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947852 No. 947852 ID: fb2a85

“Good morning, Alphonse.”
“Good morning, Victoria. And this must be Emils.”
The elderly Avaros locks his eyes on the smaller Rabbold, in a hospital private room. He had invited us in during his granddaughters scheduled checkup, in regards to some matters discussed between Alice and Emils.
“To what do we owe the honor of you inviting us today?”
“My granddaughter has told me your ward has some kind of ability to help her.” He addresses Victoria.
“I am not sure what nonsense your ward has put into my girls head, but she was insistent on discussing some matter between us. She refused to provide any details, so I am here to determine just what is going on.”

>Be Emils - Explain matters while keeping abilities low key
>Be Victoria - Pry details out of Emils
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No. 947854 ID: 977456

Bee Vickee. It is Emils time anyways, but I want to see some of what Victoria thinks of the weirdo.
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No. 947855 ID: 0efe8e

Be Victoria, this is a great opportunity for her to learn more about Emils.
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No. 947856 ID: 094652

Emils: "I'm a magical girl and I have a magical replacement arm."
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No. 947857 ID: b1b4f3

Be Victoria.
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No. 947858 ID: f2320a

>>947852
Emils: its magic girl Time!
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No. 947859 ID: e7c7d3

Be Victoria
I want to see how she reacts to things
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No. 947860 ID: 015bf2

Emils gotta do this one, I think.

Start with explaining. Something like "I have realized I may be able to repair Alice's magic. I asked her if she would like me to make an attempt. She wished for me to consult with you before she made the decision. If I want to help her I must convince you this is not nonsense. Correct?"

Study the old man's behaviour and reaction. Consider what options might be optimal to achieve the goal of repairing Alice. Direct proof of your ability would probably be the most definite. You are in a hospital. Perhaps there are other cripples nearby who'd be willing to offer themselves up for a first trial run?

Alternatively, ask if you can touch him, sense his mana and make a slight adjustment that does not harm him, but allows him to notice what you've done. It would probably seems better if the change is positive. Optimize something, just a little, perhaps?

If you do anything, you should make it seem as if it takes more effort than it really does.
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No. 947863 ID: 0a7f21

We'll have to be Emils for this.

And of course Emils will have to dryly explain exactly what his modification was and how it works and how it can be used to extend her life.

Without any explanation for how Emils knows how to do this of course.
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No. 947864 ID: 015bf2

>>947863
Quick note that Alice is the Avaros teen who'd lost their arm to a magical mishap (/sabotage?) while Bea is the Rabbold teen with the superpower ability that was slowly killing her (which we fixed, kinda).

We haven't done anything with Alice yet.
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No. 947866 ID: fe8ee5

I'd like to be Victoria for this.
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No. 947867 ID: c9c450

Victoria. It'd probably be better to choose Emils but it's more interesting to see Victoria do some interrogation.
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No. 947872 ID: a9af05

>>947852
Be Emils.

>>947860
Do this.
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No. 947885 ID: 8d4593

Victoria.
Let Emils get into some trouble without us.
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No. 947891 ID: de20f7

Let’s go with Emils; maybe we can learn more about her slime-ness
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No. 947896 ID: 18e3d4

Emils.
"I'm helping Silvia. It's a birthday present and a friend present at the same time."
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No. 947899 ID: feecd8

>>947852
Emils
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No. 947902 ID: 0fae41

Be Victoria. Interrogate birdman instead.
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No. 947912 ID: 4cf79d

Be Victoria. Emils should explain nothing.
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No. 947913 ID: e7703b

Honestly, I'm kind of impressed that it's currently at 9:9 votes on both sides. Next vote decides it.
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No. 947916 ID: ca2950

Victoria
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No. 947918 ID: e7703b
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947918

“My apologies, but I’m just in the dark about this as you are.” I answer.
Turning to Emils, I ask, “Emils, could you please explain to us what this is about?”

Emils looks at us calmly as always. “A few days ago, Alice had taught me some magic.”
Alphonse frowns at this, but keeps silent.
“I had noticed that she was damaged, and offered her repairs.”
“Damaged?” Alphonse glares at Emils.
“Yes, besides the obvious missing appendage, a lot of her mana veins had been in a state of disrepair. As a result, her mana efficiency was very low. I asked permission to provide some repairs to her body, but she insisted on asking you first.”
She then looks at me, “I had not expected things to escalate this far.”
I frowned, “Emils, I am your guardian, anything that about you, I need to know. I won’t pry, but things like this... using magic to affect the bodies of others, that’s dangerous.”
“I can see you two are upset about this. I shall take this in consideration next time.”
“Next time? Emils, I would hope you would discuss things with me about this before hand.”

“You two can settle this later.” Alphonse interrupts us, “you clearly do not know about what this girl can do.”
I asks Emils, “You’ve mentioned... repairing Alice. What does this mean?”

“I’ve taken a look at her body, and as I’ve explained, her body is in a state of disrepair. As she uses her magic, it will leak into her body. Her use in heat related magic has caused her body to overheat.” Emils looks at Alphonse. He slowly nods, as if to agree with Emils. “I can close these leaks. Her magic will be more refined, and she won’t be as affected by her magic as before.”
“... how confident are you at this?” Alphonse ask.
“I have done this before. I am confident that I can do it again.”
I raise my brow, “What? You’ve done this before? To whom?!”
“I do not believe it is my place to provide the private details in regards to the matter of strangers.”
“Emils, messing with peoples bodies is very dangerous. You don’t know what kind of long term effects this can do!” I recalled the effects written in the magic textbooks of my past.

>Try to get who else Emils has affected.
>Focus back to Alices “treatment”.
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No. 947919 ID: 3ce8ff

Focus back to Alices “treatment”.
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No. 947920 ID: 0fae41

It looks like you need to give Emils "the talk."
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No. 947921 ID: 015bf2

You can badger Emils about who they've affected all day later, but right now you're in front of Alphonse and the topic of discussion is his granddaughter. (But by all means narrow your eyes at Emils and indicate that there will definitely be words on this later on.)

