Jul 06, 2020 12:27 PM
Belmarniss in Fullmetal Alchemist
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"Yeah; some regions manage higher crime rates but that's more 'frequent theft' than 'frequent violence.'"

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"It's not traditionally a crime-related thing - well, sometimes it is, I've done jobs catching pirates, but mostly the fights are with monsters."

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"Monsters?"

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"Dangerous animals or extremely antisocial people who are shaped more like animals than like you or me? It's not an especially principled class of entity but it comes up a lot in my line of work."

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"There's. Uh. Bears? Those usually leave humans alone, though."

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"Bears are a very minor grade of monster if one counts them as one at all."

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"Our world's very different there, then."

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"It seems like it, yeah. It's possible I'll never make it home at all."

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"Alchemy might be able to get you home, too, if moving between worlds is possible in the first place - it should just be transferring energy and matter and information..."

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"And magic. I don't want to start over at wizardry or see what happens when the magic I was born with is gone. You have no experimental subjects available, either."

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"That's the big problem, yeah, and - there's problems, with just using a philosopher's stone to compensate for all areas we're lacking."

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"It's possible my insurance company or one of my friends will find me eventually."

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"That'd be really nice, yeah."

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"And then ongoing contact is just a matter of funding the spells, probably."

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"And alchemists are really good at producing and refining valuable materials."

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"I'm not sure alchemical diamonds and so on will work for the most high demand applications, but I guess it could at least cut competition with the jewelry market."

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"Depends on what's important about diamonds, I guess?"

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"Items conjured with our magic can't be used as spell components. I don't know if alchemy is different enough."

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"It'll be something to test, if nothing else - do any of your current spells use spell components?"

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"Expensive ones," she clarifies. "The cheap stuff I know how to skip. Rite of the Centered Mind wants incense. I'm out of it so I don't have a sample to copy, though."

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"Expensive might mean something different, here. I can make diamonds out of fireplace ash."

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"Diamonds are expensive there but I don't currently know any spells that call for them, just the incense one."

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"Does any incense work, or just a specific kind?"

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"It has to be relaxing? I usually buy it in component shops so they have the right kind without me having to know the details."

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"Is it easy to experiment with using different kinds?"

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