Jun 22, 2021 12:36 PM
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Carissa is summoning a demon.

 

So are fourteen other people; it's a standard class, for new fourth circle wizards. Mostly they've summoned devils but for the sake of thoroughness -- situations might come up where you'd prefer a demon, they're often cheaper to pay and they have different capabilities -- they're going through the other evil outsiders too. Not the neutral ones, and she's not sure why but obviously isn't stupid enough to ask and let on that she's not sure why. 

 

Carissa has been at the top of her class since she was twelve years old, all the lashes on her back are visibly from before her pubescent growth spurt, and she feels very strongly about keeping it that way but it'd be stupid to rush to be the first to get her demon summoned, lest she make a mistake in the wording on the circle she is writing in powdered cold iron.

 

She is instead the second to get her demon summoned. 

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"- hi. Wow, that's fancy. This isn't a movie set, is it? SSA puts out dummy circles for theatrical and cinematic purposes."

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She only understood half of those words which is weird because, not speaking Abyssal at all, she has Tongues up. "Glad you like it. I don't actually need anything, just wait until my instructor comes by and signs off. I guess if you know people who like summons and take pay in, like, puppies, I'm about to be in the market but I'm not expecting much because, demon." He's actually weirdly human-looking, compared to the one the other student got, but probably that doesn't imply any less chaotic. Devils publish their pay scales because law is objectively better than chaos.

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"I know a guy who wants puppies! He's hoping for a Lunar Aired-

- what language is this?"

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"...presumably Abyssal? I've got Tongues up."

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"Pardon?"

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"Since I am using translation magic, I have no idea what language you're speaking. To me it sounds like Avistani and it would even if you were speaking, I dunno, Azlanti."

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"Avistani, got it, okay. And the one you don't speak very well is - is that Abyssal or something else -"

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She flinches. "I got fine marks in it. Infernal."

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"No, yeah, I could probably read a newspaper in it, it's just notably not a comfortable fluency level - and, ah, where the fuck am I, please?"

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"Egorian. Cheliax. ...Avistan," she adds, reading his facial expression. "..planet's Golarion. Plane is Material."

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"Fascinating! And you have summoning classes and everything! What is the nature of the disinformation campaign, I wonder..." He starts reading the circle.

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"I served five years at the Worldwound, you're not gonna convince me that demons are actually friendly and I don't need that circle there at all." One of the devils had tried, but without any real zeal. 

The circle binds him to remain within it, not using magic or supernatural abilities or magic items on his person, until they've negotiated a deal, and to abide by the deal if he agrees to it. Possibly in this culture everything else is negotiated aloud?

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"No, many demons are unfriendly and I would be scolding you if you'd managed to do this without a binding. You were not planning to negotiate a deal, just show me to your teacher?"

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"There's a verbal exam before that part and it's next week. But you're supposed to do a run of summons first so you're not tongue-tied about demons. Which is not a problem I was expecting to have because I served five years at the Worldwound."

 

She waves her hand to try to get the instructor's attention. He is, however, distracted by another student who seems to have messed up stupidly and is now being - eaten? By a bat-thing of some kind? "- ah, shit."

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"- oh my god what the fuck!"

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"Wow, sorry, I bet we're going to be here for an hour." There are cold-iron lines between the apprentices, she's not worried for her safety.

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"Is or is not a fellow being devoured by a bat monster!"

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"That sure does appear to be the case! I guess he fucked up his circle."

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"Shouldn't someone be - doing something -" He twitches, a little, but the circle holds him.

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"I didn't prep combat spells."

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"Why didn't your teacher have something prepared for this? What's the point of doing it in a classroom setting if not to catch - augh - look I have medical quals if you let me I can maybe patch him up if he's still alive -"

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"Probably the teacher thinks it was a very stupid mistake and not one whose consequences he should be protected from? We do have healing on-site. - you're a demon with healing?"

 

Someone has, by now, in fact banished the bat thing. 

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"Is your healing going to be here fast enough - god, how is he breathing -"

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"- do you not see a lot of casters, we're tougher than normal people -"

There are some robed people walking in now; she kneels mid-sentence.

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"Is that the healers."

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