Oct 23, 2018 8:26 PM
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cor and tias in wasteland
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"That actually sounds really plausible."

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Snort. "Well. I am good and endorsedly proud of my wing accomplishment."

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"It's a pretty good wing accomplishment!"

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Flap flap. "How do I do the Sphere thing? Do I have to learn how to fly, you seemed to have it down fast but you also speak Gatetalk for magic reasons..."

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"I dunno how long it takes people to learn to fly normally. You make a portal by, like... making one? It's not super hard but maybe I just think that because I grew up around this stuff and I already knew basically what it was all about the first time I tried it?"

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"Hmm. Is this a good place or is the topology likely to change?"

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"I've been leaving this particular mountain mostly alone so you'd have someplace to come back to that wasn't under a bunch more rock than it was when you left. I can keep doing that."

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"Thank you." Cor frowns at empty space and attempts to make a gate.

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Tias watches curiously.

It's pretty easy to figure out how to make a portal; once you're trying, it sorts itself out pretty quick.

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There it goes.

Cor goes in.

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Tias was not technically invited, but he follows anyway.

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Cor doesn't object.

They are on the front porch of a pleasantly temperate stone house with a garden full of flowers and dwarf fruit trees.

Abruptly, in straight lines each of the four cardinal directions away from the house, the landscape changes: there a sandy beach with little castles and arrangements of seashells, there what looks like a riverbank, though there isn't enough of it to see a corresponding river; there a foot of snow, gently swooping over suggested underlying shapes and dotted with bird footprints; there a layer of picturesque red-gold leaf litter. The Sphere isn't big enough to show any more than those little slices.

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"Aww!" he says, grinning. "That's really cute! If it does a whole pattern like this I bet it'll be a mess when you're a few thousand years old. But like a great mess."

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"Is it likely to cut it out after a few more squares?" he wonders.

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Shrug. "Who knows? Mine's got a whole coherent thing going on with the mountain and stuff, Dad's is literally just grass, I've heard there's somebody's that's just a big house that keeps growing more house without ever getting an outside..."

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"Does it not even have windows?"

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"I've never been there, but it didn't sound like it!"

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"Sounds like a kinda depressing house! I like mine, it's cute."

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"Is not having windows that depressing?"

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"I guess I don't know how it's lit, but I'm used to houses having plenty of windows."

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"—oh, right, light comes in windows when your sky's got a sun in it."

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"Oh, yes, I suppose that's a hidden assumption."

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"Yeah. In Aluvanna windows are more about how much you like looking at the stuff outside your house."

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"Which I'm used to but could dispense with much more easily than light!"

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He laughs.

"Come to think of it, my eyes should be killing me after all this time under an actual sun. It's probably the magical powers again."

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