>>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Samsara%20Quest>>For information about characters and the quest: http://pastebin.com/g1LAqp6s>>I'm changing the way I quest, just to see how it works out. Instead of posting constantly and consistently for a full 'session', and then vanishing forever between sessions, I'm just going to hang around and continue making updates basically constantly, if intermittently.Hellebore's Tower is, both an amazing, masterful structure that belies an intrinsic knowledge of manaflow through certain materials and also that of Analytical and Astral magic taken to the extreme... But also a hint of exactly how much one wizard can screw things up even if they have a step-by-step guide.The blueprints you pore down at is a complex, elegant creation. While you haven't discovered all of the details behind how Ebonstone and void-gem functions, you can figure out how the structure would siphon the spare mana out of every person on the planet, except for one protected by the wards within the tower itself. With the right enchantments in the right locations, and the pattern of the tower's structure, when complete it would only take a single mote of magic energy to begin the process.The only problem is that Hellebore was supposed to construct it, and botched it up as much as a wizard could botch something up and still have it function. The tower might have worked, when complete, but orichalium cables were just thrown askew, runes weren't in the correct locations, and the materials used weren't synthesized as purely as they could have been.You sit back, closing your eyes. A loyal Demon- this one spun out of your knowledge on portals- obligingly opens one to your pocket dimension to stuff the rolled-up blueprints into. There's a lot of information in the blueprints you haven't figured out yet.The Demonic Core, as it turns out, isn't the cure-all to your woes. They're useful, that's for sure. They seem to be 'shells' of magic that you can put any kind of spell or magic into, and control the shell the same way one controls a familiar. They're far more efficient and more convenient than dweomers. It seems like Hellebore fed her demons a copy of her synthesis core, so that she could speed up construction, while also using them as soldiers. The only downside- and it's a rather large one, for you- is that Demons can't use Analytical spells. You're still scratching at their abilities and their limits, but there's a lot of information you have to go through- veritable piles of books to read, magics to study, and Hellebore's Gate to dissect.Sorcery, Yule's biological magic, Morrigan's history, Void-gem and Ebonstone... and the few inklings of dimensional magic that you've found... There's a lot of it to look through, and you've spent your time since the fight pouring through it.>And what have you been studying the most?
>>665936>A quick note: I mistakenly implied that Demons are artificial cores, last thread. They're not. Artificial spiritual cores are things invented and created through 'sorcery'. Demons and demonic magic are just a special kind of astral dweomer.
>>665936The book about creating artificial soul cores. Specifically trying to create one that fulfills the requirements to perform counter magic.Basically trying to create knowledge demon soul core that isn't just hermetic magic twisted into a temporary soul and therefore unable to interact directly with mana. Rather we should create a true soul core that can be used to touch magic at the instant it is formed and disrupt it.
>>665936Yule's biomancy. In secret.We only gave Kristoph a sample of ebonstone right? Can we offer him a sample of void-gem in exchange for several favors? Actually even better, could we offer him some along with the information from the book in the tower that explains it in exchange for him supplying us with a bit of the stuff in perpetuity once he has figured it out?
>>665936>Void-gem and Ebonstone
>>665936I think we should study history and the gate/void gem first and foremost. Send a void gem sample to the material archangel for study maybe?Basically study our enemy and work out how they operate inter dimensionally.
>>665958>>665952Why not let Kristoph study the magic materials since they're his specialty. We should focus on something else since I doubt we'll be more capable than him at figuring them out. Though we do have a book on void-gem.History isn't a bad idea. I'd like to study something that increases our magical ability, but knowing more about our enemy is definitely a good choice too.
>>665936>>665936About how much time has passed since the fight? Has there been any follow up from Kanna about learning more magic, or is that going to be more during this thread.
>>665936>Morrigan's historyKnowing is half the battle. very close pick between this and Yule's magic.
>>665936I like how Jasmine notices the imperfections in Hellebore's work - can't beat our magical genius!Do we have unlimited instant-dweomers now? Nice!>And what have you been studying the most?I'm all for deepening our knowledge of those new Demons, so we can use them even more efficiently and use them for more stuff.
>>665951Longterm goal: Immortality. I'm in!And a deal with Kristoph sounds good. Outsourcing a bit of our work...>>665993>KannaWe could create our own Dimensional Force with newly minted Mages. Hunting the Infinite King's henchmen with our elite troops and their familiars.
You'd already sent a few samples of void-gem- with variable amounts of mana stored within- to Kristoph, after extracting a promise of free labor- and magical alloys- from him. He was more than ecstatic to agree, so you'd sent it all off to him. He hasn't gotten back to you since, but you've taken the time to research everything you can about Morrigan.The Infinite City, as it turns out, isn't quite infinite. It's only extrordinarily large. You're not quite sure how the civilization works, other than that it's a horrid dictatorship. The Infinite King rules all, with his apprentices beneath that, and the Magi beneath them. The lowest class are the Mundanes, the citizens who'd failed some kind of test and had their mana torn from them to fuel the rest of the world.You sniff, pouring through the history books. After Krital Angwaz returned from the world of Nix, he killed the Archmage Yule, capturing her magic and inventing the Servitors, a whirlwind of bloodshed and warfare scraped across Morrigan's surface. He spent a century crushing everything that resisted, taking complete and utter domination over all society. But with the monsters- with all animal life- dead, people lived lives full of a safety they'd never before known.The Infinite City was born after they crowned him. The rest of the book is just propaganda, exclaiming about all the wonderful things the Infinite King had done. After the century passed, the Second Traveler was born- one of Krital's children. The Second Traveler took up the reigns while Krital secured the world of Morrigan, and started traveling from world to world, gathering magic and power. He died young, but the line continued.The Servitor army claimed Nix next after opening a hole in reality, and the Infinite City expanded through an enormous rift between worlds. Not much happened between that and the Infinite City discovering a new world, by the name of Salem and it too was conquered.The next notable thing that happened was actually the death of Hermetic magic. Magic began to change, and apparently the magic keeping the first Infinite King- Krital Angwaz- alive had failed, and he'd died. The Second Traveler was dead, and the Infinite City had no leadership. But despite this, the magic keeping the rifts to Nix and Salem still survived.The entire empire went into a period of somnolence. They didn't do anything notable- only a few apprentices or Magi discovering new magics, or the latest Infinite King dying and being replaced. For centuries, things continued this way.It wasn't until five years ago that someone cracked the problem of Hermetic Magic. A prodigy of all magic known, and the youngest Apprentice of his generation... Calam Angwaz became the Third Traveler. He sent his three daughters to three separate worlds, with the intent of conquering them and adding them to the Infinite City, and he still rules as it's master.You shiver.Calam was your father's name.>Continued!
>>666029Our mirror-sister couldn't be saved, I'm sure... still sad that our mirror-family consists of Evil Overlords only.
>>666029New goal: Find our mirror-sisters and prevent them from sucking up other dimensions' magic!
>>666029>Calam was your father's name.That's fucked. Jasmine is going to have to kill shadow-dad after her own dad was killed.Hey Exabyte, would our choice of character at the beginning of the quest influenced nature of shadow-dad's family,? You mentioned that one of the choices would have had a bunch of younger siblings rather than just one.
>>666029Other than that book on the Infinite City- as well as the three worlds of Salem, Nix, and Morrigan- you've also been studying artificial cores- the study of Sorcery.Sorcery isn't easy. It's more difficult and complicated than even Familiar magic, and you have no clue how Neloch was able to reverse engineer this just by sensing Hellebore's artificial cores. To be entirely honest, you're not sure how The book mostly describes the nature of mana as it comes from the Purity Core, and how it's transformed through being filtered through a human's soul. You learn a few new terms you'd never heard before- Odh, for the 'magic from before'- being the magic used by a human soul, while Psi is known as the 'magic born after', the leftover and transformed energy that a wizard normally uses.The important thing that a sorcerer needs to learn is how to feel the difference between Odh or Psi, because part of crafting a core requires one to use their Odh to 'shape' a newborn core, and their Psi to 'feed' it. Try as you might, with your meditation, you can't feel the difference between the two. Then again, you've only been at it for a single night.Once you figure it out, you might be able to make a core- you have enough instructions from the book- but until then, you're lost. There's nothing you can do.Someone knocks on the door twice. You put the book away, and have a Kinetic-Force Demon pop it open for you.Neloch raises an eyebrow at the twisting, silver lightning that coils around the door. "You really like that new core, don't you?""It's convenient." You say. "And a lot more mana-efficient than a dweomer. What's up?""... The Execution." He says. "That's what's up.""... Right." You say, getting to your feet and putting the book into your handy portal-demon. It eats it up and sends it away for you. You still haven't figured out how to get Demons working through different dimensions- they crumble the moment you're no longer in the same dimension as them- but it's only a matter of time.Neloch strolls out, hands in his pockets. He's been acting rather cheerful, since he'd torn the Cores out of the black witch. There's a strange kind of surety in him that wasn't there before, a kind of relaxed slouch. Come to think of it, you remember the sorcery book mentioning Anima- a transformed kind of mana that exists after Psi's been filtered through a spiritual core- which makes it rather strange that Neloch knew exactly what to call it.The Dragon is the only familiar in the field outside of the tower- the rest of the soldiers' familiars are down the hill, near the camp. Rikar holds a long, slim blade in one hand. When he notices you, he waves you over."Prince Rikar." You say."Lady Jasmine." He responds. Hellebore is in shackles, being held standing by two soldiers. She looks sickly and pale. "We're about to begin. And such a thing is permanent, so if there's anything you'd like to ask her... or perhaps tell her...">?
>>666040>This whole 'mirror world' wasn't really part of the plan, so it's hard to say exactly what I would've done if you guys had a different character choice.>>665993>Only a day. You did finish teaching Kanna, but you couldn't really get into Analytical magic without her having an Implement.
>>666057>not sure howNot sure how what? I think you dropped a sentence.
>>666057Ask her who her father is
>>666065>>666057>To be honest, you're not sure how he was physically- and astrally- capable of creating a core at all, without this knowledge.
>>666057What was your father like? [Insert description of our father before he died]. How different were our upbringings really?
>>666057Just get it over with, she's evil or twisted, but she suffered enough, end her.
>>666057I mean, I'ts not really her fault that she was raised to become a Tyrant. But, it's too late for her at this point. Just let her die.
>>666057Hellebore was the youngest daughter right? She's basically the Ishelda of the evil Angwaz family. She could have been our little sister if things were a little different. I sort of want to tell her about our Krital and our father and what she and her family missed out on. Maybe she could have been a better person given the chance.
>>666057Ask her about her sisters and in which worlds they are.Do you know anyone named Jasmine?
>>666057Maybe a little speech for the soldiers would be nice: "Brave men and women of this realm, you fought bravely against a foreign invader. In the face of magical doom, you fought on and showed the world what true courage is! The Fallen will be remembered and their families honoured!"
>>666057>I wish this hadn't happened, knowing what I do now. But what I was taught, how I was raised...I can't let this go.>I'll...I'll say hello to dad for you.
>>666077Yeah, pretty sad... but I doubt, we can convert the next mirror-sister to our side - maybe with some Astral core manipulation (I look at you, loyalty core), but not with diplomacy alone.
So who wants to bet the reason Neloch's soul an magic is janked up is because he was originally from Morrigan and somehow escaped through a gate?>>666057Describe your father, see how close it is hers.
>>666091>So who wants to bet the reason Neloch's soul an magic is janked up is because he was originally from Morrigan and somehow escaped through a gate?That would explain why he seemed to take a twisted amount of pleasure in restraining Hellebore and why he knew the term Anima. We should probably just ask him straight up if he's from Morrigan, but we could also casually drop terms like Odh and Psi and see if he recognizes them. I wonder how he managed to find his way to Helios in the first place.
>>666091>Neloch >originally from MorriganThen someone would have to know our homeworld's coordinates, no? And an invasion could be imminent!
>>666057"Farewell sis."We should start questioning Nel, we know he's keeping secrets and we want to know why.
You turn to the woman, the one you might have as a sister if your father had lived..."Who was your father?" You ask."I already told you-" She starts, her voice weak and hoarse."His name." You say. "Not his titles.""Calam Angwaz." She says- and Rathod twitches HARD. His eyes dart frantically between you and her- but you sigh."... What was your father like?" You ask."Jealous?" She asks, quietly. She raises an eyebrow. "Don't be. He was never a real father. He's long since lost his humanity. But when he finds this world, when he finds your home world, snowflake... He'll hurt you more than you hurt me. He's the most brightest wizard in all of reality. In every world. There's nothing he doesn't know... And he'll find you."You grit your teeth..."I wish this could've been different, but..." You say. You turn to Rikar and nod.Rikar steps forward- and Rathod finally says something."Wait!" He says.Everyone stops to look at him."I- We can't- You can't-" He cuts off. "... Jaz. Isn't there something we can do? I'm sure I could make something to seal off her magic, and we could keep her in a pocket dimension..."Rikar raises an eyebrow."... If you'd like me to remand the prisoner to you, Sir Rathod, I will do so, if you have the ability to restrain her.""... I'll... I'll ..." He trails off, not sure how to answer.Rathod looks at you searchingly.>?
