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Feb 23, 2020 9:28 PM
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"...that's a good question." She moves so she isn't touching anyone, turns off her magical senses, then turns them back on and looks at her patient. "In theory, yes. Possibly only if it kills her first, but."

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"I'd want to cast a monitoring diagnostic, regardless. —Viv?"

        "Well, I've survived dying once already," apparently-Viv says with a lightness that doesn't seem quite genuine.

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Cameron starts aligning Perfect Incarnation.

"I'd also want you to," Cameron says to the Doc, then holds out her hand to, 'Viv'.

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Viv takes her hand, and Doc sets about arranging the ritual. A circle of salt, seven candles spaced irregularly along the circumference, a glass bead crushed while incanting. The circle glows dimly gold.

"All right." He offers Cameron his hand.

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That took longer to set up than Cameron expected, but she doesn't complain.

Touching Tegan and the Doc, as well as 'Viv', she murmurs, "Perfect Incarnation!"

And now Viv's cells are once more dependent on magic.

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Viv now has the novel organelles that Cameron first noticed in Doc.

The light in the circle shines brighter, whiter, and shimmers nacreously.

After a few seconds, it becomes clear that the light is gradually fading back to the original gold. The organelles are sending but not receiving energy and information, and the systems connected to them are failing.

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"Put her back. It's not working."

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Cameron shrugs off their touch, shuts down her senses, then starts over again.

The map generated by her reactivated biosense flickers, refusing to stabilize. This has literally never happened before, and there are no more living Puchuu to patch whatever glitch she managed to find in her soul architecture.

"Shit." Cameron grits her teeth and shakes her head as she holds on to Viv's hand. "C'mon..."

 

 

Thankfully, once Viv's body starts to noticeably fail, the conflict or whatever it was resolves. Cameron moves to prop her up for the fifteen seconds it takes to align Perfect Incarnation again.

 

As soon as Viv is once more steady on her feet, Cameron sighs.

"I'm sorry. Whatever's wrong with your magic is beyond me. I don't think I can fix this. Not by myself."

Cameron has one emergency sorcery array that is meant to use the patron bond between her and Eelesia as a carrier wave, but even under ideal conditions it's kind of unreliable. She only has one chance of getting through, and if it doesn't work, that's it.

"Not without... help that I might not even be able to ever reach."

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