but if it were me, I'd rather go with traditional procedures in the first place. The risks are lower and better understood."
Galen nodded. He could ask no more, or he would reveal his intentions.
The corners of Gowen's mouth turned slightly upward, giving him a pained expression. "I know that you once wanted to be a healer, and I admire your attempt to turn something destructive into something constructive. That is to be commended. In this case, however, I think the risks outweigh the benefits. Traditional mage healing, or even current surgical procedures, can accomplish similar work. I would only resort to such a technique if it was the only one available." He fell silent then, his gaze returning to the image in the air between them. Galen could see him beginning to put the pieces together.
With a distracting movement of his hand, Galen dissolved the image. "Thank you for your help. I knew it was an unlikely thought. I just needed to hear that from someone else." He stood, trying to bring the conversation to an end.
"I wish I could be more optimistic. I hope you don't give up the attempt to find positive uses for your spell. I know they must exist, for the tech is our special blessing, bequeathed to us by the Taratimude, and it is meant to lead us to good." Gowen smiled, his face filling with expectation and hope. "In tapping into the basic powers of the universe, the tech, by its very nature, carries potentials that are both extremely destructive and extremely constructive. It can be difficult to tell the difference sometimes. Once we attain a complete, spiritual union with the tech, the path will be revealed. In our enlightenment, we shall at last understand the will of the tech, and the will of the universe."
When Galen did not respond, Gowen stood as