Nov 28, 2020 1:25 AM
Daémon Fleet characters dropped on The Untamed
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"Which one would be?"

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"Given the demonstration, probably Teleport or Thief."

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"Thief has a low reputation on the Fleet, too," Iarlaith points out.  "Though Moves didn't carry the same controversy.  Er, at least from the little I've read.  I don't know much about it?" 

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"Moves are always under the person's control whether or not to activate them.  Senses can't be turned off.  

"It's still illegal to use Mind Reader on someone, or for a Rotom to possess someone else's phone, or for a gastly to walk through a wall into a private dwelling, because all of those are things that people can choose not to do."

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That seems like a reasonable enough split, and not one that people always measure up to.  He thinks about the various messes which happen here when someone is merely born related to someone disreputable.  

"Is it possible for you to alter the emotions of others?"

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"No.  It's just a sense.  There are Moves that can enrage or otherwise effect other's emotions.  They aren't singled out.  It's illegal to use them on the unwilling outside of battle, but then again so is Flamethrower."

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"Is it useful?  For telling who is telling the truth, or such?"

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"Not well enough to be considered viable evidence in court.  We don't know what causes a given emotion.  The main use, niche as it is, is to tell when there's someone trapped under rubble or otherwise not visible and in danger."

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Verity is feeling especially protective.  

(Out of her field of vision, Florentho had been cringing slightly into Araeneve's side at the questioning.)

This seems like a good time to point out, out loud, that Araeneve's sense of smell can tell even more about people, and track them from a much longer distance.  

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That doesn't surprise him.  Spiritual dogs have long been prized for their ability to track, and Araeneve resembles one as much as they resemble anything he's ever seen.  

That said, he has another thing he'd wanted to bring up before bringing them to dinner.  

"Oak-guniang, when you were performing the meditation exercise earlier your daemon was also gathering its energy and sending it to you."

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Huh.  She hadn't known that consciously, and hadn't had the chance to speak to Salanaya on it yet.  It doesn't surprise her.  

"Is that okay?"

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"Ordinarily I would advise against it.  Mixing in spiritual energy from sources other than oneself can be dangerous without the proper techniques."

"However, it does appear that your daemons are in fact a part of yourselves.  Merely a part of you which has it's own mind and is physically separate.  The energy that you gather from your daemon is identical to that of your human body."

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"Yes, that's how daemons work."

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"With that being the case, we have no objection to any of you who want to try it.  We will want to keep an especially close eye out for trouble, for as long as you choose to remain under our tutelage.  Just in case.  And do tell us what you intend - the recommended ratio of meditation to sword training will also need to be adjusted."

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She is definitely going to do so!

Less than a day in and she already has an interesting exploit.  Maybe it will be worthwhile for her to do this after all.

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"Is cultivation dangerous?  Assuming nothing unusual is tried."

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"That depends on the method, and the teaching.

"The Jiang, Jin, and Lan sects teach stable and safe paths of the sword.  We have been around for centuries, maintaining our traditions and techniques.  Dangers of fatal qi deviations are vanishingly rare for those under a century old.  Even in the worst cases of ill-suited students, the negative effects are rarely worse than what aging or disease would have done had they not developed golden cores.

"The Nie sect has been around for as long as us, but practice cultivation with sabers.  This intentionally sacrifices stability for power.

"Lesser sects vary in their methods.  As many of them are students which broke off their educations before learning important knowledge, or people who learned out of books of dubious quality, many of their techniques are flawed."

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"Do cultivators not age?"

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"We hold onto our youth longer than the mundane folk.  Far longer, in the case of the powerful.  

"The ideal to which many cultivators aspire is to cultivate to immortality and cease aging entirely."

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"Do many people manage that?"

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"Relatively few.  One must both be unusually powerful and entirely in control of oneself.  That, and survive the various other perils of the world; no one has cultivated to immortality without being a hero who has lived for over a hundred years.  

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In the distance, Florentho is busy chastising Salanaya for doing something dangerous.  She has no idea how cultivation works, and shouldn't be trying things blindly.

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Verity and Araeneve are paying very close attention to the scholar.  Close enough that Araeneve disentangles themself from the daemon conversation to walk over and listen with another set of ears.  

(Iarlaith's Emerimis remains nestled in their mane rather than getting out)

"What is a qi deviation?"

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Hmm.  He has to consider how to explain it.  

"You're aware of how your emotions affect your physical body, and how your physical body affects your emotions?  For instance, people who are hungry are more likely to snap at people, and those who are very scared will find their hearts beating much faster than their level of physical activity will account for.

"Cultivators have enough spiritual energy in their bodies that it acts as a third system which can push and pull on the other two.

"When qi is balanced and regulated, it empowers the body.  A cultivator is stronger and heals faster than a normal human.  We're nearly immune to disease, and only very specific spiritual weapons can leave permanent marks.  

"On the flip side, disordered qi runs rampant in the body.  It causes fevers and muscle spasms, or mood swings and hallucinations.  That is a qi deviation.  If allowed to spiral far enough, it can lead to death."

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"So we'd have to control our emotions?  I haven't noticed people being unusually calm here.  Sect Leader Jiang in particular..."

Azure cuts himself off.  He does try to keep what he senses private.

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