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03 June 2019 @ 08:32 am
_Professor_ part 9  

Rael shook her head . . . and gathered power herself. Shields, quick! “Jues, speaking of illegal, a magic attack is definitely over the line.”

Jues showed her teeth. And Pushed.

Rael’s physical shield was anchored, not as angled as she’d have liked, with Jues practically in her face . . . She stepped back to catch he balance.

“But magical duels are legal between high level public figures.”

Rael wrinkled her nose again. “That law can’t possibly still be on the books.”

Jues grinned, showing a horrible amount of teeth. “It’s treated like a joke, but it was never rescinded. Since no one ever used it.”

“Jues, back off. You don’t want to do this.”

“The One Hell I don’t!” her hands crabbed, gathering power.

Rael tossed a spell of her own, that passed right through Jues’s shields.

Jues looked around quickly, glanced down at herself. Then she straightened and grabbed a loose strand of hair. A rather bright violet, the way it had interacted with the artificial dyes on her hair.

“Oh how cute! You brainless giggling whore . . .” Her shields were getting reinforced, but not basically covering more.

Rael threw a second spell.

“Native lov. . . ack . . . quack quack . . .” Jues hand flew to her mouth. “Quack quack QUACK!”

The gathering crowd was laughing.

Jues hissed and compacted two handfuls of incandescent power.

Fireballs at point blank range? Insane!

Rael felt the other woman’s shield, barely grounded, sent hers under it . . .

Jues slammed her fireballs into Rael’s shields

They hit the energy shield . . . and slowed, cooled . . . Rael pulled the heat energy out of them . . . scooped and pushed.

Jues, the sidewalk, and a very large scoop of dirt lifted and . . . crash landed a good twenty meters down the sidewalk.

Rael stared. Oh shit! Did I do that?

She edged forward and looked into the hole. Three meters wide, a steep slope down maybe four meters? Six meters long . . . large pipe sheared off . . .

“I really hope that isn’t a sewer pipe.” She looked down the sidewalk where Professor Jues was barely visible over the heap of dirt and concrete.

Jues was staggering, backing away, turning and running.

Rael looked back down in the hole. “Oops.” Looked around at the watchers, a crowd full of wide-eyed slack-jawed kids keeping a respectable distance.

She cleared her throat. Projected her voice. “Magic duels are very dangerous, and often injure spectators, which is why, if they aren’t against regs on campus now, they will be within a few minutes.”

And uneasy stir through the kids.

“Right now, I’m going to find out how much Comet Fall magical construction I’m capable of.” She marched around the hole and down to the pile of dirt. It had skidded for meters, shedding dirt, and spotted what looked like an intact pipe.

Which, by the odor, was indeed a sewer pipe.

A bit of push cleared the dirt, then Rael pulled heat from the air and rolled the pipe back to the hole, levitating it at the last second and lowering it, rotating it, into place.

Mostly. She went back and levitated a pile of dirt and got it under the piped, packed down, and everything lined up.

She sat down on the cold ground and slid into a meditation, and looked down into the pit, looked at the pipe and the sliced edges that needed to sort of ooze together, all around this side, and then over to the other side to do the same.

She opened her eyes. The thick plastic pipe had two shiny slick bands around it, but appeared to be intact.

She swayed a bit, and a cold bottle got shoved into her hands. She blinked and looked around.

“Ryol?”

“Drink it and take a breather. I can’t believe you did that!” Snort. “I do, however believe what my id . . . brother looks like he’s actually going to do.”

Arno grinned and half climbed, half slid down into the pit.

Rael took the bottle of boost and took a long pull off it. “So?”

“Looks good! No leaks or anything.” Arno eyed the sloped he’d come down, and took a run at it and scrambled up and over the edge. With some odd effect she couldn’t identify.

“Showoff.” Ryol grumbled. “Drink more. Do we have your permission, Professor Rael, to test our levitation spells, filling in this really impressive hole you made?”

“Yes, you may.” She looked around. “Only students who have passed Techniques of Magic.” :: And don’t make it look too easy! ::

A dozen students dived in and tried various methods of moving dirt with magic. She climbed to her feet and demonstrated push, pull, and levitation. She even got them working in teams, and was really impressed by their enthusiastic energy.

She handed a cash card to Milo and told him to bring back lots of boost.

And when her helpers were flopped on the ground, drinking and recovering, she levitated the unbroken, steel reinforced concrete slab she’d cut out of the side walk, off the main heap of dirt and over to the side.

“The Comet Fall people call this technique ‘bulldozer.’ If you’ve been taught slice, this is a broad version of the same, with a push spell.”

She was tempted to try the whole thing, but common sense, dammit . . . She started closer to the pit and shoved a sizeable layer in. Backed off and shoved another couple hundred kilos down the sidewalk and into the hole. Some of the kids started helping. Ryol and Arno, grunting and shoving. Snickering a bit.

And some push to compress the dirt down into the pit and spread it around. A last scrape of the sidewalk, careful to not damaged the surface. Then the slab.

Arno winked. “If you can levitate it, we can push it.”

It levitated very easily . . . can Arno do gravity effects? And was shoved and settled into place.

Then the kids faded back into the crowd and left her to face what looked like the entire faculty of the School of Magic and the Directorate School.

So much for getting back to the office.

***

Rael slumped in the nice comfy chair Urfa supplied his visitors. “What a mess.”

Urfa nodded. “But so many people pulled out their cams and recorded the whole thing that there really wasn’t any doubt about who started it. So it’s Jues’ problem, not yours.”