>>666091Or he met one of our mirror sisters who was scoping out our world. But if you're right maybe they tried to strip his magic but didn't finish and that's why his purity core is dodgy.>>666099Yeah, we could compliment him on his Psi manipulation.
>>666107She knew exactly what she was doing and is unrepentant about it. Her only saving grace is that she was shit at it.People died trying to stop her, keeping her around in any form would be disrespectful to the dead.
>>666107Rathod, As much as I love Ishelda, As much as I mourn my father, this girl and her family are through a mirror darkly. She is everything I could be bent in the worse possible way. I can't in good conscience keep her alive without using astral magic to change who she is, and that is abhorrent to me. She is evil, she kills and slaughter for her own gain and she enjoys it, she dies.
>>666107"I don't know if there really is anything we could do. Something mithril, maybe, but even that's not entirely a guarantee."
>>666113This after.>>666107"Sorry Rathod, I don't like this any more than you do, but we have to."I say execute. We don't have the best means to restrain her permanently and ad much of a benifit as doing so would be it would be demonstrably cruel with her current condition.
>>666107It wasn't her fault that she was raised to be a Tyrant, but in the end, the fact that she's sort of my alternate reality sister doesn't matter in light of the crimes she has committed.She might be able to reform, but it's too much risk. And I doubt she would be happy having her magic sealed away and her every action observed and restricted.. Keeping her alive might be more cruel in the end.
>>666107Explain the whole situation to Rathod. Give him the basics of Morrigan and the shadow Angwaz family.Her family is evil. That's the short and long of it. Just because her family is also our family in a twisted sort of way doesn't necessarily mean she deserves any sort of mercy.If Rathod still thinks she's worth trying to save though, I'm willing to support it.We should mention the name Ishelda. I wonder if it's the name of one of Hellebore's older sisters.
>>666107"This has to be done. We can't restrain her forever, she's too strong. And we owe it to the fallen soldiers."
>>666107>I...I get it, Rathod. I know what you're feeling. and yeah, in a way...she's family. I know how you feel, but...listen to what she just said. Do you...would you really feel comfortable trying to risk it? Would you REALLY?>I mean, this hurts. This hurts a lot. I'm...I'm basically killing my sister.>But no one fucks with my family. Not even my family.I feel like this isn't the best choice, from a meta perspective, and want to personally take the risk and see if we can't change her.
>>666128>Explain the whole situation to Rathod.I would prefer to have some more time to sit on this...--Jasmine the Executioner.Would've been nice to keep the mirror-sister... maybe with some more research into a magical prison...
>>666133>This hurts a lot. I'm...I'm basically killing my sister.Yeah. And killing our first real antagonist... I would really prefer an Arkham-style prison somewhere (where she can escape and battle us again).
>>666134I know, right?
>>666107>He's long since lost his humanity. But when he finds this world, when he finds your home world, snowflake... He'll hurt you more than you hurt meSounds like she's speaking from experience to me. To be honest, I think Hellebore is a victim of Morrigan. It's not a justification for trying to eat souls, but it is a reason. I want to see what Rathod has in mind for keeping her alive. I think it could be the right thing to do.
>>666134She wouldn't be happy. Being imprisoned as tightly as we need. She'd be bitter and unhappy with the life we could provide her and would have 0 oppurtunity to turn over a new leaf.
>>666144True. We have to purge the mirror-family, burn it out. We're the True Queen of All Dimensions! No tiny Infi-King will dispute our claim!
If she really could be shown the error of her ways, it'd probably be worth the risk from a logical standpoint. Her knowledge of her father's plans and sister's targets would really be invaluable for stopping them. We theoretically know she has the capability to be good, since we're sort of born from the same family.I feel like it's more respectful to the fallen to take do whatever we can to find and prevent similar things from happening on other worlds, even if it feels unpleasant or unfair here and now.
>>666107I say we let him try and come up with something she can't get out of. I can't imagine Jasmine being able to live with killing someone when there's another choice. Or Rathod being able to look at us the same way.
If there's looking like a majority, I'll give in to my personal desires and say use >>666161 logic to give it a try.
>>666161Would be really nice, if we could keep her locked up... maybe the family bond would work? Hm. Difficult decision...
>>666161> capability to be good since we are sorts born into same familyThat is such completely unjustifiable bullshit. There are thousands of people actively trying to do good. Why expend effort in this person who has already committed vast crimes? She simply doesn't deserve it.
Hmm, the most important thing is probably why we either kill, or spare her.If we spare her just because she could be useful, doesn't that mean we'll spare every useful evil person? There would be no justice for the killed if so.I mean sure, it would be the "better" thing to do, but it wouldn't be the "Right" thing to do.
Rathod was never someone who could stand by and watch someone die. For such a big guy, his heart is even bigger, and he's the one that took the most damage in the fight to take the witch down. But despite that, the moment her life was at risk and he saw a chance to save her...His expression is frantic, but calculating. You can see the gears whirling in his head."... Prince Rikar, may I speak with Rathod in privacy for a few moments?" You ask.He nods, and you walk over to pull Rathod away from the crowd."We can't do this." He says."Sorry, Rathod. I don't like this any more than you do, but we have to.""We don't." He says. "I'm not saying she's innocent, but... We can't just kill someone like that, in cold blood. Not if... Not if she's really...""I get it." You say. "Yeah, in a way... she's family. I know how you feel, but you heard what she said. Would you really feel comfortable trying to risk it? Would you really?""I-I mean..." He says. "If her f-father is going to be looking for her, wouldn't it be smarter to leave her alive? At the least we could, uh, ransom her for safety."You give him a Look. You know that's not what he's thinking.He sighs."This is wrong." He says. "We have her captured. Neloch successfully took out her cores, and he says that she'll live, and her soul will repair itself from the trauma. She can't use her strength, or those ebonstone soldiers or anything. The only thing she could do is use astral magic, right?""Right." You say.He bites his lip. "Then we implant mithril into her chest." He says. "I know Mithril's capabilities pretty well, and with a few beads here and there, around her heart, she can't use magic.""Her family is evil." You say. "She knew exactly what she was doing, and is completely unrepentant about it. She was going to kill everyone here for her own gain.""Nothing is evil." He says. "And we don't know if she was going to kill everyone. Jasmine- I can't just...""She wouldn't be happy." You say. "Especially if she's as imprisoned as tightly as we need. She'd be unhappy, and we wouldn't be able to give her a second chance.""Everyone deserves a second chance." He says. "You said that pocket dimensions work on people's mana, right? And thaumaturgic magic works between dimensions?"You nod."Then we put her in a pocket dimension. We fuel it with her own mana- use Ebonstone for it... And use thaumaturgy to give her an electronic connection to our world. We have movies, books, even videogames." He says. "She'll be safe, but alive, and she'll have things to do. We could still call and communicate with her, and there's no way she can break out.""... People died, Rathod, trying to stop her." You say."I know." He says. "But we don't have to kill her to make sure she stays stopped. It's wrong to kill someone when we can avoid it.""It's the right thing to do." Says Rathod.>Here's a choice, folks>  Agree with Rathod's plan.>  Let Rikar execute her>  Other? (Writein)
>>666183justice... Jasmine isn't a judge though. She wants knowledge, more power, more magic - and then: protect her cute sister and mother. Is her right-wrong compass that straight? Taking cores, protecting her secrets...
>>666186> [X] Agree with Rathod's plan.It's not perfect, but it could work.
>>666186>>>  Agree with Rathod's plan.Prison Chief Jasmine!
I see the future: Hundreds of dimensional prisons for our mirror-family and their minions, other dimensional criminals, genocidal generals...Judge Jasmine, sending criminals away since...now!
>>666187I haven't really read this quest yet (started on the first part just now), so i was mostly offering my two cents. It's totally fine to not bring "justice", or something like that.
>>666186>  Let Rikar execute herI honestly don't see the point uh expending so much effort on her. Seems like Thod is looking at her as a person in the abstract. He needs to look at her as she is, this isn't a theoretical case.
>>666186> [X] Let Rikar execute herPersonally, I'm the kind of person who see's doing that to someone, traping them in a way that keeps them alive but in practical stasis as being far worse than any kind of killing.I.E. I think it's better to be killed then imprisoned without contact for the rest of ones life.
>>666186>Rathod. Imagine you were basically a prince of a whole world. Then you were captured and put in a 10 by 10 room with only an electronic console to entertain you and your captors to keep you company. Would you really be happy? I think you would be bitter and you would stew in your rage and probably fall into depression. Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if she committed suicide.
>>666186> [X] Let Rikar execute herRathod she was building a super genocide machine to enslave the entire world and you want to set her up with video games? What the fuck is wrong with you? Every one of these planewalking Stalincunts we kill is one that will never reach our home.
>>666186>  Let Rikar execute her
>>666198I think it would be interesting to see the MC follow some path of justice. Discovering other worlds and meeting an evil foe might lead her to seek a kind of justice - because only she can help the people.
4vs3, executing seems to win atm.
>>666207>>666209We can still follow a path of justice if we kill her, so long as we insist that we're the ones that kill her.
>>666186>[X] Let Rikar execute her
>>666186>  Agree with Rathod's plan.
>>666201Changing my vote to.> [x] Agree with Rathod's plan.You guys took killing her a bit too far for me. Let's keep it grounded.
>>666211Stark-style? I'm in.We're 'family', we kill her.+give a nice speech to the army! (expand our powerbase)
>>6662194 v 5. Rathod is winning
>I'll be calling the vote in 5 minutes from this post.
Revenge killing or compassion prison?Clean end or more information?What will it be?>>666221Nice!
>>666223I was going to go for compassion killing. But the way it seemed to be going it looks like keeping her a live is a bit more sane.
>>666223I really don't consider it revenge killing. I consider it a mercy honestly.
>>666222> [x] Agree with Rathod's plan.
>>666222Could we perhaps put her in a coma until we deal with the rest of the family?
>>666186Agree with Rathod's plan.
>>666215who me? i wasn't being serious>>666223i'm voting purely on what direction i want the story to take. not a fan of making friends with our enemies, discovering their good side etc.
>>666222>Voting is over! I'll tally things up and write the post.
>>666230Sleeping Beauty?>>666235Personally, I like the Hellebore character and would like her to appear again - like those supervillains that keep breaking out.
A long, long moment passes, while you consider things."... Do you think she would really be happy, stuck in a 10-by-10 room with only a computer to entertain her and her captors to keep her company?""Tarkan prisons are like that." He says. "And they don't get computers or the ability to interact with the outside world."You stare at him for a long, long moment.Then you nod. Rathod's relief is palpable."We'll have to work on this dimensional pocket plan." You say. "It might be a bit more complicated than that.""I'll take care of most of it. the dweomers, the electronics, and everything." He says. "I'll just need your help getting the pocket open."The two of you walk back up the hill to where Rikar, Hellebore, your friends, and the soldiers all wait."Prince Rikar." Rathod says. "With Lady Jasmine's assistance, I've discovered a way to hold her securely and seal away her magic. I humbly request that you remand the witch Hellebore into my custody."Rikar considers it for a few moments, and then nods. "Very well."He turns and addresses the soldiers. "This witch, Hellebore, who once threatened the sanctity and security of Venan, will now be sent away into a faraway world, where she will never again touch our land." He says, and draws his sword. "In the name of Thaln, in the name of the Mithril Dragon, we exile her, under pain of death."The soldiers salute- and then Rikar nods. With two quick steps up the tail of his familiar, he settles down between the creature's wings. He holds the sword aloft. "Now. Wings of Fury! Claw and Talon! Gear up! We're all heading home. You've earned your pay."They cheer, and leave to pack camp up, leaving just you and the other wizards.Uldora raises an eyebrow, while Brun just slugs Rathod in the shoulder."So. How are we going to keep her?" Cera asks.Neloch grimaces, then shrugs. "I've got no clue.""I'll take care of it." Rathod says. He turns to Hellebore, slumped on the ground, her wrists wrapped in shackles. "Hellebore Angwaz.""Idiotic ogre." She says. "Do you really think you can contain me in any kind of earthly prison?""You are talking to the one who just saved your life." Neloch says."It's not going to be 'earthly'." Rathod responds. He gestures- and coiling black light wraps around her neck and wrists. Smooth, almost metallic ebonstone forms, with a void-gem pearl at the front. It seems that you're not the only one who's been practicing with their new Spiritual Core. It's a good thing you lent him the book on ebonstone last night.Hellebore doesn't even try to struggle, collapsing back as the ebonstone siphons the last of her power, sending her into unconsciousness."It's not perfect, but it'll do." He says. He casts a dweomer or two, attaching one to the pearl on the front of Hellebore's new collar."Mind sending everyone home while I get this done?" Thod asks, holding up his implement. "I can set up the spells needed for this prison.">?
