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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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“I was hoping for some more experience with different types of weapons, as well as going to the guild. Will all that be important?”
“Not really. In any case, we can go together. I just need to grab some stuff from home before we go.”
We continue on our way back.

“So, what did you talk with Alice about?” She asks.
“We talked about relationships.”
Red eyes takes a misstep but quickly recovers, “oh? What about?”
“Mostly about her and Silvia.
Why do people get into relationships? From what I’ve seen, it has been very painful for everyone involved.”
“Oh. Uh...” She scratches her head, “Relationships are a mixed bag. There are some that are good, and some that are bad. It’s not all good or all bad all the time though.
It’s not always something you can control,” she looks far off, “it’s just... when you find someone you genuinely enjoy being around, you feel like you’d like to spend your life with them. You want to be involved in their lives to some degree, and then you find out everything you know about them is a lie and they are part of your life out of dut-“
Red eye pauses, frowning before sighing.
“Forget that last part, I’m not really a good role model for a proper relationship. It’s not something easily explained, and each person will find their own relationship on their own way. Just keep in mind, just because you like someone, doesn’t mean they will feel the same way. It’s a very emotional thing, so it doesn’t always makes sense.”
“I see.” I think... “How would one control their emotions?”
“Eh, there’s different ways. The most common way is to meditate. Clearing your mind and calm your heart, and all that shit. Rosh can teach you about that. Others use training to focus themselves. However it’s mostly something you get better at with time and experience. There’s no shortcuts on controlling your body, like emotions and physical fitness.”
I guess that doesn’t apply to me.

We reached home, and I wait outside as Red eyes goes in and grabs a bag before we continue on our way to the guild.

“We also talked about Fuller. Do you know about it?”
“Oh yeah. It’s a very prestigious school of magic. My sister spent a few years there, and I would have gone too... are you interested in going?”
“Maybe? I am unsure at the moment.”
“Well, there’ll be a mage from Fuller coming over soon. He’s be the one who will evaluate your magic. If things go well, he’ll also mentor you while he has some free time. If you want to go, you could join him him back to Fuller. Either way, I’ll be leaving this city in a few months.”
“Where will you be going?”
“Wherever. I haven’t really given much thought when I left home, and I just feel like going as far away as possible.”
“Especially now.” She mumbles, as she picks up and looks at her gem necklace.

We’re approaching the guild, “So, any thought on what kind of training you’d like? I can help out getting some proper trainers for you while I fill out some paperwork.”
No. 958529 ID: 0fae41

Magic trainers. Let's expand our magic vocabulary - though outwardly we should only express proficiency in one or two fields, which seems to be the norm for an individual.
No. 958530 ID: e7c7d3

How about some archery. Learning accuracy would help with a variety of other skills.
No. 958536 ID: 91ee5f

We did say we wanted weapon training, so we should stick with that.

Currently, we have the Sword Handling and Spear Handling skills. Victoria gave us a little sword training, so we’ve got Rank D with swords, while we’ve only got Rank F for spears.

I’m thinking that we should ask for someone that can give us some spear training.
No. 958560 ID: b07f1c

Defensive skills. Shielding, evading, etc.
No. 958577 ID: b1b4f3

Archery(to see if you can learn it despite not having absorbed the skill), swordsmanship and spear use. If you can find a private location to practice, you could try using swords with multiple limbs.
Hmm, actually... since you can produce liquids at will, it would be useful to gain the knowledge of a lethal or incapacitating toxin(one not dangerous to slimes) that you could apply to things like throwing daggers, darts, and arrowheads. You'll want to learn how to use one or two of those. Can you learn to use throwing spears?
An incapacitating drug would be more generally useful as you could use that to get people out of the way during a stealth mission without making people suspect there's a monster on the loose. Optimally you'd want to be able to put people to sleep at range without making much noise, but it would also be acceptable to be able to use it on a target after sneaking up on them.
No. 958592 ID: f133dc

Did something happen to Victoria recently? Or a long time ago? She's acting strange. I wonder what's wrong...

If you didn't notice she has trouble controlling her emotions too, and makes mistakes because of it.
No. 958599 ID: 298857

No. 958608 ID: 6e6f32

Martial Arts, Sword Handling, Parkour.
Combined with slime powers to hide and extend weapons from anywhere and we could be whirling death.
No. 958612 ID: d63ea8

Just because I'm curious to see where this goes:
"Do we have a good relationship?"

