>Here's how this quest is going to work. Other than the first few options, I'll almost always allow write-ins. In fact, I usually won't give prompts. You guys are playing the main character, after all.>Sometimes, you'll end up in situations that are risky, or have a significant opportunity for failure. At those times, I'll have you guys roll 1d100s against a DC of my choosing. I'll be taking the average of first 3 rolls, unless it's something the MC is good at- in which case it will be the highest of first 3.>It's been a long time since I've run a quest. Nearly five months, jeez. /qst/ didn't exist at the time, so I'm going to give this a try!The counselor's office is cluttered, covered in accolades that don't belong to the inhabitant. Degrees on the walls, expensive oaken desks and cabinets, even a soft leather chair. An iridescent dweomer brightens the room, gleaming both red and blue in a direct disregard for physics; The result reminds you of a blacklight. It would be impressive, but...You sniff. There's no possible way the councilor was the one to cast the dweomer. He's clean-shaven, snappily-dressed. His hair is even parted and slicked perfectly. He's too clean and collected to be a real Magus. Hell, he probably isn't even an Adept. He doesn't even have an Implement on him.You could blink it the dweomer in a second if you wanted, and there'd be nothing he could do about it. Other than turn on the electronic lights, of course. For a moment you consider it."Adept Angwaz, I'm sure you know why I've requested to speak with you," He said, smiling politely. It's an expression that reminds you of a rat."It's about my thesis." You say."Precisely." He says. "While I understand the urge to do something... impressive, to endear yourself to other wizards, there are some things that are quite simply impossible."He frowns. "I'm afraid that as your counselor, I can't condone this. Moreover, the board of governors care a great deal for their image. I strongly suspect that if you continue on your path, it's probable they may retract your scholarship in order to prevent you from... well, making them a laughingstock.""You're saying that if I insist on keeping my thesis, they'll remove my scholarship." You say, voice flat."Essentially." He says, nodding politely. "It's good that you see it the way I do. Do you have any other thesis-""I think I'm going to stick with what I have now."> Loremaster: You did expect this kind of reaction, but you've done your work; It's possible. Nobody else has studied the hermetic arts as much as you have, after all.> Invoker: You don't give a shit what anybody says- even if you get kicked out, you're going to finish your magic and shove it in their stupid faces.> Savant: The archmages never got to where they are by playing along with the laws of magic. Neither will you. You're inspired, and there's nothing more dangerous than a mage with inspiration.
>>390600 > Savant: The archmages never got to where they are by playing along with the laws of magic. Neither will you. You're inspired, and there's nothing more dangerous than a mage with inspiration.
>>390600>Savant: The archmages never got to where they are by playing along with the laws of magic. Neither will you. You're inspired, and there's nothing more dangerous than a mage with inspiration.
>>390600>Oh, and I've noticed that I used both Counselor and Councilor. I meant Counselor there, whoops. I'm still a bit rusty.
>>390600> Loremaster: You did expect this kind of reaction, but you've done your work; It's possible. Nobody else has studied the hermetic arts as much as you have, after all.
>>390600>> Savant: The archmages never got to where they are by playing along with the laws of magic. Neither will you. You're inspired, and there's nothing more dangerous than a mage with inspiration.I have a good feeling about this.
>>390615>>390617>>390628I'll follow this.
>>390600> Invoker: You don't give a shit what anybody says- even if you get kicked out, you're going to finish your magic and shove it in their stupid faces.
>Heh. I'm surprised that image still exists.>Savant: You're particularly good at inventing spells on the spot. In fact, you're amazing. You can cast spells without any preparation at all, as long as you understand the magic behind it and have an Implement of some kind."I... don't recommend that, Adept." The counselor says, frowning at you. "I'll do what I can, but... Teleportation? Instant transference of physical matter? It's... A pipe dream. Too many charlatans have tried and failed.""I know." You say. "But I have a good feeling about it. I'll be fine."The counselor sighs."Am I excused?" You ask. You're not sure you can stand the man much longer, after all."Yes, yes." He says. "For what little it's worth, good luck."You smile politely at him, and make your way back out of the office. Almost as an afterthought, you tap a few runes on your Implement. The electronic device chirps happily, draws on a bit of your mana, and the dweomer in the office winks out.Your guidance counselor curses, and flicks on the light switch. The old book that inspired you is still in your bag- It's full of hermetic magic, complete with a recipe for summoning magic. It doesn't work anymore, after all- most Hermetic magic began failing centuries ago... But you have a feeling it's related to the alignment of the constellations. All hermetic magic, that is. But if you could adjust it to work with the current night's sky...It's a nice autumn morning. The wind is blowing, the slight scent of rain is on the wind, and the Arcanist's Academy looms behind you, stretching into the sky. The few trees on campus are rustling, leaves falling to the ground... It's a nice day."Hey, Jaz." Someone says. You turn to him- and then you also have to turn your head up, and up, so that you can meet his eyes. Rathod would be imposing, if you hadn't known him for years. The man's huge. Brown hair, a charming grin... But most noticeable is the golemic artifice crawling up his shoulder and covering his arm. It's a prosthetic, of course, but it's probably stronger than any other artifice you've ever seen. "Thod." You respond. He grins. "How'd it go?""I should probably figure it out sooner than later. According to that weevil in there, I might get my scholarship revoked.""That's not good." He says. "Any ideas?""Well, there's this hermetic-"He sighs. Audibly."Listen! All I need to do is figure out the astronomy.""Still on that constellation kick?" He asks. You glare at him."Fine, fine." He says. "Listen. I think I heard of a few things that might help with... all that.""Really?""There's Brun, over in combat evocations." He says. "She has a solid grounding in Hermetic magic too. She could help. Or I guess you could always try the library.""What about your Master?" You ask. An archmage's help would be invaluable, and Thod apprentices for one."I can get you in contact, but he's an ornery bastard. I won't be able to help you convince him.">?
>>390687Let's go see Brun.
>>390687Yeah sure, Brun it is.
>>390687>BrunBrun first, a bit more research before we talk to a higher ranked mage.
>>390643Let's see if we can get our hands on a star map that's a few Millennium old.
>The common magic used by wizards nowadays is known as 'Analytical Magic', based off of the thaumaturgy of western traditions and the few hermetic spells that still work nowadays. They use specially-designed electronic devices known as Implements, and rune arrays programmed in in order to cast spells. Modding an implement to add your own runes is technically illegal, but who really cares?"Maybe I'll try your Master later," You say. Though you didn't need Thod's advice to check the library- you'll do that as a matter of course. "Can you tell me more about this Brun?""You don't know her?" He says."I don't remember her," You shrug."Red hair, freckles, She's uh, taller than you. Ring any bells?""Everybody's taller than me," You snap."Uses a battleaxe as her implement?" He tries"Wait," You say. "Battleaxe? Couldn't you have mentioned that first?"Thod looks a little sheepish, but you do remember seeing the crazy girl somewhere around campus."Her family's a bunch of monster hunters." He says. "Apparently they figured out how to get a few anti-monster charms working, so they leverage that for all it's worth.""Do you know where she'd be?""Probably still in the Combat Evocations testing room." He says. "Working on some kind of force projection.""Thanks, Thod!" You say. "I'll go talk to her."===Combat Evocations is pretty crowded, like always. All of these kids decide they want to be wizards so they can throw around fireballs and fight monsters to get rich. Nevermind that half of them will end up dead the moment they step into the wilderness. You push your way through, to the testing rooms, and look down the row. It reminds you of a bowling alley, almost, except with expensive magic sensors on the far end of the wall. A tall, muscled girl- almost as huge as Thod- is swinging her battleaxe like it's a toothpick. Each time she swings, a shockwave of distorted light jumps from her blade to the sensor.It looks like it's actually dealing physical damage, but according to the way the girl keeps cussing and tapping runes on her Implement's display she might be having trouble with it."Brun?!" You call.She turns to you, and squints."Who're you?" She asks."Jasmine." You say. "Jasmine Angwaz. Thod told me about you.""Yeah? What's up?">?
>>390739>You got any of that...Hermetic magic?No but really, just explain we'd love to consult with her on something for our thesis. Play up her expertise on the topic, flattery might get us everywhere.
>>390739Tell her you heard she's somewhat of an expert on hermetic magic and that you would like her help with your thesis. If she's unwilling to help for free, see if there's anything she wants.
>>390739Maybe offer to try and help her with her problem in exchange for the same?
>>390739>>390747>>390748Backscratchers United Ltd.?
>>390757We got backscratchin' sticks, we got backscratchin' gloves, hell we got backscratchin' blankets!
>>390739"I heard from Thod that you're really good at Hermetic magic. I can make it worth your while to help me out a bit."Did we make any progress in teleporting anything yet? Items, sand? nothing yet, but still believing?
>>390766Anon please, there's nothing lewd about strachin' backs! No back left itchy, I always say.
My idea for this Teleportation thing, if stars and constellations don't work out:> copy item information in magic crystal> magic-build item at target location after transporting the crystal there> destroy original item:)
>>390773Of course of course.>>390781Two updates too late, I'd say.
>>390786That might count as teleportation on a technicality but it doesn't sound terribly practical?Also I'm not sure we know enough about the magic in this setting to come up with detailed ideas yet.
>>390786>not accounting for the metaphysical degradation resulting from the fact that the result would be a /copy/ and thus inherently inferior
Is OP waiting for further replies, writing, or dead?
>>390768>Not at all. But there are records, out there, of people summoning items and objects from elsewhere. The only problem is it's one of those spells that don't work anymore, so most people figure the records were faked or illusion."Thod told me you're somewhat of an expert on Hermetic magic," You say, "and I'd love to consult with you on it for my thesis.""Really," She drawls. "I'm not an expert. I don't think there is an expert anymore. Not since most of it stopped working.""I'm sure you can help!" You chirp. "Anything would be better than the mostly-dead end I'm stuck on right now. And maybe I can help you with your spell in exchange."Brun quirks her lips. "Sure. Let's see if you can help me first. If I can finish this damn array, I'll have the rest of my day free.""What are you trying?" You ask, peering at the array on her axe. The runes look like a pretty simple force projection. She even has it keeping her axes' edge, and amplifying the force from her swing with magic. With a spell like this, she could fight monsters from afar."Trying to project silver." She says. You raise an eyebrow at her. "What? We've got werewolves around my estate. They'll just regenerate as it is. My axe is silver, but it's not"You titter. This'll be easy."That's because a projection spell isn't actually force projection. It's not magically transferring all the force you put into your swing. It's using your swing as a guide. Give me your Implement."Wordlessly, she hands it to you. You struggle to lift it, but then you lean it against the terminal of the testing room. You draw up your own Implement, and start delving into the programming."Uh..." She says. "You know we're not supposed to do that, right? I'd like to not die in an atomic fireball.""It's fine." You say. "I'm just giving your axe a thaumaturgic reference to itself. Standard Implements don't have nearly enough runes programmed in. If you want to make the really esoteric stuff, you need to make a few changes."You hand her back her Implement, and there's a new rune in the array- one you'd programmed in."Just link that rune to your 'force' rune and that should work. Use the Material bond.."Brun warily glances at the array, but taps it a few times and nods. "Step back."You do so, and she swings- and the sensor chirps, giving her feedback on the 'silver force wavelength recieved'.Brun whoops, and scoops you up for a second, twirling you around.Then she sets you back down and pats your head."So." She says. "My day's free, now, and my dad'll be pleased. What do you need to know about Hermetic magic? Other than the basics, I mean.""Well..." You say.>?
>>390815Never know with sexybytes.Maybe the house's flooded again.
>>390815I know Exa usually writes like the wind, but 25 minutes really isn't that long anon.
>>390819>I mean...I know OF it...I dunno how much Jaz knows but it doesn't sound like too much.
>>390819So, what was our issue with our thesis? Something about stars?
>>390842Ia Ia C'thulhu fthang
>>390819I need to figure out the very basics of what makes Hermetic magic work! Or made I guess. I'm trying to get a recipe from my book working to help my thesis, and on the way I got kinda invested. My theory is it's related to the constellations, based mostly on my gut-feeling. But it's a real quality gut, I'll have you know!
>>390819>>390842Stopped being a lazy cunt and re-read previous posts. Ask her if she knows anything about maintenance on these herma spells to align with the constant shifting of the stars and keeping the spells strong.
>>390842>Every adept needs to submit a Thesis in order to become a full magus. It needs to be something new, or something marketable, or something amazing, in order for the existing magi to accept them into their ranks.>You're attempting to figure out teleportation, which is mocked and disregarded as impossible. You know it's possible- you've found a book that has an actual, literal spell for summoning creatures from elsewhere in the world to your location. The only problem is that the spell is hermetic... And hermetic spells slowly stopped working over the past few centuries.>Also, writing post now.
>>390859>align with the constant shifting of the starsSupporting that line of questioning. Also, we should move Brun to another location. For secrecy (and having Brun sitting makes for better eye contact because height)! Don't want other people to know how much progress we made and are making... people would kill to steal our ideas... :)
>>390819Hermetic magic relies heavily on the stars, what if we can bypass or change this?Our neck is going to be so stiff after this, stupid tall people.
>>390876Perhaps our thesis should have been Platform Shoes. I mean, it's certainly marketable.
>>390876We should find a stool or even table to stand on so we can see eye to eye.
>>390876>Our neck is going to be so stiff after this, stupid tall people.You get used to it.
>>390866>full magusHope our protagonist doesn't get expelled for doing something stupid... or mistyping one of her custom runes and blowing everything up.>new, marketable or amazing>amazingIf nothing works, we'll offer an amazing tasting drink, which let's us mindcontrol our testers to give us full marks?>>390876>stars >bypass or change thisI see our artificial star projector in the future...
"Well... I know OF it." You say. "Come on, let's get somewhere private.""Right, right," She says, and the two of you start talking. "First of all, it's not like analytical magic.""Of course," You say. Analytical magic is your specialty. An enchanted crystal sits within your implement, shaping magic essence into whatever shapes the programmed runes desire. A fireball, for example, is just a shape that contains heat surrounding a shape that turns magic into heat, as well as the programming that allows the sphere to be sent onward. The addition you'd made to Brun's axeplement wasn't Analytical magic.That was Thaumaturgy. A completely different branch, that relies on a set of physical laws where a 'lesser' shape, if accurate enough, manipulates the 'greater' through magical energy, or vice-versa. What you'd done was programmed in a rune that automagically turned her force projection spell into a 'lesser' of Brun's axe."Hermetic magic, back in the stone ages or whatever, was just a bunch of cavemen waving sticks. They did it in the right order, said the right gobble-de-gook words, and magic happened. Nobody knew why, and eventually people streamlined various actions down to their basics. If you've got a hermetic spell that means you need to call your uncle a fat chicken, then people needed to figure out whether it was insulting your uncle that cast the spell. Or calling him fat. Or calling a relative a chicken.""Did anyone figure out how they worked?""People had theories. Some people think it was a huge magic machine that watched over everything and shaped magic in response to esoteric commands, and it stopped working when the machine broke down. Some people think it was just self-hypnosis. If you believe an action will do something, and you stuff magic into it, you'll get a spell out. That one doesn't hold water, now that most of the spells don't work.""I think it might be related to the constellations." You say. You do remember poring through journals around that era, talking about stars dying..."That's a new one." She says. "But how can I help? I'm not good with the theoretical stuff.""Thod said that you and your family had some hermetic spells that still worked..."Brun sighs."Rathod's gotta learn to keep his mouth shut. Doesn't matter how cute he is if he's blabbing," She grumbles.She meets your eyes. "Yeah, we have a few spells that work still. Gran'da figured it out. Ended up tweaking *his* gran'da's spells, and we ended up with a bunch of disease repellant wards. I don't know why they work, just that they do. They're not major or anything. It's not like it's teleportation or anything. But they work when they're tweaked right.""How did he get it working?""Changed a few words, replaced the elm ash with maple ash... I think he was trying random stuff, to be honest."Maybe if you could compare the old with the new...>?
>>390924Let's ask if we might be able to acquire copies of these spells, for study! I dunno how strictly guarded they might be, but if the help earlier wasn't enough I'm sure we can find some other way to make up for it.
>>390924Any chance I could have a look at a few of these working wards?
>>390924>do you think I can compare the old spells and the new ones?Hmm, this is probably gonna be a tough cookie to crack.
>>390939This, or at least ask to have a discussion with the "Grand'da" in question.
>>390943>>390944Supporting! We can visit her Gran'da. And we surely can help with some other spells they have problems with - see silver throwing super-axe improvement.
>>390924>Brun and Rathodthey're a couple?>constellations >Changed a few words >replaced the elm ash with maple ashAre there demons we can summon ...and ask a thousand questions?
>>390965>The only summoning spell you have works on creatures... but it's Hermetic magic."You think Thod's cute?" You ask, smirking at her.Brun rolls her eyes. "Yeah. What, you don't?""I've known him since we were kids." You say. "Before he was even apprenticed. He's more like a brother to me.""Lucky me, then."You shake your head and change the subject."Is there, uh, any chance I could have a look at a few of the working wards? Plus the old ones. The old wards are just as important."Brun gives you a careful look."This isn't just a library book you're asking to borrow, you know. This involves my family's livelihood. But you are trying to crack hermetic magic, aren't you?"You suppose you are... Though that's not your main goal."I think I'll need something in trade for that information." She says. "You've already given me that silver rune, an' I can figure out how to replicate that for other spells, but... Let's see...."She goes silent for a moment, and pulls out her cell for a few minutes, typing. You're curious what she's saying, but eventually she looks back to you."Tell you what. 'da said you can have both records of old and new spells, but if you end up cracking Hermetic magic, you give the solution to us. Even if you want to keep it secret from everybody else."... It's not a bad deal, considering...>?
>>390978>Deal, BUT only after I finish my thesis.
>>390978Supporting: >>390988This is our livelihood on the line too you know.Side note: I would love to meet her granddad.
>>390797Who says a copy can't surpass the original?
>>390978Sounds pretty fair to me!
>>390978"How about after I finish my thesis, and only to you?"
>>390988This, but:>Scratch my back, and I'll gladly return the favour. I do hope you'll consult me when the time comes to enter the market however.Assuming this is going to be marketable.
>>391018That's a good idea too.
>>391005Maybe we can haggle that bit in, no harm in trying.
>>390978>cracking Hermetic magic, you give the solution to us"It's a deal" we say smiling.Sure, sure! Even if we don't intend to give up our secrets, a whole branch of magic alone for us, muahaha, the power, the possibilities!>Brun, sister-in-law :)Best friends now! Spend more time discussing magic... I mean being friendly with us!
"This is my livelihood on the line too, you know," You say. "Deal. but only after I finish my thesis, and only to you.""Not only to me." She says. "Even if most of our wards don't work anymore, this is the Dalheim family magic we're giving you. So in trade, this information goes to... Let's say, the Dalheim family head, and we'll be passing it down from head to heir every generation. That way, we can update our wards as we need to."You hesitate... But that's better terms than you'd expect, for an 'if'."Deal." You say. "I do hope you'll consult me when the time comes to enter the market, however."She nods, and pulls out her cell again. She asks for your email, and your Implement chirps as it receives the information."You have your smartphone in there?" She asks.You hold up your bracer, and grin."I've got everything in here. Even my ID card's somewhere in here. It was a hell of a time getting a magnetic projection spell so I can open my dorm, but... I figured it out." You shrug."How'd you keep it from breaking everything?" She asks. "Sometimes when I cast the wrong spell, the handle of my axe falls off when it shakes too much.""Well..." You say, and you start to talk.===The night finds you poring over pages of hermetic rituals, scratching pen against paper as you compare and contrast the hermetic rituals. They do seem a bit silly at first, doing the same exact ritual repeatedly to find what's more and less effective, but it's somewhat a necessity. A 2:3 ratio of elm-to-maple ash works, but a 3:2 doesn't. If you mix in a few shavings of oak, it works with some extra effect, according to the extremely expensive sensor in the corner of the testing chamber, but you're not sure why.She'd also sent you a bunch of other wards, none of which work, and no matter how much tweaking you do, you can't get those working.You sigh, slamming your head against the table. This is all you can do. Brun had wandered off a few hours into the testing, but it's pretty safe to say that you made a new friend. She might not be the cleverest wizard, but she's pretty nice. Even though she's tall. Like the rest of those tall bastards in the world.You grumble to yourself, and pull out the starmaps- one brand new, purchased this afternoon, and the other as old as you can find. The second was made back during the Tark occupation of Romalia, some five hundred years ago, and there are some pretty obvious differences between the two. Now it's up to you to figure out how to figure them out.> Please roll me some 1d100s!> Also of note, which I didn't fit into the OP, is that certain numbers on rolling- a natural 100, or a natural 1- will override the 'average of 3' as either a critical success or a critical failure. Good luck!
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>391101Ahoy the criticals!
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>391101Time to go full Monotreeme
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>391101100 get
>>391119Well...it'll do. Hopefully.
>>391119At least we didn't fail hilariously!
>>391123Math says average is just above 50.ehhhhh....
>>391141But that's just the average of one dice, not the average result of a best of three sadly.
>>391146What would a calculation like that look like? just add the dice up, no division, against 300?
