Sep 22, 2021 4:54 PM
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> I live in Seattle, but I can fly so I go all over!

she says.

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>Cool! I live in upstate New York, where do you want to meet up?

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> Come by the Seattle chapter and ask for me! If you can't pronounce Shi Qingxuan I also accept Debbie!

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>I've been studying Mandarin since I got my magic, I couldn't hold a conversation but if you tell me the tones I can probably pronounce your name!

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> 1 1 4!

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She sends a thumbs-up emoji and a smiley face. 

Before heading to Seattle, she goes to her final class, Using Your Powers. 

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She might not be able to imitate special unusual powers of other magical girls without going way over her energy budget; it's more efficient to use your own power. But some things are low-effort enough to be available to everyone, like telekinesis, healing (of oneself and others), doing the energy bolts thing and the jumping around on shaped force in midair thing, and generally being especially strong and graceful and fast. She should never get more than a hundred meters from her bauble/ring/ornament, no matter what; this will render her catatonic and deplete her magic quickly. Most magical girls can summon a weapon, in addition to whatever their particular power is. It is not, despite popular myth, the case that all such weapons are equally effective in fighting monsters, and if you get a dud - or don't get one at all - then you should buy, like, a gun or a bunch of them, or a sword or something, and then boost it with magic.

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Rhonda would like some examples of particularly good and bad weapons?

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If you have a small knife, you are going to get shanked by something with more reach than you. If you have a gun, that's better, swords are traditional and work well for people who are good witht them, this person in particular has a spear and is pro-spear.

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Do ranged weapons come with free ammo?

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Sometimes they do, sometimes they're limited-shot per and you have to conjure lots of them. They don't appear in the form "useless until you add a few pounds of whatever they have at the gun shop" though.

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Good to know. 

Unless someone else indicates otherwise Rhonda is going to assume they should NOT try to summon their weapons in class to find out what they are. She will wait until afterwards to do so even if this means asking less precisely useful questions. She does ask the question about recommendations for further research again, though. 

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They are actually invited to summon their weapons here but this does cost some magic so she didn't want to assume everyone would want to.

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She wants to know before meeting her sponsor. 

She summons her weapon. It is, in her opinion, an incredibly cool-looking saber. 

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In that case she can recommend specific books (there are the old Chinese variety, by a Mu Qing) and websites about sabers!

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Hooray. 

Rhonda is very cheerful when she teleports to in front of the Seattle chapter and asks for Shī Qīngxuán.

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Shi Qingxuan is easily found by the first person Rhonda asks! She bounces out of the magical resource center cheerfully in her white and baby-blue dress, which is unspeakably frilly. "Hi! You're Rhonda?"

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"Hi! Yes I am! Your dress is really cute!"

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"Yours too, I like the dragons! White and blue, black and red, frilly with sleek, we'll look awesome together. What's your weapon?"

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"I have a kickass saber!"

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"Snazzy! I have a fan. It doesn't sound like a weapon but I make it work."

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"Is it one of those fans with the steel ribs?"

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Shi Qingxuan produces the fan! It's as tall as she is. She whips it open; it looks sharp.

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Rhonda gives an awestruck round of applause. 

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"Thank you, thank you!" She bows.

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