Feb 26, 2021 10:19 AM
Changeling falls on Arcbright
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Eva pulls the spearpoint free and tosses it aside, a wand of Cure Serious Wounds appearing in her free hand to seal the wound and make sure it doesn't fester. 

She offers Changeling a hand up. "Sloppy of me," she comments. "Think you could've got me, I got cocky."

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Changeling laughs. She takes the hand up, careful with the sharp points.  "Well now all my surprises are spent and you're still an obvious expert, so I bet you'd win a rematch easy. That was fun, though! That stuff I tagged your arm with should wear off in a couple hours, if you don't just magic it away."

She calls out towards Hannah. "Enjoy the show?"

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Hannah claps enthusiatically. "Nice fight! I agree, Eva was sloppy, she forgot those talons of yours. That throw would have been a sucker shot against most people, but not you. And I'm very entertained. It's rare to see Eva even halfway serious, and she was definitely into it."

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Eva runs a hand through her hair. "Yes, well. Don't you two have a show to get to?"

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Hannah checks her watch. "We've got another hour, but maybe better to chat than spar. I'll get your arm for you." She pulls a wand of Neutralize Poison and zaps Eva.

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"I was totally trying to bait a mistake with that leap, it looks like I can't move but I still can and people fall for it. Still almost got me. Oof..."

She's breathing hard, skin not just warm but hot. She takes deep breaths. "Cooldown time. Yay. I was only in it for a few minutes, at least... What was that about a magic ring...?"

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Eva flashes a ring out of the air. "Ring of Sustenance. Handles food, water and most of sleep. Should help."

She passes it over.

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"Shiny. Sounds expensive, am I returning it?"

On goes the ring. The claws are already softening, so it mostly fits.

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"Consider it a present, it's rare that I meet someone this interesting nowadays."

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"Does that make you two engaged?"

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"No."

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She snickers. "Funny how shiny rocks are still the gold standard for classical romance even these days. This is a nice pad, by the way."

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"We're all just magpies at heart. And thank you, it's all custom. Some bits are Hannah's work, actually; she's faster than me on getting the foundations laid."

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"I should do more architecture and construction type stuff, last time I took a serious look at it was... Forty years ago? And that was mostly a pivot from this hyper-realistic base-building combat sim I was into for a while. I should practice fighting more too. Hell, I should do more of everything. Maybe I should fork since you guys can do it safely."

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"- How old are you, incidentally? I'm a few thousand but a lot of that is parallel - I'm more like five hundred linearly. And forking is possible but expensive, I have a goddess on hand to help me with that. We'd do it for a family friend but you'd owe us one." 

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"One sixty four. I'm part of the first generation that got 'stacked and count myself really lucky for it. I don't want expensive favors. I figure I can probably do custom bodywork for people, there'd be demand for that right? I don't like working much but that was when there weren't really things I both wanted to buy and couldn't afford."

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"Glad to hear you're past your first centennial, that one's a bitch for humans. Not wanting expensive favours is fine; custom bodywork would probably work. Alas, things still run on money here. Is that different where you come from?"

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"Nah, we got money. We also got basic income, most places, or just real good social services. I used to do streaming stuff, gotta love that ad revenue. That and custom bodywork, and," smirk, "Odd jobs."

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"Ah, 'odd jobs.' Always my favorite profession. Glad to hear things are alright for most people. Say, has Hannah mentioned SenseFest?"

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"I figured she'd prefer something a bit more... normal. SenseFest is cool and all but it kind of has the dire cocoa problem."

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"Yeah, nothing too crazy... At first. Devil band is about the right level of crazy. And window shopping, and food. Is dire cocoa, like, brain-meltingly tasty? There's nasty stuff like that back home. Also, I think I found my next research project- Figuring out what this ring is actually doing. Chemically, like. I'm watching my vitals change and it doesn't make any sense and it's kind of amazing?"

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"Nice, you get readouts?" The envy in Eva's voice is palpable. "That's super high end out here, all the biometrics is, like, extra senses which take training to give anything like a precise result. Or bulky annoying monitors. I would pay a lot for that, not to disparage the extra senses but there's only so much training I can transfer if I don't just want a straight-up duplicate of myself." 

She catches herself. "And yeah, Dire Cocoa is brain-meltingly good, we have precision memory editing so it can be safe to eat it and then delete it but sometimes people aren't careful about it. There's a lot of drug use at SenseFest in the designated areas; which, well, tried it didn't like it. Feels cheaty. And technological analysis of magical artifacts is always great; sometimes it just tells us new things about magic and sometimes it renders magic a technology. The line is blurry."

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"I get readouts and also a sort of intuitive understanding of things! My stack- Well, long story, but lots of stuff is designed to manage itself but lots of other stuff talks directly to my cortical stack. Little bundles of, like, sensitive-to-whatever cells that send signals down a nerve that the stack catches. It's sort of like extra senses in the sense that it's using the same surfaces on the cortical stack that bonus senses do, but I also get readouts. Like, I'm about done cooling down - my core temperature shot up during the fight - and for temperature management I have- Well, everything's really twisty and interconnected because biology is wet and messy, right, but I could set a new target core temperature or specifically cool down my left arm or go in and manually start changing which blood vessels ought to constrict. You can-" 

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"Hah! I'm nerding out. Like I thought, dragon form's alright for nerding, but maybe I should shut up, hm?"

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"No, go on, this is fascinating -"

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"We have a show to get to, Eva."

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