A Scan and a Plan

Lamya meets Rashmi at the ECFH to do a more thurough scan of herself and the collar, and to come up with a plan on what to do next.

Date: 2018-08-29
Pose Count: 29
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 18:58:20 96431
Lamya can be found on the roof of the ECFH. There's enough warding up here to keep her relatively safe and hidden from prying eyes while letting her be her natural size. She's had one of the residents of the place give Rashmi a call to meet her up her, since working a telephone is currently beyond her abilities. Currently she's pacing in a circle, obviously worrying over something.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 19:01:30 96432
While Nicomachea is, by now, recovered enough that he could be considered fit for active duty, Rashmi has been... wary... of straining his capabilities more than absolutely necessary. Thus, she walks to the ECFH tower, rather than flying over like she would if she weren't treating her Device like he'd gotten a broken leg and just took the cast off.

Thus, the door to the roof opens in the fullness of time, and Rashmi gives the dragon an apologetic smile. "Hi Lamya-chan, I heard about what happened. ...I'd ask if you were okay, but that's probably a stupid question, so, I'm just glad to see you. What'd you need?"
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 19:07:51 96435
Dragon Lamya looks relieved when she hears Rashmi's voice and finishes her circle to sit in front of the girl. "I'm doing well, all things concidered," she answers anyway. "But I've come across new information that... I need you and your device to confirm." From the look of her face it's rather worrying information.

"I had ran across another device user last night," the dragon explains, "one of .... questionable trustworthiness. I don't think she had any reason to lie to me, but then, I also don't trust her judgement on the matters of... shall we say... dragon biology." She sighs, and lays on the ground so she can be more eye level to Rashmi. "She had a book, much like yours, and did a 'scan' of me. She discovered a few things, most of which was confirming things I had long suspected, but most surprisingly she discovered that if we were to remove my collar, I would unravel..."

".... explosively."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 19:13:03 96438

Well that's a new level of horrifying, goodbye sleep for awhile.

The moment Rashmi shakes herself out of her brain-lock, she strides quickly up to Lamya and just... hugs the dragon's neck for awhile. Letting go with a sigh, she steps back, bobbing her head. "Thanks for calling me, Lamya-chan. I'm not exactly a, um, wizard with the weird alien math, but Nico knows a lot more than I do, and he should be able to explain it to both of us."

Taking a few more steps back, she extracts Nicomachea's charm from her pocket, tilting her head. "You okay to do this, Nico? You shouldn't need Sealing Mode."


"Okay... So, Lamya-chan, if you could do me a favor and stand up straight? Like, um... Say you wanted to intimidate some hapless fool by looking all commanding and stuff?"
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 19:18:15 96440
Lamya leans into the hug, her scales deceptively smooth and warm to the touch. "I've been wanting to have your de... Nico take a look at the collar for a while," she explains. "To see if we can circumvent some of the controls it has on me to make me less, er, shall we say suceptable to other's whims."

The dragon nods at Rashmi's command, and gets up to all four feet and strikes a pose that would, in other circumstances, make one wet their pants. "How's this?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 19:25:03 96443
"Perfect," Rashmi says, as Nicomachea unfolds into his armored book configuration -- with a few noticeable cracks here and there -- and a small magic circle spreads out under her feet, a much larger one opening up under Lamya to encompass the dragon's entire body, wingspan and all.


Over a dozen small screens blip up over the pages of the open 'book,' and rings made of runic light start to rise and fall over the dragon's form. "So we're going to start with getting as much information on you in general," Rashmi explains, as text scrolls and charts move and one screen builds a wireframe silhouette of Lamya for whatever reason... certainly all this information in realtime would be invaluable to a magical researcher or Meister... But Rashmi being Rashmi, looks like she's going to wait for the Reader's Digest version. "Then we'll narrow in on your collar, and compare the two."
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 19:37:37 96445
Lamya stands still for this scan, which seems to be much more comprehensive than the one she stood for last night. This is good. This is what she was hoping for. As for what the book finds is this:

* Lamya is a combination of human and dragon, about 45% human, 55% dragon.
* The dragon part of her is built much like a youma is, except instead of a being of Dark Energy, she constructed of a more primordial, wilder energy.
* The collar itself is much like a primitive attempt at creating a device, running several complex mathimagical formulae.
* One of which is the 'command' instructions, the one that keeps her a "good dragon" and due to conflicting commands it's become a tangled mess.
* Another of which seems to be binding the human and dragon bits of Lamya together, and is generally responsible for her existence.
* Removing the collar won't cause the dragon to explode, but odds are she wouldn't survive it either as the two disparate parts of her would attempt to seperate.
Lacrima 2018-08-29 19:46:17 96448
Lacrima arrives on the corner of the rooftop in a dusk step. She begins walking towards the two as the two seem to be working on something. She's in her pretty, fancy dress as she purses her lips as she sees... Rashmi working on scanning Lamya?

