Aug 22, 2019 6:56 PM
a handful of browns in Naruto
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"Yes." He straightens. "I noticed an irregularity with your chakra signature, forty minutes past, which lasted approximately twenty minutes."

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"I would have been - ah. My storage magic is different than the local sort; I have to go inside it if I want to get things out."

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He nods. "That does match," he says, somewhat wry. "I wanted to ensure nothing was wrong." He tilts his head, but can't really formulate a not-potentially-offensive request to learn, and his brother's cried at him about being the least diplomatic person in Konoha enough times already today.

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"No, everything's fine. Interesting trading opportunities. And we got to talking about magic, a little - it turns out I can do a few things you can't do here at all; we should probably discuss it privately."

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He nods, and turns and thanks the proprietor for her patience, then: "For true privacy, that would be my office."

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"That's fine."

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He nods, and offers to lead the way - he's free right now, and on and off most of tonight.

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Yes, that's fine. (He spends the walk over talking to Ertan, making sure he's doing all right and there isn't anything he needs. He does seem to be doing okay; the time spent with the traders was reassuring.)

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His office is plain, though of a good size, walls covered in shelves full of scrolls, large desk covered in neat stacks of paper. Another copy of him is diligently working. It's perfectly quiet inside, the air feeling almost muffled.

"I'd need to test it against your home's magic, but this room is warded against espionage methods known to us," Tobirama comments. "You wished to talk?"

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He nods. "So, I mentioned I can heal anything but old age - that includes death, if it's recent enough and the remains are available."

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His focus seems more intense than earlier. "What would you ask for it?"

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"The main cost is the offering to the god granting the spell - a hundred thousand simple beads' worth of diamonds, traditionally, though a different offering of equal value will usually work; it's destroyed in the process. The standard spellcasting fee for a spell of that tier, cast by a cleric of my experience, is ten thousand five hundred simple beads; that may be negotiable depending on the situation, and I'll want to know enough about the situation to be comfortable with it."

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He pauses, then: "That's an expense Konoha can afford. If you or someone with similar magic is offering more than once: we'll likely restrict government aid to one per clan, and to a test case. A test case would likely be a Yamanaka with a well known mental profile, who can easily be tested for side effects and tampering. After that: I would prioritize people unlikely to destabilize the peace, with skills useful to the village, for any subsidized resurrection, but the ultimate call would be in the Hokage's hands."

He seems to be hesitating, then: "If you or those from your home are unwilling to resurrect potential assets - every clan lost children in the war, primarily under the leadership of the generation prior to mine, if 'twenty to thirty years' is recent enough."

He wouldn't even bother with government aid for any, but he's aware the Hokage paying for an Uchiha resurrection - especially one of Madara's brothers - would go a long way to stabilizing the peace, and that the office can't be seen to show favorites.

"Of course, it's a different situation for a one-off. Likely, in that case we'd favor whichever resurrection most enables peace."

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He nods. "I don't think we'll be staying very long; Ertan wants to get home. But I can prepare it three times a day, and restore anyone who's died in the last century and a half."

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"How intact do remains need to be?"

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"Not at all; dust from disintegration or ashes from cremation work fine. I should mention that there's a bit of skill loss for resurrected people; nothing that can't be regained, usually, though in children it sometimes manifests as a permanent loss of endurance instead."

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"I'll pass on the warning. - One of our clans cremates their dead, and I'm unsure if they keep the ashes, but they do keep the eyes." Which is a fascinating custom, never mind that everyone else seems to think it's creepy. "Are parts enough? Will it complicate matters if a part that originally belonged to a to-be-resurrected person was transplanted into someone living, and then used for the resurrection?"

He'd rather Madara not put his brother Izuna back without some serious thought, given Izuna's opposition to the peace treaty, but he recognizes that'd likely be the most effective peace offering. Unfortunately, the only known piece of Izuna currently resides in Madara's skull.

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"Parts are fine," he nods. "I'm not sure about transplants, but I should be able to find out with a divination spell."

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"It'd be useful, yes, if it worked. You said your spells require preparation?"

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He nods. "And a transplant might need another spell or two to be a suitable focus - if we had more time, I'd want to try multiple divinations, to figure out which ones are necessary, but as is -" he considers. "The first thing to do would be a turning, which will destroy it if it's actively undead but yield useable dust. If that doesn't do anything, I'd expect Purify Food and Drink to handle any physical problems and Dispel Magic to cover any magical effects - possibly Greater Dispel, if that seems necessary. I can cast the divination before any of those, though; it might tell me what exactly is needed, and should at least tell me if the whole course will work."

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"Would the soonest you could do anything be tomorrow, then?"

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"I can try the turning today, if you want to see progress, but the rest will need to wait until tomorrow, yes. And I do want to know more about the situation."

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"We'd rather the divination first, and the proof of concept of the resurrection. If the limit is three people - the first will be the test case. Once a person is chosen I can provide you their profile. The second will most likely be one Uchiha Izuna, though the clan might choose someone else. Izuna was the clan head's younger brother during the wars; one of the major obstacles to a peace treaty between the Uchiha and Senju was his death on the battlefield. Returning him would be mostly symbolic, though I'd ask for a guarantee from the Uchiha that he wouldn't cause problems first. If they believe he would, I would still allow their clan the first non-test resurrection, just of someone else. The third slot will be up to the Hokage; since we can't show favoritism, and the Hokage is Senju, it's unlikely to go to someone from my clan. Likely, the Shimura-Sarutobi faction will be allowed their pick, since the Yamanaka could count for themselves and their allied clans, and that would cover three of the first four factions to join - the fourth being the Senju."

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"That sounds sensible. And it might be possible to talk Ertan into staying for another day or two; I haven't taken the time to talk to him about it yet."

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He nods. "We'd appreciate it, certainly, or at least some method of getting into contact with others with your powers."

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