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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. 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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