DM of the coins wrote:
"Hmm. Interesting. I've never seen this pattern before. Page this Mr. Urmas. See if we can get him to come in. If their brains are in sync, then maybe his presence might help revive Miss Waverider. Good catch," she added with an approving nod.
DM of the coins wrote:
"You seem to be one of the few people in this madhouse with an iota of sense," she said, pulling a datapad off of its charging station and hitting several buttons on it. "I'm setting up a series of training courses for you. Make sure you finish these by no later than the end of the week. They detail how to properly use and program the nanites. I will be quizzing you thoroughly so don't take shortcuts. Provided you can manage to pass that examination, you'll be getting a promotion. I expect good things from you," she finished holding the datapad out to the young nurse.
"Good idea. This might be some kind of advanced somatoform disorder. Ms. Zamarosok, are we authorized to do a full mental scan?"
"Don't use a machine to do a telepath's job. Especially when there are several standing around the patient," she said, turning back to address Verris after her attention having been temporarily diverted by another crisis that needed administrative interference...this one about as petty as petty gets as a fight had broken out between healers over who got to treat a particular patient. "You," she said, pointing to Ginni. "I remember you from Miss Jones's advanced classes. You said you had a mental link with the patient. Try and contact her mind, see if you can find the reason why she remains in a coma. It may simply be a protective mechanism related to her regenerative abilities, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Verris, please continue to monitor the patient, but I agree with the assessment that nanites won't work in this case. I will be back shortly to check on her progress."
"Julian," she called out to the departing nurse, as she walked out of the room containing Melody. "I would like to speak with you for a minute."
"That won't be necessary. I'm sure his equipment is invaluable in helping provide first aid, but it is hardly state of the art. The equipment here is and our scans will provide greater detail regarding her condition."
"Verris, what is the extent of the damage?"
Nala held up one of the cards with a puzzled expression as she pursed her lips and glared at Carl. "Yes, I see...thank you for your....efforts," she said unenthusiastically. "We'll keep that in mind."
She turned to Doctor Wuxn. "You are by no means allowed to go anywhere near this patient...I barely trust you to handle pulling out splinters at this point, let alone to handle a complicated case like this," she snapped. "Verris," she said to a young man who was hovering in the background, "run the scan on this patient. We need more information...that we can read. She is not to get nanite treatments. Ace, if you can use magical healing to help her, feel free. Otherwise I will."
"The rest of you, find someplace else to be. This is an infirmary and there's plenty more patients to attend than just this one! Snap to it!"
The other nurses and healers scurried away, not willing to risk Nala's wrath.
DM of the coins wrote:
"If a scan is in order, then give one," Nala said crisply, from the doorway. "It's not like you can hurt her with a scan. Even if you tried."
"Ace, are you capable of providing magical healing for her if her physiology is too complex to reasonably use nanites to heal the burn damage?"
Ace lets Nala back away before getting up, then bows respectfully "Thank you so much. Um. So your having issues here, dealing with some of the older patients? I have some healing abilities, both magickal and mundane, can I be of any help?"
"Almost certainly. I'd say we're short-staffed, but honestly we're not. We lost a couple of people, but the problem isn't how many. It's who. Without Bertha keeping things running smoothly, this whole place is falling apart. I don't know how to work the schedules and we've had several people just quit so the dedicated ones end up doing ten times as much work as they should which means they're too tired and making stupid mistakes...and that includes me....sorry for the rant. Shorter answer, yes, we are happy to have any volunteers we can get right now. And I think I need to go speak with the Headmaster and see what his plan might be to replace Bertha," she said, sounding completely frazzled.
Ace does as she says, staying quiet the whole time unless asked any questions, waiting to see what the tests reveal.
After a few minutes she studied the results carefully. "It would appear that the blocks are all in place and untampered with. The monitoring device does not appear to have been damaged by the EM pulse... I'll have to follow up with a telepathic scan to be absolutely sure."
Her mental touch was delicate and to someone less sensitive to this sort of thing would be completely unnoticeable. After what seemed like forever, but in reality took less than five minutes, her mental presence retreated.
