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909503 No. 909503 ID: ea36cf

The guild test for entering the basic rank is held at a clearing outside of the city, with directions given.
I equip some simple clothing and the wooden sword given to me for self protection, and head out after school.

Signs and arrows are set up to mark the way as I leave the city gates and head out into the wilderness until I meet other trainees.

Four other children appears to be around, with a few adults hidden out of sight.
One seems to be Hoor carrying a staff, and a small rabbold hiding in their hood, carrying a war hammer.

The other two are a female Rabbold who appears to be wearing a robe and seems to be carrying a few old wands hanging off a belt in her robes, and a swordsman Avaros. Judging from their outfit, they appear to be wearing aged gears, perhaps inherited.

>Mingle with Hoor
>Mingle with others
>Wait
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No. 919867 ID: 130f18

>>919852
This is cute, so do this too.
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No. 919919 ID: 7e06cf

"It's a recent thing I've been practicing. It helps my control over mana."
"Humming? or the talking while humming?"
"Both. I am done with cutting these." I say while stepping back from the table.
"Oh. Never mind that, what do you mean about fixing me?"

I look at Bea, "I have the ability to manipulate how Mana flows. I've provided Alice a temporary example of my abilities, and it allowed her better control of her spell casting. If you would allow me to, I could attempt to change you too."
"Are you serious?"
"Yes. But this ability of mine could cause unwanted attention, so I request that you do not spread information about this."
Beatrice looks me in the eyes, and I await her answer.

"Okay, fine. You said it was temporary?"
"I did not have the time to permanently change her, and she requested a bit more time."
"And you think it can help me?"
"There is a possibility of doing so."
"Any side effects?"
"Not that I know of."

Bea takes a moment and sits on a chair.
"Are you... sure this can help me?"
"No. There is a chance this can end badly, but in the end, it just changes when you die."
"Ha, that's a bleak way of looking at it..."

Beatrice presents me a hand, "Well, do your worse."

I take Beatrice's hand and begin tracing the flow of her mana.

--
[Mana Manipulation] has triggered.
Permission to read subject core.

Skills:
Combat
Survival
Writing
Dancing

Unknown Enhancement
--

Her core is large, and pulsing with Mana, and the unknown ability is deeply etched into it. It enhances her body's abilities, but her body can't keep up with it's demand.

I feel like I can't stop the output of her core, but I can slightly change the enhancement. If I install a toggle, there can be a buildup of Mana that would permeate into her body.
Similar to Alice, I can copy one of the abilities, but aside from Combat and Survival, the others are less ingrained.
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No. 919923 ID: 080aaf

Leave it. A toggle just turns her into a time bomb.
Copy the Unknown Enhancement to study it further.
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No. 919925 ID: 88114f

What do you mean by "can't keep up with its demand"? Too heavy a strain? It wants even more mana?
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No. 919926 ID: b1b4f3

>>919919
So it's the reverse of what we were just told. She's not producing enough mana to keep up with a permanent spell, though maybe the spell is also keeping her from overproducing mana. I thought we heard about the permanent spell before, but I couldn't find where it was.

Install the toggle, tell her you've done so, and ask her if she knew about the enhancement.
From now on she can have it on only when she needs it, which will solve two of her problems at once. The deadly one and the self-control one.

Also take Combat. You've got no use for Survival and the others aren't important. I expect you could learn writing very easily, if you don't already know it (I forget)
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No. 919928 ID: 094652

Install the toggle later, but look into finding "hardware"; if you install some monster parts as mana outputs that should work.
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No. 919929 ID: 282e20

Install toggle.
Copy combat.
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No. 919933 ID: 1c0f2a

>...but I can slightly change the enhancement.
The ideal solution would be reduce the effectiveness of this unidentified enhancement (that clearly improve her strength) and redirect the use of the excess mana toward a new enhancement less detrimental, preferable a weak permanent healing spell. If this is possible we could try to copy Hoor's spell.
Start with a temporary test. With her permission reduce the power dedicate to her enhancement and at the same time force her to cast thermal regulation from her left hand (to limit any possible damage) as a proof of concept.

