Oct 21, 2018 10:24 PM
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a portal to brithombar in a red district
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It's lightly raining. There are Elves about; one of them calls Faerval. 

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Nelen thanks that one. The reds do not have umbrellas; they just are rained on.

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There are some naked Elves dancing in the rain down a cross street but most Elves have umbrellas.

 

Faerval has an umbrella when she comes. "Hi! You brought a friend! I'm Faerval. ...you didn't bring an umbrella. Let's duck inside." And she opens the door to the nearest building.

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"I don't have an umbrella," says Nelen. "And we didn't know it was raining here. This is Samfek."

Samfek ducks her head politely.

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The nearest building appears to be a kids' craft store! It contains kids; in a corner some of them are making a mess.

 

Faerval fetches a towel and offers it. "Did your people like the rules?"

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"I still think it will be complicated," says Nelen, "but better than home. Samfek is old enough that no one will be suspicious if we say she's died of old age. She's a retired organizer. We were thinking she could move here first and organize for reds who move here after."

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"Okay! That sounds good. Do you know where you want to stay, Samfek?"

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"No," says Samfek, "I don't know anything about available apartments here."

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"Okay. Well, I can get you a tour but maybe when it's not raining. They're all really pretty."

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"Nelen mentioned that was a concern of your people."

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"I know someone who designed some of the buildings. They spent forty years on it. It's the kind of thing you can't not get right."

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"I think you'd be unhappy on our side of the portal," says Nelen.

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"We can close our eyes and sing. If we ever need to go there for some reason."

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"You probably won't need to."

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"That sounds more convenient."

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"I don't need a lot of space," says Samfek. "I'm not very good with stairs any more these days, though, if that matters to the apartments."

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"We can get you a ground floor one. Dwarves have these - vertical trolley things? But Brithombar doesn't have those."

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"Elevators," says Nelen. "We have them but they're a little hard to maintain, some red buildings don't have ones that work."

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"They seem clever but there aren't really Elves who have trouble with stairs so it hasn't come up."

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"They're faster, at least for going up a lot of floors, but this is a short city."

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"Do you like it?"

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"It's pretty," Nelen says. "It takes a lot of walking to get places though."

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