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Magic should not be used like this

Discussion in 'Pandora, Year 1 - 7' started by Mordred, Mar 20, 2018.

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    March 12th, Year 7
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    He listened to Merlin's footsteps receding behind him, his own gaze turned towards the window, almost afraid to watch him go. As if in watching him the fragile bridge he hoped to build would collapse under the strain. It was true their history was...tumultuous, and they had hardly parted on good terms, but still Mordred hoped that he could make Merlin see how much he'd changed. How much he'd grown up in the years since they'd last seen one another. If he could make him see that then maybe they could be friends, rather than being locked together in this strained cordiality.

    He didn't even notice the tendrils at first, caught up in his thoughts as he was, but as they tightened around his legs and hips they were impossible to ignore. For another second he remained frozen in surprise, long enough for them to latch onto his wrists, ruining any possibility of getting at his sword, and though Mordred jerked his arms trying to free them, their hold was firm. Panic welled in his chest as the blackness crept up it and in desperation he opened his mouth to scream, to use his magic to get this stuff off of him, but the sound went out of him in a cry of surprise instead when he felt himself falling.

    For a long, heart-stopping minute there was nothing but blackness, and then he felt his feet hit the ground hard, and he toppled over to find himself staring up at the sun through a cover of trees. His mind struggled with that even as he scrambled up to his feet again, heart hammering in his chest as he spun in a circle, seeing nothing but trees in any direction. No castle, no Merlin, no anyone, and he gripped the pommel of his sword reflexively as his body went cold.

    Only powerful magic could have done this to him, but Mordred had never even heard of magic with power like this. Could Merlin have done it? It seemed a little extreme even for him, and he couldn't imagine that even Merlin's magic was this strong. And why bring Mordred here? He wasn't anyone important, not anymore.

    No one stepped forward to welcome him or attack him, though there was an itch between his shoulder blades that told him to expect the latter. He was glad to be wearing his chainmail still, though it glinted in the sunlight that filtered down through the trees. Not much use against sorcery, of course, but it made him feel better all the same. "Hello?" He called at last, wishing he could see more than the tree trunks. It wasn't a dense forest, exactly, but the limited visibility made him feel more vulnerable. "You brought me here, now show yourself!"

     
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    Going back and forth between Silverwood and Misty Hollow was a little tiring at times. It was good exercise, but sometimes Chise wished she could just teleport there without having to worry about arriving on time to do her job. She technically could do so, but she didn't want to use magic too carelessly, her body was still fragile and while she had been good about avoiding any particularly bad effects so far, it was better to not push her luck.

    On her way to the town, Chise heard a voice that drew her attention. It sounded like someone was lost, not uncommon gives how Silverwood was, but they were also claiming that someone had brought then there, which made what was going on very clear. Chise had come across more than her fair share of newcomers to Pandora in the woods, for some reason the woods seemed to be a common place for new people to appear in.

    Hearing that, Chise walked towards the source of the voice and from behind the trees she spotted a young adult wearing armor. His outfit in general being very reminiscent of medieval times, which by itself told her a lot about what she would be dealing with now. Coming out from among the trees, Chise approached the man, her staff at hand just in case he turned out to be aggressive.

    "Um... Hello." Chise greeted him, still struggling a little with initiating a conversation and having difficulties in keeping eye contact, glancing a little downwards instead of looking at the man directly in the eyes. "I'm not the person who brought you to these woods, if you're wondering. But I do live here. Can I help you with anything?" She offered just to be polite, as she already knew she would have the usual questions thrown her way. There wasn't much room for variety when it came to questions to ask when you just arrived in Pandora, after all.
     
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    At first there was no answer to his call, though Mordred strained his ears, his whole body tense. If an attack were coming now would be ideal, when he was still disoriented from whatever spell they'd cast, but the only thing that greeted him were the sounds of small animals in the brush going about their business. It sounded…normal, and if not for the method of his arrival Mordred would have almost felt at home.