>>391112>>391118>>391119>Average: 53 - Mild Success!>>391169>I add all three results together, and divide it by three. Then I round up.You don't get much done. Well, you barely get anything done. You do end up mapping out the major astrological changes - Vekar Major is entirely separate from the Shadow constellation, which must be why the 'shu' syllable in the ritual chants had been replaced with 'vak'... Or so you guess. You've essentially 'proved' your hypothesis that it's the changing of constellations that killed Hermetic magic, but you can't figure out how each hermetic component interacts with the stars at all.It's hard to tell, without a good ability to analyze everything. You have the information, but no matter what you do, you can't really fit it together.Your Implement begins to ring, and you pull your earbud up and out of it."Jaz here.""It's me," Thod says. "Just calling to make sure that you're, well, doing alright. And that you're actually planning on sleeping. Are you?""This thing is kicking my ass. I've mapped out all the changes in constellations for the past, uh, five hundred years or so, and I think this might be it... It'll just be a lot of work. It's a bit beyond me."You might just need to get hundreds of hermetic spells and figure out how to get them working before you can come up with a 'cure all'.Suddenly- >>390901an idea hits you."Wait!" You say. "Call me later!""So you're *not* sleeping ton-"Then you hang up on him, and quickly delve into your runes. If you use thaumaturgy on the night sky itself, making a miniature magical version of the night sky, and then shift it into the ancient sky, and use that as a major reference for hermetic magic...This is the kind of modding that Implements weren't designed for... But you are one of the best, aren't you?>Roll me some more d100s!
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>391169Nah, that wouldn't really work (and the average would naturally be 151.5 done that way) because that's sum of 3d100, not best of 3d100.Some anons did the calculations a long time ago, I can't remember the exact result but it was in the 70s at least.>>391188Exa's method is unusual, and with that the average will be 50.5 yeah.
Rolled 89 (1d100)>>391188ENCHANTMENT!
>>391188>>Roll me some more d100s!hoboy
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>391188Something-good-something-good-something-good...
>>391196Hmmm, turns out we might be one of the worst.>>391199Or not?>>391207Naaah we're pretty good.
Out of interest, what made you decide on average of rolls, Exa? You're not gonna get a lot of results outside the 40 - 60 range, and barely any outside ~25 - 75.
>>391221Not exa, but safety net would be my guess. It would kind of be a shitty end if we blow ourselves up in what is essentially the introduction.
>>391235I could buy that but then critfails seem a little out of place.I mean, I love critfails but they seem pretty hated by the 'a single diceroll shouldn't fuck everything up!' crowd which I'd think would be the main proponents of a safety net like that.
>>391240Exabyte just has a thing for big fat critties.
>>391247I knew he was lewd.
>>391247I can't blame him to be honest. Critties can be quite delish sometimes, or hilarious. I may be a newfag though.
>>391247Oh gods Sorceress Quest critsI weep tears of liquid glory at the memory of them
>>391196>>391199>>391207> Result: 98 - Extreme Success!> As a savant, while you aren't good at analytical work, you're extremely good at taking ideas and putting them into practice. The Artificial Star Projector is one of these ideas!>>391240>>391247>It's a disgusting fetish, but I... just can't stop.>Also, I use the average of three, average of highest two out of three, and highest of three as different 'tiers' of skill for the MC. So if you were trying to, say, climb a rope? That would be average of three. Do a bunch of mathematical calculations? Average of three. Do something that requires you to be very tiny? That's an easy highest-of-three.An extremely wary Rathod carefully makes his way into the Experimental Metamagics building. Your personal focus, especially with your normally-extreme mods for your Implement, and it only takes him a little while to get to your specific test chamber. You always use Chamber B6, after all.Carefully, ignoring the 'in use' display on the door, he knocks.You pull the door open, cackling like a madwoman. Stars dance around your arm, constantly in motion.And a shining circle of runes sit on the ground, hermetic magic completely active."It works." You say, beaming, as the Implement pulls more and more and more mana from you, draining your reserves of energy. It's exhausting, and the moment you let go of the spell the hermetic magic fails... But you can get it working for a few seconds. Long enough for a ritual or two.A pity you made that deal- you didn't even need Brun's rituals, in the end, though they make good tests.Maybe now you can figure out Summoning."It works!" You crow, cackling. The other late-night experimenters give you strange looks, so you pull Thod into the room (Well, you tug on him, and he obliges- no way you're getting him to move if he doesn't want to) and slam the door shut."Er, what just happened?" He asks.You beam at him in response."Jasmine? You're scaring me.">?
>>391283>Do something that requires you to be very tiny? That's an easy highest-of-three.Wow, tone down the bully please.>It works!
>>391283I can make Hermetic magic WORK again!Then fall dead asleep.
>>391283I'm a bona fide Hermetic mage now! You shoulda seen it!Seconding sleep time. We can go to bed satisfied today.
>>391283Well maybe they'll make good business partners anyway. It's not like we have a venue to sell this technology anyway.As far as action? We may as well time-skip to the evaluation because we got this in the bag.
>>391318Well, that wasn't our thesis anon. Just something we needed to get working for it.
>>391326This new invention could be a subject of a thesis itself, but you are right, I/we shouldn't get too ahead of ourselves I suppose.
>>391334Hopefully good enough to secure our scholarship at least.
>>391318>businessImplying the we don't want to be the sole user of this Ancient Magic and look down upon all those other noobs.
>>391359I suppose you are right, we could just snub the family and their gran-pappy. Not sure how easy our device is to duplicate though, or if the nature of the thesis would reveal our method to the magus council or whatever. May be prudent to patent it, but I don't know how magic works works.
>>391373I don't think we should go back on our word. Would be awkward with Brun as well as dishonest.
You cackle, long and hard."It works! I'm a genius! I'm a bona-fide Hermetic mage now!""Wait, what?""I can make it WORK again!"You're still laughing, as you feel the very last dregs of mana well up within you, and a wave of exhaustion hits you.Oh, right. You're out of Mana, and now your soul is shutting down to keep from dying. That's kind of important.Your vision swims, and Thod just sighs."Up you go. I'll take you to your room."With a single hand, he scoops you up and drapes you over his shoulder. You angrily beat a fist against his shoulder- he should carry you *properly* but you can't put in the energy to argue.===The next morning, you find yourself ignoring your Etherobiology lecture on the various parts of the soul, poring over your Implement. You have the summoning ritual right here, you have the information. The circle you need to draw, even with minor changes in the chant required the location you intend to summon the target toward. It'll take some work, and some modifications to your Implement, but you should be able to transfer it to an Analytical form."Tss!"The only problem is that your Star spell only works in a small radius around you. Hermetic magic only works around you for that time. Any larger, and it would exhaust you. So while you could summon anything within three meters, anything further away from that isn't a possibility. That's what you get from taking shortcuts, you suppose."Hey!"Maybe you could wrap the spell in a Dweomer. The free-floating spells are designed to last a long time, but you could maybe have it wait for a signal, activate the Star spell for the fraction of a second it takes the spell to work... But that would take twice as much energy. You'd end up having to cast Star on two seperate locations at once... You might have to experiment if you can turn it into a Sending spell instead. You might only need to 'Star' one side..."Hey, Jaz!" You finally notice the dark, purple-haired girl hissing and poking you in the rib. She's only a little bit taller than you, thankfully, but that still puts her firmly in the 'Tall' catagory. Like everyone over the age of twelve."Kally." You respond. She beams. "What are you working on?""My thesis." You say."You got it working?""... Almost." You say. "Good!" She whisper-yells. Somehow. You're not sure how, but it's Kally after all. "You wanna talk about it after class?"You tilt your head, thinking. Kally was the one who taught you how to mess with your Implement in the first place. She might have some idea on how to turn hermetic components into runes, so maybe she has some ideas...But on the other hand, you haven't known her for more than a year or two. You're not sure how much to trust her.>?
>>391283The next step is practicality. Draining or entire reserve for a 2 second ritual isn't going to cut it. We either need to get more personal mana reserves or an external supply of it to power this thing. The dweomer in the counselor's office was obviously powered by someone else so perhaps we can adapt those principals to our needs.
>>391399Another shorty? Finally someone who can almost understand our plight.>Sure!Now see, we shouldn't volunteer our results ASAP. Pretend it's 24 hours ago and we didn't get it working yet - and feel her out for trustworthiness and info. We can always tell her more if it seems worthwhile (though no details that might give our secret away of course, just that we managed to do it).
>>391399We can probably work this out on our own to be honest. Even a basic demonstration using two "star generators" in two locations would probably work.
>>391399Alright but she better share details about her own thesis too.
>>391399Let's be the careful and secretive Magus and not blab about our invention of the century immediately.>>391414We soo need our ivory tower made out of ivory when we're a full Magus :).>>391373>patentOr leave out some important thing from our thesis, so noone else can replicate our successes.Instead of completely snubbing them we can clarify it in a contract which we don't have with them yet :).
>>391399I'm obliged to suggest>Tongue in butt
>>391426Anon pls restrain yourself.
>>391399>KallyThough, let's not scare off one of our few friends.
>>391426>I love you, anon. And also I hate you.>It's a very complex feeling."Well... I kind of want to play the sneaky wizard and not blab, but I could pick your brain." You say, walking out of the hall. Kally gets up and follows you- and wow, she's a bit taller than you remember.She grins. "So you're just going to use me for your own nefarious deeds?" She asks, raising an eyebrow.You shrug. "Pretty much.""Alright! What do you want to know?""Well, you know that little trick you taught me way back when? During that one Expert Runics project?""How to hack Implements? Yeah?""I'm trying to figure out how to get hermetic components working. Ideally, use a component as a new rune."She rolls her eyes. "That depends on working hermetic components period." She says. "But there's that crazy axe girl who has a bunch of working spells, so I guess hermetic components aren't impossible. Why, what kind of components do you need?""... Let's say maple ash." You say. Might as well start with something simple, testable, and yet irrevelant. "Or incanted words."Kally makes a long, wordless noise for a few seconds. "The chanting is easy. You just need to make it say what you need it to say, and fill the words with your magic. You don't even need custom runes for that, just have it record your voice You could probably even speed it all up. I mean, does the chanting need to be done in sequence, or can you just layer all the sounds on top of eachother? Have your implement chant an entire paragraph in a second or whatever."You're not sure it works that way, but you can figure that out."For physical components, that seems a bit harder." She says. "You might need to add an entire new part of your implement. Might be pretty expensive, but..."For the next half hour, you and Kally wander across campus while she designs and rambles an entire new part, specifically designed to integrate certain components into the Implement. Once that's done, you could just do the same thing you did with Brun's axe, only with ash instead of silver."How much might that run me?""I dunno." She says. "A good hundred, two hundred ecu?"Yeesh. That's the price of a good smartphone, and maybe half your savings."How much would I owe you for making it?""... Hmmm... You could say good things about me to Rathod? Something about how cute I am? Or you could give me his number.">?
>>391458Give?Such a breach of trust, what kind of do you think I am?But it would appear I've misplaced the note I had it written on for some reason I've forgotten.
>>391458>DealWe're ruthless negotiators. And damn, Rathod a stud apparently. Good for him.
>>391458>>391465Anon is aware of the location of things. He knows where it's at.
>>391458>>?"Deal. You have a nice picture you can give me, so I can show it to Rathod? Like, 'ops, my skirt shrunk after the wash', or 'my bra slipped'?" :)Make our Implement even better? Yes! Make us the sole Magus who can work real Hermetic Magic? Archmagus, when? :)
>>391519What if Rathod is only interested in pure maidens?
>>391458DealThod is our manwhore, paid in magical knowledge. Better have our mothafuckin' trap full
>>391467so true. It's an Academy full of old geezers (full Magus) and too few young male appentice types? (maybe Magic affinity in women is stronger, so more women than men?)
>>391458Thod is worth half our savings apparently. It might be worth it to forget this whole magic thing and get started running an escort service.
>>391526Eh, I don't think we can bet on THAT many eligible bachelorettes being into him. And it's not like we could charge them multiple times either.
>>391522>Rathod's preferencesProtagonist should know as she knows him for forever.>>391526>worth half our savings>escort serviceCopy Thod. Sell these magic-clones for big dosh. Is our private-pictures-of-Rathod business to finance our science well and going already?
>>391540There's probably some kinda law against that on ethical grounds.Probably.
>>391525>It's more that archmage apprentices are RARE. Most archmages either release their magic to the world, or hide it from everybody.>Archmages are essentially wizards who've figured out a magic so impressive or world-shattering that the government literally made it legal for them to do whatever the hell they want with that magic. The alternative would have the police trying to arrest... well, a walking god.>Rathod's Master is an ancient archmage known as Haron. Haron invented golemancy, and only his apprentices are learning how to use it. His arm is his own creation, and also his own Implement. It makes him a bit more valuable to the ladies- especially the wizard ladies.>>391540>Sadly, clones are soulless. Without souls, they don't have sentience or magical ability."Give?" You ask. "Rathod and I have been friends forever. That would be a huge breach of trust.""Right..." She says, frowning."But it would appear..." You say, quickly scribbling out a number. "That I've misplaced this note that I had it written on.""Right!" She says, perking up. You hand her the note. "I'll get the addon done in a few days! Hell, I'll even add in the programming myself.""Thanks, Kally." She perks up, beaming. "You're welcome! Don't forget to tell Thod that I was particularly pretty today."You roll your eyes. "Yeah, yeah. You're lucky. He's into women with dark hair."She squeaks, and cheers."Here's the money for the parts," You tell her. This isn't the first time you've had Kally make things for you, after all.You hand her the ecu, and she makes her way down to Fabrication. Apparently she's going to go work on it right now, unless she has her own studies.Regardless, you still know what you need to do now. Figure out how to get the Summoning spell working. You'll have to make do without your Implement until Kally gets back to you, but until then...You have three ideas that pop out at you. You could try and convert the ritual into a Sending, instead, to send you or objects near you elsewhere. Or you could spend twice as much energy so that hermetic magic works at both the target's location and your own. Now that you know how the Summoning Ritual works it shouldn't exhaust you as much...Or maybe you could try tweaking with the Star spell itself. Make it larger, or maybe try and link it to the Hermetic spell more intimately. If you can link it to the spell itself, then the spell would work no matter how far away it is.>?
>>391557Let's try tinkering with the Star spell. Time for experimentation!
>>391557Are ley lines a thing in this setting?
>>391557>Tweak star spellWhat's our implement anyway?
>>391582Bracer I think? Might be misunderstanding >>391101
>>391579>Ley lines are not a thing. Mana, the power of magic, is a both what makes up, and what powers a living soul. Every person, wizard or not, generates mana over time- more than they need, and wizards use that surplus energy for magic. Overusing magic isn't usually dangerous, because when you use up too much you just plain pass out... But it's better to be safe.>>391582>Your implement is a bracer that you wear on your left arm, pip-boy style. It's also your all-in-one electronic device. You don't even need a charger- you have a spell that does that with your mana.
>>391596Why can't the real world have implements, huh? Damn.Also>Every person, wizard or not, generates mana over time- more than they needSounds quite abusable by morally bankrupt spellcasters to me.
>>391596>Mana, the power of magic, is a both what makes up, and what powers a living soulSo...Could we engineer the spell to draw upon a small portion of the souls of many people to fuel itself? Like torrenting a file. Say we expand the range to a certain area, like a few square miles. Then, set it up to draw from the mana of everyone in that area. Could we do that?
>>391596sounds to me like we need to create a cult that we can siphon mana from to power our rituals.
>>391605>>391606I like the way you think
>>391606>>391605>>abusable> The good thing about the Living Soul is that it's impossible to wrest that kind of power from the unwilling or unprepared. To even use an implement you need to undergo training that lets you consciously feed energy into it.>>391609>Communal spells are a thing that's possible, but it's strictly regulated. There have been a loooot of magical explosions from spells not designed for too much mana.
>>391618Awww- uh, I mean, good. Can't have any rogue wizards draining people all willy-nilly.
>>391619That sounds like a class of magic that someone could be a magus for. Maybe we can swap out teleportation for draining the life out of people.
>>391632Now, now, it's not Wizard Quest. Presumably we DO have a sense of right and wrong.
>>391557>link Linking it more closely together sounds fine and without disadvantage... or could we intensify our star spell exactly when needed, like in the half-second the Hermetic Magic needs juice? Sounds like something we can think about and write formulas - without our Implement.>walking godThat's what we're aiming for! Explains Thod's attractiveness a lot!>clones are soullessOur second Thesis' subject: Artificial Souls :)>>391606same thought :), human mana factory, magic recharger crystals for cheap on the market...>>391609>cultYes, the everyone-who's-taller-than-me-is-stupid cult.>>391618>unwilling or unpreparedMindcontrol to make them all willing?
>>391644>right and wrongBut the ends justify the means. We're sooooo close to change the world with our Super Magic... why is it even so good that we want it, compared to other magic?
>>391648We could use it to teleport on top of tall structures and finally look down on people!
>>391618>the Living SoulWhat about corpses?
>>391557What about Daisy chaining a series of areas where hermetic magic works and teleporting between those in a kind of tele-dashing thingie?Or looking into other kinds of Hermetic Magic Things? We just revived a branch if magic that was though to be dead, there's got to be a ton of stuff to do with it.
>>391618>strictly regulatedLike those runes in our protagonist's Implement? :) Rules are there to be broken, for Science, for the Future, for the Betterment of All Mankind!>>391557>clones are soullessand possible! All those wax figures in RL? Replaced by stuffed clones... dummies for crash tests, fireball resistance projects? Soulless clones!
>>391672>other kinds of Hermetic Magicbesides Teleportation? Yes, totally worth investigating! We can do stuff, at least for a second or two (with our artifical star thing spell).
>>391658>Corpses don't have souls, silly.Rathod and Lunch finds you poring over your rune array in Testing Chamber B6, as always, carefully tweaking thaumaturgic mana relays. Implements don't like using variables, in the programming sense, but it's possible if you tweak it right. It's a complicated set of 'If/then' analog mana pathways, scaling up and down as you need. Logic Arrays are annoying, and everybody hates them. Scholar, most Implements even have a built-in Logic Array designed in their operating system. Even those don't help.If you want to make the 'star' spell work with any hermetic spell, you'll need to use thaumaturgy. Create a thaumaturgic echo of the ritual itself, link it up with the Star spell, and invoke the star spell and ritual at the same time... It's a pretty simple idea, but... Well, the goal is to compress the entire Star spell into a rune. And for that, you need to make it universal, so that you can plug it into any kind of Array you want."Jaz?" Thod asks. "You okay?""Grump." You say, and punch him in the chest. "What?""Grump grump grump." You say. "I hate this variable stuff."He looks down at your array. "You're trying to make your own rune? That thing looks really complicated.""It is, and I'm shit at it." You grumble. "Scholar, this thing is annoying."He sighs. "I can try and help you with it.""Would you?" You ask. He's a lot more mechanically-minded than you are. That is, after all, why his Master chose him in the first place."As long as you stop giving me those puppy dog eyes. I know you're not *that* pitiful.">Continued!
It occurs to me that the solution could be the other direction, Instead of scaling up our mana reserves in order to fuel a massive recreation of the ancient sky, perhaps it would be smarter to figure out which constellations corresponded to individual hermetic spell components to make our artificial sky more efficient.
>>391694Together, the two of you puzzle through the array. Thod mentions, offhandedly, that he has a few techniques that would make things a lot easier, but he's not allowed to use them outside of golemancy. But as the hours stretch, lunch runs low, and the two of you continue bonking heads together in order to figure it out. It's not easy, not by any means, but it's something you can do.Hopefully.With enough time.It ... might take a few days. Or weeks. Weeks which you might not have. Probably don't, in fact, according to your Counselor.If your sponsors- the Board of Governors- ask how your progress is, you don't really have anything to show them. Getting hermetic spells working is more than worth the title of Magus, but...You're set on teleportation. More set on it than you admit, even to Rathod. Your sponsors would just make you change to hermetic magic, and you don't want that.If you can get this working, your family won't be a joke anymore.Thod's phone rings, and he picks it up."Hey, Jaz?" He asks. "Do you know a Kaliel?""Yep! She's very pretty, I'm supposed to say."He sighs. "Did you give away my number again?"You give him a grin. "I wrote it on a note for some reason, and then dropped it. But hey! She's in Fabrication. That's your specialty too, right? Lucky thing she's the one who found it, huh."He sighs again, and puts it up to his ear.You look down to the half-completed Array. If you just keep butting your head up against it, you won't get it done in time. Even Rathod- whose Master's magic specializes in logic arrays- can't help you without his master's permission. You need to find some kind of shortcut...>?
>>391701>KalielExa, pls don't reuse waifu namesWe could always ask his actual master. Maybe?
>>391700There's an idea. Maybe we could somehow toggle on/off different constellations? Also, we should take advantage of the current night sky as much as we can. Like, there are probably certain constellations which haven't changed all that drastically, so we probably wouldn't need to include them.We should also look into other hermetic spells, since maybe there's a certain ritual among them which we could make use of.
>>391701Uh. Go to the library and look up some books on it or something? I ain't no mage!
