Jun 17, 2019 3:48 AM
A Mal falls through a portal into Periodicity
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"Depending on your definition," Jana smirks. "So far any embodiments have been content to quietly exist without turning anything on its head."

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"That is one improvement over wizards."

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"What do these wizards of yours even do? Just pointlessly menace the surrounding civilians?"

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"Some of them do disaster relief and stuff," she concedes. "And the wizard of Donner keeps the dragons in check. I think the one where I lived was known for being exceptionally awful?"

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"Okay, that perhaps makes more sense for them not somehow being overthrown."

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"Plus, they have magic. We have, at best, swords. That most people don't know how to use."

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"...what do you do if a bandit besets you?"

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"...There aren't many, unless you're near the Outskirts? And then there's, like, guards and stuff in the towns. And for caravans. Traveling alone's pretty rare, I had to avoid the major roads when I was on my own."

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"...That seems. Peculiar to me. I mean. There's not many around, but... It's just sensible to have some form of combat training. Quite aside from bandits just... Do you not have regular unsavoury peoples in your...towns and cities?"

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"Yeah, we've got unsavory types. That's mostly what the guards are for? I know how to throw a punch, and the unsavory types aren't using swords, either. Everyone's mostly equally unarmed."

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"So long as you're able to defend yourself," Jana says.

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"We can teach you to do more than throw a punch if you like though. Us military types know all sorts of nasty tricks that people don't expect, armed or not."

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"That'd be great. I'm hardly the strongest person in my village... And knowing how to use a proper weapon wouldn't hurt."

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"Well, it's definitely something we can do!" Friedrich assures her.

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"Knives," Jana muses cryptically. "Along with swords and hand-to-hand. But we should rest. I can't imagine you had a shorter day than us before Fritz accidentally dropped you on us?"

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"Nah, I'd been walking all day."

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"...Then we should probably let you sleep! I could do with some as well. Sharing, Jan?"

Jana nods.

"Alright, we'll take the room through there," he points behind him. "There should be a washstand in your room, the water'll be cold right now, but it'll do the job, we can get warm water in the morning. Or- Is there a bathhouse here, Jan?"

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Jana stretches. "If there isn't, I will be ensuring more of our fee is returned to us."

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"Thanks. Sleep sounds good, and I don't mind cold water."

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"Sleep well," Friedrich says as he and Jana disappear into the room he indicated, taking their bags with them.

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She does. This bed is a lot more comfortable than her old one.

The next morning, she wanders out into the main room, yawning sleepily.

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Friedrich is busy eating breakfast - what looks like an assortment of cold meats and breads - with another plate still sat on the table.

"G'morning," he greets. "Jana's out doing...something, but she'll be back shortly. Breakfast," he indicates the plate.

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"Mornin'," she mumbles, then dives into the offered breakfast. 

Yawn, then: "You mentioned warm water?"

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He grins slightly. "If you're done eating I'll show you down to the bathhouse?" he offers.

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