As for Alice's treatment, as Emils guardian and the person responsible for any mishaps you'd very much rather they NOT go ahead with this - at least as things stand. That said, you're here and Emils have said as much, so... what precisely does this 'fix' entail? What are the risks involved and the odds of success? Why is Emils so confident they can succeed where so many others have failed in the past?

Can they conclusively prove, somehow, that they do have good odds of success?
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No. 947922 ID: 015bf2

>>947921
Oh, and quizz Emils on whether their solution will account for the long-term effects that you recall.
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No. 947924 ID: e7c7d3

>>947922

Yeah, as her guardian, you need to educate her on the potential dangers.

Focus on the treatment.
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No. 947934 ID: 91ee5f

>>947918
>Emils, I am your guardian, anything that about you, I need to know.
Don’t be too harsh on Emils. Remember what Chancellor Strix told you? He suspected that Emils’ amnesia is caused by her refusing to remember a past trauma. A mental barrier to stop herself from facing what happened to her...or her family. This new skill you’re all talking about is probably something Emils just recently remembered she could do. She just forgot to tell you about it until now.

Although, this recent development just proves how much you don’t know about her. Talking with mana beasts, meeting a giant slime under the city, and now this. Kinda makes you wonder what she’s gonna do next, doesn’t it?

>What do?
Focus back to Alice’s “treatment”.
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No. 947940 ID: 977456

Explain how this can go wrong. It wouldn't be the first time a kid hadn't considered failure.
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No. 947955 ID: 18e3d4

>>947940
Indeed.
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No. 947956 ID: c9c450

Treatment. We can discuss the other thing at home.
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No. 947981 ID: a9af05

>>947918
Focus back to Alice's “treatment”.

>Emils has done this before
>She won't say who she's done this to
Victoria, what if the other person Emils is talking about is herself? Could it be possible that she's messed with her own body?
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No. 948027 ID: e7848c

>>947956
One problem at a time Alice
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No. 948035 ID: 7fb87a

>>947918
focus on the details of what she's actually done to Alice, and how.
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No. 948057 ID: 8d4593

Focus on the treatment. Prying into who now will just lead into unending tangent.
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No. 948077 ID: feecd8

>>947918
Stay on task! Focus back on the treatment!

>>947934
>Amnesia caused by past trauma
>>947981
>Did Emils mess with her own body?
These could be related. Vicky mentioned side effects, so perhaps Emils got lucky and she only lost her memory instead of something much worse?
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No. 948096 ID: 6c9030

>>947918
Emils doesn't want to talk about the other person, and it's not actually this guys business.
You can pry her for information later. For now, keep the focus on Alice and ask about the treatment.
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No. 948126 ID: e7703b

"I am not aware of any current of future risks in-"
"Emils." I look at her, "Magic has adverse effects on the body. It's not safe, nor is it okay to change someone's body."
"I made sure to ask permission."
"What? That's besides the point!"
"Anything I've done is completely reversible."
"Emils, no. Unless you're a proper healer, it's not safe to use magic on people."
"Actually," Alphonse speaks up, "You've mentioned you can fix mana veins."
"That is corret sir."
"Alphonse?" I ask.

"It so happens, I have a subordinate that was recently involved in... an accident. As a result, she had strained her body and is at risk of going blind. With your permission, I could have a team of people observe Emils as she tries to heal her. I am willing to give a pass on the obvious illegal surgery she has admitted to, attempted or otherwise."

"Wait, no, you have no proof-"
"Victoria, she has openly admitted to performing magical surgery on people, without a licence, possibly on multiple people. This is a dangerous admission, true or otherwise, and needs to be investigated."
"But she's just a child!"
"Precisely. She doesn't know of the risks, and if she does have an ability to do magical surgery, it's best she gets to learn how to do so in a safe environment."

>Consider
>Accept
>Reject
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No. 948127 ID: cdabe3

He’s... kind of blackmailing us at this point. I think we should just accept.
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No. 948128 ID: 3ce8ff

>>948127
yea worst comes to worst we can almost certainly escape, though doing so would probably be problematic long term
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No. 948129 ID: 0580fb

>>948126
Consider. Make it clear you need to think for a second and that - for one - if there is to be done any 'unsactioned, illegal surgery' right now, you'll first have to have some manner of guarantee that this won't come back to bite Emils should it all go terribly wrong. Not to mention, said ward should have a choice in the matter. Does Emils even want to go through with another, different, operation all of a sudden, now that she knows what you've told her? And if she's lied, now's the time to recant her explanation and let an investigation determine the truth of things.

You can probably presume Alphonse's response means he has gotten an eye open for Emils as a possible talent - and she sure is talented at getting in trouble! - so he may be trying to get his talons wrapped around her. That said, finding a more influential sponsor for Emils may be in her best interest. And if she does have that gift, it should certainly be encouraged properly.

Furthermore, once you leave for your trip Emils will be left alone and exposed to whomever comes investigating the story of an albino rabbold child. Just as herself she may stand no chance. Under the wing of a local elite? That's a different story.

However, is Alphonse and his family a good choice of potential sponsor? Is this a relationship worthy of pursuing?
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No. 948130 ID: 7fb87a

>>948126
Accept. A natural talent for magical healing should be fostered. And closely supervised.
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No. 948137 ID: 33056f

Reject. Now you're just encouraging the poor dear to do dangerous things with mana.
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No. 948140 ID: 7517c3

How could it be illegal to help someone? Rules should exist to help others, right?

Accept on the condition that he'll allow us to heal Alice if she so desires. If he needs to see us operate on the assistant first, that's fine, but we aren't going to leave a friend hanging.
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No. 948144 ID: 6c9030

>>948126
Accept.
That puts any consequences of Emils' mana surgery on HIM instead of HER.
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No. 948145 ID: 0efe8e

He's backed us into a corner, and Emils doesn't seem to have any complaints about it so, we may as well accept his offer.
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No. 948148 ID: e7c7d3

Yeah, doesn't feel like he's give us much choice. Accept.

