Ythac gave a very political and eloquent sort of speech, welcoming all the dignitaries, ambassadors, heads of state, and other notables, preemptively welcoming the new dragon-worlds that were about to be discovered into the great community of dragon-worlds (whether they liked it or not). Osoth gave a stirring and blazingly comprehensible speech exhorting his company to endurance and exertion and excellence. Quel Quen gave a useful technical speech which I am going to summarize some of.
Quel Quen said —
There are a lot of worlds to explore. We’ll never run out.
We explore by opening a cyclone to a new world. Using Lliashatheny’s best devices, we can say a few things we want about the world. In some ways they are very useful things to say, and in other ways they don’t say much at all. Mostly we say things like “astral magic works there” and “matter can exist there”.
Unfortunately we can’t quite say “life can exist there” or even “solid matter can exist there”. This means that more often than not, we get to a useless world of one form or another, like a world composed entirely of fire, or of iron vapor.
So, rather than boldly opening up a cyclone and flying through immediately, we gingerly open up a cyclone and send a few scouts through. Usually the scouts come back and tell us that it’s not worth looking there. And so we keep trying until our Travel-mages get overworn, or until we find what we’re looking for.
The first thing we’re looking for is a Base Camp. That’s an inhabitable world in the region we’re exploring. Usually not a very nice world, and usually not worth colonizing. But it save a great deal of effort for the Travel-mages. And it’s a nice buffer between the dangerous explored worlds and Hove.
So today, don’t expect very much. Our explorers will probably be on Hove this time next week.
Then I said roughly “Yay, exploring dragons!” and gave each of them a beautifully-embroidered sash which they probably would want to leave at home as a memento of the expedition and thus served no practical or aesthetic value whatsoever.
Then feasts and music and such.
Then all the dignitaries, including me, went home and attended to matters of this world.
On the off chance that our first cyclone did bring something awful through, we didn’t want to melt all the dignitaries, or have them eaten, or whatever.