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926927 No. 926927 ID: 7e06cf

-{Deep underground}-
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No. 940682 ID: bddb0f

>>940675
Kind of have to agree with this. We've already gone way beyond on the 'standing out' scale, much further and we'll break the poor boy. Do something that's at least marginally believable, so that any future improvements (we can make those, right?) can be sold as a new development of an already outrageous skill and thus less unbelievable (because we already sold the lie the first time around).

As-is, selling this will have to be some kind of 'you can sense and manipulate mana, and creating a functional skeletal arm is done through mana manipulation - you imagine that's how the mana beasts manipulate them in the first place, since you just repaired and modified the blueprint that was already there' lie/truth.
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No. 940689 ID: b1b4f3

Also no matter what you do, you should definitely absorb a sample (and replace the absorbed matter via slime) so you can replicate it later.
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No. 940712 ID: e3e99e

>>940675
This.
It's not that we don't have mana and mass to spare, it's that creating new dracolite stands out too much.

So create a skeletal arm for Alice using the corpse metal, and maybe cover it in corpse flesh if you can make it look like Alice's other arm.

He's going to want to know how we do this, so obviously the response is to ask him if he thinks "dragon-blooded rabbolds" are just grandstanding snobs.
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No. 940713 ID: 8d4593

Won't he be miffed if we make a skeletal arm out of the complicated thing he's been studying though?

Also that stands out enormously. Might as well go big me thinks.
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No. 940714 ID: 0a7f21

Really, who cares what this guy thinks. Alice is Emils friend, make her a nice, full arm, even if it seems impossible to him.
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No. 940738 ID: a9af05

>>940675
Do this.
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No. 940741 ID: 4cf79d

>>940714
I don't think Alice can be considered Emils' friend. They've meet three times, and although both demonstrate to have something to gain from each other Alice remains cautiously distant, almost uninterested in Emils' proposals. We may have found a touchy personal subject to mess with, but other than that Alice have the same intrigued but skeptical attitude toward Emils that most classmates demonstrate.
Alice is more like a broken toy that looks fun to repair. If we were to mess up and she end up even worst I wouldn't care.



Create a functional arm from the corpse. If the Skeletal arm works it's good enough.
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No. 940804 ID: 0a7f21

Isn't Alice the one we showed how to cast perfect fire and offered to attempt to repair her damaged mana channels?

I mean, none of them are close friends yet, but as Emils continues to do impossible things to fix their major problems I have to assume they'll be grateful, and Emils has already put in a decent amount of time with her. It's as close to friends as someone as emotionless as Emils is going to get for the time being.

And I see no reason to hide any aspect of Emils power. I'm sure we've earned ourselves a few advocates should someone decide Emils is a threat, and it's going to happen anyway. I say keep going with it, do amazing things and keep impressing people, and when it does happen maybe people will treat Emils as someone to listen to instead of someone to exterminate.
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No. 940984 ID: ba56e6

>>940804
Consider that this individual has obtained cores from multiple types of mana beasts, including slimes, and studied them. Emils is far from a normal slime, but there is potential danger in revealing too much if he knows weaknesses we are not yet aware of.

At the same time, his knowledge is too valuable to just get rid of him, so we can't afford to make an enemy or threat of him yet.
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No. 941045 ID: 0a7f21

Hmm, Alice's severed arm was causing her mana leakage, I wonder if we could craft the arm to fix that problem. Maybe use slime to grow real nerve tissue making the arm a permanent digit that ties directly to her existing physiology.

After it's made, we should really invite this guy to come along when we give it to her. Might be nice to be there for a victory moment for her, bask in the positivity and let that divide between them heal a bit.

Also, did we bother telling him that Alice blames herself?
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No. 941047 ID: 91ee5f

>>941045
>Also, did we bother telling him that Alice blames herself?
Yes. It was right here: >>939203 .
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No. 941321 ID: e7703b
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941321

>Skeletal arm from corpse

Using my knowledge of anatomy of both Rabbold and Avaros, I make up a composite image of a base skeletal structure, and grab a hold of the mummified arm and start humming.
I try to use the flesh as parts, but most of it is unusable, except for patches of hide to provide some kind of tension and covering.
Abandoning that, I shift the Draconite around the bones to reinforce what’s left of it, and place the cables and tendons inside of the space where meat would be.
Using a bit more mana, I change the shape of most of the extra Draconite to fill in the gaps, and absorb the rest out of sight.

The arm is a little heavier, being made of metal and cable now. As well as sized for an adult.

All in all, not a bad facsimile.
I run mana though each cable, causing the fingers to wriggle all over and the wrist and elbow to rotate and twist.

I look back to Silvia, who is staring at me, wide eyes and mouth agape.
“Ah... what...? What dah heck was that? How did yah do that?!”
He rushes over, examining the arm, testing each joint and artificial muscle.
“All ah could see was just a rush of mana when you started humming, it was too bright for me to see anything, what did you do?!”
>Explain a lot
>Explain a little
>Leave
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No. 941323 ID: e3e99e

>>941321
Explain a little
"I am a magical girl."
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No. 941324 ID: 8d4593

Explain a little.