>>666277Sure.We should give Hellebore a copy of Our Krital's Journal. We read hers, she should read ours.
>>666277>I will wait, but if anyone else wants to leave I'll get them back safely.
>>666277>>>?Thank everyone and promise to get together again asap, then send everyone home.
>>666285Make sure it's one of the clean public copies. Actually, scrubbing it of runes entirely is probably a good idea.
>>666285. . . No. No giving secret magical knowledge that's more efficient to genocide Hitler's daughters, even if they are our sisters.
>>666285>Our Krital's JournalI like the idea, she can't use that knowledge to hurt us and might slowly come around to our side.>>666292Yeah, no super-secret knowledge for her!
>>666293Not the one with runes in it. The one that is a description of his journeys. Basically, not the one that appeared out of thin air in our house.
>>666301Which reminds me. Nel has a lot of explaining to do.
>>666277Fucking chunni pussys, you're never going to get anywhere in life if you excited so much effort on every worthless asshole you come across. Instead of spending our time building a prison we could be saving a village from a monster attack.Well now that's done, we need to get some use out of her. We should design a computer game which includes a simulation of the gate magic so we can steal their location runes.>>666293Don't you think calling her our sister is misrepresenting our relationship, just a little?
>>666293>That's the 'family copy' of the journals, the ones that he wrote in the margins for. His 'first draft', so to speak. The public version doesn't have any of the runes or advanced knowledge. Just his usual idiocy.
>>666305True. How did he know this and that. Better to talk to him somewhere private though - and after we imprisoned our mirror-sister.>>666308Mirror-cousin(?) then... she isn't anyone though! And we're not doing that for every henchman/woman, promise!
>>666277Yeah, let's ask Nel if he's from Morrigan. He knew the term anima and seemed to have pretty heavy hatred for Hellebore.Be nice about it though. He's probably a dimensional refugee.
Yep, I'm in favor of >giving her a clean copy of Krital's journal.>>666314>>That's the 'family copy' of the journals, the ones that he wrote in the margins for. His 'first draft', so to speak. The public version doesn't have any of the runes or advanced knowledge. Just his usual idiocy.Screw that, Krital was a GENIUS!>Instead of confronting Nel with suspicions of being a Traveler, just plain talk to him. He's acting weird. (Nel's core deficiency is with Purity? The one having to do with Empathy or the one having to do with Motivation?)
Also, can I ask that we not call Hellobore our sister? She is /not/ our sister, her father was /not/ our father, and her Krital was not our Krital. We share some of the same DNA, but that does not make us related.
>>666432Sister from another mister
>>666277While we're making portals for everyone, I want to find out what location the witch's tower corresponds to in Helios. Might be important.
>>666432Since she called us snowflake, this one was charcoal, and I guess we need two more names for her sisters then.
You nod. "Alright."You head down to where the familiars are setting up. Their creatures are hefty, powerful things, and Rikar's already setting off with his dragon and the Wings of Fury. Kanna waves happily to you, which you return."I'll send you folks back to Thaln." You say. "Are you all prepared?""We are, Lady Jasmine." Kanna responds, saluting."Then I'll open the portal." You say. You close your eyes, and focus on the eighth core hanging over your left lung. It's coiled, quietly inquisitive, a passive version of the Knowledge Demon- instead of hungrily grasping for knowledge, it's passively waiting for something. You feed it, carefully, everything you know about transportation magic- everything about twirling a hole in reality, a wormhole in space. As soon as you do, you feel it softly hum- and coiling silver light springs from your shoulder, hovering around you. With a thought, you send the portal demon forward, and ask it to start conjuring a portal. It twirls in a large oval, soaking in your mana, and the portal begins to form."Lady Jasmine?" Captain Kanna asks, her Adamant approaching you."Kanna." You respond."I'd like it very much if we spoke more, after this." She says. Her demihuman ear flicks. "Of course, not while I'm on duty, but...""Perhaps." You say. The Portal Demon buzzes happily in your mind, and the portal opens. "Take care, Kanna.""You too, Lady Jasmine!" She cheers, and the radio dweomer on her brow shimmers with magic as she barks orders into it. The Claw and Talon get to work, carrying things out.You turn to Cera, Uldora, Neloch, and Brun. "Thanks, guys, for helping." You say. "once we're done with the witch, we should all get together sometime. And I'm sure that later, the prince will want to pay you guys for your help. I have reason to believe that he'll have a lot of ecu, soon."Brun shrugs. "Not a problem." She says. "Though there is my mom... Her wing..."Uldora looks away."I can talk to Archmage Yule about it." You say."You can really just call her up and say 'hey what's up can you help'?" Cera asks. You just give her a wide smirk. She rolls her eyes."I was glad to be able to help." Neloch says."Me too." Cera says. She sniffs. "Though if you end up finding a nice vacation world, with plenty of beaches... Feel free to ring me up.""Sure, if you say so." You say, rolling your eyes. You could probably call Shamash a nice vacation world. After all, everyone here are considered nobles now- Rikar knighted them all last night- so if she really wanted, she could find a beach somewhere. But you keep quiet about it. "Anyway, I'll open up a portal for you guys.">Continued!
Dammit, I should have been here sooner. Keeping the Witch alive is a terrible idea and executing her would be Justice.
>>666474Blow Cera a goodbye kiss
>>666467Ink and Shadow? Oil?
>>666490For a certain value of justice.People have gotten slaps on the wrist for less than she did.
>>666496Shadow's already sort of reserved for the whole family/parallel dimension. I like ink and oil.Ash or cinder?
>>666498More than she did, rather.Stupid turns of phrase.
>>666474You haven't gotten dimensional portal demons working yet, so you have to use your Implement to cast this one. While this one spools up, you hand Rathod a book."What's this?" He asks, looking at the copy of Krital Angwaz's journal."For her." You say, with a nod down to Hellebore. "... She's not my sister- just the daughter of my dad's dimensional alternate- But she should know how things could've turned out.""Right." He responds.After a few seconds, it pops open, and you feed it enough magic to last a while. Uldora walks through, while Brun says goodbye to Thod. You blow Cera a kiss, making her roll her eyes and storm through. Leaving just Rathod working at his Implement, an unconscious Hellebore, and Neloch about to walk through."Say, Neloch?""Yeah?" He asks."... Can we talk?""You know, a guy never wants to hear those words." He smirks. "What's up?""You're from Morrigan, aren't you?" You ask.Neloch looks away.He's quiet for a long, long moment."I didn't realize that I had been mentioning Sorcery until after it was too late." He says. Then he meets your eyes. "... Uldora was right... I'm a pretty shit shaman, as it turns out. With enough Odh that doesn't matter, but..."You raise an eyebrow."I'm from what they call 'Salem', actually." He says. "Not Morrigan. Still part of the Infinite Empire, but...""But you're still from another world, and ended up on Helios somehow.""Yeah." He says. "Somehow.">This is technically the end of the 'session', but I'll still be posting every few hours until the next one.>?
>>666499Ask is more Grey than Black
>>666498People have been executed for less. Besides, she was judged by the highest authority in Shamash and found guilty. Should have just let it go.>>666499>>666496Oilslick and Inkpot. They're demeaning names, like Charcoal.
>>666490Part of the fun of quests is recovering from terrible decisions. I'm sure dealing with this one will be all manner of 'fun'...>>666502"You don't have to be a part of this, you know. There'll always be another world to hide on.""I'm thinking of going to <world> next. It's got <strange feature Krital mentioned>. Want to come?"The other choices we didn't make at the beginning were forest and druids, right? Or just pick one strange one at random.
>>666502"Who sent you to Helios, and why?"I'm betting he's an advance scout or something.
>>666507>>666514Good point: maybe we can redeem them!>>666512I like those.
>>666502So guessing the reason your cores are fucked up is because of her or her dad or his system. How'd you escape? also why the heck are you hanging around me with what happened to you?
>>666502So long as Helios isn't set to be invaded any time soon...? Then I suppose that it doesn't really matter.The damage to your purity core is from their soul draining then?You'll have to teach me how to feel my Ohd and Psi sometime.
>>666519I think there was a modern city option? I think the forest was Shamash.
>>666531>>666526>Ra'aa: A world full of exotic technology, in a ruined blasted land. >Lugh: A world with strange magics you've never heard of- with warlocks and druids.
>>666535>Ra'aaSounds like someone screaming
>>666535Learning Druidry could be fun.On the other hand: advanced tech.
>>666521I don't think he's a scout, or if he is he's AWOL. Worst case is that he snuck in through a scout portal and the Infinite Kingdom knows about our world and has it on the 'to invade' list>>666535Druuuuuuids!
It should be noted that Helios would be a pretty tough nut to crack for the Infinite Kingdom. Yes, they've got Sorcery and some impressive Hermetic Magic but Helios has Analytic magic that sorely outclasses them in some areas. Not to mention the Archmagi.Morrigan probably sent in Saboteurs.
>>666521Yeah we need to find out how he got here. Because if he can so can others. As far as I packed up the only ones who could cross dimensions were the travellers and their apprentices.
>>666570Shit, we should probably get Rathod to weaponize ebonstone.Maybe make a gun that shoots ebonstone,Or just a gun.
>>666535Hey Exabyte, can we create vacuums with our portals?
>>666535If we are voting for this I'll through in with Lugh for the new magics.
>>666584Alright, we have saved the world. Now lets clean it up!
>>666535Lugh sounds interesting.
>>666590Not that kind of vacuum. I know Exabutt doesn't want us to instagib enemies, but I'm pretty sure we can accelerate objects this way. Like accelerating a block of ebonstone into someone's face.
>>666602>Honestly, I handwaved the air pressure thing. Mostly because that way a single portal to something only a few hundred feet above or below would have a really messed up air pressure that would either suck people in or shove them out, depending on the size of the portal. Just making a portal from Romalia to Terra's Spine would be enough to make it impossible to actually walk through, since you'd have to push past a LOT of air rushing toward you. So I'm going to say that portal magic just, uh, magically prevents that shit from happening, because that would just make things a lot harder and less fun for everyone.
>>666618I blame dimensional foam for ruining all the fun.
>>666618"Fuck your physics, I'm a portal?"
>>666618Booo>no shotgun dweomers
>>666656I'm sure there are better ways to make shotgun Dweomers than using vacuums.
>>666664I have a feeling if we could make shotgun dweomers we would've had them already.
>>666671Why? Jaz's focus is most certainly not combat spells.
>>666671That presupposes that one knows what a "shotgun" is, really.
>>666664Damnit. So close to sextuple 6
>>666681Shotguns- as well as other guns- totally exist on Helios. Not everyone's a good enough wizard to fight monsters, and sometimes folks just need some handy firepower in order to kill things.
>>666679Dweomer's aren't a new thing, portals sort of are. You'd think if they existed before people would bring them instead of giant battle axes to hunts and fights.
>>666694Welp, then why the hell didn't we just blast the witch full of lead? Maybe could've sniped her from a distance?
>>666697I guess her shields would have blocked it?
Observation: All the worlds are named after Gods.Helios- Greek Sun GodShamash- Akkadian Sun GodRa'aa (Ra)- Egyptian Sun GodLugh- Irish Deity, sometimes interpreted as a Sun God.Morrigan- Irish Goddess of FateNix(Nyx)- Greek Goddess of NightSalem(Shalim)- Canaanite God of DuskSupposedly, the Kritals were the ones who named the worlds, with Jasmine's Ancestor naming them after Gods associated with Light and the other Krital naming them after Gods associated with Darkness.Another observation: The Krital of Morrigan supposedly died after the magic that kept him alive stopped working. Incidentally, the Yule of Helios is still alive and perfectly capable of using her biomancy.It's noted that Astral Magic can be used to directly cast magic without the use of of an Implement or a Ritual. This is likely how Yule continued to use her Biomancy well after the failure of Hermetic Magic. Jasmine is capable of creating portals via Astral Magic as well. Morrigan!Krital was a genius and would have likely learned to cast via Astral Magic too. It's possible that he never learned how to perform Biomancy with Astral Magic, but it's also possible he was assassinated.Just a few thoughts to consider.
>>666801>That's a pretty good observation, anon.>Also, just so you guys know: If you end up discovering worlds that hadn't been named by either Krital, you can give them whatever names you want. Unless it's stuff like 'cumguzzler' or 'hardcockbeefcake', of course.
Another Observation:Calam Angwaz of Morrigan had 3 Daughters. Calam Angwaz of Helios had 2 daughters before he died. It's more likely that the Morrigan Ishelda Equivalent is the middle child.
>>666851Which means we will have a doppleganger as the eldest sister.
Our top priority should be Yule's magic.So we can just be a little bit taller.Just a little.
