Hoses, Masks and Canisters With everything else going on in your other stories, how and when the characters learn to use breathing equipment (like that seen in most of the canonical appearances of Gands) didn't even cross my mind as a mystery. So this came as a lovely surprise. All the side details that Volokoss throws in are just enough to infer that there's a whole rich, quirky history just out of sight here, the way there is with any real-world technology that has existed for a while. Repeating my earlier notes, the descriptions/details give it a steampunk feel. The tech sounds pretty, with the clear containers full of liquid in green/blue shades. And it's neat that the Findsmaster's tangent shows there are a few different variations and manufacturers, which seems realistic. Like others mentioned, the potentially lethal nature of the technology they're working with (well, maybe not quite -- I suppose it's like falling and it's the grounds/the unfiltered air that kills you ) adds tension but also a whistling in the dark sort of humor to the proceedings. Think I mentioned in earlier notes that it was a bit reminiscent of learning to drive. Terrifying consequences, seemingly arcane rules, teachers who may have been doing this for years without incident but don't necessarily remember what it's like not to know how... No pressure or anything! That said, I love how he reacts to the apprentice's query here. It's just a really fun moment. Since all is fixed and no one's losing any setae today. Aww! It's cute to see them so eager to head out on an Adventure here, [hl=black]as well as having some of the friendship/attraction that we've seen hinted with these characters in other works.[/hl] The parting benison for the silly younglings is another of my favorites here, since I think the Findsmaster means all parts of that phrase with complete sincerity. Funny but it shows a real caring for his students too.