>>391701>half-completed Arrayhalf in a day. So, we're finished the next day! Why would we need a shortcut when we're so quick? :)>>391710>toggle on/off different constellationsLike that for energy efficiency.>>391701>"Did you give away my number again?"MC did probably finance many many things with that number.
>>391701We should incorporate Thor's phone into his hand so he can just make the phone-y symbol when he wants to use it.
>>391701Oh, and look into a bunch of other Hermetic spells. We might find something that might help.
>>391738That's a good idea. Might as well explore all avenues.
>>391729>Because it's the easy half that's completed!>>391734>You've been trying, ever since he got that arm.You sigh, taking another look at the Array. You snap a picture of it, just in case, and start packing up. Thod will probably be talking with Kally for a while- he's actually pretty good about being set up like this. He trusts your judgement, apparently. But you can't talk with him about contacting his Master until he's done.So instead, you do the only thing you can. The one thing you dread, beyond most things- including having to fight monsters in Combat Evocation- and that's the Library.It hates you. It doesn't have a soul, or a mind, or an enchantment, and you don't think even the architects knew you existed when they built it... but it hates you.First things first. Shopping list. You scrawl down exactly what you need- Guides on spell arrays, of course. And even though Rathod can't tell you any of his secret techniques from golemancy, that doesn't mean you can't look up theory books on how Golemancy might work; They might give you some inspiration. As an afterthought, you decide to look up Hermetic spells, too. They're not your main priority, but they'll come in handy.Carefully, you creep into the library, peering around. The shelves look stable. There's nothing dangling off of high shelves- You don't think anything will fall on you this time. You have a spell prepared in your Implement that will create a platform for you to stand on, or grab high-up books. You won't have problems reaching anything. You have a dagger on your hip, and a force projection enchantment linked up to it. Just in case of a wild animal somehow got in when nobody was looking.Alright.You take a deep breath."Oh heeeey, it's Angwaz!"God DAMN it.You whirl around. Behind you is standing a tall, blonde bimbo. She's smiling politely down at you."How's your research into teleportation going along?" She asks. "Going to candyland like your ancestors? You should totally pick me up some ice cream while you're there.""Fuck off, Cera." You say.She titters."That's not polite. We're friends, aren't we? Are you going to want some help? I mean, those are awfully high shelves. You might not be able to reach. And there are stairs, too. Are your legs even long enough to use them?">?
>>391766Best character is here"Are you here simply to flaunt your flesh-stilts at me, or are you interrupting a masterwork in process for an actual reason? Coming to prostrate yourself before my superiority in advance?"
>>391766Tell this bitch to lick our clit, there's fucking BOOKS to read.
>>391766Slay this savage beast with your dagger.
>>391766>"Your concern is simply touching, but I'm afraid you wouldn't be much help even should I need it. After all, in a library, any assistant would need to be literate. Are you here to look up your ABCs?"
>>391779Supporting! She's funny. And our nemesis will be someone more hateable. :)
>>391766"Sorry, but I require my assistants to actually have multiple brain cells."
"Are you here simply to flaunt your flesh-stilts at me, or are you interrupting a masterwork in process for an actual reason?" You ask. "Coming to prostrate yourself before my superiority in advance?""Sorry, I don't think I can kneel low enough to prostrate myself before you. But maybe then we could talk face-to-face."You sigh."Your concern is simply touching, but I'm afraid you wouldn't be much help even should I need it. After all, in a library, any assistant would need to be literate. Are you here to look up your ABCs?"She snorts."I'm here dropping off books from my family estate. My father tends to collect a lot of magical texts. Archmages are like that, you know.""No, you're probably here to look at the pretty pictures. I think you need multiple brain cells for letters." You respond."Speaking of books, look what I found!" She says, holding up an aged tome. "It's one of the first copies. Take it, it's a gift for you!"'The Amazing Journals of Krital Angwaz, Archmagus in Training' stares up at you.Of fucking course, she found this thing."I already have a copy." You say. "Okay, that's fine! Then I'll just..." She twitches a hand, keying her Implement, and the book simply dissolves into nothingness. "It's probably much more useful as my mana, after all. The ramblings of madmen aren't very valuable." She titters.And with that, she steps straight past you, strutting up the stairs into the library. God, what a whore.===Thankfully, the moment Cera left your sight, the Library took pity on you. Must be Karma or something. On top of a few compiled books on non-functional hermetic spells, You find a few books on logic arrays that might be useful. You even find a text on golemancy theories that... Well, you're pretty sure they're not right, but it does have a chapter on advanced logic arrays. It might help, but your mood is pretty ruined right now. You could bash your head against it some more, try to come at the summoning spell from a different angle... Or hell, call up a friend and hang out with them for a while. Maybe hang out with all of them.>?
>>391844Bash head more. We didn't come here to waste our time.
>>391844Sounds like party time for me! Or lunch I guess. We got any more friends we've yet to meet?
Wait could we experiment with modifying the artificial star spell to see how it affects the rituals?
>>391844Maybe we should contact Brun and hang out. Tell her of our progress and such.
>>391860>Not really. A few acquaintances, but nobody you're really close to. Rathod you've known since the two of you were little kids, you met-and-hung-out with Kaliel quite a bit since you met in class, and... well, you met Brun just yesterday, and the two of you hit it off.
>>391844So we're trying teleportation, but does it have to be a summon-type of teleportation?Perhaps some sort of portal, held up at 2 ends by 2 individual people could be better. It'll probably need some specific "dialling" system to connect to each other, but it'll split the work-load of maintaining the set of spells, and it'll be easier to go long-distance.
>>391844Here's a thought, is spatial compression a thing with the current magical model?
>>391868So she is actually named Kaliel then? Ugh I'm not gonna get used to that.
>>391869We could try experimenting to isolate each individual factor.
>>391869I was considering this idea as well, although it seems like our real issue is the whole compression of the star chart.Wait, Exabyte, have we actually tried to teleport anything in that three meter radius we supposedly have?
>>391887Well, the compression of the star chart isn't an issue if the person on the other side does the same, right? Or am I misunderstanding what the start chart thing meant?
>>391869>It does not have to be summon-type. Your family copy (Well, it's actually the original) of Krital's Amazing Journals has, written in the margins, a hermetic summoning ritual. That's what you're using as a basis, so you can try modifying it.>>391873>There is not. Space is space, and if you compress stuff, it just gets smushed and damaged.>>391876>Don't worry, everyone calls her Kally.
>>391890We don't know if it is limited to 3 meters. We could a different work around like defining the teleport location within the spell itself.
>>391899That's good, Kally won't make my brain confused.
>>391899>so you can try modifying it.I think that'll be worth spending time on. Tweak the spell so that its required circumstances are easier or more likely to get. If need be get one of our friends involved if we need a second person, for as I mentioned being on the end of the thing that gets summoned to you and keeping the magic working on that end..
For a while, you try bashing your head against the array some more. The star spell is pretty complicated. Not only does it have to remember both the current constellations and the old constellations, you've hacked in some... somewhat illegal thaumaturgy to get hermetic magic working.The hardest part is the thaumaturgy. You have it affecting the space around you, relative to the Implement. The problem is that, instead of relative to the Implement, you want it to affect the hermetic spell itself, as opposed to the space around the spell.You sigh. Boiled down, it's a lot of complicated math. You can do it, it's just taking forever.And that's when your phone rings. You look at it- and it's Rathod."Yeah? What's up?""Uh..." He says. "My master wants to speak with you.""What?""I kind of mentioned your work. Not the specifics, I didn't spoil anything. I just mentioned the logic arrays we're having trouble with. And he wants to meet with you. His estate will open up if you want to come by."You take a deep breath. Meeting with an archmage. That's a thing that doesn't happen everyday. Except for Cera, the bitch, but that's because she's the bratty daughter of one.That said... He might actually help. Or he might try and buy your magic from you. Or he might murder you and hide the body for asking his apprentice for help with something that's ... technically close to his Magic. You're not sure. You've never met Haron before.>?
>>391911We could plug in different variables like trying to modify each constellation then seeing how it affects the rituals.
>>391917No risk, no reward.But, uh...let's not bring anything that he could swipe from us.
>>391917"He's not going to try and murder me and steal my work right?"try to pass it off as a joke. try not to let the anxiety get through.Still, accept. This could be a huge help, but we should be wary of making any more deals.
>>391926Pretty much sums it up. I hope the Archmage is no mind-reader.
>>391917>You think I should take him up on that?
>>391917Fuck yeah, but only so long as we have to suck his dick for advice.
>>391949>but only so long as we DON'T have to suck his dick for advice.
"He's not going to try to murder me and steal my work, right?" You ask.He chuckles, and relays your question. You hear a deep voice saying something..."He uh, says that depends on how amazing your work is. But I think he was joking? Were you joking, Master?"A moment later."... He's not giving me an answer. Just laughing at me. I think it'll be fine.""Alright, I'll be there later today." You say, and start piling up your work. You just need to put it into your hidden stash so nobody finds it...===You're sitting in a large carriage. A horse-shaped golem pulling it along, everything gilded with orichalium. It'd been waiting for you when you came out to the bus stop, and the horse kept whinnying at you until you climbed up. It makes you look somewhat conspicuous compared to the simple gas-guzzling cars screaming across the road, but on the other hand... It makes you feel tall, looking down at the tops of cars like this. Eventually, it pulls itself down a long, winding road, and Haron's mansion comes into view.Archmage Haron's estate is huge. It's a mansion, honestly, with enameled golems maintaining and guarding the place. The man's a recluse, and nobody's ever really seen him in person before. For the most part, he sends out his proxies, puppeting them through magic nobody understands. Rathod might learn some of it, but the archmage that gives away all of their secrets is rare enough to call them unique.The guards- both more golems, both gilded with orichalium, step aside as the horse happily trots through the main gate into his estate.Inside, both the archmage and your childhood friend await.>End of thread one!>I'm pretty damn excited about this!>My twitter is @futureexabyte , and I'm basically constantly on various IRC channels- most notably, #Exabyte on Rizon.>I'll be hanging around for a while to answer questions, and I'll probably revive this thread tomorrow when I run some more (If it's still here)>Still, I'm having a lot of fun with this. I'm glad to be back.
>>391959Thanks for running, Exa!
>>391959Nice! Good to see you back at it Exa. Lookin forward to you showing these /qst/ nubs whats up :D
>>391959>I'm pretty damn excited about this!You and me both OP. Good on you for creating an engaging setting and goal for the MC.
>>391959Thanks for the thread. Yeah it'll be around, quests last about 5 days from last post here at the moment. It'll probably be like page 4 maybe if nobody bumps it. Or even 3.
>>391959Nice start for a quest, interested to see where this'll go after we got the teleport up and running.Good to have you back too!As for questions: The world seems to be some sort of alt-history modern day, or is it more a cyber-fantasy with a unique world? Well, for all intents and purposes, with the magic involved since the stone age, the whole thing is a unique world to begin with, but I mostly mean to ask if stuff is geographically similar to our world, and if so, where is it based?>mfw I manage to "mistype" captcha when all I did was click a button to prove I'm no robot.
>>391970Nice try, robot.
>>391959Hey Exa are you archiving this on suptg?
>>391975Damn, it, I'm exposed! I'm actually azure, haunting Exa from my quest-y internet grave.No hard feelings... Daddy.
>>391970>>391967The setting is a cyber-fantasy. We've got roughly modern-level technology, alongside monsters- animals with souls and thus arcane powers- and wizards, who use anywhere from primitive to technologically-advanced magics.It's got a unique geography, and before you ask, I don't have a map for it. I'm having a lot of fun with the MC, too. I found myself changing the way I was narrating since we're looking from her perspective, and you guys' write-ins are helping a lot.>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qY2MOe8j2MAlso, in case you guys aren't aware: She is very short. Also not japanese, since Japan doesn't exist here, but oh well.
>>392017Often characters start writing themselves differently than we conceived them before, that's the fun thing with roleplay.
>>390819>Brun whoops, and scoops you up for a second, twirling you around.>Then she sets you back down and pats your head.That is adorable.
>>390924>Doesn't matter how cute he is if he's blabbingI am not sure I understand female sense of attraction anymore.
>>392106I'm afraid our protagonist probably does not share your enthusiasm about unrequited headpats.Hell, for all we know, Cera does it to be condescending.But we know it's actually cute, anon.
>>392111This is one of those points where her female sense of attraction and her wizard sense of attraction wrestle with one another.>>392113It is extremely cute. And now I need to come up with a good reason why Jaz doesn't hate it.
>>392125>It is extremely cute. And now I need to come up with a good reason why Jaz doesn't hate it.You do hard work for a good cause
Are we still trying to read the star map and change the chants?
>>391694So we finally know our childhood friend's type? Dawrves?
>>391701>He sighs. "Did you give away my number again?"Oh wow.
>>392145His type is dark hair. He doesn't care if they're tall, short, lanky, busty... Just dark hair.Jaz has stark-white platinum hair. It's a family thing.
Just read through all the quest, really enjoyed it. Following.
Hey, folks who are still around, I've got a question for you.The clothing styles around are... well, pretty erratic. You've got the same sort of modern styles that are around today, like jeans and a jacket (And a golem arm prosthetic, but who cares), or a cute tartan skirt and blouse, for example.But, well, in today's world, Wizards tend to promote their individuality. It gives you a symbol, something people will recognize when they're looking to hire you. There are even clothiers who specifically tailor clothes to design for you, and it's not out of the ordinary to make full use of them.There's one Adept running around with a battleaxe and monster fur and scale, or a heartless bitch who wears a slinky silken robe specifically tailored to show off her curves because she's a huge jerk. What kind of clothing does Jasmine tend to wear? I mean, you've got a smaller-than average young woman. Stark white hair, modest assets, a strange mix of cool confidence and manic inspiration...
>>392480I'm just going to throw something out there.Think bathrobe crossed with lab coat crossed with POCKETS, with three or four layers to hide things in and between.
>>392480What's her haircut?
>>392496That's up to you guys too.
>>392496>>392501>>392480short and trimmed, the sort you'd see in a near-future corporate sci-fi.Clothing should be a normalish shirt with an interesting coat, be it labcoat style to protect against burns and spells run amok, or something more fancy to show off status.And HUGE boots. Because big stompy boots make you taller without making it look like you're trying hard with heels.
>>392510lets go with this
>>392510Sounds pretty alright
>>392480>>392510and stompy-boots I guess?
>>392740yes this is goodalso y snt the arm bracher not called a pipboy?
>>392740In dire need of a haircut.And that dog looks rather... unmechanical
>>392766I don't into homesmut, sorry.All I'm saying is that if we have the option of a golemdog then we should take it.
>>391959>feel tallAlways a plus, big plus!>>391557>the government..is a Council of Archmages, right? I mean, leaving muggles to govern is just irresponsible!>>391844>CeraSeems she wins these arguments... a lot.> Amazing Journals of Krital AngwazSo, she found one of the copies we made and distributed around campus to make the plebs realize the greatness of our ancestors?>>392017>cyber-fantasyIf the Archmages are relatively secret about their work, then that would explain people not having access to super-atomic-bomb-level spells (and limit the general power level) - people have to regain that knowledge each generation...>>392125>reason why Jaz doesn't hate itMaybe her parents/family aren't big on love and feelings? So, she craves them from other people? But not enough to stop her from being selfish and the obsessive type (her Magic research)...Thanks for writing the quest! I enjoyed reading it!
>>392480>white hair >symbol >clothing I can imagine her wearing a labcoat and having short hair. Also apron/tabard? 'useful' but still 'chic' might be something she would wear (being from an old Magus family).>>392769>golemdog Something that can carry stuff sounds more useful...>>392510>HUGE bootsmight be something, our MC would do - very conscious about her height...
>I'm reusing this thread, mostly since it's still alive. I guess I'll have to count these as 'sessions' instead of threads.>Regardless, welcome to Session 2 of Samsara Quest.The archmage Haron's mansion is enormous, manned by colossal golems and strange floating eyes. You almost expected more dweomers illuminating the place, but instead you just see electronic lights around. The building is rather modern, in fact, with minimalist rooms and glass walls showing you the expertly-trimmed fields outside. It doesn't look quite as... rustic as you'd expected.A gleaming, floating golem - one that has no moving parts, instead just a floating sphere- chirps at you, evidently wanting you to follow it. You shrug, and let it lead the way through the archmage's mansion.Eventually, you find yourself in what looks like a living room. Hell, there's even a widescreen HD television on one wall. Weren't archmages supposed to be primitive and disdainful of technology?Rathod, your childhood friend and current apprentice of the archmage, sits in one seat.Sitting in a large, soft seat, is the archmage himself. In one moment, you realize why he's a recluse.His face is a sheer flat mask, orichalium gilding across his featureless mask. Gears tick and twirl beneath his armor plating, and an enormous spellcrystal- one you're not sure how they can even make- is jutting out of the back of where the archmage's skull should be. You don't see anything biological, anything that belies an organic living being.But Haron appraises you anyway. You feel somewhat sheepish, as you get the strong feeling that the eyeless mask is looking you up and down."Jasmine Angwaz." a tinny, mechanical voice says, and Haron waves you over. It's just imperfect enough to have emotion in it. You're not sure if it's a man or woman. Then again, did a golem even have gender?"Archmage Haron." You respond, and the golem nods. "Rathod called me and said that you requested my presence.""I did indeed." He says. "He told me of your current... problems with a particular rune you intend on writing. You are aware that modifying an Implement's programming is illegal, correct? A custom rune falls inside that area of the law.""It's only theoretical." You respond. "All done on paper." You hadn't, after all, finished the array yet. No reason to program it in when it's not done. That was the first rule Kally gave you... and it did give you a legal out. Nobody could legally check your Implement's spellcrystal for modification, after all."Oh, of course, of course." He says, humor evident in his voice. "If you'd like, could you tell me about your project? Some things I heard about it make me rather curious. Extremely curious, in fact.">?
>>393152Let's tell him the gist of what we want to do, but not give away our success with the Hermetic magics. Basically the theory and not the results. For now that is, we might divulge more after hearing his (its?) response.
>>393152>>?Well, we can tell him in broad strokes. No sense in not having him interested. Ask for his input. (he shouldn't be disinclined to wild experiments, seeing he's turned himself into a Golem)
>>393152>I'm gonna make teleportation a reality!
>>393163Did Thod already know? And I can't really imagine him keeping it from his Master.>>393167Bold saying to pique his interest :)!
>>393169True. But Thod might not know/have told any details - he'd know we succeeded but not the how or why.
>>393152I was endeavoring to make teleportation a reality. Using hermetic magic. I've confirmed that said magic is tied to the stars and results are promising, but I need the rune to further my research.
>>392480I figure you probably use this picture for something even if it doesn't really suit the character.
"Well..." You say, trying to keep your smirk off of your face. "Let's see how well I can explain this without giving away any secrets. Long story short, I'm making teleportation a reality."For a moment, you're not sure how the archmage would respond. Was he going to laugh at you? Tell you to leave?Instead, he simply nods. "Let's see this array you're having trouble with, then. Far be it from me to hold you back."He simply nods, as you pull a notebook and pen out of your jacket, and begin scribbling. You write your 'star' array in longhand form, drawing circles around text-descriptions of the rune's purpose, as opposed to the shorthand used in proper spells. For the most part, you just write 'secret' in the most important, critical parts- like the astrology thaumaturgy, or a few technically-illegal custom runes, and you cut out what you can. When it's done, you slide it over to Haron.The archmage sits forward, twisting joints in his arms and back contorting, and then he carefully picks it up, looking the paper up and down."... Very ambitious." He says. "I can see why my apprentice and you ran into some trouble here. If I'm assuming that these hidden runes are the key to your spell, then you need some particular way to select a location. Two locations, in fact, and you need external links here, and here... Is that the gist of it?"You nod.Haron chuckles. "Did you know that I asked my own apprentice for this information?"Rathod, for a moment, looks extremely uncomfortable."I was wondering why you didn't already know..." You say."That's because he told me no." He says. "He did not try to change the subject, did not lie to me... He simply said that he wasn't going to give away secrets that aren't his."You're not sure how to respond for a moment."I like that kind of integrity." He says. "Rathod. Do you trust miss Jasmine?""I do." He responds. Scholar, he didn't even hesitate."You have my permission to use the third and fifth precepts in not only your personal arrays, but in miss Jasmine's as well." The archmage says. "Miss Jasmine, if you allow, I would like to add a precept to your array.""What's a precept?""The very heart and core of my magic. In truth, golemancy is little but movement and motion, which is simple enough with kinetic force. The difficult part is the intelligence, the programming. And from that is where my Magic was born.""So you're basically a logic array genius." You say. "One who can basically solve all of my problems."The golem laughs, a tinny chuckle."Precisely." He says.>?
>>393230Thank you so much!
>>393230But the catch...?
>>393230>And what would the cost of this be?
>>393230>>?Don't look that gift horse in the mouth! Get to solving it now! Talking with the Archmage further won't solve our problem!>>393250His apprentice is allowed to use his secret knowledge, let's kidnap him as long as that order stands and Thod can't hear his order withdrawal!
>>393254He might steal our invention anon!
>>393230I assume this will not be as simple as a free enhancement?