>>666888No messing with the height you Heretic!Honestly not too interested in Biomancy besides.
>>666888Honestly, our top priority should be Biomancy for its survival applications. Making Jasmine immortal would be ideal.
>>666888>>666894We could shrink everyone else instead.>>666900Tallness > longevity
Druidism > Biomancy
>>666947Biomancy > DruidismDruids are stuck with what nature gives them. Biomancers can make their own monsters.
>>666952Don't care. Don't want to do Biomancy. I think Druidism will be more interesting to study and learn.
>>666958And I believe the opposite. Druidism might be neat, but Biomancy will be far more interesting and useful.
Im down with the biomancy, as long as we keep it super sekret. Yule has kept it secret for a very long time, there is no known record of her having an apprentice either. I feel like she would get murdery the moment she has any inkling we have her magic.
Another option to biomancy is to show her the books to get Yang involved when we next encounter the Infinite Empire. Three worlds whose magi have access to biomancy would seriously get her interest.
>>666825But I like "hardcockbeefcake" as a name!
>>666851>>666856We should interrogate her about her family asap. Though from what we could tell, they should be a lot older than we are. I don't think it's really been mentioned, but helen was around our age right?That means that if the youngest of the three is our age, our counterpart should be ~8-10 years older than us.This is gonna be even harder on Rathod, to fight people he knows and cares about, or at least who look like them. Perhaps we should just avoid dragging him along? He wouldn't like it, but we can't afford him freezing up during combat.
>>666502>?"Do you know of any other people who come over? I ask, because this means that the Infinite King knows our world's coordinates and could invade at any time...">>666570>SaboteursThat's a scary idea! I like it! Spy Catcher Jasmine, with a license to imprison!
>>666801>assassinatedLike all those people who had 'hunting' accidents? Hm, maybe their world isn't that unified as they want people to believe? Power struggles in the shadows...>>666825>you can give them whatever names-Go to portal, meet old man, OldWorld is named...-Go through portal, see lots of people, CrowdWorld...100 years later, people wonder what deeper meaning is behind the dimension names of the Famous Hero Jasmine.
>>668063>That's a scary idea! I like it! Spy Catcher Jasmine, with a license to imprison!More of a license to 'exile'!>>668021Think of what the rune would look like!>>668035Yeah, we really have to keep Thod off the combat missions. Stick to exploration and scholarly with him. He should really be doing his thesis work, anyway.>>667993She was really against it this time. Didn't want to get involved at all. We'll need some solid evidence/proof that it's a threat to her personally before we can get her on board.
>>668085>license to 'exile'New idea: Find a world without people in it, just animals or monsters, then exile all the criminals we find to there. Private Prison Dimension!
>>668156Will we call it Astralia?
>>668156Death World, yes or no?
>>668174with occasional food drops, the inmates can fight over? Harharhar! Sounds good too!
Australia isnt that bad guys.Also you trying to turn this into arkum plant? Or just let them fight each other and the monstest to eat.
>>668190I think the odds of Exa letting us name a planet Hardcockbeefcake are higher then us successfully doing either.
>>668190or: We offer a prison world, put the criminnals there, suck out their mana like the Royal Infinite Family, win.
>>668205But then /we/ become the demons.
>>668207We're the Good Guys, everyone resisting us is a Bad Guy. Don't overcomplicate things :).
>>668156That seems like a waste of a world.
>>668212Yeah, no. This is how villainy works. Veto.
>>666825How about Jaz'sjizzboys?
>>668371No Anon, we're not doing that one either.
>>668389Hunkland might be passable.And a heavy maybe on Boitois
>>668287We'll implement a work program?But true, it seems like a plot of monster-free land would be quite a precious thing to sell. >>668368Dah. My plan is foiled...
Your mind works quickly at his response, and you slowly nod. He cringes when you open your mouth-"How'd you escape?" You ask.His eyebrows raise."I assume your Spiritual Cores are fucked up because of her, or her dad and his system." You say."... Yeah." He says. "Failed my test. They were, uh, sealing my Purity Core. Some emergency Astral Magic got me out, and I was able to escape for a while...""How did you end up on Helios?""Honestly?" He asked. "... I, uh, kept drawing random glyphs on a Gate and trying to open it. Eventually it did, and I ended up in the wilderness. Near, uh, the Broodmother territory."You flinch."And you lived?" You ask, somewhat incredulous."A lot longer than I should have." He says. "Came across, uh, Salt Lake Village, and they took me in, and.."He trails off and shrugs."So Helios isn't at risk to be invaded anytime soon?""I doubt it." He says. "It was completely random chance that got me there.""So, why are you hanging around me then? Especially with what happened to you?""... At first it was a bit of morbid curiosity." He says. "I wanted to see what the weird mirror-verse version of the First Traveler's family was like. I mean, that was why I was so interested in Krital Angwaz back then.""And now?"He tilts his head, and thinks about it..."Cause I'm your friend." He says.There's a long moment of silence where you try to wrestle with yourself not to give him a stupid grin. Eventually you win the fight, and just sigh."Then maybe you can explain this 'Odh' and 'Psi' bullshit for me." You say. "The sorcery books I found didn't make it too clear."There's a long pause- and then Neloch grins."That's because the idiots from Morrigan don't really get Sorcery." He says. "My folks, before they were... processed... had, uh, a pretty good time of it. Anyway, Odh's a pretty hard thing to get a handle on. You'll have to do a lot of introspection before you get it down.""What's the difference?""Well... Technically speaking, Odh is the material your spiritual cores- your entire soul- is made out of. Like a twisted series of tubes. And then you fuel that with true mana- a fusion of Psi, Odh, and everything else that makes up someone's astral existence- and the core takes away that Odh to sustain itself. The psi is just a carrier. Like... plasma in the bloodstream, I guess. Your psi remains, and flows through the rest of your core, and that's the leftover energy that wizards tend to use.""What's Anima in all this?" You ask."That's just a special kind of converted psi." He responds. "With the right astral magic, or the right cores, you can turn Psi into anything. I'm not very good at it, though... That's why I failed my test.""What is the test?" You ask."The Infinite City teaches all children about magic, and takes the very best to turn into Adepts. Anyone who isn't on the top of the pile... They have their magic sealed away.">?
>>668489I guess we might as well trust him, he's sure to be a good source of info on Morrigan and the Infinite King if we stay on good terms with him.
>>668489>"That sounds like the absolute worst. Have you seen/met your own alternate self yet?"
>>668489"That sounds like a person's entire worth is determined once during some testing... Well, I'm going to fight Evil where I find it - and take away all their knowledge!"
>>668501>stay on good termsHe's our pal, of course we will keep on good terms.>>668510>met your own alternate selfLooking forward to meeting mirror-Jasmine...I expect more like twin-like behaviour, samey but with completely different experiences.
>>668489>Give this man a slug in the arm and make him buy a dinner some time. And not a cheap one. That'll be punishment for keeping secrets like that.>Then we finish up with the rathod dimensional prison.
>>668538Hellbore was Jaz's alternate self though?
>>668559Read over that part. Thought, she was one of three, but we didn't know which one.
>>668489Well if you failed it, it must be a pretty terrible test. You are self evidently extremely good at magic.Tell me more about the runes which didn't work with the portal! Were you drawing regular runes or making upnew shapes?
>>668577>>668559>Hellebore is a lot younger than you- 16, maybe 19 at the eldest. From your studies in the history book, apparently the eldest daughter is named 'Aeoni' (Pronounced 'a-yo-nee', if anyone wonders), and the next is Lily. Meaning that Hellebore is the youngest daughter of three.
>>668559>>668577>>668596Nevermind me then, my reading skills suck.This is slightly worrying information.
>>668489From what I read, It really seems like the infinite Empire is stagnating in terms of magic. Their magical materials are impure, there is no innovation, they just chase after the past.I assume that's the test's fault since they test for their own limited type of magic and the winners are those that conform. While innovation often comes from creativity and challenging commonly held ideas. A lot of geniuses are spurned by society during their lifetimes.
>>668596Hey, Exa, who ended up getting the chemical core anyways?
>>668596So, Aeoni would be our mirror-self. She must be the strongest of all, genius extraordinaire, probably the hardest to defeat.>>668602>Empire is stagnatingYes. But with their unlimited mana reserves, they're still hard to beat. How much effort did it take to defeat Hellebore, who's the weakest of the sisters... epic end battles or a sudden implosion of the Empire structure?
>>668616Seconded, a brief rundown/summary of who got what would be appreciated.
>>668629Well, I know we got the demons, Brun got anima and Thod got the materials. But did the Prince end up taking the Chemical core?
>>668639Brun is superwoman now, with that regeneration core.Our friends are the next generation of Archmagi?
>>668688>archmagiNo. Archmagi are people that innovate, not just powerful people. Thod might make it and Nel and Cera too, but Brun doesn't seem likely.
>>668489>I wanted to see what the weird mirror-verse version of the First Traveler's family was like. I mean, that was why I was so interested in Krital Angwaz back then."Did you intend on running into me at the subjugation?"After the other questions we need to ask, "So, what do you think about the weird mirrorverse version of the Angwaz family?"And bring up that Calam Angwaz was our father's name. And ponder on the fact that the alternate Calam Angwaz had three daughters.
>>668629>You got the Demon core- Demons being hyper-efficient Dweomers that work on any non-analytical magic and can be controlled by your willpower, as opposed to having to control it through actions or command words. You also got the entire tower's pile of books and information, seeing as you're the only one who can actually open the doors inside. Rikar also officially declared the area yours by right of conquest. You'd gain the title 'baroness' if you didn't already have a title higher up than that.>Brun got both Anima and the Chemical core, being checked out by both her mother and by Neloch to make sure that her soul's 'balance' would survive the second transplant.>Rathod got the Synthesis Core, and you also lent him the book on Ebonstone and Voidgem properties. Only until after he's finished it, of course.>Cera took nothing, saying that it might mess with her ability to use her father's Art.>Uldora took nothing, saying that she didn't trust these 'artificial cores' and that they might mess with the balance between her dragon cores.>Neloch took nothing, but did all of the transfusing- and a pretty damn good job of it, seeing as Hellebore survived.>Rikar took nothing, but never gave a reason.
>>668766Can we turn the Knowledge Demon towards integrating Analytical magic with the Demon Core?
>>668712Cera didn't make archmage on her own, but will make it when her dad dies and she inherits his magical legacy.Nel isn't in the system as far as I know, and so isn't in the running for archmage unless he goes out of his way to be so.Thod might make it on his own, otherwise he needs to hope that Haron kicks the bucket before he does.
>>668778>Not exactly. It's more that the way Analytical Magic actually works, all of the magic is done inside the spellcrystal based on the way you programmed it. Since you're not actually the one doing the magic, you can't 'teach' the Demon to do it for you.>Though demons do have a lot of upsides compared to dweomers. If you wanted to make a coffeemaker dweomer, you'd need to program it to condense the water out of the air, heat it, smush up the coffee grounds and filter the water through it, spitting it all out into a cup. A complicated endeavor if you wanted to make it from scratch, that's for sure.>But you wouldn't need to make a coffeemaker Demon- you'd just need to make a 'heat and kinetic force' demon. Then you can use the heat and kinetic force for whatever the hell you want from afar. Does mean you have to keep your attention on everything the Demon's doing, but you could also make it make pancakes while making coffee. Hell, have it iron clothes for you too- it's more efficient than a dweomer is.>Then again, you also have to pay attention to it. Dweomers are automated, Demons are controlled by your mind/Demon Core.
>>668795>Demons >pay attention to itGoal: We have to train to control multiple ones at the same time, maybe subconsciously.
>>668795>>668952Better goal - 1. Make demons2. Have demons make dweomers3. Dweomers use Cera's magic4. Grey Goo5. ...6. Profit!
>>6690271. Make semen demons2. ...3. Profit!
>>668795So, what you're saying is we need better multitasking ability.... How was Hellebore running her army?
>>669054Chemical Core buffing mental cogitation probably.
>>669063Now I'm really disappointed we didn't take that.Although, if we study Sorcery more and examine the core in Brun's soul we might be able to make one of our own.>>668795Hey Exa, can we do any more bonding with Gareth or are we tapped out on that end?And Yule said she wasn't interested in Familiar magic, right?
A question we should ask Yule: Does she know how some monsters naturally produce Mithril?Oh, and is she a powerful enough Biomancer to make some livestock immortal and regenerate quickly?
>>669077We already know this. And the answer is yes.
>>669083To which one?
When we talk to Yule about Uldora's broken wing, we have to be careful to keep it a secret that we have a biomancy book... she probably wouldn't be keen to share.
>>669027Or just use demons like lengthened arms and legs, carry us everywhere, fetch us stuff, write down things, give ourselves a massage...
>>669109>>669112Pretty sure that so long as we don't bring it up, it'll be a perfectly kept secret.
>>668795Aww man, now we're never going to be able to defeat Brun.
