Sufficiently Analyzed Magic

Sayaka and Mikoto chat about WPS. Sayaka has questions about Devices...

Date: 2018-01-07
Pose Count: 26
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 04:46:50 87985
It has been a while since WPS was active but Sayaka had not forgotten her friends. With recent events, she had called on Mikoto, eager to learn some things from her. Important things. Half an hour later she arrived at her gent door, ringing the bell and waiting a bit impatiently.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 04:54:11 87986
Mikoto has been spending a lot of time in her lab, the past few months. She's been spending time on other things as well - having a social life, reconnecting with her friends, and so on - but her projects have absorbed a lot of her free time anyways. So it's no surprise at all to find that she's at the warehouse she commandeered, down by the dockside, to store all the bits and bobs she's collected from her various adventures.

A glance at a security monitor shows her it's Sayaka at the door, and she sets aside her current bit of thaumatronics to walk over to let the bluenette in. "Hey, Saya-chan. Good to see you... been a bit, hasn't it?"
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 05:01:12 87987
Sayaka Miki grins, "Hiya, Miko-chan..Its really been a while, hasn't it? I've kinda missed the crew down at WPS..I guess things kinda fell apart after Miss White lost it for a time.." she sighs, glancing around, rather impressed with the place. "Wow, I really don't visit often enough, do I? This place is Soo cool!" and she is Soo tempted to reach out and grab shinies. But of course she doesn't. That'd be just rude. "So. How have you been?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 05:04:54 87988
"Oh, well enough," Mikoto answers, holding the door for Sayaka to enter, then leading her over to the 'lounge' portion of the warehouse space. "And yeah, WPS has been kind of ... on pause, I guess you could say? Coasting?" She shrugs and opens a mini-fridge to pull out a couple of sodas. "She seems to be getting better from it, though. Cheering up, getting back together with family..."
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 05:10:37 87989
Sayaka Miki sighs, "It's too bad, I feel like I let her down. I always hoped to be a good influence on her. But at least she is on the mend. That's good." she smiles, "Yea, I should pay her a visit next." she follows her into the lounge, settling n one of the sofas. "But I came here today to talk to you."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 05:18:42 87990
Mikoto passes one of the soda cans over to Sayaka, then settles on the opposite sofa. "Well, here we are," she says, then adds, "And this means you've got another chance to help her make good. Focus on that, not on past mistakes."
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 05:26:28 87991
Sayaka Miki nods. "You're right, it's never too late to make amends." she grins, "Perhaps we can give WPS a make over, new name, new reputation as a good company." she shrugs, "However there is something else I wanted to ask you, Miko-chan." she accepts the sofa with a smile, taking a long sip as she ponders. "You are, what do they call it? A device user, correct?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 05:30:59 87992
"Not a bad idea. We'd have to see just how things are structured, how much control we can legally get..." Mikoto breaks off her musing, even as part of her mind races through memories of other corporate takeovers she's seen her family carry out in the past.

But Sayaka has more questions for her, on another topic. (~"Affirmative,"~) Carnwennan answers for her. (~"Meister is a most skilled mage."~)

"Er, well, yes," Mikoto picks up, "I guess you could say that."
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 05:37:41 87993
Sayaka Miki smirks, "Heh, well you know me, I wouldn't have it any other way." she takes another sip of soda, licking her lips. "I prefer legal means, by fair means. And I'd have no intention of 'taking over' or taking control. I would however like to make suggestions of that effect to Miss White however." she shrugs, arching a brow as Miko's device responds in a mechanical voice. "Heh, now I don't know your device well, but I remember the voice of..Carnwennan, is it? I've seen others use similar devices too, including Muss White, although I still don't know much about them beyond that they are some sort of magical relics. Oh and now one was found near Alex when we rescued him and may have been designed precisely for his use." she sighs, looking sad for a moment. "So please, enlighten me. Where do they come from? Who designed them? And are they predisposed to good, evil or neutrality?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 05:52:26 87994
"Enh, we can work with her, we have before, we'll keep doing it." Mikoto shrugs again, then pops open her soda can and takes a drink. "Devices, huh?" She leans back in the seat, crossing one jeans-clad leg over the other knee. "Mmm. Well. Long story short, they're designed to assist the wielder in working magic, yes. Some are ancient, some are ... more recent vintage." She shrugs. "'Wennan here is maybe... six, seven hundred years old? Belkan design, originally. Made for a warrior, a soldier."
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 05:57:25 87995
Sayaka Miki grins and nods. "Yea, we'll continue to support her and Haruna-chan and the others. Some day people will respect and maybe even like WPS!" she grins, relaxing a bit as she eyes Carwennan thoughtfully. "Ok, so this device is really that old?" her eyes widen in surprise. "Hmm so where did you find it? Any idea where it came from or how you..I dunno, is 'bond' the right word?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 06:05:34 87996
"That we will," Mikoto agrees, smiling. "We'll be a force to be reckoned with in this town, like we should've been all along." She salutes Sayaka with her soda can, then tips it back for a longer drink.

