Mar 26, 2019 5:10 AM
Sadde in Pact
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He wants to wait until they're closer to the prospective next date before setting a specific day and maximise the probability he'll be a boy, but once that happens they can have another Successful Date.

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That probability is a bit of a sticking point, yes.

(She might not have been the easiest person to explain it to, but was pretty strongly motivated to see Sadde's point of view.)

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And after the date they can nerd about magic some more, right? ...that can even be part of the date, you just have to include some kissing!

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That is the world's best verbed noun, so yes. Definitely. They do both have a pretty much infinite appetite for magic nerdery.

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The topic wanders (he makes sure it does) and he wonders aloud about these light-based constructs, golems and weapons and such.

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"They aren't made of light, exactly, just glowing. How brightly depends on how well the stars are aligned, so it helps eyeball whether it's about to fade."

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"They're not? What're they made of?"

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"Could say it's spirits? There isn't really a material substrate involved."

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"Huh. Cool. They'd probably be super-effective against anything darkness-themed, yeah?"

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"Maybe. Depends what you want to do with the darkness-themed thing. Yes if you're fighting it with a construct shield or weapon, no if you want to store it in a cup, and I don't think the sextant would have acted any differently."

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"Now what would work if I wanted to store it in a cup...?"

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She answers, and they're back to the nerdery. (It's the cup, of course; it'd just be less effective depending on what's being stored; also: distinctions between a cup as a storage mechanism and some other container that's mostly irrelevant because there's no box constellation, brief mention of the chalice as an implement...)

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Oh has he mentioned he made his body into an implement?

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He had not! Does that, like, work? She looks at him, presumably through her Sight and not for any non-magic-related reason to stare at his body.

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He teases that she doesn't need this excuse to stare at his body, but explains that it did work and that he is not in fact nearsighted.

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She glances away and is maybe slightly embarrassed, but then resumes the nerdery and starts questioning him about the effects.

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He needs the glasses to see the mundane world, but he has a lot more control over his body, better reflexes, gets less tired, is stronger, faster, all that jazz.

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She is on the whole happier with her spindle—it's more useful for complex workings—but that sounds several different varieties of really cool. Except maybe the glasses thing; protecting against nearsightedness is inconvenient enough when it's not life and death. She compliments him on the symbolism, with the absolute self-ownership and all. Too few practitioners would be able to do that one.

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The spindle is cool, too, but he didn't really have access to anything like that, so.

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Yeah; the spirits infusing it are some of the same ones behind the astrology setup. It would have been harder without an existing tradition making professional contacts, so to speak.

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Tradition?

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She's the successor to a not-very-long line of Astrologers. Sort of like having a recognizable family name, but less so.

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How'd it get started? Is it always only one person?

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Doesn't have to be; she wasn't the Astrologer at the time. Being part of or even just working alongside a group that's been doing the same thing for a while can make you more recognizable to the spirits they interact with.

This one started with someone a couple decades back with a whole lot of maps and lights on timers. Once the astrology analogy got going, their little "tradition" followed along.

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What inspired them to start this particular way of doing magic?

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