"Well, it would appear that you are in the clear. I find no traces of your unwelcome guest having gotten free and your memories of last night corroborate your version of events that you were not the person responsible for the attack on Kitty and her animal friends."
"Again, I am sorry. I'm just worried, though not for me. I've been in worst situations before. I'm worried that if I am guilty what that would do to my girlfriend Ginni. She's been really supportive of me so far, but this might be too much for her, even if it wasn't actually me."
"Well, the best cure for worry is facts," she said, taking a few deep breaths and seeming to have things more under control now, if only by a fine margin. "As I said, lean back against the table and I'll run the first scan," she added, pulling the scanner towards the table, her hands still shaking a little as she adjusted it.
"I have...certain issues that usually keep me from working in the main infirmary. I can handle working with the younger children, but I...have panic attacks when certain...memories are triggered. I'm only here now because of the emergency status we're still in." There was a pattern of frost on the ground around her feet.
The temperature of the room literally dropped ten degrees in an instant.
"I fail to find such attempts at humor the least bit amusing," she snapped.
Sense Motive DC 25:
Nala is trying to fight off a panic attack.
"Alright. First I'm going to use the scanner here to run some diagnostics and then I'm going to use telepathy to make double sure that the readings are correct. If you could please just sit here on the exam table and lean back against the head rest so I can start the scan," she said pulling an odd piece of equipment that until then could have been mistaken for a curved lamp towards the exam table.
"I apologize for the delay. I really hope that we get a new head healer soon. I'm really not cut out for this," she said with a grimace as she joined the two boys in exam room five.
"Now, if you wouldn't mind giving me a more detailed idea of what I'm supposed to be looking for?"
Nala raised an eyebrow. She looked uncustomarily frazzled.
"I'll be happy to help you with that...just give me a minute."
"Sonja! So help me I will rip out your spleen and feed it to you if you harm another patient today! Pay attention to what you're doing!" she snapped at a distracted healer before the woman could inject a treatment into the wrong patient.
She turned back to Ace and Keme. "If you two could just wait for me in treatment room five, I'll be right with you."
::You have no need to apologize. I have been dealing with this problem for years now. A few hours, days, or even weeks makes little difference now. I am simply being practical. This problem won't wait... unlike the problem of running this infirmary. Go on, and be careful.::
Based on timing, this is probably the point where Vai interrupts.
::Yes, I'm the Champion of Luck.::
::And to the best of my knowledge, Keme was antagonistic to everyone. Judging by his change of attitude since he came back from the dead, I think it did have to do with hope. Although it's hard to be sure.::
::I am glad. Although the meddling of Patrons isn't always detrimental...that's how I got free of my mother.::
She hesitated before continuing, debating whether she should share more, but given the circumstances decided that he needed to know certain things whether he wanted to hear them or not.
::You should know that Hope wants you dead. Well, not as much as she wants Keme to be returned to a non-living state, but you're still on her list. You should be extra careful. You should also know that all of the Patrons go a little loopy now and then. I'm not sure why. It's like the whole system breaks down if they don't have at least one of them going power mad at any given time. Although Luck says that Esperanza hasn't been likable for several milennia. And apparently no one is surprised that it was her turn to grab for power. I don't begin to understand their 'game', but I've seen enough of the pattern now to see that it has something to do with the dynamic ever-changing nature of the universe....I think if they stop the 'game' then everything else stops too. Just because we don't understand doesn't make it what it initially seems.::
::Thank you for being willing to try....I almost didn't ask you. After your outburst towards Keme last night I wasn't sure you'd be willing to help me....considering your feelings towards Champions.::
::I'm going to continue with the telepathy in case of eavesdroppers since this is intensely personal information.::
::That is partially correct. I am only half-fey, but as the Winter Princess I was subjected to several fey ceremonies. Things that happen during the ceremonies remain fresh in the memory forever, as if you were still experiencing them. Forever. I will warn you before you look into my mind that these are not pleasant memories. Intensely painful and terrifying. I was physically too young for what was done to me, and my mother picks her knights for their strength and cruelty. They didn't particularly care if I survived the experience and more than once I nearly didn't,:: she said, her tone businesslike as she described the worst horrors of her childhood.
