Aug 22, 2019 6:32 PM
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He'd like to compare healing techniques, especially since that seems to be Raafi's specialty - he suspects the two magics are using entirely different mechanisms and means, but they might still learn something interesting. Can Raafi heal chakra exhaustion, or damage to chakra coils? What about people afflicted by losing control of nature chakra? (Which he digresses to explain - everyone has their own chakra, but it's possible to pull on and channel natural chakra from the environment, which tends to transform you if you do it wrong. The kind he's familiar with turns people into trees, and he's heard of a kind that turns people into stone.) What about blindness and other disabilities specifically related to damaged chakra coils?

There's an assortment of other minor things - can methods used to see through native illusions see through Ertan's? (That's probably under 'do the magic systems even interact.') What happens if they stack local storage magic and foreign - though he's planning to wait on that one until they have interdimensional contact and he can just buy some spare examples to play with.

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He'll have to know more about chakra exhaustion and chakra coils to guess at how his healing will interact with them - if chakra exhaustion is just regular exhaustion from a chakra-related source, he'd expect his magic to handle it fine, including offering at least some degree of protection from it. Losing control of nature chakra sounds fascinating, and he has a couple druid friends who'd be very interested in seeing the results of it. If the magic that does it is weak enough, Break Enchantment (fifth tier) should counter it; if not, they may need to consult a transmutation specialist, though they might get lucky with the druids, too, especially if 'this person is now a walking, talking tree' is an acceptable outcome. And blindness in particular can be healed with a third-tier spell; other disabilities might require stronger or weaker spells, but he'd expect anything of that nature to be covered by Regenerate, which is seventh-tier.

Chakra-sensing will probably let them see through illusions pretty trivially until the illusionists pick up on how it works and design new spells to mimic chakra effects. And experimenting with storage magic ought to wait until there's a specialist available to consult; the local kind seems very safe, but trying to stack Raafi's world's sort tends to rip holes between planes.

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He's not a medic, but chakra exhaustion is when you run low on the chakra in your body, as a result of pushing it outside of yourself to perform techniques. If you were using entirely yin chakra for some reason, it'll have solely mental effects, while if you were using entirely yang chakra, solely physical - fatigue, lack of focus, confusion, disorientation, and lack of executive function are the main yin exhaustion symptoms, and yang exhaustion mimics hypothermia for the most part. Almost all techniques use both yin and yang chakra. Chakra exhaustion can take days to recover from, and severe cases can result in death or permanent disability.

He's not certain the transformations are technically an enchantment any more than calcification diseases are enchantments, but he doesn't know how 'Break Enchantment' would work. But again he's not a specialist; the Sage animals, the Hokage, or one of the friendlier Tailed Beasts - probably Matatabi - would be the ones to talk to. He doesn't expect most people would prefer being an inert tree over being a walking, talking tree, though.

(The Sage animals are particularly intelligent and powerful members of certain summons clans - summons here are animals with sapience, who can use chakra and often grow to great sizes. Sage animals, like Sage humans, have mastered the use of nature chakra. The Tailed Beasts are nine creatures, each significantly more powerful than any human. All nine of them have some territory they claim, and tend to defend it from incursion. The three weakest - Shukaku, Matatabi, and Isobu - are also the only three willing to talk to humans, and therefore the only ones they know the names of, and of those three Matatabi and Shukaku are considered the only ones to actually have a vaguely human-compatible mindset. Shukaku spends all of his time drinking or unconscious. Matatabi will sometimes entertain visitors in her mountains, and Tobirama's spoken to her a few times. She helped him with developing some techniques.)

Blindness is the main disability their current ninja have to deal with, since it afflicts one particular clan. Of course, there's other clans with other tendencies elsewhere.

He'll be cautious with storage magic experimentation, then.

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Chakra exhaustion sounds most like ability damage, which takes a specialized spell to heal but not a costly one, if it heals naturally at that rate. Break Enchantment does counter some effects that aren't ongoing enchantments, though only relatively weak ones. It may be possible to get a spell specifically to handle the transformations, too; he won't know whether that works without trying it, or at least doing a divination on the topic.

Sage animals are interesting - Druids in his world can transform into animals, keeping their minds in the process, and use magic to speak to them; they might be interested in making contact with them.

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He'll see if any of the summons realms express interest in contact, then - usually they're closed to those without contracts, but new magic might open some doors.

