Apr 19, 2019 8:42 AM
A discworld wizard lands on Jackson in Eclipse
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"...you don't have to know somebody to have an opinion about them putting mimes in scorpion pits," Jackson says.

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He shrugs.

"Yeah, but that probably shouldn't have been the first thing you heard about him? If he does get involved?"

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"We're not politically important either," says Jackson.

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He nods and sighs.

"I need to figure out if I can get back at all first."

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"If you can't do it yourself maybe you can hire a mage to learn to do it for you but that'll take years," Jackson says.

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"I'd be surprised if I couldn't, or if the other wizards couldn't when they notice I'm gone, but it's good to have a backup option."

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"How long do you think it'll take you?"

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"I don't know. If I had HEX and the library I'd fairly confident I could do it in a week, but without them it's hard to predict accurately."

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"I guess you can't just use a computer like you can your magic computer, won't have the same programs..."

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"I might be able to, but it would take a while to set up and I'm lacking the reference materials I had when I programmed Hex."

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"What kind of reference materials?"

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"Mostly examples of rituals. I have a handful memorized, but Hex needed hundreds of examples to start being able to understand the underlying patterns."

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"Oh, that makes sense."

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"Has anyone responded to you yet? About buying my magic?"

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Jackson checks. "Uh, Mirai says she gets paid by the megawatt and she'll help you set up your thing to do electricity like she does if it's not too complicated."

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"I would appreciate that."

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"I don't know how you'd mail something that was putting out a lot of heat all the time... She lives all the way in Kansas. Can you make it so it's only hot sometimes?"

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"I could set it to activate when she says a certain word?"

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"Yeah, that'd work, then it can go in the mail."

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"Did she say what object would be best?"

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"No, I can ask, probably not just some random thing we have around, we'll have to get something I bet."

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He nods.

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He writes another email to this effect. The reply is not immediate.

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Ponder asks them if they mind if he starts trying to work on a way back.

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"Nah, go for it," says Brian. "Do you need anything? I'd rather get you things now and not have to be around supervising so you can find paper or the bathroom or whatever."

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