Check it out, the bracelet I’ve been waiting to give Leif since 2016 is finally in the comic.
Leif: I can’t stay for long today . . .
Thorn: It’s okay, I just need to give you a thing!
Hold up your hand, okay?
I want you to wear this at the party. And any other time I rent you out.
Leif: It’s so pretty! What does it do?
Thorn: It’s a gift! It —
Leif: I think you mean to say “it’s a loan.”
Thorn: I don’t . . . Why do I mean “loan”?
Leif: Because any “gift” for me will legally belong to the Embassy.
Thorn: Oh! Then it’s a loan.
Sigvard: . . . so, legally, we can’t just smash the thing. Sorry, Captain.
Sigrún: Do we want to smash it, Sigvard? How bad is it?
Sigvard: . . . not “bad” at all. According to my scans, it does exactly what Sir Thorn said it does.
Sigvard: It’s not programmed for Northern magic. On Embassy grounds, it’s safely inert. I want to keep it locked up anyway, on the “what if I missed something” principle.
Sigrún: But we let him have it for rentals?
Sigvard: We do. The big gem is a simple smartcrystal. Photo, video, net connection, emergency calls. The little ones — Protection. From a range of things.
Honestly, as often as Leif is working outside the Embassy these days . . . We should’ve issued him a thing like this.
Sigrún: I thought that’s what the microchip in his neck was for.
Sigvard: The one we use to regulate his behavior? Ma’am, servants don’t even get to touch those.