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908348 No. 908348 ID: 15a025

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No. 912195 ID: 15a025
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912195

Speaking of missing something, I better get going before I'm late!

I focus the stick's energy back towards the enchantment and hop onto my scooter. We're off to see a friend of my boss' and deliver something.
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No. 912196 ID: 15a025
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912196

I arrive at the warehouse we agreed to meet at, and see he's opened the door? Guess we're meeting inside?

Not huge on it, but this isn't exactly something I can just ditch on suspicion.

I'm taking the keys to my scooter with me though.
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No. 912197 ID: 15a025
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912197

I cautiously head in and it's pretty dark. I can kind of see him in here though. Oh shoot, I better hide you, spirits. The less people know I've got you the better. I use my scarf to hide most of it, and stick the cross with the stone into my shirt.


Roxie: "Why are you in here?"

I kind of see him point up at a tote or maybe the crate?

Roxie: "The tote?"

He shakes his head. Why's he so quiet?

Roxie: "I can't tell if you're shaking or nodding your head? Cat got your tongue or something? Speak up."

He starts pointing at his throat and lets out a exaggerated fake sounding reply.

???: "Throat hurts, bad."
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No. 912199 ID: 094652

Is... is that a training dummy? Don't get close to him.
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No. 912200 ID: b1b4f3

>>912197
Uh... it looks like he has no face. I don't think it's the dark since we can see YOUR face.
Also there's something on the ceiling above you. Step back!

Either find the light switch, pull out your cellphone for light, or summon up something. You could back away with the excuse of finding the light switch if you're looking to avoid suspicion.
IIRC many enchanted stones work like controlling the associated element with your mind. You can do a variety of things.
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No. 912203 ID: 91ee5f

>>912192
>Though, being holy spirits I suppose I'm going to have to steel my mind a bit. Hopefully you won't judge me too hard?
We’re actually not all that holy. As long as you don’t kill anyone, we don’t really care as much as you’d think we would. Being stuck in a jewelry box in the church’s storage room kinda makes you want to not go back into the jewelry box for as long as possible. Which means not judging people and being sent back to the church for annoying the hell outta them.

>Holy spirits sounds fine for now.
The reason we asked for a name is because it’s a basic rule of magic. Give a spell a name and/or repeatedly use it and the spell will get stronger......eventually. It’s kinda a slow process, but it works!

>>912194
>Thanks for the magic stick, Blitz.
Same thing for the magic stick. Name it and/or use it a lot and it’ll eventually get stronger and not look really pathetic.

>>912197
Holy shit, it’s dark in here! I can barely see anything! You got a flashlight or a cellphone that can make a little light?

>>912200
>step back, make a light, find light switch
Yeah, do these!

>IIRC many enchanted stones work like controlling the associated element with your mind. You can do a variety of things.
Yeah, what he/she said.
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No. 912389 ID: 15a025
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912389

>Uh... it looks like he has no face. I don't think it's the dark since we can see YOUR face.
He has a face. I can kind of see his eyes? or are those his spots?

>Also there's something on the ceiling above you. Step back!
That's a broken window . Guess it goes to show how late it's getting when the moonlight isn't even helping out here.

>The reason we asked for a name is because it’s a basic rule of magic. Give a spell a name and/or repeatedly use it and the spell will get stronger......eventually. It’s kinda a slow process, but it works!
Ah. I guess I'll have to come up with a name for the "magic stick" other than, well...

>Either find the light switch, pull out your cellphone for light, or summon up something. You could back away with the excuse of finding the light switch if you're looking to avoid suspicion.
>You got a flashlight or a cellphone that can make a little light?
I feel like there's a reason he might trying to be quiet, or didn't turn the lights on himself? I could use my phone or that light enchantment? I don't want him knowing I'm packing magic though.

>IIRC many enchanted stones work like controlling the associated element with your mind. You can do a variety of things.
Having him think I'm calling someone though could go worse though. Maybe I can just make the stick small and say it's a glow stick?
Roxie: "Hang on, it's too dark in here to see. I'm going to dig out a glow stick from my pocket."

He makes a sound, but I can't really make it out.

I put my paw behind my back and focus on a small about of energy. I just try and picture a little stick in my mind. When I bring my paw back forward-
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No. 912390 ID: 15a025
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912390

Roxie: "There we go. Now I can see-"

See that he's way too small to be a snow leopard. I'm getting the growing feeling this isn't the guy I'm supposed to meet.
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No. 912394 ID: b1b4f3

>>912390
That... looks like a ghost to me. Do you think it's dangerous?
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No. 912405 ID: 91ee5f

>>912390
I don’t see anyone else anywhere.

