Nov 29, 2022 8:25 PM
Vanda Nossëo visits a planet with dragons
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Magical objects from this planet are as yet very rare, and still new and exciting; they sell extremely well.

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Even the frustratingly impermanent ones I am capable of with my currently insufficient skill? They are stabilize-dying-creature/minor-healing, minor malleability-of-stone, minor plant-energizer, minor general-resilience-gift.

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They're not objectively among the most powerful items in circulation but they're still appealing to some collectors. Malleability of stone in particular we don't have a commonly available duplicate way to manage.

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I see. I have several minor magical items prepared already. I practice frequently. I recall that there is a service that will sell them for me? Of course, for connecting me with this service or bringing them here you would be due some small portion as well.

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Yes, there's a service that will handle that - it's also Dwarves, as it happens. This is part of my job and I'm paid a salary.

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I see, thank you. I will fetch the items and describe their function in detail.

Warden has:

Four stabilization/minor healing pebbles, you press them against what you want them to affect. They'll slowly lose effectiveness and expire after two years of storage or a day of use. She's just now poured energy into them to refresh the shelf life. Two stone-malleableing copper nodules. These are single-use and affect about a three-foot sphere for a few hours, and the copper will worm its way into the stone as little veins in the process; She can also keep stone malleable in person. The plant energizers are tightly packed clumps of slightly moist dirt, they're essentially magic fertilizer. She only has one minor-general-resilience-gift that hasn't been gifted to an animal, it's a rough piece of quartz that helps with pain and fatigue and temperature very slightly.

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The Dwarves will sell them all off on her behalf and pay up front a percentage of the expected proceeds.

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Does she have to give them any money back if actually the proceeds-after-fees are less than the upfront payment?

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Nope, she will not have to give them any money back but if they manage to sell them for more than expected they will also not give her any extra. If she would like to see their track record of sales and how much they paid for the goods she can see that they do have a history of guessing, on average, the stated percentage.

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She looks at the records, but it's painful and disorienting to try to make sense of them without context.

.......This is acceptable, since they have a good reputation.

And then she'll need to talk to a different dwarf-group about insurance, yes?

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Yep!

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So, she just wants to be insured against causing unintentional harm and getting in trouble about it. She has no intention of hurting anything, stealing, disrupting public places, et cetera, while visiting Falas but is anxious about having insufficient context to form accurate reasonable-expectations. Also, if someone touches her without permission - particularly unexpectedly so - she might react violently out of sheer physical reflex.

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For that has she considered a personal-space magic item? suggests the Dwarf.

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She didn't know those existed until just now, that sounds very useful depending on how exactly it works. Does the insurance company (the concept 'company' comes through a bit weird) sell those or would she need to see someone else?

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They do actually have some! Dragons in particular are new but a lot of Amentans need them for their employment malpractice insurance because otherwise inadequately clean people might touch them.

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It's reasonable not to want to be touched by dirty people. She buys one and tucks it into her chest feathers.

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They should check if it works on someone as large as she is; it has not previously been checked on anyone bigger than a frost giant.

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If she's expecting it she won't react strongly, Yávemar could try to touch her on an extended wing and the tip of her tail?

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Okay. Poke? - no poke, it works.

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Excellent, this is excellent. I will remember to hold my limbs close so as not to needlessly obstruct places. Do you know of other defensive magics like this?

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"Like this how?" inquires the Dwarf.

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Things that will protect me from harm. Since now nobody will be able to directly claw or bite me.

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"There are some wished-on powers that cover things like mental interference."

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That sounds like something I should cultivate within myself instead.

Now, what of the actual insurance? She doesn't really understand how they make their determinations or what they need to estimate her risk.

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The Dwarf is happy to explain about the statistics and math and risk tolerance and reinsurance and suchlike that they use for this sort of thing!

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