>>393230>Rathod>wasn't going to give away secrets that aren't his>trust miss Jasminebff! He's our best and truest ally! Hope he becomes an Archmage too... :)>>393256>steal our invention anon!B-But how? Unless he can take our notes, and blueprints, he can't, right?
>>393254>That's only two precepts he has permission to use. Rathod knows dozens of them, and the archmage himself has hundreds."Thank you so much," You say, as your paranoia begins to well up, "But the catch?"The archmage chuckles again."The catch is simple. I promote magic, on a philosophical level. I encourage the growth and development for magic. When I see something this intruiguing, I see no reason not to help."You frown at him. "What will this cost me?" You ask.He chuckles. "So you're one of those who doesn't like holding debts, eh?""I guess you could say that." You say."Very well. Perhaps, when I need assistance, you will give it to me. Let's say... one major act, such as saving the life of myself or others, or three minor ones, such as teleporting shipments of resources for me. How does that sound?"That's damn generous. Not only will you be able to finish your array- today- but all you need to do is cast the spell for him a few times.>?
>>393270You got yourself a deal, mister!
>>393152>featureless maskReally no wonder he doesn't appear in public. Did he really transplant himself into a machine - or is there a brain somewhere? He probably gained immortality in the process... till he gets rusty and crumbles to dust.Or is he just controling from the room next door?
>>393270Yeah I suppose that's a good deal.
>>393270>That's damn generousBest deal! Take it now! Now we only have to avoid giving it all away to Brun's family...
>>393270>teleporting shipmentsHopefully he doesn't deal in illegal drugs/items as a hobby...>>393270>finish your array- today-Would we be able to immediately press the i-win button? :)
>>393280>He's supposedly over two hundred years old, but most people assume that's just his apprentice taking his place and taking their own apprentice. Then again, the immortality might actually be a thing...>>393285>You could probably pay off Brun with a really simple, mana-hungry version of the star spell."Agreed." You say. You don't hesitate. Now that you know the catch, it's all you can do to try and grab this opportunity as tightly as possible.Haron laughs at your expression, and he draws out a long, complicated logic array. He marks out a few locations, and then recreates the 'star' array you'd given him wrapped around it. He does it casually, without any effort, and he even scrawls a winky-face next to one of the 'secret' runes. A few minutes later, he hands it back to you. You don't understand the more complicated parts, and a bunch of stuff about 'vectors', and the knots of manalinks too compressed for you to make sense of. It's the little pictures of chibi-Haron poking certain parts of the array, with little mathematic symbols explaining what they mean, that allows you to figure the array out at all.He's a surprisingly good artist."If you run into any difficulty making use of this, please call me. Do you have any questions?""Uh... No." You say. "I think this is exactly what I need."He claps once. "Wonderful! Please, do tell me when you get your magic completed. Or tell Rathod. I'd love to hear about it regardless.""Thank you, Haron." You say. He just nods graciously."You're very welcome. Is there anything else you'd like to discuss, or would you like a ride back to the academy?"
>>393313Uh...I can't think of anything right now.
>>393313Ask why he picked Rathod as his apprentice! Just out of curiosity of course.
>>393313Ask him how picks his apprentices, if he's willing to tell us.also, I don't think we are obligated to share this info with Brun's family, just the bit about the artificial stars.
>>393313>ride back to the academy"Am I allowed to visit again?"Having access to the Archmage's vast wealth of knowledge would be superb. Back at the academy we have to get hacking this rune! Keeping the blueprint secret is a priority too though!
"Well, I do have a question." You say."Oh?""Why did you select Rathod as your apprentice?"The golem chuckles, and for a moment, Rathod looks really, really uncomfortable."He sent me a letter, as brazen as you please, asking to become my apprentice." He says. "I did my research, heard about his... situation, and took a good measure of his character. He's the exact kind of apprentice I was looking for.""Was this, er...""I sent it before the attack." Rathod says. "I still, er, had both arms then."You nod, ignoring the coils of guilt tightening in your stomach, wishing yet again that you'd been there."I see." You say. You carefully get to your feet, brushing yourself off. "Am I allowed to visit again?""Oh, certainly." Haron says. "I am... rather starved for human contact, some days. I like a pleasant chat now and again."You give him a smile. "Then I'll make full use of that."He smiles, and nods. "Rathod, show her out, shall you?""Sure thing, Master." Thod says, and the two of you make your way out of the mansion. "So. What did you think?" He asks, as the two of you climb on top of the carriage.>?
>>393368>"So. What did you think?""He seems to be one of the good guys. And after seeing him drawing that complex rune in that short a time, I guess, I can look up to you in more than one way - for catching him as a Master. Good job, Thod!">>393313>over two hundred years old >most people assume that's just his apprentice taking his placeIt's a good explanation to keep all the Mages away who would otherwise flood him with requests or try to force him to reveal his secrets... his guard golems help, I suppose :).
>>393368>I was honestly expecting a crooked old mage surrounded by dust and his own beard.>His work is nothing short of brilliant.In short, mad respect.Is him not being human strange?
>>393368>his... situationhm, was he accused of doing something nefarious once?>attackMonsters, evil demon worshippers?>>393430>not being human strangeAt least he won't make his apprentice brew coffee or tea for himself:).
"He seems to be one of the good guys." You say. "I was honestly expecting a crooked old mage surrounded by dust and his own beard. His work is nothing short of brilliant.""I had the same kind of image, until I met him. I guess the hat and beard cliche comes to everyone's mind when they think archmage.""Also, after seeing him drawing that complex rune in that short a time, I guess, I can look up to you in more than one way for catching him as a Master. Good job, Thod!"He chuckles, cheeks going red, and he relaxes back in the carriage. A moment later, as if realizing something, he turns to you."What else do you look up to me for?" He asks.You blink at him. You were making a joke about his height. "Because to be honest, I pretty much constantly feel like you're leaving me in the dust," He says, "I don't think there's much about me to look up to for.""I was making a joke," You say, "You're tall. Thus I have to look up at you.""Don't you mean it's you being short?" He teases, and you shoot him a glare.He just laughs, and the two of you ride back to the Academy.The moment the two of you climb off, a dark blur makes its way toward you."Jaz! Jaz!" Kally calls, screeching to a stop in front of you. Her haste spell is making her vibrate in place, but it stops a few seconds after she does."What's up?""It's doooone," She says, drawing out a long, complicated component. It's got multitudes of little chamber, enough for a pinch of each material, and there's even a spell crystal set into the rear. "I've even programmed it so that you can invoke any material you want! See, if you put something in this first socket, then you can invoke that component for a spell by putting in a 'component one' rune! It's perfect! I might license this thing."The only way it could be more perfect, you think, is if you didn't have to spend half your cash for the supplies."OH! Hello! Rathod, right?" Kally's peppy as ever- you're surprised she doesn't have that haste spell active constantly."Kally." Your friend responds. He looks a bit nervous. You could probably leave him to the wolves... She-wolf, in this case, and go get your spell done, or the three of you could go do something for fun. It's been a while since you've had time to relax, after all.>?
>>393448>time to relaxNo rest for the wicked! We have to get to work! Show the world what we're made of! "Hello Kally, nice to see you again! Thank you for the Implement improvement, I'm honestly impressed that you did it so quickly! " praise her a bit and then "Sorry, but I need Thod for a project. See you later, I'll tell you a bit about an Archmage I visited!" woosh, work! That should be nice enough.
>>393448Hanging out is fine though I wouldn't know where to go, we can give Brun the info on the artificial stars before that, as per our agreement.
>>393489I don't think we should tell people about Haron, he's reclusive for a reason.
>>393448Why not hang out all together!
>>393448Do some introductions before scurrying off to finish up our teleportation.
>>393499Ah, you raise a good point. Better not tell her! (though we just got off from a Golem-drawn carriage, so she knows something is up, right?)>>393508>hang out all together!But we could complete our work and become Magus or Archmage that much sooner!
>>393513>Do some introductionsYeah, she did complete those addons rather nicely and quickly... "This is the cute and capable Kally I told you about, Rathod." then work!
"This is the cute and capable Kally I told you about, Rathod.""I know. She sent me a picture." He says, nodding deeply to her. "I'm Rathod. It's nice to meet you in person.""Nice to meet you too!" She beams."Oh, Kally, thanks for the Implement improvement. I'm honestly impressed you did it so quickly!""Yes! Praise me more! I'm amazing!" She says, clenching a fist into the air. Then she whirls over to Rathod, and gives him a smirk. "But no autographs, please.""I suppose I'll have to leave a huge empty space where your name was supposed to be in my autograph book, then." He drawls, putting his hand - his golemic one- over his heart."Well. I'm never going to make Magus if I sit around here with you two, though." You say. "I've got to go get to work.""Really? How's it going?" Kally asks.You give her a big, brilliant grin."I should be done with it by today."===Testing Chamber B6 is darkly lit, your implement the only source of light in the room. In front of you, your family copy of Krital's Journal sitting in your lap, the darkness spell making its words invisible to all but you. Inside it, hand-written scrawls of a ritual sits in front of you. Teleportation. A hermetic spell, invented and written by your ancestor hundreds of years ago.Human blood in one component. A bird's feather in another. Ash from three, foriegn trees. A flower picked at the full moon. These things, and more, are contained within your implement, Kally's new component working as designed. This spell, a summoning spell, should be able to bring forth any object you desire. Let's go with... Hmmm...You key the Implement, and stars dance around you, a false constellation forcing Hermetic magic to work. Your implement whistles, a loud and high sound made up from your own voice, recorded and sped up.A second passes, and a sphere of blackness appears in front of you, absorbing all light it touches. A moment later, it's gone.A single ring lands in front of you, bouncing against the concrete floor. You'd left it in your room this morning.The testing chamber's sensor buzzes loudly about unknown phenomena... but your laugh- your cackle- is louder.Which is precisely when your phone buzzes. You look down at it.[Adept Angwaz, I'm afraid to say that you should meet me in my office as soon as possible. I'll keep my doors open until 10 PM tonight.] You stare. It's the weevil, your counselor. The same one who'd been trying to talk you into changing your thesis a few days ago.You fight off the giggles for a little bit longer- and then you break up into cackles again.You're a fucking genius.>?
>>393518But we have to scurry. It's essential.
>>393554Let's get a move on then!
>>393554Prepare gloating face.Try not to despair when it comes tumbling down somehow.
>>393554How energy intensive is this spell? Because we've got to show this shit off.
>>393554Oh and have a backup plan. >>393560 is probably right.
>>393554Off, off and away!
>>393562Let's not show off until we've finished everything and secured certain victory.
>>393554Bring a copy of the testing chamber's "unknown phenomena" readout, so we can prove that we did something.
>>393563It likely is.It'll all go to hell in some way and we'll end up running away and act the Deadly Hallows without Riddle or his Horcruxi
>>393554>ring >left it in your room this morning>You're a fucking genius.Hell yes! That counselor better bow down to us! We're not only making us famous, we're making the Academy proud! (as a sidenote)>>393567>"unknown phenomena" readoutShould be useful, though I would want to present it at our Thesis presentation :). Also: Hide our blueprints and stuff on our person, the Paranoia is strong in us.
>>393568>running awayWell, we know of at least one manor with guard golems, where we're allowed to visit... >>393554>I'm afraid to say that you should meet me in my office as soon as possibleor it's unrelated to our accomplishments ...our parents, brother died... sad stuff?
>>393554>>?Send a short email to Thod, "If I don't respond in the next two hours, I was killed by my counselor... wish me luck!" paranoia isn't far with us...
>>393562>It takes barely any for small objects, but you're sure it would take a lot more the larger the object you intend on moving."I've done what I can." The weevil says, a (probably practiced) apologetic expression on his face. It's a red dweomer tonight, much simpler. This one you could believe he'd made himself. "But the Board caught wind of things. I'm afraid that they are very... concerned about your choice of thesis.""Of course they are." You say. His smug ass can't wipe the grin on your face."Mister Sirius seems to be very concerned." And there goes your grin, for a little while. "He says that if the media catches wind of your plan, they could easily spin it out to where the Academy is producing charlatans. Or... madmen. It's... very politically sensitive, with the northern coalition insisting on using the apprentice/master scheme for training new Adepts. The Academy is very experimental, you have to understand, and without funding from the government... Well, the board would prefer to let go of a single student than the entire school."You meet his eyes."And what does that mean?" You ask, the corner of your mouth pulling up into a smirk. "How's my scholarship? Do I have to move out tomorrow morning?"You don't need this place anymore, after all. The lack of funding and testing infrastructure might be a problem... but you'll teleport past that bridge when you get to it."Oh, no no," He says, "I talked them into evaluating your thesis. I'm confident in your skill, so I know you have something to show. You'll be able to show them the work you have so far, and they can decide what to do then."Oh. Well, that's good news. The only questionable part is Sirius. Specifically, Archmage Sirius, head of the board of governors, inventor of matter creation/destruction magic the ones who fund the school... And Cera's doting father. You can deal with him, but..."Though I think it won't be the full board. Only a three-seat tribunal." He says. "I hear that Mister Sirius himself might be absent, too. Though sometimes, his daughter and apprentice takes his s-""Fuck." You snarl."Excuse me?" He asks.Three seats. They'll probably vote on it. And one vote is obviously an expulsion, if that bitch is there.Unless she's trying to be clever and do something even worse, somehow.>?
>>393586"If his daughter takes his seat, she's going to vote expulsion even if I teleport something directly into her hand."
>>393586Ask that his daughter not replace his seat, as a biased tribunal wouldn't be good right?If all else fails, teleport to her room and murder her in her sleep.
>>393586>>?"I want a public tribunal! Very very public!" Those whole world will see our Greatness, no Cera can stop us!
>>393586>It is no secret that his daughter and I do not get along, at all.Implied question of fairness.
>>393586Fuck 'em.>"No need, sir. I know politicking when I see it. Though this is perhaps too petty to call with such a fancy word. I'll take my expulsion ASAP, no circus required. I will need a short time to prepare before moving, of course, as this is fairly sudden."We can find a sponsor easily. Hell, Haron seems like he'd throw money at this immediately if we went to him. School, who needs it?
>>393596>replace his seatSounds like something hereditary (mages == nobility?)>>393605>fairnessOur councelor doesn't seem to be on our side though...>>393610Wouldn't it be wiser to increase our fame with a public trial first? Before looking for a sponsor? Haron is nice but I would prefer to have the choice of more than one immortal dude helping us...
>>393586Her daughter is unfortunately not one of my biggest fans - surely she should be considered incompetent with regards to my case in particular?
>>393619Sorry, phone autocompleted to her instead of his for some reason.
>>393586>apprentice/master scheme for training new Adepts>Academy is very experimentalNice to know that the traditional Sith apprenticeship is going strong! :) The Academy is probably also giving away knowledge far too cheaply for some mages, yes? Can't have all the Adepts run to that Academy instead of being grateful to their one true Master...
>>393630>>Academy is very experimentalThe Academy is finished anyway if they kick out our super-protagonist and some other Archmage swoops in and takes her as an apprentice.
"If his daughter takes his seat, she's going to vote for expulsion even if I teleport something directly into her hand. It's no question that his daughter and I do not get along, at all."He grimaces."I can't do anything about that." He says."Surely she could be considered too biased with regards to my case..."He raises a hand. "Even IF she's biased, Sirius has directly named her as his apprentice and given her permission to take his seat. She has his trust, and it's not in anybody's favor to question if his trust has been misplaced. He's a very powerful man, after all.""I want a public tribunal! Very, very public.""I... I'm not sure I can do that." He says. "Nobody wants to make this into a media circus. The very reason they're questioning your thesis is because they don't want it known that you're trying something disregarded and mocked as... well, to be blunt, a pipe dream for idiots."The weevil thinks for a few moments."Here's what I can do." He says. "I can come with you, to support you, and if I see anything going wrong, I can speak up. Lodge a formal complaint, and the full board, not just the tribunal, will be obliged evaluate Miss Sirius's word and deed.">?
>>393657Welp. Guess we're not getting something better than that.
>>393657Thank him, it's probably more than he really wanted to do.It's show time I guess.
>>393657Request Archmage Haron as another seat on the tribunal.
>>393657>>393685This is a good idea. Might not work, but worth trying
>>393657"I guess that's the best I can hope for. To be frank, I don't think I strictly need the academy anymore, so it'll be their loss if I get expelled."
>>393657>>?"Fine. As long as I can bring some observers with me, my good friend Rathod will want to support me." I don't trust that weasel of a counselor and some witnesses should be enough to establish our version of the Truth in people's mind... at least in time. Already seeing the headline 'Genius snubbed by school incompetents', 'Invention of the Century, ignored by Academy authorities', 'Archmage Sirius' apprentice and daughter publicly shamed'... harharhar, we will have the last laugh. :)>>393685>Haronwon't come because he's a reclusive person, no?
>>393692>their lossBetter not say it too loudly or else they come more prepared. Now, they just think we researched something which didn't work out in practise - they don't know what we can do!
"Thank you." You say. "I'm supposed to be on your side, Adept." He says, smiling politely. "That's my job, after all.""Is there any way we can request the Archmage Haron as a seat on the tribunal?"He frowns. "The archmage is very reclusive, and... he's not even a member of the board. He has no interaction with the academy anymore, other than that his Apprentice also goes here. I'm afraid he doesn't have a place at the Tribunal.""I thought so." You say. "But I'd hoped...""I'm sorry." He says."May I at least bring some observers with me? Some of my classmates have helped me a great deal with my thesis, and my good friend Rathod will want to support me.""I'm sure I can manage that." He says, making sure to jot it down. "Do you have any other concerns? I'm doing what I can, but it isn't much."
>>393709I forgot the prompt, whoops.>?
>>393716Oh you.Well, do we know when this tribunal will be?
>>393709When will the tribunal be, what are they allowed to do/ask, how will I be allowed to defend myself?
We should set up a teleport for a bucket of water to dump on Cera's head if we get expelled.Not like they can double expel us, and it'd show them up.
>>393709>Do you have any other concerns?"My solicitor won't be having problems attending, right?" :) Law Quest!Can we have a solicitor/ notary confirm something we teleport really teleported? Like, we give him an envelop with a ring in it and teleport it to the tribunal?
>>393726>allowed to defend myself?Good question. Is the Thesis a practical test or like RL, a degree dissertation with a long papertrail which we have? I would think a short powerpoint presentation about our cool theories (without giving away our secret sauce) and then a practical demonstration to leave them gaping is enough.
"When will the tribunal be?" You ask."You don't have very long, I'm afraid." He says. "They've altered their schedules to open up a spot tomorrow, at 2 PM.""What kind of questions are they allowed to ask?""Anything they want. Of course, you're not obliged to answer them if they, for example, involve family magics, or simply if you don't want to. But every time you refuse to answer, that gives them more ammunition.""Of course." You say. "How will this work, precisely?""The way these evaluations tend to work are rather simple. They'll have you come in, and explain the basis behind your magic. If it's not analytical magic, they may ask you to explain the basis behind whatever foriegn variety of magic you're using, whether it's Hermetic, Thaumaturgic, Astral, even Shamanic. You should study up on that so that you can explain it properly. Then if they have further questions, you'll need to answer them to your best ability. In some rare cases, they allow for demonstrations to be made.""I see." You say, already your day Brush up on your hermetic, figure out how to word your explanations...At least you were right- you didn't have very long.>You don't have long... What do you plan on doing before the Tribunal?>?
Regardless of teleportation, the secret of making Hermetic magic work again is itself a very, very important breakthrough. So we should be careful to not reveal too much of that, since it's probably a big enough breakthrough to make archmage on its own.
>>393761>already your day Brush up on>already planning your day. Brush up on
>>393761Prep the bucket of water in your room to teleport in case it all goes wrong. And I'm sure it will.
>>393761Focus on getting our explanation of what we're doing correct wrt the Hermetic part of things especially. Also if there is such a thing as magic patents, get that done asap.
>>393771Let's not go into detail on how we actually made the Hermetic magic work. It's a huge deal, and the less people who learn about it, the less likely it is to be stolen and claimed by someone else.
>>393761Tell our friends, make double sure our magic is set and everything looks to be aboveboard. Make sure we can do this in a totally legal way where the bitch can't try and get us arrested. Practice and explanation, get a patent, do a mock trial with freinds.
>>393761..can we invite Haron in as an observer?Way I see it, if we show it off and one of the mages on the tribunal sees it, they could claim it for their own and our friends/weevil might not have enough clout for their support of us to matter if we challenge it. However if Haron was there and saw us demonstrate it, that would pretty much secure it.Of course we'd still have to convince him to show somehow, but hey.
>>393775Well, from the sound of it, if we want to actually defend our thesis we're gonna HAVE to explain it. And they 'rarely' allow demonstrations so we can't rely on that either, especially since without being willing to explain they're likely to completely dismiss it as bullshit.
>>393778That's why we shouldn't explain how it works. If they don't have the details, they'll have to slowly reverse engineer it from a single demonstration, and we'll have lots of time to make it very publicly ours.Actually, now that I think of it, part of our teleportation only works because of Haron's bits, and those are guarded secrets, so even if someone tried to steal it, they'd be coming into direct confrontation with him.So I guess it's not so bad to show it off.