If this ain’t the guy you’re supposed to meet, then you can tell him that he’s not the guy you’re looking for and then announce that you’re going to leave if the guy you’re looking for doesn’t show up right now! If you don’t hear any kind of response, then just leave. You can tell your boss that the guy didn’t show up.

Hey, where is the package you’re supposed to deliver anyways? If you left it on your scooter, then this may be a distraction while someone else is outside stealing it so they don’t have to pay you!
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No. 912444 ID: 0e62b1

>>912390
Magic abilities are modular within reason. Focusing on its form may be able to change it into various things, like a blade or spear of some kind.
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No. 912465 ID: a9af05

>>912390
If he's not who you're supposed to meet, leave. Let your boss know the other guy didn't show up.
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No. 912659 ID: 15a025
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912659

>I don’t see anyone else anywhere.
Nor do I. I could go further into the warehouse to look for him, but I'm not going to risk it unless I've got a reason to.

>If this ain’t the guy you’re supposed to meet, then you can tell him that he’s not the guy you’re looking for and then announce that you’re going to leave if the guy you’re looking for doesn’t show up right now! If you don’t hear any kind of response, then just leave. You can tell your boss that the guy didn’t show up.
>If he's not who you're supposed to meet, leave. Let your boss know the other guy didn't show up.
Roxie: "Look, I don't know who you are, but I know you're not who I'm looking for. Unless he shows up now, I'm leaving."

He replies practically whispering.
???: "Roxie, it's me! You have my stuff or what?"

Roxie: "Yeah, no. Cut the crap. You're way too short to be the snow leopard."
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No. 912660 ID: 15a025
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912660

>Hey, where is the package you’re supposed to deliver anyways? If you left it on your scooter, then this may be a distraction while someone else is outside stealing it so they don’t have to pay you!
Shhh...oot. It's still on my scooter. Instead of running off, I play it safe and start heading for my scooter. A few steps later something whips past me.

???: "Where's the package."

>That... looks like a ghost to me. Do you think it's dangerous?
Not sure about him being a ghost, but I'm getting the feeling I might be needing some help. Is he still armed? What's he got?

>Magic abilities are modular within reason. Focusing on its form may be able to change it into various things, like a blade or spear of some kind.

Should I also try shifting my "glow stick" into something to fight back with?
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No. 912668 ID: b1b4f3

>>912660
He's got a... knife? Just make the first thing you made again! No time to try experimenting with a light projectile.
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No. 912672 ID: 91ee5f

>>912660
>Shhh...oot.
You were about to say a different word, weren’t you? Just because we’re “holy spirits”, that doesn’t mean that we’re going to get upset at you for swearing. Go ahead and swear if you want, we don’t mind.

>A few steps later something whips past me.
>Is he still armed? What's he got?
Yeah, he’s still armed and he’s pointing something at you. We didn’t hear any gunshots, so it couldn’t have been a gun. It’s kinda hard to see, but it looks like something that requires two hands to use.

Wait, is that a slingshot? I think he’s got a slingshot. Maybe?

>>912668
Yeah, do this!
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No. 912673 ID: b1b4f3

If that's a slingshot, then... he's whispering because he doesn't want to reveal the fact that he's a goddamn KID. You might not even need a light-based beatstick.
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No. 912675 ID: 91ee5f

Hey, Roxie, how does this guy know your name? Do you know the name of the snow leopard you’re looking for?
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No. 912756 ID: 15a025
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912756

>Just because we’re “holy spirits”, that doesn’t mean that we’re going to get upset at you for swearing.
You might not get upset, but it still doesn't feel right to swear at or around holy spirits or angels? Plus it probably isn't going to score me any favors with the sage of light or whatever god the church worships now? Religion around has been kind of...changing a lot lately.

>He's got a... knife?
>Yeah, he’s still armed and he’s pointing something at you. We didn’t hear any gunshots, so it couldn’t have been a gun. It’s kinda hard to see, but it looks like something that requires two hands to use.
>Wait, is that a slingshot? I think he’s got a slingshot. Maybe?
>If that's a slingshot, then... he's whispering because he doesn't want to reveal the fact that he's a goddamn KID.
Never thought I'd hear holy spirits swear?
Anyway, knife or slingshot, both of those are still dangerous. If it's a slingshot, I don't know what he's firing at me. If it's a knife, then I've got to worry about than losing an eye.

>Hey, Roxie, how does this guy know your name? Do you know the name of the snow leopard you’re looking for?
I'm known in town a little more than I'd like to be. It's kind of a given though with my job. Unfortunately I don't know the guy's name myself.

Another thing whips past me.

???: "That was your last warning. Give me the package."

>Just make the first thing you made again! No time to try experimenting with a light projectile.
Big glowing beat stick coming up!
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No. 912757 ID: 15a025
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912757

The stick gets longer and manages to light up the room a lot more, giving away I'm up to something!

