The next day in RFO, you were at Grid’s shop early, excited to be able to make your gift for Butterfli3.
As promised, Butterfli3 had gotten your fox onesie cleaned in a seriously fast timeframe and you had it back on again- at his request.
“Hey!” You called brightly to Grid as you entered his shop.
“Good morning, O/N,” he replied politely, “you ready to tackle the bracelet today?”
“You bet I am!” you replied enthusiastically.
“Ok,” he said somewhat hesitantly, “I need to warn you though, this is a somewhat technical piece to make, because it’s of unique status. So don’t be upset if it takes a few goes to get it right.”
“Oh…ok, that’s ok, I’ll just keep trying till I get it right,” you said, unfazed by his warning.
“Let’s go to the back of the shop so that you can combine the elements in the workshop section,” he said, turning and leading the way out the back.”
“Have you made unique items before?” you asked him curiously.
“Yes, I have made a few. I have also made legendary and myth status items too, but they’re difficult to put together so my success rate is somewhat low. That’s why I’m warning you that it might not happen first go,” he said as he pushed the workshop door open and ushered you inside.
“Ok, fair enough. What is a myth item?”
“There’s a hierarchy of items in RFO. They start at common, then go to uncommon, epic, unique, legendary and lastly; myth. Myth means that they are the rarest of rare and only a few people end up with these items, or, if you’re a blacksmith, you can make them. But it takes a lot of tries for the item to be completed successfully.”
“Oh I see,” you mused, “so this bracelet falls into the unique category?”
“Correct,” Grid replied, pulling out a beaker and setting it down on the bench then turning to start up the furnace, “when the bracelet is complete it will ask you to name it. I just called it a water aura bracelet but that’s not necessarily its name, you can call it something else if you like…”
“Really?! That’s cool!” you said excitedly, watching him collect the equipment necessary for the making process.
“It will already have stats assigned to it and it will say it’s a unique class but the naming is up to you so call it something cool, ok?” Grid said with a smile.
“Can you tell me a bit about what it’s supposed to do so I can think of a good name?” you asked.
“Sure!” he replied enthusiastically, “when it’s activated, it will release a vortex of water that will spiral around Butterfli3, or whoever is wearing it. The water is moving at such a speed that it deflects and quenches fire- ultimately protecting its wearer.”
“Ohhh, I like it!” you said, clapping your hands together, “is that it’s only use?”
“That’s its main use, yes, but by using it and accumulating skill points you’ll be able to unlock extra features such as using it like a fire hydrant and projecting water at terrific speed. You could also use it as a projectile- like a water jet…”
“Man, this is awesome,” you said excitedly, “let’s make this thing!”
“Ok, you’re all set here.” Grid stepped back to allow you to take your place in front of the beaker. “O, firs, what metal are you going to use for the bracelet? You can use any metal in this shop.”
You thought for a moment then replied.
“Stainless steel, please. Do we have any with higher chromium stats for fire retardation?”
Grid’s jaw nearly fell open in shock at your response.
“Wow? I’m impressed with that reply, actually. You’ve come a long way.”
You beamed at him. “Thank you!”
“Yes, we do have stainless steel with higher chromium stats,” Grid said with a suppressed smile, “I’ll grab it, just give me a second. While I’m getting that, pull the water crystals and wind items from your storage and set them on the bench.”
“Aye aye, sir!” you replied with a salute.
You did as Grid instructed and awaited his return.
“Ok, here’s the metal you’ve asked for, now, let’s combine the crystals and wind in the beaker. Remember to do it carefully and don’t be upset if it fails,” he said walking over to the bench.
You held the two items over the top of the beaker and gently pushed them together, watching as they dissolved and mixed together as they fell from your hands into the glass jar.
As the last few bits fell, a little [SUCCESS!] icon flashed up and a happy little ‘ding’ noise sounded.
“Did it work?! IT WORKED!” you squealed, holding the beaker up to look at the mixture you had created.
Grid’s face fell slightly. Sure he was excited for you, but at the same time he was just a tad jealous.
“That part is done,” he said stiffly, “now the metal. You need to fashion it into a bracelet shape.”
“Uh…ok,” you said, setting the beaker down and taking the lump of metal over to the furnace and placing it on the board to slide it into the flames.
You watched as the metal started to glow then pulled it out and grabbed a hammer.
Opening your menu, you selected the shape you were after and smacked the glowing metal with the metal mallet.
In 3 strikes the molten lump magically turned into a bracelet shape and cooled down.
Another [SUCCESS] icon popped up with the same little happy ‘ding’ and you smiled at Grid.
He looked so defeated.
“Ok, last part- combining the two together,” he said, “how did you want to apply the skill? As a button shape? Combined into the middle of the band? In a swirling shape?”
“Ummmm…” You thought for a bit then opened your menu and clicked some buttons, readying your hand to pour the liquid from the beaker into the bracelet.
“Steady,” Grid said softly in a low tone.
You took a few steadying breaths and poured slowly.
As you focused on the task at hand, you could almost hear the blood pounding in your ears as you concentrated hard on keeping a slow steady stream of liquid pouring from the beaker.
Finally, after what felt like forever, the last drop landed in the bracelet and you exhaled sharply as you let your hand fall down.
A [SUCCESS] icon popped up and you screamed so loud you didn’t even hear the happy ding.
Grid jumped in fright at your scream then placed his hands on the bench as he hung his head.
“I can’t believe it worked first go,” he moaned dejectedly, “that would have taken me at least 5 tries.”
You were doing some kind of weird chicken dance around the workshop calling your thanks to every deity you could think of while Grid continued his pity party.
“What are you going to call it?” Grid asked, finally looking over at you as you danced around.