"Ready and waiting, lucky you." She reached under the counter as Roy walked up and placed two identical stones on the counter.
Roy picked up the stones, one in each hand. They were they same weight, felt the same, and the fake even had a bit of a response from his ability to detect magic. As a dragonblood, however, he could easily tell which one was real. "That's some good work there."
"Yes, yes. You have agreed to be informants for me, so this time it was free." Silver rested her elbows on the counter, setting her chin in her hands. "So, I don't suppose you've picked up on anything already?"
Roy shrugged as he put away the stones. "Only rumors and gossip."
"Anything works. Something meaningless to you could be just what someone else wants to know."
"Well, alright then." Roy took some time to review what he'd heard on his walk the evening before. Once he was done, he looked to Jalin in case he'd heard anything.
Silver gave a nod. “Alright. Well then, info for info.” She reached under the counter again and pulled up a clear glass sphere. “Care to know where to go next?” She saw the look on Roy’s face and nodded. “I know, it’s cliché, but a crystal ball actually makes for a great focus.”
Silver cut in. "Wait, don't tell me." She set the crystal ball down as Roy looked over. She leaned in close, holding her hands on either side as she focused on it. Emilia came over to watch as images started to swirl within the sphere. "Let's see here... You'll want to head north, and a little northeast, to the central kingdom of Woodvale. You'll find trouble, but a great reward with it. You'll also dispel a mystery and encounter a friend." As she was speaking, Roy tried to figure out what kind of magic she was using, but he only found that she wasn't using mana at all. There was some sort of energy, for sure, but it wasn't mana. Jalin may have notice that when she began her divination, her pulse faltered briefly.
Silver looked at Jalin as she straightened up, the crystal ball going clear once more. "Technically speaking, it's not magic as there's no mana involved. See, while there's many mages who claim to be psychics, all they're doing is performing parlor tricks and casting illusions, or reading off a horoscope. I'm one of very, very few true psychics. My mind is abnormally powerful, which not only gives me complete control of any and all of my bodily functions, but I can also manipulate the world around with a mere thought." She lifted her hand, bringing the crystal ball up into the air without touching it. "And with a proper focus, I can even use foresight or commune with passing spirits, or other creatures on alternate planes of reality."
That sounded like Transmutation and Divination magic with extra steps, to Jalin. "Everything you just described falls under Divination and Transmutation," Jalin sook his head, "Energy sources can be hidden, but ascribing new terms to existing abilities makes them no less explained." Certainly tough schools of magic, but existing and well understood ones all the same, even if not by the common man.
While Emilia made her purchase, Jalin raised an eyebrow at Roy, "I did not sense a change in her pool, either, but that does not mean mana was not used." Energy took many forms, mana was just the form most mortals had free access to. "It could be celestial in origin, beyond mortal perception. But energy was transferred, nonetheless."
"I believe we can handle this task with just us three," Jalin said. He tapped his cane and looked towards the castle, "Turac and Katsuo should easily be able to keep Nidia and Siege under control until we return, I do not think those two would leave a good impression in their current state."
Back at the inn, Turac was seriously considering just turning his earring and swallowing the two into his treasure stomach so they couldn't make more problems.
Making their way up to the castle, the guards let them through once they heard what they were here for. They politely waited their turn until the king was not busy and approached to request to speak with him. "We have recovered the prince's stone."
"We are not so patient," Jalin smiled a bit, "I hope prince Fitzroy finds a more secure storage for the stone than his bedside table. If one thief has figured out how to get to his chambers, more may do the same."