Also Archery.
No. 958624 ID: b8bf3b

Do archery
No. 958625 ID: 977456

Knives and scouting.

>"Do we have a good relationship?"
Now this is a band that I can wag on!
No. 958642 ID: 621ed6

Sword training. Always enhance your strengths before shoring up weaknesses.

And another vote for asking about the relationship.
No. 958723 ID: f133dc

Lets forget mundane training sessions and get emotional training from Victoria (yes I know how ridiculous that is, just roll with it).
No. 958753 ID: e96198

Archery, we can train up our swordslimeship later. We're already a monster at close range, why not stretch to long range so no one can escape?

I'm also going with this. Quite direct, I like it.
No. 958860 ID: 2870a3

i say yet more seord training, yes we are quite good in close range our persona wouldnt be able to go all monstery on people without blowing our cover fully
No. 958879 ID: a9af05

If Victoria is leaving, then does that mean that she's not going to be coming back? Because she never said that she would come back.

Then ask Victoria if this means you'll never see her again.
No. 958895 ID: 094652

Give her a hug and say "stay safe, Red Eyes."
No. 958983 ID: 0cb682

Magic, we have CQC covered from our ability to glomp people and become flesh meltingly hot.
No. 958994 ID: e7703b
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“Archery and more swordsmanship. I would like to improve my ranged options in general, as well as some maneuvering training if possible.”
“That’s easy enough, there’s an area under the guild for training. There ought to be a few people around that can help you.”
“So what about us?”
“Our relationship. What kind of relationship are we in? You seem to be uncomfortable when discussing about it earlier.”
“... I... I am not sure.” Red eye answers, “I have no idea about who you are, where you come from, or what kind of person you will be. You’re much too closed off to get a proper read on, and I’m not sure on when or who you’ll open up to.
I have no idea on how to treat you, or what to do with you. I don’t want to keep you locked up like I was, and I want you to be in control of your own future.”
She rubs her pendant, “I guess I’m not really a good role model, and in no way a proper guardian, but I’ll try to take care of you while you’re under my care.”
“I see. I think you’re doing an okay job.” Not that I have much experience.
She pats my head, “Thanks. Go ahead and head to the back of the building, the entrance to the underground training area is at the back. I’ll send someone over to help you.”

I walk though the building, past some people and the noisy bar area.
The entrance was a roofed stair case down to a large spacious arena, with an area split for a range, a place for physical training, a place for rest and a few rooms. I don’t see anyone training magic or maneuvering.
I also spot Hoor, Eliot, Mark, and Lily.

I head to the range and pick up a spare bow. Looking at some of the other archers, I copy their pose and take aim... and miss. I don’t think this bow is sized right for me.
Shortly after, the same Avaros who gave me my test showed up.

“Oh hey. Emils right? It’s me, Terra. I was asked to help you on some training, so what would you like to do today?”

>Focus on:

Proficiency depends on order of training or specific weapons.
No. 958995 ID: 1774cd

Archery. No use in half-assing it if you're gonna start.
No. 958997 ID: e4abe1

No. 958999 ID: b07f1c

>so what would you like to do today?
No. 959000 ID: d88d26


Since every move you make is a precise and conscious puppeteer of your body your aim should become perfect after a few attempts. You only need to discover the sequence of movements that lead you to a hit and repeat them for every consecutive shot. Experience would still be necessary for the initial aim, to correct variables like differences between projectiles and the wind.
I prefer throwing lessons because darts and daggers are easier to conceal than a bow and arrows.
No. 959001 ID: 6e6f32


They'll teach you the proper technique and positions for the basics. Once they do though, see if track the arrow as it flys. It might cost you a few pairs of eyes, or require some modifications... but if you can get a feel for how it wobbles mid air, you'll get very good very fast.
No. 959003 ID: a9af05

The bow and arrow will help with long range.

Having throwing knives can also help. They can be used in close range stabbing and long range throwing.
No. 959005 ID: 0fae41

Seems rather trivial when you can conjure spears of earth under an opponent or just absorb them entirely. Practice throwing, something you can use in your true form. Also train on spears as an extension of your body.
No. 959009 ID: 015bf2


No. 959018 ID: 094652

Ultimately, your slime body is capable of throwing multiple projectiles simultaneously. You need to practice trajectory and reload to get the most out of your ability.
No. 959019 ID: 9a284f

Emils, get a higher grip. You want to get a little crook between the limb and your thumb to rest the shaft of the arrow in. Find a good spot on your cheek-bone that you can consistently get your thumb against when you draw, and for goodness sake rotate your elbow. You want it pointed outwards, not downwards. You'll keep slapping your wrist and affecting accuracy with that.

