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The scarecrow, whatever it was, caught two of the ward-breaker spells and sent them back in my direction. My own wards swallowed them and powered up.  Someone was fond of pyrotechnics. Lightning spells left behind the smell of sweet metal.  … Continue reading

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Junior Professor Elise Merrihugh was short, black hair tied in back in a bun, well-rounded if not quite chubby, dressed in classic scholar’s robes with her New School cape. Her topic was spell cycles, in which you take a pattern … Continue reading

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I made a point of eating at each Refectory, returning once a day to Miller’s and the General Magic table.  At the Table, people sitting next to me would turn slightly in their chairs, so I would see more of … Continue reading

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“Hello,” she said, “I’m AsterAnne.  Were you interested in Barrister House?” “Hi,” I answered.  “I’m Adara.  I’m looking.  My brothers Heath and Moore were here for their upper cycle.” “Heath?” she asked.  “Heath.  I’m Adara Triskittenion, Moore was here some … Continue reading

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We started walking. “Did you study combat magic?” I whispered. “I marginally passed the requirement,” Marjorie said. “I could keep up the minimum required shield or keep up the minimum required offensive spell, but not both at the same time, … Continue reading

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The two major streets were South Street and North Street. She knew exactly where to take us on North Street to procure something I’d never heard of, which she assured me was the stain specific for my panelling.  I nodded … Continue reading

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“Where are your flower petals?” I asked. “The copying target.” “What?” She looked puzzled. “The spell copies the color from – it’s not there – a rose petal, best placed in a glass vase at the head of the diagrams,” … Continue reading

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My stomach reminded me that lunch time was approaching, but I still walked down to the shore to watch the waves break.  As promised, Gold Beach had much the highest surf, while the water in Silver Beach was calm and … Continue reading

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“So to get a personal copy?” I asked. “Standard book charge, against your university account.”  He pointed at a number.  Copying books in the library was cheap.  “The charge mostly goes to Ettore, or his house, anyhow. I think he’s … Continue reading

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“What about the bulletin board for students?  Or the one listing lectures?” I tried to sound hopeful. “Student board? It moves every month or two.” She raised her hands. “The faculty have a rota; someone is charged with keeping it … Continue reading

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