(Plus, this is a good chance for Emils to get more skills. Not that Victoria would consider that.)
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No. 948149 ID: b1b4f3

>>948126
Accept.
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No. 948158 ID: e29ced

Consider.
Get some guarantees first.
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No. 948161 ID: 0fae41

Refuse. Emils has always been... different. What she's saying to us, she thinks it means something else entirely, and is ignorant of all the dangerous connotations we attach. Her admission should be investigated by a psychologist, not an inquisition.
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No. 948164 ID: 977456

Primary reject with a hint of consider. It isn't that we disagree that Emils' statement is worrying, but we aren't going to negotiate with blackmail. So long as he is bandying around ultimatums and making offers in terms of what he will refrain from doing... it is basically the "negotiate with terrorists" problem. He also said nothing about getting the injured subordinate's permission, who cannot currently know of the option and is being presented as a sure thing.

All he has is the word of a child that anything illegal has happened.
All we have is his word that he condones that same illegal activity being conducted on unwilling targets.
His position is worse than ours.
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No. 948174 ID: 015bf2

>>948164
He's someone with standing and influence and that does come with certain perks in a society. It might be a bluff or we might be able to fight off accusations and investigations, but it's not as if his offer doesn't come with a carrot as well.
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No. 948176 ID: 18e3d4

Accept.
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No. 948182 ID: 0a7f21

He's basically threatened to make life difficult for Emils if you don't agree. To be fair, Emails has demonstrated some amazing abilities and it's entirely possible she can do exactly what she's suggesting. On the other hand, this kind of attention is bad. You don't know what her deal is but Avaros aristocracy will find some way to own her if there's anything special she can do for them.

That's all strategic thinking though. Fact is, Emils should be able to make this decision.
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No. 948192 ID: fd2d31

Better tell him that he better retract that vague threat faster and more intense than a politician does with their promises, unless he wants to end up in a unmarked & unknown grave early.
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No. 948194 ID: 8d4593

Oh geeze.
Like. That's blackmail. But it's also clear he's concerned for his subordinates welfare.
If Emils is really confident about this, I'd say accept. It could be an opportunity for her.
Just make sure she understands the gravity of the situation first. This isn't a game. If she goes through with this and fails, the consequences could be severe.
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No. 948237 ID: 0a7f21

Actually, I think the point of this new person who's injured getting treatment is that there's pretty much no consequences for failure.
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No. 948241 ID: 8d4593

>>948237
Well from a meta standpoint, yeah.
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No. 948246 ID: c9c450

>>948241
Unless this guy is a vindictive asshole which he could be.
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No. 948327 ID: 977456

>>948241
Less from a meta standpoint and more from his. The person is going blind, they will be largely useless to him shortly regardless. If it works, his experts analysed Emils and her secret techniques, has recovered the damaged worker(with significant gratitude after he spins it as his initiative to help them), has a better idea if he wants it for Alice, has actual documentation of Emils practising unlicensed magic for further blackmail(and implicated Victoria in that blackmail instead of just Emils), and can still call off the Alice thing with no loss.
If it fails, then he has lost a worker who was already useless.
Granted, that is making assumptions. It could be his beloved illegitimate daughter hiding as a worker and he is desperate to help her and will pledge eternal gratitude for saving her, but I see no actual conflicts in my assessment from what he said. It *looks* to me that he is being very aggressive and trying to place us in a subservient position under his control for the foreseeable future, and I would like to err towards caution about such things.
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No. 948354 ID: 6c9030

>>948327
He can't blackmail either of them if Emils helps the blind person, because the stated purpose of that is so Emils talent can be officially reviewed. Further, he's aware that Emils has offered her aid to Alice without any demands or requests for payment, meaning that he is well aware that he doesn't need to blackmail her to get her to help - if he tells Emils about a person who needs help she's very likely to simply decide to fix them up on her own.
Further, blackmail is extremely counterproductive. She's an expert with a unique ability, and threatening her runs a significant risk of spoiling her usefulness.

Really, the only viable form of monsterism would be to capture her and sell her on the black market, and that'd be thoroughly problematic.

The worst that would be a viable plan would be to extort payment for the testing and licensing. Annoying, but not important.

This is safe enough.
Besides, Victoria, if he were to decide to do something malicious to your ward? Well, you're more than capable of killing him and disposing of the body quietly.
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No. 948379 ID: 977456

>>948354 He just calls them "a team of people". No mention if they are official or would provide a licence. He is being *Extremely* light on the details.
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No. 948460 ID: 0a7f21

I think we can agree that we can trust the aristocrats, but at the same time you don't say no to them until you have a reason to. He's likely to betray us... down the road, but I don't think he's about to sell Emils into slavery. I don't think he's really a threat to Emils at all, but I don't think Vitoria knows that.
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No. 948464 ID: 6c9030

>>948379
If he doesn't have enough pull to get Emils certified and licensed then he doesn't have enough pull to be a threat.

>>948460
It's not a matter of if we can or can not trust him, it's simple practicality.
This is a chance for Victoria to learn more about Emils, and understand what sort of person her ward is.
Compared to his potential threat profile, and how agreeing would affect said threat profile, going along with the test is unquestionably the correct choice.

(The meta answer? I really want to see how they react when Emils goes in and nails the problem in moments, while also finding and correcting other problems they hadn't even realized were there.)
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No. 948480 ID: 91ee5f

>>948126
Accept

>>948464
>(The meta answer? I really want to see how they react when Emils goes in and nails the problem in moments, while also finding and correcting other problems they hadn't even realized were there.)
I don’t think Emils can completely fix anyone. Unless Bea is a special case where she’s the only person we can’t completely fix.

The real meta reason why this would be good for Emils is because, just like what she did with Bea, she can copy a skill from whoever she’s operating on.
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No. 948481 ID: c9c450

>>948480
Considering Emils isn't just eating everyone she sees we need skills from somewhere. That just adds to this being the right choice.
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No. 948490 ID: 8d4593

>>948480
I mean, she also gets normal practice so using her ability becomes slightly more effective.
And supposedly there is a "Right" way to do Magical surgery. A way which while almost certainly less effective, might provide useful insight into better using her abilities. If deing this gets Emils' foot in the door to learning that particular ability, then this is most certainly worthwhile.

