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Aug 22, 2019 6:01 PM
Actana Silvers summoning people
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"D'you know why more or less likely?

Elemental weaknesses? Differently how? What about if the offspring have offspring?

Do you mind if I scry?"

As it happens, her nails and hair already aren't growing. Her magespark seems to be tolerating this other presence/intrusion for the moment, what with such currently compatible goals, but with a wariness to it.

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"Why some gifts are more or less likely to show up? Some just take more magic than the others."

"The magical species are more vulnerable to a specific element, the opposite element to their own, and resistance to their own element. For Giants, our elemental is metal and our weakness is wood, trying to hurt us with a sharp wooden stick is more effective than with an iron blade."

"Sometimes the gifts lack certain limitations or just performs slightly differently. Like being unable to turn off, or having some sort of unique synergy with another gift."

"What about offspring of offspring? They still are hybrids and subject to similar laws of their blood. Though, at some point it gets too diluted to matter."

"Scry for what?"

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"Take more magic? How does that work?

In this case for what everyone looks like, but I'll probably want to scry something else at some point!"

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"...I am not sure how to explain? A sensory gift will require less magic than the gift to control an element because while they both require magic, one requires more than the other?"

"Ah, you want to scry for the species? Could you do it while somewhat respecting their privacy? What do you need to successfully scry?"

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"No, that part makes sense, I mean, how does them taking more magic give you some of them showing up more often? Is it like, there's only so much magic around every year and if people born early got high magic gifts then people getting born later can't? Or some other thing?

What? Oh, yeah, totally. And I don't need anything, just, if it was going to freak you out I didn't want to suddenly start."

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"I never heard of the time of the year affecting. I think it is just that the magic grows into a gift and it's easier if the gift is smaller? Instead of being a limited thing that everyone shares."

"As loing the scry isn't going to affect anyone else, go ahead."

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"Yeah I totally made that one up, wasn't really a real guess.

So it - succeeds more often?

Nope!"

She raises a hand and water coalesces out of the air and into a thin sheet. After a moment it'll start showing her pictures of various magical races.

"Anything you need scried, while I'm at it?"

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"Could you scry for other worlds? Or relatives of people? I had a brother..."

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"Can't scry worlds you haven't been to, far as we know - people have tried for where our original settlers came from before. Can scry worlds you've been to but not as well as worlds you actually are and it's mostly places in them you've been to a bunch and it gets worse with time. Don't know if I could scry or something and find out about worlds existing, not sure anyone's tried that.

Think I can do relatives, give me a sec here. I'm gonna need to run some magic around and through you, that sound ok or is everyone going to worry I'm stealing your mind?"

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"It's likely to set things off, and I am not particularly hopeful either way."

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"Can't tell if that's a yes or a no."

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Nod.

"If it changes once everyone has ascertained to their satisfaction that I haven't mind-stolen anyone, let me know."

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"I'm sorry," she adds. "We're sorry."

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"We have to be careful. And its okay."

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"Definitely not blaming you."

She lets it be silent for a few moments, then

"More about your world, while they're still on that?"

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"Sure... anything you would like to know?"

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"I mean, I want to know things about your world, but I don't think I know enough about your world to get down to the specifics myself here? 

If someone landed in where I'm from from where my friend is from and somehow hadn't heard of us already, it might occur to them to ask how we run our mage-slave compounds, and isn't going to occur to them to ask who owns outposts without mage towers, even though we don't actually have mage-slave compounds - or mage-slaves - and do have the second thing.

So, you know. Here I am not knowing anything; what can you tell me?"

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"Oh, sorry." He appears to be regaining some composure. "I could tell about how the different species run things? There are only giants, faen and humans political units. There used to be one with dragons and sea serpents, but it fell apart. The other species never got large civilizations of their own."

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"Nothing to be sorry for.

So they - live in the other species' ones? All run around on their own?"

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"Varies, but mostly they live in the other species' territories. Unicorn lack of hands and fairly desirable powers means that they seek and are sought after. Phoenixes and Thunderbirds sometimes make tribes of their own. Dragons tend to be over competitive and not team players and Sea serpents are similar, but more prone to hide among other beings. Also, the different territories are ruled by the mentioned species, but have members of the others. Specially, Faen."

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"'Sought after' in which kind of way exactly?

How come specially Faen?

So what sort of ruling does this look like?"

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"Ah... there had been plenty of cases of unicorn slavery, if that's what you were asking. Though, keeping them happy through cooperation is relatively simple? Or at least simpler than the alternative."

"Faen's powers are either life-related powers or companion powers. They can create companions of other species, the only ones that can do so. Thus, their society already have a place for other beings. It's just that that place is strictly below the Faen themselves."

"The ruling varies per species. And well, it also varies per territory. Faen's nobles usually have command over the laws of their respective territories, though mistreating non-humans is never a good idea for stability. I think humans had a similar model, but with humans on top - their empire is entirely gone and obliterated - and much fewer members of the other species around. Giants do have a nobility, but do a lot of voting and officializing laws in written format - it fits our outlook of learning and improving."

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She has some - subtle, but visible - reactions to mentions of unicorn slavery and of nobility.

I wonder if there's anywhere that's - already learned not to do things like that, she thinks to Aye

...or anywhere where they never did.

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Not really much to say to that. Yeah... Well. Guess we can see how we can do if they go for it.

"What's 'territory' meaning here? 

Why non-humans specifically? Is anyone going to get ideas, if they're used to mistreating humans, since here we are being humans?

What's your voting like?"

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