Jan 30, 2023 1:02 PM
May awakens witchily
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Wulong antlers can usually be hidden under hats, as can cat ears although if you leave those uncovered people will generally assume they're very good fakes. I understand those to be something of a thing in mortal circles at the moment. Feathers might be trickier although many sirens have feather patterns that can be hidden very well under only mildly heavy clothing.

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Can I avoid ever needing to take an airplane again so I don't need to worry about being told to remove my accessories?

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That sounds pretty trivial, yes.

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I guess there are portals...

Okay. No neutral. No spider no changeling. That leaves her with daeva, wulong, elf, siren, jotun, mimi, aurai, and kekubi.

- okay, aurai kill people, how about no, that just sounds like a really dumb way to use her LIFEWEAVING TIARA.

Siren recharging seems kind of inconvenient; the turning into a bird and flying is cool but there are other ways to fly. Jotuns don't have any particular advantages, even if it would be fine if she were shorter on choices; same with kekubi.

Daeva elf mimi wulong.

Mimis have good mana generation but can't store much and also it just sounds kind of undignified? Elves... okay they have to sleep, it's fancy sleep but it's BASICALLY sleep. Daeva have to have or be around strong emotions. ...honestly the wulong setup seems ideal? She will have to accumulate some art objects but it looks like they don't even have to be good, just meaningful to whoever made them, she can harvest crayon drawings from Ren's students and keep them in her pocket while she saves up for nice stuff.

Penelope, any nonobvious problems with being a wulong? They look real good all around.

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If you want to spend any particular time in China there's magical politics there that being a wulong could get you dragged into but nothing that I can think of inherent to the species itself. It's fairly rare to have the option and fairly popular among people who do get it. 

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I have never conceived of a particular ambition to go to China but if one materializes in the next forever what's the politics like?

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There are a number of wulong clans in China. They have territories and any wulong who wanders into one of those territories is liable to be required to present themselves to the clan and asked to account for themself if they haven't made a sufficient name for themself that the clans are like "yeah it would probably save face to Not try and fail to boss this person around."

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Okay. So additional tourism brouhaha but not like, I will be thrown into the dragon gladiator pits or anything.

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"Asked to account for themself" can be significantly more inconvenient than tourism brouhaha; this has, for example, been used to coerce vulnerable people with favorable bloodlines into marrying into the clan, depending on which clan. They vary in how terrible they are. I can give you a map of wulong clan territories with rankings of how obnoxious they are later.

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Gosh. Okay. I will avoid China for the foreseeable future I guess! But the wulong spark goes in her build.

Next!

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Next is complications! 

There is one particularly big "star" among the complications ring; if she takes that one, her initial power is seriously curtailed and she becomes limited in what she can buy with it, but her eventual power cap is raised by a LOT and the amount of complication she can take to raise that eventual power cap is doubled. 

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Hmmm. How limited. How eventual.

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She can't buy any magic rank over three (not counting her talisman) or any wild magic or fate twist which requires an investment of more than six units of power potential, until she's accumulated a total of fifty units (counting what she's spent; she doesn't have to save up fifty units) at which point she can have rank four and wild magic up to twelve points; reaching one hundred power unlocks rank five and the really powerful wild magic. 

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I get to go back and buy more magic later?

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Of course. That's what patron favor and academic study and sorceress practice are for. 

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I'd wound up with the impression that was about ranks and not about the wild magic stuff... What else has she got available as complications.

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Oh, I see! Yes, you can still buy new wild magic later. 

Complications she has access to: 

Vulnerability - 4 points - choose one of water, iron, or fire: it seriously fucks you up

Rejection - 4 points - mundane animals (except cats, for whatever reason) hate you, and plants antiflourish in your presence

Hunted - 10 points - a member of this one order of undead unkillable witch hunters fixates on you as their next target

Dislikeable - 4 points - you tend to rub people the wrong way

Unveiled - 4 points - the Veil doesn't cover you; arbitrary mortals can see your true form

Restriction - 2 points* - you are cut off completely from some form of ranked magic

Crutch - 4 points - you can't use magic without a magical implement to aid you 

Spell Sink - 4 points - you're particularly repellant to magic; magical attacks won't hurt you but beneficial magic can't help you, and doing your own magic is much harder

Like a Duck - 2 points - you weigh only as much as a duck despite your much greater volume; you're supernaturally buoyant in water and extremely vulnerable to physical force, such as for example the wind

Witch Mark - 2 points - you have an extra nipple somewhere on your body

Sensory Disability - 2 points* - one of your senses is dulled significantly

Sensory Shock - 2 points* - one of your senses is magnified significantly, to the point of being overwhelming

Requirement - variable - you need some substance other than food, water, and air to survive; the more often you need it, the more points it gives you and the less rare it can be

Defeated - 8 points - at some point, an enemy will have you at their mercy for some amount of time before killing you. Ways of avoiding death cannot be used to circumvent this complication but resurrection and respawning are fine. 

Kryptonite - variable - you'll be vulnerable to some substance. How rare the substance is and how vulnerable to it you are detemine how many points you gain

 

*can be taken up to three times

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...is Unveiled even... bad? Like. I don't want to mind control people. If I need people to not know that I am magic I will simply not do magic in front of them and wear my witch hat everywhere. And... opera gloves. I guess. - it'd make getting blood draws inconvenient if I'm not a red wulong because of the blood thing but I don't anticipate a lot of interaction with the mundie medical system going forward.

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It would be more inconvenient under other circumstances. If you had started out male and ended up a girl, that would be difficult to explain away. 

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But for me it's basically just free points? ...can we tell in advance where an extra nipple would land, I could see it being a pain in some locations like if it was on the bottom of my foot or something.

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It can be moved after the fact if it ends up somewhere inconvenient! Bottom of the foot wouldn't be great but I met a girl once whose ended up on her forehead until we got her settled. 

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Okay, but I do still have to get home after this and I did not bring my wheelchair out today. How quickly can you move 'em.

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Just a few minutes.

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Okay, cool. Basically an unusually obtrusive mole then. ...Requirement doesn't sound too bad? If I needed, say, sunshine, as often as I need water - I guess I'd get sunthirsty in the winter -

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It might be better to pick something less environmentally dependent than sunshine, yes, but Requirement isn't too onerous, no.

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