Mar 22, 2019 6:45 PM
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"Well, I was never that good of a thief.

Was sorcery your first choice?"
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"Oh yes. I've wanted to be a sorceress since I was a little girl. I dropped out of school to keep up better. I'm very young to be able to fly already."

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"Is flying rare? If you can levitate things and move them around, you should be able to do the same to yourself.

Either way, congratulations on the young age thing."
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"Flying requires a fair amount of momentum, and you can't get there gradually because if you fail at it during an intermediate step you plummet to the ground and possibly die, so it's considered the cutoff for who's a sorcerer proper versus who just does more magic than most people. I think in some places they use the ability to breathe water as their cutoff."

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"There's really no way to practice it gradually? You could, I don't know, learn to turn floors into soft landing spaces or something. At least if you wanted people to think you were a sorceress before you actually were, but there is no way people don't want that."

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"I'm not sure why someone would want that. Anyway, if you're not already, actually, sorcerer-grade, it's pretty hard to get anything done while falling out of the sky."

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"It matters for...reputation. And business. Though that one might not apply here. I certainly don't stop people from exaggerating my powers.
But if they can't plausibly claim it, then the question might not come up."
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"Some people can fly who aren't sorcerers. If, instead of doing nothing for two days, I did nothing but fly for a week, I would no longer be able to pull cute tricks with the lightning," (BOOM) "but I would still have specialist-grade momentum for flight in particular."

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"If you have to keep up doing a variety of things, then I see why there aren't more sorceresses. Between the low number of people interested in magic in the first place, the number who'd give up sleeping for it, and the number who prefer sticking to a few things they're good at, I'm almost surprised there are any."

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"I do sleep. Just not for eight hours at a time. It's possible to be a sorcerer while sleeping normally - but not while sleeping in."

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"Sleeping in is one of the great joys of life. You should— definitely not try it sometime."

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"Coffee's a joy too."

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"Coffee is a necessary evil and I can't imagine anyone thinking otherwise short of having their mind magicked. No accounting for tastes, I suppose."

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"I like it with chocolate in."

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"My coffee-drinking friend has food preferences that range from 'eat it before it crawls out of the bowl' to 'restaurants required by law to be mobile so nobody has to permanently deal with the stench.' He assured me coffee is palatable for humans. The taste was exactly what I was expecting.

Chocolate could make the difference, but it's not literally magic."
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"Do you want a cup of sorcerous coffee?"

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"No, thank you. I would more easily believe that you are a different species from me with different tastes than that there is that much variation in things called coffee."

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"Okay. So what are you planning to do while you're in this dimension?"

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"No idea, really. I was aiming for another dimension entirely, for a court function I very much don't mind missing. Ordinarily I'd ask around for whether anyone needs a magician, but you seem to have that market covered."

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"I mean, you seem to handle political problems that sorcerers mostly avoid. I'll be called in if there's a flood or a fire or blight, I'll stop an earthquake if one troubles the area, that sort of thing, if there were an army attacking I'd probably protect civilians rather than engage in combat. Sorcerers fighting can't end well, and we'd be staking our momentum on our ability to make it out conscious."

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"Political is a fair way of describing it. Are there any kingdoms that need stabilizing, or the reverse for that matter? Walking into places with a goal and no information is what I do best."

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"...That sounds like a strategy that will not keep working forever."

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"You'd think that, wouldn't you. And yet, it keeps working. Would probably be easier here than most places, since people will assume flying means omnipotence and won't have sorcerous bodyguards all the time."

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"No, but politically important people in general have the ability to call a sorcerer over on short notice, because they're likely to notice problems that could benefit from attention, and we're always looking for things that could benefit from attention."

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"That's a complication, but not an insurmountable one.
Are there political problems that need a magician? I'd imagine that with this much magic flying around fixing things there are correspondingly fewer negative effects from that sort of problems."
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