Copy Combat.
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No. 919934 ID: b1b4f3

I guess the ideal *would* be to tone down the enhancement so her body can handle it, then make sure she doesn't overproduce mana somehow. If we were to install a second less taxing enhancement to handle the excess mana, she needs to put careful thought into what enhancement(or spell) to pick. It's like getting a tattoo, you could easily regret it in the future.

Is that even something Emils can do? Can she make any changes other than the toggle? Actually, wait, what about a dial? Instead of on/off, how about a percentage or number from 0-10?
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No. 919935 ID: 158da5

>>919926
Yeah, vocalize all of this. She needs to know the situation.
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No. 919936 ID: 864e49

Do not install the toggle, tell her about it and let her make the decision.

Copy the Unknown Enhancement.
or Dancing.
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No. 919937 ID: e3e99e

>>919919
Copy the Unknown Enhancement. It's unique.
Failing that, copy Combat. We do not need biological survival skills, and we should take the strongest useful skills we can.

Install the toggle.
Tell her "There's something very strange etched into your core that is drawing a lot of mana, and your body appears to be increasing its output in a struggle to meet the needs of this anomaly.
This is not something other people have, and I do not know what it does. It is almost certainly related to your condition.
I will make it so you can toggle it on and off. I don't know what that would do to your mana supply, so I would like your permission to regulate your mana directly by taking or adding mana as needed using my own supply.

This will allow us to safely test what happens when this anomaly is turned off, and if your body will slow production once it no longer has such a drain.
Regulating your mana is safe, but it will likely feel strange and invasive. You need to be willing for me to be able to do that.
Would you like to proceed? Yes/No?"

Lets start thinking of ways to regulate her core, and come back to this when we have more options.
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No. 919938 ID: 282e20

>>919929
changing to copy unknown enhancement. Copy combat if this doesn't work.
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No. 919941 ID: 91ee5f

>>919919
Tell her that you can’t see a curse, but you can see an unknown enhancement and that is what’s causing her problem.

>install a toggle?
So basically, instead of the unknown enhancement always being turned on, you can give Bea the option to turn it off and turn it back on when she needs it. Is that what you’re saying?

Make sure you tell her what you’re wanting to do, so that she can tell you if she wants the toggle or not.
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No. 919945 ID: 130f18

Explain to her what you are seeing and ask what she wants to do before proceeding.

If the enhancement is what's keeping her mana production from destroying her body, toggling it off would worsen her condition. If you were able to leech excess mana off of her that would also solve the problem - both of your hunger and of her oversaturation. But you would probably need to form some kind of suit over her. Like... a magical girl duo transformation!

That would also make her dependent on you, however.
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No. 919946 ID: 158da5

>>919936
We do have her permission to solve her problem. I'm not against asking again to clarify the situation, but I don't see a downside for Bea that would change her mind.
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No. 919947 ID: e3e99e

>>919937
Actually, on reflection and thinking this over:
"There is an anomaly on your core. It is not something other people have, and it is drawing a massive amount of mana.

You said you are constantly breaking things by mistake, yes?
This anomaly is likely some sort of physical enhancement that makes you stronger and more durable. However, it is very energy intensive and your body is basically eating itself to feed the magic.

I would like to install a toggle so you can turn this anomaly on and off at will.
It would be best to keep it off when you do not need it, but after being stuck on for so long I do not know how long it will take for your body to draw down mana production to normal levels.

Because this is going to cause your mana production and usage to be out of balance, I plan to take direct control over your mana levels by using my own mana reserves to regulate yours.
Doing this would pose no risk to me, and I believe it would pose little risk to you. However, it will likely feel strange and I can only regulate the mana pool of a willing participant.
I would like to initially attempt a short test - I will turn the anomaly off and regulate your mana for five minutes and observe how your mana behaves, while you keep me apprised on how you feel.
At that point if your mana levels are not stable without my intervention I will turn the anomaly back on and we can discuss the results.
If your mana levels are stable without my intervention then I will leave the choice to you.
If at any point I believe there are signs of harmful consequences, I will immediately reverse the changes and terminate the test.
Are you willing to proceed? Yes/No?"

Still copy that Unknown Enhancement if you can. Unique things are the best bonuses!
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No. 919950 ID: a2cac9

>>919919
copy combat.
give her the options and ask what she'd want done.
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No. 919965 ID: 575ec0

Don't tinstall the toggle. A temporary fix that can cause permanent harm is unacceptable.

