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769644 No. 769644 ID: e6d65e

You awaken. Everything sounds like you're underwater. Something is attached to your head and covering your ears. You're tied to a chair. It hurts. Your eyes are blurry. You don't know where this is. You can't remember how you got here. You can't remember anything. Trying to remember makes your head hurt even more.
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No. 774550 ID: 398fe1

>>774537
Alright, let's get moving then.
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No. 774556 ID: d79f26

well heal her and then have hot passionate-
no wait, wrong setting.
tell her to at least keep a spotter on hand, like any exercise. hen say bye and keep moving.
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No. 774560 ID: dce082

Heal her up, tell her nicely to take better care of herself and not take stupid risks even if the place is filled with white mages and that if we carried on with what we were doing when we thought we were just doing yoga like we thought you did she could have been permanently dead if nobody noticed she was dead. it was just pure curiosity and paranoia that we decide to check if you were alive.

then just give her a hug and pat her on the head, no need to be overly cruel for someone just making a stupid decision. And remind her that "curiosity killed the cat" and touch one of her ears when you say that just to make sure the pun gets across. In this case that is actually true in a literal sense.
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No. 774588 ID: 9bceb1

As you said, ALTERNATIVE MAGIC IS NOT REAL MAGIC! Leave the silly cat unhealed and continue on the mission to get hat and shoes from locker!
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No. 774591 ID: 5b93d3

>>774537
"You know what we call 'alternative magic' that actually works? MAGIC!"
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No. 774593 ID: 094652

Question: What is magic?

Better Question: What is wrong with you?
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No. 775049 ID: e6d65e
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775049

You decide you can't just leave her there on death's door like that, but you won't leave her without a lesson. You cast an old healing spell. The sort of spell one could cast but once, maybe twice a day. A Gloria Evangate original; short, unrefined, and vague.
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No. 775050 ID: e6d65e
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775050

This does the trick. Vita's strength is restored and the excess qualia dazzles her to no end. White Mages who use only the recommended, most up to date library spells often don't appreciate their own school and long for greener grasses. Figures Vita would be a script kitty.

You leave Vita with some parting advice and step through the domain border, into the Masseusery.

The triangular room with the accordion dividers is full of the smell of sweet incense. You just came from the left. On your right is the border to the locker room. Straight ahead is the administrative chambers. You don't see anyone else in the room just yet, but there are a lot of blind corners and places to hide.
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No. 775051 ID: 3d2d5f

>>775050
On to the locker room. If you're concerned about bumping into people, don't barge into any of the semi private partitioned off massage areas.

Or use a white healing or diagnostic spell as a radar by pinging for life signs in range.
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No. 775066 ID: 54ff7b

Onward then.
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No. 775664 ID: e6d65e
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775664

Onward! You push through the border to the bathroom, which is a little thicker and harder to step through for some reason, and then make your way down the hall to the lockers.

You reach your locker! There's nobody around, and nothing to stop you from opening your locker! Somehow this feels too easy.
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No. 775665 ID: 143250

Wait... what was your locker combination again?
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No. 775687 ID: b7883c

Why would something stop you? It's your locker.
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No. 775699 ID: 3d2d5f

Can you tell which locker is yours? They're not labeled.

Also is yours one of the ones with a combination lock or a key. Because I don't remember having a key in inventory. (Unless knock is a valid white spell, in which case no mechanical lock is a barrier to you).
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No. 775859 ID: dce082

Quick! Use your your detect mild inconvenience spell!
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No. 775939 ID: e6d65e
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775939

>>775699
They're not labeled for privacy reasons, but it's not hard to remember 14 from the left.

While there are spells to unlock locks, they're subject to a lot of debate over the legal and ethical ramifications of their use, let alone their efficacy since every lock maker in the last decade is in a cat and mouse game with Puzzle Boxers and it's a real crap shoot as to which versions of which spells work with which locks and whether or not the locks are synced and up to date, and if they are, whether or not your combination is sniffable or not and it's just all terrible.

While it is the opinion of King Moncrefe that [Pick Lock] is perfectly okay to have on your PDA, the standard official version of that spell phones home to the blue mages on every use, so you don't want that anywhere near you. Too risky.

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With nothing left to do but progress your main quest, you open your locker and acquire your boots!
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No. 775949 ID: d79f26

hmmm... so what do you want to do with your old official uniform?
maybe take it home and give it to a family member?
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No. 776005 ID: 3d2d5f

>not labeled for privacy
Yeah but they usually number them so you don't have to count out 14 from the left every time.

>>775939
Boots get! No longer must you walk the locker room barefoot, gross. Hmm. Although maybe you need to find some socks.

Give your old uniform a dismissive flick. Your hat isn't tucked away in there, is it?
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No. 776523 ID: e6d65e
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776523

>>776005
Your hat is tucked away in there! Good thinking!

You stylishly don your cap and flick the locker shut in one motion. You turn around to take a seat on a bench so you can put on your boots when suddenly you see Peggy! She startles the hell out of you.
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No. 776528 ID: 3d2d5f

>>776523
Yes, it is! It was a present from Lisa after she mind wiped me.