So like, meta reasons abound.
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No. 948575 ID: e7703b
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948575

>Integrity
Alphonse is loyal to the kingdom, but he cares more about his family and subordinates. He is general in charge of the city’s army, and won’t be as accepting to kidnapping and slavery. Most of those nobles were removed at the purge.

>Accept
“It’s not easy for me to say so, but if Emils agrees to this, then she will have my support in this.” I look at Emils, “are you willing to agree to help out Alphonses friend?”
“It would depend on the type of damage your subordinate have, but I am willing to take a look.”
“I see.”
Alphonse looks at the clock, “I still have an hour before Alice is done, would you like to take a look now?”
“That is fine.” Emils answers.

We exit the room, and walk towards the private ward rooms. The small number of nurses and doctors walk by as I hold Emils hand and follow behind Alphonse.
We stop at a small room, and Alphonse knocks on the door.

A female voice invites us in, and Alphonse enters.
“Resida, how are you feeling?”
“Ah, boss, is that you?”
A female rabbold sits up on her bed, most of her body under a thin blanket, and her eyes and hands wrapped in bandages.
“I have some guests with me, this is Victoria, and her ward, Emils.
“Hello.” I awkwardly greet the lady.
“What happened to your eyes?” Emils asks.
“Emils, that’s rude.” I whisper.
“That’s, fine.” Resida responds, “I just overexerted my eyes.”
“It’s more serious than just overexertion.” Alphonse retorts.
He looks at Emils, “What do you think?”
“What’s going on?” Resida asks.

I look at Emils as she walks up to the bed and puts her hand against Residas head.
“Oh, hello, are you Emils?”
“Hello.” Emils greets, “May I take a look at your condition?”
“Boss, what’s going on?”
“Emils here might be able to help your eyes. Please let her take a look.”
“Okay.” Resida nods, keeping still.

We look at Emils as she begins humming.
“W-wait, what’s happening?” Resida nervously asks.
“Resida?”
Emils is still humming as she talks, “Her organs are fine, but as far as I can tell, her eyes are receiving constant signals. Her hands will be okay, but her legs are too damaged.”
Resida flinches at the assessment. “Boss...?”
He sighs. “Yes, thats lines up with the doctors assessment. Do you think you can help her?”
“I can help with her eyes right now, but I do not know about the rest of her.”
“That’s, okay.” Alphonse turns to look at me, “Victoria, I could get my team ready in a few hours, or would you like to do this some other time?”
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No. 948579 ID: 015bf2

>>948575
ASAP will do. Ask Emils if there are any preparations she needs to do during the wait and if not sit down somewhere private to talk to her about such things as WHAT WAS THAT HUMMING and WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME YOU COULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS and, no really, WHO HAVE YOU ‘FIXED’?!

Emils: Before you’re dragged away for enhanced interrogation, tell Resida she needn’t be worried she’ll never walk again. You recently met someone here in town who is very dedicatedly working on prosthetics. Perhaps they can help, someday.
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No. 948580 ID: 094652

With damage this extensive, she should operate ASAP; the longer it takes, the more likely the leg damage will be permanent.

Ask Emils how she's doing this. She's processing what takes weeks of study at the speed of thought.
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No. 948585 ID: e4abe1

>>948579
this
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No. 948588 ID: 91ee5f

>>948575
Give permission for him to get his team together.

>>948579
>You recently met someone here in town who is very dedicatedly working on prosthetics. Perhaps they can help, someday.
Emils should not say that! Silvia told Emils to not tell anyone about that, so it would be wrong to start telling people.
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No. 948590 ID: e29ced

>>948588
She definitely should keep a lid on this, but either way we're not controlling Emils at the time. Still, Emils knows the value of cultivating trust.
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No. 948591 ID: 0fae41

>>948575
He's giving you an out, take it. Some "other" time.
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No. 948596 ID: e7c7d3

I think now is the time for Victoria to have a little chat with Emils. Preferable out of the patients hearing. Go over the risks of healing magic, just how much does Emils know what she is doing, and if she is fine with all this.

Victoria is her guardian, she needs to encourage Emils to grow up responsibly and to encourage any of her skills.

(The fact that Emils is only pretending to be a child is besides the point.)
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No. 948598 ID: 015bf2

>>948588
>>948590
Fair and fair, suggestion withdrawn. What I was thinking of probably works better in reverse anyhow, so Emils can talk to Silvia later about the possibility of providing prosthetics to Resida.
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No. 948603 ID: b1b4f3

>>948575
Ohh, I know who this is.

Yeah in a few hours is fine with us.
Ask Emils what's with the humming.
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No. 948607 ID: 6c9030

>>948575
"Lets get this over with."
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No. 948608 ID: a9af05

>>948575
>Resida
Hey, I know her. She's that Captain we played as one time. She shot ice out of her legs to prevent a slime from dragging her away.

Of course, Victoria and Emils don't know this, but still, it's good to see that she's going to get treatment of some kind.

>What do?
Ask how she got injured? Knowing more might help Emils. Then ask Emils to tell you what she thinks she can do.

Also try to not accidentally say something that sounds like you're giving Emils permission to do anything right now by herself without Alphonse's team.
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No. 948612 ID: a9af05

>>948608
And because Emils is a child, she's going to ask why she needs to wait for Alphonse's team instead of being allowed to help Resida right now. Emils might even say that it's dumb that Resida has to wait a few hours to be helped instead of getting help right now.

So when Emils says anything like that, you're going to have to explain to her why she needs to wait before she can help Resida.
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No. 948618 ID: 2ba9d1

Now is fine. While they're preparing, let's go somewhere private and try to get some answers.
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No. 948620 ID: 91ee5f

I’m surprised that Resida isn’t saying anything about how Alphonse said that Emils, who sounds like a child, might be able to help her, even though none of the actual doctors have been able to do anything.
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No. 948658 ID: e7703b

"Emils, are you sure you want to do this?" I ask.
"Yes. I do not mind." Emils returns to my side.
"Excellent. Please wait at the lobby outside while I talk to Resida for a while."
"Boss?"