Uh, in other words, focus on archery.
No. 959030 ID: e96198

Archery/throwing. Now that I think about it, it'd be hilarious if we got our throwing proficiency so high we end up killing if not seriously harming attackers with just rocks or pebbles.

Anyways getting our ranged proficiency to be passable if not good will make it easier to take down opponents who eventually get close. If we landed some hits, they'll be weakened enough to where we won't have to bring out our slime stats. Besides, if we become amazing at range, it won't raise as many eyebrows. It's easier to get away with the assumption that we're good at archery. It's much harder to explain within reason why Emils is unusually heavy and strong.
No. 959031 ID: c84ff4

No. 959035 ID: 977456

It seems clear that Red Eyes is attempting to assist us, but lacks sufficient information to do so. Additionally, Red Eyes has considerable interest in avoiding scrutiny, which furthers our ability to impose upon her to prevent the dissemination of information. I feel that we should disclose all relevant information to her.

I want to learn more of anatomy, so a precision weapon would be ideal. Slashing seems like the least of these.
No. 959039 ID: 91ee5f

No. 959095 ID: 298857

Focus on throwing. It's more likely to help with aiming magical attacks, and with your strength you've got a hell of an arm.
No. 959266 ID: 2590db

We're gonna need to eat all archers to gain proficiency.
No. 959267 ID: 015bf2

People going missing is noticed, we know that much. Clearly the optimal strategy is to procure and eat a bow to learn its structure and functionality.
No. 959453 ID: e7703b
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I do not understand.
I emulate her posture.
I follow her techniques.
I can feel the weapons leave my hands perfectly.
No. 959455 ID: e7703b
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“Okay, maybe ranged weapons aren’t for you.” Terra looks at the knife embedded into the back wall, “At the very least, you could just throw things really hard. That’s probably just as effective.”
“Please do not patronize me. Let’s move on to other things.”

With access to a variety of weapons, [Swords D] is now [Blades D]. I’m now more familiar with how to handle different types of swords, daggers, and how to use the hilt to block and parry. Terra opts to teach techniques rather than actual practice. It’s slow, but it allows me to see how differently she moves compared to Red eyes.

Using a spear is cumbersome. They do not have an appropriate tool my size, so very often the wooden staff wobbles after every move. It does upgrade to [Spear E], so there is some benefits to learning to use a spear against a person. Useful for keeping people out of arms reach, I don’t see how useful this might be if I intend to use a sword as a main.

As an overall result, being more familiar with moving with this form has risen its stats slightly to [Dex D].
Otherwise, apart from failing archery and throwing, it does not seem too bad.


“So there IS something you’re not good at.” Lily pipes up as she walks up to us, looking at the mess I had left at the range, looking slightly proud for some reason.
No. 959456 ID: b1b4f3

I guess that means we can't learn a new skill so easily, only develop the ones we gain from reading cores. I wonder if there's something in your core design that's outright blocking you from learning new things? Well, that's okay for now.
What is that face? Are you feeling another emotion?
Honestly swords are probably the best fit for you at the moment, as heavy swords are more useful than heavy spears, and you're good at using heavy equipment.

Hmm, Lily was the overconfident haste-magic user we met at the exam, right? Ask her if she passed.
No. 959457 ID: b07f1c

Emotions are unnecessary. Calm yourself... and fail, and furiously leave the place.

Alternatively, tell Lily that hiding one's weaknesses is a basic combat strategy. Also, that anything that she's good at, you can easily get better than her at.
No. 959458 ID: 6e6f32

Aaah. Your dexterity needs improvement. Fine control of you body's motion.

When you are using your body itself as a weapon, it's easy for you to rely on your massive weight and strength to get the job done. Tiny inaccuracies don't matter much. When wielding weapons however, those tiny inaccuracies in your motion are magnified. The effect is most obvious with ranged weapons. You'll need to come back to those some time.

