Apr 18, 2019 2:22 PM
A Mal falls through a portal into Periodicity
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Mel is keeping her head down, trailing near the middle of the caravan, keeping her bags extremely close at hand (her charms are in there. It won't be automatically disastrous if they're discovered, but it might be).

She's working herself up to trail after the two probably-Wizard-spies who joined the caravan earlier when suddenly the ground isn't there anymore. 

Mel falls with an 'eep', instinctively curling around her bag to reduce the chance of her charms getting too jostled. 

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Friedrich grins as the air ahead of him swirls. He looks back to where he thinks Jana is perched in a tree.

"Look!" he calls gesturing at the anomaly.

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Jana looks up from tending to her rifle, and blinks at the swirling air.

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Through falls a very startled human in somewhat old fashioned traveling clothes, desperately clutching a cloth bag. She almost lands on her feet, having fallen straight down, but stumbles and falls backwards.

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Jana drops out of her tree, banishing her cloak, rifle not quite pointed at the girl. "What did you do?" she asks Friedrich.

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"I have no idea!" Friedrich says brightly. "But isn't it fascinating!"

He takes a step forward. "Hello!"

(As friendly as he's being, he's not completely unguarded in his approach.)

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"Ah!" she says. She doesn't recognize what they're saying - but it doesn't sound like gibberish, is that another language - maybe wizards have a secret language, did they do the portal and why -

"Where am I?" she asks

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"Uh...Jana?" Friedrich glances over at her, a little lost. He's good at languages, but...

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Jana rolls her eyes before closing them briefly, taking a deep breath, and noticeably sharpening her focus. She carefully runs the words she just heard over in her head, twisting sound around them, discerning their meaning. When she speaks again, she should be understandable.

"You are in Lord Kravitz's fief," she says, with almost frozen calm.

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"I'm sorry, I don't recognize that name. I was on the road from Wulfshaven, along the Upland Route to Five Corners when the ground just - vanished."

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Jana extends the sound to cover Friedrich as well - she would prefer not to have to carry this conversation alone. She repeats the places the girl just said.

"None of them are familiar to me," she says, tilting her head at Friedrich.

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"Certainly not on any maps I've ever seen," Friedrich agrees, also now perfectly understandable. "I do appear to have accidentally kidnapped you. Apologies."

(The disturbance in the air has vanished.)

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"...Kidnapped me how. And - the inhabited world isn't that big, Wulfshaven is on all the maps of the Inner Lands."

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Friedrich frowns, and then holds up one finger. "Moment please."

He moves over to where two travelling bags are leant against the base of a tree and starts rummaging around in them.

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Jana looks back at him. "Are you honestly-?"

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Friedrich makes a triumphant sound as he pulls out a map, and spreads it out to scrutinise. "No, no Wulfshaven. And I've never heard any of this area be referred to as 'the Inner Lands'."

(Jana shakes her head in amazement.)

"As for the how...well. I mean. You did drop out of midair. And I was messing around with trying to get an element to do long distance transport so we don't have to walk all the way to Kravitzholm."

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"I did suggest buying horses," Jana says smoothly. "You said it wasn't worth the cost."

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"Are you wizards?" This could be the opportunity of a lifetime, or the death of her - wizards aren't exactly known for being nice.

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"That's not a word I've heard used for it before," Friedrich comments, tilting his head.

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Jana takes a step back, and both her shadow, and the shadows of the trees around them seem to shift and warp. "Doesn't necessarily mean it isn't...accurate. Depending on what it is being used to mean?"

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She is mildly startled. "Wizards do magic." She scrambles to her feet. "If you're really wizards, will you teach me? I've already taught myself how to make charms, I'm a hard worker, I won't be any bother at all."

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"...Charms? You don't need charms to do magic. Jana?"

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Jana isn't visible any more, although the shadows seems maybe the tiniest bit out of shape if you're looking very closely.

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She reappears on the other side of the girl. "You just need focus, and patience. And an understanding of your element."

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"...Charms are needed for magic where I'm from. Some at least, there's other magic items. But you've never even heard of Wulfshaven - maybe traditions are different here? But if all it took was focus, patience and understanding the wizards wouldn't be able to keep magic from the Steerswomen."

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Jana turns to Friedrich, and stalks towards him. "What did you do? Because the more I hear, the more this feels...off."

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