Missiles & Magic

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Missiles & Magic

...because 'Sword & Sorcery' just won't cut it anymore, and there is no kill like overkill.

Svět je plný magie pro ty, kteří ji chtějí vidět.
Naštěstí pro nás jejich počet není příliš vysoký.
Naší prací je znát magii ve všech jejích podobách a formách.
Vyhledáváme ji, chráníme ji, usměrňujeme ji a nedovolíme jí padnout do špatných rukou.
Jsme hlídací psi, kteří zajišťují, že ti, kdo se magii rozhodnou užívat, dodržují pravidla.

Vítejte v M.O.R.I.A. - Agentuře pro získávání magických předmětů a informací (Magical Objects Retrieval and Intelligence Agency).

Naši agenturu založil ve 14. století Karel IV. a na jeho počest má své hlavní sídlo stále v Praze.
Její síť však obepíná celý svět a svádí dohromady jednotlivce z nejrůznějších životních cest, lišící se v metodách práce, schopnostech i preferencích.
Naši agenti, krtkové a informátoři monitorují vytváření, používání a obchod s magickými artefakty a shromažďují informace o nich.
Hlídají magická pole a portály, i ty, kdo je ovládají a využívají.
Zajišťují, že magická stvoření zůstávají mimo dosah běžné populace.
Řeší situace, kterých se běžné složky výkonné moci nechtějí (nebo nemohou) ani dotknout.
Chrání magii před světem a svět před magií.

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Maddie je agent-empat, toho času na samostatné infiltrační misi v Londýně, kde se má dostat k Sarmadovi - čaroději, jehož záměry jsou momentálně nejasné.

Risa je rekrut citlivý na magii. Jejím prvním úkolem je udržet během rutinní 'doručovací' mise mimo nebezpečí seniorního agenta a bývalého člena speciálních jednotek Thorna (který magii necítí). Problém nastane, když Thorne zjistí, co balíček, který doručují, vlastně obsahuje.

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Answers That Bring More Questions

Drabble: 

"So while each of these alone are weak, together..." Mouse explained.
"Interesting, but the girl had just the one," Owl mused.
"Well, something triggered it. Otherwise it wouldn't be enough to make her faceplant..."
"...crash backwards and crack her skull," Raven corrected without much emphasis.
"That. Whatever."
"So we are looking for yet another source of magic?" Raven sighed and shook his head.
Owl clapped him on the shoulder.
"Let me know what you find," Mouse shrugged. "I have a report to make."
Wolf's eyes had that expression that should scare you. The one of infinite knowledge carefully hidden away.

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Side Effect

Úvodní poznámka: 

Bez nároku na bodík, ledaže by Ostrovy selhaly.

Drabble: 

The loud tourists took the last pictures and left.
The sudden silence woke Risa up. She yawned and examined the situation.
This place was magical. That’s great if you want to mask a signature of a magical artefact. From most people.
It couldn’t confuse her. She could feel it, pinpoint it’s location. She couldn’t uncloak it, but she could open a portal and take it.
But she might not be alone...
Concentrate...
When she closed her eyes, the artefact advertised it’s presence loudly.
That’s the spot.
And a masking magic hid a presence of something else, not far away.
Interesting.

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Don't Go Looking, It Will Find You

Drabble: 

Mouse turned the delicate comb in her fingers once again, carefully tracing every detail on its spine. She could feel magic tingling in her fingertips, but nothing distinguishing.
She put it next to the brooch under the glass and frowned as there was no change in either of them. She added the locket. Still no change.
Shaking her head, she put the latter two aside on a shelf.
After another once over, the comb ended up tucked into a space above them.
Woah
Suddenly, magical connection lit up like a billboard.
Wait, I know this pattern. Only too well.
"Kurwa!"

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No rush

Úvodní poznámka: 

Bez nároku na bodík.

Drabble: 

Risa had the location, map and GPS.
The drive took couple of hours.
It was late evening. The large parking lot was still half full - of course. It is Saturday. An still quite light.
So, this is how the white night looks like.
Not nearly white enough, as she is not THAT far north. She did notice her colleague’s car. It seemed completely untampered with.
Alright.
She parked way down.
The path was wide, but she didn’t follow it. She climbed the rocks.
She felt the magic of the tefact from afar.
But she was careful.
I am no dill.

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Remedy

Úvodní poznámka: 

Za nápad s arabštinou převelice děkuji Ellušce.