>>669342>defeat BrunLet her fight our 'demons', tire her out? Can we create a super-strong one to just hold people with?
>>668489I just realized that Nel's story is delivered haltingly. I don't trust him all of a sudden.
>>669843He could be evil, sure. Or he could be dealing with life-shattering mental health issues due to having his very soul messed with. Just saying.Yeah-nah. I do agree that we should keep an eye on him. At the very least he was all to eager to torture/harvest Hellebore for information and parts. It might be inter-faction rivalries, or it might just be deep-seated hatred for the ruling classes. Either way he's not really conducting himself in a very nice way. If we ever try to diplomacy, or have some subterfuge mission, he's likely to turn out to be a liability.
>>670157To add, kinda like how Rathod was a liability at the execution.does anyone know if sageing still works? I don't like doubleposting.
>>670157Hm, Nel the Spy? Could be. But in that case, we showed him, that we can win a fight against one of the Infinite King's disciples - maybe that would lead to him going awol?Or it's just paranoia talking and he's a simple dimensional refugee... but why didn't he take his family or friends with him, if his world was so oppressive? Oh, the doubt.
>>670160>liabilityOr he reminds us that even our enemies are people... maybe we're kind of like Sword of Truth's hero who fights against the evil empire, defeats it, takes it over - only to discover that there's an even more evil empire out there.
>>671985Nel said his family was dead, so that's presumably why he didn't bring them with him.>>669843It was a pretty traumatic event and did literal damage to his ability feel emotion and act like a person. All the 'uh' pauses are probably just an artifact of Nel's soul's condition combined with the nature of the events he was describing. Additionally, his behavior has done nothing to suggest that his story might be false. His anger towards Hellebore, damage to his purity core, and willingness to be a part of our fight all support his story. I think it's silly to be suspicious of him. Neither his actions nor his words give us any reason to be.
>>671985>>672322>was able to escape for a whileNel was on the run. If he had any friends or family, he probably either didn't have time to bring them with him or didn't want to endanger them by associating with them.
>>672322>Nel's soul's conditionGood explanation! Nel is our pal and we need not be suspicious of him.>>672333>associating with themHopefully it's not like North Korea where the people left behind will be punished...
What happens after we capture all three of our sisters and dispose not!dad? Do we take over the country by force? Does Morrigan become a fiefdom of Helios? Are the mundanes left to self rule? Will that entire world be fed into the void?
>>672491Their entire civilization will have to be re-invented. Pretty sure most normal people will be happy but it'll be a long and difficult process to weed out the power hungry.
>>672491>>672507Maybe we can figure out a different method of winning. Perhaps there's a way to shut down their portals, so they can't leave, or a way to shield or hide worlds from them, so they can't expand more. Then we don't have to reinvent their entire ways of life.
>>673319We can rip the souls out of them.Not like they have monsters left.
>>673430>Removes +3 belt of asswhipin."Do I have to get all pooty tang up in here?"
>>672322While I agree with you that that is the most likely cause of his behavior there are other interpretations. Maybe he wanted more power and the damage to his core came about while he was experimenting in himself. Maybe he despises Helen and her family because they jealously guard the power that he hungers for. Maybe he is playing us to get rid of his competition and I'd being really awkward about telling us anything to gain our sympathy and stop us pushing for details. Maybe it's worth bring suspicious.
I've been reading through the old threads, and it got me thinking.We should probably start up our transportation company thing sooner or later, as it could bankroll any future adventures. Also, Cera's friend Jocelyn mentioned wanting to apprentice for Yule. Maybe we could feed her a few snippets from the biomancy book, just enough to get Yule's attention?
>>676171I don't know, I think we should investigate Yule's magic on our own first since her magic seems very prone to tragedy in inexperienced hands.
>>676171Why would we want Yule's attention? She is thousands of years old and hasn't shared her craft. It is her competitive advantage. Why wouldn't she just kill anyone who looked like they were independently discovering it m
>>676171Yule seems to be someone you actually don't want to be noticed by.>>676191So true!>>673825Could be. We should try to learn to detect dimensional portals...
"Well, if you failed it, then it must be a pretty terrible test." You say. "You are self-evidently extremely good at magic."Neloch looks away for a bit. "I wasn't very good back then, at anything except Sorcery. I failed the Runic and Biomancy tests badly enough.""But you were still good at Sorcery?""As good as someone can be without any materials." He says. "Which, for a sorcerer, isn't easy. You need diagrams in order to form new Spiritual Cores. And I had nothing.""It sounds like the Infinite Empire is stagnating." You say. "Their magical materials are impure, and they have no innovation. If they only test for their limited types of magics, and make it impossible for any deviation...""I don't know much about that." He responds, sighing. "But seeing the magic people use on Helios, I figure that with the way they encourage archmages and unique magics, we'll be better off than the Infinite City is.""Though having infinite mana is definitely going to be a problem." You say. "So, tell me more about the runes that iddn't work with the portal! Were you drawing regular runes, or making up new shapes?""Honestly?" He asks. "They have a booklet. Some kind of hermetic magic thing that the Infinite King discovered. All glyphs have the same kinds of shapes and limbs, and the booklet ran through a way to invent new glyphs. Something they have adepts doing is to practice with these 'new' glyphs to see if any of them actually work, and see if they can replace hermetic magic glyphs to modernize them. I, uh, spent three days in the Gate Room, trying to get it working.""And you didn't get caught?""I had to run and hide every time someone came through. The higher-ranked Magi end up using the Gates to travel between worlds rather than the Rift.""Hm." You say. "Are the Rifts like the one Hellebore had in the sky?""Not.. .exactly." He says. "The other ones are, uh, a lot bigger. And vertical, rather than horizontal."You try to picture it- a portal that enormous and somehow stable- but you shake your head. As much as you'd love to study something like that, that continues to work even if the hermetic magic that made it failed, you don't have access to any of those worlds yet. It'll have to wait."Well, I'll probably have a lot more questions to ask about your homeland." You say. "But that can wait until later.""Not a problem." He responds, shooting you a thumbs up. He makes his way through the portal and back to Helios.>Continued!
>>678150Finally, it's just you, Rathod, and the unconscious Hellebore. The gem on her collar is gleaming brightly, storing all the magic that the ebonstone had absorbed, and Thod absentmindedly takes the gem out of it, replacing it with a quick application of his new core."How are you doing?""I think I've almost got it." He says. "I've got a bit of a talent for branching electronics and dweomers.""Anything you need me to do?""Well..." He tosses you the gleaming gem. "If you can get a pocket dimension started with that.""Er... How?""Right. You need to touch it against the spellcrystal." He says. "I think. Should flood the spellcrystal with stored mana.""I can do that." You say. "But you should get through the portal first. My demon's keeping the portal charged, and when I leave, it'll vanish.""Right." He says. He carefully hefts Hellebore's unconscious body up, and carries them through the portal.You look out, at the battlefield, at Hellebore's tower... And curiously, you open a portal- just to see where this location is on your homeworld.The portal opens- and you see the city of Tark.... You're not sure what to think of that.=== Entering HELIOS ===Back in your testing chamber, you turn toward the gate you just exited through. You let the gate close, and then you start tinkering with the structure, setting it to open into Nothingness. Then you touch the voidgem's surface to the spellcrystal in the Gate's innards- and the portal winks open to a smooth, black surface.You crack your fingers, flex your neck, and pour mana into your demon-creation core. Twisting, silver streams of light move forward at your will, pushing the pocket dimension into its full shape. Come to think of it... Perhaps you could put something from your study on Hellebore's rift to use here. With your studies on the fabric of reality, and how the size of a dimension tends to rely on its tension- the strength of the reality's dimensional foam... Hellebore's rift was designed explicitly to have as strong a tension as possible. If you use the same concept here...With a thought, a conjured Knowledge Demon, and a hermetic glyph... reality contorts around you.Some time later, Rathod comes into the testing chamber, Cera and Hellebore behind him. Thod looks around at the enormous reality, charged full of so much mana that your head is starting to ache. There's more than enough space in here to fit a small building."... I didn't know you could make something this large." Rathod said, looking around."I couldn't, until recently." You say. "What's Cera doing here?""... I'm earning a favor." Cera responds. "If Rathod is going to be Archmage someday, then I'll get a lot more than the effort I'm putting in now.""What kind of effort?"Cera closes her eyes, and the black, rubbery bottom of the dimension becomes solid brick, material coalescing around you."Making this hole in reality livable." She says.>?
>>678236Don't make it too livable.
>>678365Umm, no. If we're keeping her as a prisoner then we should make it as comfy for her as possible.
>>678236Can we set up some sort of monitoring system? I know we can't use demons, but can we set up radio/video dweomers to send us information across dimensions so we'll know when she wakes up and what she gets up to in prison?
>>678236Does that mean you're gonna start trying to earn favor with me too?
>>678236Ah, well, nice then. Just make sure it isn't a fun time palace. Also any considerations you need to know for this pocket realm? Also tell your Dad I'm going to need to talk to every archmage I can, soon. he's older than I and has more clout. The infinite city needs to be known about.
>>678236"Well, if that's what Thod wants.""It helps to make the boarders solid, so they can help hold the thing out."the real question is: do we let them put a coffee dweomer in there, or do we deny her that life-giving liquid?
>>678236>>678408>>678365A gilded cage is still a cage, and is much more likely to endear her to her captors than a bare cell.Stockholm syndrome aside, anyways.
>>678236Well we want our not-sister to have a semi-comfortable existence, maybe give her a nice rustic home? Something like what we grew up in with flowers and pretty shit.It is a prison but she is far from the average type of prisoner. She has valuable info and such so a bit of pampering might go a long way for later milking of knowledge.
>>678408I don't know if they have coffee where she comes from.... I kinda want to see a tweaked out and confused Hellebore who doesn't understand what is going on with her mind/body as she drinks too much coffee now.
>>678236A comfy prison sounds like a good idea, maybe with some books about ethics and morality :).>>678442>Stockholm syndromeCan we employ a psychologist to advice us about getting prisoners to reveal their secrets?
>>678150>bookletI really want that one! Maybe it's somewhere in the tower?We have to look around for the honey business for our Prince. Then employ some magic teachers to send there.
Pure story text for anyone reading up on Samsara Quest:Samsara Quest 1: http://pastebin.com/aY234YRUSamsara Quest 2-5: http://pastebin.com/QbhT291P(divided because of 500kb limit)
I'm thinking a modest little cottage. Relatively comfy bed, reading nook with a nice big bookshelf, a small stove, running water, and a small workspace for any hobbies Rathod feels she's earned.
>>678150>"Honestly?" He asks. "They have a booklet. Some kind of hermetic magic thing that the Infinite King discovered. All glyphs have the same kinds of shapes and limbs, and the booklet ran through a way to invent new glyphs. Something they have adepts doing is to practice with these 'new' glyphs to see if any of them actually work, and see if they can replace hermetic magic glyphs to modernize them. I, uh, spent three days in the Gate Room, trying to get it working."Literally banging their heads against a wall to figure it out.
>>681887It seems like they don't realize that hermetic magic is related to the stars.If we get our hands on that booklet, then we might actually be able to derive the rules surrounding hermetic magic.Then we can found the Art of Runic Magic!
>>681910It hilarious how easily we solved the problem they're struggling with. I want to laugh in their faces but I'll have to settle for laugh at Hellebore.
>>680749>Stockholm syndrome>Can we employ a psychologist to advice us about getting prisoners to reveal their secrets?If you don't want to torture her then you'll have to put on a tsundere act. Being a bitch at first than softening up does wonders to make you more likeable.
"But not too livable." You say. Cera just rolls her eyes."I'll make it more like your podunk village then." She snarks."You know I grew up there too, right?" Rathod asks."My condolences." Cera says. She waves with her arm, and more marble bricks begin making up the floor."It helps if you make the borders solid." You say. "It's kind of like the inside of a balloon. Keep enough material in the way, and it won't stretch back.""I can do that." She says, and smooth glass surfaces start to run up the borders of the dimension. For a strange moment, you feel like you're in a snowglobe. Then something changes and the infinite blackness behind the glass becomes brighter and softer, gleaming with an inner light."Huh. How does that work?" You can't help but ask."The right crystalline structure, and a bit of a light spell." Cera responds. "I've got it set to a proper day and night cycle.""You should tie it into this." Thod says, holding up a gem. It's wrapped in a shimmering, gleaming dweomer, complex spell-work- the core of some hefty, overcomplicated spell. To be honest, Rathod's probably better at analytical magic than you are- especially with his master teaching him. Cera raises her eyebrows."That's a serious dweomer.""I'm, uh, pretty good at this." He says. "This is the core of the spellsystem. If it breaks, I'll get alerted, and we can tie all of the prison's systems into it. Electrical, mana-based, everything.""Then I'll let you set that up." Cera says. "I'll work on the structure.""Let's put it in the basement." Rathod says.Cera's eyes flutter closed again, and a simple rustic structure begins to fill the pocket dimension, stretching at the walls. It looks like a comfortable place to live. If it weren't for the fact that it's a prison, that is."Are you also going to make sure she gets food and water? And, uh, breathable air?" You ask."Yes." Cera says. "A single human's spare mana can fuel enough food and water for three people.""Huh." You say. "That's, uh, pretty efficient."A long moment passes while Rathod carefully installs the dweomer and gem at the very bottom of the spherical dimension, while Cera wraps heavy brick and what looks like blast plating around it."So." You say. "Does that mean you're gonna start trying to earn favor with me too?""What?"You wink at her. "After all, I'm already a shoo-in for Archmage." You say, neglecting to mention that you've already made it. You made it, in fact, the day Cera was made Magus.Cera rolls her eyes, as the basement level is completed. A few heavy doors appear in place, and wooden logs start making up the walls. The outside of the building gradually transforms into dirt, and plant matter, blades of grass reaching toward the sky."I suppose." She sighs. "I suppose I could use a personal favor from you. Especially if I'm in a hurry to get somewhere."Then she eyes you. "Why? What would you want?">?
