Aug 01, 2021 11:31 PM
in principle I think you should be able to guess the entire premise from the title
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"I am considering it possible that this is some kind of loyalty test and I am being bribed with fabulous wealth and unfamiliar magic to contemplate letting a demon loose in Egorian with the supposed ability to bury it in rubble."

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"I don't really go in for that but I suppose I don't know if you have any way to, like, detect lies."

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"That's a cleric spell. I - yeah, what I should do here is get them to come over and verify your story." She looks terrified, but only for half a second. 

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"If they decide they don't like the look of me then what?"

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"If people aren't supposed to know about apsels then I guess they'll kill us both." She folds up her notebook and tries to wave for her teacher.

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"I'm immortal."

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"I figured, only the Material Plane has mortals."

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"So, I'd bet against them being able to kill me, but I'd rather they didn't kill you either, what's, uh, best practices on that."

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"...why do you have a preference about that at all?"

 

"One minute!" her teacher calls at her across the hall.

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"Call me squeamish," Cam says.

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"Well. I think you should mostly shut up and let me talk, and I'll say that you claim to be an apsel which is a weird kind of demon whose supernatural ability is permanent conjuration, and if apsels aren't previously documented I want to do a research project on them, for the greater glory of Cheliax and of Hell, and you can say what you'd want in exchange for some permanent conjuration, and it should be something - expensive enough that it doesn't feel like there's necessarily a catch, like rare magical creatures or albino gnome slaves or something."

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"Can't be, like, 'the run of the place'?"

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"I mean, you can ask for that, but I doubt they'll go for it."

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"Okay, so as a backup what's on offer, I don't want anything sapient but I could unload a magical animal or object at home."

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"There are probably thousands of magical animals and objects I could get you if you can make spell components. Or if you can't do that but you can - build fortresses and bridges and such. Adventurers tend to like mental and physical enhancement, Rings of Sustenance, spell resistance, bags of holding..."

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"Ooh, mental enhancement sounds fun. I can do fortresses and bridges and such... what sorts of things are spell components?"

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"Diamonds. Also spellsilver. If you can do either of those then I can get you whatever you want."

 

           The teacher walks over, peers at Cam and at the circle. "What kind of demon were you aiming for?"

"I specified magic-user, and didn't otherwise. He says he's an apsel, and that they do permanent conjurations."

            The teacher squints at Cam. "Chaotic Good," he says after a moment, his tone very cold.

"Ah," says Carissa. "That explains some things. Should I kill it?"

           "What things does that explain?"

"Well, why I'd never heard of that kind. And it was very upset about the student who failed to contain his demon."

             "It leaves unexplained how you summoned it."

Carissa's face has gone very blank. "I'm Lawful Evil. You can check."

              "I have. - I'm going to get the priest. Stay here."

Carissa nods.

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"...Good and Evil are magically detectable things?"

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"Yes. Did you also not know that, of course you didn't know that."

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"We are mutually ignorant of so many things about each other. I can do diamonds. I don't know what spellsilver is but I can try if you let me."

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"I think I'm kind of in a lot of trouble but I'm sure someone'll let you. Spellsilver's what we use to make magic items. I have some here -" She reaches into a bag on the floor and pulls out a little vial with oil and a lump of a silvery metal floating in the oil.

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"I can't tell by looking if it's something I can make, I'd have to try it."

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She looks uncertainly over at the door the teacher left through. 

The question is what this is testing, if it's a test. Presumably her obedience. Presumably getting the demon to make a lot of diamonds is failing the test. Of course, if the demon can make a lot of diamonds, then it's not a test at all, it's real, and in that case - she doesn't want to get in trouble - she's already in trouble - being unambitious was always a good way to be more of an asset than a liability but now suddenly a Carissa who's merely a fourth-circle caster is quite expendable in the face of what she's gotten herself into and she needs -

- she reaches for her headband. "This is, to the best of my fairly reliable knowledge, a headband that increases the intelligence of the wearer. I'm not offering anything yet but I'm interested in negotiating a deal in which I give it to you for four Raise Dead grade diamonds and enough spellsilver to make another one, are you potentially interested in a deal along those lines."

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"- yes! I don't know if I can make the spellsilver but I will be happy to try."

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"Is that enough of a specification of how much I want or do you need a weight or something."

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