    The sound of a snapping twig broke the illusion, and the druid wheeled around to face the direction the sound had come from, slightly damp fingers gripping the hilt of his sword so hard it hurt. The person who emerged from the trees was not what he expected - a young woman who didn't seem to have any particular aura of menace, not the boastful sorcerer he'd half expected. Looks meant nothing when it came to magic, though, and Mordred eyed her warily as she spoke.

    She seemed…nice, polite, maybe even a little afraid if the way she refused to look at him head-on was any indication. He felt the impulse to relax, to reassure her that he meant her no harm, but for the moment the possibility of being attacked at any moment remained the stronger motivator. Still, he at least tried to keep his voice from sounding too demanding. "Do you know who did bring me here? What kingdom am I in?"

     
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    The man was keeping a strong grip on the handle of his sword, no doubt he was on edge from being just taken to Pandora. He didn't seem to be particularly aggressive though, but Chise still chose to keep her distance just to be safe.

    "Um... This will sound strange but... This isn't a kingdom, more like... a whole different world." It was always a little difficult to explain things without sounding like she was crazy, but hopefully he would believe her. "This is Pandora and, as for you brought you here, we don't know. Everyone here, including me, has been taken here from our homes by strange black vines. Nobody has managed to find a way to escape either."

    It was strange, how she had gotten so used to life in Pandora that the lack of a way out didn't bother her so much. She was content with her current lifestyle and she couldn't deny being afraid that it would end someday, if a escape method was ever found.
     
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    "A different…" Mordred stilled, trying to wrap his head around what the girl was saying, none of which made any sense whatsoever. How could they possibly be on another world? There was only the one! But she spoke of the vines that had brought him here and as far as he'd been able to tell no one had been near enough to see his arrival, so did that mean...could she be telling the truth? Or perhaps just the truth as she knew it - she certainly didn't seem mad but...other worlds?

    He realized belatedly that he was staring at her, open gaping and failing to make any sort of reply. He gathered himself, or tried to anyway, shaking his head a little. "I'm sorry I...that just doesn't seem possible. No m-" He cut himself off sharply, lips pressing together to ward against the word magic. Wherever he was now they were unlikely to look on sorcery fondly. Hiding his gifts had served him well, better to keep hiding them. He cleared his throat, finally allowing his hand to drop away from his sword, deeming the girl no danger. If anything she was just as much in trouble as he was. "My name is Mordred. Do you know anything else about this place? Perhaps together we can find a way to escape."

    She said no one had, but Mordred hadn't lived this long by just giving up when things looked grim.

     
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    The disbelief that came afterward was enough to leave Chise feeling a little uncomfortable. It was the kind of look you gave someone when you thought they were spouting nonsense or were just plain crazy. Her experiences being treated as some kind of freak made her instinctively want to turn away from anyone giving her that kind of look, but she tried to fight against that impulse.

    "I’m Chise," she introduced herself, some of her current discomfort leaking into her voice. "I’m afraid there’s not much that I can tell you. I know that if you go too far in one direction, you’re eventually going to hit an invisible wall, but other than that, everything here is a little… inconsistent."

    Mordred, as he introduced himself, was still set in trying to find a way out of Pandora and was even suggesting that she joined him. It was odd given the circumstances, but part of Chise didn’t really want to leave, as she had found a life that she actually enjoyed in Pandora and the people in it. Yet, she understood why others would want to leave, which left her feeling conflicted in regards to finding a way out, not that she thought they would be able to do it anyway.

    "My teacher has been trying to find a way out of here for a long time already. He’s a very powerful magician, but even he wasn’t able to make any progress regarding an escape. I’m afraid it just isn’t possible…" She wondered if John was still trying to find a way out, she couldn’t deny that she was a little afraid of him actually finding a way of escape, as that most likely meant that they would have to say their goodbyes, forever, even though… "sometimes the vines take people back, but it seems to happen without any rhyme or reason." She added, as if that would bring him any comfort.
     
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    Her name was strange, but Mordred accepted it without comment - it was hardly the strangest thing he'd encountered today, after all, and she was so quiet and kind and reasonable about it all that it left Mordred feeling even more lost, if that were possible. It would have been easier if she were a sorcerer with some evil plan, someone he could fight, but instead he was left with his arms dangling at his sides and hoping his uselessness and bemusement weren't showing on his face.

