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Aug 10, 2022 10:20 PM
An Acolyte of Fire lands in Kislev
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He does! This is convenient. "Hello! Given I've stopped my prior project, I was wondering if I could ask about an alternative I've come up with to see whether it's a more acceptable possibility to pursue?"

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Well, it will be convenient for the moment, but having a templar follow you around indefinitely to make sure you're not doing dark magic may prove inconvenient in other ways. They're happy to listen to other project proposals, though. 

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So, people (or at least, humans and ogres?) have some amount of natural resistance to the influence of dhar. So what if the Acolyte used his bullshit alien magic to just, take that natural resistance and turn it all the way up, all the way to total immunity if he can figure out how to do it?

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That does not seem, per se, to be an issue, but there's the problem where finding people to test this sort of thing is hard. Witchsight is rare and it corresponds pretty much 1:1 to spellcasters. Hags and hedge witches can't be trusted, Ice Witches are assholes, and the Imperial Wizard's Charter forbids this entire class of speculation and experimentation. Maybe some elves could be found to help? But then you'd have to deal with elves, who are nearly as bad as the Ice Witches, and foreigners to boot. 

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That is a problem. The Acolyte has a rudimentary sense for the texture of dhar taint, and it would probably get a lot more precise if he pursued that, but having to get everyone to take him at his word in this atmosphere of fear (and not an unjustified one) would be a massive hassle. He supposes he could try and research an expression of Determination that would let him give others his own sense?

Paladin, what if the Acolyte first developed his magic in such a way that it would let him have a refined sense of dhar, and then further developed it so that he was able to provide this sense to others?

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Verifying that his capacity to perceive dhar is a correct perception of dhar sounds relatively easy to do (especially if he can perceive the other winds as well?), since imperial wizards are allowed to look at the stuff without violating their oaths, though when it comes to teaching his magic, they're still considering how to safely test what teachable knowledge he already gave them, so further teaching beyond that would also need to wait on that. 

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Alright, that's understandable. He can't really distinguish the winds at this point, though he does have a general sense for magical-ness? And he can tell that apart from dhar. He'll need some time to refine both of those, so maybe in the mean time the Verenites could help him find a trustworthy mage who's willing to verify the accuracy of his dhar perception? Hopefully one who won't want to kill him, naturally. If there's more to do that they know of on the 'become legibly safe to various magical bureaucracies' front (other than foreswearing Knowledge, of course) he'd greatly appreciate at least knowing of it.

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