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> I am early after all.
Walk around a bit and enjoy the park.


You decide to walk around the park some more, enjoying the cooler temperatures of a port town as you browse through the sculptures.

They all seem to be made of HM, allowing the outdoor kinetic sculptures to be practical without the monumental effort required to keep metal joints and pivots clean.

Each sculpture has an information plate somewhere on it naming the creator, and so far you haven't found a single name twice. You wonder if this park is connected to the constructor academy? Built by the students, perhaps.


2:55pm, according to your internal clock.


Still no other people in sight, so you return to the sleeping woman, who hasn't left her place.




She lifts the hat from her face, smiling when she sees you, and sits up.

Her face is as deathly pale as her arms, and bright yellow jewel-like eyes look straight into yours.

Her voice is very familiar.


Kamilla: "Good afternoon, Isabelle."

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"Oh.
Good afternoon, ma'am.
I guess it wouldn't have been anyone else inviting me here.

I'm, not afraid? This close to you?"


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"Oh.
Good afternoon, ma'am.
I guess it wouldn't have been anyone else inviting me here.

I'm, not afraid? This close to you?"


She holds her left wrist up to show you the cuff bracelet.

Kamilla: "This construct hides my aura. It broke during our very first meeting, so I sent it in for repair, but it was not finished in time for the meeting with your team.

Quite troublesome moving around without it."


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> That seems just a bit too convenient but THAT'S A PRIVATE THOUGHT
"Ah. So, why did you want to see me?"


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> That seems just a bit too convenient but THAT'S A PRIVATE THOUGHT
"Ah. So, why did you want to see me?"


Kamilla: "Attending the academy will be difficult without a state or academic official backing you, so I will serve as the state official.

That is, assuming your abilities are satisfactory.

Anyone can learn magic theory. A small number can acquire the credentials to pass the screening process.

Even fewer have the natural talent to form HM, and only a fraction can produce worthwhile material that takes advantage of those years of education."



She stands up, letting the hat on the ground as her black hair billows in the wind.


Kamilla: "If you are unable to produce worthwhile material, you will have find someone else to appeal to, or wait two years to get through the screening process, and fight for your right to possess our knowledge.


But if you can prove that your HM is worthy of my attention, I will have to fast-tracked into the academy. You will learn everything you need, want, and you will, eventually, earn the title of Master.



How lucky are you, Isabelle?"


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"...Not at all. My luck is awful.
Everything I have I had to earn through blood, sweat, and tears.
...well, aside from one thing, who fell into my lap. Guess that's where it all went."

> Deep breath.

"I won't disappoint you."


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"...Not at all. My luck is awful.
Everything I have I had to earn through blood, sweat, and tears.
...well, aside from one thing, who fell into my lap. Guess that's where it all went."

> Deep breath.

"I won't disappoint you."


She smiles.

Kamilla: "I'm waiting."

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You are Raphael Mebbit, Archaeologist, and recently, holder of the OBSERVER ability.


The ship in front of you gently bobs with the waves, its sails tied down and decks clear of men.

The nameplate on its hull reads Rose, but the unworn surfaces on the sides suggest it used to be something else.


Oliver: "Where do we start, boss?"

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"Well let's see. If they're swapping out the signs to make it seem like a different ship, without doing anything else, there should be signs.
Look at the mooring lines, marks on the side of the ship, maybe on the docks, sun bleach patterns... stuff that wouldn't show up unless this was sitting here 24/7."


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"Well let's see. If they're swapping out the signs to make it seem like a different ship, without doing anything else, there should be signs.
Look at the mooring lines, marks on the side of the ship, maybe on the docks, sun bleach patterns... stuff that wouldn't show up unless this was sitting here 24/7."


Valerie walks over to inspect the mooring lines, while Oliver scratches his chin.

Oliver: "Records and people say the Rose leaves port regularly, though, like they actually see it leavin'. Rose leaves, Marigold returns. Marigold leaves, Rose returns."

Valerie: "The ends of these ropes have been freshly cut, too. Fresh rope, couldn't have been sitting here for long."
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"Ahh. So they change it at sea. That makes more sense.
The fact that they even have a nameplate instead of it painted on is already odd. Hm.
How often do they swap?"


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"Ahh. So they change it at sea. That makes more sense.
The fact that they even have a nameplate instead of it painted on is already odd. Hm.
How often do they swap?"


Oliver: "The Rose leaves for two weeks, Marigold returns the day after it leaves. The day before the Rose returns, the Marigold leaves."
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”Hmmmmmm.


You don’t imagine, if we knock on their door and ask for info, that they’d just tell us?”


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Areku wrote:
”Hmmmmmm.


You don’t imagine, if we knock on their door and ask for info, that they’d just tell us?”


Oliver: "It's a boat, sittin' in dock. Don't think there's anyone in there t'tell us anything."
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"If it were a normal boat, I'd agree with you. But, what if they're headquartering their nefarious operations in there? Bringing plants from a space pocket, unloading them from the boat like it was just back from a voyage?

Heck, might be a whole city in there if it's anything like Ingret's core.

I'm just saying - before we do anything too illegal, we could be polite and ask."


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