    But then she mentioned a magician, and the druid blinked in surprise. He would have suspected her of reading his mind but he'd have felt that, the touch of magic to magic. Ruthlessly he squashed the tendril of hopefulness that had sprung to life in his chest; knowing someone who practiced magic and having that magic accepted were two very, very different things. "There's magic in this place?" His tone was perhaps too casual, forced in it's disinterest as if she could see or hear the rapid pounding of his heart.

    He almost didn't even care about the rest of it, though he catalogued the mention of the vines also being the way home, if one could only figure out how to call them. But would he go home, if he could be free of Camelot's laws here? "Where I come from magic is a crime. Punishable by death."

     
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    Magic that was punishable by death if practiced. Hearing that gave Chise pause as she looked at Mordred with eyes that mixed shock with horror. Why would the use of magic be punishable by death? Sure, it could be used for many, many harmful things, but so could most of the things mankind created, so why would something so natural as magic be considered a crime?

    "Y-Yes, magic is practiced freely here. I’m a magician myself." Chise then glanced towards the direction of where Misty Hollow was located. "There is even a town nearby that has a magic barrier meant to protect it from being overrun by monsters." She looked back at Mordred, her initial shock worn off. "If you want, I could lead you there, that’s where I was going anyway."

    Judging by the reaction Mordred had to her mentioning John’s magician status, he seemed to be a magician himself, instead of one of the prejudiced people. Otherwise, he would surely be treating her differently from how he had been so far, while right now he just looked surprised more than anything. At least for now, Chise thought she would be safe from any reckless judgement and, if what he told her was true, he would too.
     
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    She seemed surprised by Camelot's law, shocked even, and that little bit of hope struggling to find purchase grew a little stronger. No one would be that appalled if their land had similar laws, so maybe this was a better sort of place, or at least one that didn't believe people deserved to die just for having magic. Mordred smiled, a tiny thing, but it contained a sort of satisfaction, and a growing excitement as he nodded at her offer. An entire town shielded by magic? It would have seemed impossible even an hour ago, a feat that would have required an army of sorcerers, and incredible amount of magical power. Now, however, he only wondered what other 'impossible' things he was going to learn about today.

    "I would like that, yes." He was practically bouncing as he followed after her, his caution temporarily forgotten and with it some of the reservation that so often marked his encounters with other people. "You said you're a magician? Is that what they call magic users in your world? What is your world? Have you been in this..." he paused for a split second, struggling to recall the name she'd given him, "Pandora, yes? How long have you been here?"
     
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    Mordred looked... excited as he was following her. Given how he described the laws of his homeworld, she couldn't blame him for being eager about a place that was much less judgemental about magic than where he came from. Sometimes, being brought to Pandora was more of a blessing than a curse, it was all a matter of perspective. Even now, Chise still wasn't sure if she was truly happy with her life in Pandora or not, given the people she had to leave behind in the process.

    "Well... magic is not something everyone is aware of, where I come from. I only discovered it existed around one year before I was taken here. I guess it's hard to make laws against something that most people don't know exists." She answered, now finding herself wondering about whether things would get that bad if everyone in her world learned about the existence of magic. "As for myself, I've been here for about five months now."

    As she guided him further towards Misty Hollow, Chise made sure to pay attention the where she was going so that she wouldn't end up getting lost. That would be utterly embarrassing of her to do with someone new following her and trusting her sense of direction. She didn't look back towards Mordred, but her tone remained the same soft and polite tone she usually carried herself with.

    "The people who use magic in my world are called a lot of different things. Magi, mages, wizards, sorcerers... I honestly don't really know what's the difference from one to the other." She hanged her head a little, sighing.
     
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    "Oh," he said, the syllable part disappointed, part confused. It hadn't occurred to Mordred that magic might be an unknown to the world at large - hiding one's own magic was one thing, but to hide its existence entirely? How did they explain strange happenings? Illnesses that sprang out of nowhere or changes in behavior that had no rational explanation...did they have no magical creatures in her world? Perhaps they'd been hunted to extinction like the dragons, long before her time. "I suppose that must make things easier, in a way. People wouldn't have to be so afraid in your world." How much easier would his life would have been if Uther and his ilk had no idea magic existed! But that was only wishful thinking, even more pointless now than it would have been before, given his new circumstances.