I hear him running up to me and manage to smack him on the head just in time.
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No. 912758 ID: 15a025
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912758

And just like that, he's on the floor now.

Thought it would have knocked him out though?
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No. 912763 ID: b1b4f3

>>912758
Disarm, pin, interrogate.
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No. 912765 ID: 91ee5f

>>912756
>Never thought I'd hear holy spirits swear?
Like I said, we’re not as holy as you think we are.

>>912758
>Thought it would have knocked him out though?
It’s a weak spell, it’ll get stronger with practice.

Pin him and take away his weapon. Then start questioning him.
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No. 912829 ID: a9af05

>>912756
>Holy spirits swearing
We don't give a fuck! We'll swear if we want to!

>>912758
Now take away his weapon, pin him to the ground, and start asking questions!
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No. 912983 ID: 15a025
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912983

>We don't give a fuck! We'll swear if we want to!
>Like I said, we’re not as holy as you think we are.
I won't pry on the matter then.

>It’s a weak spell, it’ll get stronger with practice.
Guess I'll have to just keep at it.

>Pin him and take away his weapon. Then start questioning him.
>Disarm, pin, interrogate.
Roxie: "I see you reaching for that knife. Get your mitts up where I can see them."

They're up where I can see them. Nothing in his paws.
Keeping myself close enough to whack him again in case he tries anything, I slowly move over and pick up his knife. After that I keep my beat stick close to his head.
Roxie: "Alright, who are you and why are you here?"

???: "Okay, fine. I'm not your buddy or whoever."

Roxie: "That doesn't answer the question."

???: "Then let's just say I heard about your pal's package and thought I could score big tonight. Obviously I thought wrong."

Roxie: "Maybe next time you should pick someone a little more your size to impersonate. Where's the guy I'm supposed to meet then?"

???: "Never saw him."

Roxie: "Then why is your fur spray painted like a snow leopard?"

???: "Okay, I didn't see him here. I've seen what he looks like though."
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No. 912984 ID: 15a025
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912984

Both of us nearly jump when we hear something further in the warehouse fall over. It sounded like a heavy wood crate fell and busted open.

It's faint, but I can hear someone or something echoing as well.

???: "You wanna wrap this up before that ghost or the wind or whatever decides to drop a box on us next?"
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No. 913012 ID: 08227f

That could be your friend restrained in the back, or another guy that's helping this pint sized pussycat pilfer your package. Either way you should investigate.
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No. 913015 ID: b1b4f3

Speaking of the package maybe you should secure it?
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No. 913027 ID: 91ee5f

>>913015
Yeah, let’s go make sure someone didn’t take it off your scooter while you were in here dealing with this midget.
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No. 913078 ID: 382adf

Nah. We're gonna go check that out. And i don't trust him, stop make him take point.
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No. 913278 ID: 15a025
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913278

>That could be your friend restrained in the back, or another guy that's helping this pint sized pussycat pilfer your package. Either way you should investigate.
>Speaking of the package maybe you should secure it?
>Yeah, let’s go make sure someone didn’t take it off your scooter while you were in here dealing with this midget.
One last thing then before I leave this guy then.

Roxie: "You were throwing something at me earlier. Hand over the rest of what you got."

???: "Those were throwing knives. I'm going to reach for the last one in my pocket, okay."

Roxie: "One hand, slowly. Any sudden movements and this stick is going to extend right into your face."
He carefully pulls out his throwing knife and hands it to me.

>I don't trust him, make him take point.
Roxie: "You're going to come with me and investigate now. Before that though, you're going to follow me outside while I pick up the other knives you threw and check something. When we come back to the warehouse, you're taking the point."

???: "Look lady, you couldn't pay me enough to come back into this place!"

Roxie: "Who said I was paying you, or giving you a choice?"

???: "Whatever."
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No. 913279 ID: 15a025
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913279

I make my way to the scooter, picking up some more throwing knives on my way. Thankfully none hit my scooter, or the package. It's still here, wrapped up with ribbon and all. Just as I grab it and head back for the warehouse, I hear something growl from inside.
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No. 913281 ID: 15a025
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913281

As I walk into the warehouse, I notice there's someone else laying down now. Then I see the pool of blood on the ground.

Then... I see a Snow leopard on the ground...
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No. 913283 ID: b1b4f3

>>913281
Check the guy for signs of life. If he's still alive, try to drag him out of there with the kid's help. If he's dead drive to a safer place then call the cops.
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No. 913284 ID: 91ee5f

>>913283
All of this!
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No. 913412 ID: a9af05

>>913283
This makes sense.
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No. 913440 ID: 91ee5f

>>913284
Also, since this asshole was trying to impersonate the snow leopard guy and he was throwing knives at you, I think he did this to the snow leopard in order to get him out of the way.

