Mar 22, 2019 6:17 PM
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If she were a sorceress, this would be easy. Since she isn't, this might be hard.

But she'd like Merlin to get a faceful of that powder he sent the others to sleep with.

Since he seems perfectly willing to just wander off without harming her if nothing happens, and nothing is the default result if she can't do it, it's pretty safe.

Powder. Face. Go, dammit.
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It goes. Either that or Merlin tired of dragging Hank even sooner than she'd expect; it's pretty anticlimactic either way.

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Kithabel holds her breath, takes the remaining powder from Merlin's person, and inspects him for any other things she might not want him to have.

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He has similar-looking powders in various colors, along with sticks and strings and kitchen implements. There's really no way of telling what's important and what isn't, but Merlin isn't making much use of anything right now.

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Well, she collects it all, because she doesn't know how long this takes to wear off. She sticks her head out the window when she has to inhale, just in case.

Of Hank and Skeeve, Hank is more likely to know what's going on, but Skeeve may be more likely to do something about it. Hmm. She sits near Hank and attempts to wake him up via a combination of shaking and attempts at magic.
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The shaking works first. Hank comes to, and looks around the room.
"That Merlin fellow got me, didn't he. I can hardly believe it."
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"Yes, but I got him back. And took his stuff."

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"Good choice. He's not exactly much of a threat—usually—but he can be slippery. And is still mad about not being Britain's best magician anymore."

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"He wasn't even doing magic, unless the powders were pre-enchanted."

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"I'm glad someone agrees with me. But like I said, most of being a magician is claiming to be one, and he does plenty of that."

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"I noticed." She shoves Skeeve, next.

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He wakes up.

"Do you think you can defeat me that easily? I am SKEEVE! The great and powerful! If you think I can be stopped with a few days' sleep, then— oh, it's you. Hi, Kithabel."
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"Now I want to watch you and Merlin make speeches at each other." she remarks. "Hank, do you have any idea how long the powder lasts if we don't shove him?"

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"Never seen it before. We woke up easily, so probably not long, but you'd have to ask him. Which would defeat the purpose, after all."

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"Do you have something clever to do with him?"

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"Of course." Hank gets up, brushes himself off, and walks to where Merlin's form is occupying the doorway. He knocks loudly on a wall three times, and calls out, "Guards! Restrain him!"

:"It's a great trick, being in charge is, when you can manage it."
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"Looks like fun."

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"So it is. Doing it well is a harder task, but not technically a requirement. Unfortunately. This idiot once held the same position I do, after getting it the same way, and didn't jumpstart thirteen hundred years of technological advancement at all."

Two guards arrive and prop up Merlin between them, keeping a firm grip.
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"I mean, that doesn't sound like an easy thing to come by, the technological advancement."

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"It could happen to anyone. But, yes, the technology specifically isn't the point, so much as the fact that he didn't bother actually doing anything.
I'll give him this, though, at least thinking people exist to be an audience for whoever can plausibly claim to have power is better than thinking they exist as part of the backdrop providing scenery for the people who were born into it."
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"You seem to have some baggage here that I do not fully understand."

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"Very possible. Everywhere here is ruled by kings. Ours is one of the good ones, but when you train someone from birth to believe that the world revolves around them it's a rare person who can manage that."

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"I got along with my local monarchs fine, but then, I was a sorceress when I interacted with them."

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"That would make things easier. If they're as civil to peasants as they are to a sorceress, I'd be surprised."

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"Not that comparing monarchs isn't fun," Skeeve lies, "but were we going to go back to the land of inexplicable lack of problems and weird magic?"

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