Copy the Unkown Enhancement.
Let her know youve taken the curse upon yourself as well, and will be able to do more once you better understand it.
For now, you'll be in this together.
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No. 919967 ID: bddb0f

Tell her what you've discovered, ask if she wants a toggle installed or for you to try to learn more over time.

If this is a one-off opportunity to copy a skill, I honestly think we should copy Writing, even if it's less ingrained. It's easier to pass off as something we've just 'picked up on' all of a sudden. I'm leery of copying the enhancement, even if we might be well suited to deal with its downsides. It's just that suddenly coming down with the same enhancement/situation as Bea's could be trouble.

After the situation is dealt with - Bea may want to test her toggle - continue lunch preparations and focus on the mana-imparting and the differences between yours and Bea's efforts.
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No. 919971 ID: bddb0f

Oh, and after lunch maybe Bea can help coach you in dancing. You still have that party you're supposed to attend soon - does SHE know anything about Silvia Strix Saron? And you can show her that Light ring you got gifted by your dressmaker. Have you tested it yet?
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No. 919980 ID: a6405f

Try to install a temporary flood drain to the mana so it doesnt build up while we science this enhancement.
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No. 919981 ID: b463f3

>>919967
Copying for the sake of identification and to hopefully find a way to optimize the setup, not just personal gains.

--

If possible, we should ask bea if she could stay over for a while. If we had direct access, we could funnel the excess mana directly into our secondary core while also presumably finding a solution faster. Depending on the method though, we may need to let bea in on our true nature.
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No. 919986 ID: b1b4f3

>>919981
We can't copy the enhancement perfectly. The imperfect copy might do something similar but we can't count on it for experimentation.
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No. 920006 ID: a9af05

>>919919
Tell her what you see and ask if she wants the toggle.

Copy the unknown enhancement. If that doesn't work, copy combat.
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No. 920007 ID: 2202fb

>>919986
>imperfect
then there is no hope
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No. 920075 ID: 575ec0

>>919986
But it is etched Deeply. We should be able to get a pretty good copy.

Even if it isn't exact though, it'll still give us a pretty good idea of what's going on there. We'll just need to be careful when moving forward with it.
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No. 920083 ID: 130f18

>>919981
Considering the new role entrusted to us by Lust, beginning to build honest relationships with mortals we can trust would not be a bad idea.
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No. 920092 ID: 99ed9b

So rather than an excess of mana, the real problem is an excessive consumption of mana.

It seems likely the "unknown ability" is actually some kind of mana drain they put in to keep her from catching on fire or something, and that it's ALSO hurting her in a different way. Maybe if we turned off the mana sink she'd catch fire or explode, but it seems just as likely they didn't know what they were doing and just threw it on assuming it would kill her slower than too much mana would.

But regardless, I can see no reason not to offer her control over it. It could make her situation better and what's she got to lose, her life?

Questions for Emils, does the "unknown ability" feel like it's something designed to just chew away excessive mana? Can you see excessive amounts of mana being absorbed by it? If Bea was suddenly lit up with a hell of a lot of excess mana could you use mana manipulation to protect her from it, and possibly do something productive (betting you could make a bitchin magic item if you could figure some way to make any of your spells persistent in an object).
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No. 920097 ID: 99ed9b

Oh, and don't be telling Emils to copy anything that gets "deeply etched" into your core.
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No. 920110 ID: b1b4f3

>>920075
"deeply etched" means it's more strongly attuned to the person. According to the author, Emils cannot make deep copies of anything. Deeply etched copies are stronger and thus Emils can get stronger copied skills out of them, but it won't be as strong as the original.

Emils can only get the skill at its true strength by eating the core.
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No. 920139 ID: 834378

Copy combat. That's probably what Beatrice is good at.

I think there's two ways to fix Bea.
First would be to change her veins so that mana would flow only to the enhancement and almost nowhere else. That way her mana would always be fully consumed by the enhancement.
The second would be with a toggle, yeah. I could see this as a way to turn her into an ultimate mage for the duration when the enhancement is turned off and she releases the mana in a form of a spell or some other way.

