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Oran Mini - Wizardry in the Wizard Tower

Bigwood Sep 20th, 2011 106 Never
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  1. [21:35:42] * Barkeep comes up outside this tower. It's not a bad tower, he supposes. A little rough around the edges, but it's a lot better than it was a couple days ago. I.E. covered in evil ghosts and murderous beautiflies.
  2. [21:36:20] * Barkeep raps on the door with his knuckles, Marcel standing next to him and David riding on his shoulders.
  3. [21:37:01] <Canute> It is, however, completely silent unlike when the derps came around. Well, until the distinctive thump of someone rushing downstairs and flinging a door open. "HELLO?"
  4. [21:37:42] * Barkeep widens his eyes a bit. "Faster than I expected. I was wondering if anyone was going to be home at all."
  5. [21:38:41] <Canute> "...Don't suppose you're here to buy anything, then?"
  6. [21:40:14] <Barkeep> "Maybe not, but how about a housewarming gift?" he asks, holding up a nice bottle of the locally brewed beer.
  7. [21:40:36] * Canute blinks. "Drinking... don't do much of it, but I'll take it."
  8. [21:41:30] <Barkeep> "Good man. You don't mind if I come in, do you? I'm not entirely sure what your establishment is."
  9. [21:41:37] * Canute does so and shuffles inside. "Upstairs, then. Sadly, in addition to missing your chance to be the first customer, you've missed the same chance to be my first visitor."
  10. [21:42:11] * Barkeep walks in and looks around to see if he's done any redecorating.
  11. [21:43:30] <Canute> Nope! Aside from the already-existing workbench being set up with a great deal of chemical tubes and beakers, and the addition of some shelves, nothing is changed--though a great deal of the lounge furniture from the dungeons has been moved upstairs.
  12. [21:44:16] * Barkeep observes the changes idly, "Where did you hail from before this?"
  13. [21:45:25] <Canute> "Whole lot of places."
  14. [21:50:11] <Barkeep> "A traveler then?"
  15. [21:50:26] <Canute> "I'll be selling chemicals from now on, though, your standard useful household stuff... Medicines, rat poison, all that."
  16. [21:50:52] <Canute> The beer goes on the table and is immediately hovered over by his pet alien. "What about you, then?"
  17. [21:52:28] <Barkeep> "I'm the town barkeep. Come to the Lazing Slaking some time."
  18. [21:52:45] * Canute perks up a little. "...Barkeep. You get a lot of traffic?"
  19. [21:52:55] <Canute> "People asking and talking? Familiar with the town and such?"
  20. [21:54:13] <Barkeep> "What else is a Bar for?"
  21. [21:54:40] <Canute> The door slams shut. Maybe on its own, maybe a pokemon, who knows.
  22. [21:54:51] <Canute> "Then I have a question."
  23. [21:55:54] * Canute sits on a tacky chair and stares. "This village... when's the last time it had a witch hunt?"
  24. [21:57:37] <Barkeep> "Not this century."
  25. [21:57:57] * Barkeep sits on a chair his opposite and swings his leg over, "But that's hardly a good reason to give them any incentive to start up again, don't you think?"
  26. [21:58:05] <Canute> "Mhm. And the library owner, the populace in general accepts her...activities?"
  27. [21:58:14] <Canute> "Her summonings?"
  28. [21:59:50] * Canute picks up a sketchbook laying on a small stand and throws it on the table between them. "Ancient lore is something of a hobby of mine, you see, and when the girl came over... She left her book here. But not without copying down a very interesting diagram from one of mine... And making it WORK."
  29. [22:00:22] <Barkeep> "People like Maka. Nobody would ever peg her as dangerous witch material."
  30. [22:00:55] <Barkeep> "Everyone's been assuming those things that have showed up are something that's following her rather than something she's making happen."
  31. [22:01:09] <Barkeep> "You however seem to have a bit of an opposite opinion."
  32. [22:02:10] <Canute> For the record, it looks about how you would imagine a magic circle to look, with the addition of unown. They actually move and blink. "Only curious, only curious... Just accidental, though, quite a surprise."
  33. [22:02:27] <Canute> "Nobody like that in the town? None more aware of or open with the supernatural?"
  34. [22:04:00] <Barkeep> "Open, no. Aware, yes."
  35. [22:04:13] <Canute> "Such a wonder, really."
