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934424 No. 934424 ID: 70065f

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No. 934600 ID: 7dc36a

So you have a new life in, essentially, a new world. Maybe you should take your time to observe and appreciate your environment as you look for camp.
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No. 934603 ID: 10c408

>>934600
Considering that the wards were still powerful enough to kill someone and then prevent our spirit from leaving, this isn't the same as a "new world" if it's got one or more of our old enemies still in it.

...Unless we can make peace with them but I'd doubt it.
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No. 934613 ID: f57349

>>934529
>I just need to borrow some of this blood.
Does it really count as "borrowing," in the absence of any meaningful intent to eventually return? Seems more like you were accepting the freely-offered charitable donation of his mortal remains. He was clearly warned, and didn't even bother asking for any specific boon. Get in the habit of exchanging gifts of comparable value, rather than stealing as you please, and you'll probably end up with fewer people stabbing you.

Anyway, first, double back to check for any salvageable tools or food-grade meat on the mad adventurer's corpse, then look for footprints. How far off can you magically sense an animal's mind? He might have brought some pack-beast and left it tied up at the camp, or scavengers might be starting to investigate abandoned baggage.
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No. 934655 ID: 15a025

Try and find the camp and see what supplies might be there
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No. 934698 ID: 70065f
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934698

>How long HAS it been; any idea?
Beats me. Long enough for stone buildings to crumble and trees to grow in their place. I lack any information beyond that.

>So is Jagni a male or a female? And can we give him/her/it some better clothes? Those rags Jagni is currently wearing makes me feel sad just looking at him/her/it.
Homunculi aren't gifted with such a thing by default, but as is I don't know if it'll develop one in the future.

I suppose I *should* give Jagni a new outfit. I make a note to get to that after we eat.

>Consider that over the aeons other mages have probably looted your stuff hundreds of times to empower themselves.
Those items are as much a part of myself as my very own skin is. If I still exist, then they do as well. In one form or another.

>....Also, the young lady touched by sunlight, was she particularly angry at you, or just destroying you out of a dutiful desire to protect what was left of the country? I mean, granted, you probably deserved at least some of being nailed to the bottom of a well for five thousand years, but it feels like a rather personal thing to do to someone.
I think she was crying when she did it. I can't recall much else about her right now though.

>Before you leave - was the spear important or magical? If so, it should stay in your care and/or be put somewhere secure, so it can't be used to repeat the events that got you sealed in the first place.
It it's magical then it is refusing to reveal such properties to me. I don't wish to carry it either way, honestly. I think I spent enough time with it as is.

>Jagni is quite the cutie. Nice work!
Thank you! I pride myself on my work.

>several suggestions to loot corpse
I rummage through his person. He mostly carries stock travel gear, like a bundle of torches or some flint and tinder. The only objects of note are a bag of silver coins, a necklace of an.... anchor?, a bundle of paper notes (I can't read them), and... I'm not sure what this last object is. It's a glass ball and the needle always points in the same directions regardless of how I tilt it.
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No. 934699 ID: 70065f
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934699

>How high can you float upwards? Maybe if you go as high as possible, it'll help you spot the camp?
>Cast a minor scrying spell perhaps?

I fly up and cast a simple scrying spell to look around.

That must be the fishing village.

>just in case would you be willing to use another mundane name for safety? Since your appearance was a concern I understand you may also not be willing to pretend to be someone else.
One title is as good as another. If you have a name I should use in mind, I'm all ears.

>Anyways was your academy burned because it practiced magic or because of it had different species then the empire? Also any idea if those old hatreds and fears still exist today or no clue?
I burned the academy down. I hated the the people who worked it, I despised the students who flocked it's halls, and I reviled the entire campus they had built.

I did spare the books, however.
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No. 934700 ID: 70065f
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934700

Is... is THAT the camp?

This is pathetic.

>How far off can you magically sense an animal's mind? He might have brought some pack-beast and left it tied up at the camp, or scavengers might be starting to investigate abandoned baggage.
Not particularly far. I don't see any sign of a packbeast or a scavenger currently. But the camp is disheveled so it may have come and gone earlier.

>Are your clothes special? They've survived the years well.
It's a simple spell to conjure new clothes to replace the ones that had rotted away on me. It's not the same as the robes I used to wear though. Far too simple. I loved the colorful cottons from the western nations, but I doubt I'll ever see their patterns again.
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No. 934702 ID: 70065f
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934702

>Do all springs have mystical properties or are touched springs rare? Are the blessings of the Sun or nature bestow randomly or are they associated with some property of the spring like the geographical location? Is this something you can find on your own or do you need a guide?
Springs touched by nature spirits can come from a variety of sources. Places where druids are buried, places sanctified by witches, places fairies are fond of, anything that would draw the attention of wild spirits.

The sun, however, lays out his blessings very intentionally. If we find such a spring it will be obvious. Stone monuments, gold statues, priests. An air of prideful obligation that I despise.

In either case bathing in them will have a purifying effect. It'll remove any curses that are hanging on you, dispel any evil spirits clinging to you, and honestly it just feels nice to do so. In particular, I'd rather not continue to carry any stain that man's blood may bring to me.

