There is a MIRACLE at the top of the tower...
... and I need it.
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!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-21 09:41:42 No. 27708382
Catch up at

>Last thread, we practiced some magic and saw a dragon Biggs dislikes.

Nimrod teleports us to a platform a small distance from the city and takes a moment to catch her breath.
"Alright, first of all this isn't a competence, and I'd preffer it if you worked in groups."
"Miss?" Calls out Pip, a boy slightly younger than Selene. "How will we do this without knowing spells?"
"Boy, we ain't no dirty mages. I am training arcanists here, I am already teaching you the bases. Make up your own spells as you go," She turns to the chest behind her, "Think of this as helping in my research. You will have to try breaking rock I made, in whatever way you can, while making sure to write down everything you do." She takes some small stones from the chest. "This has several tools and minerals to help you with it. Any questions?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-22 12:40:49 No. 27709567
"Do we have to do anything besides that?" I ask.
"No, I am just testing the strength of the stone. And you haven't seen it, I just made it. I'll be back in an hour or so. And remember to write everything down, there's plenty of paper and pens in the chest.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-22 12:55:57 No. 27709664
"Do we have to do anything besides that?" I ask.
"No, I am just testing the strength of the stone. And you haven't seen it, I just made it. I'll be back in an hour or so. And remember to write everything down, there's plenty of paper and pens in the chest." She charges her horn and teleports away, leaving us alone.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-22 02:15:48 No. 27710009
Me and Pip grab the stones in telekinesis, and we hit them against the ground. They make no noise either.
We pull the stones closer, and several of us push against the stones with our hooves.
They are very slightly spongy, but feel compact nonetheless-- My hoof barely goes a millimetre into the stone even when I am pushing as strongly as I can.

Going to bed.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-22 02:33:56 No. 27712734
We grab notebook and write down what we've already seen.
Pip tries a basic magic bolt, of the kind one may make on reflex if scared, and the magic disipates uppon contact. I try to heat it, but the heat seems to escape from it in waves every three or four seconds. Lastly, we hit them together, but it feels the same as before-- we could as well be hitting paper sheates.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-22 06:21:55 No. 27714208
I turn to Selene, "Hey, can you bring Jotts?"
She gives a look to the others and flies off with a smirk.
A few minutes later, she returns, Jotts running after her, his...
When did he grow legs?
"Hallo hallo girls and bo-- uh you are old for a school boy arentcha?" He says to the cowering ponies.
No one answers.
"Anyway, what'd you need?"
"Can you try to burn this?" I point to the stones.
"Oh sure!" He grabs one in his hoof. "By the way, did I tellya I am opening a diner? If the food is cold I am paying you back the price of it!" He laughs, and flares erupt around the stone, "Anyway, any temperature in particular?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-22 07:56:58 No. 27714819
"Start low, we are checking out what it does. And how's the diner called?"
"Alrighty!" Flames sprout from his hoof and climb the brick, heating it little by little.
From time to time red marks appear in the surface, but they always go away.
"Dunno," He shrugs. "And what's this? Its weird, can't get a grip on it. I think I'll have to get a distance away to not hurt you."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-22 09:42:52 No. 27715585
"And how do you grab things anyway?"
"That? I make 'em so cold they stop moving, don't know how else to describe it." He tries to heat the stone again. "Want me to go a distance away or no?"
"Yeah, try that."
"No problemo, I'll tell you if anything happens."
He walks a small distance away.
We give a look to the remaining stone.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-22 11:54:10 No. 27716452
"What's in it?" I ask, giving a look to the insides with the others.
"Well for a start sulfur, charcoal, saltpeter, potassium nitrate, water, several flasks of oil, and enough tools, wood, metal pieces, rope and iron strand to build just about anything we may need, so long as it isn't too large." She whistles. "Old mare doesn't fool around, does she?" She says, giving an appreciative look to the saltpeter and sulfur.