I suppose we should go with the toggle.
And then immediately test out the toggle. Turn off her enhancement and absorb most of the mana in her body, and then turn it back on.
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No. 920140 ID: 834378

>>920139
Also, does she know of any spells that she could cast? We know that she can't cast anything with that enhancement on, but maybe she could try with it being off. Otherwise, we can consume her mana with a fireball or something.
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No. 920153 ID: 575ec0

I still don't know why people are saying copy combat. Emils devoured a number of mercenaries already and has a basic grasp of it. Besides, it's a skill that can be trained normally. The unknown thing is a unique opportunity, if nothing else.
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No. 920158 ID: 2202fb

>>920153
Additionally, it is kinda shitty to take advantage of Bea like this when we apparently cant copy her unknown to find a fix for her (at least according to some ppl).
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No. 920169 ID: 0e2ebe

>>920158
I mean, the toggle for a skill that we can get without affecting her at all is hardly taking advantage. Hell, even if the toggle wasn't a viable option, it still doesn't affect her.
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No. 920171 ID: 91ee5f

>>919941
Voting for the same thing everyone else is voting for: Copy the unknown enhancement. And if that doesn’t work, copy combat.
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No. 920259 ID: f46e5e

vote unknown enhancement

also, why have we not absorbed the various pest creatures for their transforms, they could be good for innocuous spying, even if it requires storing some of our mass for a little bit?
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No. 920292 ID: e3e99e

>>920259
Because Emils can't take any form that's unable to fully enclose her core.
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No. 920293 ID: b1b4f3

Her core is pretty small. Remember she mimicked one of those cave lizards when she started out.
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No. 920481 ID: 7e06cf
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920481

"As far as I can tell, your core produces a lot of mana, and is deeply etched with something."
"What do you mean by deeply etched?"
"It means that it's part of you, and it's been used for a long time. It makes it difficult to change, and any changes I do can be easily overwritten unless you take better control over it."
"Can you tell what it does?"
"It appears to feed off of your excess Mana and turns it into physical abilities. You've probably learned this long ago, and it helped leach off your excess mana, but it grew alongside you, taking in more and more mana.
Your core does not produce a constant supply of mana, and whenever you don't produce enough mana, it applies an additional strain on your body.
Currently, the only change I can apply to you is a toggle."
"What would that do?" Bea asks, concerned.
"It allows you to take control of the ability in a limited sense. You can turn it on or off. However, as I've said before, if you do not take control over it, it can be overridden by your own core."

"..."
"What shall it be?" I look at Beatrice's face.

"Do it."
"Very well."

I begin to hum, as I inject my mana into her hand.
Her hands grip my hands, and she appears to be in pain.
"Relax. Do not reject the intrusion."
The hum changes into a tune, as Beatrice tries to relax.
I continue to flow my mana into her arms, and up her shoulder.
As I go deeper, my mana gets eroded by hers, with each beat of her heart and pulse of her core.
I press harder as she crushes my hand. She is clenching hard, as she begins shaking.
I grab her shoulder with my other hand, steadying her as my tune matches her mana. It is feels unpleasant.

My mana barely touches her core, as I try to adjust the flow over it's surface.
It's barely a change. A patch at best, but a redirection of mana is complete, and I slowly retract with a small copy of her skill.

I bring myself back and let my hand reform.
I bring Beatrice to a chair and let her slump over the table, panting hard.
She seems barely conscious as I sit beside her, holding her up.

It takes a while for her to wake up, blinking.

"whu" She tries to move, but her hand simply falls off the table, swinging out of her control.
Panic rises in her eyes and she sluggishly tries to get up, but is only capable of jerking her elbows.

"Stop." I tell her, "You are now extremely weakened. Try to feel your body, take control of your mana, and move your hand."

I take her swinging arm and hold it in front of her face.
Beatrice can only moan and drool on the table as she looks at me, before concentrating on her hand.

"It seems you've spent most of your life under a physical boost." I tell her.
"With it inactive, your body is much weaker than you're used to. Just use more effort to move your body."

it takes minutes before her fingers begin twitching, as she slowly begins to regain control of her body.

