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  • The Thought and Process on the Disposal of a Hydra Beast

    Fourteenth Day of the Third Moon,
    Twentieth Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance to the will of Her Majesty, and in upholding the duties charged to me as Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of
    The Thought and Process on the Disposal of a Hydra Beast.

    The Royal Engineer, Master Pete is known throughout the castle for his work on mechanical items. However, he was put to a bigger test when appointed to dispose of the remains from a massive, poisonous Hydra beast.

    In the late moons of the 18thYRA, two members of the Triangle, a group of rogue magic holders, summoned a six-headed Hydra beast upon the parapets of Castle Marrach. Together, they killed the beast with the intent on taking its heart for their Philosophers Stone. Once they had what they required, they left the giant beast in our home. This was dangerous to us for many reasons as stated by the Royal Engineer,

    "It was so massive that its weight could threaten the stability of the very walls of the Outer Bailey were it left there indefinitely. It would need to be removed."

    On the 9th Day of the 3rd Moon, Master Pete, a student of the Royal Collegium's School of Engineering, held a lecture within the Inner Bailey's Assembly Room. There, he detailed how he managed to complete this task of disposing of the Hydra and explained who assisted him. Sera Taite was apart of the group of people who assisted by crafting a life-like model of the Hydra using snow. As he spoke, attendees were free to view the detailed sculpture to form a visual idea of what the beast currently looked like. He then began explaining to the attendees on how the beast came to be in our home, while professionally avoiding his talk from becoming more about the Triangle than the actual disposal of the beast. He described that in order to begin the process of disposal, he needed to make an outline of everything to get an idea of what he was working with and how he may conclude this matter safely.

    Measuring the beast and taking note of its current state was the first and most important. It was found to weigh over ten tons and that is only without all six heads that are usually attached to the beast. As the beast has been there for some moons, it has begun to freeze over which caused the situation to be more complex for the 'corpsicle' as named by the Royal Engineer.

    "The creature was buried under snow, and its bodily fluids had turned to ice in the blizzard. An assessment of the current conditions of the body was needed before any decisions were made as to whether and how to remove it."

    The biggest risk they had was the poison of the beast, which limited how many ways he could dispose of it and what tools they could use. The blood was known to be acid-like and burned through just about all tools tried against it. Which also made the idea of putting the pieces of the beast in the chute more than moot. Furthermore, due to its massive size, the idea of using a crane to lift the beast was ruled out as it would be insufficient to carry such a creature even if they could get it working. In the end, they decided on tools such as knives, axes, and pickaxes made of obsidian to take apart the creature. So long as it remained frozen, denizens would be safe from the poison and acid blood. The pieces would then be placed in a strong, sturdy wooden barrel to be emptied every night.

    "It seemed that there would be a chance that the frozen flesh and blood would not react as strongly with the wood." The obsidian was decided on because it is a glass-like mineral that could be used in the place of crystal and glass to safely cut through the flesh of the Hydra. "While there were a few crystal tools around the Castle, including a crystal spear, a knife, a sword, and a few others, these were considered far too rare and delicate for the amount of work needed for disposal of the corpse."

    A total of twelve tools, four of each type were created by Sir Alrik and Dame Eeva which required a hundred and forty-four pieces of obsidian. This was easily found due to the Fire Festival previously held by Princess Maeve. The obsidian was donated by following individuals, seras Elora, Meryl, Tine, Vasilisa, Nariseth, Mallegra, and Diana along with sers Halvard, Melle, and Gareth. More tools were eventually provided as denizens were eager to donate to the Royal Engineer's cause.

    Once the tools were created and the danger areas were cleared, Master Pete invited denizens of the outer bailey to assist him in the disposal as it would take numerous people to dispose of this giant creature. While the blood and poison are frozen and not causing harm, it was still ill-advised to keep and or eat any meat that came from the Hydra. However, denizens were allowed to keep other items they gathered. These items included black bone fragments, talons, and claws that can be used to craft weapons or furniture, strips of blue-black scales that with enough can create a bolt of scale fabric for clothes, and finally sacs of flesh with a shimmery green slime that may be poisonous, but can also be used for dyes if gathered correctly.

    On the twelfth day of the third moon, the final parts of the Hydra were removed and disposed of. All meats collected were sent over the mountain where they would remain hidden, frozen, and safe from anyone or anything consuming them. It took a year to get the plan in motion and twelve days to see it completed, but Master Pete along with the help of the Healers, Carpenters, and the Royal Army saved our castle from an almost disaster.

    The Royal Engineer ended his lecture but will have a copy within the libraries for everyone to view his work at their pleasure. The Royal Collegium is home to many denizens like Master Pete. Those interested in joining are encouraged to attend their open bells at five late each woden's, for more information contact ser Kaspar.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Office of the Chronicler, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm,

    Yazmin Reymess
    Senior Chronicler

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