>>393761>explain the basisNow I fear: Go in expecting treachery, get asked simple question about some theory, can't answer because paranoia prevented sleep, failed because unprepared, no grand scheming going on... argh!>>393791>how it worksWe have to though, right? Defending our Thesis and all, but we can keep it theoretically vague maybe?
>>393800We don't strictly have to explain how it works.We can claim it as a family secret and skip right over it.
>>393804>family secretGood idea!sooo, can anything even go wrong for us? I mean, we either - succeed, get Magus title, recognition, money, lots of friends - or we fail the tribunal, get expelled(?), go whine to Haron about the evil world, get sponsored by Haron because he already thinks this idea is worth his time, get famous, money, lots of friends ...
>>393818Haron could screw us over. We could have a setback in reproducing our work. Probably some other stuff.
>>393826>could screw us overYeah, he could - he would hold all the cards...'You don't get to be an old Mage by not taking little Adept's ideas and research for yourself!' like that? Maybe that paper he drew has a location spell and he's already raiding our B6 laboratory with micro golems!?
"I do have one more question, sir." You say."Hm?""Can I invite the Archmage Haron as an observer? He did give me some assistance with my thesis as well.""Certainly." He says. "I strongly doubt he will show up, but you can attempt it."You can't think of anything else, so..."Thank you for your help." You tell him."It's not a problem." He responds, and nods.You make your way back out of his office, and immediately get to work.You send out a few calls to people who've helped you: Brun, Kally, Rathor- hell, even the Archmage Haron. While you get an 'of course' from Rathor and Brun, Kally tells you that she can't make it- she has family business then- and the Archmage doesn't even respond to the message you leave on his machine. You hide a bucket full of water in your room, making sure to mark down its exact location so that you can summon it later- hopefully, over that bitches' head. Just in case.First, you look into your explanation. How does your magic work?The most complicated and problematic is to tell the whole truth: That you're using thaumaturgy and analytical magic- complete with a heaping pile of Haron's precepts- in order to artificially emulate the universe in a state where hermetic magic works, and get a Hermetic ritual working outside of its normal bounds. You can use the summoning spell for any kind of teleportation, with the Precept-enhanced version of the Star rune. Just put the 'source' of the summoning at your destination, and summon anything or anyone there. But the problem with that explanation is that your ability to get Hermetic rituals working is going to overshadow everything. That's not something you want known, not right now.But Brun's family has hermetic magic that they've altered to work, after all. Perhaps you could simply shorten it down. You've a family magic that involves teleportation, and with Brun's help, you've invented a spell that uses Analytical magic to set source and destinations for each teleportation.That works. Something feels wrong about it, though. Like you've a weak point, something that could be questioned...>?
>>393845Well we can't really do anything about something like that, so no need to get that paranoid.>>393853Fuck, I dunno. Anons pls help.
>>393853We've illegally modded our Implement?
>>393864That might be a bit of a weakness.
>>393853>You've a family magic that involves teleportation, and with Brun's help, you've invented a spell that uses Analytical magic to set source and destinations for each teleportation.Isn't it known that the family magic's Hermetic though?
>>393853The big star bubble we create to emulate the universe is kind of strange and questionable, but I guess we could just chalk that up to family magic.
>>393853Give Brian's family access to the original Star Map projector ASAP so we can finish off that deal.Then roll for bullshittery, I guess?
>>393906Whoops, autocorrect messed that up. Meant Brun.
We should disclose that two small parts of our current build are based on Haron's precepts and that we have explicit permission to use them.
>>393853>weak point, something that could be questioned>?It's weak because it's not what we're doing, but giving away our secret sauce isn't in the cards... as that's going to get us our Archmage position. Can we give a theoretical rundown of randomly choosing components in Hermetic magic till it works again? Or we just show our proof that it not working has everything to do with stars? (or is that too much info already...)>>393887>family magicEquivalent of an acceptable way to say 'No Comment!' ? :)>>393864>>393880Yeah, might be difficult to explain away.
>>393919>Haron's secret sauceMight work, they can't ask him to reveal his stuff! :)>>393906>original Star Map projector [to Brun]We agreed with them to reveal all after our Thesis defense, no?
>>393906ASAP is after we've publicly revealed our thesis and it's concretely ours.That's the agreement, and it's much better for us to wait until then.
You pace through your room, carefully analyzing everything you can think of, going over it again and again...The stars are simple. They happen at the same time as the teleportation, so of course it's part the spell.And it clicks.Your Implement. You've made so many additions and so many changes to it over the years, you're sure that it counts as illegally modded. You make your way through your collection of books- some of which are from the library and may become overdue soon- and you finally find one on major wizard pitfalls. Somewhere in here are the laws behind Implements and their usage and modification.The core programming crystal of the Implement had been refined down, and made perfectly safe to channel magic. But the problem with a non-modded core is that it only has a few, extremely basic runes, and allows only for two or three additional components. Without more advanced features, an Analytical mage needs to tangle the runes together to create more advanced effects. But by modding your Implement, you can greatly simplify your work. Instead of having to recreate an entire array every time you need it, you can shorten it down into a custom rune, and make use of that for multiple spells. But you're not a genius for nothing. With a few movements, a swipe across your teleportation array, and a gesture- you are consumed by a black, looming sphere.After a long, long second in nothingness, you land on the ground, the air fresher than you recall, your ears popping from the pressure differential.You'd summoned yourself into your room back home. Sitting a shelf is your old Implement, made out of brass and carefully taken care of for years. It even has your name drawn on it in black marker. This one... hasn't been modded at all. You just need to put Kalee's component on there, and... well, plug everything in the complicated stupid... yet legal way.You rest for a minute or two, and teleport back to the dorm.You've got a looong night ahead of you, dissecting all of the illegal runes you'd made over the years and recreating them. This should be fun.No sleep for you. Again.===The morning greets you when someone shakes you, hard. You pull yourself away from the desk you'd been snoring on, rubbing your cheeks, and look blearily up at Rathod."Jasmine, we have to go." "Bwuh?""Your tribunal." He says. "It's starting in like, twenty minutes. We have to go."You blink, trying to wake up."Come on!"You feel a bit slow, a bit sluggish, as Thod pulls you along. Fortunately, you're smart enough to grab your legal implement, and stuff your other one into Thod's arms."Hide that," You say, tugging at the clasp of your old Implement. It's too small, so you have to loosen it some, "I'll find it later.""Uh, right." He says, stuffing it into his bag. You grab your papers, the ones with your research on it- and with a spell, you set it ablaze.No reason to keep your research anywhere but your own mind, after all.>Continued!
>>393976Time to do or die!
>>393976>black, looming sphere>summoned yourselfFirst test on humans/anything alive... and we took ourselves as test subjects... good thing it worked, would've been awkward to play 'Stuck in dark wormhole' quest :).>>393976>you set it ablazeyay, Secret Mage!
You'd expected a simple meeting. You know, a square room, a large table, everyone with terrible plastic chairs surrounding the table...Instead, it's a large, circular room- an auditorium, almost- with seven huge thrones sitting along one end of the room. On the other, at the very lowest section of the room, a single wooden chair is sitting.It's obviously yours.The Weevil strides over to you."Good, you made it." He says. "The members of the tribunal haven't arrived yet. Rathod, can you come sit over here next to miss Dalheim, along the side?""Uh, sure thing." Rathod says. He turns to you, and pats your head a few times. "Good luck, Jaz.""Thanks." You say, cheeks red."Do you have everything planned?" Your counselor asks, and his practiced smile greets your nod. "Good, good. I'll just leave you to it, okay?""Okay."===Cera, of course, is head bitch of the Tribunal. She sits in the center throne, the tallest one. One side of her, a gentrified, grumpy man sits. On the other, a plump smiling woman."You may begin the formal recording, Magus." She says politely to the Weevil, and he presses a button. "For the record, the date is the seventh of Plantfall. The time is One-fifty-six PM. Speaking is Cerulean Sirius, in the place of the Archmagus Alphonse Sirius. Next to me is the Magus Helga Venus, and the Magus Kaleid. We are here to evaluate the thesis of one Adept Jasmine Angwaz. Her thesis is... Practical teleportation of physical objects and people. Is that correct, Miss Angwaz?"She hasn't said anything wrong yet, but her brilliant smile pisses you off. You push that away- she's acting as a member of the Tribunal, so you can't insult her- and you speak loud enough for the record. "That is correct.""Wonderful." The woman- Helga Venus, apparently- says. "Please, do explain your magic. Have you made any progress? I'm very curious.">?
>>394029Well, let's go through our theory step by step, skipping over the Hermetic stuff by excuse of family secret, and let them interrupt as they will to ask questions.
>>394029I have made a great deal of progress. I have teleported a ring from one spot to another.
>>394029Give the short explanation that we thought up last night and then insist on showing it to them. The longer we talk, the more they can poke holes.
>>394050we can show it to them by geting this bitch wet..........with the water bucket
>>394057ayy let's not jump the gun
>>394029>>?We could introduce the problems of Teleportation and Hermetic magic, then present our solution (pretend one anyway): Brun's working Hermetic spells and Archmage Haron's special magic plus our family magic, rigorous randomized testing reveals right combination, ...it works, I tested it with small items (big reveal).>>394057>>394061better not... yet.
>>394057Save that for the bedroom, anon!
>>394029We better not tell them of our human teleportation. Keeping it in the it-works-a-bit-and-theory-is-proven stage seems useful for us...>>394057>bitchIs she really that bad though? The way she's written makes her seem relatively harmless.
>>394069lawds must happen god demands it>>394080im not too sure y we hate her, is it the shrt person thing?also with this power we could take anything we want like moneys without leaving room and other fun things
>>394080Not really, but if she's threatening to have us expelled, that's a different story
>>394088Well she does seem to bully a bit. Why she likes picking on Jaz so much is a better question.
>>394100mybe becouse she is a lezbbo and wants jaz is pussy but dosnt want anyone to find out and so her felllings make her be a bit of a bitch to her, when all she wants is to cuddle up with us??
>>394088>could take anything we wantAh, true... we would have to know exact locations for things we want to swipe though, right? So we have to be intimately familiar with locations we want to teleport from and to. Otherwise it would be way too op... Was that instant home travel pure luck not getting stuck in a slightly moved chair?>>394088>the short person thingyeah, probably because of that.>>394090>if At the moment, she seems to just enjoy being chairperson, looking down on us, etc, no expelling mentioned yet.
>>394139would have to know exact locations for things if we wanted it to work right then yerbut we could kill people with it as well just tellaport them with out end for them or put theminto a rock.fire hole. out of space?
"I have made a great deal of progress." You state. "My family holds within our vaults several family magics, hermetic in nature, that once teleported objects from one place to another. My work is about... overcoming circumstances that prevents Hermetic magic from working.""I see." Venus says. "And progress?""With the help of a colleague-" You turn to Brun and nod to her. She gives you two thumbs up. "Brun Dalheim- I have made minor modifications to the hermetic ritual that allows it to work. I successfully conjured a small object- a ring- from my dorm room into the testing chamber."At that, you pull out a small sheet of paper- the sensor readouts. "The testing chamber's sensor recognized an unknown energy field, as well as unknown phenomena. I have several copies of the readouts."The weevil comes by and hands out the copies to the tribunal, and all three of them look it over. Cera scowls, slightly, but schools her expression after a few seconds."Very good." The woman says. "Magus Kaleid, what do you think?"The man clears his throat, and in a wheezing, droning voice, speaks. "I've read the journal written by one of your ancestors, Adept. To be entirely honest, it's nothing but fictional drivel. There is no such thing as other realms, or sentient non-human species. I think you should focus on more grounded projects instead of chasing this star.""That journal has nothing to do with my thesis, Magus." You say."I agree with Miss Jasmine." Cera says. "Frankly, Magus Kaleid, there's no relevance between that book and the thesis we're evaluating, other than subject matter. If she has already attempted and succeeded her magic, there is no reason to think it's fictional." She turns to you."Perhaps we can have a demonstration?" Cera asks. She's smiling at you, obviously pleased with something."Trickery is easy." Kaleid says. "I've seen a man use light illusions to make it appear as if he'd moved from one place to another. Or another who used trapdoors and a well-placed haste spell.""I'm sure that the three of us are knowledgable to make sure things are fair." Cera says. "After all, my father's magic- for which he became an Archmage- allows him to analyze and create objects freely. I know enough of it to create a purely one of a kind object, analyze it during the... transfer... and make sure there are no deceptions."The old man rolls his eyes. "I suppose that may work.""I agree." Venus says. "I'd love to see a demonstration."This is a very important moment." Cera says. "My father got to where he is by attempting teleportation magic, after all."Then she turns to you. Her grin is a little bit bigger, almost triumphant."How do you feel about giving us a demonstration, Adept?"Your gut coils- you're not sure why.>?
>>394029I've more than made progress, I've accomplished teleportation. Both of myself and of a small ring over both short and moderate distances. I've not yet attempted to teleport something from say, the other side of the world to my dorm room, but I'm confident that with a sufficient power source I would be more than capable of such.
>>394118Ok one, That's retarded. Two 4chan has an age requirement.>>394148I would love too. If one of you could observe my room I'll teleport back there once you've given the go ahead.
>>394148Well I was a slow.>Agree, on the condition that we're allowed to inspect the object first.
>>394148Don't teleport the bucket of water. Do the demonstration on the chair or something, an object they can see move from place to place.
>>394148Hmmm, wonder how she's gonna sabotage it.
>>394148>?>analyze No, thanks? She wants to steal our secret magic! Nice try, but it's working on us. Surely Mages understand other Mages/Adepts' paranoia, right?>>394146>kill peopleSo, we don't even need other spells :).
>>394166nevermind im bad at reading
>>394148"I'm wary of allowing anyone to analyze this in so much detail."
>>394162how old are we??but that wouldnt change her fellings haha>>394166we save the water for when we are walking out mahah>>394174yer pretty much or just drop big rocks on them we can have alot of fun with this without make other spellsthe one spell to rule them all
>>394174>it's _not_ working on usfixed.>>394166>bucket of watersummon bucket, drink from it, offer it to others, news headline reads 'Adept's Thesis about Bucket gains her Magus title'
>>394148We haven't tested it on magically created items yet.
>>394162>I'll teleport backDo we want them to know, we already passed the stage of experimenting with objects and can teleport ourselves?>>394183Yes!>>394185>drop big rockscould be misinterpreted as some Earth magic :).
>>394199Good reasoning! We can say 'don't wanna show it to you' in so many ways.
>>394199This is a good point. Maybe we could teleport one of the tribunal members, or a volunteer from the observers?
>>394223lol nd now for me next trick il need someone from the crowed, re you ready to get star struck
>>394203that was killing people droping them rocksbut do we need to know where somethign is?what if someone just told us where it is would that work? could ask her to tell us if she needs soemthing from her home and then tell us where in her home it is
Teleport the chair Cera is sitting on, then sit on it. You can't really argue being dumped on your ass.
>>394238>You need to know and calculate exact coordinates in order to get it working properly. You can gauge that with your implement, though, and 'mark' locations."I'm wary of allowing anyone to analyze this process in so much detail." You say. "This is, after all, a long-held family magic, important to me and my ancestors.""I fully understand." Cera says. "I shall only analyze it before and after the process, to make certain it is the same item and not a replication or falsehood.""I haven't tested it on magically-created items, either.""No worries." Cera continues. "The matter creation magic creates true matter. It acts like any other material in the world, and will continue to exist. We just have a very good reason to make sure the item is one-of-a-kind. A certain Adept went through a teleportation evaluation and had hidden an object under invisibility. Then he had an identical object.. and with a quick spell, moved the invisibility from one to the other."You take a deep breath."May I inspect the object first?""Enough buying time." The old man snaps. "Just give her something to use her magic on and be done with it. I want to see this with my own eyes."There's no reason you can think of to avoid Cera's suggestion. You could deny the demonstration entirely... But that way...Cera gives you a polite smile. "Adept?" She asks.>Roll me a 1d100!>Also, what do you plan on doing? You can demonstrate it on Cera's created item, on a living person, or deny the demonstration entirely.
Rolled 50 (1d100)>>394256Do it on Cera herself.Or her robe.
Rolled 9 (1d100)>>394256Teleport the chair Cera is sitting on, then sit on it. You can't really argue being dumped on your ass.
Rolled 82 (1d100)>>394256Definitely not a living person.Did any of the judges bring along a mundane-looking item? If so, try teleporting that. If not, I guess hers...
>>394256Do it on her item. And if it fails, use it on yourself.
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>394256her rob or chair
You guys realize if we teleport her robe or chair or whatever the fuck she can just say we just made a duplicate, right?
>>394287then the best bet would be to teleport one of the judges. It sidesteps whatever Cera has planned and proves we aren't duplicating \ destroying things.
>Result: 47 - Near Success!You smile and nod. "Very well. But how about we make it so that nobody can deny the result? Let's make this a bit more impressive, shall we?"Cera's eyebrows meet."Have you analyzed everything in the room, Miss Sirius?""I have." She responds. "I needed to make sure there's no trickery going on, after all.""Very well."You wave your arm, your Implement's coordinates locked onto her chair...And nothing happens. Your Implement makes a long, loud squeal, as it recites the chant in less than a second, but no spell effects trigger.You look down at it, examining it...And the Spell Crystal inside is cracked, a small crater of it simply missing.Cera's smile is in full force, now."Adept? Are you going to give us a demonstration?" She asks. "I would not mind if you used even a personal object of mine for your demonstration."Your implement is damaged.That's her plan. Not to act like you're cheating, but to act like your spell simply doesn't work.>?
>>394267 nooo, our genius reputation!!11>>394266 average, on the dot...>>394268 saved us! >>394256A quick look to Thud for silent reassurance...>Cera's created itemSo... did we just give away our secret sauce or not? Or did they get a bit but not all?
>>394303I see two options. First we pull out our other implement, the second is we do it without it if possible. I mean we have everything in our head right?
>>394303"It seems like my spell crystal has been damaged. Almost as if a small chunk of its matter has been... destroyed."Stare Cera down while saying it.
>>394314We need the implement because of the component we paid half our savings for.Just use the illegal modded one, but be quick about it so she doesn't sabotage that one too.
>>394303>Spell Crystal inside is cracked, a small crater of it simply missingDid she damage it with a spell? :-(Do we have a spare one?
>>394314>>Do it without it if possible>You actually need an implement to use the 'star' spell that allows hermetic magic to work. But if the star spell is active, you could do the ritual the hard way- with runes, chants, and components.
>>394303I don't see why we can't just explain the situation and ask for a re-schedule. They don't allow it, oh well.
dat bitch face!!!thats it we getting her naked and wet!! fuck heruse the moded one that should still workbut dont want her to break that one as well>>394331she wont let that happen
>>394330I kinda want to do it the hard way,
>>394303I would but something seem to have damaged my implement, I'll need a new one and time to put it back together. failing that I'll need enough man to keep my start spells up and to draw out a bunch of charts with chants and components.
>>394330>>394338>ritual the hard wayToo many secrets are revealed that way...>>394331>explain the situationDo other Implements use Spell Crystals? Then it's pretty easy to explain, right?
>>394333>she wont let that happenAh, true. She can actually decide on it...so: only the spare in our modded Implement can save us? Can we setup a magical barrier around the crystal to prevent her from sabotaging us?
>>394346since we know what we need we could use somone eils implement? or get them to help with it
>>394346Would it reveal our secrets to do it the hard way? We'd reveal the necessary steps to teleport something, but all the background calculations would be hidden since we're doing it mostly in our head.
>>394303>implement is damaged.>sabotageThat's why unpopular people never become full Mages? 'My stuff is not working, for real, I can't explain it! What, I failed?! Why!'>>394355>somone eils implementOurs has the special addon made by Kally though, so we can't use other people's.
>>394372they could power it thow or just use there battery??>>394366hmmm mybe but we need the stars for anything to work in the end
>>394372Ummm, the entire point of getting the replacement implement was to not reveal we had an illegally modified crystal. Kelly's work was there to make things go faster, not vital to the actual spell.
>>394303Oh rats, it looks like my implement got damaged on the way over, how I wish I wasn't so clumsy. Please excuse me while I fetch my old one. Teleport the bitch out of her chair and us in her place.
"It seems like my spell crystal has been damaged somehow." You say."Oh dear, is your spell that dangerous, that it would damage a crystal?" Cera asks. "Perhaps it's best you work on something simpler, and less damaging... We don't want to spend our funding on something that destructive, after all.""No, it must have been damaged some other way." You say. Your mind is working on overdrive- it's all you can do to keep your composure. "I am very clumsy, after all." Thankfully, I have a backup Implement for precisely this situation. Thod?"He hands you your implement, and without any hesitation, you plug Kally's component into it, and brandish it, casting twice in quick succession.A black hole looms. A dance of stars swirl around you.And then you're sitting on Cera's chair, and she's sitting on yours.Everyone is silent for a moment."Very impressive.""Adept Sirius, can you confirm that that... truly happened?" The old man says. He actually looks awake. Venus's eyes are wide."... I can." Cera says, reluctantly. "Your magic is very impressive! I'm impressed, Adept Angwaz."You take a deep breath, and relax. "That is the result of my research." You say."I think we can agree that you should continue your research, then." Vanus says. "I could even say that might be Archmage material!""What? Archmage?" Cera snapped. She took a breath. "I'm sorry, I was out of place. Regardless, I agree. You should be lauded, Adept.""Indeed." Is all Kaleid says. "I think we can call this Tribunal to an end, then. I suppose it wasn't as much a waste of time as I thought.""Only one last thing." Cera says, and her expression suddenly becomes... beautific. "I have reason to believe that your Implement may be... nonstandard. That may be the reason for the damage, after all. A damaged crystal can harm a great many people, after all."Something cold slithers through your gut.
