In Love's name and for Love's sake, I assert that I will employ the Art which is its gift in Love's service alone, rejecting all other usages.
I will spread joy and ease pain. I will fight to preserve what loves and rejoices well in its own way, and I will change no object or creature unless its joy and love, or that of the system of which it is part, are threatened.
To these ends, in the practice of my Art, I will put aside despair for hope, and hatred for love, when it is right to do so-- Until Universe's end.
And he casts it.
"I hate the stupid stupid STUPID being that gave you magic powers."
"...It does have... Foibles..."
"People are DYING. I watched someone DIE this morning in my emergency room, and it is spending its time, what, sorting out your romantic drama?"
... While sorting out his life is nice, it is fairly low priority. And now he feels guilty about that. "...I don't really know why it's doing that..."
"Part of me thinks I should assume it is omniscient and omnipotent and it's doing its best to improve the world-- it wants to invest in you and making you better-- and the other part of me says that people are dying and suffering right now and it is spending its time resolving your dating problems with Wei Wuxian. Which I'm glad about, he's going to be very good for you, a-Ning."
"--I have no way to tell if it's omniscient?" If it isn't, maybe it should be forgiven for its weird choices?
"I suppose there are all kinds of reasons that this is a sensible idea and-- a-Ning, I am so glad it chose you."
"I'm... Glad too? But I understand that I'm" an objectively bad " a choice its hard to see the reasoning for."
"...I think it wanted someone kind."
"--I guess so? ...I hope I can be worth it." (He doesn't say it like he's throwing his hands up and wishing. He says it like he is at least going to try.)
"I love you and I'm proud of you and I don't want to tell you to speedrun your recovery from your anxiety so I can get magic powers but please do that. I just don't think it will help. It's added pressure. But you should see about therapy. Is it possible to grind experience points to level up?"
"I can prioritise therapy more?" He definitely was not procrastinating on that. No siree. No association that make him hyperaware of how he talks that he's trying to avoid. "There are ways to... Passively generate more xp, if that's what you mean?" He is not going to give the details unprompted.
"I think we should wait to strategize until the spell wears off, and until then I'm going to tell you things you've done that I'm proud of and you have to say 'thank you' and not argue with me that they aren't worth being proud of."
"That's reasonable. --I am aware you're proud of me?"
"I'm hoping it will make you suffer and therefore get you XP."
"... That's a fair experiment then."
Well, here is a list of admirable things that Wen Ning has done, up to and including the time he worked very hard and managed to scrape a B in his calculus class.
HE THOUGHT IT WOULD JUST BE THINGS HE DID IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS.
THIS IS SO MUCH WORSE.
He is dying inside while just having to nod and say 'thank you' and 'I appreciate that your proud of me.'
+200 XP for suffering!
"All right. So. It does seem costless to me to try to level up as fast as possible."
THANKS MANUAL. YOU'RE SUCH A GOOD ALLY HERE.
"It's relatively low cost? But there's a limit to how good a wizard I can be before I have to face the Ordeal."
"You're going to have to face it at some point. Do you have any idea how to get ready?"
"'Don't look down.' Other than that I'm... Unfortunately clueless."
"Well, if you collect more XP, then you'll be able to do more things, right?"