Dec 09, 2022 5:16 AM
carissa meets a tyrant
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He will give her a quietly superior smile. "As our Master commands, Summoner."

The plate will automatically grow out of the surface of the polished counter, and a loaf of fresh white bread will then sprout from it, smelling like it was just out of the oven. Its center will transform into the meat and cheese and tomato one-by-one, and it will then split open along the Carissa-facing side to reveal them, before neatly dividing into two halves. Then Lucan will hand the plate to her, eyes on her expression to see how she handles it.

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How do you do that even with the most powerful Polymorph???? Polymorph lets you turn things into sandwiches, it doesn't let you.....grow sandwiches out of other things!

 

 

She has absolutely no idea what to say to that so she just nods, like this is what she expected to happen when she marched up to a powerful outsider to demand a sandwich, like this happens all the time when you march up to powerful outsiders to demand sandwiches.

 

 

Also, theory confirmed: she cannot succeed at annoying these beings without provoking them far more than is safe; their pride cannot be injured by her conduct towards them, because she is a funny pet. 

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... Is she going to take the sandwich? Because Lucan is watching how she handles this. He did just make her a sandwich, after all, what's she going to do in response?

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Right! Sandwich! Yes, she'll take the sandwich!!!!

 

 

Her heart is racing waaaaay too much to, you know, eat the sandwich in front of him. But maybe she can take it somewhere else??

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She can do that! She has a room! And there's a big public room! And a bathroom! And other unexplored rooms that are probably empty!

Either way, he will visibly enjoy her fear as she withdraws with the sandwich.

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Carissa is so confused. 

 

And, yes, terrified, but less because she thinks something bad is going to happen and more because she deliberately made herself do something that should have been incredibly dangerous, and then it went - fine, which is good, but it means she's all ready to face some grave calamity and actually she is fine. Alone. With a sandwich. 

The guy with the chinchilla didn't seem to enjoy scaring the pet chinchilla? Possibly she is generalizing too much from one weird dude who had a chinchilla. 

 

If people had just been nice and generous and reasonable and cut her cheek open with a flick of their claws for being rude and then sent her on her way then that wouldn't be scary, because that would be normal behavior by people who aren't particularly sadistic. 

She wants someone to hurt her so the universe makes sense again. 

 

Instead she's just going to have to eat her sandwich. WOE IS CARISSA.

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It's a really good sandwich.

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And she resents it.

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After she's finished her sandwich but before she's had time to get bored or start worrying too much about whether or not she should Sending Abrogail Thrune, Pala Lehali will show up.

"Carissa Sevar," she says - a quick smile - "unless that is not the name of your choice? My lord bids you wait on him."

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Is there something wrong with her name? Is she supposed to have a different name now? 

 

Carissa stands and follows. 

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And Pala Lehali will lead Carissa back to the court room (now distinct from the main room, equipped with chairs, tapestries with simple but striking geometric patterns in black and red and gold, and a rug similar), where Sikandros has his throne! Mendax, Lorcain and d'Acier have already arrived; there's five chairs, not counting the throne, checkerboarded down the (actually fairly short) length of the court room's hall. Mendax is occupying the second, d'Acier the third, and Lorcain the fourth. Behind the throne there's a black and red banner, looking like so:

The Iron Ring

"I bring you Carissa Sevar as requested, your grace," says Pala Lehali, making an actually graceful bow.

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"Thank you, Lehali," he says. "Be seated."

Pala Lehali takes a seat in the chair nearest Sikandros's.

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Five chairs, five servants of the Duke not counting her. 

Some part of Carissa which really should have been squished into dust long ago pipes up that she should just say "make another chair, I want one too". 

 

They're well past hypothesis-testing and that does not advance any conceivable goal so instead, like a sane person, Carissa kneels.

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"Rise," says Sikandros, and "Be seated."

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....seriously?


That's not something you do with a pet or a prisoner or a newcomer in an operation that is obviously hundreds maybe thousands of years older than her. 

 

And then is Lucan going to walk in and, what - 

 

 

- make his own chair, probably - 

 

 

Well nothing about this situation will actually improve from disobedience so she should do what she was told to do. And rise. And go sit in one of the chairs. 

 

 

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"Sevar," he says, in a friendly manner. "While we travel to the City of Brass, we would appreciate it if you would guide us to a better understanding of your world's wizardry."

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Why the emphasis on guide?? What is that supposed to mean?? 


"Of course, my lord." Which isn't how Lehali addressed him, should she be copying her - she picked this style before he identified himself as a Duke -

They probably just think it's funny if she's getting it horrendously offensively wrong. This isn't that comforting but it's a little comforting.

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Because her services as a guide were what he contracted for!

"Excellent. Then my retainers and I will await your instruction. The powers of our world are not those of your own, and we would master the latter if it is within your art to teach us." Also, this whole thing is being recorded to be sent back to the people trying to study wizardry with nothing but textbooks the next angel-summoning, so hopefully they, too, can profit by Carissa's instructions.

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She....thinks outsiders can't just become normal mortal wizards. What with how they're immortal, you'd expect some of them to master it, if it were possible at all; wouldn't it serve Asmodeus to make His devils fight each other until the triumphant ones had ninth circle spells with which to serve Him?

 

Maybe He does do that but you're not allowed to send those ones to interfere in Golarion. She is pretty sure the Duke and his friends are, uh, the class of outsider who is not allowed to interfere in Golarion. 

- not the time. 

"Right," she says. "Do the powers of your world enable you to see spells as they are prepared or cast, or see them about a caster if they're prepared and unused, or see the marks they leave on the world while active?"

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"No, no, and unknown," he says. "The magic of your world is different from that of our home."

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It fits with how she can't see their spells at all. And with her theory that she didn't actually summon the Duke with a fifth circle spell, but in some other fashion entirely, perhaps with the smoke and ash and blood satisfying whatever standards he's meeting when he sets summoning circles forth for her. 

 

"All right. You're going to need spellbooks, if you want to learn to be a wizard, with good ink that anchors the magic for you."

 

....she does not want to let them copy her spellbook. Wizards don't just let people copy their spellbooks. But it is the obvious move. 

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Unfortunately for her, he has no idea that her spellbook is private!

"If you bear yours, would not duplicating the ink and paper from it suffice?"

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What is the safest -

"No guide you could hire in Golarion would permit you to copy the contents of their spellbook."

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"What would you care to wager, on that?" Lorcain says with a very toothy smile.

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Carissa is totally going to be able to come up with something to say to that her brain just needs to scream stupidly for a second first.

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