Rael hunched her shoulders. “I ought to have just thrown the Chain. I thought I could show off and she’d back off.” She glanced at her watch. “She should stop quacking in another hour.”

Puur snickered. “Will you teach me that one?”

Rael shrugged. “There are some silly old laws on the books that need to be removed. Starting with magic duels. Not that she wasn’t planning on attacking me, but . . . maybe with less justification . . .”

Urfa shook his head. “Done is done. No one was injured. And now that everyone’s over the shock of the sheer mass you moved, the purple hair and quacking are getting a lot of public attention.”

Rael nodded. “My reputation seems to going sideways into odd, rather than getting better or worse. It’s a change.”

 
 
 
matapampamuphoff on June 3rd, 2019 01:38 pm (UTC)
At some point I'll probably have to write out the scene with Rael bracing herself to face the wrath of the School of Magic . . . and them offering her the world, or perhaps the Victor Seat of Modern Magic to come teach _their_ students.
(Anonymous) on June 3rd, 2019 10:57 pm (UTC)
Does Rael know The Fiend?

Could she sic(sp?) Fean on them as their new chief magical educator & innovator (since Universities are supposed to do Research as well as teach)?
ekuah on June 3rd, 2019 05:13 pm (UTC)
Somehow I don't believe that is all between the two of them.
It would not surprise me, if Jues try to poison Rael.
Jues was a princess. So most likely she has more in her bragbox than Rael.

Also I would be highly amused how Jues' colleagues try to figure out how to brute force break a female goatification. ;-)
(Anonymous) on June 3rd, 2019 05:31 pm (UTC)
But is Jues a Princess School Princess, or merely a high-numbers Withione getting called princess, like Paer or the three old ladies from Precog?

--TheOtherSean
ekuah on June 3rd, 2019 06:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you are right.
But anyway, that woman was used to get her way for the last 48 years. And I don't think that one lost fight would discourage her.
(no subject) - Michawl Dolbear on June 3rd, 2019 08:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ekuah on June 3rd, 2019 08:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pamuphoff on June 4th, 2019 02:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on June 4th, 2019 02:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pamuphoff on June 4th, 2019 03:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ekuah on June 4th, 2019 03:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on June 3rd, 2019 05:15 pm (UTC)
Nice toss
Way to throw that fowl in the sewer!
(Anonymous) on June 3rd, 2019 06:46 pm (UTC)
Rael definitely needs to learn the goat spell. Followed by the Chain. And possibly teleport (with or without Zen's help) "someone" to Paris afterwards.
ekuah on June 3rd, 2019 07:05 pm (UTC)
Or maybe something unique to her?
I mean most of Comet Fall prefers the goat spell.
Never (or was it Rustle?) uses the purple bunnies.
Faen has her pony spell.

What could Rael use?
Hmmm... Something relative harmless...
Can't be kitten, because a 100 pound kitten won't be harmless.
Any suggestions?
(no subject) - pamuphoff on June 3rd, 2019 08:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ekuah on June 3rd, 2019 08:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on June 3rd, 2019 09:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - Michawl Dolbear on June 4th, 2019 12:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - Michawl Dolbear on June 4th, 2019 01:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on June 3rd, 2019 08:03 pm (UTC)
Rael knows The Chain. See text and Meet the Family
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on June 3rd, 2019 08:05 pm (UTC)
Professor Rael's excess power problem is doubtless due to her Advancing on giving birth.
matapampamuphoff on June 3rd, 2019 08:50 pm (UTC)
Yep. She's just realized that she needs some quick retraining in how to limit the distance and strength of any given effect.
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mbarkermbarker on June 4th, 2019 05:40 am (UTC)
Hum... Rael surprised herself with how much she lifted. I wonder if the quacking might also be surprisingly long lasting? I mean, she thinks it's going to wear off in an hour... what happens when Jues or her friends report that she's still quacking the next day?
matapampamuphoff on June 4th, 2019 03:17 pm (UTC)
Bwahahahaha! Okay, I can use this . . .
(no subject) - ekuah on June 4th, 2019 03:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pamuphoff on June 4th, 2019 04:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on June 5th, 2019 02:22 am (UTC)
Duel?
So magic duels are legal between high public figures. Rael is definitely a public figure although perhaps not high (she is only an analyst/guard, not an elected or appointed figure) however Jues is not even a public figure let alone a high one so this looks more like an attempted murder rather than a duel. In fact it would be an attempted murder in furtherance of a long term criminal conspiracy (the grades doctoring) which should result in a seriously long sentence as well as a very public very black eye for the school of magic.
Under the circumstances, I would like to see Qamar undergo an examination for mental modeling to block her magic. I could easily see the school of magic trying something like that.
matapampamuphoff on June 5th, 2019 02:56 am (UTC)
Re: Duel?
There are a lot of ridiculous (old) laws on the books, that never actually got rescinded. Magic duels are one of them, because there was a period post Unification, where a lot of the abilities were weakened and a lot of practical knowledge lost.

You don't have to rescind magic dueling laws if all the duelists can do is glow at each other and maybe manage a push.

Some were exclusive to Warriors--like a warrior is required to kill anyone threatening the wife or minor child of a Prophet. Others applied to everyone. The magic dueling laws were probably along the lines of the participants must be close enough in abilities that the outcome is uncertain.
Re: Duel? - (Anonymous) on June 5th, 2019 03:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Re: Duel? - pamuphoff on June 5th, 2019 01:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)