    Five months didn't seem like such a long while, though at the same time the idea of living in a completely different world for five months was a little difficult to grasp. He was fairly certain he wasn't dreaming - though it would not have been a bad dream - and equally certain that no magic in the world could create this sort of illusion, which meant that what was happening had be real. Mostly he was trying not to think too hard about any one thing, expecting that would only end in a headache.

    Though he wasn't entirely certain she seemed...disappointed that she couldn't offer more detail about the titles of her people, and Mordred lengthened his stride a little to put himself next to her, where she could see his reassuring half smile if she chose to look. He was still trying to decipher if he made her uncomfortable or if she was just shy, although the fact that she was letting him accompany her spoke more to the latter. "Perhaps there is no difference. Maybe everyone gets to choose what they're called, I think that would be nice. In Camelot you're a sorcerer, a witch or a druid, and no one really cares if there's a difference between them. Or sometimes even if you actually are one or not," he added as a somewhat bitter afterthought.

     
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    Would others be afraid of magic if the existence of it was more public? Perhaps. The ability to see the faerie wasn't very common among humans, at least, from Chise's experience. There was only person other than her family she had met who had the sight to see them and, well... there were a lot of bad memories associated with that person. Good ones, too.

    After she met Elias, things changed. She found more people like her, although she had yet to meet another Sleigh Beggy. Though her kind was very rare, so what were the chances of that happening? Then again, this was Pandora...

    She heard Mordred begining to speed up and when she looked, she saw him smiling at her somewhat. She couldn't help but show a similar smile back. "But is there a difference between those three?" She asked, trying to keep the conversation going.
     
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    Aha! At least she was willing to smile at him, and it prompted Mordred's smile to widen briefly. It felt good to smile, to shake off however briefly the reservation that had kept him safe and alive in Camelot. No doubt it would return swiftly when he began finding his way in Pandora, but this peaceful walk was soothing despite his circumstances.

    "There's not really one between sorcerers and witches," he answered, shrugging a little. "Save that women are usually considered witches and men sorcerers. Druids are different. We use magic too, but mostly to heal, and we do no harm to others except to defend ourselves." Though he still counted himself a druid, still had their symbol on his chest, he'd spent enough time away from them that he felt disconnected from that life, and as he spoke he squashed a pang of homesickness for a life he hadn't lived since he was a boy. "Most others who use magic have no community to bind them, and some chose to do evil with the power they've been given."

     
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    So sorcerers and witches were more of a gender thing, that made sense. Witches were always traditionally female so they would need a term for any magic-wielding males too. Druids, however. seemed to be people that used magic only for healing instead of any offensive uses. That was a little curious, weren't druids usually those who were very in touch with nature?

    "Is that why magic is punishable by death? Did people use it for evil and caused a lot of destruction?" Chise asked with clear interest in the history of Mordred's world, the curiosity in her eyes being almost child-like compared to her overall maturity.
     
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    It was a logical question, and really one that had a very clear answer, but still Mordred found himself hesitating after he'd opened his mouth. His entire life had been shaped by that one answer, and there was a certain amount of stubbornness, or perhaps just self preservation, that made him want to answer in the negative. It was easier to blame the plight of magic users on Uther and men like him, but he was old enough now to know the blame wasn't entirely theirs.

    "Yes," he finally answered, his reluctance clear in the way he drew the single syllable out. "Those who wield magic are no better or worse than other men, and there will always be those who use their power for their own gain. But there are those who used the actions of a few to condemn us all, and that isn't right either." The druid wore a troubled frown, his steps slower, though this was hardly a new topic of contemplation for him. It was just different, saying it out loud to someone else. With an effort he gave himself a little shake, forcing a smile back onto his face. "But sure there are more cheerful things to speak of. What is this town like?"
     