Also, swords aren't appropriate for all situations. Polearms are generally a more bread and butter solution, and the spear is the most basic of them.
No. 959459 ID: 2590db

If you can't fight an enemy from distance, maybe try the parkour for mobility training to get close instead if they have one?
No. 959460 ID: a9af05

>“So there IS something you’re not good at.” Lily pipes up as she walks up to us, looking at the mess I had left at the range, looking slightly proud for some reason.
"Of course there's something I'm not good at. Nobody is perfect."
No. 959461 ID: 094652

A simple solution would be to artificially decrease the force in your throw, so that it matches the force used by Terra and fits the trajectory equation. See if weakening your arm with lower density will make your throws slightly more accurate.

Then practice on your own with multiple arms at once.
No. 959497 ID: fa2754

So it may seem. Oh well. Just something to master later.
No. 959498 ID: 015bf2

Frustration. Annoyance. Maybe a dash of jealousy towards your betters. Emotions that feed into recklessness, causing a probability of reduced accuracy and logical thinking, perhaps even leading you to expose weaknesses or clues to your real form. Identifying these emotions is a necessary step to calming them down through reason, without having to hard reset your body's brain.

Your failures may be more logical than you think. You're not used to coordinating these body parts in a minutely accurate ways. There may be a limit to what eye-level observation alone can teach. Unlike with spells which you can essentially see/hear and more or less outright copy, physical training seems to require developing muscle memory through regular practice.

You have the option of eating cores or copying skills, but those carry disadvantages (such as the skill copy limit of one). Therefore you should consider a different shortcut, through holding on to someone and looking at their mana paths as they try to perform physical tasks. This may give you greater insight into minute movements, since your senses here are keener. You could try it out with someone you've already trusted with knowledge of your mana sensing and may have to check up on again anyway, like Bea or that officer you healed.

>something you're not good at
"Yet. Hello Lily. What are you doing here?"

She may be smug she's better than you at something. Or perhaps she's just done something she's proud of?
No. 959500 ID: 977456

Perhaps you should stop trying to recreate the motions of the master, and instead try to understand the mechanics of the action. Just get a ball and throw it gently back-and-forth between you and Lily, while training your conversation and multitasking skills, in order to build up a predictive algorithm to determine where thrown objects will travel.
No. 959504 ID: d88d26

Did you embedded the hilt of that knife into the back wall? Did you perhaps increase force in proportion to your frustration?

>“So there IS something you’re not good at.”

"This statement is correct."

Good idea.

"I never throw anything before. Please help me practice." Pick up rubber ball.
No. 959511 ID: 92fc1d

Pick her up and hold her over your head for her insolence.
No. 959583 ID: 298857

"I bet I can bench press your mom."
No. 959642 ID: e96198

Another challenge to overcome. I think we should prioritize swords and throwing as primary skills.

You're looking a little frustrated, normal to feel. It's a feeling that either pushes people to do better or it pushes people away from their goals as well as other things.

Yeah, lets start small.
No. 959903 ID: 0fae41

Practice makes perfect. Go somewhere private and repeat these exercises in your natural, slimey form.
No. 959912 ID: e7703b
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“Not everyone is good at everything.” I respond, while looking Lily in the eyes.
She breaks eye contact first, frowning. “Hello Lily, Mark.” I greet the two as they come closer.
“Uh, Emily right?”
“Right. I’m sorry about Lily. She’s just upset about the last test. She’s a lot friendly otherwise.”
I set the spear aside, “It’s fine, besides, there is nothing wrong with finding out what I can and can’t do. While I am better at the sword, it’s a short range tool. I just need something with a longer reach instead.”
“Ha, nothing beats magic in terms of distance,
Frustration. Another emotion. Easier to remove, but quick to come back.
Annoying. Frustration begets frustration.

“Oh, it’s you kids.” Terra notices, “Since most of you guys are here, I guess I can tell you ahead of time. Your next exam will be a written one, before you get your F ranks.”
Lily instantly latches onto Terras words, “oh, any hint on what it’ll be?”
“Eh. Just standard identification of stuff, strategy making, and guild rules. You’ll find about most of it in the library, but I can’t tell you where. Everyone goes though it, so don’t worry about it.”
“Oh.” Mark looks a bit worried, “I’m not all that good at remembering stuff.”
“Don’t worry to hard, it’s not scored. We just wanna look at how well everyone does at different situations. You won’t believe at how many people start off without knowing how to read. Test should be tomorrow afternoon, come in whenever, you don’t need to be together when it happens. Helps deter cheating.”

Terra gives us a few pointers before leaving.
It’s going to be late afternoon.

