Dec 16, 2019 8:33 AM
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"So you haven't done any more of that while you were waiting?"

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"I figured far-scrying would be a good lesson for you to learn."

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"What's the trick?"

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"It's easier with a reflective surface. A mirror, or a still pool. There's one we passed, though."

And, on the way to it, she explains first how to project your desire into your medium, so it becomes a receptacle and reflection of that desire, and how to correctly shape a desire for scrying on someone.

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Then when they reach the pool, Shade will attempt to scry the associate of the man she wants to kill. To find whose going to lead her one step closer.

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She gets a watery image after some trying.

The man seems to currently live in a tent, rich wall hangings surrounding him and numerous rugs beneath his feet.

It's hard to make out much more, and the image is still, lifeless.

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She needs better than that. This won't lead her anywhere if she can't see. She loops her frustration into the magic.

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That gets her a soundless view - but it's clearer, and continual. The man appears to be conducting some private ritual involving incense and chants, though there's no sound.

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Can the Yew Queen see this?

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Yes.

"Seems to be one of their religious rituals - humans have some quite fascinating beliefs in things not entirely provable to be true, and they believe there's higher powers whose favor can be brought with appropriate sacrifices."

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"Is there any actual power in it?"

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"I haven't been able to figure that one out!"

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"Hmm."

She wants to pull back to a broader view of his surroundings.

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That's harder, but eventually she'll get an encampment of a number of tents - about ten easily visible - on some kind of low plain. Pulling back farther is hard, but it seems to be past the foothills in the mountain range's rain shadow.

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"So he'll have friends with him."

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"Perhaps! Or perhaps we can set a trap for him, or ambush him at a choice moment..."

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"We'll need to observe for longer to figure out patterns of movement."

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"Likely so, and we're not set up for a portable scry. Still, many communities are prone to scattering when they hear our horns, if you wish a louder approach."

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"I prefer to keep this hunt quiet, as much as we can."

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"Very well. That changes some of the mechanics - and will make certain people less likely to ride along. Still, a silent hunt will be an interesting challenge."

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"Somewhat a change from your usual approach."

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"It's good to shake things up, now and again."

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"Are you suspicious of me?" she asks after a moment, tilting her head a bit.

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"A little. Wouldn't you be?"

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