Dec 04, 2022 6:57 AM
carissa meets a tyrant
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"On your head be the error of the boast, and on your shoulders the glory of it," he says. "Ready the scry. We descend once more anon."

With crates full of airtight cylinders of cerium sealed inside high-melting-point-glass, of course.

To a different magic shop, also of course.

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This magic shop's entrance opens into a demiplane, a spectacular space with six suns in the sky and crystal walls and floors through which the goods are visible. Security takes the form of several thousand highly magical fast-moving thimble-like things that scurry across the doorframe as they enter.  

 

(Standard electronics do not function across demiplanes.)

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This time they've got Lorcain piloting the ship, since one of the other flunkies is certified in the use of strike drones, and so along with Sikandros looking bored, Lucan looking superior, and Mendax looking affable, there is d'Acier, looking stoic and hovering a small pallet of spellsilver in front of her.

Carissa's scry does work, right?

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Scries can cross planes; otherwise, how would anyone know anything about the afterlives?

 

Carissa is looking at ALL THE MAGIC ITEMS and it's great.

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Yup!

So, how about she starts pointing out all the ones they want to buy? She's got a copy of their shopping list and can also make suggestions if she has any!

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Cloaks of resistance! Rings of sustenance! Headbaaaaaands! Belts of physical might! A necklace of adaptation so Carissa can breathe in the elemental plane of fire! Metamagic rods! She doesn't actually need those, they're not very useful outside combat, but hey, you never know when you'll be in combat!!  Mantles of spell resistance!! ...those are sniper goggles! They're not really useful for spellcasters but she's never seen them before and she just wants to stare at them for the next while so she'll be able to make them herself, if that's all right! 



WOW THEY HAVE AN AMULET OF THE PLANES!!! SHE'S ONLY HEARD ABOUT THOSE IN LEGEND! 

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Sikandros is totally happy to buy Carissa random magic items so she can study them, but any information she provides him will be slightly mitigated in enthusiasm by the time it reaches Mendax, agent of Lucan, agent of the great Duke Sikandros, who deigns to obtain a few trinkets for his least favored servants...

(Sikandros also loves haggling, but he's a card held in reserve for if neither Mendax nor Lucan can actually get a decent price.)

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They're overcharging, but not that egregiously. You can't just have a rich being walk into your magic store and not overcharge them at all.

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Carissa's not even clear on why the Duke cares, what with how it takes him like five minutes to make a volume of spellsilver. Probably this has to do with the theological concept of Pride, which the Duke seems to possess aplenty.

 

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Also there aren't that many people in the universe who could make an item as sophisticated as this, it's nearly irreplaceable!

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Okay, that's just nonsense, yes it's very fancy but Carissa could totally do it herself now that she's seen it. They probably have on staff a fifth circle wizard who isn't egregiously incompetent.

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Bah! His master's juniormost craftswizard can craft six like it; the only reason for buying a seventh is to spare her attention!

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Well, that's just nonsense; this shop employs the services of an eighth circle wizard, barely short of godhood, and he alone can craft such things. If they can craft it themselves, then they may as well. 

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Eighth circle? How dare he lie to an agent of the great Duke Sikandros! But admittedly his master's wizards are slightly overburdened, so perhaps he could raise his offer very slightly...

(Mendax is having a great deal of fun.)

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They're not lying and kind of exasperated! But maybe if he goes up a little higher....

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Mendax will eventually come to a price on most - possibly all - of the shiny magic items. After enjoying himself.

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That's SO MANY MAGIC ITEMS. 

 

Carissa is not expecting that they will be handed to her but probably she will be allowed to look at all of them so that she can learn how to make them herself, and so she can check if any of them are cursed.

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That's the idea! The spellsilver can be handed over, the magic items can be crated (with new crates that are shaped out of the air) for transport, and they can get back in their flying chariot to head straight home.

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"I don't know if you're allowed to do this by the terms of whatever treaties there are but you could conquer the whole world with this," Carissa informs whoever's keeping track of her once the magic items are on the way back.

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"I have considered the possibility," says Duke Sikandros. "I am presently leaning against it. The gods," he adds drily, "might take offense." And the lesson of the wars of decolonization, which he witnessed from a distance in his youth, that while ten may conquer ten thousand, they cannot rule them against their active resistance.

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"...Asmodeus is going to take offense even if you only take Cheliax. Cheliax is His."

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"And yet I still find myself preferring to engage one god than ten." He pauses, and then, because he is incapable of not saying this even if he has no actual intention of following through by the laws of supervillain cliches, of which he is a proud example, "For now."

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" - I guess as long as you still run Cheliax properly maybe Asmodeus will think it's fine," Carissa says dubiously. 

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And then it is time for her to check the Bags of Holding and the fanciest headbands and maybe the shiniest mantle of Spell Resistance to see if they're cursed? And then they'll want to head to Golarion, unless the fanciest headbands encourages Sikandros to do something different.

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She took the Duke's casual death threat with respect to screwing up the magic item identification to heart, not that she thinks it'll be hard to perform to expectations there, so she's doing the proper kind of checking where she breaks the enchantment and then fixes it so no illusory Magic Aura can fool her for each item. It'll take a little while. 

 

Bags of Holding: not cursed.

Fanciest headband (it's a 4/4/4): not cursed.

Shiniest mantle of spell resistance: not cursed. 

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