As the first month of summer comes to a close, Alistair puts all of his belongings into his mage dimension, except a single knife he wears on his belt. He takes the key to his room where he has stayed these last several years down to the buildings owner, and heads out through the city. He leaves the harbor district, and follows the outer ring of the city until he gets to the main road out of the city, and walks until he finds another road out, not wanting to take the obvious path. As he leaves the city, walking past farmhouses and barns instead of through the tight packed streets he had become accustomed to, he slowly relaxes, and begins to look around at his surroundings with interest instead of caution.
Alistair allows the conversation to fall into silence as they walk away from the city. After about an hour of walking, the road they are on branches in two, one about the size of the road as it has been so far, and one more of a path, but clearly still a public road, with a faded sign marking them both.
"So, do you have any preference which way we go? I'm inclined to take the narrower road, but it's less likely to have inns along it and we're more likely to need to stay in someone's barn."
"Narrower works for me. Fewer people to deal with while I'm getting used to this world."
So they take the narrower road. There are more forests and less farms then there were before. After about an hour of walking, Alistair mindlessly gets an apple from, apparently, thin air, and begins to munch on it.
"How did you make that appear?"
Fuck, he didn't even think about it, he could have hidden that if he'd thought about it at all.
"Uh. I. Pulled it out of my." It's probably a bad idea to mislead her further, she's gonna figure it out eventually now. "Mage dimension."
"Mage's get mage energy from a separate dimension and use it to do magic. Stuff can also be put in it and pulled out." She's got to have figured it out by now, but he really doesn't want to actually say the words 'I'm a mage' until he has to.
"Can anyone use mage energy, or only mages?"
"Only mages. That's what makes you a mage." Yeah she's totally figured it out. Fuck. Now he's got to figure out how to explain that he's an illegal mage.
"So chances of me figuring it out are pretty low?"
She's not going to make a fuss about it! He should probably mention the illegal mage thing anyway so she doesn't accidentally turn him in, though.
"I mean, I didn't have it until I got dropped on this world, I could help you feel out if you have one now? Also, the mage council swoops up all the mage kids and it's super illegal to do types of magic other than what they teach, and impossible to learn the magic they teach from anyone not with the mage council."
"Of course they're trying to keep power centered in their own hands."
"How do I tell if I have mage energy?"
"Try putting something into a mage dimension? That's the first thing I did with magic, and I didn't mean to and it isn't technically magic anyway, but just hold something in your hand and want to put it away, or hide it."
She flips a small knife into her hand, focusing on wanting to hide it away.
She tries that.
Alistair feels the mage energy hit him and grabs onto it, attaches it to a nearby plant.
"Awesome! Be more careful when pulling things out of your mage dimension in the future, you got some mage energy with it, and ambient mage energy can fuck things up."
"How do I control it, then?"
"For just pulling things out, make sure you concentrate more on the item and not on the connection to the mage dimension. When actually pulling out mage energy, have an idea of what you want to do ahead of time, and as you pull it out try and tell it to do that thing, so that you direct it before you lose control of it- grabbing control of it once you've already lost it is harder than controlling it in the first place."
She nods, and tries to repeat the trick, this time only wanting the knife itself...
Can she put the knife away even when she's not touching it?
On the ground.