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    The way Mordred spoke out his answer made it clear that this was a topic that made him uncomfortable. He admitted that her guess was right however, and proceeded to give an explanation of his own viewpoint on the matter, one that Chise could agree with, before swiftly changing the subject to that of Misty Hollow. Maybe it was better to not pursue the topic of his world's anti-magic laws anymore.

    "To be honest, I don't really go there very often. I work there, but I don't often get to do much looking around." She opened up with a small disclaimer. "But it should be easy to get settled there. Housing is free and as long as you stay inside the barrier, it's a safe place to live in. There's also a portal network that links the town with other places in Pandora, so you can safely go back and forth between places without worrying about being attacked by something along the way." A shame that the portal network didn't connect Misty Hollow to the brugh, but Chise had a feeling John wouldn't have appreciated that.
     
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    He was relieved that she didn't seem to object to his change in topic; it still felt strange trying to discuss magic with someone else. Even Merlin barely seemed to want to discuss it with him, and they were both in the same boat. Or...had been, anyway. Now that Mordred was here instead he suspected Merlin would be all too pleased to be rid of him.

    The topic change didn't go quite as smoothly as he'd hoped, though; her talk of barriers and portals went right over his head, giving him a new reason to frown. Magical barriers could be made, of course, but one the size of a whole town? What were they trying to protect it from? "I'm sorry," he said, nose wrinkling in a little self-deprecating face. "You speak of these things so casually. What does this barrier keep out? If the town is so safe it shouldn't need one. And I'm afraid you've lost me completely with these, um, portals? People actually travel through them?" It seemed dangerous, trusting that sort of magic. He'd never heard of anyone being about to create something like that which meant the sorcerer who'd done it must be powerful indeed. More powerful than Merlin, even, and Mordred shook himself a little as if that would ward off the goosebumps that suddenly covered his arms.

    Perhaps this place was more dangerous than he'd thought.
     
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    It sounded like she had more explaining to do than she thought. Chise had thought that being a person familiar with magic, Mordred would be able to understand things better than most, but it looked like he still needed a little bit of help. Not that she minded it, she had helped others with their arrival in Pandora before.

    "All kinds of creatures lurk around Misty Hollow and these woods. Some are harmless, but a lot can be dangerous. The barrier keeps the evil ones at bay and allows people to live safely inside." She explained, looking up at Mordred with a neutral expression. "The portals... they're called the mirror network here. There are five major settlements: Misty Hollow, Pandora Town, Horizon, Morhall and Cascade Bay. Through those portals, one can go from one settlement to another very quickly. The long way is perfectly viable too though."

    Chise wasn't the type to leave town very often, she only went back and forth between Silverwood and Misty Hollow most of the time, save the times where Nancy made her have to leave to somewhere like Pandora Town, so she didn't have a lot of experience with the mirror network. What little she did have, however, seemed perfectly safe, if a little strange.

    Certainly a lot more convenient than spending an entire day traveling, if nothing else.
     
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    When she mentioned monsters Mordred's hand unconsciously crept to his sword hilt again, fingers wrapped tight around it as his eyes left Chise to make a probing sweep over their surroundings instead. She seemed so calm that he'd assumed there was no danger to them and yet now she mentioned monsters as offhandedly as someone might mention there were trees in the woods. Not that the countryside around Camelot - or the surrounding kingdoms - was without danger, but Mordred had always had a knack for avoiding the more dangerous creatures that sometimes still existed in the less disturbed places. Even Uther's purge couldn't kill them all.

    He saw nothing though, and the birds sang cheerfully in the trees around them. Some he recognized, though others he didn't, and after a few moments he let his guard relax again. Not as much as before, and his hand stayed on his sword hilt, but enough.

    Though he liked to think himself rather intelligent - and a quick study - he knew even as she rattled off the names of towns that he'd likely not remember them. He supposed it didn't really matter, at the moment he was only really concerned with one; the rest he could learn about later. "And people trust these things? A portal to carry them places, a barrier to protect them from monsters...they must put a lot of faith in magic." Was this what it was like to live in a place where magic was accepted? Where it was even commonplace?