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Misa's MSF High Files, Article 23: EL Formation
Before the year 1338, the term "Shape-shifter" referred to someone who had grown magically strong enough to use spells to alter their appearance, or used devices or artifacts to achieve the same effects. It was more a title than a racial group, although some species, such as the Mythic sub-species of Kitsune, did have some body-altering magics that seemed inherent to them. This title was generally reserved for some of the most powerful mages, as even these spells were incredibly difficult to learn for your average magic-user, though the more specific term Lycanthropy was the result of one of a series of powerful curses that had been developed. By what is debatably an incredible coincidence, there was something that many of the galaxy's legenday spellcasters had in common, and that was a genetic sequence they shared that has since been termed the "shift gene".
The shift gene had been identified and understood as a source of great magical potential centuries ago, record
Misa's MSF High Files, Article 22: Watchers
Watcher society is one of the least well-known civilizations in the galaxy, owing in large part to the secretive--or at least insular--nature of the True Watchers themselves. Much of what we know is information doled out to us by escapees from Watcher installations, or surmised from what few interactions the rest of the galaxy has had with them. As we learn more about them, I'll do further reports on them, but for now I'll present what little we have to go on.
The exact population size of the Watcher society is unknown, but presumed to be in the tens of billions, given their resources and ability to deploy large forces quickly to any part of the galaxy. Their technology, which is crystalline-based, is incredibly far advanced even compared with the supertech that MSF High employs, and what few pieces of it our Watcher students bring with them, generally the odd piece of armor, weapon, or datapad, is repairable but not replicatible. Given the Watchers' incredibly
Azura and Ruby: Weathering the Storm
To say that business was not doing so well that evening in the Crystal Lounge would be a bit of an understatement, but none of the three people there were terribly worried about it, especially not this late at night. The empty seating area meant that Azura could go back into her bedroom and pull out her large posing mannequin to practice figure sketching, while Ruby could take a break from singing long enough to get ahead of her own schoolwork, figuring out the purpose of some ancient gear-powered device. Abigail was nearing the end of another in the huge pile of novellas that she had spent nearly half of her paycheck on, and not having to do any further cleanup meant that she'd probably be halfway through whichever one she'd pick up next before it was time to head back to her dorm room. Pausing her perusal for a moment, she took a quick peek in the storage space beneath the coat check counter, just to make sure there was an umbrella there for her to use. The ra