After the death of Mordremoth, his magical energy flooded through the ley lines. This caused disturbances as magic bled through into the world at specific points in Snowden Drifts, Mount Maelstrom, and Blazeridge Steppes, overflowing the ley line nexuses and forming into coalescences. The Priory, Consortium, and Inquest each mobilized to gather this magic, at times coming into conflict. The situation only became worse over time, however, and Ley-Line Anomalies began appearing.
General Almorra Soulkeeper arrived at Rata Novus to see the Commander. With Trahearne's death, the leadership of the Pact was vacant and offered to the one-time second in command. However, because the officers feared losing another leader like Trahearne on the front lines, the revised position would largely involve paperwork and would be kept far away from the fighting. The Commander turned down the offer, effectively resigning from the Pact. News of a sylvari in the complex stirred things up, as Canach also came by seeking out the Commander for their assistance. He brought news that Minister Caudecus had fled his internment at the Krytan palace, and headed into the Maguuma Jungle. Countess Anise had sent Canach to retrieve the minister, and deal with him as necessary, should it come to that. General Soulkeeper offered her own airship to bring the parties back to Divinity's Reach. On the way there they found a storm of magical energies, and a massive explosion threatened to destroy the ship. But just as the blast was about to hit the ship, the blast inverted and the energies were seemingly absorbed backwards. The airship was heavily damaged as it came to a stop above Bloodstone Fen, former site of the Maguuma Bloodstone.
Meanwhile, the offense on the Elder Dragons continued. Rox had appealed to Braham for patience, and he agreed to let the norn scout out Jormag before their full-on assault; although he had named his group "Destiny's Edge", a move the Commander found ironic. Thankfully, Taimi's research into the dragons' magics had paid off. With help from other asuran experts and data from Omadd's previous experiments, she began devising something that would pit Jormag and Primordus against each other.
Notches creation: (a) The red arrows indicate the pre-crack areas; (b) Comparison between Conventional Test and bi-material Curved Test. In Curved Test, notches (created both on the dentine and composite sides) will be the pre-cracks from which the two fracture lines originate.
Another pivotal aspect is given by the absence, in conventional tests, of defined pre-crack areas, which set a predetermined fracture trigger. This lack does not ensure that the fracture occurs exactly at the interface . The tensile strength in conventional tests could be affected by parallelism and by the direction of the dentinal tubules compared to the interface [25,26]. Thus, the use of these tests may provide roughly measurements. A further aspect to be evaluated, which makes the curved test on bi-material specimens reliable to assess bonding effectiveness between composites and dentin, is given by the compound stress it generates due to shear and compression forces. In fact, these features allow to simulate the oral condition. Moreover, SEM analysis draw attention to the resistance properties of the different bi-material specimens which influenced the pattern of the fracture lines.
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