Geeze, who teles right to the lockers, you're gonna startle someone mostly naked doing that someday.
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No. 776598 ID: 8d4593

You're goddamn right it is, Creeper!
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No. 776629 ID: d79f26

"you know i can't cast the disrobe spell"
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No. 776678 ID: 3abd97

"What have I told you about popping in while people are getting dressed, Peggy."

"You're dressed!"

"Putting on my hat counts."
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No. 777061 ID: e6d65e
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777061

Peggy has some issues with your outfit. You explain yourself the best you can, but it doesn't satisfy her. Peggy is well known for precision and details. Normally you appreciate this about her but right now it's proving awkward.
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No. 777062 ID: 9bceb1

If Peggy ain't got anything helpful to say, she can just shut her friggin' mouth. We should say something a little more diplomatic to that fact to her. Maybe she has some ideas in regards to how to remove our outfit without having to literally hulk out of it...

If she doesn't have anything to say, we should just walk away and go exploring. Locker rooms aren't fun to hang around in for long.
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No. 777063 ID: d79f26

how about we recruit her into also annoying the higher ups into adding your modified non-hostile clothing removal spell to the codex so you can cast it.
explain that "look peggy, i already sent in a modified spell to be officiated, but red tape and all that, if you want to help me then figure out how to make it get through the system faster. because once it's added then all issues i have with the official uniform will be gone and i can wear it again. but until then i am wearing this one"
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No. 777083 ID: 3abd97

What seals is she talking about and are they in any way relevant to your massively overpowered and overleveled ass.

...could we just cast mini on your "official" uniform, pin it to your shirt, and then be technically "wearing" it?

That or just recruit her. Well, if she'd like this issue corrected she can help push your patch for the undressing spell through the bureaucracy (she looks like she'd be good at that kind of thing) or she can help amend the dress code so you have an exception for this.

If she's not receptive just say "well, sorry, I'm not changing". She's probably not used to people just politely refusing to not follow the rules, so this may leave her flummoxed. Especially since there's not a thing anyone can do to force you to comply.
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No. 777101 ID: 143250

Tell her you appreciate the concern, but unless she has any idea on how to remove your official uniform without damaging it and costing the company money to make a new one each time, the zipper outfit stays on.

If she laughs, or make fun of you for not knowing how to remove the outfit without damaging it, consider reporting her for harassment.
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No. 777103 ID: cdddb5

Seals? Well, I WOULD say she has a point but...I'm gonna go ahead and guess you've got special permission/some way around those that doesn't involve the hassle of the official uniforms, especially given the absurd mana pool you have. Otherwise the fake uniform wouldn't be nearly as useful as it is.
I'd figure point out your workaround that exists BECAUSE of your issues with the uniform. If she's not happy at that point just walk away and don't bother, because unless she can disenchant a GOD, she's basically asking us to constantly make scrolls of [W-Dress R] to use whenever it happens that we want to remove the thing.
Stupid Rouges...
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No. 777136 ID: b7883c

Ask if that is an offer to provide you with an at least daily supply of patched [W-Dress-R] scrolls.

>What seals is she talking about and are they in any way relevant to your massively overpowered and overleveled ass.
Also this
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No. 777611 ID: e6d65e
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777611

You attempt to reason with Peggy on why she should make an exception and turn the other way for you. Although she isn't interested in your problems, she goes silent when you mention how long it has been since you submitted the change to [W-Dress-R] with no upstream response.

If there's one thing Peggy dislikes more than people not observing the dress code, it's people not observing the code code.
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No. 777621 ID: 3d2d5f

Man, destroying an enchanted outfit a day must get expensive.

Well, this is awkward now.

Was there something you wanted to talk about? I'm assuming you weren't aware of my dressing deficiencies before you decided to pop in.
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No. 777623 ID: 398fe1

Why doesn't Lisa's outfit have a seal on the dangly bit?
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No. 777653 ID: d79f26

>>777623
our official outfit has one too.
>>775939

>>777611
glasses going opaque is serious mode.
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No. 777678 ID: 398fe1

>>777653
Yeah, but Lisa's doesn't. Is she lower rank, or something?
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No. 777854 ID: d36af7

Can you add the standard enchantments (or at least some of them) to the zipper onesie without making it un-take-offable? You could discuss experimenting with that kind of modification, maybe.

If you succeeded, that would have the side effect of making it valuable enough to steal, and it'd be easier to steal than most, but I think you said the more complex standard uniforms still have that problem anyway.

Also, Peggy seems upset that someone else in the organization isn't following the Code Code, so politely following up with her about that might be a good idea.
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No. 778338 ID: e6d65e
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778338

You ask Peggy what she came to speak to you about. Peggy informs you that she needs your help to cast a new spell to make a pockmark to persuade some witch time to optimize said spell. However, as Peggy says all this, she realizes she has other things she needs to do before you can come with her, and she leaves.

With nothing left to do, you put on your boots and finish getting dressed!