"You could call her a family heirloom, of csorts. Or even a family friend. Though she's been asleep most of those years. Waiting for someone with the right spark to wake her up."
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 06:11:40 87997
Sayaka Miki grins, "Yea, some day.." she sighs, stretching out on the sofa. "Oh, a family heirloom huh? Soo it was passed down to you from your parents and their parents and so on? That's pretty cool..And you refer to it as a she..?" she arches a brow. "Soo is it like, a sentient life form or something?" she scratches her head as she peers at the device thoughtfully. "So what do you mean, the right spark? Does it mean, compatible with your magic potential specifically?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 06:17:11 87998
"Well, she's certianly aware," Mikoto answers, "And she speaks for herself, when she wants to."

(~"Indeed,"~) adds Carnwennan, the little brooch glowing as it speaks. (~"Meister is the first compatible partner in seven generations."~)

"Only seven... sometimes it feels like longer." She sets down the soda for a moment. "How about you?"
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 06:20:56 87999
Sayaka Miki arches a brow at the two. "Heh, it's so strange, I thought you were just a piece of machinery, but now I suspect there is more to you..Much more." she peers at Carwennan as she speaks now, scratching her chin thoughtfully. "So what are you? Are you a soul, trapped in a machine? A really advanced bit if AI?" as for seven generations she smirks, "Heh, that sounds like a really long time to me. Okay, so it's like you were waiting fir a specific person to come along, I wonder again if it's the same with Alex? Was that device just..Waiting for him? And dies that make it his destiny..?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 06:28:01 88000
(~"Prognostication without data is not within standard Device functions,"~) Carnwennan interjects.

"In other words, I have no idea, and neither does she. It's probably just an accident of compatibility. He got lucky." She picks up the soda for another drink.
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 06:30:07 88001
Sayaka Miki frowns, "Lucky huh? I don't believe in luck. I wonder if his mom designed it for him.." she sighs, finishing the rest of her can. "What do you think? Id the device safe or..Can some devices have evil influences in their users? Cana device influence it control its user, or is the user the one always in control?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 06:32:14 88002
"I've barely scratched the surface on these things, Saya-chan," Mikoto says as she curls to her feet, waving for the bluenette to follow her over to the workbench. "C'mere, have a look at what I've managed to accomplish so far." She picks up the complicated bit of - whatever - that she'd been working on when Sayaka arrived, and focuses on it for a few moments.
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 06:39:30 88003
Sayaka Miki nods, following her to the bench. "Heh well something like an ancient magical relic like that is bound to have tons of secrets." she peers at the..Whatever it is, arching a curious brow. "Um so what exactly are we looking at here?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 06:47:25 88004
"It's kind of a prototype," Mikoto starts off. The 'device' is about the size of a hardback book, rather impractical to carry around by some standards. "Closest I've been able to come with the components I can get access to... a lot of it's hand-built out of general electronics."

She's channelling mana into it, now, and a gauge on the side is growing brighter. "I call it a 'casting assist device'."
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-07 07:01:54 88005
Sayaka Miki arches a brow. "Ooh so you're building a device from scratch? But how will you incorporate the intelligence in it? Will mana alone be enough for that..?" she shrugs "But then again, magic can be a strange, multi faceted thing. I can't even begin to understand how it works with machinery like this."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-07 07:03:52 88006
"Oh, I'm not even going to try," Mikoto says. "This Device, such as it is, is pre-programmed with two spells, neither of which is terribly useful in combat. And I have to input a lot of variables by hand... or have Carnwennan do it, but that defeats the purpose."
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-21 23:12:33 88273
Sayaka Miki scratches her head as she peers at the device some more, a device which is still totally alien to her. "Hmm, how does that work? It almost seems more like a machine than a magical artefact, if one can..Program it with magical spells. Kinda cool though. I'm curious to see how it works in combat. Is it almost finished?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-21 23:26:55 88274
Mikoto nods. "I should be able to finish it tonight, yes," she murmurs, pausing briefly to rummage through a container of spare bits to pick out one particular one. "And yes, it's vastly complicated technology... you know the old line about 'sufficiently advanced technology', right? This is more 'sufficiently analyzed magic'." She slots the part into place, and several other bits light up - one of them red and buzzing, which she immediately reaches over to pluck out of its socket.
Sayaka Miki 2018-01-21 23:40:59 88275
Sayaka Miki chuckles, "Soo what does that mean, exactly? It's such advanced magic, that it's like..Technology? I never thought I'd see the lines blurred so much.." she smirks, "But heh, I'd love to see this thing in action, I'd be happy to give it a test run if you need a guinea pig. How'd you learn about all this stuff in the first place? Just from studying your own relic?" she grins, "You really are smart, Miko-chan."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-01-21 23:43:30 88276
Mikoto waves a hand at the warehouse around them, where piles of spacecraft wreckage have long since been sorted into 'useful', 'junk', and 'personal effects', the latter returned to the Bureau team working with Virtue. "Eh, there are smarter people. Like whatsername, Mizuno. Half the preppie kids at Mugen are drooling over her test scores. I bet if she had one of these to muck around with, she'd have had it this far in half the time."