I bring Emils out of the room, and take a seat, Emils sitting next to me.
A brief moment of silence before I look at Emils, sitting upright on her seat.

"Emils, could you please tell me about yourself?"
She looks up at me, "My name is Emils. I am your ward. I am-"
"No, not that, I mean about you yourself, not things I've told you about."

Emils is silent for a while before she answers, swinging her legs slowly. "I do not know much about myself, or where I come from.
All I know is that I woke up in a cave, and eventually found myself here. I do not know much about what I can do or how I do it, other than that I can do things."
"And what about the people you've done magic on?"
"I think I've mentioned before that they would like to keep their identity private."
"That's fine, I won't force that out of you, but be careful with all this. Magic affects the body negatively."
I try to recall what little I can remember, "Despite how much magic is part of our lives, we hold a delicate balance with it inside our bodies. Too little mana, and we break down, and too much mana, and our body mutates.
Healing magic is one of the few magic that allows you to change how much magic is in a person. You understand what this means right?" I look at Emils, and she nods.
"It means that it's easy to upset the balance."
"Yes. I hope you understand, it's very easy to kill someone, even if they seem fine. It could be an hour, or even years later."
Emils doesn't seem worried about this, which is worrisome... does she have the concept of morality?
"Emil-"

I am interrupted by Alphonse stepping out of the room, "I've spoken with Resida, she has agreed to the procedure. Do you need anything for the surgery?"
"No sir."
"Are you sure...?"
"Yes sir. I can start at any time."
"Alright." Alphonse turns to me, "Anything you need before I get my team?"

>What do I need?
>Questions to ask Emils in the meanwhile.
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No. 948659 ID: e7c7d3

She may be amoral, but that doesn't make her immoral. She seems content with helping people, even if she doesn't care about their ultimate fate. Worrying, sure, but not hopeless.

I don't think there's anything we need, or need to ask until after the procedure.
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No. 948660 ID: 0efe8e

Ask Emils how she was humming and speaking simultaneously.
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No. 948661 ID: b1b4f3

>>948658
Tell Emils that you're proud of her for wanting to help people, but the risks aren't just to her patients. If someone dies and she gets blamed for it, she could be in serious trouble. Still, with the proper training and backing from a powerful group to keep her safe and possibly anonymous, she could turn this into a highly lucrative career.
Would she like that? What does she want to do with her life? What purpose does she seek?
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No. 948670 ID: 015bf2

>Anything needed?
Some refreshments would be nice, since you'll be here for longer than anticipated. A promise that this won't all come crashing down on Emils if something goes wrong would be nice. Additionally, you'd prefer her gift be kept relatively lowkey for now. There are, you are sure, unscrupulous people out there who'd see Emils as someone to use, rather than as a child. You'd rather it not come to that.

(Which is probably, recalling Chris' words on the surviving noble families' need for a unifying dragonblooded rabbold to prop up their influence, the understatement of the year.)

>>948661
Indeed. What does Emil want from life? You know she's interested in magic - and clearly has a far greater gift for it than you realized.

>Humming
How does her talent work? The humming seemed to come from her... core? Body? Is this something anyone could learn to do? Could, for example, you?

>Previously treated people
Has she considered that it may be important to arrange for regular check-ups of those she has affected, lest ill effects develop unknowingly over time? She carries some responsibility for what happens onwards - is she prepared to deal with that?

>Emils' past
>Recall stories of rabbold dragonblooded being sacrificed to a mana beast.
She woke up in a cave? Does she... remember anything at all about a giant mana beast? Other than the one she claims to have met in the sewers, that is.

>Recall her strange language proficiency.
Does she know why she can speak other languages? Is the knowledge just there when she needs it, or can she recall how she knows them?

>Recall the story of Emperor Kali, his monsterification from drinking Dragon's Blood and following unsurpassed control over mana.
(... is Emils unlocking powers similar to that? Should you tell her about it?)
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No. 948676 ID: 977456

A notebook and an N.D.A..
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No. 948684 ID: 91ee5f

>>948658
>I look at Emils, sitting upright on her seat.
It’s surprising that Emils is even sitting in a chair. You’d think she would’ve developed a fear of chairs after how they keep breaking after she sits on them!

>does she have the concept of morality?
That might be one of the things that she forgot.
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No. 948688 ID: 8d4593

>Emils doesn't seem worried about this, which is worrisome... does she have the concept of morality?

Maybe it's not a moral issue. Emils just diagnosed someone by touching them and humming for a moment, and now supposedly she can perform complicated surgery without need of any tools.
What kind of insane magic is this?
Maybe there's just nothing for her to be worried about.
Does she see something you cannot?
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No. 948691 ID: 18e3d4

Ask her if this has to do with the magical girl books she's been reading.
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No. 948698 ID: b1b4f3

Oh hey, if she doesn't have a good concept of morality you could spend the next couple hours teaching her.
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No. 948700 ID: 0fae41

A vow of silence.
Ask Emils if she knows what she just agreed to.
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No. 948701 ID: 094652

"Yes. A bear."
> You mean a beer.
"No."
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No. 948705 ID: 6c9030

>>948658
Trust Emils here. She's not worried, even when you explained the dangers. Since this is happening either way, show her you trust her understanding of her own capabilities and limits.
After you get home, ask Emils to trust you.

You're looking out for her, and while it's fine she has secrets it does make it difficult for you to give her the help and advice she needs.

Honestly, Victoria? You seem to be a bit behind the curve here. You've been putting your focus on trying to keep Emils out of dangerous situations, but she's clearly outside the scope of anything that would normally be considered dangerous.
The problems she's going to wind up struggling with are societal and political. She doesn't understand how things work, and has a very... direct approach to solving problems.
She doesn't need a guardian that protects her from things that would hurt her, she needs a parent to teach her how the world works and what is and is not ok. Find out what she wants, and be her guide on the path towards her goals.
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No. 948706 ID: 4cf79d

When talking about herself I expected Emils to mention being uncertain if she possesses emotions and her desire to have feelings like the people she interact with.

