Nov 29, 2022 7:42 PM
the talent show. a little in the future relative to everything else so far.
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Valiant has spent the last few months wrangling people, figuring out which people will agree that what everyone needs is a fun lighthearted break from all the drudgery here, and which people will agree that it's more efficient to have everyone demonstrate their capabilities for each other all at once. And finding a good venue up on the library level and negotiating the use of it. And scheduling. And thinking about how to keep people safe enough to focus on the show. It's been a lot. He's had to fight homework a couple times. But now it's happening.

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Rebecca, of course, is going to sing. She does the occasional concert all by herself but increasing the turnout wouldn't hurt. She's going to do "How Far I'll Go", which she thinks is nicely resonant without being distressingly on the nose, since she can't hog the whole talent show to do a solo rendition of all of Cats or something. She has asked Vanya if she can borrow Gloria to lightly accompany herself; she's got enough chords for that now, and he said yes.

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Caio is not really enthusiastic about doing the talent show but the stated rationale of showing off to prospective buddies and allies is not lost on him; Bella is good to have as a best friend but there is notably only one of her, which she pointed out when he expressed diffidence about entering. So he's scrounged up some spare mana and will be doing a flashy and technically impressive but not too expensive alchemical demo. He's made a long chalk-holder in shop, so he can stand up while he draws an array instead of getting on his hands and knees and risking a smudge; he will be spending two minutes drawing neatly around his beaker, making awkward patter, and then step out of the array and activate it, causing sparkly rainbow smoke to issue forth from the beaker and cling decoratively to the ceiling. Normally it would keep doing that for hours, if he kept putting in the mana, you could mural the inside of a whole room this way, but he thinks a few seconds will suffice to make the point that he's good at arrays.

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On the one hand Aadhya would like to be more generally known as a competent person. On the other none of her talents are very stage-compatible, though she does briefly consider getting a flinger bladder and turning it into a horrifying balloon animal. She winds up asking if Val would like to hire a stage managing assistant; that will get her seen without requiring her to perform some skill that has nothing to do with her core value.

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Huang hears about this through the grapevine. And considers doing a sword drill. And doesn't have time, not at all.

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Nia has figured out her affinity, and, conveniently, it doubles well with stage hypnosis. She will do a short program with up to four volunteers - somebody's got to be nuts enough to try it, or at least understand that she is not nuts enough to harm somebody on stage in front of all the attendees - quick induction, levitating arm trick, clucking like a chicken, and then some complimentary anti-anxiety suggestions so they will only be a reasonable amount of hypervigilant and will definitely be able to fall asleep.

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Basira doesn't consider entering, but she does consider attending, to demonstrate she can afford to spare the time.

Assuming she can spare the time. She'll decide on the day.

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