> There seems to be a misunderstanding. I gain more from consuming a living core. I can only copy something from scanning someone.
I had gained most of my abilities from consuming the cores of others.

> Adjusting my body density is a concept I have not considered.
Reducing the mass in my arm, I grab a nearby throwing knife to throw at the range, but it misses. It might just be that I am not good at this.

“Your technique seems fine,” Mark notes, “maybe try some other tools. Sand and stones for example. Doesn’t have to be knives.” He picks one up and throws it perfectly into the bulls eye.
“Or magic.” Lily adds, quickly flicking her wrist at the range while muttering a quick chant. Something about a wind needle. The air flutters and an invisible impact hits the paper target.
“With your aim, maybe throw a bunch of stuff instead. Some of them is bound to hit.” Lily comments.
“We’re planning to head up to the library to look up what to study. Would you like to join us?” Mark asks.
No. 959920 ID: e4abe1

actaully turning a bunch of rock into shotgun bullets seems pretty effective to me, that would be devastating
No. 959921 ID: b1b4f3

Hmm yeah throwing a bunch of slingshot bullets at something would work.
Go study with these two. If anything, it'll be good to practice handling annoyance.
No. 959923 ID: d63ea8

No. 959926 ID: f133dc

Just not being good at something doesn't exist, with a few thousand hours of practice you should be able to this the bullseye every time.
No. 959939 ID: b07f1c

Yes, go to the library. Maybe they have some interesting novels there.
No. 959949 ID: 0fae41

Nah. Go practice your throwing more, in private.
No. 959950 ID: ba56e6

We have studied being a magical girl extensively. I'm sure it will be fine.

We should go investigate the criminals who were bothering that Rabbold boy. If we leave to go to a fancy magic school, we should deal with them first.
No. 960005 ID: fa2754

Private time. Let's go find a core to munch.
No. 960031 ID: dce46f

I like this scattershot idea Lily is suggesting
No. 960047 ID: 2590db

Ask her to teach you that spell she just did, it seems really usefull.
No. 960052 ID: 91ee5f

Do this.

I’m pretty sure she’s going to refuse because she doesn’t like us.
No. 960055 ID: 20d53d

Throwing a bunch of stones or even bits of metal might actually be a good idea with your strength overcoming the bluntness of them. Something to practice, it could be even better than a single knife if you get good at it.

For now, studying is probably smart, since passing that test isn't going to need a ranged attack.
No. 960105 ID: 2590db

Learn to fire bone darts out of your hands. When you're on your own, of course.
Join them in the library.
No. 960716 ID: e7703b
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“I agree. But first, could you tell me about your spell?” I ask Lily.
“Oh. It’s something my grandmother taught me. She had me training visualizing for days before she let me cast it proper.” She sighs.
Lily raises a hand as she begins casting, “{Contain:atmosphere:[shape]; velocity:[direction]; scale:[1%]; initiate;}”
With another flick of her hand, an invisible force pulses out of her hand and at the target. Another thud, at the center this time.
“It takes a lot of practice for me to shoot out one of these at the right direction.” Lily comments, “grandma could fire a bunch of these at a time, without having to flick her arm.”
“The looks of people who are suddenly hit by one of those is great.” Mark adds. “Not so fun to be on the receiving one of those, but they’re good for distraction.”
I repeat the action, following the cast and flick my wrist. Nothing happens.

Lily looks at me amused, “Just because you know how to cast a spell doesn’t mean you can cast one. There’s a bunch stuff to take note of, like if you’re compatible with the spell, if you have the right mana veins to cast it, and a bunch of training just-“
I think for a moment before swapping out part of the spell.
“{Contain:fireball:[shape]; velocity:[direction]; scale:[1%]; initiate;}”
A needle sized compressed fireball erupts from my chest and shoots towards the target.
The wall off target erupts in a small explosion that chars the wall.

Lily is quiet.
“Hm.” Frustration is an annoying emotion.
“Huh. Took to that spell faster than you did,” Mark comments to Lily. “You should probably clean up. We’ll head up first.”


Lily calls me to a table while Mark is somewhere grabbing some books.
“So, we didn’t get a good chance to talk last time. I’d like to ask about how life is here in the city? Is everyone as good as you at magic? How did you even manage to change a spell like that? I could recognize the spell as mine, but you changed something!”

> Honest
> Misdirect
> Evade
> Consume
No. 960718 ID: c84ff4

start with trying to go for the Misdirect (ideally without outright lying) and if that is clearly not working go Honest
No. 960720 ID: d88d26

> Consume ?