I can hear a voice from another room. It appears Hoor and Charls is back.
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No. 920482 ID: 080aaf

Act casual, nothing is different. Give Bea a piggyback ride.
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No. 920484 ID: e3e99e

>>920481
Hug her.
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No. 920485 ID: e3e99e

>>920481
Obviously, people are going to ask what happened to put Bea into this drooling, shaking, semi-conscious, poorly-coordinated, and feeble mess.
When they do ask, tell them "She allowed me to touch her intimately. I am a magical girl."
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No. 920486 ID: 96aa63

>>920481
Is there a couch you can lay her down on?
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No. 920487 ID: a2cac9

>>920485
>"She allowed me to touch her intimately"
this
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No. 920489 ID: 575ec0

They shouldn't see her like this. It's improper. She entrusted you with a personal matter, it's none of their business unless she decides otherwise.
Also. You know, they'll want an explanation from you.

Is there another way out? Even a window? Grab her and make a swift exit. At least then you two would have plenty of time to come up with a cover story once she recovers.
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No. 920491 ID: 0c3c2c

>>920481
Act nonchalant. Simply hang out with Bea.
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No. 920496 ID: 1c0f2a

Hide Bea inside you. Make sure she have a constant supply of fresh air and if her body can't keep up force her do breath and keep her heart beating.
Assume the form of an adult Avaro, remove the apron and leave.
Explain to Bea you will find somewhere private for her to learn how to move.
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No. 920498 ID: 91ee5f

>>920481
>I bring Beatrice to a chair and let her slump over the table, panting hard.
>She seems barely conscious as I sit beside her, holding her up.
Since Emils is able to sit next to Bea without breaking whatever she’s sitting on, that must mean that the chairs in Hoor’s house are stronger than the chairs in Victoria’s house.

>I can hear a voice from another room. It appears Hoor and Charls is back.
You can stick your head out the door and tell them not to come in the kitchen because we’re still making food and Bea doesn’t want to be disturbed. This will hopefully buy Bea enough time to regain control of her body.

Or if they come in and they see Bea like this, you can tell them, “As you can see, I’m a worse cook than Bea is. She just ate a sandwich I made and then this happened.” Then you can ask Hoor to heal her.
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No. 920499 ID: 130f18

>>920489
Agreed, make sure the others don't see her like this.
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No. 920501 ID: a2cac9

>>920496
we're trying to hide that we're a slime, that goes directly against that objective.
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No. 920502 ID: 91ee5f

>>920496
No, don’t do any of that!
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No. 920505 ID: 6ee5db

>>920485
Do this, but in the likely event Charles and Hoor want a better explanation, just tell them what you did.
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No. 920506 ID: b1b4f3

>>920481
Tell her she might want to turn it back on if she doesn't want the others to see her like this.
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No. 920510 ID: bcc41d

Have Bea sit in the chair for now. Inform her what she needs to do to re-activate the effect herself - she may not instinctually know, but encourage her to focus on regaining her strength and ability to move for when she isn't 'using' her boost - and say that she should think of it as simple, basic training. Ask that she keep your involvement in this quiet - to say it was something she accidentally developed herself during food mana infusions.

Then go to Hoor and ask him if he'd like to come with you. Tell him Beatrice appears to have become a bit out of it while you were making lunch, but that as far as you can tell she's fine, if weakened. Encourage him to help take care of Beatrice until she 'recovers'.

Proceed with the plan to create lunch. Something simple, I think, for Bea to eat in her weakened state.
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No. 920511 ID: 834378

Tell Bea to try casting a spell. Any spell. That should get some mana flowing heh.

Training with her buffs off is probably what she needs to properly strengthen her body and learn control. Should probably tell her this as well.

As for Charls and Hoor, tell them that it looks like Bea's condition now has the potential to improve. But don't tell them what exactly you did.
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No. 920518 ID: 2202fb

>>920511
Ah, ofc! If her body is physically in an extremely atrophied state due to her relying on her buff, this would explain why she didn't have enough mana: she was too frail. She would probably be fine if she just kept it off and only used it when needed.

