Oblique Room [13 Thory 4261]
The Oblique Room at Darraden’s is quite oblique: one corner
is a sharp [60 degree -bb] angle, and another is a blunt
[120 degree -bb] one. The whole room is carpeted, with a
thick-pile carpet of tasteful dark gold and dark blue. I’m
used to rooms carpeted on the floor, but this one is
carpeted on the wall and the ceiling as well. One can, for
example, take one’s boots off and fling them carelessly
across the room, even against one of the little standing
wooden cabinets, and they won’t make much noise. Ilottat
The table, set thoroughly for two, is in the angly
side of the room.
I wasn’t expecting it to be set with the entire
dinner, but it was, with all the food there at once.
Ilottat had ordered us an arkenflame, a splendid
confection of frozen honeyed cream in the shape of a jagged
tree growing from a flowerpot of cake, served flambeed and
eaten very quickly. It is a specialty of Darraden’s, and
quite a presentation piece when served downstairs — it is
brought to the table on a cart, doused with fortified
brandy, and set aflame, and everyone in the restaurant watches.
But that’s downstairs. Upstairs, it was sitting on its
cart, already aflame, but with the flames and the melting
both held in abayance by quite a good Ruloc Sustenoc Pyrador
spell. I am pretty sure it’s a complexity 25 spell.
For those of you who don’t know much magic theory, my best
spell is complexity 20, and I was only recently able to get
that good in a few combinations of arts. I couldn’t manage
a 25 in Ruloc Sustenoc Pyrador, and Zi Ri have a huge
advantage in Sustenoc.
It is hard to imagine a restaurant with someone who can
cast that spell on staff.
And it was cast very delicately. We are provided with a
bound spell on a silver-tipped candle snuffer — a
silver!-tipped candle snuffer — to put it out. This
one is not such a huge spell, but still … they used three
cley and two spells that require two unrelated kinds of
professional-level expertises, just on the dessert.
There were another dozen or so cley used here and there on
the meal. When the lid was lifted from the raw fish
appetizer, a very accurate healing spell (bound, again) was
cast on it, bringing it to the precise moment after it had
been killed. Any subtle off-tastes that might have
developed in the, oh, third of an hour that it was held on
ice on a silver-plated — silver!-plated — platter
would be negated.
Just so that they could bring the entire dinner to the
Oblique Room before we arrived, and have it waiting for us,
absolutely perfect beyond the usual downstairs level of
Darraden’s perfection, when we wanted it.
So they wouldn’t have to send a waiter in after we both
We could even bar the door from the inside, with a big heavy
bar of iron-inlaid — iron!-inlaid — wood, thicker
than Ilottat’s tail. We could even set off any or all of
five bound spells to protect against various forms of
magical or material snooping.
In case …
… well …
In the other side, the non-angly side, of the room
was a very ornate bed.
With little wooden cabinets by the side, presumably
containing oils and essences and bound contraceptive spells
and everything else you might want. Darraden’s is thorough.