It should be simple for me to adjust my scrying spell to highlight the relevant attunement for a spring.


...it seems Jagni is afraid of heights. Time to go back to the ground.

It seems there are three places nearby that could qualify. I can't guarantee that they *are* a spring, but this does mean they are significant in some way.
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No. 934703 ID: b1b4f3

>>934698
>glass ball
That's a compass, it always points in the same direction in order to orient yourself. You probably have a better way of knowing which direction you're going though.

>>934700
Head to the camp, steal more of his stuff. Any way to verify it was his, once you're there?

>>934702
Okay, any more details you can give us?
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No. 934704 ID: 91ee5f

>>934698
>a bundle of paper notes (I can't read them)
Poor handwriting, unknown language, or both?

If it’s an unknown language, then there’s a good chance you’re going to run into some language barriers with any new languages that have developed while you were imprisoned.

>I'm not sure what this last object is. It's a glass ball and the needle always points in the same directions regardless of how I tilt it.
Sounds like new technologies were invented while you’ve been imprisoned.

Should we pretend we don’t know what a compass is or should we just go ahead and tell Rake what it is and what it does?

>>934700
>Is.. is THAT the camp?
>This is pathetic.
This is pretty much what I expected a crazy guy like him would have.

Well, let’s grab Jagni and fly on over to the camp.
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No. 934705 ID: ad51b8

I say start at the camp. May be crap but he might have some things there that might be useful. I mean he didn't strike me as a particularly talented mage but he still might have some useful things at the camp that you could find a use for. Then it's off to the nearest source of magic since one is as good as any other at this point.

Also if you don't mind me asking, what made you hate the academy so much. Everyone an ass, too controlling, gaudy wallpaper, or what?
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No. 934708 ID: 0fae41

Dismantle the camp. Anyone following the trail may follow him back to your cave.
Then, why don't you visit the furthest of those three locations? Later I suggest paying a visit to Jagni's maker at the village to see what he's like.
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No. 934711 ID: e20bdf

I think you should introduce yourself as Rafaela.
Try to pretend to be less awesome when you meet someone. All this flying, changing your clothes color and the telepathy will certainly make random strangers suspicious.

If you don't find food in the camp just hunt some animal in your way to the closest focal point.
The further one seems more intense than the other. It's a bit suspicious...
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No. 934716 ID: 422cea

So, um... What species are you, or were you?

The form you've taken is reminiscent of like 3 different things and none of which I think are probably going to be accurate.
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No. 934717 ID: e20bdf

>>934716

>>934528
>But to answer your question, if I recall right I'm more closely related to orcs than anything else. But my bloodline is muddy, and my heritage unclear.
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No. 934723 ID: f57349

Camp's closest, so go there first. Eat some food, sort through any supplies, take what you might need and stash the rest inside the cave. Tidy up the campsite and cave entrance with an eye toward minimizing chances anyone might use traces from there to track you. If possible, make it look like the adventurer dragged all his stuff in there by himself and then dropped it down the well by accident or something.

Cleanse yourself before visiting town. Any other distinguishing features among the three possible sites? How far away are they, and how close could a yet-unnoticed fourth one plausibly be?
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No. 934724 ID: 58b4f3

Does Rake have a tail? I could've sworn I saw a tail on her.
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No. 934729 ID: 2767b5

> Powerful mage
> Divine sun magic hurts
> Needs special wards to stay dead for millennia, and even those failed eventually
> Magic possessions as much a part of you as your flesh - possible catalysts for immortality?
Diagnosis; Lich? Maybe check to make absolute sure that you didn’t turn the spear into a phylactery to escape your fate or something.

> Crying
Which of these phrases trigger recognition in you when remembering her tears? Circle all that apply.
“I’m in mourning for someone you killed.”
“It pains me to do this, ye whom I called friend.”
“It saddens me to recognize how this world has failed you.”
“You didn’t know why I was crying at the time either.”

> Orb thingy
That’s a compass; the magnetic red end of the needle points north, and mundane travelers use it to determine their cardinal orientation.

> What do
Hit the camp, then start on finding a place to get purified.
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No. 934733 ID: 055cbc

That's a pretty established bunch of stone buildings for it to be classified as a village. This region must be doing pretty well in terms of finances and population. They could probably help with supplies later.

Camp first, look for food supplies. Then may as well go for the closest potential spring.

>>934729
>That’s a compass
Compass, yes, but with magic, it could be pointing to literally anything navigationaly important. Might be worthwhile to follow the arrow if you are ever at a loss for where to go next. Who knows, maybe it's one of those "object of your greatest desires" pointers.
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No. 934738 ID: 70065f
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934738

>It's a compass.
Fascinating. I'm keeping it.

>Poor handwriting, unknown language, or both?
Unknown language. I'm not surprised to find out that languages have changed since I was downed. I was able to understand that man earlier by reading his mind, but if I want to read this I'll have to find someone else who can read it first.