Paused for the day

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-23 03:08:14 No. 27720553
"Lud? Pip? Don't tell your parents I taught you this." Selene instructs us in making something with the saltpeter, charcoal, and sulfur, containing them in sheets of telekinesis. After a while, we have a dark-gray dust.
"Why?" I ask, giving it a look. "Looks like pepper. Can I--?"
"Because it's explosive," She can't help but grin when she looks at it. "It goes boom." Her eyes sparkle for a moment, but she shakes her head. "Whatever you do, do it discretely, I don't need more problems with my mother."
We cover it with a few rocks and walk away.
"Alright, three, two, one--" I send a spark to the dust that we made, and--
I like making booms.
"Can I make more booms?" I ask, eyes wide.
"Let's check it out first," She gestures at us to follow.
Some of the rocks blew off, but we can hear a faint clicking -not unlike a dog's paws over stone- can be heard coming from under them.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-23 03:46:09 No. 27720914
A corner of the brick was broken by the explosion, but the small fragments of it -some little more than dust- tremble for a moment before rolling back to their place, where they join the stone without leaving a sign of the cracks.
Warm air reaches us from Jotts, who is now difficult to look at directly from the light he produces.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-23 04:23:01 No. 27721203
We write it down and try to hold one of the fragments, but it slips from our grasp -magical and physical- every time we try to grab them.
Air is now being sucked to Jotts, ruffling our manes, and almost immediately after it starts happening his flame dies down and he walks back to us, grasping for breath.
"Girl, where'd you get this thing?" He stops for a moment to breath and throws the perfectly intact stone to our feet. "Did it all nice and slow and its still cold."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-23 06:00:50 No. 27721998
"The old mare wanted us to test it... Hey," Selene turns to me. "Can you make up some scanning spell while I prepare something? Compare it to some rock or something."
"Alright," I sit down and start disassembling a comparison spell, modifying the patterns that store information to relay to me rather than to a storage...
Fifteen minutes later I rerun the fourth iteration of the spell, this time managing to make it work, and compare it to several stones around me.
None of them is remotely similar to the stone Nimrod gave us, but the mush in some of them has similar qualities.
Huh. Selene and the others are giving indications to Pip and Ignis, and I guess they'll be coming here in a moment.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-23 06:52:36 No. 27722430
I add an intermediary spell to seek patterns in the objects I look into, and a light headache comes to me at the complexity of both the mush and the green stone.
Fluids, their purpose, flow in both at scales I am not sure I understand, glands stopping or pushing them. I look deeper into the stone, both seeking patterns and looking directly at the structure, and--
There is an instant of pain when some of the basic patterns in the green stone modify themselves, blocking my perception, and there is a split second of what I can only call hesitation before the patterns spread among all others, intertwining from the largest scales to the smallest. I try to look into the stone again, but the only thing I get for my efforts are small fits of pain before the entire spell collapses.
"You fine?" Asks Selene.
I rub my forehead, "Yeah, I think." I give a look to the telekinetic flask Pip made, half filled with a clear liquid "Whatcha doin?"
"You'll see. Pip?"
He nods and grabs the stone in another telekinetic flask, then joins it with the one with liquid.
The stone sinks to the bottom, its edges going rounder for a moment... before the rounding stops, and the coloring the stone had given to the liquid is pulled back to the stone like mist, the edges turning into a perfectly shaped rectangle again.
Selene gives it a bothered look. There is a sound I can barely hear, in the edge of my perception.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-23 07:24:47 No. 27722642
One of the others writes down what we have, and I try to establish some magical link, but the only thing I can manage is a one way link that's cut almost immediately-- I could maintain somewhat consistent contact if I kept using different approaches, but I'd be going in blind.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-23 09:14:13 No. 27723381
Selene gives the bubble a look, "Pip, can you dry it? Make sure to blow air away from us while you are at it."
He nods, and we turn to the remaining stone. With a frustrated snarl, Selene grabs it and flies up, yelling at us to get out of the way.
A minute later the stone falls, shattering to pieces I shield us from. They start clicking back together almost immediately.

Paused for the day

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-24 02:54:56 No. 27728634
Selene lands with a thud, but doesn't give herself time to wince, "Put something between the pieces!"
We get to it immediately, grabbing rope and pieces of wood. Most of the fragments jump over or under our obstacles, but we manage to contain some and, after a moment they stop clicking.
I hold mine triumphantly, the stone no longer slipery... before Selene screams at me to throw it.
I do so in reflex, and see the rest of the brick flying after it in a blur, just inches away from my head. The others throw theirs quickly.
"Alright," Selene rubs the bridge of her muzzle. "Someone anotate that if the small fragments can't go to the big one, the big one goes to the small fragments.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-24 03:01:22 No. 27728670
Selene grabs a brick and drops it again, shattering it. This time, she tells us to coat the pieces in oil.
When the brick reasembles itself there's a moment of stillness before several points explode, spraying pulverized oil. This happens several more times before pores open in the surface of the brick, letting the oil out, and close again.

