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Santulím had not known joy such as he did in the Court of the Eagles. He worked and worked, heedless of whether Celem ruled the heavens or was in the period of his absence. His workspace was spacious and well stocked with all the marvelous materials known at that time. Santulím even had an assistant, a Jorian Wiseman brought up from the wild forests of Gom. Santulím, who knew the Jorians well, having been raised amongst them, treated the Wiseman with great respect, like the man was his teacher and less his assistant. Long periods of time were spent in conversation about the properties of various herbs and medicines known to the Jorians. Santulím used this wealth of knowledge to develop many potions and concoctions, which he often sent secretly to the old Alchemist in the lower markets. The Alchemist turned these new products into cures and eventually piles and piles of silver and gold, which he dutifully shared with Santulím.

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True to his word, the master shared a portion of the profits with Santulím, and the amassing of his fortune began in earnest.

Santulím did not stop with one discovery, though many of his experiments proved to be the fruits of looking at an accident in a new way. This formed such an important part of Santulím’s method that he later said.—Failure is success without sight.—

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From the time of the Founder there have been many great experimenters. There was Joceliac, whose activities with animal excrement helped to extend cultivation in the valleys. There was Fylenés, of the House of Drapeter, who perfected the art of swordmaking by mixing together different melting rocks. Fylenés turned his hometown Valemteim into the renowned capital of that art. There was also Vocander the Southerner, who first discovered pitch, the juice of trees, an element so important that King Talé (himself a well-known experimenter) once claimed that the Durno rose to power because pitch held them together.

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“What we have tasted, they have only wished. What we have seen, they have only dreamed…” -Account of Celean Conquest

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