>Also if you don't mind me asking, what made you hate the academy so much. Everyone an ass, too controlling, gaudy wallpaper, or what?
Much as the rest of my anger, I can't recall the reason for it anymore.

>Does Rake have a tail? I could've sworn I saw a tail on her.
Not to my knowledge, but if one happened to show up I certainly wouldn't complain.

>Which of these phrases trigger recognition in you when remembering her tears?
None of those ring a bell.

>Diagnosis; Lich?
No, my immortality isn't rooted in anything so base. I have my mentor to thank for my immortality. It was one of her many blessings. Or curse, depending on who you ask.

>(several suggestions to) hit the camp and steal his stuff
I float down to his camp and root through his goods. Blankets, clothes, a small pile of knives. A painting of someone's face that he'd apparently stabbed repeatedly. How droll.

But he did carry a supply of bread, wine, and spiced meats.

I've missed food. It's stale and dull but after so long imprisoned it's still impossibly sweet to me.
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No. 934739 ID: 70065f
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934739

>Any other distinguishing features among the three possible sites?
The smallest one is also the closest.

The one to the right was moving. It could have been a witch or a magical beast, but I can't be sure without getting closer. I think it was heading towards the third location.

The third location undoubtedly had the strongest signal. It must be a significant place to nature spirits, so it's the most likely to contain a spring I think.

We'll have to choose one of those three to head towards first.

Also, I said I'd help dress Jagni in something better than rags. But, I honestly don't have much of an eye for fashion. Could you lend a hand with that, please?
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No. 934740 ID: e20bdf
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934740

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No. 934742 ID: bcc41d

>>934739
I've always had a fondness for the 'ninja/desert nomad' mystique. Swaddle him in cloth, so he'll look all the better when unpacked. Also, he'll stand out less (if not completely) as a unique being.

That, or seek refuge in audacity. Make for him the finest, most austentatious clothes you can. Dress him like a lordling.

>where to
Go for the middling-sized source. The other two are going nowhere, and I'm curious what it is / might be doing. It's also on the way towards the largest - and most likely - source of purification, so you'd not have to go out of your way getting there afterwards.
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No. 934744 ID: b1b4f3

>>934738
Who was your mentor?
Also, if a Sunlight-touched woman managed to take you out, does that mean you're Moonlight-touched? Darkness-touched? Night-touched?

Check the closest spring-like signal first, it seems to be on the way to the biggest one. Once you reach the biggest one, the last signal will come to you.
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No. 934746 ID: 91ee5f

>>934739
>Also, I said I'd help dress Jagni in something better than rags. But, I honestly don't have much of an eye for fashion. Could you lend a hand with that, please?
I’m not all that great at designing clothing, but I’d suggest something similar to what you’re wearing.
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No. 934747 ID: 0efe8e

>>934740
i vote for lord jagni.
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No. 934748 ID: 094652
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934748

We need to armor our little puff-ball into a killing machine!
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No. 934749 ID: 422cea
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934749

They're a precious chicken nugget that needs to wear light armor with a stylish sash.
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No. 934751 ID: f57349

Seems implausible a natural spring would be on the move. Let's head to the brightest waypoint first, just in case that other thing is some other ancient forgotten abomination, on it's way there to destroy the spring or render it useless to you.
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No. 934755 ID: 8346a9
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934755

it's good to have you back, pollo. come visit the irc sometime.
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No. 934760 ID: 0fae41

Let's visit the hotspot on the go.
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No. 934765 ID: 542cdf

You should probably check out the big third one, but if the first one is on the way you could swing by and take a quick look.
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No. 934787 ID: 1f689a

>>934755
Can someone explain this meme to me?
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No. 934788 ID: 3940d3

>>934787
https://tgchan.org/wiki/Steve%27d
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No. 934790 ID: 055cbc

well the moving one is definitely NOT a spring, and if the one it is moving toward IS more likely to be a spring, how do you feel about having a meet-cute with somebody in the middle of you/them bathing?
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No. 934793 ID: 70065f
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934793

Jagni keeps thumping it's tail around. I think that means it likes the look?
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No. 934794 ID: 70065f
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934794

We head to the largest spot first, and arrive ahead of whoever the moving one is.

Aha!!! There can be no doubt, this is definitely a spring I can use. I dive right in immediately!
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No. 934795 ID: 70065f
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934795

I feel so much better already. Finally a good bath in who knows how many years.

>Who was your mentor?
>Also, if a Sunlight-touched woman managed to take you out, does that mean you're Moonlight-touched? Darkness-touched? Night-touched?

My mentor was the very moon given flesh, or so she claimed. She was a very odd woman, always stalking dark hallways wherever she made her home and muttering things. If I asked she would go on for hours about the Sun and how much she hated him. Yet she also kept the blade he made to kill her on her belt at all times. She'd often refer to the sword as one would a lover, even.

But she was also smarter and far greater than any teacher I had at the academy. She didn't just teach me how to wield magic greater than I imagined, she taught me to break it over my knee and reshape it to fit my whims.
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No. 934796 ID: 70065f
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934796

Our guest arrives before too long. She pauses at the edge of the spring and stares curiously at me. I try to get a read on her mind, but she's shielded herself against such an intrusion.

