May 25, 2019 5:43 PM
Karen in River Sparks
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She could probably try to do something about that if she wanted to but decides that she currently doesn't.

And, apparently Karen hadn't already noticed her mageness. That might be a problem, though at least it seems less likely this Karen'd be able to pull off going and telling some Helas on them even she actually wanted to. And it's not like she could probably manage more of the conversation without revealing it (and if Karen'd tried that Look she just did for any other reason apparently it'd either show her or else she'd notice Aye trying blocking it.)

She's not completely sure if this means they're talking out loud now, and also if they're going to need some translation. Relays to Genea so she won't be surprised at her talking out loud, then tries,

"Think I might be some other kind of mage from what you're talking about, because I have no idea what those other two things are. I can see you though."

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Nothing visibly changes in Kakara’s appearance, but she powers up, her mind speeding into overdrive. She’s shocked at Dazarel’s remark, but it surprises her for less than a thousandth of a second. Dazarel can’t maintain this kind of power himself, not after being sealed, so an impossibly quick conversation is out of the question. Still, she has been prepared to carry on multiple conversations at once, and she can get a lot out of latency.

“The sight is a psychic ability?”

 

 

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"Now perhaps you understand its rarity. Psychic abilities come in many forms, innate to the individuals gifted with them. My gifts are telekinesis and external mental effects, and both in grand quantities. Some have internal mental gifts. Some stop time. And others...See."

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"So that's why Grandpa Gohan ordered you to help me. He knew that you were a psychic, so you could teach me the basics!"

She cannot, unfortunately, understand these words. 

"I can't actually understand what you're saying when you speak out loud. I think I can probably pick it up faster than normal, but I can't speak it yet."

Telepathy is significantly harder when only one person can project, but not outright impossible, and even within her Masque Karen has power to burn. The fact that they're close by doesn't hurt, either; fraying can still happen, but it's hardly a major downside.

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If she could hear that conversation she would have no idea what they were talking about, but as it is she just has no idea it happened at all.

Aye can in fact project just fine (someone being in her head is apparently also enough to start that off.)

Oh, sorry about that, wasn't sure which way it worked. I said, I think I might be some other kind of mage from what you're talking about, because I have no idea what those other two things are. I can see you though. 

Don't think my friend can though; should I be doing something about that?

And meanwhile she'll check if she can do translation with whatever Karen is.

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Karen wasn’t including Genea by default, but once she left Aye’s head and became visible she started including them. Picking things up from them is a harder problem, much like it would be without Aye’s spell, but it’s not in principle completely unmanagable. If Aye tries to translate to any of Karen’s languages, she’ll find they share no roots with anything on the planet, but are clearly somewhat interrelated amongst themselves, even if they are split into groups.

“I can receive, sorta, but not easily and its easy to not get anything if its done wrong. If you had a spell that would make hearing from her significantly more convenient.”

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“Indeed he did, and so I plan to do. After that, it will be on you develop your own gift, since I can’t be of much use to you there. I studied with the Kanassans in my youth, but despite my skill with my own gifts, I was unable to pick up anything in Sight. Usually, I can get a bit of use from other abilities, even if they remain impractical; I can produce ice, for example, although not in useful amounts.”

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“That’s more than I thought I’d get.”

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The wards she's put on Genea are definitely not allowing Karen to either talk in her head or project to her. 

Speaking of wards, Karen appears to have some of her own, so translation is in fact not going to work out.

Sorry, I'm not opposed to you talking to my friend directly in principle, but I don't really know you yet and here that's the kind of thing that can be used for some unpleasantness. 

I can probably do a spell? Haven't done anything like it before but I bet I can figure it out. Alternatively or in the meanwhile can just relay. Can also try a spell for her seeing you, if you don't mind? 

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“It’s actually not that hard to make a sheild that can let through  Ki telepathy while still blocking other attacks, but I wouldn’t want to try it myself under less than ideal conditions, either, especially after the day I had. 

“If you had a spell, that’d be convenient.”

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She does not point out that if she doesn't trust someone, trusting them to make a shield against the thing she doesn't trust would be pretty silly.

I can try! 

The seeing might be easier.

Now, or are you gonna be bored if I dive into magic-trying? 

And I'm sorry about your day.

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She doesn’t know what happened; her comment is social niceness without detail. Still, it is nice to hear, to an actually surprising extent.

”Go ahead, I’ll be fine.”

“So, what were you saying about psychics?”

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Dazarel looks faintly disinterested in the proceedings of both conversations.

“Very well.”

“Psychics are people who are blessed with the ability to rewrite the universe with naught but willpower. Through concentration, focus, and mental effort, we will it to be, and it is so. There are, naturally, vast and varied differences  between impeding one’s opponents subtly enough that they cannot notice it and, say, something as simple as lifting a stone... but the underlying principle does not change. You will already be somewhat familiar with this process, since you use it every time you have a vision, so there isn’t any need to cover it in depth. Instead, we’ll have to deal with your particular gifts.”

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“Gifts? As in, plural? I have others?”

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“I doubt it. The Sight of the Kanassans was always a jealous gift. Most psychics can hope for two or three gifts, but almost without exception it consumes the whole of a person’s potential. What it is not, however, is a waste of time.”

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Well, in that case!

She relays to Genea some more and then dives into magic.

She's got some blank metal coin-like things to burn signs into. She plays with one while her mind goes off to the not so physical. Seeing, seeing. Well, this has some overlap with the wall wards that do Beast warnings, and she's sure got in some practice with those. Piece one, find Karen, piece two, hand over information to Genea (note to piece two, in the visual sense and not just in the 'she's over there' sense would be nice.)

She checks in for permission from Genea and works. 

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“And where would we be starting?”

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“Naturally, it’s only convenient that we begin with my own.”

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She glares at him.

“You want me to try and mind control people?”

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“Only to test if you have the gift for external mental effects. There’s no reason to worry. You’ll have no practice with it, even if you do have the gift, so you won’t achieve much. Besides, it would hardly be smart to do it on a mage. There’s no reason for you to need to practice on your new friend.” 

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The glare intensifies.

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“Very well, then.”

There’s the mental version of a sigh.

“We shall begin with simple sensing, once you get near to other people.”

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“Better.”

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She continues to have no access to this conversation!

Seeing, seeing. Conveniently Genea is right there for her to check if it's working. Which, after a bit of time, it is.

She tosses Genea the blank.

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And, now she can consistently see Karen. 

 

 

"Hello."

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