She called force her Flames spell and launched it directly at the crystal, now set in the dias at the apex of the orb. The light reflecting from its faceted surface changed angle as the crystal reacted to the heat. Three beams of light now projected from it hitting the centre of each of the concentric rings.
By sheer coincidence one of the beams of light hit an opaque glass dome set into one of the rings. It bounced off the ceiling and the crystal making a geometric shape. From below Se’rith indicated to Brelnya to line up the remaining two glass domes with the other two beams of light. It was clear that the Dwemer had some very specific intention for this device. Paratus could hardly contain his glee as the Dunmer manipulated the remaining rings until all the beams of light were reflecting and refracting off the glass domes.
Paratus yelled with triumph as he studied something that had been projected onto the wall. His joy was suddenly tempered with fury as he turned on Se’rith in a very aggressive manner and tone. He was rambling inconclusively about something the College had in its possession, something of great power that was running interference. Se’rith was beginning to think that Paratus must have lost his mind, being cooped up inside the ruin for so long. Yet she reconsidered when she saw what was being projected on the wall. A map of the whole of Tamriel, it seemed to have been stencilled in starlight! High Hrothgar was clearly highlighted and saw was the isle in Cyrodiil that housed the Imperial City. Two bright dots dominated Skyrim, one where the College is located and the other one near the city of Whiterun. Se’rith looked at Paratus for an explanation.
The Synod member explained that this Oculary, similarly to the Orrery at the Arcane University in the Imperial City, is used to locate sources of great magical power. Looking at Skyrim the College owned one such artefact, it had to be the Eye thought Se’rith, and the other one was in a place that Paratus called Labyrinthian. Se’rith wondered if this was where the Staff of Magnus was located. Paratus once again became aggressive in his accusations that the College was interfering with Synod work. He was shouting and gesticulating with his arms, so much that Se’rith called force her ward spell thinking the Imperial was going to launch an attack. He suddenly stopped and said in a calm voice that he would be reporting back to the Synod and telling them the College ha something powerful, very powerful in their grasp. Se’rith did not like the tone and watched warily as he left the chamber. Both Dunmer then explored the rest of the chamber, Se’rith picking up some books Urag might be interested in. They then made their way back to the surface.
As was nearing the entrance to Mzulft, Se’rith suddenly became dizzy and her vision blurred. As her vision cleared there stood a Psijjic Monk. He congratulated Se’rith on her progress but warned her to get back to the College immediately. Events were in motion that only she could stop and the College was in dire danger. The Psijic’s had set her on the right path and she was capable of bringing things to a successful end. As the monk winked out of existence, his words of stressing the importance of getting back to the College wafted through the ether. The Dunmer emerged into bright sunlight, the warmth a welcome sensation on limbs so long underground. They mad the short climb up to Primby to rest and eat before the walk back to Winterhold.
OT-I have this morning downloaded and installed the Ultra Realistic World Lighting mod by Marco. It is an immense graphical improvement and my machine only took a very small hit to performance. I recommend it!