Somehow she must've noticed my attempt, as she cedes a little space to me right after. Just enough to understand her words.

"The name is Callogh Muldoon, from Yaba." She says. "Room for one more in there?
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No. 934798 ID: e20bdf

"Sure."
Be polite and vague. Use a fake name but otherwise don't lie to a wizard, just avoid questions you don't want to answer.

Is she the power you detected or is something she is caring? From what you can see, what level of competence you expect of her compared to the wizards from your time? Do you know about Yaba? If not ask her about it.
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No. 934799 ID: 7dc36a

Let her, it is a public spring after all.

Though, you should warn her about the contamination you're cleaning off. If you're lucky, she'll help you clean. If you're not, she'd appreciate it at least.
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No. 934801 ID: bcc41d

Is Jagni shielded from similar intrusions? She may pick up aught of you through him. Hm. Tell him to stay alert. For all we know, there could've been others with this one.

Further, if this... witch? princess? elf? - woman is learned and familiar with the region, she may know more of the ruins from which you recently escaped. I doubt she'd make the connection immediately unless she is some sort of guardian of these woods or your appearance has remained distinctive through legends, but there is a risk she'll know more than the vicious, desperate fool who died in the vain hope of making a devil's bargain.

>>934796
Smile indulgently at her and share in nature's riches - such as they are (is... is that a screaming tree?) - and share a name. Hm. Mix some truth and suggestive lies - it seems warranted not to reveal your origins, particularly to a magically potent stranger. Proclaim yourself Rake Wytar, from far off, out of West. (far off in time, and you graduated out of Westshore Academy)

Make the observation that she has power, much as you. Are these lands her stomping grounds, then? You've wandered a ways and while you'd hesitate to ever call yourself lost, there are things and places you have yet to find of late. Decent bed and board has been a problem.
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No. 934802 ID: b1b4f3

No need to lie about your name, since nobody knows it, and you haven't implied names have power. Give it freely.

I wonder if your mentor was the source of your anger? Like, maybe she brainwashed you and let you loose to destroy everything the Sun loved? The brainwashing either expired with your defeat, or the magic simply wore out during your imprisonment.
Do you remember when you started being angry?
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No. 934803 ID: 68c735

Sure, it’s not like you own the spring after all.
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No. 934805 ID: 3940d3

Knock yourself out buddy.
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No. 934808 ID: a9af05

>>934796
Allow the stranger to come into the water.

If Jagni for some reason isn't also in the water, invite them to also come into the water.
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No. 934819 ID: f57349

Introduce yourself as Rake, from the Moon. Reveal just enough of your own mind to make it clear you're not lying. Regardless of whether you're comfortable sharing a bath, make it clear you're not claiming ownership of the spring itself.
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No. 934830 ID: 8346a9

>>934796
oh! you understand her, that's good.
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No. 934855 ID: e95cec

Accede.

>>934801
Shielding Jagni is a good point.

A new name might be wiser than your old one. Though, Rake is a fine name, in general. If you do go with a new name, uh...Janeth? Ria? Arketha?
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No. 934863 ID: 041a6e

Elbereth
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No. 934904 ID: 70065f
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934904

>(is... is that a screaming tree?)
That's just steam from the spring doing it's work. It's a little unnerving to see, but it means that it's working.

>Do you know about Yaba?
Never heard of it.

>Is she the power you detected or is something she is caring? From what you can see, what level of competence you expect of her compared to the wizards from your time?
She's the power I saw, I have no doubt about it. As for her competence I have no way to be sure yet.

>I wonder if your mentor was the source of your anger?
No, I was already consumed by anger by then. But why? The memory still eludes me.

>Is Jagni shielded from similar intrusions?
I don't feel any mental intrusion, but I'll shield Jagni just in case anyway. It seems to be preoccupying itself with learning how to do a doggy paddle and doesn't pay me much mind right now.

>Accede.

"Sure-"

She strips and dives in so fast that I barely have time to finish speaking.

"Finally! Ah've been so long without a proper hot bath that I was starting to thing ah'd always be rancid. Tell me, do you drink much, miss- what was your name again?"

"Rake, from out west."

"West across the ocean!? You've been traveling far! What brings you to a remote island out here?" Her steed carries to her a glass bottle that'd been covered in small runes. "Oh! And do you drink? Ah've got no greater love than a cold drink in a warm bath, and you won't believe it but I got this from a dark elf! On the surface, of all places. It's delicious, ah've got plenty to share."

She seems quite happy to ramble.
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No. 934909 ID: 8346a9

>>934904
drinking something magical without knowing what it is is from someone you don't know is just dumb.
make sure you know what it is and that it's safe for you before you agree to anything.
a drink could be nice, but don't get plastered, you just got free and in unknown lands.
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No. 934910 ID: e20bdf

"Thanks for the offer but I don't drink."

