Aug 03, 2021 3:13 AM
some dath ilani are more Chaotic than others, but
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At least some god is paying any attention at all.  Keltham would've thought somebody from outside the local reality bent on creating the Industrial Revolution would get more attention than this.

 

Back to his room Keltham goes, thinking even on the short walk of which spells he might need.

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Let's see.  Off the top of his head, he'd want:

- A spell to have a more extended conversation with his lucky new deity.
- A spell that grants more basic knowledge or familiarity with Golarion.
- A spell to increase his own intelligence, if there's some way to do that in a strictly neutral way.
- A spell to talk to Asmodeus directly, or somebody with the ability to negotiate in a binding way on Asmodeus's behalf.
- Any spells that would be helpful for learning to cast his first wizard spells, if he's predicted to get around to doing that later today.
- Spells that make negotiations with other deities, or their servants, actually binding - that seems like it should be a Coordination thing.
- Spells that bind everybody in the room to be honest with each other in a symmetrical way, if that's a thing under Coordination.
- A spell for telling you what the supply-demand balancing price of a good is, or what would be a fair division of gains from a trade.
- Spells that tell you when somebody else is filtering your information, or otherwise behaving in a naughty way for a business partner.
- Spells that make it easier to find the information you need inside books, or for that matter, spells to read from books that aren't inside the local library.

He probably doesn't need to complete this whole list, especially with time being short since dawn already happened.  Hopefully his deity is paying any attention and if not, there's always tomorrow after he's had a chance to look at a list of cleric spells.  How many spells does he get, actually?  Should've asked that.  Hopefully it's just as many as his deity thinks he needs.

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Keltham doesn't know what an 'altar' is, but 'kneeling' did translate.  He's puzzled, but, like, fine whatever's standard this time.  So he gets down on his knees (on the soft bed, which is more comfortable for his knees than the floor).  If anybody's watching, Keltham is apparently praying to the Bed Headboard of Coordination.

Keltham thinks about his common interest with the god of Coordination, his plans to negotiate equity arrangements with Asmodeus or his representatives, being a general outsider to this entire place and having no idea what's going on, and tries to iterate through his mental list of useful spells, but with clear affordances for the deity prioritizing any spells that would be more useful than that.  He also wouldn't mind a regular conversation, for that matter, if this is a good time.

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It most certainly is a good time to -

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NOBODY is allowed to do ANYTHING nondefault to that mortal until Otolmens finishes reporting to Pharasma.

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Otolmens!  Be sensible about this.  Abadar is a fellow Lawful Neutral god.

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Otolmens turned her back for ONE-SIXTH OF A TIME UNIT and when she looked back the mortal had SEVEN CLERIC LEVELS.  From ABADAR.

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That was super irresponsible of Abadar! Asmodeus thinks the weird squirrel should be constrained to only talking to other squirrels who can stop him from doing anything dangerous, and has arranged this, and proposes a rule that they leave the situation as such until they have more information which, again, Asmodeus is working on acquiring and will be willing to trade!

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Otolmens REMEMBERS the last 517 times she has interacted with Asmodeus.  Otolmens is not going to -

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Nethys thinks this arrangement is a TERRIBLE idea.  Why must Otolmens and Asmodeus torment Nethys so?

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- perhaps this is NOT such a bad plan after all.

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Otolmens, Nethys is trying to use reverse psychology on you.

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Otolmens continues to not understand what is the REVERSE of a PSYCHOLOGY.

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Is nobody else bothered by how often the end result of these divine negotiations is all the gods taking a supposedly-privileged null action?  Because it really seems like they should be able to collectively do better than -

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Otolmens sees nothing wrong with doing NOTHING.  Doing nothing is relatively less likely to destroy ALL OF REALITY.  Otolmens wishes that many gods and mortals would do nothing MORE OFTEN.  Except for Pharasma who should STOP IGNORING URGENT REPORTS.

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- still no divine reply, darn it.  But Keltham does think he has some more spells.

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He has

(simplest) Detect Magic, Read Magic, Guidance, Resistance

(more complex) Comprehend Languages, Fairness, Sanctuary, Abadar's Truthtelling X3

(more complex still) Owl's Wisdom, Eagle's Splendour, Greater Detect Magic x2

(yet more complex) Aura Sight, Invisibility Purge, Vision of Hell

(most complex) Spell Immunity, Glimpse of Truth

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...and what can Keltham feel or see or sense, when he introspects on the new door-affordances inside himself, from simplest to most complex?

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He can sense the shape of the spells, and it's - obviously informative, the places where they tuck or weave, but not a language he has any idea how to interpret, yet. It seems like there ought to be a lookup book with diagrams that lets you match spells to meanings.

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Oh that's just wonderful.

 

Keltham hopes his unknown patron realized how little Keltham knew.  He doesn't dare fire off any of these things, obviously, in case his patron had too little information; three-quarters of the wizard spells are for combat.

 

Keltham goes back to Carissa.  "Got some spells.  How do I figure out what they do?  Also, we should clean-zap my clothes at some point."

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"Sure. I can do that now, if you want, but it takes a bit of concentration so it might make sense to wait until you're reading or something again. Hmmm, experienced casters can tell by - not exactly looking, but it's sort of like looking, do you have a sense of structure?"

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"A sense of structure?  Yes.  Any idea whatsoever of what the structure means?  No."

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"I bet one of the priests has a book of all the first-circle cleric spells that describes how they feel different from each other."

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"I think, on the whole, I'd prefer to have my clothes clean before that happens.  Breakfast might not go amiss either.  But after that, yeah, let's check out that book."

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"Sure thing." 

 

This seems to involve a periodic motion like knotting a rope that's not there; she murmurs to herself while she does it. Dust and sweat separate themselves from the clothes. 

This is what ninety-eight percent of Prestidigitations are used for in Golarion and it's known as laundry magic you can also use backwards for some other minor effects.

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