atouts: (020; le monde)
john childermass ([personal profile] atouts) wrote in [community profile] lostcarnival2017-05-13 08:17 pm

I would have picked a quote about shadows [OPEN]

Who: Childermass & open.
What: Having finally gotten his shadow teleport spell to work, Childermass is trying to iron out just how to control the damn thing...
When: During the Mainframe stop, before Performance week.
Where: Around the carnival.
Warnings: n/a

i. all around the carnival

It's a whole lot of trial and error, it seems, this shadow magic, but at least Childermass doesn't anticipate ending up anywhere deadly as he goes from shadow to shadow, place to place. He's found early and late in the day works best, when the sun is forcing shadows to cast at an angle. Night time only deepens and darkens the entire world, which, in theory, you might expect to make it the easiest time of all, but there is such a thing as too many doors...

So, during these days before the carnival opens, it won't be uncommon to suddenly find a tall, somewhat dour-looking (exciting as messing around with magic like this is, he just isn't the sort to let on to that easily) Englishman abruptly existing where there hadn't been an Englishman — or anyone at all, for that matter — before! Look fast enough and you'll catch him moving like he's just stepped out of somewhere, though there's usually nothing but shadows and whatever is casting them behind him.

This could be inside buildings, the cookhouse, the Big Top, all around the forest—

ii. or in your trailer, any trailer at all

Or accidentally shadow-stepping straight into the closet in your trailer or maybe even the bathroom, if the lights been left off in there by some chance. There'll be a THUMP of Childermass walking directly into something — a broom, the shower curtain, whatever it is — and then a muttered curse of, "Oh, damn it. Not again."

And here he thought he was going to be better about this than Strange was...
kingsroads: (i might have goofed that up)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-15 05:04 pm (UTC)(link)
When ten seconds pass, Strange is still thinking that Childermass will return any moment. When thirty seconds pass, Strange is starting to worry that he straight up got ditched. After a minute passes, Strange is entirely certain he got ditched. One scrying spell later tells Strange that Childermass is in the Big Top. Of course, the problem here is that Strange still isn't wearing any shoes, thanks to Childermass waking him up. So it's all swears and grumpiness from Strange's end as he puts his shoes on and tosses a vest over the shirt that he slept in.

He still looks unkempt as hell, but at least he's trying to look decent. Thankfully, Childermass has to wait for less than five minutes before Strange appears out of the mirror, complaining mostly for the sake of complaining. "First you wake me up, then you lead me on a chase?"

Still, the magic was impressive. And, now that he's seen the trick, Strange isn't so petty as to not acknowledge when someone's performed impressive magic--almost as impressive as the sort he performs on a regular basis! "I hate to admit it but your shadows are probably more practical than my mirrors. After all, there's always light."
kingsroads: (small cheeky little smile)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-16 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
Strange nods approvingly, a wide grin spreading on his face as Childermass explains the magic. That irritation is fading as Strange's curiosity and nosiness grows even more. Yes, it does make sense that Childermass would incorporate some of Sans and Joker's magic in his spells as well. After all, that was entirely what Strange himself did with Norrell occasionally: copy the man's work, add his own additions.

"It's a pity I can't access the Roads while in the Carnival—I'd take you there myself and you can fine-tune the spell that way!" Strange can't help but give Childermass a small 'what can you do about it' sort of shrug. Because really, what could he do about it? Nothing in the slightest. "We'll simply have to visit them after I've sorted everything out back home."

Because obviously he will sort everything out back home, Strange is still blissfully unaware of that whole 'surprise you're stuck in the black tower' nonsense.
kingsroads: (what a creepyass house)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-16 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Whereas Strange interprets the pause as Childermass debating whether he really wants to explore a different and possibly dangerous realm with a madman or not. After all, Arabella thought the Roads were dangerous, Childermass probably thought so as well. Worrywarts, both of them (though the trait is more endearing on one than the other).

"Truth be told, I've only the slightest idea of how I get around now to begin with," said in a very matter of fact tone as if that's not slightly worrying. "By all accounts and purposes, the spell shouldn't have worked here." He cast the spell to enter the Roads through the mirrors, not go from mirror to mirror. Perhaps the Carnival simply cut out the middleman? Magic adapting to work and to fill in the gaps of the spell. They are in a realm full of magic, after all, it only makes sense.

"Of course, I've adjusted the spell since then. There's no use casting a spell with superfluous elements, after all. But most of my adjustments are based on some of the principles of reflection used in scrying magic--which I hardly think will help your shadows." SHRUGS. Sorry Childermass, he's not going to be much help.
kingsroads: (well why don't we do this?)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-17 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
He can't help but raise an eyebrow as Childermass uses the shadows to move behind the mirror. Again, it's impressive. To think that Childermass had already mastered such fine control over his magic. And, more importantly, that he mastered such fine control over it without Strange even realizing Childermass had that sort of shadow magic to begin with. All the more reason to not spend any time in the Mainframe.

But unfortunate instances? Now that's worth talking about!

"Go on," Strange remarks, with a wry little smirk. "You can't say something like that and leave it there."

