Feb 16, 2019 7:17 PM
Margaret in Medallion
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"...okay."

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"Yeah, sorry, I didn't really think about how to take the durability enchantment off. I should start on a disenchantment spell."

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"I mean, it probably won't matter most of the time."

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"Probably not, most things if I want them to be durable I'll want them to be durable for a long time, but there are lots of ways I could end up with something enchanted that I would rather not have enchanted forever and don't want to damage to get it disenchanted. So a counterspell would be a good thing to have."

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"That makes sense."

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"Yeah. I'm going to go home and get some sleep; I'll start on the counterspell tomorrow."

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"See you later," says Brenda, and, impulsively, she tips forward to hug her.

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Hug! How nice.

"See you!" She scampers off home.

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The next day she gets enough homework that she hardly has time to think about the counterspell diagram, but the day after she starts with "control" and "reverse" and starts cancelling.

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Brenda writes to say that she has a site design outlined, here's a screenshot, it can go up when there's any stuff to list for sale and they can pay for hosting.

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Margaret writes back that the screenshot looks awesome, and works on writing copy for the site in between working on the incantation during the two-day breaks between safety checks. She doesn't get all the lines and rune positionings of the counterspell to a place she's satisfied with within the next week, but she does get the incantation done and the site copy written. The incantation goes something like "Remove all magic from this item, leave it ordinary and without power." The site copy says that she is selling custom rings of invisibility for $800, with durability and a warranty for another $200, and that anyone interested should put their preferred semiprecious stone and wire types in the form and PayPal the money to enchanted_jewelry@hotmail.

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Brenda writes:

I can also do custom styles, I can put up pictures of some I've done before so people can be like "that one but with malachite" or whatever, and tell me if they want jewelry to go on a different body part?
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That would be totally awesome!

She adjusts the copy to take this into account.

She also finishes the disenchantment diagram, and tests it on a generic glowing pebble. Speaking of which, is her first ever glowing pebble still doing its kryptonite impression in her desk drawer?

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Yes it is.

Maybe a little dimmer.

Her disenchantment works.

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If her enchantments wear off in a matter of months, that's a problem. Maybe it'll help that the rings won't be on all the time. Or maybe it's like light bulbs, where turning them on and off makes them wear out faster. She enchants one rock to glow, and two more rocks to start and stop glowing on keywords, and spends dozens of hours over several days turning rock number two on and off several thousand times while reading a book. Rock number three sits around being turned off.

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It appears to help when something is on less, at least in terms of rock luminosity.

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She tweaks the website to say that if the enchantment stops working any time in the first two years you can send it back and get it re-enchanted for free. Probably nobody is going to want to be invisible 24/7, but if they do she will endeavor to let them. Did the rock that was getting turned on and off a lot fare better or worse than the one that was on all the time?

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On all the time is dimmer than off-and-on.

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That's good. She eventually remembers to email Brenda:

I have disenchantment working; if you want me to disenchant that ring so you can recycle the stone you can bring it to game this week. Or did you get anywhere on disassembling it as-is?

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It won't budge. Can I ask a Nemean I know for help?
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Go ahead; I'd love to learn more about how it holds up to various stresses.

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I mean can I explain to her where it's from?
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She takes a bit to respond, but eventually says,

Yeah, you can. Keeping it a secret is kind of silly; it's not like runecasting is a crime. I just sort of got into the habit of hiding my interest because I didn't want people telling me I shouldn't try to learn it. But if I'm going to be selling things I should relax about it.

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She bent the wire enough to get the rock out and once it popped the wire was geeshed into something like a souvenir penny. Nemeans! I'm coming up with a design that'll hide the scratches now.
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Wow! I whacked that thing with a hammer and the hammer got the worst of it. Note to self, don't mess with Nemeans ever. I kind of want to see the mashed wire if you didn't throw it out. And the new ring design, when it's done; I bet it'll be clever :).

How are the rings for you and your grandmother coming? And does your grandmother in fact want one?

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