Nov 27, 2020 11:43 PM
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She checked over her preparations one last time.

Her body and soul were as prepared as they were ever going to be, Her qi pulsing with the power of someone at the first stage of the True Realm, what little she could feel of her soul was consistent with everything being slotted into place as it should be, her body's foundation rock solid, with every aesthetic detail correct. But most importantly...

A tiny, infinitesimal fragment of the Law of Life rested inside her Lower Dantian, which was the key to letting her use her qi properly in a world normally bereft of it.

...Though she admitted that things besides pure qi manipulation would require some... additional work, most likely, adapting to what those elements were in the realm she came to rather then the one she was more familiar with. 

Everything was ready. 

The reincarnation system activated, and she was born again in this strange new world. 

 

 

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She's on a stone path along a swift river - beautiful and blue and clear, and the sky has only a few clouds. No signs of pollution. The trees are pines, mostly, and the soil is rich and dark, and the air has a deep, cold bite to it. There's birds calling in the distance, sounds of small wildlife intertwining with a faint noise from some nearby rapids.

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She takes a deep breath in, and takes a moment to sense if there's any 'dragon lines' or spiritual beings around her, and takes in the scene, listening to the chirping of the bird while quietly meditating for a minute before making any choice about where to go from here. 

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No dragon lines or spiritual beings, no.

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She walks down the river, taking a moment to probe the internal structure of the grass and trees with her qi as she walks past beside the path, feet treading lightly against the earth. 

She keeps an eye out for anything notable, letting her spiritual senses run and take in what they may as she strode along. 

Sure, getting to know the basic plants of this world wasn't something likely to be all that valuable, but it would be helpful to check if things looked as they appeared and start learning about the life of this world would be useful for studying how to grow in this place, and it was justification enough to not just run along with a movement technique towards the nearest settlement. 

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None of the plants seem extremely magical. There's something about the sunlight, though, or possibly the air - something diffuse in the soil - this place seems weakly seeped in magic.

The nearest settlement is, fortunately, pretty nearby - there's the sound of a blacksmith, first, then a bit of a stone and wood wall with open gates across the area between the cliffs and the river.

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She hums softly. 

A proper place of magic, then, if not this bit specifically. She takes the time to probe it a little, feeling it out casually and staring up at the sky - qi reinforcing her eyes against the glare - to look at the sun and sky more deeply. 

She reinforces her hearing too, trying to get a sense of the communication going on and enough information on the local language to assimilate it for later usage.

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The sun is a portal into a plane full of magic and not, in fact, a giant ball of fire. The sky contains distant, shadowed magic.

People are mostly sounding a bit worried as they talk. A lot of people are glancing at the skies somewhat more frequently than might be normal.

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She blinks a little, and shrugs her shoulders. It was hardly the most exotic thing she had ever seen. 

She looks over to the settlement, and takes a moment to try to get a general impression of the spiritual strength of those within the city before trying anything. 

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Most people in the village don't seem very spiritually strong, except one woman helping the innkeeper out.

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She walks over to the village, and moves to strike up a conversation with the woman - 'adventurer' types tend to know more about what is going on. 

"Greetings. I've just found this place and I can't help but notice the disturbance. Mind telling me what caused it...?"

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The woman considers her, gaze sharp. Her clothes are normal, not anything that stands out from the surrounding village folk. "What's got people nervous? That'll be the dragon everyone's spreading rumors about. Burned down a town to the south of us, and some people saw it flying overhead a bit back."

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"Sounds troublesome - though I'm surprised you haven't managed to cull them by this point." 

She quirks her head to the side, and thinks for a moment. 

"I'm a warrior myself - I expect I could fight off this dragon, considering the sort of power that one would expect from someone able to ravage a town like this though..." 

She spends a moment slowly gathering power, looking for a reaction before she blurs back and forth a few meters exceeding quickly. If her eyes are sharp enough, she might notice that she's somehow contracting space in order to move that quickly.  

"Would the ability to do what I just did an impressive feat, here?"

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She definitely seems surprised. "It'd be rare - an advanced mage or someone with the Voice, I'd guess. But we don't know how powerful the dragon is - they've all been dead for millennia."

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She hums softly. "Is there any reason to expect that waiting to hunt this dragon would do any good - any force that you could call upon to have a better chance of being able to deal with it? The technique I used is, if needs must, a suprisingly adequate replacement for flight - which should make it fairly good for running away, even against a dragon, and it doesn't seem like there's anything in the immediate vicinity that could help against that sort of thing..."

Actually... She takes a moment to reach out and see if there's any wards or rituals or 'magic items' lying about - there's no reason to not use an asset if they do in fact exist.

 

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"There's rumors of the Dragonborn, but guards have trouble against dragons."

There's some magic items a building down - in two different buildings, actually - and there's two tables that feel magic-like in the inn.

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She blinks a little at the sense of the items, and curses the fact that she doesn't have a good way to track a target established yet. 
"Very well. I shall see if there's anything to gather before going out to deter such attacks." 
She strides out, and examines the two buildings - is there any sort of guild insignia or similar? Any visible descriptions of the purpose of the place? She can probably improvise a method to discern the function, but it's not exactly an exact science when she's so unfamiliar with the principles of this world, so she'd rather not rely on that sort of thing. It's odd to see magic items relatively unattended in a place like this...

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Both places seem to be shops - one's a blacksmith, one a general trader. There's signs out front (featuring a hammer and anvil on the probable blacksmith, and a set of scales on the probable trader).

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She hums softly. She wasn't very inclined to simply robbing them, and she was a little too suspect to go for anything more... direct. If they were simple merchants, then it was unlikely they'd have much of a mandate to help with this sort of thing. 

Still, she pokes her head inside the blacksmith's shop, trying to get a sense of the value of the items inside. 

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It seems to be roughly the kind of quality the local guards are wearing, though it's hard to gauge absolute relative quality when she hasn't seen a bunch of the local arms and armor.

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She checks if there's a sales counter or some display describing the enchantments, and tries to get a sense of the objective quality of them. Getting a good sense of the amount of power should be feasible enough with a bit of looking, though she doesn't know enough about the local magic system to get much more then that, unless it has some sort of function that makes it intuitive to understand when used or there's some visible sign of the function. 

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There's no display, though the blacksmith seems nearby.

It all seems really low power compared to the level of magic kind of just saturating the air and all the people, actually. Definitely significantly less magic than a person contains - maybe a pigeon's worth of magic?

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She tsked slightly. There were probably not even the sort of thing that would do much - at best, they'd be the sort of minor working that anyone who put real effort into the work would get from just trying to saturate it with qi or from doing some simple cooking of one of a thousand spirit herbs that could be found in most places. They might have some minor function improvements but she doubted that it'd be of any real value, especially when she could already do that adequately enough with the basic functions of qi. She strolled out, and checks the trade shop with a resigned certainity that it would be the same sort of situation there. 

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It's broadly similar.

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She sighed. It would be... annoying, to say the least, to deal with this...

She tries to find that woman adventurer again - hopefully she could direct her towards plausible locations for a dragon's den, somewhere she could use her talents around here while waiting for it or something

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The woman is still working in the inn.

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