::I don't want to forget entirely. I just want to memories to fade, the way normal memories do. So I can move on with my life and learn not to be afraid of everyone.::
"I believe exam room 9 is currently empty. We should be able to talk there and I can explain the full nature of the problem. It may take a while to solve," she said, leading the way.
::How familiar are you with fey?::
:: Thank you. I agree that we need to discuss this further. The situation is a good deal more complicated than I've been able to describe thus far.::
Vai Sunwake wrote:
Nala had winced away from the contact, but bit her lip and allowed it.
"Thank you, Vai. I appreciate your help. You should hurry and get this treatment to Adon though. I imagine he's in an immense amount of pain right now."
::I trust Ryuzo, but even with him I still have panic attacks if he touches me unless he's in mole form. This is actually what I wanted to talk to you about. I need help with some painful memories. Not forgetting them. Not entirely. But....not to be always vividly reliving them either.::
Vai Sunwake wrote:
"I like the way you think. That's an excellent idea...and one that can only lead to less panic attacks on my part."
Vai Sunwake wrote:
"Yes, that's all there is to it. I've already programmed them. I included extra in case. There's a note on his chart that he tends to resist treatment."
"Oh, don't worry about me....I'll manage. It's just...I don't mind working with children, but it's difficult with older people. It's hard to work as a healer when you're afraid of being touched. And more so when you're trying to manage an infirmary staff....there are far too many huggers in this place," she said with a shudder. "I apologize for complaining. I am sure that someone will be named to succeed Bertha soon and then I can go back to working in my own office," she said with considerably more bravado than she was actually feeling.
Vai Sunwake wrote:
"Oh, good, that saves a lot of time tracking him down. He was injured due to the incompetence of one of our staff....I already have the treatment prepared. Are you alright to give it to him, or should I come with you to do it?" she asked, her voice sounding strained. "And yes, I'm still in charge apparently. With Bertha gone there's no one to take charge and I'm not the right person for this. I have trouble treating patients who are over the age of twelve. But I can't just stand by and let this whole place go to hell," she added, sounding quite flustered.
Phaezeriel finishes his lunch quickly and heads back to the infirmary.
When he got there Nala was having a heated discussion with a male nurse....more accurately she was giving him a severe dressing-down.
"Oh, there you are....I tried to speak to you earlier, but I don't think you heard me. When you get a minute I need to speak with you, please. But first I have a medical situation to resolve. Get out of here, Phillipe and don't come back until you can remember basic protocol like not using blowtorches on non-firebirds. For crying out loud, the medi-gel is in the drawer right next to where we store the torches! I need to track down this Adon Derro," she said, looking at the chart, "and make sure he gets treated....for severe burns in addition to what he initially came in here for now."
She smiled, stepping back to give them some space for their reunion.
"I am glad to have been able to help."
She smiled in spite of herself. The thought of Keme as a lizard man was particularly funny...he'd be the vainest lizard ever.
"As you wish, sir. I will begin casting the spell," she said, pulling out a vial of diamond dust.
Nala smiles as her familiar preens at the attention from Genosuke, but sobered again when he asked who was going to be casting the spell.
"I am, sir. I wanted to know which would be preferred, resurrection or reincarnation. We are certain that Hope has chosen a new Champion now so it is safe to proceed."
Vai Sunwake wrote:
Nala glanced across the hall to where the other room also had its door open."I'm not sure. I'd have to go read his chart to have any idea honestly. Using the nanites takes more time than healing magic. But with our resources so low we are all saving healing magics for dire emergencies."
"I'll send a message to Keme's grandfather and see what he has to say about what sort of magics we should use."
Today Nala had her familiar, an arctic fox named Vasya, with her. She wanted to be able to deliver spells if needed, but her fear of touch was as strong as ever.
She walked into the room where Keme was being kept, the little fox trotting alongside her.
"Good morning, Fei, Vai. I am here to see if we can bring Keme back. I don't suppose either of you know if he would prefer resurrection or reincarnation?"
Ryuzo Kato wrote:
"The new infirmary is fine...it's the staff that's a crumbling mess," she said with a grimace. It was times like this that she really wished that she didn't have her issues with being touched. She could really use a hug right about now. Except without the panic attacks.
