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Minor Characters ([personal profile] alicornucopia) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2015-09-18 04:27 pm

the end of the universe

Here and now, for multifarious definitions of "here" and a hopeless confusion of "now":

there is a bar.
affodell: (i ~ balance)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, further purchases will cost reasonable currency-dependent prices.

"Did you just talk to the bar? ...Did a napkin just appear out of nothing?"

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
"Yes and yes." Evra reaches into his inner jacket pocket, extracts his old woven pouch, and peers inside it. Either its enchantments have faded, or his head is too muddled to request items properly. He's going to have to do this the long way.

From the bag, Evra pulls out a sheaf of blank paper, his casting kit, his notebook, and finally his coin pouch. "How much? Two coppers?"
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[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
For another glass of wine like that one, six coppers. There are other vintages available, of course.

"Why did a napkin just appear out of nothing?" asks Cayra, approaching. A napkin appears at her too: I'm the bar. This is how I communicate.

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
Evra plunks six coppers onto the counter and starts to put his things away, but pauses at his casting kit.

He really shouldn't.

He blames the wine as he pulls a sheet of paper away from the rest and fills his casting pen with ink. On the paper, he writes two runes: one null, and the other levitation.
affodell: (g ~ adjacent)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
"What're you doing?" Cayra asks him.

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 04:13 am (UTC)(link)
"Experimenting," he says. He activates the null rune, which lights up in a faint scarlet glow, but otherwise does nothing. He writes that down in the back of his notebook.

Then, he pushes at the levitation rune warily. The paper floats up three inches, and then drops back down again. He notes that down, too.

It seems that runic magic here is weaker than usual, but otherwise what he's used to.
affodell: (k ~ curiosity)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:14 am (UTC)(link)
"...How did you do that? I've never heard of anyone who could do that."

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 04:17 am (UTC)(link)
Evra glances at Cayra. "You don't have magic in your world?" It's nothing unexpected--nothing can top the alucine business, he thinks.

His wine glass is still empty. "Bar," he says, tapping the countertop.
affodell: (j ~ portals)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:19 am (UTC)(link)
"We have magic. It just doesn't work like that, or do that."

Wine appears.

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 04:22 am (UTC)(link)
"How does your magic work, then?"

It's probably not the best idea to keep drinking; he'll end up doing something stupid. He sips at the wine anyway.
Edited 2015-09-19 04:23 (UTC)
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[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:24 am (UTC)(link)
"Mine in particular? I haven't learned much yet but I can do this." Her hair abruptly changes color; now it is pink.

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 04:26 am (UTC)(link)
Evra blinks. "Is that all you can do?"
affodell: (f ~ flowers)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
"No." Her hair goes black again. "I have total control over all the colors on my person, and I've also fixed a clumsiness problem I had. But I'm a beginner automancer. Later I'll be immortal and able to fly and so on."

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
"Immortality," Evra mutters. He scribbles automancy in his notes, and asks, "Do you just think, and it happens?"
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[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
"The colors or the immortality? I mean, I have to know what I'm doing."
affodell: (f ~ flowers)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:34 am (UTC)(link)
"I have to know what I'm doing, but I've got colors down now so I can do it really fast." Her eyes turn solid black, then gold, then back to normal. "Automancy is the art of changing oneself. When you know an aspect of it's sort of like moving a limb - you could still be better or worse at playing the flute but that's not because some of your fingers are paralyzed or anything."

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 04:38 am (UTC)(link)
"That's... interesting. All of our magic deals with externalities," Evra says. "We can't change ourselves, only our surroundings."
affodell: (d ~ narcissism)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:39 am (UTC)(link)
"I mean, there are other kinds of 'mancy, automancy's just the one I'm working on."