Fuck, forgot the oil part.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-24 04:19:35 No. 27729225
Selene turns to us with a foul expression, "Take saws and cut down two trees."
"What for?" Asks someone who clearly doesn't know Selene's temper.
She turns to him and stares, not answering. After a moment, he nods.
Its a few hours later that we are looking at... something that reminds me of drawings I've seen in books Dad doesn't want me to read.
"What is it?"
"The bricks want war?" She pulls a lever, "Let's give 'em war."
A branch, as thick as my chest, is expelled at ludicrous speeds, its delicate wood point cutting the air. Upon making contact with the brick the sharp point breaks immediately, and the blunt end of the branch that was under it shatters the brick to what is effectively sand.
This time its taking far longer than before to reassemble, the dust lifting like mist and coalescing in small fragments that join together.

Want to do anything else before Nimrod arrives?

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-24 04:53:20 No. 27729515
"Grab them!" Selene shots herself to them, "Do whatever it takes to keep them apart!"
The rest of us share a look and get to it-- burying them, putting them in flasks and the chest, throwing them away, making Ignis try to burn them again. Pip even makes more of the clear liquid and puts some of the stones in it.
Nimrod teleports in and gives us an appraising look, giving us pause.
She nods to herself, "I hope you wrote proper logs."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-24 05:33:57 No. 27729829
I give her the notebook with telekinesis, and Selene gives her a moment to read before talking, "It won't stay broken."
"Dead" I correct automatically.
Nimrod nods while she reads, "I designed it to. Is there anything you want to tell me that isn't here?"

Timejump Y/N?

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-24 06:25:16 No. 27730183
"No... what is it for?"
"And how does it work?" Adds Selene.
"Test's over," She gestures at the others to go, "The stone, or colony, is for a project of mine. I'd need to build something in a place that'd be greatly corrosive. Self reparation was a must."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-24 08:06:22 No. 27730954
Sarim and Selene chat a few feet behind me as we walk to Biggs' place, but I mostly ignore them-- they are talking about grown up stuff.
About halfway to the city I hear singing, and look to the others. They seem to be hearing it too.
We search its source, and for the first time in months I see Sussanah, sitting in a trunk and doing something with a stone in her legs.
"Why is she small?" Sarim mirrors my thought. "She was huge last time!"
"And what is she singing?" Selene pushes herself between me and Sarim.

Paused for the day.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-26 02:40:54 No. 27744050
Selene shushes us, and we watch for a moment. She keeps singing to herself in a quite voice, scratching a piece of stone carefully.
"...el delittuoso grido, bella ruggente pena..." She makes a diminutive hole in the stone. "...seren, como la..." She cuts herself and is perfectly still for a moment, then sighs and putts the stone in the log
Her gaze wanders across her surroundings, and she sees us before we can move away.
"Hm... thre--" She shakes her head, muttering something to herself "who... you of Larson friend, yes?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-26 03:33:34 No. 27744498
"Yeah, how are yo--?" Selene pushes me aside.
"What were you singing? What is that about changing your size?" She walks circles around Sussanah as she talks, scanning her. "You can't just take mass away... oh, I see," She Squints at the small weight marks around Sussanah's feet. "You weight about... two to three hundred kilograms, I gue--?" Sarim groans and hits her in the head. "What? Why?"
"You were doing it again" He deadpans.
"What was I..." She looks at us, realization hitting her. "Oh. Sorry."
Sussanah gives me a confused look, "Is she, of sick head?" She slides away from Selene.
"Uuuh kinda?" I give an apologetic look to Selene. "When she wants to be?"
Sussanah gives Selene an offended look, "Most dragons chose size, yes," She pauses. "Some, no longer able to."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-26 05:50:40 No. 27745570
"Can I do it?"
"I am not sure--"
"How do you do it?"
"It is like a muscle--" She rushes to answer me.
"Why can't some do it?"
There is an instant change in her mood.
"When a son-of-egg does it, we are... everything goes big or small, but some things slower."
"And some, some are hurt bad, and their hurt goes small too slowly, and they are too small for the hurt."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-26 06:46:54 No. 27745987
"I don't know if I understood that. What if I teach you to talk Equiish and you teach me dragon?"
"Not dragon, song-of-egg... and, song-of-egg is large, very very large. Sons of the egg take very very long to speak it." She gives me a small, apologetic smile. "The tongue of yours, is small, tiny. Hard to speak, when compared."