Request that, in the future, if she discover any new things about herself that she talk to you about it before attempting to make use of her abilities on others. Explain that your role as guardian is to guide her in decisions she might be to inexperience to make, so if she thing there might be risks in taking certain actions you are the person she should be disusing what to to do. Tell her that it's your duty to guaranty her well being, so you would like her to think of you as trustworthy enough to share personal problems.
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No. 948737 ID: 3ce8ff

>>948705
this
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No. 949652 ID: e7703b

"Perhaps some refreshments would be nice. Maybe something to document all this." I shrugged, "Can I get a promise of secrecy? I don't really want Emils to be bogged down by all this in the end."
Alphonse nods, "Alright, that at least I can do. I promise that I'll handle this matter will be kept between those who are involved. Now, if you excuse me." Alphonse leaves.

"Emils, what can you tell me about this healing ability you have?"
"It starts with me injecting trace mana into my target. That way, I can trace where mana goes in the target. I can then use my mana to manipulate whats around it, letting me change how mana flows or what it does."
"What about the humming?"
"I don't know. From what I understand, it's what the mana sounds like. As if I'm resonating with it. I don't really understand music, so I can't tell if it's any good."
"It is nice."
"Oh."

An awkward silence descends upon us, as I'm not sure how to continue the conversation.

"So... could you tell me what you want for your future?"
"What do you mean?"
"Well, your dreams. Aspirations, desires, what you'd like to be."

>Answer for Emils
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No. 949657 ID: 0fae41

The goal has never changed... and Emils hasn't learned the importance of lying.
To become a magical slimegirl!
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No. 949664 ID: b1b4f3

>>949652
Well there's the usual answer of "magical girl" but that's just the symbol of a desire. What about magical girls does Emils like? Is it the heroism? The strength? The glamour and respect, while under the cloak of anonymity that the transformation/disguise grants?
I think all those things would appeal to Emils. Yes even the heroism, because that's fighting with a strong purpose-- she doesn't care very much what the purpose IS (or at least not yet), so long as there is one. Fighting in a way that affects the lives of numerous others without those others responding with a desire to kill her. In fact, it makes sense for Emils to want to curry good favor since it would make people want to protect her, or whatever identity she's using at the time anyway. Emils should know she is not unstoppable. If she becomes a villain, she will be killed eventually.
Other ambitions:
Treating more people. She "learns a lot" during the process of treatment.
Becoming a bounty hunter, for the rewards. (mana stone rewards)
Learning about mana, Dragons, and working towards keeping the planet habitable. This is just an overall high priority and investment for the future... because Emils can live a long time.
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No. 949668 ID: 9e04c9

Tell her that you can't go into details until you learn more about the world around you.

But that you like hugs!
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No. 949672 ID: 8d4593

I'm hungry for experience, I want to learn and do. Mastering magic seems like the most important thing right now. It gives me options. Let's me do more.
It's let me help several people already.
I don't know why I keep doing this to be honest.
Is this what a Magical Girl would do?
MAybe I enjoy it. What's enjoyment like?
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No. 949675 ID: e7c7d3

To become a dragon!
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No. 949678 ID: a9af05

>>949657
Emils may not know the importance of lying, but she does know the importance of not calling herself a slime!

>>949664
This.
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No. 949679 ID: 18e3d4

I want to be a magical girl.
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No. 949687 ID: 528d9b

Beside the silly answer our long term plans are all related to the imminent disaster and how to prevent it. This isn't the place to talk such matter, but how about this:

"Victoria, there is something I need to talk to you in private. About what I am, where I came from and what should I do in the future.
For now I will say that I'm younger than I look and will live much longer than you expect."

Lust feared the possibility of forget someone important from her past. If Emils learn how to fix the natives she may never have to worry about losing friends in the first place. Those mana manipulation practices are important.
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No. 949688 ID: de4640

I want to always have something to strive for and when i achieve it, I want to find another even better thing to strive for.
I want to have almost every spell at my beck and call but still be able to grow.
I want to be the second best magical girl no matter how many times i surpass the best.
I want to never stop being ambitious.
I want just short of everything.
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No. 949689 ID: 2ba9d1

>>949664
Start with being a magical girl and then explain the details that really support it besides "it's cool". If people love and need you they don't want to kill you for your secrets.
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No. 949698 ID: a9af05

>>949687
I'm not entirely sure it's a good idea to tell Victoria any of that.
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No. 949703 ID: 0a7f21

"Well, I'd like to know more about how the world works and how magic works, and I should probably do what Lust asked me to and bring the people back to the stars, but I'm not sure how to do that yet."
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No. 949714 ID: 015bf2

>Revealing slime nature.
Just no.

>>949657
>>949678
Gonna point out that Emils knows the importance of lying and misleading. They got a +3 CHA bonus title - Poker Face - back in IAm 2 from getting Bea to think we were a foreign noble relative of 'Sir Victor'. They've also always been circumspect about revealing details involving their true primordial slime-hood.

And it's time to straddle that edge of truth and lies again.

>>949664
>Treating more people. She "learns a lot" during the process of treatment.
>Becoming a bounty hunter, for the rewards. (mana stone rewards)
>Learning about mana, Dragons, and working towards keeping the planet habitable.
Much of this seems on point as well. Although Emils may not know this definition of a 'magical girl', so let's layer in some context.

Tell Victoria that as she knows, you don't know much of anything due to your lack of memory (entirely true; you're very young). You want to learn how to fit in as a girl, although you kind of enjoy being somewhat independent and able to do as you like, and you get the impressions some girls are not as free to do so). You also want to study mana and learn more about how magic functions.

In short, you want to become a magical girl. So far, you're left with many questions.

As a point of reference - what do girls your age typically want? Since the distinction exists, what makes true and recycled mana different? What motivated Bea's parents to restrict her from becoming an adventurer? What happened to the Dragons? Why and how does adding mana to food make it taste better? Kissing - how does it work and why is it done? What is the difference between a fireball and an explosion spell?