You might as well tell him that he didn’t have to stab the snow leopard guy!
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No. 913549 ID: 15a025
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913549

>Check the guy for signs of life. If he's still alive, try to drag him out of there with the kid's help.

I get down on the ground and check to see if he's still got a pulse. I grab the wrist of his big paw, but after a few moments, I feel nothing.
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No. 913551 ID: 15a025
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913551

>I think he did this to the snow leopard in order to get him out of the way. You might as well tell him that he didn’t have to stab the snow leopard guy!
Roxie: "You didn't have to kill him!"

???: "Hey, I didn't do this! I haven't seen him here till now."

>he was throwing knives at you
Roxie: "Oh I think you did! I've got your knife and throwing knives to prove it!"

???: " Then where's the blood on them?"

I pull them out and take a quick look. They're not in the best of shape. The throwing knives are a little dull, while the switch blade knife has some heavy scratches on the handle. Some small bits of an engraving can barely be made out still. He's right though, no blood on them anywhere. Still...

Roxie: "You could have cleaned them off or you hid the one you used."

???: "There's also no blood trail. Bodies don't just show up out of no-where."
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No. 913553 ID: 15a025
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913553

>If he's dead drive to a safer place then call the cops.
I don't want to admit it, but I need to face it. There's a chance someone else could be in here out to get me, and standing around yelling could end up getting me killed.
Roxie: "Come on, we're settling this outside."

Before he can say anything or protest, I grab his arm and start dragging him with me.
When we get to the door though, it slides down and slams shut!
???: "I'm telling you this place is haunted!"

Roxie: "Shut up, it was probably the wi-"

I hear something outside make a heavy click.

I try to slide the door back open, but it won't budge.

???: "You were saying?"
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No. 913554 ID: 15a025
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913554

> call the cops!
Not exactly my first pick for someone to call given what I'm doing here, but-

My phone isn't getting reception?

I try to make a call anyway but it just pops a message on screen saying no service.
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No. 913564 ID: 2f99b5

Magic is now likely in play here. Draw your weapon if only because it's much brighter than your phone and you don't want someone or thing to get the drop on you.
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No. 913570 ID: 91ee5f

>>913554
Well, shit. That’s not good! Seems like there’s probably some kinda magical interference going on.

You’ve got the package with you, right? Whoever is doing this will have to come to you to get it.

Try to light the place up with your magic. Focus on making it bright instead of giving it a shape.
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No. 913604 ID: a9af05

>>913554
Try to make your light brighter so you can watch for whoever's trying to ambush you!
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No. 913671 ID: 15a025
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913671

>Magic is now likely in play here.
>Well, shit. That’s not good! Seems like there’s probably some kinda magical interference going on.
Is that even possible? I could understand having no signal since we're a little ways out of town. Not sure about the door either way though.

>You’ve got the package with you, right? Whoever is doing this will have to come to you to get it.
Yup. Been kind of awkwardly juggling it around with all this other stuff I'm carrying. (*)

>Draw your weapon if only because it's much brighter than your phone and you don't want someone or thing to get the drop on you.
>Try to light the place up with your magic. Focus on making it bright instead of giving it a shape.
>Try to make your light brighter so you can watch for whoever's trying to ambush you!
I put my phone away and bring out the beat stick again. I try to make it make it brighter this time, but it doesn't seem to change much. At least I can see.

Roxie: "Alright, start walking. We're going to find another way out."

???: "I'm taking the lead?"

Roxie: "Well if you want to volunteer to, sure."

???: "Damn it!"

Roxie: "Like you had a choice."
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No. 913673 ID: 15a025
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913673

For an abandoned warehouse, this place sure has enough crates and boxes around. Speaking of,

Roxie: "Guess this is what fell over earlier? But from where? It's not like there's a stack of-"

???: "Shhh! Look up."

Roxie: "Huh-?"
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No. 913674 ID: 15a025
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913674

There's a second floor? It's hard to see, but it looks like someone's up there?
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No. 913675 ID: 15a025

*Whops. Seems like I forgot to draw/sprite Roxie holding her package for the past few panels. I'll try my best to remember it from now on.
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No. 913676 ID: b1b4f3

...is that a Chimera? The only thing that can kill a Chimera is light magic. You sure are lucky.

See if you can make your beatstick SHARP and LONG.
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No. 913679 ID: 91ee5f

>>913674
I see purple! That’s not good!

.....oh, right, you don’t know about that. Basically, the color purple means something or someone is cursed. Any type of light magic is necessary for either severely hurting something/someone that’s cursed or, if it’s someone you know, removing the curse to turn that person back to normal.

Unfortunately, at your current skill level, you’d have a hard time trying to cure someone.

>>913676
Yeah, good idea. Even if it isn’t a chimera, it should still hurt whoever that is.
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