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Feb 03, 2023 9:46 PM
druids need math tutoring too
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"Somewhat, but reliably getting cognitive effects without an unsafe positive energy dosage is difficult."

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"Is there another healer on-shift with similar capabilities?"

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"There is a healer on-shift qualified to handle injuries and emergencies for this shift. However, skipping sleep for an extended period is generally inadvisable for humans especially children, and Security is adequate to protect River while she sleeps."

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"But does she trust that you'll do so?  That's why I want Griffie's healing, or equivalent.  It's unmistakeably helping her, and she needs that more than she needs normal sleep."

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"She looked to me like she trusts her friends."

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"I don't want to let her self-harm by wedging herself between the rock and hard place of paranoia and assumed responsibility," she hisses almost-inaudibly, "and she'll do that for her friends, even if they trust you, because if I was in her shoes right now that's what I'd be doing."

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"If she starts doing unreasonable things, I'll talk to her about it, but right now I think things are fine."

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"...yeah, that makes sense.  ...I do still want to get Griffie's attention if ey's up."

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Griffie is not only up, ey's now heading into the main area. "Hi, Jane! You had a non-emergency medical query?"

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"I think she's just going to end up sleeping off her overnight watch, but following on from that - well, first I think I get to say 'I told you I could usefully predict things with tropes', but then what I was hoping I might be able to rope you into helping with is 'get these kids out of the evil "experimental" facility their door's in while I call down five flavors of law enforcement on it and hold the door'."

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"So, my nonlethal combat repertoire leans on Merciful effects, which in the case where they can't induce unconsciousness properly in the opponent fail safely, which means that with a 'lifeless' such as yourself they just are ineffectual. Now, I can turn those off, but I feel like we'd all prefer an outcome that doesn't involve people being mauled halfway to death by a rampaging allosaurus or such. Do you have a plan in mind?"

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"...Don't attack the people, do make 'shortcuts' through the walls?  Turn into a giant spider and Web them to incapacitate?  ...I any amount want to think about trying to hit their records storage so they have no hope of getting away with this - this, but that's not exactly tactically plausible without backup.  ...What's your spells-known?"

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Griffie can go over the portions of eir capabilities that seem plausibly applicable and nonprivate! Of note: Ey'll need a specialized variant of Life Bubble to go out the door into an Earthlike safely. A lot of eir environmental-control options won't work amazingly, but lightning magic may be pretty relevant?

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Jane has a Pathfinder spell list and not enough post-Suaalproofing ideas.

 

"...What do you mean, you can't do any summons?"

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"When I try to cast a summons spell, it doesn't work? I think I'm too far away from my worldsheaf for summons."

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"...ugh, that makes the most annoying sort of sense.  Are these things meaningfully summoning-shaped in the way that outsider-summoning spells notionally get you people with backstories but in, like, temporary bodies, or - because I think beetles are really rather computationally simple, it feels like them being encoded directly in the spell ought to be plausible?  But I'm not a druid.  Nor yet a wizard."

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"These things are meaningfully summoning-shaped. They allow a creature or creatures to project themselves into the caster's world to act. Spells that synthesize animals do exist but tend towards the quasi-real."

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"...Well, do you have any of those that'd be suitable for blocking cameras for a while?"

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"I could probably block cameras with something, but this is where I'd be tempted by alchemy? Just getting some paint everywhere would work, right?"

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"Sure, but it's more - noticeable-by-those-affected - than a bug happening to land on a camera lens.  ...Anyway, we don't actually know much of the environment or the building layout, and paint can't scout."

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It is at this point Ben speaks up. "I have a bunch of papers! Does the evacuation plan help?"

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"Yes it does, good job.  Let's have a look at those papers you have, shall we?  Bar, might I prevail upon you for copies?"

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"Not published, but if Ben shares them with me I suppose I can do photocopies."

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Sure, Ben is willing to plunk a big stack of papers on Bar. "Camp Cadabra Movie Schedule", "Cafeteria Menu -- Vegetarian", "Shepherd Contact List", "Building 5 Emergency Evacuation Protocols", "Calabra Employee Pension Plans: What YOU need to know!", "Cadabra Camper Research Schedule", "Calabra Vacation Policy", "Philadelphia Metropolitan Bus Schedule", et cetera.

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"Thank you, you're a dear.  Would you happen to be able to offer opinions on what should have, but hasn't been, published-as-you-count-it, from this stack?"

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