>>394407We should have done it the hard way.
>>394407its a family heirloom.....oh would you just look at the time, i must be going as my people need me, make her wet then leave
>>394407"Family secrets. Speaking of which, I'm very impressed that you managed to hit my other implement like that. Such a perfect removal of matter with nobody noticing should be applauded. I'm sure your master is very proud."
>>394407Shouldn'ta taken the risk, I suppose.
>>394427>"Family secrets. Speaking of which, I'm very impressed that you managed to hit my other implement like that. Such a perfect removal of matter with nobody noticing should be applauded. I'm sure your master is very proud."Replace master with father maybe?
>>394407Give her the damaged one. It's fine, after all!
>>394434Master is more relevant, since she's his apprentice and that's the reason why she's even here right now.
>>394427This. If she tries to say anything back, respond that you can preform the teleportation again at a later date where they are free to inspect it. Without Cera being there. You just need some time to optimize it so that it doesn't run on these secrets, that's all.
>>394427>>394434>>394445Maybe we shouldn't insult the head of the tribunal like that.
>>394476She's been backhandedly insulting us the whole time, and if she tries to escalate, we can call for a real tribunal with the entire council based on her bias.
>>394476She can choke on a bag of dicks as we teleport her into the middle of the ocean when she falls asleep.
>>394445ummm we should confront her in the open like thisthink about it people,shouldn't insult the head of the tribunal like that. since we dont have any edavnce to prove she fucked with us just the gut felling. we going to have to be sneaky about this>>394476i shear the same thoughts
>>394476We're not insulting her. We're accusing her of sabotage. Just like she is accusing us of illegally modifying our implement. It just so happens both accusations are true. If I'm going down so you are you bitch.
Can we teleport chunks? Can we swap the heads of the tribunal around as we begin our wizard rampage?
"We'll just need to take a careful look at it. Some wizards like to modify their spellcrystals in unofficial ways." Cera continues. "And as we all know, that's highly illegal because of the danger. A detonating crystal can kill hundreds of people, if used in the wrong way."You stand up, and make your way over to hand her the damaged Implement so that she can examine it."I think it's a better idea if I examine the other one." She says. "That one is still functional, after all.""I'm afraid that my implement contains some valuable secrets, both of my family and others. I cannot, in my right mind, permit anybody else to examine it closely." You say."Not without legal reason." The Weevil chimes in, and Kaleid nods."I do have a reason to request this examination." Cera says. "A classmate of mine recently confided in me that she's worried about you, Adept Angwaz. You've been customizing your tool in very dangerous ways."Then her smile grew cruel."You even manipulated the poor girl into making you a new component for your tool," She says, "I will contact her, and let her make a formal complaint. What do you think, Magus Kaleid? Magus Venus?""... I don't think this is important," Kaleid says "Hasn't killed us yet, and the magic still worked. Might even be essential to the magic. No reason to drag this out any longer.""The law is a law for a reason." Venus chimes in. "I concur with Cerulea- Miss Sirius. We should contact this poor student, and get this tool an examination.""Oh, her Implement is certainly modified." Someone says."Excuse me? Who are you?" Venus asks.You turn toward the door... and Archmage Haron is striding in, gears whirring as he walks."I am the Archmage Haron." He says, chuckling. "Jaz invited me.""While I'm honored to be able to meet your... proxy, Do you have any reason for being here?""Certainly! The Implement is my personal handiwork, using multiple precepts and a unique Spell Crystal." He lies, smoothly. "She is a good friend of my apprentice, after all."Cera parts her lips- and the Golem speaks again before she can say anything."And as we all know, due to my status as Archmage as well as the inventor of modern Implements, I have legal right to invent my own prototypes. I did so, and asked Jaz to test it out. She has done so."Rathod is perfectly silent, eyes wide.>?
>>394483dosnt mean she has done anything wrongsadly beenign a itch isnt a crime and we cant just acouse her of breaking a students implement sicne we cant prove it without her saying she did.>>394490she is accusing us of illegally modifying our implementwell she is right thow and there edvince of it right there for everyone to see
>>394495Man, Archmage Haron is such a bro. We should follow up on those favors when he needs them.
>>394495Dohohoho, get counter-fucked Cera.
>>394495omfg!!! prise be apon him!!and shit we are going to owe him soo muchgood thing we sent dat textnow to just play along with thisstill wanting to drop bucket on her on the way outalso can we get him to conform that the non workign one was sabotaged?
>>394495"I don't have anything else to add. I disclosed the inclusion of Archmage Haron's precepts in parts of this spell."
>>394495Back him up obviously.
>>394495S A V E DAVED
>>394495Indeed the only reason I did not use the implement initially was because I wanted to avoid any unpleasantness in the way of accusations Cerulea brought to bear, nor involve the archmage unless absolutely necessary, as he values his privacy. It is true that he assisted me with the logic in my implement, after all his genius is well known, and he enjoys encouraging the exploration and development of new magic greatly. Archmage Haron I am sorry you had to step in like this, it would have been fine except the other implement suddenly had a small piece of it disintegrate, which had never happened before. Alsmo as if someone intentionally damaged it with a spell to make it inoperable. But that couldn't be the case, after all who would have the knowledge and petty vindictiveness to that? So since that is obviously not the case, do you have any idea what went wrong with it?
"Indeed. The only reason I preferred not to use this Implement was because I didn't want to involve the Archmage unless absolutely necessary."The archmage nods, and everyone is quiet, almost confused."I'm sorry you had to step in like this." You say. "It would have been fine, if my other implement hadn't had part of it spontaniously vanish. That has never happened before. I wonder if someone intentionally damaged it somehow... But that couldn't be the case."You can't help but smirk."After all, who would have the knowledge and petty vindictiveness to that?""Let me take a look at it." The archmage says. "Perhaps I could diagnose it for you."You obligingly hand the Implement to him, and he chuckles at the childish drawing on it. "Hmmm... It looks like something has sheared a smooth section out of this crystal. There's only one real magic that can do this kind of thing..."He glances at Cera."But I have no desire to make enemies." He responds. "It sounds like your Tribunal went well, miss Angwaz. I'm sorry that I was almost late.""It's no problem." You say. "Thank you for coming by.""Enough theatrics." Kaleid says. "We shall call the Tribunal to a close. We've already voted that the Adept's magic is viable, and she has our full blessing. Now. I'm going home."With that, the old man limps up, and starts on his way out of the building. Cera bites her lip, and makes her own exit as well. Magus Venus, however... Flutters her eyelashes at the Archmage, and makes her way over."I'm a big fan..." She starts. You roll your eyes, and make your way over to Brun and Rathod."You actually-""Shh." You shush Rathod. Carefully, you do the math in your head... tap a few runes...You hear a splash and a girly scream."Sorry, continue." You say."Uh... You actually got him out of his house." Rathod says. "I thought for sure that the only way to do that was forceful teleportation.""Isn't that a proxy?" Brun asks.>?
>>394582>You hear a splash and a girly scream.Bueno
>>394582>You hear a splash and a girly scream.Exabyte you absolute madman
>>394582Let Thod decide how to answer that. We dunno what is considered secret and what isn't.
>>394582Tap Rathod's golem arm meaningfully and wiggle our eyebrows at Brun.
>>394582Shrug, "Thod would know that more than I would. He is the apprentice to him after all."Say thanks to based Haron.
>>394582I agree, let thod handle it. I hope Cera won't step up her harassment after this. What's wrong with friendly rivalry huh? Whore just gotta make it all mean.
"Thod would know more about that than I would." You say. "He is the apprentice.""That's really him." Rathod says. "His soul's in that crystal.""What, like a lich?""Yeah, except he actually exists." Thod says. He grins, and stretches. It's only because of the size of the room can he actually raise his arms all the way- in any normal building he'd hit his hands. Hell, in even large buildings he'd hit his arms."So, you finished your magic?" Brun asks you. "You can actually teleport stuff around?""Yep." You say. "Hell, I'll prove it to you. But first I need to thank Haron."She nods, and you make your way back to the Archmage."Excuse me, but I wanted to thank you again for explaining the situation." You tell him."It's not a problem, not a problem at all." He responds. "But we can talk about that later. For now, can you show me your spell again?"Then he chuckles."Mostly by sending me back to my house? My favorite television show is on soon..."You sigh, chuckle, and send him away.You make your way back to Brun and Thod, scratching your head and taking deep breaths. Today was stressful, but you got through it. Your magic's done, you're amazing, and you didn't get arrested. All's good.Which is, of course, when your phone chirps at you. You look down at it- it's from your mother.[Jaz, you left a book in your room.]What? You never put a book in there.[You and these journals, I don't get it. I didn't even know there was a part two. But I asked you to take your books with you. We don't have the room for it all.]Wait.Part two? Your ancestor wrote a second book?>End of Session!
>>394645Dun dun DUN!
Thanks for running, exa!
>>394645Nice, thanks for running
>>394645More books! More secrets!Also, if anyone starts pressuring us into letting on how we got the hermatic magic to work, I vote we go public with the info. Then everyone else can mess about with it and we can focus on the cool stuff, like teleportation!
>>394645Let me guess, our ancestor is still alive, detected our use of the spell and sent the journal to us.
>>394739or maybe sent it through time!
>>394739It could also be some kind of contingency spell, if our ancestor realized there was going to be a problem.
Did I miss the best time of the week?
>>393230>Scholar, he didn't even hesitate.Found a keeper there.
>>394716Agreed. Keep teleportation a secret, but work with Haron to market Hermetic Implements to the masses.
>>394868Yeah, number one friend! and nothing more.
>>394880It'd be a nice change from the usual response.
>>394884He's not first girl best girl, so the normal response doesn't apply.
>>393595Why do we hate Ceras so? I bet she will save us to gloat over someone.
>>394896Its the other way around, Ceras hates us. I'm not sure why? Might just be jealousy given we went the savant route.
>>394902>>394896its becouse she wants this pussy but cant have it so the lust turns into bitchyness(i wish)alo high for gettign her wet looking fawd to next time
>>394911Anon please, do you actively hate spellcheck or something?
>>394911Anon you realize you must be eighteen to be on 4chan yes? You're about five years to young to be here.
>>394896Because she's got noodly legs.The worst kind of person.
>>394902>>394952Finally read the tribunal part.Total ass. Would dump another bucket on.
>>394896Honestly I'm surprised we let her off as easily as we did. I mean, just a bucket of water?If someone had tried to sabotage my entire career after I successfully did something that was mocked as absurd and impossible, purely to satisfy their own incredibly petty spite, I would've teleported them into the deepest, darkest part of the Amazon rainforest. Let them spend a week trekking through air that feels like living in someone's asscrack and dealing with the worst insects known to man. Let them camp in the dark, jumping at every noise as a possible ambush predator. Let them wake up with a tarantula as a bed-mate. Let them emerge into a logging camp half naked, exhausted, and covered in bug bites.
>>394931>>394924me and spell cheack arnt best of friendsalso even if you take 5 years off il still be over that 18 age:P
>>394981Imagine how powerful teleport is.It can win wars.
And who is up for starting a store for fresh seafood inland or a fedex company with the blessing of Haron?Guarded by monster hunters?
>>394989You're thinking too small. Major overhaul of the entire transportation industry, at minimum.
>>394996All that potential, and archmage Haron uses it to catch the latest anime episode.Best boy.
>>395001Well he's got a major favor and three minor favors from us (And I don't think we should even consider that as one of the favors), so its not like he can't use it in the future.
We're going to open a portal one day and out will come a demon army. Just you all wait!
I am curious what would have happened if we rolled a major success on the first try.
ask him what his fav show is?mybe we can set uptellaport gates called star gates and charge peopel money to use them to move from city to city?also did we just make warp drives for all the glomes?
>>395030maybe we can set up a teleport system for just his core gem thingy, so he can get around with less energy used. He'd need multiple bodies tho.
>>395045I'm pretty sure the Archmage in charge of Golemancy isn't really going to have that much of a problem making more bodies for himself.That's like telling Gordon Ramsey he might have to cook his own meals for a few days.
>>395080thow most chefs dont cook when there at home
>>394645>Part twoOh, the mystery!>Brun Will have to give her family the mana-intensive first version of the spell - and make a contract so they can't sell it off, right?Are there other families who dealt in Hermetic magic before it stopped working? We might be able to get good deals with them too - in exchange for our simple spell version (which wouldn't give away our secret sauce).>thank HaronWe owe him another favour now?>End of Session!Hope you keep enjoying writing this quest! It's a very enjoyable read for me! Thank you!>>394981>let her off as easily as we didI would guess that the MC didn't realize fully what Cera tried to do... it might sink in later, that she got very close to being failed/expelled. Atm she's just full of adrenaline and hyped how she showed them her greatness.>>394873>teleportation a secret >market Hermetic ImplementsYeah, I would prefer seing Jasmine (MC) as a powerful Archmage and not just a rich merchant thinking about quaterly figures.
>>395812>Yeah, I would prefer seing Jasmine (MC) as a powerful Archmage and not just a rich merchant thinking about quaterly figures.You say that like they're mutually exclusive. We can hire non-magey smart people to deal with quarterly figures though.
>>395812>>Brun>Will have to give her family the mana-intensive first version of the spell - and make a contract so they can't sell it off, right?Pretty sure it can be optimised for any particular spell without using Haron's stuff but he made it optimised for every spell.>>thank Haron>We owe him another favour now?Or maybe he doesn't like the other archmages
>>395831>optimised for any particular spellThat sounds great!>he doesn't like the other archmagesOr he just sees our potential! I sense a secret power struggle behind the scenes too.>>395830>non-magey smart peopleFound company, get managers to run it - works for me!>>394716>go publicSecret Mage! No publicity!>>394645next session: Teleport home, "Hi, mum... uh, I just teleported, on my way to become an Archmage... ugh, let go, your hug is too strong, mum!", celebrate your family's future looking bright, remember the mystery book, read it and it says "Using Hermetic magic will destroy the world and make users mad.", shit... :)Can we also talk to Cera: Why would she escalate a simple schoolyard rivalry to something career-threatening?
>>395844Can we also talk to Cera: Why would she escalate a simple schoolyard rivalry to something career-threatening?couse she s a bitch and wants it all for her silf, he thinks we are a theat to her glory
This is an Exa quest, prepare for existential fuckery!
>>395970The whole being named after cycle of mundane existance that should be aspired to transcended by moksha extinction hinted.
Your magic is amazing.It's not simple- you need to constantly and consistently readjust your array whenever you change how you're using it- but you find yourself bouncing around the city. Where you'd once needed to wait for a bus to take you down to get groceries, you can instead simply appear on a rooftop somewhere and slap on a slowfall spell to get to the ground.It's been a few weeks, since Cera's attempt at fucking you over, but you haven't seen hide nor hair of her since. Probably for the better- you'd send her into the monster-infested wilds if you were sure you'd get away with it.As for your mom... You asked her not to mail you the book. As important as it might be, the last thing you'd want is for her to send it and to get the caravan pillaged. With your luck, a dragon hatchling would show up specifically to prevent you from getting your hands on it.Lately, you've been skipping a majority of your classes. It's not much of a problem; On one hand, you know most of that crap already, and on the other, you could make Magus anyday now.Once you finish your magic, that is.Teleportation is strange. It's not as simple as 'move object from point A to point B'. As far as you can tell, it's more like 'move object from point A, send it into Nothingness, pull object from Nothingness into point B'. You can't put a finger on any kind of mechanism behind it beyond 'Hermetic Bullshit'.You've gotten permission to send sensors and bring them back, but they don't register anything 'in-between'. Neither do you, or Rathod, when you take personal trips. Moreover, you can't intersect items. When you try to teleport something where something already exists, it either pushes 'blocking' item aside, or the spell simply fails. Usually, if the transferring item is heavier and denser than the blocking item, it goes through. If not, it fails.You intentionally sent a sensor from your testing location into a wall. It went into Nothingness, then returned back to Point A.One thing you've been able to do is shorten the cast time of the ritual by a lot. It still takes time depending on how far away the trip is, but you can instantly 'blink' around. When you do that, you can't even recognize more than a fraction of a second of blackness. You made a macroinvocation specifically for 'blinking', meaning you can teleport instantly in short ranges. You don't even need to spend a moment to adjust the spell- just point and cast.On the other side of things, you ended up sending an object into Nothingness... and not have it return.That was a bit terrifying.But you're not sure where to go from here. Without understanding the mechanism behind teleportation, you can't make major changes. You can't become an archmage. Maybe if you knew something about other varieties of magic, such as Astral or Shamanism, that might help.You sigh, and loll your head back in your chair. You're lost. And that means you need to do something new.>?
>>396344Find other old hermetic spells that don't work anymore and fuck around with them in the sensor room. Maybe we can find a pattern in their phenomena or something.
>>396344Maybe it's time to take a break. New perspectives can come along when the brain is relaxing!
>>396344Did we teleport home to show Mom our success and pick up the book?
>>396344Nothingness seems to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
>>396376>Not yet. Mostly because that would be... difficult to explain.>But now that you guys are controlling, that's an option for you to take.
>>396382Betwixt and Between, Within and Without.
>>396384Well, that's my vote. Go visit the family and pick up the book.
>>396344>>396376We really should drop by for the book and our sweet mum.
>>396376This. Let's borrow the wisdom of our ancestors.
Go home. Get book, get food, and get parent attention.
You suddenly jerk yourself back up again, and spring to your feet.You need a break.You leave a note on your door's whiteboard so that Thod'll know where you are, and then you turn back to your computer. You figure out your village's GPS coordinates, convert that into the silly measurement system the hermetic spell uses...You're not sure how that first time you teleported you just instinctively knew how to adjust it, but you don't want to waste all that mana just to get sent back here.You bump up the height quite a bit- your village is on a mountain- and apply a slowfall spell, just in case, and then cast the spell.Slowly, the black sphere consumes you, and then you're nowhere.Darkness surrounds you. There's no air for you to breathe, but neither is there a vacuum trying to pull your air out of you. It's not cold, nor warm...And then you're above your village, carefully sliding down the sky. The closer you get to the ground, the more mana your slowfall draws. Eventually your feet touch pavement, and you're off!Your gut coils nervously when you get to your house. Last time you were here you just came in and out to get your Implement- mostly because you didn't want to bother with your folks at the time... You take a deep breath, and knock on the door.The door opens, and your mom frowns on the other side."Jasmine?" She asks, frowning. "I didn't know there was a caravan in, and that means you were taking a small one.""Mom-""You know I don't like it when you take the small ones. What if there's an attack while you're in the air? Or, Warrior forbid, on the road?""Mom.""What, honey?""I didn't take a caravan. I teleported here."There's a moment of silence.Your mom frowns."Oh. That's good news." She says. It doesn't sound like she thinks so.Then again, she's hated magic since looong before you were born."Oh my god!" Someone inside cries. "Jasmine!"A white-haired blur screams out of the doorway, shoving past your mother, and your little sister barrels into you."Jasmine! Jasmine!""What?""Tell me how your academy is! Is Rathod fine? Did you make a lot of friends? Can you call down firestorms yet? Tell me EVERYTHING.">?
>>396440>Tell EVERYTHINGExplain how her genius sister invented new sorts of magic and put a bully in their place
>>396440>Academy is mostly fine, a really mean girl tried to sabotage me, Rathod has a huge mechanical arm and an even bigger line of girls who are interested in him, and firestorms are for the unimaginative!>Nope, she didn't get bigger than us, definitely not.
>>396440Oh boy, time to be the impressive older sister with cool friends and awesome work.
>>396458I hadn't even considered the chance of little sister being bigger.Surely it must be so.
Thankfully, the rugrat still isn't bigger than you. It looks like she'll stay tiny and cute forever, which is exactly what you want."Well..." You say, putting on the air of a genius older sister (which you are) and also amazing (which you also are), the two of you make your way into the kitchen. "I invented new sorts of magic that can change the face of the world, this one b- er, jerk tried to sabotage me, Rathod has a huge golem arm now and an even bigger list of girls who like him, and firestorms are boring!"She just wrinkles her nose. "You just can't do them, then. I thought you were gonna be a wizard. Real wizards can call down firestorms."You roll your eyes. "Wizards in the books can. I'm not from the books. Creating enough heat for a firestorm to be useful just takes way too much mana. I could make one, I'd just fall asleep right after.""Yeah, yeah." She sticks her tongue out at you. "So. What about this new magic? Are you allowed to tell me?""Allowed?""Yeah. Even I know that sometimes wizards can't tell people about their magic." She says, nodding to herself."It's not that they can't. It's that they don't. That way other wizards can't steal their ideas. And second of all, you're family. Even archmages tell their family about their magic a lot of the time."".. Oh! I almost forgot! Wait here!" She squirrels away, running into the basement- her room. A few seconds later, she springs back, holding a small tablet. In the bottom is a spell crystal."Do you know how to put mana into it yet?""Well... No." She said. "But I kept pestering Mom, and she said I'd have to buy it myself, and I did!""Really? How'd you get the money?""I tutored a bunch of kids." She says, crossing her arms and putting on the air of a genius little sister, and also amazing.Which she is.>?