Drabble: 

Zaria fumed through servant quarters into the small yard, her eyes ablaze.
"You!" she found, who she was looking for and everyone else exhaled in relief. "What are you doing here?"
"Yaghib you told me to go get some sabat outside... so I..."
"Don't you turn Jewish on me now, kasal. I told you to get me some shabat from the field. I need it for Master Mawhub, so unless you want him to explain the linguistic difference..."
"No, yaghib, I'll have it mowed, tied and thrashed before nightfall."
She nodded.
Hopefully dill will take care of the magical headache.

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(pokud to není zjevné, tak "šabat" je arabsky kopr. Hebrejsky je to odpočinek, nebo sobota - sobota se pro změnu arabsky řekne "sab(a)t". Tak jsem si dovolila podobnou slovní hříčku, jako je zkratka KOPR v češtině.

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Need to yell

Úvodní poznámka: 

Bez nároku na bodík.

Drabble: 

No, it was not a bike.
Risa, who didn’t really expect to be rented a bike, felt relieved anyway.
Low - but not the lowest - cost rental company provided her with small -ish but decent car with the tank filled to the brim.
She checked both the interior and exterior of the car, as one should do when renting. Made sure the car has four wheels and similar important things. She took pictures and wrote the mileage down.
Not that I trust the fake news...
When she started the car, the tank was only half full.
Sometimes they can be right.

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DO NOT rent there!

Úvodní poznámka: 

Bez nároku na bodík

Drabble: 

Be careful if you book your car at the airport rental! The airport branches are theWORST!!!
-They will overcharge you for things like GPS
-They will sell you overpriced insurance (excluding windscreen and tyre fdamage)
-They will charge you the price for the full tank of fuel but you will get just half, if any!
After renting three times, switch companies! Beause if you use them for the fourth time, they will find loads bad with your car at the return and will charge you everything, even interior cleaning and cat hair removal and I don’t even OWN a cat!

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...Different Day

Drabble: 

Dinner was full of conversation as usual.
"We need to show them the light!" Abdul stormed.
"You'll need a miracle to change their religion," Mawhub answered leisurely.
"Shouldn't *you* have one?" someone asked.
"Oh, with the latest acquisition, I will, soon."
Zaria, who brought in food, couldn't help herself.
"Combining magics is unpredictable," she warned quietly, so only he heard. "You need a lot of control."
She spoke like she knew.
His eyes turned to scrutinize her.
Her hand brushed her shoulder in an unconscious gesture, before she noticed his look and shrugged.
Where did you learn that, little one?

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Reasonable

Úvodní poznámka: 

Bez nároku na bodík. Kvůli bodíku píšu Ostrovy. Kde je hledat už víte :)

Drabble: 

Gosh, I hate flying, thought Risa as she entered the Ruzyně Airport.
She loved to travel. But flying...
If we were meant to fly, we would have wings.
She checked if she has her passport...
I don’t feel like Samantha.
She opened up the envelope with her flight ticket...
Low cost airline. I know we don’t travel first class, but this?
Why didn’t Wolf let me use a portal?

She didn’t really understand why she is complaining so much. She was lucky to get this mission.
If they booked me a bike instead of a car, I’ll be seriously disappointed.

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Do You Want To Live Forever?

Drabble: 

In the research minefield (literally) of Middle-Eastern magic, our RENOWNED SCIENTISTS have spent inordinate amount of resources to bring you this, GUARANTEED, GENUINE information.
It is possible to REINCARNATE BY MAGIC.
Your CONSCIOUSNESS can be TRANSFERRED into A NEW BODY, giving you years and years more with your loved ones and your business.
Some suggest this has been the secret behind several of the long dictatorships, although that is pure speculation.
Does it sound too good to be true?
Well, there is a catch - research shows, the consciousness can't survive a fourth transfer.
Still. THREE LIFETIMES are better than one.

Závěrečná poznámka: 

Published in the Magazine of Modern Scientific Magic, Sarmad Publishing House Inc.

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Cost and Benefit

Drabble: 

Zaria walked down the market street, stopping at one of the herb stalls.
She picked out three fresh bunches and four satchels with dried spices.
Frowning at the price she turned on her heel to leave.
One... two... three steps.
The seller called out.
She turned back. Now the haggling can start.
***
Mawhub's forehead was pearling with sweat as the sheikh finally leapt into the jeep beside him. He tossed a leather bag in his sorcerer's lap.
"This should keep you busy for some time, friend."
Mawhub peeked in.
"And all it cost was a little concentration," the sheikh smirked.

