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Jan 27, 2021 5:56 PM
Kappa and Maggie run a class at Mind Control University
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"Is that by any chance a bell that kills you?"

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"It is a bell that kills everyone in earshot!"

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"...Why is there a bell that kills everyone in earshot?" she asks, idly tucking a wing around him. (It's a very cozy wing.)

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Mm, cozy. He snuggles in. "Well, the primary function of the bells is necromancy, so it's less random than it sounds." 

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"I suppose that makes sense."

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"But it's not really useful except as a deterrent." 

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"Or if the person carrying it is suicidal. Or very, very deaf."

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"You know, I'm not actually sure if deafness stops the bells." 

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"And even if it stopped the rest it might not stop that one. I wouldn't want to be the one to test it, that's for sure."

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"No kidding--although I suppose if one were to test it, here would be the place." 

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"Yeah, in a place like this if they advertise a death ward you have to figure it's been tested against some pretty emphatic forms of death."

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"Yes...honestly, I'm curious how the bells work at all here, I have no idea if this place is connected to the Gates." 

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"The Gates?"

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"It's a liminal river inhabited by the Dead and divided into nine precincts. Beyond it is--presumably something--from which no one has ever returned." 

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"Death in my world isn't anything nearly so fancy."

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"Hm. Mosrael in particular seems likely to work oddly if at all, then." 

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"Oh? What's that one do?"

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"Mosrael is the Walker, which brings the Dead into life as it casts the wielder into Death." 

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"What an inconvenient-sounding bell."

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"It's not that inconvenient. Any necromancer worth their salt can handle the first few precincts, and it doesn't cast you far into Death." 

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"Still! So far I haven't heard you describe a bell that doesn't try to kill you at least a little bit!"

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"Well, the ones that don't are less likely to interact oddly with the death ward or the school! I've only mentioned two." 

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"Fair enough." Snuggle.

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Snuggle. "I admit I don't know much of anything about the thought processes that went into designing the system." 

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"I would definitely have questions for the inventor of the Kills Everyone Bell if I met them."

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