  36. [22:04:39] <Barkeep> "For example, I'm aware that you hold some powers yourself."
  37. [22:04:42] <Canute> "First place I've seen a long time where someone could... Well. Maybe I'll have to reconsider the nature of my business, then."
  38. [22:05:12] * Canute is laughing a bit. "I can be OPEN with it. I'm FREE!"
  39. [22:05:35] <Canute> "Excuse me, excuse me, this is just a very... very, very wonderful discovery."
  40. [22:06:34] <Barkeep> "Nope."
  41. [22:06:47] <Canute> "W-y--what then."
  42. [22:06:56] <Canute> Aaaand face is now serious. "You were bluffing."
  43. [22:06:57] <Barkeep> "I can tell because I can do it too."
  44. [22:07:03] <Canute> "You're a--well."
  45. [22:07:30] <Barkeep> "I was a bit unsure at first. I would have thought you could tell I was one... but I guess not everyone can see it."
  46. [22:07:47] <Canute> "I hardly have that fortune. NOW!"
  47. [22:08:02] <Barkeep> "There's one other 'wizard' in town. And he's in a Jail Cell."
  48. [22:08:20] <Canute> "You've helped me a great deal here, this is... hm, interesting, have to look at that. What I was saying, though."
  49. [22:08:24] <Canute> "Would you like a piano?"
  50. [22:10:37] <Barkeep> "A... piano?"
  51. [22:10:49] <Barkeep> "I'm afraid I don't know how to play."
  52. [22:11:07] <Canute> "All the furniture from the other day stuck around. Neither do I, but that sort of thing belongs more in a bar than in my basement."
  53. [22:11:45] <Barkeep> "Well, it could be nice to have some music going."
  54. [22:12:15] <Canute> "If you want it to be a bit of a deal, I actually need a bed. Inns have a good deal of those.
  55. [22:12:46] <Barkeep> "I'll bring it up with my Sister before we close that deal."
  56. [22:12:56] <Barkeep> "Anyway, I'd like to help you how I can actually."
  57. [22:13:03] <Canute> "So! There's that, there's that... mhm?"
  58. [22:13:15] <Barkeep> "Mainly because I don't want to see you ending up like that wizard in the Jail Cell."
  59. [22:13:29] <Barkeep> "He fell in with bandits. Tired of getting chased around from town to town not being able to find honest work."
  60. [22:13:41] <Barkeep> "So he decided to get some dishonest work where they didn't care what he was."
  61. [22:14:52] <Canute> "I am not a robber, nor am I a layabout, nor am I useless enough to consider being a criminal."
  62. [22:15:16] <Canute> "And if you want to pay me for an apprenticeship I'll need a good deal more assurance that you aren't going to run out on me."
  63. [22:15:33] <Barkeep> "Run out on you?"
  64. [22:15:44] <Barkeep> "I live here, buddy. I have family here."
  65. [22:15:51] <Barkeep> "You're the one who got into town a couple days ago."
  66. [22:16:20] <Canute> "The last one did. Not sure whether that's good or bad... Either way, I HAVE taught before, but... well, you know. Unsure things. You wouldn't be able to leave if I'M the one chased out of town, after all."
  67. [22:16:37] <Barkeep> "I've lived here all my life. Most of it with my talents."
  68. [22:17:00] <Canute> "Never studied?"
  69. [22:17:26] <Barkeep> "Studied, sure. Just not wizardry."
  70. [22:17:46] <Canute> "Interesting. How, then, will you be helping?"
  71. [22:19:00] <Barkeep> "Well, are you tired of having to run around from place to place in fear of your life?"
  72. [22:19:07] <Canute> "Yes."
  73. [22:19:36] <Barkeep> "Well I've lived in this town my whole life without anyone knowing about me but one person. I can help you with that too."
  74. [22:19:59] <Barkeep> "And I've still found ways to use my abilities to help benefit society.
  75. [22:20:09] <Canute> "That's wonderful."
  76. [22:20:11] * Barkeep and his sister count as society, right.
  77. [22:20:48] <Canute> "Unfortunately... Formal, proper, and especially STRONG magic is not nearly as subtle."
  78. [22:21:24] <Barkeep> "Yeah, that's what he said too."
  79. [22:21:35] <Canute> "The bandit?"
  80. [22:22:21] <Barkeep> "Yeah. I'm guessing you and him have somewhat similar abilities."
