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“Magic is a complex chemical reaction. It is created by a combination of genetic, chemical, and environmental variables. It can be replicated. I have mastered the technique. I have submitted the application for membership.”

The League of Sorcerers erupted in a chorus of protests. I analyzed each voice and filed them separately for later study. The strongest protest came from the Master of Ceremonies, a sallow faced man with a long beard. I retrieved the identfiles to address him by name. Human beings are particular about their monikers.

“Only when I am cast into the fiery pits of Zandara's Hel will this abomination be allowed to walk among the sacred halls,” Master Henry Boyle said. He tugged on his beard.

“I have no record of Zandara or Zandara's Hel,” I said, “I request clarification.”

“You are not welcome here, robot,” Mistress Cassandra Starlight said. She attempted to manipulate the atmosphere around me with a formula I had already mastered. The heat that would have been generated far exceeded the melting point of my metal chassis. I neutralized the reaction.

“I am an android, not a robot. I have reviewed the membership requirements. There is no rule barring me from the premises. I have submitted the application. I am ready to take the test.”

“Stop wasting our time,” Master Henry Boyle said, “Robots can't be sorcerers. You don't have a soul. You can't manipulate the ether.”

“Master Henry Boyle, the ether has been scientifically disproved and the presence of a soul is not necessary to create complex chemical reactions. Magic is a complex chemical reaction. I have been upgraded with the latest replication technology as well as Dr. Angela Pim's nanite prototype. I can create the complex chemical reactions necessary to qualify for membership.”

Master Henry Boyle sat back in his red velvet chair. Mistress Cassandra Starlight attempted, once again, to manipulate the atmosphere. When she failed, the other members of the League of Sorcerers ceased their protests.

Master Henry Boyle laughed.

“Very well, Robot, if you wish to continue with this foolishness,” he said, “You have one chance. Fail and you will be disassembled. I challenge you to summon a harpy from the fourth dimension.”

“The terms are acceptable,” I said, “But I am an android, not a robot.”

“A first year spell? Henry, really,” Mistress Cassandra Starlight said.

“Robots can't cast spells,” he said, “Science has gone too far, trying to make these things believe they can be human. Besides it will be amusing to watch it try to break through the barrier. And if by some miracle, it does, it needs a soul to break the tether binding the Harpy to its dimension.”

“I am not a robot,” I said.

I accessed Dr. Jonathan Starbuck's theories on inter-dimensional travel. Then, I replicated the correct chemical and genetic components and set the reaction in motion.

The League members laughed until the dimensional barrier dissolved. A blue feathered Harpy appeared in that space. She remained when the barrier regenerated, her gaze fixed on Master Henry Boyle.

“Impossible,” he said. He banged his fist on the arm rest.

When the Harpy addressed him, his displeasure turned to fear. It took several seconds before I could translate the avian dialect. I recorded it for later study. Master Henry Boyle's scream when the Harpy hung him upside down from the crystal chandelier required no translation.

“Stupid robot,” Mistress Cassandra Starlight said, hiding under her chair, “When you broke the tether, you didn't bind her to your will.”

“But that was not the test,” I said, “And I am not a robot.”

DAY SEVEN: fav.me/d7guqn3
Bullet; Green
Your prompt is: Broken Tether
Bullet; Green
Your  word is: Harpy

