The Cracked Die Podcast - Episode 51a - Monster Mash

Episode 21 September 24, 2020 00:08:49
The Cracked Die Podcast - Episode 51a - Monster Mash
The Cracked Die Podcast
The Cracked Die Podcast - Episode 51a - Monster Mash

Sep 24 2020 | 00:08:49

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Care to take a peek behind the curtain to Sareia and Jasper's origin? Look no further! 

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[00:00:39] Speaker A: Hello everyone. How are you guys doing? It's been a hot minute since I've been on here, huh? [00:00:45] Speaker B: For those of you who don't know. [00:00:46] Speaker A: Who I am, I am haya. I play Brianna on this show and I play Nisrin on the Twitch show. Well, I hope you guys are doing good and this crazy pandemic nonsense isn't getting the better of you. [00:01:02] Speaker B: I hope you're happy and safe and. [00:01:04] Speaker A: Healthy and we'll get through it one day at a time, huh? This episode is a little bit of a special one. We've heard from twintalon, we've heard from Brianna. We've even heard from our bad guys. But I think you'd be more interested in hearing what our party members origin stories are. Hmm? So without further ado, let us go ahead and listen to Sarayas story. [00:01:37] Speaker B: Human scholars have this rather delightful little saying that any sufficiently advanced science is magic. Im not sure if its a lens they look through, considering that magic is less a part of their culture than ours, or simply their delightful need to quantify almost everything around them. But I can appreciate the sentiment. Of course, it sends to reason that then, if any sufficiently advanced science is magic, then sufficiently basic magic is science. It makes a certain amount of sense. The point of science is that a properly trained pet can produce the same results as an expert. As long as they follow the correct steps. Magic is much the same. Recite the incantations, scribe the correct runes, make the correct gestures, and result. What fascinates me is the variety of approaches magic takes in its manifestation. Science is purely external. And while some brands of magic come from this kind of study and experimentation, it's innate in others. I mean, even among elves like myself, it's widely commented that magic is in our blood. Not a knack, not a level of intelligence, the base factor in the practitioner themselves, and a variable pure science can't account for. It's not unique to elves, but it isn't apparent amongst all ancestries either. With this academic view of magic as opposed to an esoteric one, I aim to isolate this arcane property of our blood, externalize the internal, and see if innate magics can be forged into rote science. That is, can innate magics be performed by those with no connection to them? If one of the physical components is the innate source, I suppose the first step is to attempt to ascertain if magic is in the blood after all, well, as any proper mage has a familiar, ill make that my first attempt can an externalization of my innate magical properties. That is my blood imbue something non magical with those same properties. Well lets get things underway and see how they go. It's day four of the summoning process. Usually by now, when it comes to arcane, familiar manifestations, you'd have some inclination of a personality, some inclination of a form in some kind of spectral way. Instead of that, I have the various components I believe will need to go into making this. Now, it's a rough approximation, to be sure, and I have yet to start to imbue it with this magical property with, well really like I've said before, my blood. We'll start that now and let's see what happens. But if all goes well, I'll have a fully fledged raven by the end of the week. It's worked. He's here. I've named him Jasper and he's quite the little troublemaker, but he has been thoroughly enjoying exploring my lab and getting involved in everything I've done. He's watching me pen this journal entry as I write here, and he's shown quite the interest in trying to manipulate things on his own. That is something I intended for him. Eventually. Hopefully I'll have a wonderful little lab assistant here with me. Now that I've ascertained that yes, there is a magical property to the blood, I'm interested to see where else I can do it. Now, we have had instances of creating potions and distilling magics down into things like that, and for those, most part, those are available to anyone who needs them, but they're already fully formed by the time anyone else gets a grasp on them. I want to see if there's anything transmutative I can imbue to a kind of base that would allow me to essentially half cast a spell and finish it on the fly instead of having to rely on cantrips and make sure that I have the energy and the capability to cast these spells, to have a stockpile ready as some kind of a base to suspend these magical properties in and use them as I can. I've already discovered that I can imbue living things even with these properties. So I wonder, I wonder, how can I go about making these volatile compounds? How long will they be viable for? It's going to take more research, but now that I have Jasper here with me, he can help me. And well, as long as he's not trying to steal all my shiny things, which he has an unfortunate proclivity for, but he is a crow or a raven after all. I can't really fault him for how he is, but we'll see what's going on now. I've managed now to finish how to describe it. I can take what would normally be the physical components of a spell and keep them potent, keep them readied for a longer amount of time instead of having to do things on the fly, instead of having to take the moments it would normally do to prepare something. I can manage to keep them potent for no more than a day at a time, but it's possible I've managed to imbue these inert objects that have no relation to magic in any normal sense. Herbs and water and all sorts of other viscous ferrofluids and all sorts of other things, and get them to be reactive when I need them. The question is going to be how to refine this. It's still. It's still a matter of exactly what I want it to do, when. But I'm looking very much forward to discovering how this will finish. I'm very excited with the progress that I've made. Well, I guess it's more experimentation to come now, but this is quite the breakthrough and I'm very excited. It does mean then that, yes, these innate abilities, these. This magic that literally flows in our veins can be distilled and can be purposed towards other things and can give other people access to this. Now, obviously, it's not quite the same as having a sorceress ancestry and having that bloodline, but. But not needing that without having to do hours and hours upon hours of study. I wonder what this could mean for the spread of magic. I wonder what it could mean for its evolution going forward. Science and magic, I think, are very similar, much more than most people assume, and, of course, far more than most elves are likely to admit. Most of them are not very happy with my choice of research. But no matter. I'm here now. Even if I'm on my own, that means, well, I can get more done and eventually I'll have something to show for it, something I can bring back to everyone else and show them that not as different as they think. In that the magic, quite literally, is in our blood and we can use it to great and terrible effect, which we knew already, but the ability to suspend it, to keep it in something else and store it somewhere and not something that's just a precast spell and a wand or a staff or just healing potion that's been imbued. No. Something else we can do on the fly. Something else we can create as we go. Now that, that is fascinating. [00:08:07] Speaker C: Thank you for listening. To the Crackd Eye podcast background sound effects provided by sirenscape because Epic Games deserve Epic music, please visit [email protected] Pathfinder second edition, Age of Ashes, Adventure Path are all copyright of Paizo Publishing. 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