May 29, 2020 3:21 PM
Naomi is stranded in Hyrule
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"Could make more money. Could go exploring. Or! Or! We could spend more time getting to know one another."

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"All good options. I've learned to go with the flow, but I don't actually know much of anything about you yet. What are you supposed to do to get to know someone, anyway? ...I guess I met one of my best friends by getting insulted and trounced in an archery contest. Hard to start worse than that."

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"Well, what do you want to know? I did well in school, got involved in some," illegal, "Matrix hacking projects in high school, I made some hacker friends that way, one thing led to another and I ended up in a big city killing deadly magical insects."

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"So you know a lot about 'hacking'- Wait where's the guar- The thing you took over?"

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"I left it in the woods." She goes to check on it.

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The Guardian is right where she left it.

"Huh. Actually, do you mind if we get it to Purah? Sneakily if possible. It's... Making me nervous. The lab is on the top of that bluff." Link points to a tall, tall hill that rises to the east of town, with a winding path up the side. What looks like some kind of ramshackle observatory is visible at the top.

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"Could do! Want me to take it up the road?"

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"Hmm, okay, so, which is worse, bringing a Guardian through a populated area and trying to keep people from panicking or taking a long detour through possibly slightly monstery terrain... When I put it like that, it's obvious. Would you mind piloting it north and then east? Think it could go through a lake? If we skirt close to the Lanayru mountains there's a little cliff you could drop it over and then it'll be right next to a path down to the ocean that snakes around close to the top of the bluff. I mean, it would take a little while, though."

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"I've seen other ones go through rain, but I'm not sure if it would continue to work if it was fully submerged in water."

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"If it can't swim, Lake Sumac is bordered on sheer cliffs to the north and goes all the way down to some farmland in the south, so that won't work... I don't know if they can swim either. Hmmmm. I guess we could test it."

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"Sure. I guess we can use the parts to help make a harness if the electronics fizzle. The material didn't look like it would rust easily."

 

Naomi finds a safe place to pass out that's near water and in Link's eyeshot. Then she moves the Guardian toward her. It dips its limb in the water gingerly.

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It doesn't seem to do the machine any harm.

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Awesome! Full speed ahead. 

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Link clings to the top of it as it heads into the lake!

...It sinks straight to the bottom, so she's swimming before long. A soaking wet Link walks back to Naomi and tries to nudge her awake.

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Once the Guardian has come close enough to her prone form she'll sit up. "... when we go inside we should ask for a towel."

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"These are adventure clothes, they dry out just fine. And I don't mind being wet even if I'm fifteen pounds heavier now. It's almost like endurance training. It's just, I'm guessing you can't swim across a lake?"

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"I can't, that's right."

 

Naomi climbs to the top of the bluff before diving back into the Guardian, which continues all the way across the lake, this time. That path down to the ocean sure is pretty.

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Link follows after the Guardian by climbing up high and gliding, then points the way around until they're both standing at the entrance of the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab. That athleticism has to be magic, somehow.

"Ready to meet Purah?"

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She's already reaching to knock on the door.

"Can't wait!"

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An older looking man holding a book answers the door. He has glasses, something not seen on anyone else in this world so far, and dresses more like the Kakariko villagers than the Hateno ones or anyone else Naomi has met. The interior of the building has a bunch of strange looking things in it, and the back wall is lined with bookshelves.

"...Excuse me, who might you be?"

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"I'm Naomi! I hear you'd be interested in buying Guardians."

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He jumps. "What! Ahem." He peers around her a bit. "Oh, Link is with you. That explains such an outrageous offer. I'm Symin."

"She has something that's like the Sheikah Slate, but not, and it let her steal it back from Ganon!" Link cheerfully explains.

"I... See. I'm sure that's quite fascinating but our budget is, ah..."

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"Hi Symin! I have one parked out back, I can show you if you'd like."

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"My own research is more along the lines of Sheikah Sensors... But if you're sure it's safe, Link?" She nods. "Very well. I'm going to have many questions about this soon."

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She takes them out back. The Guardian has folded most of its legs on the ground. Two of them are covering the eye, as a human might cover their face. "I changed the ownership so it's not hostile, but I haven't tested how that interacts with the Blood Moon yet. But they should still be good for parts and experiments -- probably better than most ancient materials you come across, since the technology is still functional. If you'd like I could keep acquiring them and sending them to you for rupees."

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