This would be the big night. Victor was about to make the breakthrough of his life, he knew it. Well, at least it would be the breakthrough of the month, that worked too. But it was going to big, he knew that much. He had very nearly worked out the exact treatment of the arcane power crystal that would be both the final piece and the lynchpin of his whole creation.
He’d given the project quite a few tries before even getting close to this point, so he’d been at it for a good while by his standards. A wide assortment of his past attempts sat scattered about the room; granted, some of these were of previous projects, but most of them had a hand in the creation of this new device somewhere – a gear from one, an assembly of cogs from another, the logic switches from another, and whatnot. One of these past attempts, the the first truly successful one, was still hooked up to the boiler from a partially dismantled clockwork automaton. The final version, the one that would re