Jan 19, 2020 8:44 AM
elementals and spirits
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"You don't have to, obviously. Maybe they can check without actually doing it, that would be best, but I don't really know anything about magic."

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"We can ask, I guess."

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"Yeah. Do you want to go now?"

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"Okay."

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She goes to the wing of the palace where the princes and princess live and knocks on the princess's door.

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A twelve-year-old princess opens the door. "Hello?"

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"Hi. How much have you heard about the, um, elemental stuff?"

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"Some. Erymeia's right wound up no one told her sooner, why?"

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"This is Amber, the elemental that prompted her finding out. We want to know if you can check whether you can tap him like a spirit without actually doing it."

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"...Huh. I can try," she says, looking at Amber for confirmation.

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"What if you do it by accident?"

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"It's not really the kind of thing you can do by accident."

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"Okay..."

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"...So the way magic works is, for magicians anyway, you define an effect you want and a power source you want to fuel it with, and you can't do that if there isn't any of that power around, and then casting the spell is a whole different thing."

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"Huh. Okay. You can check if you could do that with me."

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She looks at him for a minute, and then shakes her head. "Nope. Nothing there I can work with."

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"Oh. Okay."

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"Well, that makes things simpler," the servant girl says.

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"Yes."

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"I'm glad I could help," the princess says.

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"Thank you!" says Amber.

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"Are you just sort of wandering around learning random stuff?"

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"Yes."

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"What things have you learned?"

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"Crochet and chain mail and I read some books and stained some glass."

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