!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-26 06:53:19 No. 27746046
"You mean that wounds make it hard to go big or small?"
"Yes! Larson can't, he is old and hurt. His..." She pauses, then touches her chest. "Bone-over-heart..."
"Ribs?" Suggests Sarim.
"His ribs are hurt, very bad, and he wants them to stay that way. One is in his lung, and if he went small, his lung would go small faster than his rib. You understand, yes?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-26 11:16:41 No. 27747894
"He doesn't want to?" Sarim asks the question before I have the time to. "Why?"
"I think he... " Her expression is distant for a moment. "He likes to remember some things. I haven't asked."
Still a work in progress, but

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-27 01:00:08 No. 27748520
"He should use his head." I give her a bedazzled look.
"He can't even remember his real name, remember?" Sarim gives me a look.
Oh. That. I take a moment to think about it, "Why didn't you ask?"
"Larson is..." She pauses "He didn't tell, so I didn't ask."
"Can I ask him?"
"If you want to," She shrugs, "But he may not answer. You know him, yes? He likes to change the discussion."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-27 03:01:01 No. 27748874
"Why can't he remember?"
"He's old," She says, avoiding my gaze. "Nothing else."
I pause and decide to change the topic, "Why did you come here, anyway?"
"I... I made a mistake." Her gaze flutters to the statue she was carving. "Larson is big. I need someone big near me, right now."
"Go smaller."
"What?" She reels from the change of topic.
"Go smaller. Can you?"
"Yes, yes," She grunts, and her body becomes a few inches smaller. "Se--?"
I hug her, ignoring how cold she is, and she puts her arms away from me awkwardly.
"She, she does this often?" Sussanah gives Sarim and Selene a confused look. They share a quizzical look and nod. "Let go, son-of-mare," She tries to push me without her claws "My nails are too sharp, and these stupid arms too useless."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-27 06:07:50 No. 27753772
"What mistake did you make?"
"I..." She tries to push me away again, "I'd rather not talk of it, with you so small. Let go? Please?"
I let go of her, "What's wrong with your arms?"
She lifts one and flexes the two fingers that she can move, "Just useless. Can't fly, and walking much hurts"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-27 07:27:24 No. 27754468
"Can't you just change shape?" I can't help but say it with some spite. Why do grown ups keep saying that?
"Only our youngest can, little one," She gives a look to Sarim and Selene, "Don't offended. You are young, simply."
You can go see Biggs, or timejump, at any given time.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-27 09:22:17 No. 27755509
"We where going to see Biggs," Sarim grabs me before I can say anything else.
"I'll stay here." Susannah returns to scratching the stone in her lap.
Sarim drags me away for a moment, sharing looks.
"Lud, you can't just ask everyone about everything." Groans Sarim. "We barely know her." Selene walks slower discretely, putting some distance between us.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-27 11:05:33 No. 27756251
"Why not?"
"You just can't!"
"Selene does it." She pretends not to hear it.
"She's not my sister."
"But I want to know stuff! How can I do that if you don't let me?"
"Lud, you can't just--" He groans and is silent for a moment, "This chick is worse off than Biggs, haven't you noticed it? They won't tell you the story of their lives all willy nilly."
We walk in silence for a few minutes, and when we reach the city we find Biggs squinting at the patterns in one of the buildings.
"Hm?" He says after a moment, not taking his eyes from the stone. "You three are too quiet."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 12:48:26 No. 27756869
"Why do you stay hurt?" I ask before Sarim can stop me.
He stops his examination for a moment, seemingly considering the question, before patting the spot in his tail without dorsal spines, "I pushed someone I loved too much in an argument," He pats the spot in his throat where scales don't grow, "I was a fool when talking to one much stronger than I," He pats his wings, "I was a coward when many I loved where about to die, and tried to escape." He pauses for a moment, "Does that answer your question? And why do you ask?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 02:50:10 No. 27757352
"But you remember that, why can't you heal it?"
"Because remembering a mistake is not enough," He faces us with a expression I don't know how to read. "Some mistakes are so huge, you won't ever stop fearing making them again, and the only way to gain peace of mind is to make sure you don't. I can only hope none of you ever gains a real understanding of this."
It takes me a moment to answer, "But what of your lung?" Sarim gives me and Selene nearly panicked looks, gaining a confused look from the later.
"How do you know of that?" Biggs asks me, his expression becoming severe. "I learned how large I am in the worse possible way, and how easy it is for me to hurt smaller ones."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 12:21:41 No. 27759490
"Is that why you are worried about falling on me?"
"What? No," He gives me a confused look. "What part of "'I weight several tons' is so hard to explain? And whoever told you of the rib?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 02:59:15 No. 27760517
"Don't you know me?"
"Whatever do you mean?"
"When we met I was asking questions to a wall. And then I asked you questions. And then I promised I'd know everything about the city."
Sarim and Selene try to hide amused grins. After a moment, he says "She's right, you know."
"And I don't care how many things you hide from me! I'll find them out anyway!"
He looks at me for a second, thoughtful, "You really are older than your years. But very few know of the rib, and I am guessing it's Susannah who told you. For your information, many of the others who do know would kill you without a second thought. Do you understand why I was so worried now?"

