Nov 17, 2019 1:51 AM
Windfury (of Rockeye's new world) meets Gem in Milliways
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"That I can avoid."

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So she goes back and lets Rosa in.

Rosa's theme seems to be blue circles. She looks around Milliways. "Seems you haven't gone delusional, Sellie."

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"Genuine interdimensional bar. Let the bar recommend you a drink, she's good at it."

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"I think I will. You are Bella, correct? As I understand it, you are not interested in therapy at all - just a potential magical interaction."

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"Right. I don't think I need therapy and if I did I don't think I'd be in the market for the kind involving empathic magic."

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"When I do therapy, magic tends to come into it only after several sessions. Some people find - examples of feelings - helpful. But I understand what you mean."

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"Anyway, what I need to know is whether you can affect my soul gem charge, which normally acts as a ratchet on emotional state."

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"The most obvious test is for me to send a sort of unflavored, neutral positive affect. I could also try nonspecific negative feelings if you want to be thorough."

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"Try the first thing first."

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"Say when, I will start at low intensity and move up to medium over ten seconds and then stop, unless you ask me to stop sooner."

When Bella says 'when' it becomes clear that her 'low' is almost unnoticeable. It does get stronger, though.

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Bella looks at her gem.

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It's lightening - slightly, slowly. The warm fuzzies that aren't her own might put a damper on the good news - they cut out suddenly at the end of the ten seconds.

"A good sign."

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"Yeah, that's promising."

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Rosa asks, "There's no plan to try and export me at the moment, right? I don't think I would cope particularly well."

"Yeah, no, you've been a good proof of concept though. I'll bank-transfer you the cash when I leave Milliways. Unless you can do that from here, Bar?"

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I cannot access her bank account for deposits.

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"I'll just go outside for a sec and call the bank then. Be right back."

Meanwhile, Rosa asks, "How does the mental illness your world's monsters cause usually manifest? And - do we want to try negative affect as well?"

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"I think not. It's possible it'd work really suddenly and I'd witch on the spot, not likely but possible since you can affect me at all. Uh, people get witch-theme-appropriate violent or suicidal impulses, you get people mixing bleach and ammonia or driving their cars off overpasses or committing atypically violent muggings or whatever."

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She nods. "Do you know if there is a sort of fugue state? If rational thought is particularly impaired? The monsters that have mental effects in our world often cause confusion in addition to whatever other effects."

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"It is, yeah. Not confusion, just decreased responsiveness."

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Rosa sighs and shakes her head. "Well, since I have been shown into the interdimensional bar I think I will have a drink. Tequila?"

Selene comes back. "Money in the bank. Why so glum?"

"Just thinking about monsters again."

"Yeah, I hear you. Were we gonna try anything else, Bella? I don't think so but maybe I forgot."

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"I think this was the only trial we had lined up."

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"We're not gonna try giving you my world's magic, since we're without the benefit of a precog?"

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"...it'd be nice but I can hold out for a surer thing."

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"That sounds like 'I want to try' and I did promise."

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"It's not exactly that. I feel awkward about turning down any power but this one has psychological effects and doesn't offer a clear path to accomplishing even a subgoal, plus it's possible it'd interact with my existing magic unpredictably, and I shouldn't make many choices like that, so I probably shouldn't even make one."

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