Now, the question is, what do we do next? Should we head back to our office and make sure everything's tidy for the inspection, follow Peggy who seems to have an idea how to fulfill one of your long term goals, or perhaps we should do something else?
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No. 778339 ID: 094652

Classic example of Order fanatics being the bureaucrat's 8!+(#. Want raw control on paragon prefects? Just make a convoluted system on anything you don't want them to do and basic protocol for stuff you want!

Well, time to visit Miss Victoria. But limit your meeting to ten minutes.
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No. 778343 ID: 143250

Might as well change to your original outfit. You can discuss the higher ups on outfit management.
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No. 778350 ID: 3abd97

>>778338
Isn't it a nice change when you're a participant in someone else's deal chain quest instead of running one yourself?

So... what now. We've got our clothes. Do we have work that needs to be done? Any appointments? Do we need to grab some food? (Well, starvation probably can't kill you anymore than anything else can, but it's not fun).
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No. 778412 ID: d79f26

any family that need picking up or dropping off?
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No. 778480 ID: 537c6a

>peggyWhoIsTheProtagonistOfHerOwnLifeStory
And its full of fetch quests!

I guess its time to see what's in our own quest log.
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No. 779233 ID: e6d65e
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>>778480
Not much has changed since you last opened your quest log. You need to pick up a tin of tennis balls and a gift for Harmy on the way home, but other than that, you mostly just need to do things for work. Perhaps you should add a quest to the log to follow up with Peggy and Victoria?

>>778412
Mika doesn't need your help to get around. You used to pick Heather up from school, but she's pretty independent these days and prefers to take the train to the temple by her school and get home that way.

>>778350
You have no food issues as you've long stopped getting hungry. You just eat minty things to keep your breath fresh from time to time, and flata root on your Earth Day.

As for work appointments, today's the first day of the year so it's generally pretty slow. Today's considered a good day to take on a bunch of projects to make excuses for future upper management requests you don't want to have time to do.

>>778343
Nothing doing. It's much easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
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No. 779234 ID: 398fe1

>>779233
Who's that back there?
You skipped over the "Meeting Maker" quest, what is that? Is that your "break God's Curse" quest?
Hmm, I guess today is JA 03. That means there's like two or three weeks left to do the job-related quests. No rush there.
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No. 779313 ID: 3abd97

>Perhaps you should add a quest to the log to follow up with Peggy and Victoria?
Sure might as well.

>You have no food issues as you've long stopped getting hungry. You just eat minty things to keep your breath fresh from time to time, and flata root on your Earth Day.
Um. Do you miss food?

>figure out what Harmy likes before buying a present
Yes, that's probably a good idea.

>Today's considered a good day to take on a bunch of projects to make excuses for future upper management requests you don't want to have time to do.
Cool. What options do we have for projects? Do we need to sign onto existing ones, or can we make up a bunch of stuff and see what they let us get away with?
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No. 779729 ID: e6d65e
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779729

>>779234
>Who's that back there?
That's Alice. She's ranked pretty high on the rental ladder. She's just getting dressed after a shower. Probably going to do a little paperwork before going home.

>You skipped over the "Meeting Maker" quest, what is that? Is that your "break God's Curse" quest?
It's just a stupid quest HPT put on your log to try to get you to stop avoiding time wasting meetings with time wasting doofuses.

>Hmm, I guess today is JA 03. That means there's like two or three weeks left to do the job-related quests. No rush there.
Today's JA01, which is the first day of the year. Either way, no rush.

>>779313
You add a quest to follow up with Peggy and Victoria, just as a reminder.

>Um. Do you miss food?
Not really. Food is sort of awful. White Mages aren't really supposed to eat anyway, although many still do.

>Cool. What options do we have for projects? Do we need to sign onto existing ones, or can we make up a bunch of stuff and see what they let us get away with?
Generally you make things up and find people to sign up with you. Peggy, just a moment ago, was trying to recruit you for one. Generally speaking, your options are to come up with something on your own, ask Harmy for work, accept work from random people who come to you, or wait a couple days until the QMs assign all unassigned people all the stuff nobody really wants to do.
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No. 779739 ID: d79f26

well, let's combine figuring out what harmy likes with asking about a thing to do. then while doing the thing you can get that present.
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No. 779762 ID: 398fe1

Honestly, for lack of a better thing to do, maybe we should catch up with Penny and give her some help.

Hey have you ever tried dying and getting resurrected to break God's Curse? I mean magic doesn't usually persist past death does it? Vita mentioned [auto reincarnate], what was that exactly?
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No. 779767 ID: d79f26

>>779762
she's said she has been turned into ash before and she self resurrected simply from how much power she has. god's curse is clearly attached to her soul not her body.
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No. 780141 ID: 3abd97

>your options are to come up with something on your own, ask Harmy for work, accept work from random people who come to you
Well we could go someplace where you'll bump into a bunch of random people, and see what work they're offering. Shop around.

Coming up with stuff on your own is tricky (since we're still asking and discovering basics about the setting, so it's hard to come up with an application you don't have yet, or a clever angle off something you do).

Did you have any of your own ideas you were already considering?
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