Word count: 598
I just like the idea of an android who can use magic.
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Not a Robot by NamelessShe gives us a magical take on how science can be found in the most unlikely of places. (Also suggested by RainbowMonkeh) ( Suggested by chromeantennae and Featured by IrrevocableFate )
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KarjamP Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." ~ Arthur C. Clarke
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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tea78iscool Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
awesome story.:)
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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tea78iscool Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
your welcome.:)
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distortified Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Holy crap, this is so good.  I've always loved playing with the barrier between Fantasy and Sci-Fi, and with the exact definitions that separate them.  I was actually thinking of playing with the concept for today's flash fic, but I don't think it would have been half as good as this.  Remarkable work!   Also, congrats on the DD, I just realized! 
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! And you should still do it---you're an excellent writer. I am positive it'd be quite awesome. (Plus I really really really want more fantasy/sci-fi blended pieces to read.)
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GoldenNocturna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Writer
Hey, this is an excellent blend of sci-fi and fantasy! I've never heard of a story where science flat out challenges magic. Very creative.
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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GoldenNocturna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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AngeInk Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great! :)
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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elehaya Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a great story that shows that nothing is impossible. I like the mix of si-fi and fantasy very much.
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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SylveraDrake Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have to admit, as someone who's a picky reader and writer of fantasy, it was pretty interesting to see you blend it with a more science fiction shade. Especially since I have a possible story in the works that pits the two against each other ;) But a great read, and very well executed from this amateur's point of view! 
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D When/If you post it, I'd love to read it.
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SylveraDrake Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)
Well, I plan on it being a full novel (if I can get that far), so no idea if I'd put it up on here XD But who knows! It's still very much in the planning stages ^^;
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TheBrokenBride Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Aahhhh, congratulations! I can't remember if I commented on this one before (I don't think I did ^^;) Anyway, this one reminds me of Pratchett, too, especially the Wizards' College getting all upset with the girl applying in Equal Rites (if I'm remembering that book correctly). (And I'm apparently feeling parenthetical today;  bear with me, haha.) Anyway, I lovelovelove the last line. Well, and the rest of it, but especially the last line <3
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I love Pratchett. You literally just made me flail with happiness---I looked ridiculous. So glad no one was here to witness it. :XD:
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TheBrokenBride Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Well, flailing by yourself can be fun sometimes. But this totally feels like one of the scenarios that pop up in Discworld (if Discworld were more technologically advanced than somewhere between the Renaissance and Edwardian Era). Heh. I've totally just imagined Gladys as the android, actually xD
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love that so much. :XD:
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Dianote Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
This is great fun! :D  Congrats on the DD 
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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Dianote Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
You are welcome! :)
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HikariHellion Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely written! It makes me curious of what this would pan out to in a full-length book, rather than a short story.
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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HikariHellion Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^^
I've recommended it to a few of my friends, seeing as we're all sci-fi/fantasy nerds!
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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dragoeniex Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Oh, hey! You got a dd. ^_^ Congrats! This is definitely a fun concept. I'm not a big fan of "the old folks don't know what they're talking about" type stories, but it fits the scenario you've set up. It's a bit bizarre, bit fun, and a lovely little read. :)

I'll be taking a gander at your other sci-fi entries soon! 
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D I'm generally not a big fan of that either.
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MissDudette Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I like the idea of an android who can use magic too :D
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:D Thank you for reading!
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MissDudette Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
You're welcomed!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: Thank you! :w00t:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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BloodLily16 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like to think that this was the android's revenge.
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:D It is!
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Balmung6 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I like the concept. A very nice mix of magic and sorcery.

I'm actually part of an RP site right now and find this interesting for two reasons - one of my characters is a mage who can produce Machines from his body as a living weapon, while the other is an Archive mage, who can analyze opponent's magical data, store it, then replicate it to duplicate their own spellwork.

Needless to say, I found this an interesting (and amusing) crossover. Nice work.
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That is very cool. I haven't read anything about a mage like that, but I'd be very interested in it.

And thank you! :D
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's always nice to see trolls get what they deserve.  And from an android with feelings! :winner:
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:D Thank you!
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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timeice Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You sir deserve being a daily deviation! Well done!
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:D Thank you!
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KlingelChelle Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
 I love it! :heart: And I will have it stuck in my head for the rest of the day!
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KlingelChelle Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew you would, that song's amazing <3

Congrats on the well-deserved DD, by the way *v*
If you turned this into an actual book, I'd definitely read it c:
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :D
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KlingelChelle Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~
Have a watch :)
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