>>683987>Damn, and I was so good about keeping my trip. This is me, by the way.
>>683987I can't actually think of anything I want from Cera.What about a business agreement where her dweomers power our portals, then we work to setup a transport network?
>>683987About three inches of height.
>>683987Nothing at the moment. I was just teasing mostly.
>>683987Someone is eager to please. Also we should compliment her on her interior decorating skills.This >>684062 I suppose.>>684042I thought we had already proposed this to her and she said she would ask
>>683987Well it would be nice if you came and helped save a far away place from a foreign invader and got to meet strange new peoples with me.
>>684089Yep, it was while we were drunk.
>>683987>>684016Let's say this, and then laugh when she gets all flustered. It'll make it that much better when we actually start dating her.
>>684526Honestly I think we'd have to do more than that to fluster her.
>>684585She got pretty flustered when we insinuated we had slept together after getting drunk, and crucially mentioned that she might be into it.>"I didn't- I'm not into- oh god, I might be into- you didn't- Scholar, did we-"
I think we should save that kind of teasing for situations where she is drunk. It's funnier that way.
>>684625>there's a Cerafag other than meMy man of good taste
>>684625Yeah, and Jaz might have an easier time flustering her for that reason, but I also imagine she gets asked out all the damn time by pretty boys and girls alike.
>>684625>>684658Pastamancers are not welcome here. You noodly worshippers need better taste.
>>683987>>"Why? What would you want?""My personal dimensional space needs your touch-up too!"Our prisoner has a better dimension than we do...
>>686489Y-You want to show her our private area!
>>686498in a totally non-lewd/waifu way!
>>684016>>684526This, jokingly, then move on to something more serieus, like >>684042 , and perhaps we want our own personal space set up as a small mansion as well.
>>684042Yes! Business! Money! (honey from Prince Dragon too!)Rich Jasmine!
>>686507Jasmine PortalsA New Way to TravelCall 01234-INSTATRAVEL Now!
>>683987>?We need to redecorate our storage somewhat, other than that, maybe a partnership in the shipping biz so we don't step on each others toes?Though I'm not opposed to fucking with her a little, it is a right we earned the moment she tried to sabotage us.
>>683987>>686577If we do have her redecorate our space, we should make sure there are no steal-able things related to our magic (and other things) in there when she is. The temptation would be too much for someone of her ambition.
>>686577>partnership in the shipping bizC+J Shipping!
>>686658>Giving her top billing
>>686658JC shipping. (Incoming lawsuit.)
>>686772No no:"CJ Shipping: Just follow the damn train."
A mischievous thought hits you, and you give Cera a grin."Why not a date?" You ask.Cera's eyes bug out. A long, twisted spire of wood shoots out of the cabin, jutting out randomly as Cera loses control of her magic, if only for a second."I- er-... Damnit, Angwaz!" She says, fixing her mistake. A second later, she turns to you again. "What do you really want?""Well, I could certainly use a touch-up like this for my own pocket dimension." You say. "But that can wait until after I've cleaned it out and expanded it to a usable size.""And taken your research elsewhere." She says."Of course." You say. "I was also wondering if you'd considered working together. My portals, your Art, and we can keep a portal running constantly and consistently.""I have considered it." She says. "And I've decided not to. At least, not at this juncture.""You sure? I mean, we'd both make bank.""... Yeah, but bank isn't what I'm looking for." Cera says. "Everyone will see your portals, and ignore my magic. I will not be your invisible partner.""You want your name out there." You conclude."What I want," Cera says. "Is for people not to look at me like I'm an archmage because of my father. I want them to look at me like I'd earned it. My Art isn't all I am.""... That's a good point." You say. "Though there is something else you could do." She just raises an eyebrow. You shrug."It would be nice if you came and helped save a far-away place from a foriegn invader, and got to meet strange new peoples with me."There's a long moment of silence, and then Cera shoots you a genuine smile- one you find it hard not to return."Sure." She says. "I can do that."Time passes, and eventually the rustic cabin is nearly complete, an illusory sun overhead, radiating down heat. Cera also has the air smelling fresh and clean, and even a bit of precipitation coming down."You really did a nice job with this." Rathod says, looking around."When I do something, I do it right." She responds. "Did you do your part?""Yep." He responds. "She'll have water, food, electricity, and she can't even get to the spellcore without magic.""Then I'll leave you guys to wake her up." Cera says. "Remember, Thod. You owe me.""Yeah, yeah." He waves. Cera makes her way out through the portal, and you close it behind her."You two seemed to get along." You say."Well, I figured after you two made up, I might as well try to get along." He says, cracking his neck. Then he gives you a long, curious look."... I didn't know she was your type."You feel your cheeks burning as you stand up to your full height... Which isn't much."I was just messing with her!" You say."Sure, sure." He says. "I noticed you and her cuddling up together that one night.""Anyway, let's wake Hellebore up." You say, looking away.Thod shrugs, and gestures toward the witches' collar.Her eyes flicker open, and she looks up at the two of you."... Where is this?" She asks, looking around.>?
Nowhere. Welcome to a bubble inside the void between worlds.
>>686829Pocket Dimension. And your vacation house for the next... However long.
>>686829Your new home, for the foreseeable future.
>>686829>?"This is, for the time being, your new home. This big Lug saved your life."
>>686829"Well, you were to be executed for attempted mass genocide, but Rathod here has a big soft heart, and got your sentence busted down to imprisonment for the foreseeable future. For obvious reasons, your ability to use magic has been removed.Being the ignorant savages we are, your prison will be a comfortable little cottage that exists between worlds, instead of some torturous bare stone cell with chains on the walls. I believe Rathod intends privileges with good behavior, so keep that in mind."
>>686829>?This seems like a good speech >>686930 except the last sentence. Rathod convinced Jasmine to not kill her, but privileges or anything now depends on us, not Thod!
>>686980I assumed he'd be taking responsibility as a warden or something. If not, then yeah, just change that last sentence.
So, we'll see yuri encounters some time? Waifu Cera, Captain Kanna and some catwomen...>>687005Warden Jasmine? Good!
>>687008No. Jasmine is only into books. Not girls.
>>687107Her reaction says otherwise.
>>687112Her reaction is just fluster at being teased.
>>687107Book lover! I can get behind that.Romance is for the weak and mugles, Archmages have more important things to do!
>>687167I've mentioned before that we need to find a transfiguration spell to turn people into books if we want to have an actual relationship with an established character.
>>687208That's some kinky shit you're into, anon
>>687208Those newly acquired books (tower treasure) shall be our new lovers!>>687245"Open wide, booky. Yeah, give me that new magic!"
>>687112>>687107>>687008>Jasmine's reaction was mostly being flustered at being teased.>The interesting part of quests, to me, is the way that a main character is controlled by the players and their votes, while the setting and other characters are controlled by the QM. One of the most important things about that is that your jobs- the player's jobs- is to get immersed in being the MC, and to figure out how that character reacts to different situations. I might have given you guys a few... shall we say, hints, by showing how other characters react to Jasmine, but you're the ones who piece that together to make a proper character. >Which is part of why I use write-in-only. It forces you guys to come up with things to say, and helps you give the MC a 'voice'.>But since people have been asking outside of the thread, I figure I'll answer it->Jasmine's sexuality is whatever you guys would like it to be. Up to now, I've been running under the assumption that Jasmine is somewhere between bisexual and 'more interested in magical research', and consensus has been leaning toward 'magical research'. Of course, that can change at any time, but that's how I've been writing it until consensus shifts into another way.>Though I find it much too fun to tease you guys
>>687582I love this quest because of the write-ins. I get sick of other ones real quick, but the freedom to say incredibly dumb shit and have you write it is great fun.
>>687582I could see Jasmine being bi, more about the person than the genitalia.
>>687582I think the way it's been handled so far is good. We've basically not pursued anyone romantically and the writing has reflected that mostly.
>>686829Let's go with a simple "Nowhere."We don't want to tell her too much about the particulars: ie: being powered/located by her own mana.Oh, that makes me wonder. She said something about sending things to nowhere, right? So if we used her Nowhere to power this one, does that mean we would find the things she threw away?"Thank this lug here."
>>686829Your new home, You can Thank Rathod for this and not being dead, and thank Ceera for the accommodations.
What does Jaz look like again?
>>688421>She's short and pale, albeit busty and rather fit. Twenty-two years old. Shoulder-length white hair, steely grey eyes. Wears a loose, long-sleeved jacket that looks more like an armored labcoat than anything, and carries an oversized mithril sword on her back. Underneath the jacket is usually whatever she threw on that morning. Denim jeans, a shirt that has something snarky to say on it, that kind of thing. Finally, she has an Implement on her wrist, looking something like a demented magitech pip-boy, with different magitech systems and components crawling up her arm and onto her shoulder.
>>688524How tall is Hellebore? Can we ask her how tall her sisters are at some point?
>>688579>Hellebore is taller than you, if by a few inches. Then again, she IS younger than you. In fact, she's probably closer to Ishelda's age than yours.
>>688735Can we ask her about her sisters?
Honestly I don't really see the point of asking about our pseudo-siblings beyond learning how to fight them. They were raised in a world where it is alright to drastically re-write a person's personality just because they couldn't pass a test.
>>688855Well, that's what I was getting at. We need to learn their capabilities and Hellebore is one of the best ways of figuring them out.
Jaz should do a chan AMA when she gets a chance. I'd like for her to discover she's become Watamote or Natalia Poklonskaya levels of popular.Entire threads of creepy fatbeards talking about how they'd waifu her.
>>688948She's already popular and considered Waifu material. She just hasn't seen the threads perving out about her.... There's probably a ton of fanart about her.
>>689049If she's ever been photographed with Brun, there's probably a ton of fanart about the both of them.
>>689013Hiyoko a cutie.
>>687582The write-in-only style is entertaining to read and it's fascinating that a consensus can be reached.
"Nowhere." You say.Her eyes widen, and she continues looking around."You were to be executed for attempted mass genocide, but Rathod here has a big soft heart, and got your sentence busted down to imprisonment for the forseeable future.""... My magic...""For obvious reasons," You say, "Your ability to use magic has been removed.""And if you regain it, the magic that creates food, water, and fresh air for you will fail." Rathod says. "Which means you'll die in short order."There's a quiet, long moment. Hellebore seems to deflate, and she nods."I understand." She says. "I've never seen anything like this before.""You're sitting within a bubble that exists between worlds. There is no way in or out without Jasmine's particular magic." Rathod says. "But we aren't complete monsters- there are multiple devices in that you can use to pass the time. Fiction books, virtual games, music, various forms of entertainment from our world."Carefully, and unsteadily, Hellebore wobbles to her feet."At certain times, you can request to communicate to one of us through a device." He says. "I'll show you to it."Rathod turns and walks toward the cabin's door, and Hellebore, out of lack of anything else to do, gormlessly follows."So, charcoal. How tall are your sisters?"Hellebore raises her eyebrows. "I'm not sure why you would want to know." She says. "Lily is extremely tall. Ayoni is... She's smaller than you.""And she's the oldest, right?" You ask.Hellebore nods, as if she doesn't understand why you're asking."Here we are." Rathod says, brandishing a hand toward an old, rotary-style phone. "Do you know what a phone is?""... I do not." Hellebore says."I don't know how much you know about technology, but you simply turn this toward a number. The number '1' will contact me. The rest doesn't do much yet, but I suspect that we may have to put your siblings or family in something like this, in which case you'll still be allowed to contact eachother. And at times..."He taps at his Implement, and pulls a small phone out of his pocket to tap at it. The rotary phone suddenly gives off a shrill ring. Hellebore jumps back, but Rathod plucks the headset out of its cradle. "This side toward your ear, the other one next to your mouth. Then you can simply talk into it. You'll also need to do this when you call out, contact someone.""I see." She says, carefully examining it."There's also a machine in the other room, with a booklet on how it works." He says. "Other than that, I'm sure you'll figure out how this place works."Rathod gestures you over, and shows you his cell. There's a number on there, a new one. You copy it down in your Implement "This is her number. Well, technically, it's the number to her router where I've hooked up a dweomer, but it should be easy enough to call Hellebore.""That's going to be useful." You say."Anything else you want to ask her before we leave?" He asks.>?