He says, knowing full well that Childermass will probably just leave it there to begin with. After all, why would he willingly describe a goof-up to Strange? Might want to sweeten the pot a little. "I'll tell you an unfortunate instance of mine in return."
kingsroads: (me & my stupid hat)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-18 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
Strange just frowns in confusion. That's exceedingly dumb. One needed to see in the shower. Sure, Lambert probably had some stupid witcher nonsense that let him see in the dark or smell the soap better or something like that, but it's the principle of the thing. You just didn't shower in the dark, that's not how things are done! As such, he can't help but shake his head slightly, still confused by the whole matter.

"That makes no sense! Surely he knows he's liable to trip over something that way!"

Apparently this is the point that confuses the magicians more than anything else: showering in the dark. He can't imagine what sort of chaos emerged once Childermass accidentally walked into Lambert showering but really, if he was showering in the dark, then he deserved whatever nonsense happened afterwards (of course, most people probably don't expect others to wander in their shower to begin with, but details, details).
kingsroads: (i might have goofed that up)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-18 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
Strange simply shakes his head at Childermass's explanation. Whether he could see in the dark or not, it still was a little bit ridiculous. Oh, Lambert's probably used to bathing in the dark what with his witcher lifestyle and everything, but that doesn't mean he has to keep going at it! He obviously embraced plumbing (which is downright wonderful in Strange's eyes, he loves sinks), so why not embrace electricity?

Still, it's his turn to describe one of his unfortunate instances, so Strange sits down on a prop box, mulling things over as he does so as he decides what to say...and, most importantly, what could best shock Childermass.

"Back on our world, I put a dead mouse in my mouth to help become mad." It's said as if that's a perfectly normal thing to happen! And it's just said so bluntly and so up-front that Strange knows Childermass might want to at least pry a little bit more about this.
kingsroads: (maybe we can talk about other things?)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-20 12:39 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah he straight up drunk soooooo much weird shit while trying to become mad, no surprise there. But again, Strange is just talking about this as if it's perfectly normal, no biggie, not kind of gross in the slightest.

"The two are related. The poor woman was completely out of her mind. I gave her her heart's desire, being a cat, in exchange for a vessel of her madness, the mouse she was about to eat. I had attempted to consume the..." well he can't say 'mouse corpse', can he "...the, ah, vessel then and there. I put it in my mouth, found it to be far too potent, and then brewed it down to a more manageable tonic."

He gives Childermass a little shrug, before the slight teasing returns. "I'd be happy to repeat the process as a demonstration, if you wish. We simply need to find someone else who's mad." Because it sure as hell won't be Strange casting that sort of spell on himself.
kingsroads: (well drat now)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-21 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Blah blah blah, look at Childermass, chiming in with the 'common sense' and 'not pissing off the Ringmaster'. Strange rolls his eyes slightly as if he's annoyed that Childermass won't let him demonstrate but really, this is just him being a brat for the sake of being a brat. Sometimes the other magician is very immature.

Still though, the pantry. That's another points to shadows. The nearest mirror to the kitchen is actually the one in one of the bathrooms, there's not really an actual mirror in the kitchen proper. "At least with the pantry, you could have gotten a snack after you arrived," says the person who straight up steals food from the cookhouse more often than visiting the cookhouse itself.
kingsroads: (this won't end well)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-23 02:50 am (UTC)(link)
Not everyone's been happy finding Strange in the kitchen as well. And really, the chickens can only produce so many eggs at the rate he tends to eat them. Perhaps the next time Childermass goes to the kitchen, he could convince the man to place a mirror in there somewhere hidden...after all, it'd be easier for Childermass to do something of that sort than it would be for Strange to do it himself.

And then he realizes that no, there's no damn way Childermass would do that favor in the first place, and the idea is quickly crushed.

"Seems fairer? Isn't stealing food unfair by default? Why on Earth would you make it fairer?" It's an honest question the way Strange asks it. Oh, sneaking food might have started off as a fun challenge for him, but it's slowly morphed into the natural result of Strange's inability to keep proper mealtimes. He's hungry, there's a kitchen, ergo he will take some food.
kingsroads: (GUESS WHAT IT IS TIME FOR HAM)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-26 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
"That much is easy. At least I find that being sneaky for the sake of being sneaky is reason enough." Strange is not subtle. Strange will probably never be subtle as long as he lives. But damn if it isn't a fun challenge to see how subtle he can be and sneak into the kitchen without getting caught. Shits and giggles is apparently his reasoning and Strange grins like a madman as he explains.

"It's the same reason why I rarely ask Joker for things, I simply take them out of the supply closet myself without anyone noticing. It's a challenge!"

It's pretty obvious that if they ever run out of certain supplies, it will most likely be Strange's fault.
kingsroads: (this won't end well)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-28 01:40 am (UTC)(link)
"I wanted it back because I liked the candle," Strange responds, with a shrug, as if it's the most obvious thing in the world. He is apparently not going to let this candle situation go. It probably wasn't even a super special candle to begin with but dammit, this is a Thing now.
kingsroads: (REALLY now....)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-30 09:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"I probably will," Strange responds, with a despondent sigh, as if this is somehow serious business and not really goddamn stupid.

There's a pause, before he continues. "I'm afraid we got off topic. Is it my turn to tell you something embarrassing or yours?"

Of course, 'I ended up in this location I didn't mean to while practicing magic' isn't all that embarrassing in the grand scheme of things. Still, this is Childermass, the likelihood that he would admit something actually embarrassing and not mildly inconvenient is slim to none.

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