What's going on?

"....Is everything okay?" she asks.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 19:49:30 96449
"Well there's some good news," Rashmi says faintly, as the scanning narrows in on the collar and the Cliff's Notes come out. "You're not actually going to explode if we take the collar off, Lamya-chan-- oh hi Lacchan."

More information scrolls across the main screen, and the diagrams finish adjusting themselves and settle into place. "That's the only good news, though... We can't take the collar off safely at all. Um.... Lamya-chan, d'you know who put that on and how? Because what I'm seeing here is.... kinda weird."
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 19:57:59 96452
Lamya visibly relaxes when she's told she's not going to literally explode. "That is a relief." Giant reptilian eyes turn towards Lacrima when she arrives. "Did you hear that? I'm not going to explode." The next question is answered with a tilt of the head. "My... The princess was the one who bound me with the collar." Her eyes squint in recollection, "She may have done something to it later, after I was nearly slain."
Lacrima 2018-08-29 20:04:09 96453
Lacrima makes wide eyes. "I...I didn't even know you we're at risk of exploding." she says with sudden, worried eyes. She frowns. "Is something that wrong with the collar?..."

She steps closer as she crosses her arms. "Hey." she says quietly to Rashmi. "I um... didn't..." she says. "I'm sorry if anything I did alarmed you the other day." she says to Rashmi. "I thought I could take my bracer off and end that fight before it started and all I did was become the asshole I was before I got help." she shifts.

"I feel dumb. I thought I could control myself." she adds, as she looks back to Lamya.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 20:12:19 96457
Glancing at Lamya for a moment, Rashmi smiles gently, shaking her head. "It's okay, Lacchan," she says quietly. "Good intentions count for a lot, and nothing irretrievably bad happened, y'know? Don't feel dumb, just... now we know, right? The bracer helps more than you thought. That's good news." Her free hand comes out to pat Lacchan's shoulder, and squeeze gently, before she turns her attention back to the readings.

"Okay, so... I think that whatever your Princess did to that thing, it's why you have so much human in you. The collar is literally holding your human and dragon sides together, like it's being used to fill in everything you lost when you almost died." Rashmi draws a long breath. "The other good news is, the part that 'keeps you a good dragon' is basically a running process, like a Barrier, and thanks to Jerkface McPuppykicker it's so hopelessly tangled that I think there's a pretty good shot at getting rid of that part, and that alone. The only problem is... I know I don't have the skill to handle it."

The circles fade into shards of sun-colored sparkles, that discorporate entirely. "We need a specialist. Preferably a Meister or someone close, because that collar is close enough to a Device that I have to wonder where it came from. It's like digging up a smartphone in the ruins of Carthage."
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 20:21:51 96459
A low rumbling sound surfaces from the dragon as she thinks, a kind of ruminating sound. "Yes, I'd suspected that my human and dragon parts were bound to the collar, and it's good to have that confirmed." Assuming she can affect a more normal pose she sits on her haunches, "And I take it that once we get rid of that process, I can resume a more normal form?" It's odd that she used 'normal' to describe her human form.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 20:33:45 96461
Words matter, and Lamya's choice of phrase visibly catches Rashmi's attention. Curious, she holds her gaze on the dragon for a moment, then smiles. "Probably? I mean, it looks like the command thing was supposed to regulate your behavior, but then it kept getting told what a good dragon is supposed to do, and now it's so confused it just gave up on everything that isn't 'dragon.' So if we can remove the command process, well... You'll be free to do whatever you want. Whether or not it's what a 'good dragon' is supposed to do."
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 20:43:21 96464
Lamya nods slowly, still ruminating. "I think," she says, "that I've been a good dragon for so long that I've forgotten how else to be." A stark change from when she first appeared in Tokyo. This time she does seem to be aware of it. "That's strange, don't you think?" Another round of rumbling thought, "Hrm. Who do you think we should go to, to get this process removed?"
Lacrima 2018-08-29 20:48:24 96465
Lacrima is listening and frowns a little. "I only know of one meister. That is Riven-sama." she says softly. "I could ask him to look. But. He'd probably want any scans or anything he learns from it in payment." she says tersely.