Are you in a secure secluded location? Did you saw people on your way to this place? Was Terra aware of you hanging out with those two?
Hold on to this option for now.

> Honest

"I don't know, I'm not from around here and lack an appropriate reference to make a comparison. I don't know, I'm not from around here and lack an appropriate reference to make a comparison. You heard what I said different already, do you want me to repeat the chanting?"
No. 960723 ID: 6c227a

I don't think most people are as good at magic as me, because people look at me weird when I figure things out like that. I want to be able to fight WITHOUT magic if I have to, but apparently I am very bad at that.

If pressed, admit:
Spells are almost like a language, you know? I am figuring out what some of the different bits mean, so sometimes I can tweak something a little bit to make it work like something I already know. You are better at wind magic than me, but I can do fire.
No. 960724 ID: 015bf2


>My spell, changed something
"You are correct. I had a thought. What if I swapped a part of the spell out for one I knew I was more compatible with? It worked without blowing me up, which is good. Thank you for showing me your spell, by the way. I still have a lot to learn about the way magic and mana works."

Look off to the side and add a cryptic

"We all do, I think."

>How life is here in the city?
"Life here is interesting. I seem to be making something called 'friends', where you spend time with others and talk about various things or do activities together. Like cooking, training... studying."

Smile faintly at Lily.

>Is everyone as good as you at magic?
"'Everyone' who? People in the city? I have been told I am a 'prodigy', so I suppose not. Then again, I am not from here. It's hard to judge how magical people can be, I just know I am a very magical girl."

>Counter Questions
"Is your grandmother a very skilled magician? Is she who made you want to be an adventurer? It's apparently not a job all parents approve of."
No. 960725 ID: b1b4f3

No. 960726 ID: d63ea8

Misdirect, we'll be open when she is.
No. 960728 ID: 0fae41

Consume, failing that, misdirect.
No. 960729 ID: f133dc

Be brutally, directly clear about how you can do that.

I can understand languages, including magic language, and was able to swap out the [atmosphere] element for one I know, [Fireball].

Didn't we just learn Ice element?

Throw an ice element one at the charred target.
No. 960733 ID: b07f1c

"Have you and Mark kissed before?"
No. 960745 ID: 91ee5f

>A needle sized compressed fireball erupts from my chest and shoots towards the target.
Did that come from your core? You might need to work on getting that to come out of your hand instead of your chest.

>What do?

>Throw an ice element one at the charred target.
We can’t do that since we’re at the library and not the training area right now.
No. 960755 ID: ba56e6

"I have a talent for fire magic. I simply used the form of your spell to change the shape of my fire magic."
No. 960787 ID: 2590db

Honest, she was nice enough to show us her magic in the first place, let us be nice in return.
No. 960805 ID: 0cb682

You changed it. You removed atmosphere and added fireball.
No. 960809 ID: 2590db

"Unlike archery, magic is something I'm kind of good at. I lack experience of other places, so I can't really compare life or the people here to other cities, though my classmates seem to possess some interesting magical properties"
No. 960955 ID: a9af05

Be honest, but not so honest that you reveal your slimey secrets.
No. 960975 ID: affa90

This. Keep it vague.
No. 961048 ID: 6c9030

"I am apparently not proficient with air spells, but I can use fire ok so I swapped the air word for a fire word.
I am still learning magic, so I don't know many words. How many words do you have to know in magic to go to magic school?"
No. 961272 ID: e7703b
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“Magic comes easy to me.” I reply.
“I can understand chants and have been slowly learning what they do, but I am limited with what I can learn here.
I can’t seem to control the air, so what I did was replace your pressure with my fireball, and I managed to replicate your chant and spell.”

Lily looks at me wide eyed, wanting to say something, but doesn’t.
I grab a book and sit down to read.

“That... shouldn’t be possible,” Lily mumbles out after a while, “spells are supposed to be intricate and delicate. A misspoken chant, or an unstable circuit can easily cause a spell to fail.”
Lily looks at me, “It shouldn’t be that easy just to... mix and match spells like that!” She yells quietly.
I chant, snap my finger, and conjure a shard of [frost], which soon evaporates into vapors.
It seems it works with spells I’ve heard before. I probably just am incapable of casting spells I don’t have the attributes of.