Wanted to make a good drawing, but I already made a pointing to the sky one and don't want to take even longer

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 03:18:01 No. 27760621
Wanted to write another update, but the next one would take several minutes to write/draw that I simply don't have. Back in about two hours.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 05:47:50 No. 27761680
"So that's why you should tell me! So I don't find out from the wrong guy!"
"I tell you enough," He starts walking, gesturing at us to follow, "And I'll tell you more, with time. As you earn it." He adds, almost as an afterthought.

Sorry, got more sidetracked than I expected to be.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 05:49:12 No. 27761695
"So that's why you should tell me! So I don't find out from the wrong guy!"
"I tell you enough," He starts walking, gesturing at us to follow, "And I'll tell you more, with time. As you earn it." He adds, almost as an afterthought.

Sorry, got more sidetracked than I expected to be.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 08:25:35 No. 27762825
"I'll earn them."
"I am sure you will."
"Don't patronize me."
"I wasn't."
"So what is it today?" Asks Selene when silence falls for a moment.
"She has to climb a chair." We don't answer, so he continues, "Well, I think it's a chair. You'll understand when you see it."
After a moment, we reach it. The structure is as huge as the rest of the city, and the top of it has what seem to be climbing bars.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 08:28:50 No. 27762850
"I'll earn them."
"I am sure you will."
"Don't patronize me."
"I wasn't."
"So what is it today?" Asks Selene when silence falls for a moment.
"She has to climb a chair." We don't answer, so he continues, "Well, I think it's a chair. You'll understand when you see it."
After a moment, we reach it. The structure is as huge as the rest of the city, and the top of it has what seem to be climbing bars.
"This time try to use as much magic as you can," He says while we are looking at it. "I want to get a clear idea of how far you can go."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-28 09:42:46 No. 27763507
I think about teleporting, but discard the idea quickly-- magic can't teleport people. That's silly.And I am not strong enough to lift all of us either.
Next I put my hoof in the stone, searching some for some kind of mechanism, but this just seems to be plain old stone.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-29 02:23:42 No. 27768480
Lifting myself, lifting earth...
A plant would be more efficient. I don't have that much magic, and it seems like a high distance to climb.
I climb to the flower and make it grow as much as I can. After a moment, it slows down to a halt.
I am dizzy, so I give myself a moment to breath before having a look around.

I think I finished the charsheet, could you guys give it a look and tell me if anything's missing?

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-29 04:41:14 No. 27769561
Hmm... the steel cable seems too much for me, but I can see that bird doing me a favor.
"Hallo bird." It looks at me. "Sorry for this," I prepare and release the multi layered spellform that will allow it to understand my words. "Can you loosen some of the plants?"
The bird chirps something I don't understand -I have yet to understand the magics that'd allow me to understand it's words- and crosses her wings, looking away from me in offence.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-29 06:32:50 No. 27770713
"What do you want?" It keeps making the same gesture, "I should go there? Money?"
The bird shakes its head to both, and grabs the worm when I try to take it away to leave it in the ground again, eating and then making the same gesture.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-06-30 01:08:36 No. 27774213
The bird keeps asking me for more worms, and after a moment I have a pile of them floating besides me.
"You want them?" I say, getting tired. "Drop 'em already."
The bird looks at me and the worms for a moment, a calculating look in his eye, before throwing the twines.
Hm. I don't think they are strong enough to support me yet.

Seriously? Five hours?
Going to bed.

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