Tell her you're seeking a new life far from home.
Ask about the dark elf and about Yaba.
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No. 934914 ID: 0fae41

Share a drink with this stranger as she regards you with her tall tale. A drow, daring to tread in the wretched daystar's domain? Pull the other one!
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No. 934915 ID: b1b4f3

>>934904
A drink? I imagine you could tell if it'll do anything unwelcome to you.
Hmm, if the anger was before your mentor... was it after you graduated from the academy?
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No. 934920 ID: 10c408

Yeah, no. Politely decline the drink. If she insists otherwise, then request that she sip first. Even if the drink isn't spiked with some form of poison, if it's a very potent brew then it would be child's play to drown an inebriated individual such as yourself.
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No. 934923 ID: a9af05

>>934904
>No memory of anger.
Maybe you got drunk?

>Jagni seems to be preoccupying itself with learning how to do a doggy paddle and doesn't pay me much mind right now.
How adorable!

>Take a sip of offered drink?
Politely decline.
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No. 934929 ID: ad51b8

Nah, keep your drink. I thank you for the offer but I always feel like a cheapskate when I'm offered something but don't have anything to return the favor.
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No. 934952 ID: c0641d

"Baths and the drink don't mix well for me; I must decline your vintage, but perhaps I can have its story instead? Tell me about this drow."
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No. 934956 ID: bb78f2

>>934904
I'm exploring the local ruins. I try and learn from old things, you know. Found some nearby, couldn't tell much from it unfortunately, I found a stray humonculus though, and reshaped him. Aint he cute?
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No. 934976 ID: f57349

Politely decline the drink unless you're totally certain it's safe. Allow rambling to continue, ask occasional friendly questions, but remember to never completely trust any single-source intel.
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No. 934984 ID: 277bef

It’s been a while since i’ve touched any drink, but sure, no harm in it. What about you, who are you and where are you from?

Let’s keep being friendly, we haven’t got any reason to be paranoid just yet.
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No. 934989 ID: 10c408

>>934984
We don't need to be full on paranoid, but some caution is wise. We did spend a millennia or two decaying under the earth after being slain by the nameless champion of the sun god who no doubt would put us right back in the pit for our crimes.
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No. 935037 ID: de7a00

Do you remember there being an ocean west of here?
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No. 935102 ID: e8f59c

>>934989
Yeah this is good advice. Don't explain anything you don't have to but don't be too tightlipped either.

You're on a journey to find yourself! Going to see some of the world and think about your future.
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No. 935180 ID: 1ed92d

>>934904
Mention that you were imprisoned for a long time and now you're just wandering around, having finally completed your time.
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No. 935197 ID: 15a025

Well Callogh seems nice. Decline on the drink for now though. Ask her about Yaba?
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No. 935333 ID: 70065f
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935333

>Hmm, if the anger was before your mentor... was it after you graduated from the academy?
Most certainly. I can still recall the ceremony where I was crowned Archmage. The whole town had come and strewn flowers down the streets in my honor. My name was sung from the highest towers of the academy. I was the happiest I'd ever been to have earned such an honor. What *happened* to me????

>Decline
I politely decline her offer. She just shrugs and drinks it herself. "More for me!" She says.

"But tell me more about where you got it. A drow walking under the daystar's light? Surely you're pulling my leg!"

"It's true! 'e even manages a tavern! 'is name was uhh.. Oh what was it. Dorian... Nicholas? Ahh, it's escape me. But 'e traveled with a gnome, about yea high, named Sprocket! She was an odd duck too! But tell me about yerself, what brings ya here?"

"I was imprisoned for a while, served my time, and now I'm a free woman again. Figured I'd travel east and start anew, find myself, explore some ruins, who knows where it'll take me."

>Do you remember there being an ocean west of here?
That doesn't seem right. This place was the center of a vast empire, it wouldn't make sense for such a grand city to be built on a remote island.

>Ask her about Yaba?
"So what is this Yaba you mentioned?"

"You've never heard of Yaba!?" She seemed shocked. "Why it's only the grandest city o' witches you'll see in your life! And mah home. Well, adoptive home. The whole city was built upon the roots of a great tree, and every day ah see more o' the cutest nature spirits crawling it's branches. And don't get me started on the library! Ah've traveled far and wide and it's by far grander than any else I've seen."

"Then what brings you out here in the middle of nowhere?"

"Swords."

"...swords?"

"Well, a sword. I'm searching for blades of legend. Like Fjlyndrsvtch or Baruldobane. Weapons that supposedly sundered mountains or could pierce through the very sky. Oh don't get me wrong, ah've no dreams of turning to a hero! It's for research, honest!" She downs her drink in short order and relaxes against the stones. "Ya wouldn't happen to know about any of those, would'ja?"
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No. 935334 ID: 10c408

"I honestly can't remember."

Do NOT mention the spear.
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No. 935335 ID: 8346a9

well do you? i bet you used to own a bunch of kickass magic swords.
don't tell her that, it's none of her business. i bet they were awesome though.
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No. 935336 ID: ad51b8

After being sealed away for who knows how long not sure if you would know of any swords like that. Then again their might have been legends of powerful swords back in your day that may have been forgotten. Maybe ask if she's heard about any of those old legends and tell her about any she might not have heard about. Though I have no clue where you'd find any of them.

