Dec 07, 2021 7:32 AM
Bella, Della, Anastasia, Hannah, Masozi, Lysander, Nia, Orion, Ribo, Adam, Alexius, Ghassan
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Hee hee. "Good!" He makes for the cupboards for supplies. "I'm Alexius," he says to Ribo while liberating a bottle of rubbing alcohol, "affinity: me." 

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"Ribo, wire for me."

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"How flexible!" And pause, the better to appreciate a good pun. "Think you could do wire mesh covers for room vents?"

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"Does your vent not have its grille? I guess an artifice grille on top wouldn't hurt."

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"I think so, I got some barbed wire in shop that I think will have a good resonance with protective enchantments. I haven't tried it yet though."

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"That, and grilles break, and wire mesh has smaller gaps. Also it can go just about anywhere, needn't be limited to vents. I have a full seal for when I'm not in the room to make it harder for mals to sneak in, but, uh, have not yet come up with a spell to not asphyxiate." Wards: not remotely his specialty. "Barbed wire sounds very ward-friendly indeed." 

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"Ooh, how's the full seal work...?"

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"It's mostly just a rubber cover that's enchanted to be very discouraging to mals. I'll probably trade it to a freshman enclaver once I've got enough magic to be confident of killing most mals that would reasonably sneak through a vent grille. Got a nice little under-door seal too." They were a significant fraction of his weight allowance, but the mana savings in room wards are huge. 

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"Oh, I thought it was a spell. Clever idea anyway."

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"I wish. Sadly, wards are not my specialty. Hence the substitutes. Thanks, though." 

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"I wonder how often rubber shows up in the shop. I didn't see any yesterday. Actually, is there anything you're offering for trade or looking for? I don't have first pick of the shop but I'm not far off."

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"Not immediately but - short term, help with shop assignments and materials, I have Friday shop and it sucks. Also I'm always open to trading spells or tutoring or homework help." 

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"Do you speak Russian?"

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"I do!" 

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"That's the thing I'm most likely to trade for tutoring on at the moment. I'm trying to pick it up as quickly as possible because I need it for a class. I spent a good chunk of my weekend reading part of an intro textbook. The other thing is if you have any experience with spell translation. I have a lot of spells that are too expensive for me to cast in a language almost nobody knows and someone I expect to be willing to trade for anything I can translate since they're healing spells."

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"I can absolutely do Russian tutoring! I can maybe do spell translation if the spells are caster-only, but, uh, recent experience suggests my affinity likes tweaking things so they work really well on me and not so well for others. If I tried to translate a spell, ah, unselfishly, it might turn out subtly problematic. I would totally trade for them though." 

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"The reason I need to translate them is because they require too much mana for me to use. Maybe someone with a good affinity could stretch them but some are probably beyond even that. I'll probably trade for Russian tutoring though what would you want in exchange?"

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"Eh, if they're upperclassman-level spells they'll still be good to have when I'm an upperclassman. Offer stands. For tutoring - probably shop materials, alchemical ingredients, or mana depending on what I need in a given week. Mana is the simplest of those." He will cheerfully haggle to a mutually agreeable price while he starts laying out ingredients. 

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Ribo really doesn't know what things are worth but she'll take a wishlist of shop materials. Mana is not something she really wants to trade away. She's also noncommittal on trading the upperclassmen spells.

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(Ghassan shows up fashionably late- it looks like there's at least been some attempt to clear out the room. He makes a beeline for Lysander, happy to see a familiar face. And there's Orion Lake again, like some kind of mal-sniffing dog clearing the room for everyone else. He wonders what kind of parents would turn out a kid that recklessly stupid, no matter how convenient his affinity. Eventually, it'll catch up to him. Until then, though, he's a great help to those in the class who want to get their work done without constant mal interruption.)

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