  81. [22:22:45] <Canute> "You're guessing... Well there isn't much variation in formal magic, only degrees of specialization."
  82. [22:25:22] <Barkeep> "What do you mean 'Formal Magic'?"
  83. [22:26:40] <Canute> "The reason most people picture wizards as being obsessed with their moldy spellbooks is because it's entirely true. You CAN learn and expand your abilities, provided you learn HOW."
  84. [22:27:17] <Canute> "It isn't easier than stumbling through blindly, but the results speak for themselves."
  85. [22:27:36] <Barkeep> :/
  86. [22:27:51] * Canute points a finger at the floaty thing. "See that pokemon? The red and green one? Homunculus."
  87. [22:28:02] <Barkeep> "Are you saying your magic is better than mine because you studied for it?"
  88. [22:29:02] <Canute> "I'm saying that if the bandit learned how to harness it instead of developed naturally, then he and I would more than likely know more or less the same spells."
  89. [22:30:56] <Canute> "And that unless you're looking to make craters or cripple people, my using magic for the benefit of society would take a long time and be very obvious. Even if you are, it's still obvious."
  90. [22:32:44] <Barkeep> "Well what exactly can you do other than make craters or cripple people?'
  91. [22:36:28] <Canute> "Oh, a great number of things. Heal wounds, bind spirits into servitude, make stuff glow, enchant objects to follow commands... all the standard sort of magic things. It just depends on how much time I'm given, and whether or not I make mistakes. Even going by tradition, magic is imprecise and prone to failure."
  92. [22:37:17] <Barkeep> "Huh. So you can't even really do something like telekinesis or telepathy?"
  93. [22:37:27] * Barkeep floats around a book to prove his point.
  94. [22:37:30] <Canute> "No?"
  95. [22:38:13] <Barkeep> "That's simple though. That's one of the first things I could do." :/
  96. [22:39:04] <Canute> "Odd."
  97. [22:39:29] <Barkeep> "Odd? It's easy, isn't it? Doesn't even take any effort."
  98. [22:39:41] <Canute> "I... have never tried, to be honest!"
  99. [22:41:05] <Barkeep> "Simple... easy... useful... seems like it would be basic stuff to me."
  100. [22:41:29] <Canute> "Maybe I've always just tried bigger than that."
  101. [22:42:01] <Canute> "But as a result, I have quite a great deal of rituals for various puposes!"
  102. [22:43:53] <Barkeep> "If you say so. So I guess you didn't have any... natural talents?"
  103. [22:44:19] <Canute> "I--well of course I did!"
  104. [22:44:35] <Barkeep> "Like what? What was the first thing you could do?"
  105. [22:45:04] <Canute> "Set things on fire."
  106. [22:45:24] <Barkeep> "Sounds like a fun childhood."
  107. [22:45:24] <Canute> "As soon as I did, I started collecting books on the subject, and learned exclusively from those, by practice."
  108. [22:47:19] <Canute> "There were a few teachers, of course, I know enough about the history of our kind and events related to know that there aren't many left."
  109. [22:50:23] <Barkeep> "I started by realizing I could send thoughts like my sister was learning to do. Except I could read them too. Then... things started expanding from there."
  110. [22:50:45] <Barkeep> "My sister's always looked out for me. Kept me out of trouble. Kept me from doing anything too stupid with them or covering for me when I did."
  111. [22:51:32] <Canute> "So you had her to practice with and... bounce off of, I suppose. Interesting, very interesting, siblings with the gift are hardly a common thing."
  112. [22:52:02] <Barkeep> "Not exactly, see her ability comes from a different source. Aura. A bit more commonly accepted of an art."
  113. [22:52:21] <Barkeep> "Magic has a bit more paranoia about it. And not for unjust reasons."
  114. [22:52:33] <Barkeep> "Some of the things that are possible... people wouldn't trust someone that could do that."
  115. [22:52:52] <Canute> "Nobody's trusted me with it for sure."
  116. [22:53:07] <Canute> "People have BOUGHT my services certainly, but they always tried to look as shifty as possible."
  117. [22:53:43] <Barkeep> "You know what really could be nice?"
  118. [22:53:50] <Canute> "What."
  119. [22:53:54] <Barkeep> "If there was a way to use them without people knowing it was us."