I have a feeling Bea is going to be a highly successful mage and hero in the future (unless she turns evil).
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No. 920535 ID: 158da5

>>920506
I think getting the boost back on until you can get more time alone to do some physical therapy is the best idea.
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No. 920538 ID: e3e99e

>>920510
Also, point out that the stronger she is WITHOUT the boost the stronger she'll be WITH the boost, and the strength difference will likely be proportional. It's like wearing weighted clothing, only much more effective and without the downsides.
Also, not dying. Not dying is nice.
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No. 920540 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, and maybe next time Emils messes with someone's Core she should touch closer to the core so the process is shorter.
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No. 920546 ID: 282e20

Help her turn the boost back on.
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No. 920553 ID: 2202fb

Maybe we could switch the toggle to a dampener. That way Bea could gradually work on taking it off.
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No. 920556 ID: e3e99e

>>920553
That is a LOT more complicated, difficult, and prone to failure.
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No. 920557 ID: b1b4f3

>>920553
Emils currently cannot do that. This was the limit of her skill. Perhaps later on, after she's had practice messing around with the cores of animals and such.
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No. 920559 ID: 99ed9b

Maybe hold her up a bit.

And be nonchalant when other people come in. I mean, not that Emils can do anything else, but go ahead and act like there's no downsides expressing themselves here and now.

Keep talking to Bea though, encourage her to use the atrophied muscles. This might explain quite well why she was going to die... the enchantment might get stronger but her body is secretly decaying beneath all that.

We can't even guarantee that she's going to be able to work her muscles back into usefulness.

... tell her to wiggle her little toe. Like, make her lay out and stare out of it and verbalize that she's going to wiggle her little toe.
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No. 920662 ID: a9af05

>>920485
>Allowed to touch intimately
Are we sure Bea is old enough for that to be an appropriate thing to say?

>>920496
None of this! This is terrible!
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No. 920788 ID: 5b93d3

Turn the toggle back on for now, and arrange a more convenient time to try again and do some proper muscle training. Maybe drag Bea along to Punching Things class to get her used to increasing physical fitness.
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No. 920846 ID: 130f18

>>920788
I think that class is taught by her dad, so that might raise questions too early.
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No. 921018 ID: 2870a3

make like the dude my ex cheated with me on and jump out the window
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No. 921052 ID: 99ed9b

Just act like nothing is wrong and talk to Bea like they aren't there, and be completely deadpan when answering their queries about what's wrong.
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No. 921281 ID: 8eaf98

'I gave her an on-off switch'
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No. 921453 ID: 99ed9b

Uh...

Did we bother asking Emils or anyone competent at magic if a build of magic that needs to be released once it builds up so that Bea doesn't... explode, is going to damage her body or channels?

Cause we may have just locked her into a cycle that will kill her much faster too.
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No. 921466 ID: ba56e6

>>921453
Her core was producing too much magic, which was killing her, so the enchantment was put there. But now the enchantment is consuming too much magic, which is killing her.
I believe the idea is that when the mana builds up she can turn it on, and when it runs out she can turn it off, so that she dances around that middle area of 'not dying' as often as possible.
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No. 921535 ID: 7e06cf
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921535

"I'm currently keeping your body stable. Please concentrate on moving your body."

I get a better grip over Bea, holding her upright before Hoor and Charls walks in.

"Hello."

Hoor stops, eyes wide before rushing forwards, "Bea, what's wrong, what happened?!"

"She agreed to an experimental procedure to regulate something inside of her, in an effort to prolong her life."
Hoor tries to take a hold of Beatrice, but I don't let go.
Hoor seems unsure on how to handle this.
"Is she okay?" Charls asks.
"She is fully conscious. I have cut off the supply of mana to some parts of her, and as a result she's feeling extremely weak. I am regulating her excess mana, and need constant contact to do so."
Hoor scoops up Beatrice in his arms, while I keep holding her hand in front of her face.
"For now, She just needs to relearn how to control her body without the help of whatever's affecting her body."

"We have a guest room we use whenever Bea stays over, follow me."

Hoor leads into a somewhat sparse room, filled with books and dolls, setting her down onto a soft bed.

"How long will she be like this?"
"That depends on her."
Beatrice mummers as she exhales, barely audible.
"She says she be fine." I tell Hoor.

Hoor unties her apron, and looks concerned, "Tell me, what happened? What did you do?"
"I asked Beatrice if I could examine her body, and discovered two things.
One, her core is above average in size, and is producing an above average amount of mana for someone of her body and size."
Beatrice's face twitches, and I can feel her tendons twitching under my grip.
"Two, some ability of hers, probably since birth, had been feeding on her mana continuously.
I can only assume that when she was smaller, her mana production was offset by this ability, giving her a normal level of mana production. But as she grew older, the ability grew with her, as did her production of mana."
Beatrice stares at me, and I can feel her fingers move.
"She has probably lost control over this ability at one point, and it has been feeding off of her, causing her mana to swing wildly from too much to not enough. Does this description relates to her history?"