Mark peeks out from a shelf, “Is something wrong?”
“Yes there’s something wrong, Emils here says she can understand chants!”
“That’s the most stupidest thing I’ve heard, if it was so easy just to change a spell like that, that would make you the most dangerous mage to ever exist!”

Mark walks up to the table, setting a pile of books down.
“Lily, what’s gotten you so worked up about this?”
“To be able to understand chants would mean you’d know what a mage will cast, and can bring up something to counter the spell! Emils is the perfect anti-mage!”
“So that means she could beat you in a fair fight.”
“Ye-“ Lily’s face grows red, “fine. yeah.”
Mark pats Lily’s head.
“See? Not so bad to admit there’s someone better than you, is it.”
Lily pouts, and grabs a book to hide her face.
“I don’t really get magic much, but I do know messing up a spell is dangerous.” Mark looks at me, “but part of fighting mages is always to find a way to get them to mess up their spells, and they’re the weakest when casting. Do be careful with what you’re doing.”
I nod, “Thank you for the advice.”
No. 961276 ID: d88d26

"It's correct to say I'm dangerous, but you see potential in my abilities that I haven't reached. Let's make a deal: you show me how to counter and disrupt spells and in return I will help you develop alternative variations of your own spells."
No. 961277 ID: 6c227a

Complain that you don't know any spells like hers that you could use to fight someone or something you want to keep intact. You could blow it up or cut it to shreds, but if you want to be non-lethal right now you kind of just have to miss.

This is a rare situation and barely a weakness, but admitting a weakness while she is annoyed at how great you are may temper her annoyance.
No. 961279 ID: d63ea8

Good chapter.
No. 961286 ID: 977456

As 961276. This could be very useful. Request a collaboration in which you assist her with vocabulary and attempts at constructing new spells, and she assists you with tactics and lets you nibble off a tiny corner of her soul that she didn't need, because fresh delicious affinity is good for the stomach.
No. 961292 ID: 0fae41

You're lucky neither of them really grasps what you mean. Don't go spilling your secrets just to win an ego contest.
No. 961303 ID: 6e6f32

Ah yes, nothing cuts through frustration better than a solid flex.
No. 961325 ID: 91ee5f

>I probably just am incapable of casting spells I don’t have the attributes of.
Your stats say you’re proficient in Temperature Magic, so it makes sense that you’re good with Fire Magic and Ice Magic.

All we need to do is copy her magic, the same way we copied from Bea and Resida. “Nibbling” on her would actually hurt her, which we don’t want to do.
No. 961337 ID: d88d26


I don't know, those two look like optimal prey to me. Two foreigners without ties to the locals that are low rank adventurers full of confidence in their abilities and they aren't as distinct as the shark guy. If we can learn about their missions eventually they might go to a secluded location where we can eat their cores without anyone noticing.

Their competitiveness is potentially very helpful for development of combat techniques and strategies, that is if we can get their cooperation. If they oppose such agreement their usefulness alive will be lesser than as lunch.
No. 961343 ID: ba56e6

They have done nothing to warrant being eliminated. I'm sure there are criminals and other enemies we can eat that will give us the same benefits.
No. 961344 ID: 38fa72

Yeah, I'm against eating non-hostiles and so should Emils be.
No. 961351 ID: 2590db

I think you are exaggerating the effect of my skill somewhat. While it helps greatly with learning or creating new magic effects I'm sure you can still pelt me with spells like nobodies business. I got more mileage out of mana reading in that regard, to be honest.
No. 962639 ID: e96198

Yeah lets downplay our abilities a bit. Best for potential enemies who hear about us through the grapevine think we're confused and have no idea about our abilities.
No. 962694 ID: 6c9030

There IS an alternative.
Rather than downplaying it, pretend it's education you can't remember. That'll start rumors of a secret sect of powerful mages.

Do you know how to diagram a sentence?
Diagram a spell.
It won't make any sense to them, but they'll understand that somebody, somewhere, has figured out magic.
When they ask questions tell them you don't know how you know this, that you don't remember what you don't remember, and eventually claim that trying to remember is causing you a serious headache and you can't think about it anymore.
Sure, they'll take the chart and show it to a mage, and the mage will learn something of the nature of magic and advance the knowledge of the craft by centuries, but when they come around asking questions you've got ready answers.
No. 963531 ID: 0cb682

Ask if counterspelling is casting magic to counteract what they do, or kicking them in the dick in the middle of them casting a spell.
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