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Outside

Úvodní poznámka: 

Nahrazuje téma č. 3 "Ženský úděl"

Drabble: 

"I look like Woodstock and Indian bazaar had a lovechild," Mouse mumbled tugging a runaway strand of hair back, making the oversized bangles on her wrist jangle. "Why do you get to look normal?"
Raven opened the door into one of the antique stores on Ječná.
She fluttered through the cramped space and stopped at the counter.
"Namaste," she purred. "Me and my boyfriend need something special. We want to go through this ancient Amharic ritual to get affianced and it is super important that I get the perfect jewel piece..."
"...no expense spared," the taciturn boyfriend amended from background.

Závěrečná poznámka: 

Sooo... funny story: napsala jsem to hodinu před půlnocí (2 odpoledne), vzbudilo se mi dítě, tak kliknu na uložit a jdu to řešit. No, vrátila jsem se k mobilu deset minut po půlnoci a zjistila, že se to neuložilo. Tak je to v bonusu.

Obrázek uživatele Tess

Rules

Úvodní poznámka: 

Bez nároku na bodík. Kvůli bodíku píšu Ostrovy. Kde je hledat rčitě víte :)
Alibisticky S nárokem na bodík, pokud Ostrovy nebudou uznány.

Drabble: 

“We have lost Firefly,” Swan sighed.
“Wasn’t that supposed to be a simple mission? Only retrieving the artefact?” Eagle asked.
“According to the local surveillance there was an assassin.”
“Did they got the artefact?”
“Of course not. It cloaked again. We need to send someone to carefully inspect the area, get rid of the assassin if he is still near and finish the pick up.”
“So who’s there up north?”
“No one available. According to the protection, it can decloak only for a female.”
“One who could get away easily? Send Osprey then,” suggested Wolf.
Risa will get a mission.

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Uncloaked

Úvodní poznámka: 

Bez nároku na bodík.
Leda by Ostrovní drabble nemělo nárok ;)
Opět - kdo hledá Ostrovy - ty začínají tady a každá stoslůvka má odkaz na pokračování.
(Jo, dělám si reklamu :) )

Drabble: 

The unseen power slowly seeped through the space. It formed... something. He slowly crept forward. She was so focused in her meditation, she didn’t notice him.
She wouldn’t have to.
The same force that was revealing the mysterious object, stopped him once he got too close.
So it was here. The hiding place.
I cannot get to the tefakt, can I?
Well, I can... but should I?
This tefakt is way too important.

It formed completely now. She rose her hand to grab it.
“Sorry, lady.”
His bullet hit her.
No one saw. Just an eye, hidden in a spruce.

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Working Hard or Hardly Working

Drabble: 

Raven suddenly jumped up and motioned for Mouse to follow him.
She blinked in surprise.
"Come on, you're coming with me. We need to spruce you up a bit..."
Blink.
"Slow down, fashion police," she shot back. "And I am not a field agent."
"What if it isn't for work?"
Blink.
"Are you asking me out?"
"Would you agree?" he winked in his best approximation of flirtation.
Blink.
"Actually, it's work. Kinda."
Her eyes did more blinking in the last few minutes than in years. Now she rolled them.
"I'm not your partner."
"Using Owl would... raise questions... and eyebrows."

Závěrečná poznámka: 

Spruce je anglicky smrk. Ale taky to znamená elegantní.

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And Found

Úvodní poznámka: 

Bez nároku na bodík. Pro ty, co hledají Ostrovy - ty začínají tady a každá stoslůvka má odkaz na pokračování.
(Jo, dělám si reklamu :) )

Drabble: 

He would need to probe the area. And find out what is actually going on.
So there was a mission... fortunately there are details in the blue notebook. He followed that woman.
It might have gotten so fast that he didn’t have the time to write himself the message...
Well, it is not the first time. I will manage.
Should I go uphill or down?
I always liked to climb... up it is.

The trees almost disapeared and a plateau opened in front of him. Plateau above a fjord...
Almost like a rostrum.
A woman meditating at the edge...
Gotcha.

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Touch me!