>>396501How cute.Tell her all about our teleportation adventures!
Yeah, explain how some bitch with tits destroyed our old implement at the tribunal meeting.Oh, I stopped by here earlier. Probably should have said something.
>>396501Ask about her tutoring. And her further education for that matter. Is she being a good girl?
>>396501Damn. You post so quickly.Let's show little sis the teleportation spell. Should be fun.
>>396501>>?"You remember Hermetic magic, that ancient magic that stopped working for the world? I activated it again, only I can use it! I can teleport anywhere!" Muahaha! "Little Sister, get me a coffee and I tell you all about my tribunal. Now, get moving!"
>>396501>Thats a good sister, we have to make sure the masses are educated properly!We can give a small teleport demonstration, but I think we should keep it limited to ourselves.I doubt Mom would take kindly to strange magics being cast by and on her only children.
>>396527>good girl?She can be our apprentice when we make Archmage :).>>396501Also: Get our book, Part II. Mystery!
Oh, did we get to holding up our end of the bargain with Brun's family yet?
>>396548After we finished our thesis.
>>396548It'd be bad for us to give it to them now, since we aren't credited with it until our thesis is done.
>>396535Haa, I like this.
>>396501>small tabletnew email contact gained?>>396344>Nothingness... and not have it return>terrifyingWell, if we 'forget' to select a target location we can kill/vanish people without leaving a body? "Cera! Ceeeeraaaa! I want to show you something...">can't intersect itemsquite happy about that, no accidental death for usCan we contact our local newspaper about their up and coming Local Hero who can Teleport?>>396535kind of agree
>>396548>Not yet. You aren't a magus yet, and the Star Rune/array isn't in it's final state. It's still in alpha, so to speak."So, how is your tutoring going?" You ask, taking your little sister's Implement. You start tapping around. It's pretty limited, since she's not an adult yet, but it's enough to teach her the basics- and to serve as self-defense."It's going really well." She says. "I'm getting the very best marks, and then John was like 'I wish I was as smart as you' and then I started teaching him. Then when he started doing better, his mom paid me! Then she told everybody else's moms about me and next thing I knew I was teaching everybody after school. I have like, fifty ecu now.""Really?" You ask. "You're getting top marks, too?"She crosses her arms, and gives you the biggest, smuggest smirk you've ever seen."I beat your score in the ESTA. Highest in the village. Ever.""What." You say, putting a hand over your heart. You'd already beat everyone when you were twelve. Does the village have a new Testing Queen?!"I totally did." She says."Good job!" You cry, mussing her hair. She wrestles with you a bit, but since you are older, taller, and thus physically superior, she can't stop you! Mwahahaha, now you're the tall one!Eventually, she stops fighting you, and sits there glaring while you push her hair in front of her eyes. Eventually..."Check this out." You say, showing her her implement. You've covered the display in runes."What's that?"You push a bit of mana into the Implement, and in the center of the dining room table... a small, red-and-orange firestorm rains from the ceiling. It's not real fire, it's only light... But she asked for it."Oh, wow!" She says."So." you say. "Do you know what Hermetic magic is?""Uh... I think so? It's the stuff that stopped working.""Well, I figured out how to use it again. I'm the only one who can.""Ooooh. Can you teach me? Maybe when I figure out how to use magic and get really good...""Oh, and you know how I got here?""Did you fly? Tell me you flew. Or did you tame a dragon?""I teleported.""NO WAY." She says.You raise an eyebrow, and twitch your arm.A moment later, you're on the other side of the room."NO WAY." She says again. "That's so cool! Can you go anywhere? Or do you have to have been there before? Can you go to other dimensions and meet aliens, like Krital?">?
>>396595>Not sure, I'm still figuring it out.And ask about Krital as you get the journal.
>>396595>Littlest sister please settle down."I have not found any open space where I can't get to, yet and I haven't tried looking for other dimensions. A responsible mage cares about safety!">nevermind that our implement is so illegal it made Cera salivate.
>>396595I'm still working on it, even though I've obviously gotten far already. But eventually? Why not!
>>396595"Not yet, but I'm still figuring things out. I'm also picking up another journal that mom found today."Is our Dad around?
>>396595>"I, uh...haven't really tried anything that drastic yet. That'd be dangerous, sis! Aren't you worried for your dear older sister?"No wonder Jaz gets along with her imouto so well, if she's the only person actually shorter than us.
How tall is Thad? Cause from the way you described him he comes across as somewhere around 8 or 9 feet tall.
>>396617>He's dead.>Colony of dire wolves.>>396603>You know all about Krital. He's the ancestor who wrote a journal, copied it a bunch, and made your family into laughingstocks because he's a bit of a dork.>>396640>He's somewhere between 6'10 to 7 feet.>You, meanwhile, barely scrape to 5. when you stretch.
>>396595Did anyone else notice that the Imouto's name has not been mentioned?
>>396656>sister nameMust be another flower! Lily, Holly or Daisy!>>396654>dire wolvesSo, a dog as a pet is out, right? Can't imagine wanting one, with that history....
>>396627>>396610>safety >responsibilityThe Truthiness is powerful in us... :)Also: supporting having our sister think us responsible.
>>396683>Domestic pets aren't really common. As in, they don't exist.>When any born creature can be born with a soul, and thus the power of magic and monsterdom and slaughter the breeders, people don't tend to like having animals around.>Shaman magic is all about manipulating monsters and animals, though, so shamans tend to have pets. You think Brun's family breeds wolves, too, but Brun's family is all made out of combat evocation monsters and carry around weapons. A baby frost wolf in a litter isn't a problem for them.
>>396698What about herding? Is that not a thing either then?
>>396698Wait, does that mean no cows, sheep or pigs? Where do people get milk and bacon and wool from?
>>396595Gotta admit, it might sting a touch, but I'm proud of our little sis (who's name I want to know). Genius runs in the family, it seems.>"Whoa, slow down now! In order: It is, I can, I do not, and I haven't tried that yet because it seems suuuuper risky as far as I've determined. But I have to imagine I'll crack that eventually, too!"
>>396709>>396702>There are groups that go out and gather supplies from mostly-wild herds here and there, but they tend to hire packs of monster hunters to come with them. The more hands-off they stay until it's milking/shearing time, the better.>Also, meat tends to come from monsters. Cooking becomes a problem when you've got fire-resistant monsters, but there are ovens designed for that.
"I haven't found anywhere I can't get to, even though I'm still working on it." You say. "But I haven't tried looking for other dimensions. A responsible mage cares about safety!""Of course." She says, rolling her eyes."Aren't you worried for your dear older sister?""Naah." She says. "I know you're badass."You poke her in the ribs."I'm also going to pick up that other journal Mom found today.""She found it in your room." She says. "There was this loud noise, and the ceiling creaked like there was someone up there."Then something dawns in her eyes. "Wait. Was that you? Did you teleport here?""I was, uh, looking for my old Implement." You say. "I needed to defend my thesis on teleportation, and... Well, it's a long story.""You'll have to tell me about it someday.""Probably!" You say. You don't want to tell her that you'd modified your Implement. That kind of thing is dangerous if you don't know what you're doing, and you don't want to inspire her. "But not today. Did you read any of it?""Not yet." She says. "I've been trying to get my Implement working, but I just don't know how. I know I have to put mana in it, and I studied a lot about how to do that, but I still can't do it.""I'll go grab the book real quick, and I'll see if I can help.""Okay!"===You and your sister sit facing eachother.You're shit at this. You've always been shit at this.. Hell, every single human being in the world is shit at this... but it's your adorable sister you're going to help.You well up your inner mana, gathering as much of it as you can. The implements are on the table- nearby, but not too close as to disrupt anything."Close your eyes." You say. "Hold out your hand."She holds her hand out, eyes closed. You carefully reach out, pushing your palm against hers. It's hard- vague, impossible- but you can very vaguely feel her presence, through that. With your magic, with everything you are, you nudge Ishelda's soul with your own.She jumps back, eyes widening. "Wh-what?""That was astral magic, squirt." You say. "What I just poked was your soul. You just have to remember that feeling, and you'll find your magic."She beams. "I think I can figure it out, then. I just need to remember how that feels, right?""Yep!" You say.She nods, and grabs her Implement. From there, she closes her eyes, and focuses.You decide to pull out the journal and read. The front doesn't have the same title- instead it's 'The Amazing Krital Angwaz', but it's obviously his handwriting. You sigh, and decide to puzzle through it.>Continued!
>>396736Waaaait a second...
>>396736Well, presumably she'll have a natural talent for magic too. If it works that way anyway.
>>396721>fire-resistant monsters >ovens designed for that'People, the steak will take longer, got a fire-resistant one today... yeah, I will complain to the butcher tomorrow.' :)>>396736> loud noise So, we can't sneak-teleport places? Good to know.>Implement >put mana in it >helpfamily history in the making, two Archmages in the family would be neat... we should totally start our 'Jasmine Journal - Journey to Greatness' already
I feel a little bad encouraging Kally going after Thod now, even though I know that given it's Samsara Quest and all, such things are probably inevitable.
>>396817Why feel bad? I have no idea what Samsara is.
>>396736->For a moment, I wondered exactly how many nipples they had. Cats have six, right? But these people were humanoid. I wasn't sure. It immediately became my quest find that out; I didn't care about the captain's mission anymore!->Then the part-human thanked me for my help, and we spent some lovely time together. Boy, were her ears ticklish!->Don't worry, descendants! I didn't let her husband kill you before you exist! I threw sand in his eyes, and made a few loud barking sounds! That didn't scare him off, even though he's part cat, so I just ended up climbing a tree until he got board and went away.-You roll your eyes. It's just more of the same. One thing you do notice is that there are particularly strange symbols on the back of some of the pages. Usually where your ancestor ends up in a new world or whatever. It would be particularly entertaining fiction if he was a better writer, but some parts were plainly illegible, and the plot was... meandering. In fact, some of the entries were bound into the book in the wrong order, making it hard to figure out what was when.You couldn't say otherwise or argue against it- your ancestor was a dork. A womanizing, monster hunting dork, but still.The few notes written in the margins were much more interesting, though of dubious...realism.>Through a great many tests and experiments, I have determined. Magic works everywhere. No matter the dimension and no matter the location, the stars stay true! I'd been very worried I might get stranded, when I first started. I'll become an archmage yet!->I learned that you don't need to use a location rune if you have a bit of their blood. I don't know why, but maybe I should stop adding random fluids into my rituals.->Note: Frost Wolf claw in the sunward rune location is bad. Very bad. Do not do. I don't think my hair's color will come back. Also my everything hurts.->I wasn't sure how I'd be able to prove my story, so I decided on writing this thing would be proof enough! Who wouldn't believe me. I couldn't make some of this stuff up.You don't find anything like you did in the first part, which had a functional hermetic spell. A few tips and tricks, if you plan on tinkering more with hermetic magic... and some kind of hint about how the spell you'd found works. Mostly the mention of rune locations and changes made to those runes. Runes in hermetic magic was entirely different than analytical magic- Mostly, where Analytical magic used runes as symbols that gave instructions to the programming, and thus the magic in the spell crystal, Hermetic magic just used random symbols drawn on the ground with no particular rhyme or reason.Then again, 'with no particular rhyme or reason' was a rule for Hermetic magic.That's when you hear a sudden 'YES', and watch a rain of illusory fire pour on your head. You squint over at Ishelda, and she's beaming- the crystal glowing as she feeds mana into it.>?
>>396832It's the cycle of rebirth, basically.>>396835Congrats, sis! That didn't take very long at all. As expected of the sister to this great mage.
>>396832It's not related to the name. It's referencing how Ishelda and Kaliel were lovers in a previous Exaquest.
>>396849Well, their previous incarnations at least. Or I guess it could theoretically be future? Don't think we know yet. >>396835>Administer headpats and praise.
>>396835This guy is gold
>>396835... He's basically a quest character, isn't he?
>>396849>>396860Either way I'm still gonna ship it until it can no longer be shipped. Also, unrelated, I hope we run into some birdfriends eventually, when we explore some mystical dimension.>>396865He sounds remarkably less crazy with Sorceress Quest as context.
>>396835>?"You dare attack an archmage in her own home?!" More hair rubbing which transitions into congratulations.Maybe we can find something in the book which hints at how this guy went on these wild journeys
>>396835>Frost Wolf >hair's colorThanks ancestor for white hair...>dimension :) imagine we bring back some extinct monsters/animals back from a parallel universe, the fame!>location rune >their bloodhuh?>rain of illusory fire >IsheldaDoesn't it usually take time to learn spells and stuff? Wow!
>>396835>descendants >Cats Wut? Can we test our DNA? quickly!>>396876>didn't care about the captain's mission anymoreSo true, didn't realize until you wrote it!
>>396883>>shipping ishelda>She's twelve! Ewww.>Also... didn't Cera mention something about Kally?>>396947>Ishelda was using the spell you'd designed on her implement, not designing her own."You dare attack an archmage in her own home?""I dare!" She says, giggling. You tap your own Implement...And appear right behind her. She looks around, but you sway away, staying out of her field of view. A moment later... You attack! Her hair is a lot like yours- silky and smooth- but she keeps hers long and wild relatively wild, meaning that you can quickly blind her with her own hair."Congratulations, sis!" You say. "That didn't take very long at all. As expected of the sister to this great Mage."She raises an eyebrow. "You're just a goal for me to jump over, Jaz. Remember that. Not like that would be hard with your stature..""Hey!" You muss her hair again. "No short jokes! You're shorter than me! And where'd you learn the word stature anyway?""Thod gave me that one." She says, beaming.You roll your eyes. "Alright. Here's what we're gonna do." You say. "Do you have a book on Analytic magic?""Yep!" She says, holding up your old one. "Kay, then..." You wipe the array on her implement. "Make me a Light spell. Like a flashlight."She huffs. "That sounds like homework.""It is!" You say. "Mostly because I want to read this some more.""Fiiine." She says, and pulls the book open.->But sadly, despite my great swordsmanship, I had to bow to the bigger man. Mostly because he threatened to stab me if I didn't, and he'd taken my sword somehow. Silly twisty sword trick. Anyway, I like having my body in one piece. Two, at maximum, but I aim for one.->I couldn't stand her smug face! But I still had that fish, remember? So I hit her with it. She stood there for a second like she couldn't believe I did that, and the guards were in awe. ->So here I am, in the coluseeum, the bear was huge and red and I think was breathing fire, everybody else jeering and laughing. A moment later, I've swapped myself and the vizier, and I just settled back, draped an arm over the princess, and watched the show. She tried to have me beheaded (again) later, but it was totally worth it. Didn't get a chance to cop a feel, though.-More of the same, as always, but then you actually run into something useful.>Bam! Finished a summoning spell. It's pretty useful. With it, I can summon anything I want from afar. I just need this rune in the sunward location, a terra symbol right between the location rune and Moonward...You have the summoning spell, and he's scrawled out a cheat sheet about 'rune positions'. It's the basics for something useful... Maybe. If you figure it out. There are also the symbols on the back of every time he goes somewhere- as far as you can tell, it's like he's marking out how to get to each world. You start to get a little excited- maybe there's something to this.>?
>>396998>spoilerYou mean the tool customization stuff? I kinda forgot about that, it's interesting though I don't see how that would be related to our discussion. Unless you meat something else, in which case I'm lost!Also, thanks for the age info.Alright, we got ourselves a map! Kinda, sorta. We're gonna have to experiment with this once we're back home.
>>396998Let's do some comparing of his notes and our own. Good point brought up about Kally. Shouldn't we talk to her about that, anons?
>>396998>didn't Cera mention something about Kallyargh, forgot that already: Kally was ready to rat on us! Maybe she was blackmailed... but she helped us learn Implement modding, right? On the fence on this one...>Didn't get a chance to cop a feel, though.What did our great ancestor do with your Teleportation? ...tried to cop a feel here and there... there goes our ancestor worship.>summoning spellYay! Want. Now!>how to get to each world:) steal riches from dimension princess, return, be rich, live the good life>?Research! And short home vacation...
>>397014>mapyeah, pretty cool.>>397040>comparing of his notes and our ownmakes sense!>Kally >talk to herShould do that! "Did you really wanted to help Cera backstab me? Your friend?"
>>396998Copy the cheat sheet and continue reading. Maybe there's a warning at the end. Hello Exa! Nice to hear from you again!
>>397049One thing to note, the way Cera phrased it was like Kally was worried about us and that's why she talked about it. BUT she clearly just said that to have a good explanation for the others at the tribunal - presumably Kally knows or could easily infer that she hates us, so even if she was worried, she wouldn't have talked to Cera about it.So threat/blackmail or actual betrayal are about the only reasonable explanations I could think of.
>>397072>threat/blackmail Yeah, that would explain it - without losing Kally as possible ally later on>or actual betrayalShe's our Implements modding Master though... or maybe to market her customization, like: 'give testimony against the chibi and my father will help you make money from your stuff!'>>397070>continue reading>warning at the endThat would indeed be helpful!>>396998Maybe our ancestor is stuck in another dimension and can only interact with our world via small things, like sending this book through? Hopefully this is the real thing and not sent by Cera/someone to f**** with us... we still don't know where it came from.Also: Our ancestor makes much sense. Not mad at all.
>>397070>It's nice to be back! I'm having a lot of fun. The 3000-character limit is really helping me, and I think my technique's improved.You eventually put the book away, already planning to squeeze it for all the information you can find, and give Ishelda a biiig hug."Lemme go, I'm trying to read." She says, poring over the Implement book. You hug her tighter and spin her around a little. She just holds her book and ignores you. What a trooper."Fine, fine. I was just going to head back to the academy. I have some work to do.""Alright, be safe." She says, giving you a Serious Look. "Don't let monsters bite you. Or Thod. Thod can't bite you either.""Okay, I'll... try to avoid that." You say, trailing off."Oh! Wait!" She says, putting the book aside for a second. "I know you're super busy right now and everything, but if you can teleport, you should take me over there sometime! I want to see the city.""You'll need mom's permission first.""Yeah, I know." She says, sighing. "I'll get it. She can't deny me because of caravans anymore, after all. I just need to stay strong!""And make a flashlight spell.""Aaand make a flashlight spell." Then she's back to the book.You pat her head one last time."Tell mom I love her when she gets home." You say."I will.""I love you too, sis."She nods."Mushy stuff, Jaz."You nod, and cast the spell.A long moment in Nothingness later, you're back in your dorm. Your ears pop, and your Mana's a bit low- teleporting both ways with only a few hours' rest between them is pretty tiring.You do have a large set of notes, now, that you can compare and contrast between. It's not hard work, but it's mind-numbing.But first... You need to talk to someone who might or might not be a friend. It was just an off-hand comment from Cera when she was trying to fuck you over, and you didn't have an opportunity to talk with her since, but... Kally's the only one who might've told her anything.You spy Kally walking out of the Fabrication building, all the way across campus, and tweak your Blink spell just enough to get behind her. After a moment making sure nobody is looking there- you're not sure how public you want your teleportation to be, yet- you cast the spell.Now you just need to figure out what to say.>?
>>397131I'm looking forward to showing Ishy around the city sometime.Anyway, first let's just go see her and not give away anything, make some small-talk, see if she cracks. If she doesn't look like she will, let's just straight-up tell her what Cera said and ask what that was all about.
>>397145This sounds good.
>>397131>Hiya, Kally. Mind chatting a bit about my tribunal?
>>397131"Hey, sup!(Pause for reaction)So, whatcha make of the whole circus the other day with the tribunal and all? Gotta say, I'm hyped! Everything ended up great! Can't say I'm surprised that Cera tried to pull one over on me, though. Jerk.(Pause for reaction)Hm. Actually... thinking about, I'm wondering how she managed that. She's...*barf* skilled, but something's nagging at me...(Pause for faux-consideration)Oh! That stupid line she gave about -I forget what the line is, so just insert it here, sorry!- , that. I'm wondering how she knew to say that, since I didn't tell anyone but a couple of people..."You get the idea.
>>397131"Hi Kally""What have you been up to lately?"*Talk about Cera like she wasn't at all involved.*"The one thing that has me worried is that she knew about my implement. Any idea how she could have known?"If she doesnt talk on her own we can just say Cera is worse than being subtle as we are.>>397173So same basic idea. Nice.
>>397173>>397183>letting her squirmsupporting those.>>397131>teleport>take me over Should test it first with someone we can do without...>long moment in NothingnessThese somehow keep worrying me...
