Dec 02, 2022 1:47 AM
bella, caio, and aadhya in the college arcadia
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"It roughly doubles the odds of a positive outcome within the space of random chance. So, if you have to choose between three doors and behind one door is a prize, the rune won't help you with that, because which thing is behind which door is already a fact that exists in reality, but if you're rolling a die and you get a prize if you roll a six, your odds of rolling a six are approximately one in three instead of one in six."

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"That's awesome but what are the degrees of freedom on the tattoo?"

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"--Oh on the tattoo. It has to have the general rune shape but it can be any size or color you want, "font" variations are limited but extant, if you want a design where there are rose vines climbing around the rune that'd have to be done carefully to avoid interference but it could happen."

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"What's it look like?"

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Lucasta shows her another illusion. It's a set of interconnecting lines, that form a mostly circular-ish shape altogether. 

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"Oh, I like that actually. - ballpark how many tats do people end up with if they're doing this?"

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"Depends wildly on the person, but, uh, usually at least several if any?"

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"Yeah but more like five or more like twenty, I want to consider the likely ultimate number when deciding placement."

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"...Sort of bimodal but I expect you to end up more on the twenty side."

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"Okay, then I think I want 'em in a line down my spine, this one can be at the top, like hereabouts," she taps herself, "low enough it won't poke out of a normal t-shirt."

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"Cool, I can do that. --Wilbur is going all-in on runes and is taking a tattooing kit relic, that seems relevant." 

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"I have the kit too, don't I? But I will bear him in mind when considering potential wielders who can reach my back."

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"Taking it makes sense, it's cheap. Most of his not-trivially-expensive purchases were about fibercrafts, though, I thought that loom was just going to gather dust in a storeroom forever."

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"Have you a literal storeroom of the things? How oddly charming. Yes, he likes his affinity even more than most people."

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"Yes, relics that haven't bonded to anyone yet have to exist in a real location, more or less. When I'm gifted something by a worshipper or I receive the results of a commission I have to put it somewhere until I can hand it out."

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"Makes sense. I should bring you Aadhya, she'd be aces at making interestingly unique and useful objects to put in your stash."

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"That sounds phenomenal. I look forward to it; Wilbur shows promise in the same direction...it's interesting, his doppelganger isn't nearly as interested in artificing."

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"Oh, I suppose you would have one, wouldn't you. What's yours do?"

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"He's a professor of magical theory at Hawthorne! I expect that your Wilbur just--channeled all his nerd tendencies into his affinity, for survival...I expect him to branch out, some, now that that's no longer such a pressing priority, but not to lose his original passion."

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"Aww."

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"I love my brother a lot. I'm glad your version didn't die." 

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"Did yours?"

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"--Oh--no--but I didn't see him or Mother at all while I was, you know, Outsider-y."

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"Oh, I see. That must have sucked."

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"It wasn't good, but it was better than the alternative would have been. A lot more people didn't get cured in the Celestial Codex than did...I think that's probably a resource limitation, but I'm still not happy about it." 

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