And she asked for swords so leave the spear out of this conversation.
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No. 935361 ID: b1b4f3

The spear is either entirely mundane or has a powerful anti-scrying enchantment on it. So basically we don't know if it's legendary at all. It's also not a sword.

Tell her of weapons that would fit her description, but make it sound like you're retelling ancient folklore.
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No. 935391 ID: e5b36b

Do you know of any magic you could use to look back into the past or recover lost memories? Whatever made you angry was clearly significant to you, and the fact you can't remember what it was is rather strange.
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No. 935399 ID: 277bef

Sorry, none spring to mind right now.

While we’re on the topic of legends have you ever heard of something called jaggniqoth? I met some guy a while back mumbling to himself about it but he left before I could ask and now I’m curious.
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No. 935403 ID: 0fae41

"Was always more of a fisticuffs woman myself."
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No. 935484 ID: bcc41d

>Fjlyndrsvtch or Baruldobane
Have you actually heard of either of these? Epic blades of heroes sound like something that might actually survive the ages.

The names might've changed, mind. You could ask of their attributes, other than the cleaving of mountains or piercing of skies, and see if they match up to your ken.

>continent now an island
Maybe the whole thing about swords cleaving mountains ain't just for show and something messed up the world but good in your absence. Something must've caused the decline of the Empire, certainly - and apparently it wasn't you. At least not directly.

>"know about any of those, would'ja?"
You can share a tidbit or two - ancient legend (i.e. history, to you), myth or supposition - but say anything else she'll have to barter out of you... although you'll have to have a think of aught you know is actually of any worth to her. You've read a fair few tomes in the past, but that was prior to your sentence, and now the ol' noggin isn't quite what it was.

Pry a bit in return. Ask her why she is keen on the research. You've a notion that anyone wanting to analyze the power to split mountains usually has some idea on how such potent might could - or should - be used.

>Yaba, city of witches
Witches b good or bad? Were they around in your time? If being around spellcasters is of no great risk to reveal your nature and past, Yaba might sound like a suitable new base camp. The library would certainly be a good place to visit (or possibly dangerous, if you stumble over some zealous historian who might recognize you). Assuming you can learn the writings of these lands without too much trouble, anyway.

Ask where lies Yaba from here - and is it really that keen on visitors from afar?
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No. 935520 ID: 70065f
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>well do you? i bet you used to own a bunch of kickass magic swords.
I handled many blades, but none so great as to carry a name through the ages. Most ended up sundered in my hands.

>Have you actually heard of either of these?
Fjlyndrsvtch is the name of the blade my mentor carried. I wouldn't know where to find it now. The other is completely new to me.

>Do you know of any magic you could use to look back into the past or recover lost memories?
I could certainly try, but such an act would require a more involved ritual. We would need space and resources I don't have right now, as well as time in absolute solitude for such scrying. Maybe if we find a wizard's tower we can borrow it and lock up for a while.

>"I honestly can't remember."
"I honestly can't remember." I give a shrug. "But I'm new to this place, so I don't think any of my knowledge would be very helpful to you to begin with."

She sighed. "Ah figured as much."

>While we’re on the topic of legends have you ever heard of something called jaggniqoth? I met some guy a while back mumbling to himself about it but he left before I could ask and now I’m curious.
I ask her that.

"Jaggniqoth? Ah think that was some lich that got struck down a long time ago." She paused. "Or married recently. Probably the former though!"
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No. 935522 ID: 70065f
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>Ask her why she is keen on the research. You've a notion that anyone wanting to analyze the power to split mountains usually has some idea on how such potent might could - or should - be used.

"Well!" She stands up and stretches out her arms. "Ah have this theory ah've been studying. Ya see, arcane energy permeates the body via the blood and rises up through the skin when we channel it into our spells. But!" She flexes the fingers on her right hand in sequence then holds them out. "A more than fair amount of power is lost in the transfer. Ah learned ah could bypass this by giving my blood a more direct contact to the surface." She focuses for just a moment and flowers begin to burst forth from her arm. They tear through the skin with vicious thorns and sharpened leaves, sending drops of her blood scattering around her. Bright crimson flowers now adorn her forearm. She's beaming with pride, but also wincing from the pain of bringing them out. "Ah planted seeds inside of myself that pull my blood up inside of them."

"Fascinating." I lean forward to look closer. This was completely new to me. "But where does the sword come in?"

"Well ya see, metals like iron don't let the energy flow through them at all. Wizards'll channel their power through staves of wood, but even that causes more loss. Ah believe that these ancient blades of legend are made of a material that can channel such energy with ease, thus enabling them to carry the grand powers they become known for." She closes her hand around a mock handle that the plants grow in her grip. "Just imagine! If ah found such a blade and wove these plants into the handle, ah'd have a wholly connected conduit from mah heart to the tip of the blade!"

"And then what?"

She seems confused by my question. "What do ya mean?"

"You'll have created a conduit for weaving your magic greater than any before, but then what do you do with it?"

