Aug 03, 2021 3:51 AM
Cynthia in Galatea
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Nada.

Another symbol dims, though...

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... Fine then! Cynthia just splays herself out to cover them all, logic be damned!

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He continues giggling, and the symbols continue dimming and lighting up at random.

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"Oh come on, I'm trying things! I'm telling you what I've done that fails to work!" Cynthia steps back and looks towards Kaede. She's still smiling.

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So is he. But also staring at the door.

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Or maybe it wasn't him... But hey. Sure.

Cynthia stares at the door, perhaps some sort of pattern is working... Or at least she can try to follow what Kaede is doing.

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Kaede seems to be doing some staring. Which, of course, would give literally zero information to an enchanter.

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"... Is it like, four pieces? Or like, two pieces of door? Or one big door with the frame involved?"

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"Seems to be something more complicated than that," he says, still staring.

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"Well... It's the only not-wall-thing. It would have to... Go in or out. At least a bit backward to slide open in another way."

Can the door be pulled outward with a bit of stuck earth to yank with? Or more forcibly pushed, likely the same chunk of earth will do more force than Cynthia pushing.

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Nope. It seems to actually be carved out of bedrock directly.

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Cynthia steps back and scratches her head. Click. Cognitive blessing.

Okay, let's try to work this out while Kaede is still staring--

Wait a minute, why is Kaede staring at the door? If it's charged, there isn't any reason to look at it so intensely. Also... If it's 'complicated', how would that even show up to an Enchanter? Let alone, how would an Enchanter change the glow of the symbols after it's charged? It could be a thinking process, but...

Flashback to when they met, spoken by Kaede: "I can do enchanting."

Cynthia's smile goes away, her eyes widen, her hand grasps at her shovel. Oh, haul. Specific wording. Kaede isn't doing the logical thing by being in Teannab to get capital for use in politics, of course a Metamancer who changes their appearance daily would start by going into secret caches of old things... We were talking about Metamancers, and Kaede kept talking about incentives to convince people!

She swallows hard. Okay. Let Kaede open the door, then... Then we talk. I don't really care about Metamancy enough to do anything, but I found this place. If we start fighting, I'm at a huge disadvantage. Let's just relax, try to stay dumb, keep on this blessing, and wait...

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"Interesting blessing, that one."

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Haulhaulhaulhaulhaul.

"Uh, okay? Sure?"

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He smirks, and keeps watching the door. "What did you conclude?"

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If Kaede is actually in my head here, you heard of all that. If Kaede is not...

"No more ideas on how to open the thing."

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"Uh huh."

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Cynthia's eyes go back to normal and her hand stops gripping the shovel (though she keeps her arm alongside her leg). "Can I just say that I really don't want to break the door down? It's rather meaningless to this whole thing, but it's still interesting, and if we learn how to open it, it'd be really cool."

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"Break it down? I'm figuring out how it works."

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"Yeah, I'm just saying... Looks like you're just staring at it though..."

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"And you just used a boosted cognition blessing while I was doing that."

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"And? I'm trying things, I'm switching between a bunch of blessings."

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"Mmhm."

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"Aaaaand you're sitting there staring. No input."

Why am I suddenly being slightly hostile this is notagoodplan.

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"Mmhm."

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