"Maybe Mercury-chan?" she asks as she eyes Rashmi. "She has some experience with devices now I think. But now sure on her abilities with them."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 20:51:22 96466
"Kind of," Rashmi says, smiling. "But, people get used to doing what they have to do, y'know? Maybe that kind of thing was what your Princess had in mind all along? Like, teach you how to be powerful for the good of the world, instead of for just yourself..." Trailing off, the redhead shrugs. "That's completely wild guessing, though. It just makes sense to me, is all. Who to get... I don't know, honestly. I know a couple people who might be able to help -- Yeah, Mercury-senpai's at the top of my list, and Riventon's on my 'if there is absolutely no other way' list -- but they're not the only ones out there, I know it. So... I might put out a notice on the Virtue boards, and just collect volunteers if that's okay with you, Lamya? I mean, I'll have to hand them how you're put together, which kind of buries the needle as far as personal information goes...
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 21:01:05 96469
Dragon Lamya looks unsure. "I'd rather limit who I give my personal information to. The thought of it floating out there for everybody to see puts me on edge." She studies the claws of a paw for a moment while deciding what to do. "It seems that Mercury-chan would be the first place to go to, then. If she is unable to help, then we'll consider the other possibilities."
Lacrima 2018-08-29 21:18:18 96471
Lacrima nods a little and keeps her arms crossed. "I'm not sure, myself. I study crystal magic and that's about it for things beyond the Dusk Zone." she says quietly. "I only know the basics of devices." she offers. "-and that's only because of who I work for." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 21:20:13 96473
Rashmi Terios bobs her head. "I figured that's what you were going to choose," Rashmi says. "I'll ask Mercury-senpai if she can help, and we'll go from there, okay? Lacchan... If you come up with anything that can help, you know I'm always glad to have you helping. Seriously."
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 21:23:55 96474
Dragon Lamya leans down and bumps her head against Rashmi's shoulder. "I appreciate taking time to come today," she says. "As much as I relish being able to be in this body for longer than a minute, I've found it's really rather inconvenient. Plus," she grumbles, "I don't want Jerkface McPuppykicker to continue to have any hold over me."
Lacrima 2018-08-29 21:26:34 96476
Lacrima fidgets. "Guys....that's my brother....m'right here...." she says quietly.

She shifts. "Yeah." is all she says after that quietly. "Yeah if I can think of anything, I'll ask. I don't think Riven-sama would lemme borrow Axion thou." she says. "To have the device look at it without him around." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 21:29:26 96477
"...Sorry, Lacchan," Rashmi says with a sigh. "Just... Until he starts acting like your brother, I don't even want to use his name, y'know? I'll stop, though. Really, I'm sorry." Looking more than a little chagrined, she turns back to Lamya, patting the dragon's snout. "And I'm glad to help, Lamya-chan. I'm upset enough about what that collar's doing now, I can't even imagine how hard it is to be wearing it, y'know?"
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 21:40:44 96480
When a dragon hangs her head in shame, it really hangs. "I wholeheartedly apologize," Lamya says. "With what he has done it's.... easy to forget. That is no excuse however."
Lacrima 2018-08-29 21:54:07 96482
Lacrima says. "It's fine Just. I had to. Ask Mamoru-kun... if he would. Come with me. If... if Ryo ends up dead. When I... go back. Meet my parents and... all... and... I'm just... a mess right now. Sorry." she says quietly.

"The manor is safe to go back to now. If you didn't get the memo." she says quietly. "Safeguards in place..." she says quietly.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 21:56:05 96483
At this, Rashmi's face softens, sadness in her eyes. "Lacchan..." Moving closer, she wraps her arms around Lacrima's shoulders, squeezing briefly. "I understand," she says, finally. "And I promise, I'll do everything I can to keep you from needing that help, okay? Because I want you to have your brother back."
Dragon Lamya 2018-08-29 21:58:28 96485
"I hope it doesn't come to that," Lamya says, bumping her forehead into Lacrima's should as a sign of support. "I made a promise to you, one that I intend to keep. He doesn't deserve the burden of being the inheritor of Saint Geroge's follies."
Lacrima 2018-08-29 22:09:30 96487
Lacrima shifts. "I'll be okay." she says softly. "If you need help, you know where to find me." she says quietly.

Unless anyone stops her, she leaves via a Dusk Step at the corner of the rooftop she came in.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 22:25:52 96488
"Take care, Lacchan," Rashmi calls after the vampire, then turns back to Lamya. "Okay... I'll call Mercury-senpai as soon as I can, Lamya. We'll get this figured out, don't worry."