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"...You can come too, Claire! There's uh, plenty of space in my room, and I'm sure a core beast researcher like you will find the anatomical descriptions very enlightening."


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"Alright, so don't stuff our names in there."

> Notice Claire. Oooh boy, I recognize that from a certain bat neighbor.
...Well, let's get her alone and see if that uh, elicits any reaction.


"Actually Bezel, you're probably busy with all the sensors and equipment for the assault. We should prioritize that after all. Claire, you want to come study instead? I've got some questions about natural casters vs core beasts bouncing around in my head, too."


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"Alright, so don't stuff our names in there."

> Notice Claire. Oooh boy, I recognize that from a certain bat neighbor.
...Well, let's get her alone and see if that uh, elicits any reaction.


"Actually Bezel, you're probably busy with all the sensors and equipment for the assault. We should prioritize that after all. Claire, you want to come study instead? I've got some questions about natural casters vs core beasts bouncing around in my head, too."


Claire: "Yeah! I'm always excited for a new book."


Bezel: "Hm, you're right. I was planning on making some new pieces of gear too, might be occupied up until the big day. Guess I'll get started on that now."

Bezel leaves the table and heads to her room, closing the door behind her softly.

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>Stand up, walk behind Claire, hands gently on her shoulders.

"So. How about we get started?"


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"It's a hell of a book, that's for sure."
> Head up to whoever's room has two chairs and a desk, and get studying.
Try not to be too on edge from being alone with her when we're picking up 'signals'.


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"It's a hell of a book, that's for sure."
> Head up to whoever's room has two chairs and a desk, and get studying.
Try not to be too on edge from being alone with her when we're picking up 'signals'.


You grab a chair and the book and the two of you head to your room.

Placing the chair beside your desk for Claire, the two of you take a seat and start at the beginning of the book.


The beginning of the book starts with - attempting to preserve the spirit-body connection (which is abbreviated as SBC for the sake of writing). Multiple chemicals attempted. Anything too sanitizing usually just kills it. Preserving it in blood works well, but it the living components quickly die from oxygen starvation.

Keeping the SBC in a living organism in a circulating supply of blood is enough to keep the SBC alive and usable.

Several pictures are shown, featuring grossly modified humans with massive tumours and veins, diagrams showing the blood circulation in the growths to store the SBCs.

Kinda kills the mood.



Claire: "This is a bit, unsettling."

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"A lot more than a bit... God damn, how did Aldente even MANAGE some of this?
Definitely going to need to abridge this when we go see the specialist."


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"A lot more than a bit... God damn, how did Aldente even MANAGE some of this?
Definitely going to need to abridge this when we go see the specialist."



>Continue reading. Look for more info on the SBC itself: Size, number that can be stored in one of her modified bodies, effects of having multiple inside one person.


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TorrentHKU wrote:
"A lot more than a bit... God damn, how did Aldente even MANAGE some of this?
Definitely going to need to abridge this when we go see the specialist."



>Continue reading. Look for more info on the SBC itself: Size, number that can be stored in one of her modified bodies, effects of having multiple inside one person.


Size of an SBC is somewhere between an acorn and a walnut. Number that can be stored in one of the modified bodies - depends on how big it is. Effects of having multiple inside one person - the bodies have had their own SBCs removed and are more or less braindead, no effect noticed.


The next area of the book steps away from SBCs and features various HM items made from witch core components - 'Alterian Ray Emitter', 'ARE Shutter Box', 'AR Sensitive Plate', 'AR Scanning Construct'. The usage of the term 'Alterian' seems to refer to things that exist in the Alternate, unlike HM that exists in 'both' worlds.

Experiments show fabrication of what is basically a corruption-operated imaging construct, able to create images of Alterian and HM items that are recorded on corruption-sensitive HM plates. All of the components seem to be made of witch core components and materials that are carefully measured and shaped.


The term 'Alterian' sounds familiar to you - most likely came upon it before, but it seems to be connected to more advanced magic research that you're not familiar with.

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"Alterian...
Wait a sec."
> Flip back to the page we looked at earlier, when we first got it, with the connection map of the SBC.
"'Alterian Structure'.
All those 'Alterian' imaging devices... drawings of this, connected to the SBC...
Yeah, this is what a spirit 'looks' like, isn't it."


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"Alterian...
Wait a sec."
> Flip back to the page we looked at earlier, when we first got it, with the connection map of the SBC.
"'Alterian Structure'.
All those 'Alterian' imaging devices... drawings of this, connected to the SBC...
Yeah, this is what a spirit 'looks' like, isn't it."


The page that you initially saw in the book is displayed in front of you - the SBC, and the weird bulbous 'Alterian Structure' beside it.

It... Doesn't seem like the complete spirit. The Alterian structure is fairly small, and only looks like a collection of pathways.

Claire: "I think this is just part of the spirit."


Flipping back to the construct area, you continue on.


The pages show sketches of image plates with spirits on them. Most of them look fairly similar - a head and four limbs in a human-like shape. Details seem to be blurry, due to the early AR imaging constructs being relatively crude. A few spirits seem to stray from the human form - varying abnormal proportions, extra limbs or protrusions, an occasional one with a geometric object attached somewhere.

The next section is of a new construct - using a powerful ARE (corruption source) in a shutterbox with a specialized aperture results in a powerful beam capable of cutting through Alterian structures. More image plates are shown with before-and-after sketches - a whole spirit, and then of the same spirit with limbs and other parts missing.


Claire: "Alright, it's disturbing again."

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"I really hope these spirits weren't still conscious without the body there...
...Ugh, this could be weaponized, couldn't it. That's pretty terrifying, a spirit-cutting beam. Though, HM would probably block it."
> Keep going.


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"I really hope these spirits weren't still conscious without the body there...
...Ugh, this could be weaponized, couldn't it. That's pretty terrifying, a spirit-cutting beam. Though, HM would probably block it."
> Keep going.


Claire: "Well, a corruption source this strong would probably vaporize your spirit if it wasn't contained in the 'shutter box'. Like standing close to a rotting witch core."


You continue reading.


Improvements to the AR imaging constructs for better pictures - smaller aperture, fast smooth motion of scanning a horizontal beam down the target.

Images of crude dissection attempts of spirits. Take an image, make a cut, repeat. Spirits often move out of place, so there's a high risk of cutting the wrong thing.

Many SBCs are consumed, but a lot is revealed - mysterious, internal structure of the spirit, like an alien set of organs. They seem to be focused in a central area around the head, with the body containing fewer structures, and the limbs containing almost none.

A great number of SBCs are experimentally cut down to the smallest possible size to isolate the features relevant to the SBC, taking you to the page you initially saw - the brain component, and the alterian structure. A complex network of routing and signal processing, but nothing else.



Claire: "Explains why it needed so many people..."

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"Let's... let's take a break. I need a moment.

Hell on earth, this is... ugh. Sickening. Live spirit dissection."


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"Let's... let's take a break. I need a moment.

Hell on earth, this is... ugh. Sickening. Live spirit dissection."


Claire: "Yeah..."

You close the book for now.



Claire: "So... Why are you visiting the spirit magic specialist? Before all of, this, I mean."

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