>>397131>Blink spell just enough to get behind hersuper-useful much? We can be the greatest melee fighter too! Blink, punch-in-the-nuts, insta-win!>>397145>showing Ishy around the cityDo we want her to study at the Academy though? Or just look for an Archmage to apprentice her? The Academy seems to be those Adepts who can't find a Master or get a scholarship...
>It's very stormy right now, so there's always the possibility that my computer or internet will die. Just so you folks know. >>397223>How do you think that your ancestor got around the world? He named it the Angwaz Special. Then again, he also called it the Angwaz Special when he jumped out of the dark, or the mud, or camoflague to punch people in the nuts too. Or did it in the middle of a fight.>He probably just named 'punch in the nuts' the Angwaz Special.You stuff your hands into the pockets of your jacket, and lean close to an unaware Kally."Hey, sup!" You call. She jumps and whirls around, a small wand in her hand. "Oh, it's only you." She says, and giggles. "I thought I was being attacked.""I'm sure I could arrange that if you wanted." You say, and she rolls her eyes. "So how've you been?""Got my new implement done!" She says. She holds out the wand. You don't see a display, spell crystal, or anything."I don't get it.""That's because this isn't my implement. It's just an aiming method for my implement." She gestures toward a tablet on her hip. "That way, in a duel, people try and get this little toy out of my hand. I have like three of them. Oh! And watch this!"She taps the implement on her hip- and suddenly, her wand becomes a blazing, flaming sword."This thing's got a lotta heat and a lotta kinetic force. Shaped the edge to be perfect. Like, this thing can almost cut Orichalium. Almost.""That's pretty impressive." You say. Orichalium was the weakest of the three alchemical metals, but most things in the world- other than either clever wizards, overpowered monsters, or greater alchemical metals- couldn't damage it. "Hey, did you hear about that bullshit at my Tribunal?"Kally blinks. "No, I didn't hear anything. You stopped showing up to classes for a while, so I worried until Thod said you were just holed up.""Well, everything went great, but you know that Cera bitch? She took her pops' seat.""Shit. Did she try something?""A few things. It was all bullshit, though." You say. "She ran away with her tail between her huge flesh-stilts and I haven't seen her since.""I've seen her a little bit, but not much." She says. "You think she's been going to classes under invisibility?"You shrug."One thing that does have me worried about is something she tried." You say."What is it?""She knew about my Implement." You say. "Do you have any idea how she could have known?"You watch her closely, trying to look casual. and Kally's lips twitch, slightly."I have no clue. You think she's been stalking you?" She asks. "That would be creepy. Maybe she watches you sleep. She could probably do that. Disintegrate a window, recreate it when she leaves? Eeugh."
>>397254>Aaand forgot the prompt again>?
>>397223Well even if she's not actually gonna study or move here or anything, we should still show her around the place where we're living anon!>>397264Ah, don't try and give me nightmares please. Besides, if she was already doing something like that, I doubt she would be able to resist getting back at me in a more obvious way at some point while I slept after the tribunal.But don't worry, it's not gonna bother me, because I know how she found out!
>>397264>"Did you tell her, Kally?"Well, she doesn't seem to confess due to guilt at least.
"Ah, don't try and give me nightmares please." You say, trying to shake the image of Cera climbing through your window out of your mind. "Besides, if she was already doing something like that, she'd have done something to me while I was asleep.""Yeah, that's a good point." Kally says, wrinkling her nose."But don't worry, it's not gonna bother me. I think I've figured out how she found out.""Hm?" She asks, suddenly very still."Did you tell her, Kally?"She's quiet for a moment."Sorry, Jaz." She says, suddenly calm.You shoot her a withering glare, but she glosses right over it."I'm working toward my future just like you are." She says. "We're friends, but... If I want to get noticed, I need contacts. Cera might be a bitch to you, but she's related to an archmage. My name's not infamous like yours or respected like hers, so I just need to grab someone's coattails and hang on.">?
>>397324And you decided selling out your friend was the best way? At least tell me she promised you a lot of bullshit for it. Something more concrete than 'putting in a good word' or whatever.
>>390600Are you going to drop this quest the same way you drop almost all the others?
>>397324So you're willing to sell your freinds out. Not even for something dire or something important, but just a nebulous chance at what maybe. Desperate AND dumb. Unless you got a contract out in writing Cera wasn't going to do jack shit for you in the first place. Stick to implements Kalley, trying to mess with people is going to get you burned worse than that sword of yours.
>>397324"Look, water under the bridge. Just don't give her ammo and I'll leave you alone and stay out of your way. Deal?"Or"Blackmail, am I wrong?"
>>397324>"So you thought a chance to make a contact was worth potentially fucking over my entire schooling? Fuck, at this point I probably have better contacts than she does anyway - at least mine might actually give you a hand rather than discard you after your usefulness was over."Well that sucks.
>>397372How many quests have Exa dropped exactly?I know he finished Sorc and Near-Future Cyborg, I think he finished Vale but I never read it, he finished Psion however troubled that ended up. I don't think I've kept up with anything Exa's run since that.
>>397392He dropped two, I think. Out of 7 or 8, iirc.
Or we can use our archimage connections as leverage. Honestly they are all good options. Our archimage md her tech skills can possibly synergize well.
>>397324Yeah, well next time you're looking for someone to have your back don't look to me. I mean CERA? She won't have your back either, and it was a stupid idea to think she would.
>>397396We can.Do we have any reason to? Even if we take it 'professionally' rather than personally, what benefit do we get from continuing to associate with someone untrustworthy, much less help them? She's gonna have to prove herself in some way to regain our trust.
>>397324"Thanks for letting me know that you are traitorous snake with no integrity. If your new friend has any intelligence at all, she won't trust you as far as she can throw you." Leave the worthless cunt.
>>397385>>397356Some combination of those and general "You know she's playing you like a fucking violin, right? Cera cares about one person. Cera."
I'm specifically not lashing out because I think it would be better to not give Cera a stronger hold on her. We shove her away, she'll just cling to Cera harder.
(just imagine if we could get away with murdering cera, it would solve so many problems.)
>>397453Anon pls, let's not murder anyone for a petty grudge.
>>397450This. This is truth.
That was stupid of you. Don't burn bridges trying to make new ones.
>>397450You're probably right.She is a cunt though, and we shouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole after this.
Hmmm, some of the journal placements was out of order, and there were odd symbols on the back of some of the pages. Secret code? Secrete code. I bet if you re-arrange things you'd get something neat.
>>397467That said, no, we don't trust her anymore. She might be able to earn that back through a LOT of effort, though, if she wants to.She wants coattails to ride? Think about it long and hard, because we're about to get one hell of a jacket tailored for us.
We should also reduce contact with rathod unless necessary and even then swear him to secrecy.Oh, hey, another point of leverage. Kally and rathod relationship.
>>397500Why would we reduce contact with Rathod? I'm pretty sure he wouldn't do anything similar.
>>397500Let's not leverage anything against Kally. Just cut her off and leave her alone.She still has that whole "illegal mods" thing against us. It's against her too, so she can't just go running off and tattling about it and neither can we.
>>397508Because those two are dating. I'd rather not let afternoon gossip become about Jaz's latest project. And. Cera getting more ammo than /k/
We just have to tell Thod about this, he'll dump her if they are dating.
>>397544I must have missed them actually starting to date, or even Thod returning her interest.
>>397553>>397544Oh yeah. We're going to HAVE to tell Thod about this.Well, that relationship was over before it began.
>>397392>I dropped Mind-eater Quest (which only had one thread), Subject Six, and Azure Quest. I'd finished, in order, Nearfuture Cyborg, Sorceress Quest, Space Cyborg Quest, Vale Quest, Ascent Quest, and FLATLINE. Harrumph Quest and Wizard Quest were one-shots, and also very silly."Was it blackmail?""I'm not going to lie." She says. "No, it wasn't blackmail.""So you thought a chance to make a contact was worth potentially fucking over my entire schooling?" You ask. "At least tell me she promised you a lot of bullshit for it.""She has me making her Implements for the next five years." Kally says. "She was already pretty pleased about my work, and you were... the cherry on the top. This isn't just a promise, or a good word. This is something visible. My work on an archmage's apprentice. On an archmage, even, if she's good enough. That's a huge fucking step up from being a nobody.""... Next time you're looking for someone to have your back, don't look to me." You snap. "I mean, CERA? She won't have your back either, and it was a stupid idea to think she would. She only cares about one person, and that's herself.""Cera's not like that to everybody. Or anybody except you." She says. "Sorry to say it, but she's the big girl on campus. Never heard a bad word about her until you came into the picture. I don't know what her beef with you is, I only used it for my own betterment.""You want coattails to ride?" You ask. "Think about your choices long and hard, because I'm about to get one hell of a jacket made.""With what? Hermetic magic?"With that, you blink away.>Continued!
>>397569As it turns out, mindnumbing work is perfect if you don't want to think about certain traitorous bitches. You find yourself examining the summoning spell as best you can, with your ancestor's notes on one side and your own experiments on the other. Apparently, the experiment where you'd vanished an item into nothingness is what happens if you skip the 'location' glyph. And he'd made the summoning spell by adding certain glyphs to it, so if you want to see what he had before, you just need to remove those glyphs...The result, as you discover, impressive.Two whorls of energy sit at both locations in the Chamber marked A and B, quickly rotating. Just in case, you're sitting behind the blast shield, watching the whorls slowly form, and solidify into two planes.And then, it's like you're looking into a pair of mirrors. Looking into one whorl allows you to see out of the other.Portals.It's a lot less consuming than teleportation, but it's a lot more time-intensive. It takes over a minute to form a single pair, and you don't have the mana to see how many pairs you can make- it's over two, at least. Longer-ranged portals- tested by creating the other end of one pair in your dorm room- take almost two.The rear surface of them feels strange to your touch. They're soft, almost mushy, and when you put enough force on them, the portal seems to 'pop' out of existence. It's almost a weak spot.You don't have enough time for a full battery of tests before Rathod calls you."What's going on?" You snap."Woah, woah." Rathod says. "I was just calling to see what's wrong. All I got was a... very angry text message from you about Kally. What happened?""Kaliel happened." You say, drawling out her name. "That's who told Cera about my Implement. That hypocritical cunt was the one who *taught* me-""Jaz?""What?""Calm down. I'll take you out to dinner, and you can ramble at me then. That way you can calm down, get some real food in you. You've been pretty stressed lately. How does that sound?">?
>>397569>Harrumph QuestSure sounds silly.>>397585Sure, fine. Let's talk at him for a while. Purge our annoyance and maybe get onto lighter stuff. We should mention Ishelda got her magic going!
>>397585>>397599Fuck, I meant fine, if he knows a place. Also ask him if he and Kally are dating.Anons, do you appreciate that Kally was straight?
>>397605>Anons, do you appreciate that Kally was straight?That seems a bit non-sequitur anon? Also I don't think we know anyone's orientation other than Brun/Kally presumably aren't outright gay.
Huh, could you leave the 'current location' blank instead and try and retrieve things from Nothingness?
>>397585Sure, but let's buy something luxurious and split the bill. Jaz should focus on her success and celebrate her progress.
>>397623Dude I meant straight talking
>>397639I don't think anyone could mistake the last update for anything but forthrightness.
>>397627That sounds potentially dangerous. I like it anon.
>>396595Mini firestorm is adorable.
Grudgingly accepted. We should also figure out how to keep Cera busy, no doubt she will be working overtime to screw us over. Let's plan for thatIdea #1: spread a rumor that we are doing something highly illegal and could threaten to harm everyone in the school, when no evidence is found at all, even if Cera tried to plant some. The backlash should explode in her face and destroy her credibility. Idea #2: sextape. It does have the potential to backfire and create a Kardashian.
>>397585Yeah, yeah, sure...just...AUGH!>>397659Eeeeh, I don't want to stoop to her level. Let's just become an archmage and show why Kally doing what she did was a horrible horrible mistake.
>>397659...how would we stage a sextape anon? A: hiding that it's filmed would be tough, B: we can't exactly co-star in it so we'd need to find someone trustworthy to do that deed as well.
>>397677Well...she is attracted to our friend if I am not mistaken. But a sextape is a bad idea. All we have to do is wait in preparation. She will make her move soon. If we prepare in a correct way, we don't need to frame her. Her aggressive nature will frame herself.
>>397627>The 'current location' for the spell is actually set by wherever the spell is cast from. Your ancestor jokingly called it the 'home rune'. It's only by some real Analytical fuckery that you can make it cast 'from' elsewhere. There's no way to make it cast 'from' nowhere, though."... Fine." You say, sighing. "If you know a place.""I do, in fact. My master gave me a voucher... gift card thing. It's supposedly a really expensive place, but he can't eat anyway, so he said I might as well enjoy it.""So you're not treating me, Haron is.""I guess you can consider it that.""Good. I'll dress up, even."Thod snorted. "Sure. As if you'll show up in anything but your jacket.""I can wear my jacket over a cute dress.""Do you even own a cute dress?""... I used to?" You ask. "I think?""That one's probably Ishelda's size by now." He responds. "So it probably still fits.""Just tell me where this place is so I can go there and hit you."===You set down next to the ritzy, classical restaurant... Wearing your jacket. As always.Then you plant a fist in Thod's rib, but he ignores it, as always."Hey." He says. He hasn't dressed up either, but his arm's in the same exact style as all of Haron's golems, so of course they'll let him just waltz in. It's basically a badge. "Hey." Then again, your white hair tends to be too, to people in the know.Regardless, the two of you eventually get a booth somewhere, and you order something exorbitantly expensive. You know what a Ramu is- a fire boar- but you've never had it as food before. You're not even sure how they'd cook it, but it's worth a try."So. She told Ceru that you modded your Implement, even though she's basically guilty of it herself. Just to get ahead.""Basically." You say, miserably."Tch." He says. "I hate people like that. People should get ahead on their own merit and genius. Or hard work, if they're short on genius. Not try to drag themselves forward by stomping on everybody else.">?
>>397670this basically. I don't want to become a monster; show the bitch what's what by becoming an archmage and then, maybe, destroy her emotionally. Then take her under our wing.
Idea #3: intentionally fruitless magic study. If she thinks she has something and she really doesn't, because we send her on a RnD goose chase that will yield no fruit monster what is done we will have effectively sidetracked her and could put her in the same situation she put us in, except she would have no out.only real danger is us getting caught or her not taking the bait.
>>397698Ugh, it wouldn't even be so bad if she just had some integrity. Fucking over some random person? Okay, if she must. Fucking over someone she has both a personal and business-relationship with? That's just rude!Anyway, let's talk about happier things. So I went back home for a bit, and Ishelda's picked up some magic now! Of course, after some help from yours truly. And her test results are spectacular too!
>>397698Say thanks, and ask him what he ordered.
>>397698I kinda pity her a bit. I mean she is willingly chaining herself to the worst person around.
>>397698". . . Why can't you just say something wrong so I can throw something at you?"
>>397698>"Well, not everyone manage to be as forthright and confident as you were when you picked up Haron's patronage. But I agree with your point."Let's focus less on ruining people directly anons, and more on becoming the best and showing them what-for.
Honestly she has the hard work part down pat. The job she did on that doohickey for hermantic projection is top rate and she did it in no-time flat. Worse part is that I lost someone I thought I could call a friend. Don't have many of those.
>>397727Well to be fair, apparently Cera is perfectly nice to everyone who isn't us.
I'm really wondering what the hell is going on there now. That kinda animosity doesn't come from nowhere.
>>397746Who knows. Could be simple extreme jealousy. If it's more than that, we simply don't have the info to deduce it yet I bet.
>>397727Her logic was fucking such...>She's a horrible person to my friend, but not to me! Clearly this person will never betray me!
>>397760Well, that's because we're seeing things from our MC's point of view, and over only a couple sessions.From her POV it's probably more like she's been friendly with both Jaz and Cera for quite a while, even if it's been professional on Cera's side, and Cera has a good reputation WRT professionalism around town. Now there's no defending her move as not being scummy, but from how she presented it, I don't think it was actually risky. It really looks like Cera will keep her word - why wouldn't she? Kally does fine work, did as she asked, and continuing her patronage will separate us from her to boot.
>>397746She did say that her dad discovered his matter destruction/creation while attempting to discover teleportation, so they might consider it to be "their" thing even though they never succeeded at it.
>>397778Because Cera could equally see her being friends with us as a betrayal as well, or could backstab her for failing her.
"It wouldn't even be so bad if she just had some integrity." You say. "I could see fucking over some random person. It's not good, but understandable. But fucking someone over when you have both a personal and business-relationship with? That's just rude.""Yep.""What did you order?""Fire boar." He says. "I've got no clue how they'd cook it, since it's fire-immune, but I'm curious.""Anyway, the worst part is that I lost someone I thought I could call a friend. I don't have many of those.""Don't worry." He says. "You'll meet more friends. And Scholar, she didn't know you very well if she knew what she was missing."You frown at him."Why can't you say something wrong so I can throw something at you?""Uh..." He says, trailing off. "The sky is green?""Thank you." You say, and throw a napkin at him. "Anyway. Let's change to happier things. I went back home for a bit, and Ishelda's picked up some magic now!""That's good." He says. "Ishy's been missing you for a while. Did your mom actually buy her an Implement?""No, she bought it with her own money. Made it by tutoring her classmates. Oh, and her test results are spectacular!""How good?""She did better than I did, when I was her age." You say."You sound proud.""I *am* proud!" You say."Then you should get her a gift of some kind." He says. "That's always good for positive reinforcement."Hmm, maybe... But what would you get her?>?
>>397799That's a good question.How about her own fancy implement? I dunno if that's too early/out of our price-range.
>>397805She really does need to learn the basics first.
>>397799We should get her something magic-y. >>397805But let's not cheapen her saving up money for her own.
>>397799Maybe a low end cellphone so we could keep in touch more easily?
>>397810>>397814That's fair.Well we can see if Rathod/Brun has any ideas. We should get her something fancy at least, in my opinion. And ideally magic-related.
>>397830We could go on a shopping trip and look around various places for good gifts? Take Brun and brush up our wardrobe etc as well? I guess Thod can come too but I imagine like most guys he might not be too enthusiastic about hours of shopping.
>>397830That isn't a bad idea, as long as we stress the fact that we will be busy a lot of the time. Maybe set aside an hour or two a week for her to call?
>>396817Remember Kally sold us out to Cera.
>>397850Yeah, we should make an effort to keep in contact with her regularly. Hear how her progress goes!>>397862That's just reincarnation's fault!
"I should." You say. "A cellphone, maybe?""I'm not sure she'd really use a cellphone much, in the village." Rathod said. "The place is so small that you can basically yell and everyone will hear you.""Yeah, good point." You say. "I should get her something magic-y. Like a bracer for her Implement. But that might be a bit too expensive for me." You did take enough Fabrication to make it, if you get the materials..."If you want to get something really nice for her, I know how you can make some money. Might suck up all your mana, though.""How's that?" You ask."Well, my master buys a lot of Orichalium and Mithril and stuff. Sometimes even Adamantine. Those shipments are serious business, but Archmage Kristoph's all the way in Tark, so my Master loses shipments in the ocean all the time. But if you can stretch a teleport that far, and give him a confirmed shipment once in a while. That way he doesn't need to finance an entire caravan or a few dozen Hunters."You frown. You're not sure if you can stretch a spell that far west.But that might be worth a lot of money, though you know Haron's good for it.>?
>>397899Great, let's!We're gonna buy sis the BEST present.
>>397899"Part of my deal with Haron is that I'll give him three small favors, which were explicitly moving some of his shipments around. So at the very least, that's not going to be making me money until I've already done it a few times."
>>397899Sounds like a good job for portals actually. They are cheaper to form then straight teleportation right? Plus shipping objects back and forth from two set points is something that sorta thing is meant for. Of course to form them it'd probably take a couple hours of work, if not longer.
>>397899Sounds like a good plan to me. At least attempting it. We need to test the limits of our teleportation further anyway. However, as >>397925 points out, we probably won't get paid for it, at least not as much.
"I'm going to have to talk to him myself about that. The process involved for doing something like that would be.... a little different."Let's not give a way our hand yet.
Here is an interesting thought experiment. What happens if you try teleporting while teleporting?
>>397972Xzibit appears and slaps you.
>>397131>Thod can't bite you either.Awww
"Part of my deal with Haron is that I'll give him three small favors." You say. "He did mention moving some of his shipments around. At the very least, that's not going to be making me money until I've already done it a few times."He shrugs. "It's worth a try.""I do have a new trick I might be able to use. I'll need to test the limits before I can try, anyway."The meal arrives, both of you getting identical plates. As it turns out, how they cook it..."This is raw." Rathod says.You shrug, and try it out. It's very chewy, hot, but it also tastes pretty fresh. There's a certain unnatural spice to it too- You can almost taste the magic, and it makes you feel pretty warm for a while. "You can just dig in like that, can't you?" Your friend asks. You just stare up at him like he's being silly."It's not like there are any germs or diseases that can survive being in a Ramu." You say. The side dish is good too, though your mom's made better.Thod pokes at his meal a few times, and decides to give it a try. You just give him a thumbs up."So, you have a new trick?" He asks.You wink. "Secret."