The hermetic mechanic stood in the center of her hex and studied the trunk at hand. It would need some Transmuting Elixir and she was certain that the best tool for this particular job was a brass corner-ratchet.
After several days of mixing her elixir, making sure to stir it under the new moon and counter-clockwise at that, she had the bubbling green liquid ready. Into a groove she had chiseled into the top of the trunk, she poured carefully, meanwhile securing the corners of the lid with her ratchet. Once closed, this trunk would be sealed tight. And only she could provide the Opening Solvent.
This is an entry for SeventhSanctum.com's Technomancy contest. The generator comes up with title that's a blend of science and magic. The one I chose was Hermetic Mechanics. I admit, I had to look Hermetic up in the dictionary. But when I did, I thought it was awesome.
Here's what Dictionary.com had to say:
1. made airtight by fusion or sealing.
2.not affected by outward influence or power; isolated.
3. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of occult science, especially alchemy.
4. ( initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus or the writings ascribed to him.
I was particularly interested in the first and third definitions, which inspired this drawing. She uses mechanical tools along with potions and brews to seal boxes for those who are willing to pay the price. There are multiple seals, some can never ever, ever, be opened, some open after a certain amount of time, and some need a specific potion, incantation or tool to be opened.
Which I suppose begs the question, why would anyone want a box or trunk irreversibly (or almost so) sealed? Well, suppose there was some item of great value in need of being transported, or some volatile substances that needed to be kept out of the touch of air, or possibly someone wants to preserve something for posterity. All kinds of things. You could possibly even preserve a wedding dress in such a way!
What a clever idea.