Jun 23, 2021 8:19 PM
lintalai in arcadia
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"Are they not? Real."

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"I suppose I don't know. It's saddening either way. The poor creatures."

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"Can't you talk to them and find out how real they are?"

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"They seem very friendly, but very unlike the animals from the Prime. Perhaps it's not fair to them to treat them as though they are any less people than the animals of my life- they are more like people, after all. And yet, something seems to be missing."

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"Huh. I've never had any pets so I don't know much about how animals are supposed to be."

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"Perhaps it won't bother anyone but me. I haven't spoken to many others about it."

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"Does this help you decide what you would like to specialize in?"

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"I'm leaning toward xaema but I'd like to hear if Torrig has more of a pitch!"

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"There are lots of things I like that you might not, from the sound of it: punching, running, climbing. The thing that I love most is that I can move my body however I want. I think it, it happens. I can almost fly- not quite, but I can jump farther and higher than anyone I know. That's my pitch."

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"I'm very clumsy. Would learning this make me less clumsy, or would it just be very hard because of it?"

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"It won't matter none. I was slow as all get out, and now I'm faster than anything. It makes you better at moving."

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"If you wish, you can learn some of each, but you will never be able to master any of the specialties as well as if you focused all of your attention there, of course."

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"I'm going to have pretty divided attention anyway with the colony project. So I think some of both if that's all right."

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Nue will want to discuss the curricular details with Hadrol and Torrig later, but for now they can talk through some what beginner xæruh and zodja can do. It will still take a few more lessons before Lintalai sees any obvious progress, but Hadrol and Torrig can demonstrate some of the things she will be able to learn.

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She likes the demonstrations and will move around as directed.

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So far, Lintalai has no noticeable improvements to her balance, but she can learn the moves well enough without practicing them just yet.

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Eventually, Nue declares their lesson for today over.

"Thank you both for coming. We have prepared rooms for you upstairs-"

If Lintalai doesn't need anything else or have questions for them, Nue takes her other teachers into the not-hotel.

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Wizarding proceeds! Daernir wants to show Lintalai what he's learning- so far, it's nothing particularly exciting, but he seems pleased with what he can do. The only one worth showing Lintalai is the cantrip that lets him detect magic. He can show her all the different magical things the wizards are working on.

Look at this cool tether between Arcadia and the Prime Material Plane! It doesn't do anything yet but it looks neat if you can see it.

Look at this coin which came from a Prime world! He can tell it came from a Prime world because there's magic on it that shows it was summoned.

Look at this parchment, which contains notes about how to find previously unknown planes!

Daernir eventually seems to realize this is all less exciting if you can't detect magic, and instead shows her how he can make illusory sounds now- it's not sophisticated enough to play most of the music her everything can play, but he can play a simple tune.

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It's fun even if she can't do it. Oh, her grandfather thinks her food-identifying ability is magic, can he detect that?

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"-no. I can't detect it, which means it's either not magic or only magic from our planes counts. Since you're probably from a different Prime Material than ours. That's really cool because it means there could be lots of kinds of magic! What else that you know about could be magic? Not pocket everythings, right?"

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"Not those, though I guess you could check to be sure. I don't have anything else that seems probably magic, that I know about."

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He checks everything, just to be sure! Lintalai does not contain or wear any magic, except apparently:

"But there is divination magic on your- eyes and ears and nose. Did you get a spell to sense better?"

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"No..."

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"Huh. Is that from your war-gymnast thing? It looks like it makes you better at seeing and hearing and smelling...can you see further than you used to? No, that's not it."

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"It could just be my food-detecting thing? Since I can do it by looking at or smelling or tasting things."

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