They can try the spells on chakra exhaustion, but he's not entirely confident that's at all what's going on. Chakra isn't an ability, it's an energy - more like a pool of water within you, and that pool empties whenever you do things with it. Having more chakra actually makes all techniques harder to use, because it's harder to control the flow. They're unsure why running out has the effects it does, but theories range from 'chakra is essential for physical and mental existence instead of formless chaos' - clearly false if a world without it exists - to 'chakra attaches souls to bodies' to 'chakra arises from the interaction of the soul and the body, and depleting it exposes the attachment points to damage'.

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That sounds more like chakra exhaustion is just plain non-lethal damage, which is even easier to fix; he can try a healing spell on it next time they have a case come up, if he's around for it.

If Tobirama doesn't have any more questions, he'd like to go check out the marketplace next.

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He doesn't; the marketplace is easy to get to from here, just down the road...

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Excellent.

And what's the marketplace like?

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Large and busy - here's where it becomes fairly obvious this town is much more massive than it looks on the street level. The market stretches across several open plazas and through a network of boulevards winding among interwoven parks and trees. Many of the ninja seem to treat the trees and rooftops the same way they would a road. Much of what's on offer seems more geared towards people settling into the town for the first time, with a lot of shops advertising the ability to commission pieces. There's a variety of street food, apparently from multiple different regions and traditions. Tea shops advertise quiet and private booths.

Even the broadest streets and plazas are shaded by networks of branches, and the place seems designed to encourage light breezes - a welcome relief from the muggy heat.

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Oooh.

- too crowded for Ertan, though, obviously. Raafi steers them toward the nearest tea shop.

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It's gently lit, with a clean, simple palette and painted screens acting as mobile separators. The design of the seating area's much like in the inn, low tables and comfortable mats. There's a menu available, with a focus on local teas, imports marked specially. It's quieter inside than it reasonable should be, and someone's playing a stringed instrument.

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He finds them a private table and quietly casts Tongues from a wand for Ertan, then looks over the menu to try to make some suggestions for him; a few things seem familiar enough.

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The food's fairly plain, mostly small sweets, collections of nuts and fruit, and other finger foods. 

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He checks prices and gives Ertan enough beads to stay comfortably for the rest of the day, and then a bit, plus an explanation of what they're worth, and then waits for a server to come over, watching the other tables to see if he can figure out the local convention for summoning one.

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The servers appear if your cups are set at the edge of the table or outside your sitting area, if your tea pot is left with the lid open or upside down, if you set your menu on the edge or outside your sitting area having not previously ordered, or if you're looking around, clearly confused. They deliberately let their footsteps ring out (though softly), wearing hard wooden soled shoes, but make no other sound as they move, and they're apparently highly alert, because no one has to wait particularly long.

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Nicely arranged. He does the thing with the menu.

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And a server promptly appears! She's a teenaged girl, fairly androgynous - which seems to be a fashion in her generation - and dressed in the soft blues this establishment favors as a uniform. She's polite, takes their orders, and is able to explain some of the menu items and customs. She's also clearly holding back some curiosity. 

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He doesn't order for himself, and does offer an explanation - they're from very far away, they had a magical accident that transported them here. He's a sort of professional traveler (and his amusement hints at the incompleteness of this description), but Ertan is a little more out of his element and looking for some peace and quiet right now - do they have a runner who can come find him if anything happens, if he goes to look at the rest of the market?

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Oh sure, that'd be no problem. And peace and quiet they can do!

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Perfect.

He explains where he'll most likely be and takes his leave.

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The market hasn't changed much while he was inside, though the crowds have shifted a bit.

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He casts something to improve his speed, and starts by trying to make enough of a circuit of the place to see what they have, broadly speaking.

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Furniture (most of it meant to be light weight and moved around easily), custom carpentry, rugs, knickknacks, clothing (shawls, robes, belts, socks, shoes, bags...), assorted dried foods (grain, fruit, and fish), assorted fresh foods (fruit, vegetables, and game meat mostly), jewelry, someone doing people's names or favorite phrases or words in highly stylized calligraphy featuring animals and plants, live plants, street food, embroidered or brocaded pillows, books, little clockwork toys, someone's advertising that they can record and play back people's voices - and of course sell the play-back equipment, as well as recordings of popular songs and poems recited by a local performer...

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He's briefly distracted by the clothing, stops for a moment to look at the calligraphy, and lets one of the street-food vendors tempt him into buying something, before he gets to the toys, which he notes the location of before moving on. He stops again at the recording shop, to have a closer look and maybe talk to the vendor; he'll listen to the general spiel before asking questions, though.

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