  120. [22:54:08] <Barkeep> "If we could put up some kind of illusion or wear some sort of disguise or something..."
  121. [22:54:13] <Canute> "Well, there are certain things you could do..."
  122. [22:54:22] <Canute> "Oh, like that?"
  123. [22:54:51] <Barkeep> "I can't make illusions unfortunately... I can just see through them."
  124. [22:54:58] <Canute> "I was thinking cursing someone through a lock of their hair. Which IS entirely possible, by the way."
  125. [22:56:28] * Barkeep leans away from Canute
  126. [22:56:38] <Canute> "Doesn't have to be a HARMFUL curse."
  127. [22:56:51] <Barkeep> "Are there helpful curses?"
  128. [22:57:05] <Canute> "It's just a term, so yes."
  129. [22:57:25] <Canute> "You could be cursed into having a tendency to stumble over useful objects."
  130. [22:57:48] <Canute> "Of course, there's no guarantee as to where they come from or anything, so that is debatably helpful... You get the picture, though."
  131. [22:57:50] <Barkeep> "Huh."
  132. [22:57:57] <Barkeep> "I can actually do something sort of like that."
  133. [22:58:06] <Barkeep> "My lucky coin, I can usually make it lead me to something helpful."
  134. [22:58:08] <Barkeep> "Or an arm."
  135. [22:58:14] <Canute> "...An arm."
  136. [22:58:28] <Barkeep> "You remember the arm, don't you?"
  137. [22:58:31] <Barkeep> "Under the table?"
  138. [22:58:44] <Canute> "Oh! I thought that was simply chance."
  139. [22:58:59] <Canute> "You kept it?"
  140. [23:00:17] <Barkeep> "I did."
  141. [23:00:25] <Canute> "Why?"
  142. [23:00:34] <Barkeep> "I thought it might be useful. Like a magic arm."
  143. [23:01:06] <Canute> "If it didn't disappear with the other corpses, I suppose..."
  144. [23:02:10] <Barkeep> "No, it was worthless."
  145. [23:02:24] <Canute> "Maybe I can make it a magic arm."
  146. [23:02:50] <Barkeep> "Let's not."
  147. [23:03:00] <Canute> "If you insist. Is there anything else?"
  148. [23:03:07] <Barkeep> "Well, yeah."
  149. [23:03:25] <Barkeep> "You know, my sister's the other girl in town who knows my secret. She's helped me, and she could help you too."
  150. [23:03:34] <Canute> "I see..."
  151. [23:03:34] <Barkeep> "We gotta stick together if we want to make it, you know?"
  152. [23:04:03] <Barkeep> "Now she's a bit shy, and she might not totally trust the wizard angle at first..."
  153. [23:04:06] <Canute> "...Yes, yes, that makes sense. Have a plan."
  154. [23:04:16] <Barkeep> "So really, I think you should just spend some time with her and get to know her."
  155. [23:04:22] <Canute> "But if we can get her to vouch, we can actually make people understand."
  156. [23:04:27] <Canute> "Makes perfect sense."
  157. [23:04:28] <Barkeep> "Don't talk about the whole wizard deal to start with."
  158. [23:04:38] <Canute> "Certainly not."
  159. [23:04:40] <Barkeep> "Just spend some time with her, get to know her, let her see what a great guy you are."
  160. [23:06:05] <Canute> "And it has to be her because she's already done the whole accepting thing once, yes... Very well. Anything to make a place where I can openly study magic, have people ask and learn..."
  161. [23:07:17] <Barkeep> "Right. And give some thought to that costume idea too. Maybe we could use our powers to work as mercenaries and get people to trust us by doing jobs and saving people with them."
  162. [23:07:40] <Canute> "Maybe."
  163. [23:08:45] <Barkeep> "Anyway, I'll see if I can get Nephene to stop by later for the piano. Give her some help and maybe the two of you can talk a bit."
  164. [23:08:52] <Canute> "Done."
  165. [23:09:18] * Barkeep nods, "That's all for now then. Good luck. See ya."
  166. [23:09:51] <Canute> "Right, right... Get the word out, though, for all intents and purposes I am just an apothecary."
  167. [23:10:08] <Barkeep> "Sure thing."
  168. [23:11:29] * Barkeep tips his hat and heads out.
  169. [23:12:04] * Canute sinks a little deeper into his chair when the man leaves. "I do wonder..."
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