Kim loved the smell of libraries. Books always reminded him of easier times. At least when reading didn't come with strange consequences. Texts laid on the table were open in various places, lit from the dim white light of the large crystal chandelier in the middle of the five story library. Kim was studying on the second level near volumes of encyclopedias filled with studies on Ley-Line energies and how attunement effects the level of efficacy in spells.
Off to his left a group of students walked by dressed in plain black robes. One girl in particular stood out with gold embroidering of a raven on the front. Long black hair flowed behind her head like a silk waterfall. Something about this girl intrigued Kim. Pulling on the ley-energy around him lightly, he enhanced his sense of hearing to eavesdrop on their conversation.
“This is really risky guys. We have no idea how a ritual like that could effect the Ley-Network.”
The guys all chuckled uncomfortably except for one. A loud mouth young man with a buzzed haircut and a smell of hubris Kim didn't need to enhance his senses to pick up.
“Yet what if it's successful? We would be stars of the academy!”
The girl crossed her arms and cocked an eyebrow. Kim went and sat back at his table of books, pretending to be oblivious to the group.
“Or we could shut down the ley-grid for the entire city for months to come. Is that worth it for notoriety?”
The man laughed and patted her lightly on the arm.
“Absolutely! What do I care? My family's got entire storage rooms full of charged crystals. It wouldn't really effect me much at all!”
Sighing and putting her face in her palm, she shook her head.
“Well Agrus, if things go horribly wrong then we'll know which family to turn to for replacing the entire grid of grounded crystals. You may not fear the people of this country, but you certainly fear your family.”
His breathing staggered a moment and he gave an angry look at her.
“You aren't the only one with pull around here. Just because you can do stupid things without much fear of consequence to yourself doesn't mean you should. The only reason I'm helping is because my thesis is on boosting resonance frequency. Unfortunately for me, you're in the same class.”
Kim mulled around in his head what they could be trying to do. The only thing he could think of was to expand the Freyan city proper's ley-grid network to surrounding settlements and farms. This was something he already knew how to fix. He did spend centuries in a city buried under sand. The group sat at a table not too far from him and continued to discuss how they could increase frequency while retaining ley-line integrity.
Glancing over at the girl, he caught her eyeing him as well. Something told Kim she knew he was researching something similar. He smiled at her and searched the desk for a book that had helped him the most in understanding these things. Holding it up to show her, her eyes and smile grew wide.