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PostSubject: Hilda's Shrine   Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:35 pm

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A small, ruined stone temple sits at the front of a long, mirror-like lake. The lake and temple tend to vanish and reappear somewhere else. They're always found shrouded in fog, light, or some other mirage-like distortion. Many who come across the shrine are sure it is merely an illusion or a spell. Some swear they found a beautiful woman there, which only serves to heighten the disbelief in its existence.

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:48 pm

"Two sides of the same coin, much like life and death."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:39 pm

"Precisely. The elements, however, are too similar. Circular. Points on the same plane. They share lines with each other, chords to the greater arc. Only light and shadow oppose. The rest dance too intricately with each other."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:39 pm

"I suppose healing is the true opposition of necromancy."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:45 pm

"Yes and no. Necromantic life acts in opposition to death, whereas it has been theorized that pure life magic acts in accordance with death. However, they can both be used to heal."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:20 pm

"Necromancy? Used to heal?"

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:28 pm

"Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I've always seen it as such. For what is counteracting death but granting life?"

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:50 pm

"Technically correct, though some philosophers argue one needs a spark of free will to be truly alive. I cannot say I disagree."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:00 pm

"Life is life. Plants lack determinism and yet live. The soul is its own matter. Ghosts are as dead as possible, and yet most have great levels of free will."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:04 pm

"As with everything, no one is wholly correct. The question of " what is life?" and how to differentiate differing states of life, life-postmortem, and what has been termed undeath are difficult to answer because they are involved heavily with opinion."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:17 pm

"True. The discussion waxes and wanes with the ages. I am a woman of my time, absent from the conversation by nearly three decades."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:27 pm

"More focused on your goal than idle philosophy. A very good mindset indeed."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:14 pm

"While I agree, I cannot help but wonder if discussions of philosophy would bring me nearer my quarry."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:29 pm

"That depends on what or whom it is."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:34 pm

"...Children. Many years ago, I lost children. They would be adults now."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:45 pm

Heinrich's icy blue eyes hold a strange sort of understanding. He nods once. "You have my condolences, madam." His voice has subtly altered in a way that, though his words are still formal, these have weight behind them that the others lacked.

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:58 pm

Hilda shakes her head. "No, I believe they're still alive." Her eyes are full of fear, despair, panic. "I have to believe they're still alive." Or else she would fall apart.

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:13 am

Heinrich nods. "I lost my father when I was young, and a close confidant and friend before that. My mother turned it into my first lesson in necromancy. She forced me to raise him from the dead, with the excuse that "Your emotions cannot get in the way of your Art, Heinrich." Afterwards, she was astounded that not only did I allow him the dignity of keeping his name, I refused to allow him to deteriorate. It created a rift."

He seems to be lost in a memory, before snapping back to the present. "My apologies."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:01 am

"There are certain reputations given to necromancy. Though I assume it is more the practitioners and precepts of such Art that afford it."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:08 am

"The magic itself appears to have no prejudices to where it manifests. It can be predicted through bloodline, but never by complete certainty. For instance, of three children of the same coupling, only I exhibited the natural gift."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:12 am

"I wonder if the children could have possibly inherited my elemental knowledge... Even one in three is pretty decent odds."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:17 am

"The odds of the other disciplines likely differ. Were the people you coupled with not specifically selected to pass your or their gifts, the chances may be lower still."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:22 am

Hilda sniffs. "The odds of elemental magic passing down are far higher. One needs only possess one elemental proficiency to pass down any of them all. They pass down obliquely fairly easily, as well. Even those born to mundane parents have decent chances of gaining magic by birth."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:32 am

"I see. I've never made a particular study of any elemental magic, so please excuse my ignorance upon the subject."

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:09 am

Hilda nods. "Understandable." The cold edge fades from her voice.

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PostSubject: Re: Hilda's Shrine   Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:16 am

Heinrich nods. "As a student I was rather crass towards anyone who possessed a gift in a " lesser" discipline. A behavior completely unfitting to my own pedigree. A third-generation aeromancer named Miranda eventually got a bit... Offended, and gave me a particular lesson in what she refers to as "papercuts", which turned out to be incredibly small cuts from aero conjurations."

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