Sep 21, 2020 3:33 PM
Lotus in Bensaylum
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Lotus didn't start the fire - that was probably the dragon, she doesn't know for sure but it's the most likely hypothesis given, you know, dragon - but she was ready for it. She had gone for the library, joining the foolhardy, heroic-minded individuals rushing in and out to save the books. She had grabbed the books she needed and then raced across the campus, heading for the teleportation circles. The building is unguarded, for once - not surprising given, you know, dragon - so she slips in. She picks the nearest circle, disrupts it so it will pick a destination at random - should make her harder to track down if that's anybody's priority given, you know, dragon - and steps in.

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Wherever she was trying to get, this place probably isn't it. It's dark out, and the moon is a waxing gibbous overhead through the leaves of the trees.

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She expected some place a bit more settled but she did say "at random". That said... It's dark out? It's was the middle of the day! Where did the sun go?

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Not here, apparently.

There is a faint glimmer of light off in the distance.

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It should be the middle of the day everywhere. That's how days work.

Light could mean people or it could mean horrible monsters, but horrible monsters come in the dark too and Lotus has the dreadful night vision endemic to humankind so she will gamble on the light being a good thing. Walk walk.

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There is a house! More of a mansion, really. It's large. Light blazes from several of the windows, despite curtains being drawn over most of them.

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A mansion could mean people, or it could mean horrifying monsters. She's leaning a bit more towards "people" now, though. She casts Tongues and finds the front door and knocks. She is still holding a stack of stolen books but they won't all fit in her bag and she has nowhere better to put them just now.

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After a few moments a young woman with dark hair opens the door. "--Ah, hello," she says, blinking in surprise.

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"Hello, I'm terribly sorry, I seem to have gotten a bit lost. Very lost, actually. I saw the lights..."

The language is unfamiliar, which would suggest she wound up teleporting way farther than planned. Not that that is new information given the part where it's inexplicably night time.

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"Oh, of course. Uh, you can probably use one of the empty guest rooms for the night, it's awfully late. Do you want to use a phone? Or the guest wifi?"

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The what or the what now. This spell was working a moment ago...

"Sorry, I didn't quite catch that last bit?"

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"...If you want to borrow someone's phone or connect to the internet to contact someone to pick you up, you can."

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"I... don't think I know what those are. A phone. Or the internet? I'm not from around here..."

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"...You speak English very well."

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"...No I don't, at least not on my own. I'm cheating."

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"Cheating?"

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"I cast tongues before I came to the door? I was studying magic. That's how I got lost."

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"You got lost by--okay, I think you want Kanimir Kozlov."

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"Oh, I'm not actually looking for another wizard right now. I just don't know what a phone or an internet is, because I'm foreign."

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"...I can't think of anywhere where they wouldn't have heard of phone or the internet."

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"Well, it is nighttime here, I'm obviously pretty lost. Uh, it isn't, where I'm from. I'm from" - uh, somewhere that wasn't just attacked by a dragon, in case someone comes looking for a book thief - "Armehil, in Ostrea. Maybe there are phones and internets in Ostrea and I've just never heard of them? I spend a lot of time studying, an internet sounds like some sort of fishing thing so it's maybe a bit outside of my experience?"

This person lives in a mansion, why has she heard of fishing things? If that's what they are.

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"...The internet is a global communications network. You wouldn't just have to be from another time zone to not have heard of it, you'd have to be from another time period."

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Oh, networked scrying orbs. That's really neat! "Global" wouldn't be her first choice of adjective for that - nor "internet" her first choice of name - but these people can call it whatever they want, she's not here to judge.

"Oh, I see, that's a really clever idea! Time travel isn't really possible and I would be really shocked if I had just stumbled upon it by accident, so it's probably not that, but... what is a "time zone"? I guess if there are places time naturally runs differently and I teleported into one of those that could explain how it's night..."

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"...A time zone is a segment of the planet where it's this time instead of however many hours earlier or later."

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"It's... a different time? In different places? How does that work?"

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"...I mean it's still, like, now, just morning or afternoon or whatever instead of the middle of the night."

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