>>690549Give her Krital's journal directly."I read your ancestor's journal, It's only fair for you to read mine. It might put some things in context."
>>690549>Give her a [Redacted] version of Kirital's journal>"I have read about your ancestors it's only fair that you get to read about mine, I have only my word to give that these are genuine, without any form of propaganda, though I doubt it carries much weight in this situation."
>>690549>>>?Giving her the public version of The Journal like >>690559 suggests might get her to come around to our viewpoint.Just as we leave: "My full name is Jasmine Angwaz." Big reveal for her.
And then we can return to our home dimension, start that transport company, help our Prince to get his honey business moving and start his magic academy to prevent the Infinite King steamrolling them again in the future war (that will surely come).
>>690573>>690578Maybe dress it up a bit more. "In all the excitement, I seem to have forgotten to introduce myself."
>>690597That sounds good!And then we can concentrate on our Mage thesis and Archmage status too. Surely that will help with our other ventures (the respect).
>>690597Yeah, that's fine.
>>690570Preface this with>"Both of our methods to connect worlds can only connect to very similar world in the grand scheme of things."
>>690624Yeah let's get back to the simpler things like trying to define hermetic teleportation in an analytical manner. I just wanted to undercut the transportation and travel markets and chase catgirls around. Now we are a extradimensional prison warden and are probably going to have to pander to bigoted supervillian prisoners.>>690597Didn't we introduce ourselves when we told her we opened her tower?
>>690688Nope. We told her that we used some of her hair to get in.
>>690573>>690597>>690624Agreed on all three.
>>690688Look our bed made out of a cuddle pile of nude catgirls is still coming, we just have to create an environment where it can happen first, ok?
>>690549Can we tell Hellebore without anyone else hearing that we are the Archmage of Hermetic magic? I think that would get quite the reaction out of her on top of all this other stuff we're telling.
>>691048>You are not, technically speaking, the Archmage of Hermetic magic. You can get it working, but that makes you just as much of an archmage as Ishelda is Archmage of Analytical Magic for casting a 'light' dweomer.>You're the Archmage of your Art of Teleportation/Dimensional magic.
>>691053We'll be the archmage of Hermetic magic soon enough. Just need to study it a bit more and start working out a pattern. Though it might get renamed to Runic Magic at that point.
>>691053I thought we were. Well then what would it take to be called the Archmage of Hermetic magic?
>>691093We'd need to not only learn it, but learn the fundamentals of how it works inside and out, well enough to know how to invent our own crazy shit with it on the first try instead of just tentatively experimenting.
>>691093Let's put it this way: re-enabling hermetic magic will get us magus, finding out how hermetic magic works and how to make new spells will get us archmagus.
>>691117>>691241Then in that case we'll have to get that booklet and perform some experiments with our star rune. We could in theory use both to isolate all the variables.
>>691241>Let's put it this way: re-enabling hermetic magic will get us magus,I don't think so? We'd have to explain in detail how it actually works.
>>691241We're already an archmage just for teleportation. The other archmages have acknowledged it, and the only thing left is to make it public after going through the motions of the final academy demonstration.
>>691924Honestly, I don't like how we made archmage for that. Doesn't feel right.
>>692054Wait what? but it was one of Jasmine's prime motivation that she -didn't- make archmage because of hermatic things, she specifically wanted to be known for teleportation, since it was the family magic.But this is all rather arbitrary, since we learned from the archmagi themselves that archmagistry isn't based upon any specific wizarding skill, but the ability to be resourceful and pass their test, which we did.
>>692187Because it wasn't something Jaz invented or created. She just dug up some old dusty shit that someone already came up with.
>>692228But we reverse-engineered the portal spell and the teleport variant, and we made it so that it's location can be plugged into a standard issue analytic magic device, and we made the point-and-click variant that we use for combat and short range hopping.Krital didn't leave us with that much.
>>692245You say that but I'm not impressed. In the end, it's not even unique, like something Jaz can really call her magic. Maybe if she does some funky shit with it later on, but right now with notKrital and his gang I can't see it at all.
>>692228>>692245>Jasmine has also researched and analyzed the nature of the magic so much that she can emulate it with astral magic. Which means that completely without any tools or exotic spiritual cores at all, she can still open portals. Not easily, and not freely, but she can manipulate the fabric of space.
>>692228Doesn't matter.iirc, Christoph didn't "invent" his magical materials either.
>>692276Researched it from monster bits. Plus his old master did some research on it previously I think? Never got anywhere, but Kristoph wasn't starting from scratch I don't think.
>>692276Yeah, I know. I remembered the conversation everyone had. I'm not happy with how it turned out, but whatever, plot progression.
>>692187No that was regarding being made magus, not archmage.
>>692287>>692271After looking up your posts, have you read much of the early parts of the quest? You seem to be a bit confused to quite a few things that happened early on. If you don't know things you can always ask, and we can explain them. The IRC is good for things like this, since it doesn't clutter up the threads.>>692286>>692276It is one of the important distinctions between our world and the mirror world, I think. And between Analytic and Hermatic magic. Analytic magic is like technology. You build up upon what's come before you, and everyone can work together to progress the greater whole. We don't need to invent a coffee making dweomer, because someone else already has, and has put the plans up on /mg/, which we can then tweak to out liking and put up the plans for that and so on and so forth. This is the opposite to Hermatic magic, where creativity doesn't really work like that: you just need to know the right strange circumstances that enable the magic to work, and if you don't know then you can't do it. There isn't much that can be improved upon, and the knowledge and power condenses to the few who possess it.
>>692362I've been here since thread 1. I just have terrible memory
Damn, was hoping for more info on her sisters.
>>692362>>The IRC is good for things like this, since it doesn't clutter up the threads.>I actually prefer if folks ask questions up on the thread; Mostly because that way, when I clear things up, then everyone who's read the archives gets that information.>>692286>There's also Cera, who is essentially a 'future archmage' walking, who adopted her magic from her father. Haron's 'Art' was Analytical magic, but Analytical Magic already existed. Kristoph used his ancestor's notes and some 'natural' magical materials to develop his. Archmages aren't always characterized by having a 'unique' magic.>That said, Jasmine's put more effort into her Art of Dimensional Magic than previous archmages in their own magic. >>692808>Here's a good time to ask, anon. Though you do have Hellebore's number now, so you can probably ask her questions in the future.
>>692827Well as long as we've got you here...How close does Jaz feel to completing her thesis at this point?
>>692844>Rather close, actually. She knows the base mechanism behind, well, how space *works*, to the point where she can reshape and distort a pocket dimension, or twist open portals to other locations in the same dimension. Teleportation is a bit more complicated- instead of making a 'whirlpool' of space-distorting energy with a 'tag' to the target location, instead there's a really peculiar way you need to wrap a sphere around the teleported object- she doesn't quite have all the calculations down for that. But now she doesn't even need the Star Rune to open portals, unless they're cross-dimensional ones. >Crossing dimensions is pretty damn weird, and Jaz has no clue how THAT works. Needs more pocket dimension study.>In short, she could definitely make magus if she tried, but it's hard to call her magic 'perfected'.
>>692862>instead there's a really peculiar way you need to wrap a sphere around the teleported objectIs that like turning a sphere inside out without 'breaking' it?
>>692862>thesisI like how Jasmine's the only one who can use Hermetic magic till she reveals the trick (star rune) in her thesis... but having the prestige of being a full Magus/Archmage hopefully outweights that.
In the future: Rent out pocket dimension houses for those famous writers, musicians and artists who need absolute silence for their work :)
>>693237Cera could make anechoic chambers faster. Maybe still a few~ vibrations.
>>693241So what you are telling me is we can make custom build pocket dimentions to suit every conceivable perverted need?We could be so gorram rich
>>693236I didn't think we were going to reveal anything about hermetic magic in our thesis. Only teleportation magic and its intricasies, which, although a subset of hermeticism, doesn't require explaining how hermetic magic works to explain the theoretical underpinnings of teleportation.
>>693278And other mages who can defend their theses do so without spilling their secrets (like how Cera's thesis depended on her father's magic). Maybe we define the extent and limits of our technique with practical examples and counter examples out something.Also i think since we can do teleportation with pure astral magic we should be able to express it in terms of analytic as well, no hermetic required. Kinda makes me regret our deal with Brun's family. We are giving then the skeleton key when we could just give them a conventional analogue.
>>692862>>Crossing dimensions is pretty damn weird, and Jaz has no clue how THAT works. Needs more pocket dimension study.I think you mean: Needs more trans-dimensional adventures.Which I am fully in support of.
>>693278Actually I thought our early game agreement was to release hermetic magic for free to the masses, as it was too useful to keep. I believe we even had plans to work with Haron to sell specially made implements to work with hermetic magic.Honestly I'm still in favor of doing this. Jaz keeping hermetic magic to herself is akin to keeping a branch of science to herself. Imagine if someone in this day and age got ancient alchemy working, including greek fire, transmuting lead to gold, and a working cure for cancer - and refused to share any of it.
>>693306>Actually I thought our early game agreement was to release hermetic magic for free to the masses, as it was too useful to keep. I believe we even had plans to work with Haron to sell specially made implements to work with hermetic magic.Yeah, but non-efficient versions, and Brun's family got a more efficient version while we kept the best ones to ourselves iirc.
>>693306>>693313If I recall correctly we were okay with releasing the details of hermatic magic, but we wanted to be known for our teleportation stuff first. Letting people know is fine, but it's sorta arbitrarily locked behind getting archmagi publicly.I don't see why we can't let specific individual groups know about it currently, though. Brun's family can keep a secret, and the other archmagi actually know how the archmage system works. We can tell people, we just can't go public with it yet.
>>693285>regret our deal with Brun's familyHindsight. Maybe we can bind the Dalheim family to us, vassalize them? They're monster hunter, who probably will suffer (job-wise) from our teleportation company (taking away their caravan guard employment), so they might be open to seek our "guidance".That way, their self-interest would prevent them telling anyone else - iirc only a select few will know anyway.
>>693419You're being too businesslike about this. Maybe when Brun and her mom were just strangers that was appropriate, but they've since put themselves on the line for us multiple times.
>>693439True, you're right. They're our pals.
>>693331>>693313What's the destructive potential of hermetic magic? Any apocalyptic spells lying somewhere in a library? It's so random that I could expect anything to surface with it being freely available. It'd also make getting our hands on hermetic formula more difficult in future with its sudden rise in value. I'm pretty hesitant about releasing it, aside to Brun's family. Gotta honour that deal and we could likely get them to swear not to pass the knowledge on without issue.
>>693306I don't think so. There was a little discussion of it, but nobody actually agreed to just share it out to the masses.Also, that would break the spirit of our agreement with Brun's family. "Yeah, I'll give you the secret to cracking hermetic magic. But also every other person on the planet."
>>693453Why don't we hunt those books down?
>>693548I just looked through the archive of the first thread, and while there was some talk of sharing hermetic magic with the masses, it had at least as many (If not more) against as for and never made it into any dialogue or actions in-game.
>>693306The idea was to sell the implements without anyone knowing how they work.Sharing our magic probably isn't the best decision. It's our power base - and people just do fine without it. Maybe after we perfect this and that - but not in the near future...
While we've still got access to Hellebore, we should ask her about her sisters.Introduce ourselves as well, before we leave.
>>693786ask her about more stuff sure but i say give her nothing about us/our home. Who knows if anyone else has a way to find her specifically given shes a fairly important person(?) figures they might come looking after a certain point.
>>693823I actually doubt that. If they did Neloch wouldn't have been able to escape and if they are we're fucked anyway due to the pocket dimension spell being anchored to our dimension.
>>693894Pocket dimensions aren't anchored. They're just attuned to a certain persons mana. So unless they have some way of directly teleporting to helebore, they won't be finding her. And even if they do, they won't find our dimension automatically. They might be able to follow Thods communication set up to find our dimension maybe.
>>692862>>692827Hey, we can summon people across dimensions, right? What happens to people with familiars? Does it pull them across too, because they're also sort of a part of the same person?We should summon Kanna the catgirl and see if her turtlething comes too.
>>694606>You're not sure if Adamant is actually a turtle- it looks more like a Tyrant-Templated and Dire-Templated lizard of some kind. You're not sure exactly which kind, but that's because Helios doesn't have many zoologists- for obvious reasons.>Familiars don't follow, according to your experiments, unless they're touching the summoned target. Something about how you're two physical objects with one soul. It's extremely uncomfortable to feel your magic bond to your familiar stretching away into infinity, and you're not able to interact with them. Luckily, you can also use someone in order to target their familiar- Or their familiar to target their someone. Thaumaturgy is weird. Almost as weird as hermetic magic.