Mana beasts manipulate mana differently than we do.
I merely copied them.
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No. 941325 ID: 0a7f21

Explain a lot in terms he'll be completely unable to understand.
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No. 941326 ID: a54215

Just leave.
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No. 941327 ID: a9af05

>>941321
>What did you do?!
"It should be very obvious what I have done. I made a fully functioning, adult sized skeletal arm. You may need to make it smaller so that it will fit Alice."
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No. 941330 ID: e2f5cc

>>941321
>What did you do?!
"Create a fully functional arm." And to the obvious follow up question of how: "I am a magical girl." Then leave without another word.
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No. 941331 ID: bddb0f

>>941323
Yes.
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No. 941333 ID: 83bf07

>>941323
Duh
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No. 941335 ID: 094652

Offer to teach him if he gives you more materials to work with. Teach him as you work, and then leave with his materials and four extra arms. Don't tell him how you attached the extra arms to places without augmentation sockets.
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No. 941336 ID: ba56e6

>>941323
Correct
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No. 941337 ID: 977456

>>941323
>>941330
What use's a wagon without a band?
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No. 941353 ID: 1ed92d

>>941321
Explain a little.
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No. 941422 ID: 864e49

Is nobody going to mention his change in accent?
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No. 941529 ID: 0fae41

Just leave. You can't really put it in terms he can understand at this society's current level of understanding. So, did absorbing that material teach you anything new?
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No. 941559 ID: b5bc34

Explain a little. Obviously the magical girl bit is important, but saying that magic is tuned into certain inaudible notes is also fun and cryptic.

>>941422
I bet that's his normal accent and it comes out when he's excited.
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No. 942762 ID: 3e9573

Tell him you did what he wanted. Also, that you've been dismantling and fixing things your whole life.
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No. 943573 ID: e7703b

“All I did was inject a bit of mana into the metal, and asked it to move.”
“Asked it to move?”
“Yes. Is that not how magic is done?”
He looks at me, holding a chip of Draconite, “well, yah ain’t exactly wrong.”

He tries to focus on the small metal while explaining, “I’m not sure who taught yah, but inside everything... hm... let’s call it ‘roads’. Each spell is like a route. A chant, directions.”
He beginning to sweat as he tries to focus, “though repetition and practice, can one find shortcuts, different routes, or separate endings.”
He holds motions to some accessories made of composite matter on the side, “If not, there’s also just forcing a route to be taken.
The main issue is that not everyone knows where or what they’re going to, where they are, or what route they need, which is why every little handicap helps.
And you’re telling me that you just... ask it?”
“Yes.”
“... how.”
“I’m a magical girl...?”
“Fine, keep your secrets.” He waves his hand towards the exit, “I sincerely thank you for sharing with me, helping me an all that, but it’s getting late. I need to clean up and lock up, so pardon if I don’t see you out. If yah need anything, just ask.”

>ask
>leave (ends day)
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No. 943574 ID: ba56e6

>>943573
"You did not answer my question. What is love?"
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No. 943575 ID: 0fae41

Ask for cores.
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No. 943582 ID: e7c7d3

Eh, leave. We shook this guys world enough.
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No. 943587 ID: b5bc34

Time to go
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No. 943591 ID: 83bf07

>>943573
Let's bail
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No. 943608 ID: 094652

"I need a 'subscription' of materials and more arms delivered to my place every week."
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No. 943609 ID: 8d4593

Ok. You mind if I come back some time?
You seem interesting and I wouldn't mind helping again.
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No. 943610 ID: e3e99e

>>943573
"Can you handle teaching Alice how to use that arm?"
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No. 943612 ID: b1b4f3

Well, one question: should that arm count as your gift?
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No. 943613 ID: 91ee5f

>>943573
Time to go home.

>>943612
And this.
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No. 943615 ID: 977456

"I want a lab. And a magical girl uniform. And lab supplies. And Cores."
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No. 943748 ID: 18f1c5

>>943574
This. No one seems to be able to answer!

>>943612
And this.
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No. 943756 ID: 2e758a

Now that hes well armed, see if he wants a continuing relationship. Maybe if he gives it to Alice and he starts feeling better things will be easier for emils
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No. 943769 ID: 0a7f21

Do not give away the nice arm Emils made for Alice to this person. He's got to fix his own situation.

Do tell him he should probably go see her in private now if he's definitely going to be seeing her in public later. It'll just be awkward otherwise.
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No. 943770 ID: ba56e6

>>943769
Nah. We made the arm, he can deal with the problems of installation and it can be his birthday gift.
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No. 943774 ID: 977456

Getting the arm to her sooner sounds more important than making a presentation of it. Why wait until a celebration when she could be raining her productivity immediately?
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No. 943775 ID: 1b4b08

>>943774
More importantly, it's a sensitive issue for her. She could be made to feel terrible if the arm is presented publicly and she isn't ready for it. Especially since we don't know if we'll be able to modify her magic pathways, if that's a necessary step.
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No. 943781 ID: 0a7f21

I agree we should take it to her right now, but it's still our gift and not this guys.

It's not like he ever could install it anyway. He can't cast spells let alone do the things emils can.
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No. 943782 ID: 18f1c5

Didn't we come here to find out what kind of gift to get him, as the party is supposed to be in his honor?
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No. 943783 ID: 8eaf98

>>943782
shhhh don't bring logic into this.
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No. 945103 ID: c0e130

>>943573
"Is this enough for you to tell me what love is?"

This is the only SFW quest I could be bothered to read seven whole threads of; good job, you nerd. I'll start supporting your Patreon soon ::]
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