Jul 10, 2020 5:25 AM
Isabella Swan is a high school student who gets struck by a motor vehicle
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Of course, ma'am, that will be three gold after you finish filling out all these forms.  City of residence?  Previous job experiences?  They'd also like to check her Skill set.  Would she like to poke herself using that sword, or use this sterile dagger here?

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She lives in Cowcorn at this address, has a tinplate, and uh "can we skip that? It gets funny results on me and I hate dealing with people's reactions."

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No, ma'am, we cannot skip that.

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"Can you avoid reacting to it very much or telling people who might react very much?"

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"I will obviously need to escalate to higher admin if you have problematic Skills," says the man at the counter.  In a slightly gentler voice, "They have been known to be understanding about circumstances but such things do need monitoring."

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"It's not like that, nothing, uh, problematic."

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"Then there should be no problem!  Blood please?"

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"Are you in fact going to keep it to yourself and not freak out given that you will reveal no problematic Skills?"

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"I'm sorry, but without knowing what freakout-inducer(*) I am about to experience, I cannot say what our policy is on it.  Also, generally speaking, the results of your regular Skill tests will form part of your student record, accessible to senior administrative personnel and any professors with whom you have purchased an Upgraded relationship."

(*) Lit. "a Slime got into my pants"

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"Suppose it is not the case that you have a policy on it."

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"Then it would still be part of your student record.  Ah, if you have Skills one might associate with, say, fugitive royalty - if it is actually that serious, not just for you but for our institution - I could escalate directly to the Chancellor and she could be the only one to look at your Skill record, then seal the problematic portion of the results so that nobody else can see it.  I really would not advise having her called over unless you are very sure it is that serious, however."

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"Look, the problem is that my Skills don't actually show up."

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"Pardon me?"

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"They don't show up. My skill print has lots of question marks and no skills on it even though I can demonstrate the ability to do things, and this makes people freak out, and I hate it, and I'm really sorry if this makes it hard to demonstrate the efficacy of your institution but I can't make the skills show up, and I just want to avoid the freaking out and people treating me like a freak, I'm so tired of it, please work with me here, I can prove it if you want but I don't want it posted in the public square."

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"I see, and I believe I understand.  I will add a strongly worded note to your file that you consider your anomalous Skill report highly confidential and that you do not like the way people react to it when they learn.  However, I do need to verify the matter."  He holds out the dagger again.

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Fingerprick. Drop of blood.

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Man inspects report.  "Thank you for telling me in advance what I'd see here.  It's a lot less freakout-inducing that way.  What Skills do you have?"

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"Obviously it's a little harder to figure out for sure by dead reckoning -" She glances at Haroun.

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"In terms of relevant common Skills, Bella excels at a very wide range of spellcraft but is temporarily low on MP for at least the next few weeks.  It's not much of an exaggeration to say that Bella's current Skills let her learn just about anything from common tier-1 schools; but, at least for the moment, she's strongly restricted in what instant and upkeep costs she can pay.  Hopefully a temporary condition.  No combat Skills that she wouldn't want to just start over from, no relevant crafting Skills that would fit with our methods."

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Hm.  The man makes more notations on his report, then looks up at Bella again.  "That's not going to be an easy initial class schedule for you to work out.  Do you want an appointment with a student advisor in a couple of days, or would you like to pay two silver to upgrade to an immediate appointment with an elite student advisor?"

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"I'll pay for the immediate one."

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Three gold is accepted.  Bella is now officially a Cowcorn student and can attend any class she pleases.

Elite student advisor time!  She's dressed in Adventurer chic, but with an overskirt.

"Hm," she says after a quick perusal of Bella's current brief student file.  "Very interesting!  What's your planned spec?  I'm guessing the Archmagus sequence, from your breadth of magical talents?"

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"Can you tell me what that entails?"

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A slightly puzzled look.  "An Archmagus, also called an Omni-Magus, pursues a wide range of synergies across many higher tiers of magic, such that they must have firm foundations in as many tier-1 schools as possible.  The pathway puts a heavy emphasis on learning speed and mental flexibility, not just breadth of innate talent; not being able to focus all your attention on only a few schools means you had better be able to learn fast.  Being able to make frequent dungeon runs is very helpful for being able to level the Skills quickly enough, as is having sufficient MP to practice spellcasting frequently."

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"That sounds like a good template at least. Can I look at a course catalog?"

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