Kallie: Um, Atarangi . . . Is there a reason we’re hiding the threat we saw from Violet?
Atarangi: What? There wasn’t any threat.
Kiki: Mmmyep there totally was.
Kallie: Is there a “don’t notice this” shield spell that could —
Atarangi: There wasn’t anything to notice! I’ll do it again, I’ll show you —
Atarangi (runes): Sight beyond sight etc etc
Kiki: THERE THERE THERE
Kallie: — could block you, but not go deep enough to hit us.
Well, good thing someone does know what’s going on!
Headmates were apparently not considered for this shield spell or whatever it is that is happening right now.
And yet, headmates were also not considered by the threat either.
I can imagine scenarios where the two features are linked, but I have the feeling this isn’t one of them. It’s just that the threat doesn’t imagine the possibility of such.
It seems like the defence she’s piercing has two parts, a passive illusion that affects the senses, and an active defence that attacks the mind of a caster who breaks through the first layer, so Kiki can see it with the spell up because it affects the body not the mind, and the counter-attack doesn’t touch her because she didn’t cast the spell.
Well, jury’s still out on “specifically Whispers” (although I’m gently leaning “no” currently), but I wasn’t wrong that whatever’s going on isn’t affecting the inner headmates!
Anyway, [sets up folding chair, gets out popcorn]
*sits in beanbag chair, joins Lielac*
I’m suddenly remembering the death threats and leaning towards “not Whispers, *worse*”.
*joins you for popcorn*
I sense a lot of people coming. *gets out popcorn maker*
*pulls up rocking chair* I brought soda!
The scary thought I’m having is that for magic is the domain of mind control, and Atarangi is also a fire mage, meaning she’s been lax with her defences, or is already way outclassed…
I kinda have a feeling that whatever is hiding itself is using the actual fire-sight spell to do the hiding – sort of turning the spell around on itself, so to speak? So since Atarangi’s the one doing the spell, she’s the one being affected.
Which is mostly to say, I’m leaning towards “outclassed”. I can’t imagine Atarangi, the single most paranoid of the whole set about being “found out”, wouldn’t have the maximum mental defenses she’s capable of.
Somehow I suspect Atarangi will be hard to convince …
Oh dear, that sounds worse than whispers. O.o
Yessss yes yes I was so hoping her headmates would get in on this I am SO looking forward to how this plot goes down