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#13317056 Jun 24, 2017 at 04:31 PM
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Was simply curious if there was any info offered on the bookstore, or how it presents itself given the way magic is seen in the Champs universe.
#13317247 Jun 24, 2017 at 07:45 PM
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The Magic Lantern Bookshop in Westside is described in the Millennium City source book. It's MC's most successful occult bookstore, patronized by the curious and mystic dabblers... as well as the headquarters for the city's supernatural defenders.

The front half of the store is for the public, stocked with the typical popular New Age books, tarot decks, crystals, candles, herbs and massage oils. Its proprietor, Alicia Blackmun, keeps her wide selection of serious and potent magical stuff in the back storage rooms by the fire stairs.

The shop has two small "reading rooms" near the back bookshelves where Magda, the house fortune teller, reads palms, tarot cards, and tea leaves. Most of that is for show, but Magda (a Russian woman of indeterminate age) has a small measure of actual clairvoyant power for people who need it. Blackmun's other employee, Autumn Sommers, is a young woman who works the register and keeps the shelves stocked. Blackmun can't tell whether or not she believes in any of what she calls "this magic stuff."

Note that Alicia Blackmun herself is secretly a member of the Trismegistus Council, the world's premier "white" magic organization. She's very knowledgeable in the occult and a capable spell caster, although not at the level of a true "super mage." She's also close friends with Witchcraft of the Champions.
#13317411 Jun 25, 2017 at 12:55 AM
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#13317247 Lord Liaden wrote:

The Magic Lantern Bookshop in Westside is described in the Millennium City source book. It's MC's most successful occult bookstore, patronized by the curious and mystic dabblers... as well as the headquarters for the city's supernatural defenders.

The front half of the store is for the public, stocked with the typical popular New Age books, tarot decks, crystals, candles, herbs and massage oils. Its proprietor, Alicia Blackmun, keeps her wide selection of serious and potent magical stuff in the back storage rooms by the fire stairs.

The shop has two small "reading rooms" near the back bookshelves where Magda, the house fortune teller, reads palms, tarot cards, and tea leaves. Most of that is for show, but Magda (a Russian woman of indeterminate age) has a small measure of actual clairvoyant power for people who need it. Blackmun's other employee, Autumn Sommers, is a young woman who works the register and keeps the shelves stocked. Blackmun can't tell whether or not she believes in any of what she calls "this magic stuff."

Note that Alicia Blackmun herself is secretly a member of the Trismegistus Council, the world's premier "white" magic organization. She's very knowledgeable in the occult and a capable spell caster, although not at the level of a true "super mage." She's also close friends with Witchcraft of the Champions.



Noted-so it's in Westside instead of wherever it's actually located in CO? That honestly makes more sense. Regarding employment do you think Blackmun would hire someone to say stock shelves and deal with simple sales and such, perhaps if the individual also was a spellcaster?
#13317996 Jun 25, 2017 at 09:23 AM
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The book does state she has a girl hired to work the register. It goes further to state that Alicia has no idea whether she believes in magic or not. The front of the store is very much a normal shop selling normal things to normal people.
#13318078 Jun 25, 2017 at 10:25 AM
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As I wrote and Bready reiterated, officially Alicia Blackmun employs someone to do exactly the job you describe, Vesta. But that background was written over a dozen years ago -- who's to say Autumn Sommers is still officially considered as working there? In any case I see no reason why Blackmun couldn't employ someone else, at least part-time.
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