As Victor can see, you have many magic and girl-related things to sort through.
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No. 949716 ID: b1b4f3

>>949714
I'm fairly sure that Emils learned about magical girls by reading some books. Victoria commented as much.
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No. 949717 ID: 80b722

>>949652
"To consume this world, and all that those within it hold dear."


"...that was a 'joke.' Was it funny?"
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No. 949728 ID: 1b9107

"Do what I can, improve so I can do more."
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No. 949731 ID: 6c9030

>>949652
"The World is broken. Dying. A lot of the people are, too. Generally people who don't deserve that.
The World would be a better place to live if somebody started repairs.
I can't fix everything, but I can fix what I can. I want to make the World better.
Also, I want to be a Magical Girl. That is important."
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No. 949733 ID: 34cb4e

>>949652
Magical girl.
But like, seriously.
Emils can help people with little difficulty.
Magical girls are cool.
Helping people provides Emils with enormous benefits, both socially and (hopefully one day) economically.
Magical girls are cool.
Emils seeks self improvement and the pursuit of knowledge (the first is achieved by helping, the second will more easily be given by those who are helps)
Magical girls are cool.
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No. 950241 ID: e7703b

"There are many things I don't know." Emils says calmly, "I'm learning how be be... 'normal'. It's different from what I used to be. I don't know how to act like a girl, really."
I wince, realizing I'm not really a good role model for 'normal girl'.
"All I understand about this place, I've read from books or heard from others. There's plenty of conflicting information, and I'm just sorting out what is true, and about this world in general."

"I'm sorry about that... I guess I've not been a proper guardian, and that's not all that fair for either of us. It's just... I've not really had much childhood experiences to impart upon you."
"But you are a girl are you not?"
"... Yes I am. I guess. It's been some time since I've considered myself as a girl."
"Then that really all that matters then. Tell me your experiences and opinions as a girl, and I can learn from that. It doesn't matter if it's good or bad, I just need a larger sample size."
"That works I guess. I'll try to do more stuff together, or try to bring you out more."

She looks at me, "Meanwhile, for short term goals, perhaps I would like to learn more about magic. What it is, how it works, why does it do what it does, and how does it relate to the end of this world."
"That's something in the works, there's someone I've invited over to help assess and teach you magic, and they should come over soon... I'm sorry, what was that last part?"

"The usage of mana seems to be unsustainable. I do not have accurate information that leads up to this conclusion, but it comes from a reliable source."
I raise a brow, "And what is this source?"
"The mana beast that used to live under the city."
"Used to?"
"Yes. It is dead now, I think. I am not sure how the classification of alive and dead works on mana beasts, but it's not anymore."
This sounds all too much like a joke. "Then I guess the only place to get to the bottom of the issue now is at Fuller. It's largest place of magic studies and research around. The guy I've invited over is from Fuller. If you really want to study magic, I could pull some strings to get you in, but I wouldn't be able to follow you."
"I see." Emils seems to be thinking.
"You don't have to decide now, most kids tend to magic when they're 5 to 15. Not everyone is capable of admission, but I'm sure you can if you try."

"What about becoming a magical girl? How does one officially become one?"
"Oh. Uh. That's not a real... vocation."
"It's not?" Emils asks, confused.
"No, it's a fictional thing. Something to encourage kids to learn magic, by promoting friendship and training." I think, trying to remember my old books, "Most of them of the time, they're written with problem of the day issues, like fables and such, teaching some sort of lesson."
Emils looks down, quiet.
"That is... I mean, Just because it isn't real doesn't mean you can't try to be one. I'm sure someone out there has tried to be a magical girl too. Just because you haven't heard of something existing, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. You could even be the first, if you set your heart into it." I try to cheer up Emils, but it's hard to tell with her.
"I understand." Emils looks up and at the end of the corridor where Alphonse walks in with a group of people rolling some equipment.

"Ah, girls, you're still here." He nods to one of the nurses who hands me a paper contract, a notebook, on a tray with some water.
"Refreshments, as asked. And a contract of secrecy. Everyone here has their name and signature on that copy. This one is yours."
I take the notebook and file the contract inside it, "Emils, how long will this take?"
"I don't know. Maybe a few minuites?"

The group erupts into whispers, much of it jargon I don't understand, but a general atmosphere of noninterference is present.

"Would you like to wait outside, or join us inside?"

>Watch the process
>Stay outside (Swaps to Emils)
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No. 950242 ID: 3ce8ff

i vote stay outside (swap to Emils)
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No. 950244 ID: e7c7d3

Victoria should be there. Can't just say that you want to be a better and more involved guardian and then leave your charge alone to an experiment with strangers.
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No. 950245 ID: b1b4f3

Yeah Victoria should be there.
I kindof want to swap to Emils anyway...
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No. 950247 ID: 0efe8e

Victoria should see this, both to serve as a guardian, as well as out of curiosity.
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No. 950250 ID: 0fae41

Swap to Emils. You're here to pioneer the profession of magical slimegirl, Emils. You are uniquely suited to the task.
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No. 950251 ID: 91ee5f

>>950241
>This sounds all too much like a joke.
Victoria, don’t you remember what Emils told you about her adventure into the sewer? She told you that she had to “shut down” a giant slime. That giant slime is the mana beast she’s talking about.

>"Would you like to wait outside, or join us inside?"
You can’t tell Emils that you’ll do more stuff together with her and then immediately not do it.

Go in there and watch the process.

>>950245
>I kind of want to swap to Emils anyway...
Me too.
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No. 950258 ID: 977456

Definitely watch the process, but I don't care about swapping.
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No. 950262 ID: 8d4593

Oh fuck yes you wanna watch.
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No. 950268 ID: 83bf07

Watch this.
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No. 950273 ID: 55ff9b

>>950241
Let's watch - why not!
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No. 950282 ID: 9e04c9

Oh, they'd let you watch? Is it normal that non-medical personnel are allowed to watch surgical procedures? If they're offering, then why not.

Emils should ask Victoria what a "contract" is. And what sort of binding power that piece of paper has.
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No. 950283 ID: 0a7f21

Victoria should watch even though she's unlikely to understand what's going on.