Nala is still there, still trying to keep some order in this chaos. She really hadn't appreciated just how much work Bertha did to keep the staff from falling apart. Honestly, she was a bit exasperated with just how fragile these healers seemed to be.
When Genosuke approaches her though she seems quite calm.
"Keme is gone? Alright, well, would you rather we try to bring him back tonight? I would have to send for someone I think. Most who are capable of such magics have already used theirs for the day. We can wait until morning if you would prefer," she said respectfully, trying to be as understanding of the old kitsune's grief as possible.
"Definitely. We've put together as many as we can, but there's still a number of people who haven't been resurrected yet...and we're running out of castings for the day. Any help you can provide is appreciated."
Agarthian Storyteller wrote:
Despite knowing her aversion to revealing her familiar, Nala's fox could deliver the cure spells...
As luck would have it, Nala left Vasya in her quarters today, which is why the fox didn't get killed in the infirmary explosion. So, yes, she could, but she'd have to have someone fetch Vasya first.
Ryuzo Kato wrote:
"That would be perfect, thanks," she said with an only slightly strained smile. "And should cut down on at least a little of the chaos."
Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala has been overseeing the remaining healing staff in the cafeteria while trying to coordinate resurrections for those killed in the blast to the best of her ability. She looks more than a bit frazzled.
"While I can appreciate how torture can lead one to bad places, even I think her response is...excessive," Nala said crisply and with a bit of a grimace. "Pettyfer Grace, so help me, if you start blubbering again I will slap you! Now give those bandages to Lolo and go fetch more hot water from the kitchen," she snapped at one of the healers. "Honestly, the students are handling this better than the infirmary staff..."
She took a deep breath. "I'm not really sure how I landed in charge of this mess. I'm not even the most senior staff member left. But the rest are not what you'd call good in a crisis. Apparently night staff are not up to snuff compared to the day crew. And healing is...problematic. I manage alright with the children, but these aren't children and I have to touch people to heal them...at least if I'm organizing everyone no one questions why I'm not casting healing spells. And what I really need is some way for people to check up on others without disrupting what we're doing here as far as trying to treat the wounded and bring back the dead. So any ideas you might have, I'm more than happy to listen to suggestions."
Midori Tsuyomi wrote:
"To the best of my knowledge Ignace was with her mother when all this happened and Sorun was in the lake. They should be fine."
Midori Tsuyomi wrote:
"That's enough out of you young lady," Nala snapped "Endangering rescue efforts doesn't make things better and you don't know that they're dead. There weren't many survivors, but there were a handful. I should know as I'm one of them. Did you even try using the school's location system? I do believe it is functioning again."
She relented on the severity then. "Midori, I want them to be okay as much as you do, and we are all trying to do everything we can to heal the survivors and bring back those who were victims of the attack," she said gently. "Please trust us to help. And don't blame yourself. None of us can save everyone. No matter how powerful or not we are."
Yrrin Lightbringer wrote:
Pretty much everything is destroyed in here. She was using her lab coat to gather all the vials.
"Thank you," she says as they get the last of them gathered. "I'd do your investigating quickly. They're going to start repairs in here in just a couple minutes I think. Though I imagine they'd wait if it meant a better chance of catching who did this."
Yrrin Lightbringer wrote:
"Sure. You can help me pick them up. Then it's not an issue."
Nala stands up, giving the family some much needed private time now that she was sure that Professor Sunwake was okay.
"Wait, you can't go in there! I haven't finished picking up the vials. They have the sorted out ashes of everyone who was killed. If you stepped on one and broke it we'd never be able to bring that person back."
Tarka the kobold wrote:
"What are you doing? Where are you trying to take her? Stop! Don't move her!" Nala says, preventing Tarka from dragging Aananda anywhere. "I don't know what's wrong. I used a Heal. She should have woken up. And there isn't any medical facility left. And you can't just drag her around! That could make things worse!"
Nala knelt over the unconscious form of Professor Sunwake. She'd had a hard time getting to her. First she had to cast a light spell and then make her way across the infirmary without breaking any vials. But she'd made it and she cast Heal.
"Please be okay, please be okay, please be okay," she whispered.