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Dec 11, 2019 10:01 AM
L is dropped on on post-apocalyptic Naruto-verse
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Nod.

"...on the topic of decisions, you didn't seem overly concerned about my status at my origin now that you're aware of it. I would find it useful to know if that will continue or if I should be anticipating adjustments."

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"Eh, Rian's the most moral shinobi I know, which means 'the only one whose morals aren't for sale', and even she can get pretty extreme if she's got a goal. We're mercenaries. The samurai are warlords in a fancy hat. Acquiring a country means you must've had some idea what you were doing, though we're not going to be inclined to stick you in charge of any of ours."

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Interesting.

"Nor would my keepers be inclined to permit it. 

And I do not think I have stood accused of not having an idea of what I was doing. Generally quite the opposite."

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"Eh, some warlords are competent at conquering but not ruling."

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"I do not think I have ever stood accused of incompetence in ruling." 

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She snorts. "Arguably bad goals can fall under 'incompetence,' but then it gets so increasingly subjective the measure becomes useless."

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"I would far prefer to preserve the distinction.

I cannot say I would not be more pleased if my keepers had different goals with respect to me, but I would not call them incompetent.

Incompetence is rather frustrating."

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"Definitely."

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Should they continue testing, or is there some other purpose she should put her now-extended abilities to?

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Mariko's heard bits and pieces of what Lee's extended abilities are, but nothing all in one place - some examples would be appreciated.

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Most of the remaining restrictions are on specifics - not much concealing, not much knowledge magic, she can't magically injure and kill people, no spells of pain. And so on. And on power level.

Also if she's setting spells down then depending on the spell she may have to do some of them in a somewhat roundabout way and in pieces and over a longer period of time. (They can't actually fully stop her from setting down some spells but not others - they can stop her from setting down a particular spell or category if she does it all together, but the magic doesn't have a future vision, to know what elements she plans to add in the future, or for that matter vision of what she may already have set down. Her keepers had decided this was sufficiently acceptable because if she's slowed down enough and her power is limited that doesn't give her much more than she could get by just having a different mage do the work.)

Outside of that she can do what she would generally be able to do. It would help if she had more specific questions for describing that - she's never been in a context where people wouldn't know a lot of it, and doesn't have the mental habits for that.

Some examples: healing, sensory work, telekinesis, scrying, wards, translocation, giving objects various properties, truth spells.

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Scrying's going to be most useful for tracking Kaguya, probably, and winning's more important short term.

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She is perfectly happy to help with winning, though being still rather new to the situation doesn't have immediate analysis for how she might best do so.

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Yeah, and it might take them a while to slot her into their own plans, anyways.

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Reasonable.

Do they have worse-case scenario plans they would be willing to inform her of? Obviously that is not something to be worked on immediately, but if a worse-case scenario should come up, it seems more ideal for everyone if she is better set up to coordinate rather than multiple responses colliding. 

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Worst case they can do anything about is Kaguya showing up and attacking all of them. There's evacuation plans Mariko can read Lee in on - also coordination in fights has been tending to take place over telepathy, if Lee feels she has applicable combat skills?

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She would like to be read in on those, yes.

Over telepathy?

She has significantly reduced combat skills at the moment, but she does have very good shielding abilities (and can shield others as well as herself). She also retains the ability to literally physically fight, though she isn't sure how useful that might be in this case.

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Mariko explains; they're for the most part simple enough to be flexible to whatever actually happens.

And some Yamanaka can do projective and receptive telepathy. It's cost-prohibitive outside of emergencies, though.

The shielding might be useful, though they'll have to consider who's the softest and most important target in a situation like that.

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Useful.

...She can also do communicative telepathy, though currently only with another party's active consent, if this would be of use for something.

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Possibly. What's the range?

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"Across the world, I'd have to know someone very, very well. Across a country would take some set-up. Across this compound is fairly trivial."

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"What kind of set-up?"

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"I'm not certain how to describe it. I'd need to do some magical/mental operations in advance. I wouldn't require supplies; I would require the other person's cooperation." There are several potential reasons why her keepers may have left her this ability, from the fact that she could otherwise electronically contact someone or have them do the setup to the fact that with anyone she had known previously she could do this anyway. But she images much of it is that if she did attempt to set up this kind of contact, they would want the information on with whom, later.

Not very relevant now.

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"Do you have a limit on how many people you can connect to, total or at any given time?"

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"At the moment I can't, ah, hold a chatroom. I could usually. Beyond several dozen would not likely be the best of ideas. That would be in the case of 'across the country'; I could contact everyone in this compound if the active consent were in place. 

Our form of telepathy has some usage limitations on amount; I don't know how similar or different from yours this might be."

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