>>693608>>693593>>693548>>693453Bah, it's miserly. Hoarding the knowledge benefits only ourselves, while sharing it would benefit everyone. We should be more like Tesla.
>>694660It's not miserly, it's smart.There shouldn't be an obligation to hand out something that most people wouldn't get any use out of anyway.
>>694674First off, people would DEFINITELY get a lot of use out of it. We know very well there are plenty of people out there with old notes and glyphs that would suddenly just start to get working again.Second off, it's the pure advancement of research. A very particular avenue of research we're specifically choosing NOT to specialize in or to be known for.Therefore by not sharing it, we're both stifling innovation and depriving society at large of any potential benefit.There is, and damn well should be an obligation. One to the betterment of all.
>>694705>First off, people would DEFINITELY get a lot of use out of it.Why? Analytical magic is easier to use and has a wider variety of applications.>old notes and glyphs that would suddenly just start to get working again.Assuming they aren't superceded by easier and faster analytical magic, they'd suddenly be very valuable and harder for us to get our hands on.>Second off, it's the pure advancement of research.That's not what you said literally one sentence back, and not something that would be accomplished by selling special hermetic implements to the public.>A very particular avenue of research we're specifically choosing NOT to specialize in or to be known for.So?And here's the real thing. We couldn't sell this without explaining exactly how our star runes and sped up ritual casting works. An archmage who gives away literally their entire secret might as well not be an archmage.
>>694718Also, >we're both stifling innovation and depriving society at large of any potential benefit.Is true of literally every archmage. If Yule shared, the death tolls of all the monster attacks and hunting would go waaaay down. If Christoph shared, the benefits to the world would be huge. If Haron shared, menial work would be a thing of the past, if Cera's dad shared there would never be any worries about space, construction, or energy. Any combination of the above would be far more impactful than unlocking spells that have already been supplanted by analytical magic.
>>694718>Why? Analytical magic is easier to use and has a wider variety of applications.Only because there's been more time and effort put into it so far.>Assuming they aren't superceded by easier and faster analytical magic, they'd suddenly be very valuable and harder for us to get our hands on.Look I know Jaz kinda sounds like Jew but you gotta get off this whole profit thing.>That's not what you said literally one sentence back, They're not mutually exclusive.>and not something that would be accomplished by selling special hermetic implements to the public.If you've got a better way to distribute then by all means.>So?So we're not even actually fucking benefitting from it by keeping it secret!>We couldn't sell this without explaining exactly how our star runes and sped up ritual casting works.Yes we could. I've seen absolutely nothing to indicate that giving out working hermetic magic would in any way be giving out the secrets of teleportation.>>694736Are you seriously saying that just because other people aren't doing good, that we shouldn't either? Are you this awful of a person in real life too or do you just play an unsympathetic shrew whenever you're on 4chan?
The secrets of using hermetic magic IS the secret to using teleportation.If everyone knows that all you have to do is rewind the perceived stars, then everyone knows that's how you do it. Hermetic teleportation is not, itself, a secret. It's in historical record that hermetic mages could teleport.So if we give out the secrets to make hermetic magic work, we give out the secrets of teleportation to anyone who has those records.Your blind altruism wouldn't be a good thing for Jaz.Also, work on your insults man. They're weak.
>>694801>Krital's journals (the family version, not the public one) is the one and only place you've ever seen any hint of a hermetic teleportation/summoning spell. You haven't found anything similar in other books- only notes that it was possible. Not to mention that Jaz has upgraded from using hermetic runes, unless she's doing dimensional stuff. If she did publicize the Star Rune, her Art would still be secure. And even if people did end up with the right hermetic ritual for it, you guys have done so much extra work and learned so much about dimensional magic that you actually know how your magic works, rather than just pushing random buttons on the 'magic' machine that is hermetic magic.
This >>694801 is meant for >>694781Also, other hermetic spells being harder to get has nothing to do with profit. It has everything to do with the fact that "family secret magic" is a thing in the setting and we aren't a member of most families that would have now-functioning hermetic magic.They probably would let us look at their defunct things, for a price. If those things aren't defunct, nobody will share.
>>694823Thank you for weighing in.>>694801>blind altruismMaybe before you try to comment on my insults you should consider using something other than buzzwords for yours.
>>694835Well, before exa commented about teleportation being rare, blind altruism is what it seemed like. You wanted to hand it out because it would nebulously improve lives without looking at the consequences.It still doesn't sit right with me to give it out, even if the consequences would be less severe. It's not like it's a cure to a disease or something else strictly beneficial.I don't think an archmage should be handing out a secret just because it's not their core Art.
>>694845I vehemently disagree, and I take the idea that charity in general sits wrong with you as a rather horrific flaw of your character. When I said you're an awful person, it wasn't just an off-handed insult meant to hurt you. I genuinely mean it. I think it's something repugnant about your very personality and outlook.
>>694901That's nice.Selling hermetic magic to the masses is not charity.
>>694903Selling is a necessary evil of capitalism. Again, if you have a better method of mass distribution within Jaz's means, then I'd probably prefer it. As it is however, it's the most efficient method I'm aware of, of making it easily accessible to society at large.
>>694914I want to know why you actually think this would be such a positive thing? What is the actual benefit of doing what no other archmage does?We don't even really know what hermetic spells are capable of.
I'm going to point out that the creation of the Star Rune required the usage of Haron's precepts to create and if somebody can unravel the Rune without those then they damn well deserve to use the Rune.Unless it's one of the Infinite Kingdom's Magi. That would be bad.
I think we should take some more time to study Hermetic magic before we decide what to do with the Star Rune.
>>694920Going to point out that it was an Archmage who created spell crystals and began selling those, thereby allowing Analytic Magic to become widespread. The Star Rune kinda falls in the same category.Admittedly, this is all speculation as we already made an agreement with Brian's family to only share it with them at the moment. We would need to amend the agreement to include selling the Star Rune to other people.
>>694920The fact that you're still trying to phrase this in terms of pure profit is both depressing and missing the point. I'm sorry, I don't have the time or inclination to teach you Ethics 101. Suffice it to say that benefiting others at large within your society tends to benefit yourself, even if you can't see the immediate tangible effects. Or in even simpler terms, it's good to be good. If you want to know WHY, go read the works of famous Roman philosophers, because they covered this already.
>>694938>The Star Rune kinda falls in the same category.Only barely. The spell crystals allowed analytical magic to flourish. The star rune allows you to use spells that are already more efficient and faster with analytical magic. Not really on the same scale.
>>694944>The fact that you're still trying to phrase this in terms of pure profit is both depressing and missing the point.The fact that you keep using this strawman is really starting to grate.What hermetic spells exist that analytical magic doesn't do better and faster?Because those are the spells that would actually be "charity" to hand out.
>>694946>What hermetic spells exist that analytical magic doesn't do better and faster?Oh well I'll just look that up in my real life book of the exhaustive list of this thing that totally isn't made up.Literally whatever you or I, or especially Exabyte, can imagine.
>>694953>Literally whatever you or I... can imagineNope, since you can't make "new" hermetic magic. At least not without months or years of blind trial and error.So until Exa says that there are actual spells that would really improve the world that haven't been replaced by analytical versions, I don't see any point in sharing the star rune.
>>694964Agreed. And if we do find ine we can share it piecemeal.
>>694964I come back and people want to give away everything... No, thanks. Keep it in true Mage fashion! All their knowledge belong to us!
>>696048There was only one person who wanted to do that, please don't give them (you)s!
>>696070No, there were more than one. I still think keeping hermetical magic behind lock and key is a selfish dick move, but we don't have to give efficient versions of it out to everyone.
>>696646And I think we should keep it as an Angwaz family secret.For most people, hermetic magic would be subpar anyway.
>>696646The nicest thing we could do would be to sell a blackbox (our star rune) which makes Hermetic magic work but noone knows how it does that - make loads of dosh, maybe?Not selfish, just what Mages do... staying in their mage tower, doing magic, keeping magic to themselves.>>696663Angwaz and Dalheim family secret (Brun's family) - the Dalheims get a non-optimised version, of course.
Let's table this discussion until after we make Magus and publicly reveal our Archmage Status.
>>696739Agreed.And we have yet to meet the catpeople!
>>696772We did meet catpeople. The chick we were teaching the radio designer to was a cat person.
>>696646Allowing everyone to use it includes potential enemies as well I hope you know.
>>696779Ah, forgot that she is - visit and talk to her again! Pet the cat ears for research purposes!>>696942Yes! Homeland Security Officer Jasmine has to protect lifes!
>>697028>>696779>>696772I am always 100% behind petting the catgirls. Even and especially at inappropriate times.
"One second." You say, waving to Thod. You make your way into Hellebore's new cabin to find her carefully exploring the place, turning her nose up at the handful of books sitting on the endtable."I suppose you gave me nothing useful," She says, eying the books. Most of them are on technology, since it seems Morrigan doesn't have much of that. It contains the most basics of basics- more how to use the technology Thod had Cera install, rather than how it works."It would be cruel to show you all the magic you can't do, in here." You say. "But I thought you might find this interesting.""What is it?" She asks, eying the journal warily."It seems that Morrigan and my homeworld were very similar, before the advent of Krital Angwaz." You say. "An... alternate world, I suppose."Her eyes lock onto yours. "That was one of the things my Master warned me about. If an alternate Morrigan exists, it has the possibility to be a threat.""Regardless," You say. "This is a copy of my ancestor's journals.""Why would I care about your ancestor?" She asks.You show her the front of the book- and her eyes widen."In all the excitement, I may have forgotten to introduce myself." You say. "I am Jasmine Angwaz, daughter of Calam Angwaz."She stares at you for a long, long moment- and then sighs and collapses into a chair. You set the journal down, after making sure it's not your family's version."... I suppose you're not all primitives, then." She says."Later." You say, waving. You turn around and leave.Hellebore doesn't respond."We ready to go?" Thod asks."If you have everything set up.""I'll need to move the router somewhere more secure, just in case, but I can deal with that." He says.The two of you nod to one another."Helios," Both of your voices sayThe dweomers tear you away.=== ENTERING HELIOS ==="Say, think you can make a magical router thingy like that for me? That way I could still receive and send calls from other dimensions."Rathod sighs. "Give me your phone, I'll do it.""So." Thod asks, cracking his neck and pulling himself out of his golem while you extricate your phone from your Implement. "What are your plans?""I'm finally going to have some free time to study." You say. "I got a lot of spellbooks from that tower, and learned a lot about that Rift.""Sounds like a pretty good day for you, then.""Day?" You ask. "It'll take me weeks to work through that stuff. But first I need to take a long bath."He wrinkles his nose. "Bath? I only have showers in my dorm."You grin. "You happen to forget, Rathod, that I'm nobility.""What?"You grin, and gesture to the Gate. It whorls up, drilling a hole between realities... And you step through.=== LEAVING HELIOS ====== ENTERING SHAMASH ===You wonder, for a moment, if you can set up that honey trade while you're here...Oh well. Rest and relaxation comes first. Luckily, you have a waterproofing dweomer for your new books.>End of thread!
>>697158Thanks for running
>>697158:) Shocked Hellebore, use bath in another dimension like a boss, nice!Thanks for writing! Looking forward to exploring even more dimensions and setting up our business empires!
>>697158>Luckily, you have a waterproofing dweomer for your new books.Things I want, so badly.Great Thread Exa. Looking forward to the next one.Say, is Light manipulation to create holograms possible with Analytic Magic? Cause expanding on that would be pretty awesome.
>>697215>>Luckily, you have a waterproofing dweomer for your new books.>Things I want, so badly.Some modern smartphones are waterproof. I've read some of this quest in the bath.It's a good life.
>>697330I was going to use it for actual books.
>>697158Thank you for the thread!
>>697158I expected more reaction from her. Shame.Ah well, we'll have time enough to interrogate/talk to her.Now, it's a bit of relaxation and then time to hit the books! Gotta make magus soon so we can actually go public with our status as archmage.Quick question, did we tell anyone at all that we're an archmage now? I can't remember if we told thod or not.
>>699392We told at least Thod and Brun ( http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/423700/#436070 and a bit later) pretty sure wet told Ish (and maybe Nel) but can't be fucked checking.
>>699392>more reactionShe's speechless and needs time for a reaction, pretty good reaction imo.>tell anyone at all that we're an archmageWe told our friends Thod and Brun - plus our family iirc.
>>699447Speaking of Family. We should probably go visit them quickly before we start our studying. Need to reassure Ishelda that we're still alive.
Rolled 13, 30 = 43 (2d100)>>665936Another test
>>699507True, bring back some honey from our adventure, too, check our sister's magical progress.