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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)
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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.
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[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."
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[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."
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[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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[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 03:25 pm (UTC)(link)
"This should be fun," she says cheerfully. "Let's just see..." She starts reading the section on the Amulet of the True Form. "Oh, that's nice, it has safety features so it won't do things like turn a sea serpent back into a sea serpent while they're still on land, or an earth pony back into an earth pony while they're flying around as a bird..." Pageturn. "And it looks like it won't be too difficult to cast. I just need a necklace to cast it on. Do you have one you don't mind using? If not, I'm sure we can find one."
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[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 04:28 pm (UTC)(link)
"No problem, I can go find one," Blueberry assures her. "Would you like to come with me, or stay in the library?"
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[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 04:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"Okay. Have fun!"

Off trots Blueberry.
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[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 04:45 pm (UTC)(link)
About fifteen minutes later, Blueberry comes back floating a little jewelry box. She sets it down within reach of Emily.

"See if you like any of those," she says. "I wouldn't mind giving them up to be amulets."

There are a variety of interesting pendants inside, all sized to be worn by little ponies and therefore more or less basically wearable by a medium-sized human. Some of them would actually be a bit big on Emily.
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[personal profile] or_coincidence 2015-11-13 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
"All right," says Blueberry. "I'll just read over the spell a few more times to be sure I've got it right."

She pores over the relevant section of the artifacts book.

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