I finally tried out Sketchup to make/paint those stairs. Gosh, what a timesaver.
I won't use it for everything but I WILL use it for stairs. Stairs are evil.
Pavel climbs out into the open air, and looks up a second flight of stairs, frosted in ice and snow. Voices are coming from above.
Lani (offscreen): You sure there's a Lodestar lab at the Spirefort? Wouldn't your dad have had it disbanded by now?
Pavel continues climbing the stairs, his light illuminating the blue of the ship.
Irving (offscreen): He tried to - I talked him out of it.
Lani (offscreen): You talked HIM out of it?! ...Didn't think that was possible.
Pavel reaches the upper deck, where Lani, Cal, and Irving are waiting outside Phaedra's quarters. Her door is illuminated by cool lanterns, fashioned to look like moons. Below them, manta-emblazoned flags are draped. A manta-shaped sculpture adorns the top of her door.
Cal: Ah! There's our guest.
Lani is leaning back with her hands behind her head. She winks.
Lani: Heya, Pavel! We gossipped about you SO much in there.
Irving rolls his eyes.
Irving: If by GOSSIPPED she means we decided to let you stay the night on the Mantaluna, then sure. We gossipped.