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Minor Characters ([personal profile] alicornucopia) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2015-11-11 10:00 am

on a lark

She combs and combs the world aside and there is another world, just ahead, and she steps in.

The combed-away hole closes behind her. She puts her comb in her pocket.

Thanjen (Unbitwise)

Blueberry (kappa)

Hivers (Rockeye)
or_coincidence: (⑨ it's a newt)

[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
"Which countries?"
or_coincidence: (③ miss nice filly)

[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 01:55 am (UTC)(link)
"I've never heard of any of those. They must be very far away from Equestria."
or_coincidence: (⑦ you may hug me)

[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
"Yes," she agrees. "It's perfectly logical, it's just also really interesting."
or_coincidence: (⑧ peeeering)

[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
"Are there unicorns near where humans live? They must not be very much like the kind of unicorn I'm used to, if there are."
or_coincidence: (⑨ it's a newt)

[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
"Unicorns can be sneaky, but we'd have to be very sneaky indeed not to stand out in a country full of humans," says Blueberry. "I don't think even I'm that sneaky. Unless I learned how to shapeshift, I suppose..."
or_coincidence: (① eeeeheeheehee!)

[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
"I could. Probably. I'm not sure if there are any spells for it in this library, and if there are they might be hard to learn. Can't hurt to check, though, I suppose." She grins. "Research project! Do you want to help me look?"
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[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
"That's the miscellaneous section, alphabetical by title," says Blueberry. "And nonfiction alphabetical by author starts there," she points a hoof, "and ends there. I'll go upstairs and check the unfiled books, they're always a mess."

She trots up some stairs, leaving Emily Lark with books titled things like The Elements of Harmony: A Reference Guide and The Founding of Equestria and Simple Home Remedies.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2015-11-13 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
Well, there's Dictionary of Obscure Magics by Artichoke. That looks promising. The same author also wrote a series of four travel guides to interesting-sounding places, a short cookbook, and a treatise about dragons.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2015-11-13 03:14 am (UTC)(link)
There are a lot of obscure magics in there! It doesn't directly describe any spells, but it has general notes about a wide range of different things that it's technically possible to do with magic but rarely worth the trouble.

Shape-changing gets its very own section. Here are a few references to spellbooks that deal in things like giving wings to non-pegasi, and a mention (but no title) of a spellbook which teaches you to turn innocent ponies into toads, and an anecdote about a wizard of the author's acquaintance who successfully turned himself into a lizard and then had a series of hilarious mishaps trying to turn back. Artichoke has clever turns of phrase and describes all these things very readably even for a reader who doesn't know much at all about magic.
or_coincidence: (⑧ peeeering)

[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
Blueberry pokes her small head out over the edge of the library's second level. "Ooh, Artichoke," she says. "Anything good in there? I'm looking through a book on artifact creation I ordered a while ago, since you seemed excited about shapeshifting and you probably couldn't cast unicorn spells yourself, not being a unicorn."
or_coincidence: (③ miss nice filly)

[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, I'll take a look. Just a moment."

She pulls her head back and shortly comes trotting down the stairs again, with a small stack of books floating above her.
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[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 03:47 am (UTC)(link)
"Thanks!"

She sets her stack down on the floor and gently tugs the book away from the human with telekinesis, then reopens the book on artifacts and puts it and the Dictionary side by side. Flip flip flip.

"Well, that's sort of the opposite of a shapeshifting artifact," she says after a few seconds, tapping the artifacts book with a hoof. "'Amulet of the True Form' - it says it turns you into whatever sort of creature you really are."
or_coincidence: (⑥ flomp!)

[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
"Moderately. But I did order a book on how to make artifacts. Would you like one?"

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