Hoor thinks about it, "Yes, she has had times when she was swinging from full of energy, to limp as a noodle."
He looks worriedly at Beatrice.

I look at Bea, "Once I let go of your body, the connection to this ability will return to you. You will need to train yourself to control this ability, or it will end you sooner."

>Let go
>Hold on
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No. 921536 ID: e3e99e

>>921535
Hold on.

Ask Bea to let you know when she's ready.
When Bea is ready, then you can release her.
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No. 921537 ID: c92184

Hold on. We should give her a while. Maybe sleep here for today. When she is ready and willing, we can let go.
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No. 921538 ID: 094652

Slowly let go, but be ready to grab her if anything happens. Ask Bea if she has any clue what her ability is.
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No. 921540 ID: 080aaf

Let go. Dr. Emils declares this patient cured!
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No. 921541 ID: 91ee5f

>>921535
Hold on.

“But for now, I will continue to hold onto you. Let me know when you are ready for me to let go.”
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No. 921542 ID: 834378

Hold on for an hour more or so.
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No. 921552 ID: 842ac4

Emils should reform himself to become an exosuit that Bea can wear. He can regulate (and use) her mana that way. It would also be strangely sexual. And also be like that one offshoot gag quest.
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No. 921553 ID: c4798e

Hold on. Let's get some food in here, yeah?
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No. 921612 ID: ba56e6

>>921541
This. Let's give her some physical therapy first, get her used to walking around under her own power again.
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No. 921623 ID: 2202fb

Go to a lake. Swimming will help with getting her back on her feet.
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No. 921626 ID: 91ee5f

>>921552
No, don’t do that!
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No. 921645 ID: 080aaf

>>921552
Some oneshots should stay oneshots.
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No. 921646 ID: e3e99e

>>921645
...but this isn't one of them.

Now, however, is not the time.
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No. 921648 ID: ba56e6

>>921646
Agreed.
It is an end goal, not something to jump to immediately.
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No. 921663 ID: 977456

It, uhh, actually is a pretty good idea, along with the swimming thing. Increased atmospheric pressure would be similar to reduced gravity, thus make exercise easier. She doesn't seem strong enough to recover muscle-mass in a remotely timely fashion at present.
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No. 921672 ID: 575ec0

Keep holding on.
Let her know you will stay there until she feels she is ready.
Hold on until instructed to let go.
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No. 921691 ID: bcc41d

>hold or not

Hold, for as long as we can continue to build up Bea's attempt to take control of her toggle and Bea is willing to endure. Ask if Charls is willing to finish preparing lunch. Something that'd give her back some energy and vim would be nice.

>>921663
That is a point, but exosuit Emils isn't quite appropriate right now.

Can Hoor heal Bea's atrophied muscles, if just a little? I'm not sure it'd help, but didn't he talk about using healing magic on her during her bad patches earlier?
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No. 921696 ID: b1b4f3

Yeah, hold on until either Bea has some measure of control or her mana levels start getting dangerous.
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No. 921726 ID: 0c3c2c

>>921535
Carefully let go so she doesn't break all her bones if she flops.
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No. 921751 ID: 158da5

>>921663
Well, Emils should tell Hoor that his new goal should be to help with rehab. Also should mollify him with the information that if this change is handled properly, could give her a real life.
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No. 921752 ID: ecc7c9

>>921541
This. Hold on for now, no surprises.
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No. 921773 ID: 8eaf98

to be fair a exosuit Emils could be a good rehab tool if necessary, providing intelligent responses to weak movement attempts while also making sure effort is made, ie not enough assist that Emils is doing the movement for her but, enough that she CAN do the movements.
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No. 921779 ID: a9af05

>>921541
Yeah, do this.

Hold on until she says you can let go.

>>921552
I thought we agreed to not reveal that we're a slime? That seems to be the exact opposite!
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No. 921798 ID: ba56e6

>>921773
With Bea alone, maybe. With the boys here, too many people at once.
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No. 922007 ID: 8eaf98

>>921798
agreed
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