Hell, why would any of them be able to tell what happens here, they don't have Emils ability to see an manipulate mana directly.
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No. 950299 ID: feecd8

>>950241
Go watch your adoptive daughter perform surgery and be there to support her.
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No. 950304 ID: 34cb4e

>>950241
I would like for her to watch, but also to switch to Emils.
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No. 950338 ID: 18e3d4

Go with her.
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No. 950339 ID: 29b9c8

>>950241
keep an eye on her, if only to make sure she also doesn't get hurt or overwhelmed
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No. 950358 ID: a9af05

>>950299
This!
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No. 950638 ID: e7703b
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950638

Victoria follows me into the room, as the observers stand aside, quietly discussing with each other.
They’re all standing aside, giving the room space around the bed.
An older man comes up to me, holding a tube.
“Hello Emils, my name is doctor Simon. I’ll be using this tool to record what you do today, so we can check and review what happens today.”
“Okay.” I respond, walking up to the lady on the bed.
“If it is okay with you, we can begin.”
“Oh... okay.” She answers pensively.

I rest my hand on her chest, near her mana stone, and begin infusing mana into her body.
Someone in the group is narrating what I’m doing, as I assess what I can fix.

>Fix eyes
>Fix mana around eyes
>Also Fix legs
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No. 950639 ID: 0efe8e

Start by fixing the mana around her eyes, that is what we were asked to do, ask for permission before doing anything else.
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No. 950640 ID: 9e04c9

Fix eyes.
Also fix legs. No need to ask for permission. If she says something, just say it's side effects.
Also enhance fix knockers. Because science.

...
Also remove mana from the recording device.
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No. 950641 ID: 210821

Fix the mana around her eyes, as advertised.

About the legs, you seem to have said they were beyond saving, so if they're actually not you need a good explanation.
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No. 950643 ID: 56076d

>>950638
You are being recorded, so only fix the mana around her eyes, which is probably the source of the constant signals, and keep your own mana and body under tight 'normal' control. Are her eyes themselves damaged as well if this is an option?

Fixing her eyes and legs directly would probably cause Resida pain, so she should probably be unconscious for that. Something for a separate operation later, or something to ask for if you decide to go through with it now. Wouldn't do to have her thrash around.

Your ability to fleshcraft is probably not something you should advertise today.
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No. 950646 ID: c023bb

>>950638
Stick to the original plan,fix mana around eyes.
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No. 950649 ID: 094652

Fix eyes, then go into a bull^&*( lengthy bio-engineering explanation for her legs. Claim that whatever maimed her developed a set of geometrically-patterned hollow pathways through her bones. Obviously, this prevents her from walking, but with the right application of recursive healing, it should practically heal itself.
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No. 950657 ID: 0fae41

Fix only eyes. Scan for abilities to copy.
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No. 950658 ID: 8d4593

Fix mana around eyes first, then fix eyes.
That's why you are here after all.

Ask before attempting the leg repair.
Don't poke around more than you have too. They are watching.
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No. 950664 ID: e7c7d3

Fix the mana around the eyes.
Don't attempt to fix the legs. Victoria mentioned that healing can be dangerous to the individual in the long term, which rather defeats the purpose of trying to heal them.
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No. 950670 ID: 18e3d4

Is the damage to the eyes caused by the damage to the mana circuits around the eyes? If so, repairing that may be the easiest way.
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No. 950672 ID: d63ea8

>>950658
Seconded
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No. 950674 ID: 0a7f21

Fix the eyes and the mana around the eyes, and then casually mention that you could fix her legs too without actually doing it.
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No. 950675 ID: 83bf07

Fix mana around eyes. Legs can come later if they let you.
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No. 950677 ID: b1b4f3

>>950638
Fix mana around eyes.
Also state that you can attempt to repair other damage to her eyes, as well as her legs.
Remember, you stated that her legs will not "be okay". That implies they won't heal on their own. You didn't say they could not be healed via outside intervention.
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No. 950680 ID: 91ee5f

>>950638
Stick to your original plan of fixing the mana around her eyes. You already said that you could help with her eyes right now, so it’s best that you don’t try to fix her legs.

And remember what Victoria told you about how dangerous it is to use magic on people. If you try to completely fix her, that might only make things worse.
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No. 950682 ID: a9af05

>>950638
Just fix the mana around her eyes.

>>950657
>Copy
Should we attempt that while we're being watched?

>>950680
>If you try to completely fix her, that might only make things worse.
Good point. Trying to heal too much at once may not be a good idea, so we'd better stick to what we said we were going to do.
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No. 950685 ID: 977456

Ehh, fix everything, and let them record. This will give them the most reassurance of your capabilities and thus maximise your ability to heal Alice.
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No. 950688 ID: 2202fb

>>950685
this
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No. 950705 ID: 6c9030

>>950638
Fix mana around eyes, then fix eyes.

State that you can attempt a repair of her legs, but that it is uncertain due to the difficulty of such a task, and that it would be best to let her stabilize after this before deciding if an attempt should be made.
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No. 950706 ID: 6c9030

>>950664
To be fair, they don't have much understanding of biology. It's little better than the days when people would go to barbers and dentists for their internal surgical needs - even minor surgery has a mortality rate of more than 10%, largely because they don't even know to clean their blades.

Keep in mind that Emils is here because this patient has been ruled a lost cause. They're hoping for success, but are expecting failure.
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No. 950708 ID: feecd8

>>950682
>Trying to heal too much at once may not be a good idea
I agree with this.

Let's just focus on the mana around the eyes for now.
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No. 950714 ID: 7ad9ca

Do all you can do, everyone already agreed not to disclose anything that happens here. Try to be as gentle as possible while healing her.
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No. 950749 ID: 0a7f21

Keep in mind they are probably expecting fixing the mana problem to fix the eyes themselves, hence we should fix both and ask about the legs.
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No. 950750 ID: 34cb4e

>>950638
fix eyes and surrounding mana
ask if legs should also be fixed
>recording device
remind them of their promise, and to be very careful in the storage and presentation of that device.
do this in a nonthreatening way, but honestly a tiny, extremely vague threat would become effective once they see what you can do, so slip it in if you want


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