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Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:17 pm

[Aug. 18, ~2:00 PM] (OOG: This is occurring BEFORE Timmean's surgery, so his knee is still broken and his arm in a splint)

Timmean and Malva are sitting in the inn, with Timmean preparing to teach Awareness. "Alright, so you want to be able to see magic. I should note that learning this isn't necessarily easy; for me, it took years to figure out even the basics of magic. That said, I had no guide, so this should be considerably simpler for you. Much like psychic, seeing magic is like gaining a new sense, or at least awakening one you didn't know you had. You have to see something that exists, but your eyes don't naturally understand."

He reaches into his pouch and pulls out two pieces of mana; one glowing brown, the other glowing green. Holding both in his left hand, he continues, "I know how to work with two types of mana: earth and water. As I'm sure you've already heard, there's also air and fire elemental magic, and particularly skilled mages can learn essence and void magic. As far as I know, that's everything. Now, I have here one earth mana and one water mana; do you have any preference on which one you'd like to see first?"

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:09 pm

Malva stares blankly at Timmean's seemingly empty hand before poking her pointer finger at his palm and exclaiming "That one!"
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:25 pm

Timmean chuckles, slipping his fingers back into his mana bag and dropping the water mana. "Alright then; earth it is! Now remember, magic exists all around you; it flows through the world itself, but it's only useful to us when concentrated into a ball of magical energy, which we call mana. Each type of magic has its own style, its own strengths and weaknesses. Earth is a builder; it can make walls, mend objects, and heal injuries."

He extends his hand, palm up, with the mana resting on it. "I have one piece of earth mana here, in my hand. Try to see it, and touch it. Just be careful; if mana is lost, or dropped, it dissipates very quickly. I've worked with earth magic long enough that I can make more, but the process is very slow, so I try to hold onto what I have. Now, go ahead; see what you can do."

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:04 pm

"Oh great you actually pointed at one!" Malva thinks to herself triumphantly.

She squints at Timmean's hand, focusing very hard. She attempts to poke where she thinks the mana would be and then looks at Timmean expectantly.
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:23 pm

Timmean smiles politely but shakes his head. "That's the spot, but it didn't move; you're just passing though it for now. Squinting won't help either; it's more like you have to feel the magic first, then let your eyes see it... if that makes any sense. But it's still there; keep trying. If it helps, most mages see this mana as having a kind of glowing, brown-ish colour, kind of like the ground itself. I'll keep my hand there, and the mana in it. Try to feel it."

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:56 pm

Malva stares intently at Timmean's palm for about a minute before breaking the silence and asking "What is the magic supposed to feel like?"
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:50 pm

Timmean grimaces and thinks for a moment. "Well, it's hard to describe. To me, earth magic feels a little dry and rough; kind of like running your fingers through coarse sand. Maybe it would be a little easier with water..."

He reaches back into his pouch, dropping the earth mana and instead pulling out a water mana. He extends his hand again, holding the mana up in front of Malva. "To most people, this mana looks green. I find that water feels more cool and smooth, making it a little less familiar than earth. That might make it easier to sense. But let me try something..." Timmean closes his eyes and concentrates, focusing on the spell With water I strike you with ice. Keeping the mana in-hand, he focuses on the spell, trying to form the mana into tiny ice shards without actually throwing them at anyone. "I'm trying to hold this right on the edge; between the pure mana form, and an actual spell. Can you see anything? Or feel anything?"

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:06 pm

"It's sparkly like snow"
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:39 pm

Timmean nodded and took a few panting breaths, the tiny crystals vanishing back into mana as he broke his concentration. "That was a fairly simple water spell; throwing ice is a basic magic attack. I'll do that again, focusing the mana and then relaxing it. Watch the spot where you see the spell appear, and try to see the magic even when it's not focused into a spell. You can try to touch it as well, just be careful; this spell is a little more dynamic than most, since it's more aggressive, and we don't want the magic to hurt you."

At that, Timmean closes his eyes and again focuses on the ice spell, focusing the mana into tiny shards. After holding the spell for a moment, he relaxes, letting it dissolve back into mana. He repeats this process several times, very slowly, letting Malva watch and experiment with the magic.

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:47 pm

Malva watches the sparkles form and disappear until a faint green glow begins to appear. "I think I'm starting to see it!" She exclaims.
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:31 pm

Timmean nods slowly, relaxing so that the spell reverts to pure water mana. "That's good; don't try to force it, just let yourself become aware of the energy. It's always been there, but the senses don't acknowledge it, because we're too focused on what we see already. Just let it happen."

He continues to hold the mana, spending more time relaxing between each attempt to excite the mana. On a whim, Timmean decides that a little variety might help, so he switches from the ice spell to With water I strike you with lightning. Now, instead of ice shards, small sparks and jolts appear in his palm as he focuses on the spell.

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:11 am

"Hey! That one was different!"
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:46 am

Timmean nods slowly, smiling. "The same spell, but focusing the magic into lightning instead of ice. Do you see anything when I'm not focusing on the spell?"

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:52 pm

"It's like... green"

Malva attempts to poke the mana again.
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:58 pm

Timmean chuckles again, his eyes widening a little as the mana twitches in response to the touch.

"That's indeed how most people see it! It takes some getting used to, I know, but you're on the right track." He reaches back into his mana pouch, drops the water mana, and pulls an earth mana out again. "What about this? See anything?"

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:34 pm

"It's brown"
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:49 pm

Timmean nods and smiles; "That's right; earth mana. See if you can pick it up; just lift it out of my palm and put it back. It seems like you're getting the hang of it."

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:39 pm

Malva picks up the mana and pretends to throw it at the ground, then looks up to see if she'd scared Timmean.
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:53 pm

When Malva looks up, she can see Timmean's eyes wide and teeth gritted in a brief moment of shock before he sighs and relaxes. "Please, don't do that again. Even as a joke, the thought of mana going to waste is... unpleasant." Sighing again and smiling, Timmean adds, "But it seems like you've got the hang of it! I'd suggest talking to Torvallis to get a look at some fire mana, and there's air mana as well of course, but once you can see one, you should be able to see them all. You'll get more used to it as time goes. Oh, and you'll also start to notice that some objects have a bit of a glow around them; we call that a magic aura. The source can vary, but any item with an aura like that has some kind of magic."

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:09 pm

"This is great, thank you!"

((OOG: So are we done then?))
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:16 pm

Timmean nods and smiles; "You're very welcome. Just to be clear, you weren't intending on learning any spells right now, correct?"

(OOG: yup, I think so; that should give you Awareness 1)

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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Malva on Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:46 am

"No, I just want to see and hold mana to make alchemy involving it easier."
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Re: Do you see what I see?

Post by Timmean on Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:47 am

Timmean nodded and smiled. "Well then, you should be all set."

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