She shrugged. "Ah don't know! But ah'm not in this for the power, ah'm here to prove it's possible! Maybe ah'll write some papers on it and take a well deserved vacation when it's over."

>Witches b good or bad? Were they around in your time?
Could be anything in that regard. The witches in my time were a result of mixing druidic traditions with arcane pursuits. They tended to be wiser than the wizards, and mingled closely with nature spirits, but at their core they still bent the world to their will via arcane power. It seems not much has changed in that regard.

>If being around spellcasters is of no great risk to reveal your nature and past, Yaba might sound like a suitable new base camp. The library would certainly be a good place to visit (or possibly dangerous, if you stumble over some zealous historian who might recognize you). Assuming you can learn the writings of these lands without too much trouble, anyway.
I like this plan. If nothing else I'd be able to pore through their library and catch up on everything I missed.

>Ask where lies Yaba from here - and is it really that keen on visitors from afar?
"A few days by boat east and then a week north. Visitors are common too! Many come hoping to learn our ways. But uh... be careful to respect our traditions as well. Ya could get hexed good if you're caught messing with a wisp ya shouldn't, ya know?" She pauses for a moment to look me over. "But ya seem plenty capable. There's a boat heading east tomorrow at noon. If'n you make it ah can take ya with me the rest of the way to Yaba from there."
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No. 935525 ID: 0fae41

Sure, what a great chance to see how magical studies have progressed (or backslid) in your absence!
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No. 935526 ID: d581db

Ask her if that flower thing hurts when she has them bloom ask if it would be possible for her to try and grow a plant along with them that could numb the pain or if that would be an impractical waste of mana?
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No. 935531 ID: e20bdf

Her theory must be wrong or incomplete since you were able to use magic without having any blood.
Didn't you say your spirit were moving at a certain distance from your body? Maybe your method of casting spells comes direct from your free moving spirit while her soul is permanently in her core so every magical feat require material channeling. If those process aren1t exclusive to each of you this could be an indication of a change in methodology over time from astral projection to blood magic.

Thanks her for the information and offer to heal her hand.
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No. 935533 ID: e8f59c

Seems almost too good to be true, go for it. Any little tricks you can show her back?
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No. 935536 ID: 91ee5f

>>935520
>"Jaggniqoth? Ah think that was some lich that got struck down a long time ago." She paused. "Or married recently. Probably the former though!"
Sounds like that’s supposed to be you. Are you a lich? Or have the people forgotten about you to the point that they got their facts wrong?

>>935522
>plants coming out of her
Ask her if this means that she doesn’t need to eat and only needs to drink water and get plenty of sunshine? Because if she’s drinking the water now, apologize for giving the water a weird taste by being in it.
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No. 935538 ID: 189b8c

>>935531
Lets offer to join her on her research quest! We may even get a guide for Yaba out of it. Offer your spirit ideas and offer to heal her arm.
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No. 935556 ID: b1b4f3

>>935522
Do you need the seeds? Why not just make a focusing implement that pierces the hand and makes direct contact with your blood that way?
If the material is what counts, I wonder if that spear would work after all? It is very old. Ask her to come check it out with you after the bathing's done.
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No. 935562 ID: 745eba

>>935556
Only if we're sure we can trust her. The fact that there's a freshly killed dead guy next to a recently broken locked cell, in the middle of no where where she just happened to find us, a person saying they had recently been imprisoned will make it fairly obvious that something's up
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No. 935567 ID: 094652

>Stick materials into your blood vessels so they conduct mana directly from the blood
"Okay... genius but outright dangerous. You do realize metal poisoning is one of the lead causes of insanity, right?"

>Where to
"Can we hit a few dungeons first? I'm short on cash but I practiced my spellcasting in prison."
>How could you practice in prison? Don't prisons have wards?
"I MADE the prison wards. *feh* Warden was a corrupt cheap-ass who got away with budget cuts and incompetence because there were guards from like four different cities coming in every day to check on 'The Kingslayer', and they did most of the enforcing while the local guards slacked off or forced us to do their work. I got parole when the gov found out, same as anyone who wasn't the KS."
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No. 935589 ID: 70065f
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>Ask her if this means that she doesn’t need to eat and only needs to drink water and get plenty of sunshine? Because if she’s drinking the water now, apologize for giving the water a weird taste by being in it.
"So do you feed of sunlight like a plant?"

She laughs. "No! If ah did ah'd sure save money on food though."

>Didn't you say your spirit were moving at a certain distance from your body? Maybe your method of casting spells comes direct from your free moving spirit while her soul is permanently in her core so every magical feat require material channeling. If those process aren1t exclusive to each of you this could be an indication of a change in methodology over time from astral projection to blood magic.
When I was taught magic I was taught to draw energy up from beneath the earth and into my spirit. The process was very dangerous, and I saw more than my fair share of students go up in flames from trying to draw too much into themselves. Later my mentor taught me to draw energy from the aether between planes, and in so doing changed the very nature of my magic with such a raw chaotic force.

But we didn't carry arcane power in our blood back then, so the practice of blood magic didn't exist. Am I capable of it now that I've stolen that man's blood? I *need* to know more about this.