Drabble: 

"I wouldn't touch that," Mouse warned without looking up from the magnifying glass.
Raven pulled his hand back quickly.
"Even though it's trying to get you to touch it," she continued. "Surprising number of magic artefacts do."
He frowned.
"Why?"
"Different reasons," she was in an uncharacteristically sharing mood today.
"Mostly so they can take something from you, though. Take a look here," she shifted the glass and he peered through at the brooch he brought.
Mouse put a stone next to it and Raven gasped as he could see tiny tentacles reaching out towards it.
"These feed off magic."

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Better Be Bold

Drabble: 

Zaria presented one of her potions to sheikh Zahabia, who scrutinized it with interest.
"It's good we got you here. You were wasted at amir Farouq's," he said kindly.
She inclined her head politely.
"Thank you, sheikh. I like to learn from master Mawhub. And one day soon you - or he - might have me pegged for promotion."
She smiled thinly.
"The pecking order at amir's 'court' was sadly devoid of pegs, when it came to magic..."
Open ambition in a woman was not common in these parts.
"What would you want to be promoted to?" he decided to humor her.

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Strategies

Drabble: 

Their raids now followed a pattern. Choose one of the prominent homesteads. Extend offer of cooperation. Wait for invitation (or laughter) in response. Gather a troop impressive enough, but not too threatening (two Jeeps). Pay a visit to the potential ally (target).
"You have an hour, sheikh," Mawhub gritted, his strained voice at odds with his meditative pose on the Jeep's bed.
The courtyard, minutes before filled with running people, was deserted. Occasionally there was a yelp from one hiding place or other.
Keeping the locals out the way prevented bloodshed.
Shutting them in their heads with dread was effective.

Obrázek uživatele Tess

Lost

Úvodní poznámka: 

Bez nároku na bodík. Pro ty, co hledají Ostrovy - ty začínají tady a každá stoslůvka má odkaz na pokračování.
varování: ošklivé slovo

Drabble: 

He timed it completely wrong. The problem was, he didn’t even realize that... until it was too late.
He was standing in completely unknown woods, no idea of how he got there.
He reached into his pocket for the blue notebook.
So what did I do the last week?
A new mission? Good... Monday, Tuesday...
What did I do on Sunday?
It’s just after midnight... what the hell did I do on Sunday?
How could I NOT write it for me?

He was standing in completely unknown woods, no idea how he got there and how to get back.
Shit.

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Completely safe

Úvodní poznámka: 

Tak se po roční přestávce vracím.
Snad se bude líbit.

Drabble: 

Risa took a deep breath and tried to calm down.
Just couple more meters...
The deep abyss below her shouldn’t be important.
Free climbing is completely safe.
Not.

Now she would be happy to have a single hex to stick into the rock and rest. Heck, even a wooden peg would do...
She had nothing.
I‘m not THAT tired...
One step, another one...
She slipped.
The deep abyss below...
She didn’t even scream.

Bam!
The gym shook, as a portal opened and someone slammed into the mattress.
“Osprey?”
“What? This one’s certified!”
Risa finally got the hang on the portals.

Závěrečná poznámka: 

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16. Not Too Bad for Hell

Úvodní poznámka: 

Jsem rebel. Vím, že už mám v kapitolách dávno hrozný skluz a píšu tak nepravidelně, až to popírá účel téhle výzvy. A víte co? Mám novorozence a píšu víc, než jsem psala roky předtím. Takže jsem na sebe i tak hrdá. A budu v tom pokračovat, i když mě nikdo nečte ;)

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15. Intersections

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14. Not Like We Planned

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13. Three

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Good night, Risa

Úvodní poznámka: 

Pro Tess, která si přála drabble s Vaderem, Gandalfem, Thornem a Risou - možná to nemělo být JEDNO a TOTÉŽ drabble, když tak o tom uvažuju.
Ale to nevadí! ;))

Drabble: 

“Is she asleep?”
“I hope so.” Mouse's voice sounded almost gentle.
“I think she's pretending, just to hear what we say behind her back.”
Risa let out a little sigh, but didn't move. Thorne didn't need telepathy to see right through her.
“I'd rather talk about Kylo Ren's...” Wolf made a curious pause. "...betrayal."
Risa was resisting the urge to cover her ears and start singing.
“That dialogue with Vader -”
A sudden flash of light made the teacups glitter.
Risa appeared in a corridor two storeys lower. Did Wolf just try to use Star Wars spoilers against her?! The nerve...

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12. Surprise

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11. Stake-out

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10. Traces

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