>offer to heal her hand.
>Ask her if that flower thing hurts when she has them bloom ask if it would be possible for her to try and grow a plant along with them that could numb the pain or if that would be an impractical waste of mana?
"That's impressive, but it looks rather painful. Have you tried adding numbing herbs to yourself for that."

"Ah have, but the plants exist constantly within me. Ah was numb all the time, bloomin' or not. Besides," She flexes her hand and then focuses again. The bramble on her arm folds back into itself and fades back into her arm. The leaves bend into the shape of her flesh, then merge back into her and leave only red marks where they had burs through her skin. "They do a fine enough job healing me when I'm done."

>Why not just make a focusing implement that pierces the hand and makes direct contact with your blood that way?
"Why not make an implement to pierce your hand and make direct contact with your blood that way?"

"The plants draw my blood up and distribute them through the leaves and petals of the flowers. If ya design an implement that gives as much surface area as these plants, can channel the energy out as effectively as the thin layers of the flowers, and won't bleed me to death ah'd love to see it."

>Any little tricks you can show her back?
Given the base difference between our techniques I'm not sure I'd have much meaningful advice to give yet, honestly.

She looks down at her shoulder as the last bit of ghostly steam trails off of her. "Looks like ah'm all clean first." She clambers out of the water and pulls a ring out of her bag. "So, Yaba, thinkin' you'll go?"

"Have a lady like you take a stranger like me to her home city? Seems too good an offer to be true."

"Don't go thinkin' ya special, ah already set to go home." She spins the ring onto her finger, and a gust of wind spirals out of it and over her, drying her off in short order. She dresses just as quickly as she had stripped earlier. "Don't be late for the boat or ah'll be makin' the trip all by my lonesome."

>mention the spear
>don't mention the spear
She hops onto her... goat? I'm not familiar with that animal. This is my last chance to decide if I'm going to tell her about the ruins I came out of and the spear inside of it or not.

1) Tell her
2) Don't tell her
3) _______
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No. 935590 ID: b1b4f3

>>935589
...probably shouldn't. Best to delay any knowledge of the breakout until later. You want to at least get your first relic without anyone knowing what's up. Also, once you've been escorted to town you'll have a way to contact her again in the future, which means you can just go retrieve the spear and deliver it to her for analysis. I'm not sure just yet what explanation you could give as to its origin without also letting the cat out of the bag.
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No. 935591 ID: 91ee5f

>>935589
You did say that you’ve been with that spear long enough and didn’t want to be around it anymore. It might be best to not tell her and hope that she doesn’t find it.

How much longer do you plan on soaking in the water? Are you clean yet?

And where’s Jagni? Is it still trying to to doggy paddle? Hopefully it didn’t drown while you were busy talking to.....wait, did she ever tell us her name? You told her your name, but I don’t think she ever gave you her name!
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No. 935592 ID: 094652

Don't tell her just yet. The less people know about your identity, the longer you have before the church sends hit squads after you. You need to learn if she chatters after drinking.
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No. 935594 ID: 0fae41

Don't tell her. This is a new beginning.
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No. 935596 ID: 506f96

I dont see a reason to.
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No. 935615 ID: ad51b8

>2) Don't tell her
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No. 935653 ID: f2320a

>>935589
Don't tell her. This is a new beginning.
we should possibly go back sometime and make something to guard the one weapon that can defeat us that somehow this guy that tried to free us did know where it was
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No. 935837 ID: 70065f
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>Don't

I keep quiet about the spear. She gives her goat a tap to start walking. "Don't forget, tomorrow at noon! If'n you need me before then ah'll be staying at the Skylark near the docks tonight." With that she gives a loud 'iah!' and her goat kicks off to ride back into the forest.

>How much longer do you plan on soaking in the water? Are you clean yet?
I need a bit more time before I'm all done.

>And where’s Jagni? Is it still trying to to doggy paddle?
Jagni seems to have figured out how to drift along the surface like some sort of fuzzy gator.

"How are you doing, Jagni?" I ask more for my own amusement than expecting any response. Jagni stretches out it's jaw into a wide yawn and barks out a garbled "Waghi!"

Huh, I guess it can talk already. That was quick. I pet it's head and tell it good job, and that seems to amuse it greatly.

>wait, did she ever tell us her name?
She said her name is Callogh. Or Muldoon. I'm not actually sure which is her or her family's name.

It takes a while but eventually the steam coming off of me stops twisting into wretched shapes, then thins out entirely. I'm all clean now, and I haven't felt this nice in quite some time. Where should I head to next?
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No. 935841 ID: 0fae41

Firstly, wherever you left your clothes.
Then, to the town.
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No. 935847 ID: e20bdf

You could take a look on the third magical thing before visiting the town.
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No. 935855 ID: ad51b8

well you got a day to kill so if you want you could check out that last magic sight you saw just to see what it is and then head towards town. Hopefully once we get their we can get a basic history lesson on what happen since you took your nap.
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No. 935968 ID: 15a025

Check out the other magical place you saw.
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