Jun 20, 2018 7:30 AM
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The fish is mostly normal, but there's a subtle under-flavor, something bitter and almost metal, that she's never tasted before. 

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...she kind of needs to eat more than just cake but she'll pick at the fish kind of slowly while she skims another book for food.

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Out of all the books, Poisonwood contains the most mundane food. There's no magic in this story, but there are long descriptions of family meals.

She can get chicken, eggs, bread, milk, butter, salt, beans, yams, bananas, plantains, oranges, manioc, and fish.

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Oh good! She will have beans and eggs and a banana.

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They taste exactly like they should.

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Good. She's not gonna starve! Hurray.

She shuffles through more crumbly floor looking for a place to set down Cathei.

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There's nowhere inside the library itself, but the library does have a silver door.

She could probably walk through it.

 

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Sure, why not.

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Beyond the library, there is a hallway.

It starts out entirely overtaken by silver, but the total amount of silver fades the farther down the hall she goes.

This place is quite large. She passes dozens of empty rooms, but near the end of the hall there's a cluster that seems meant to be lived in.

There's an intact sitting room, three bedrooms, each with an attached restroom, and something that's probably a kitchen though the only immediately recognizable bits are the dishes, cutlery, and cooking knives.

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She doesn't recognize much in the bathroom either. She puts Cathei, who is too young to roll yet, on a bed, and goes around poking things, eventually in the spirit of experimentation nudging a tap.

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Nothing comes out of the tap.

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She didn't know enough about what she was expecting to be disappointed. She explores further.

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The place continues to look completely unused.

It's dimmer in this part of the building. The light that filtered down through the silver to light the library can not reach as easily here.

There's a small infirmary, though it would be difficult for Rabka to recognize. It contains two closed capsules, each big enough for a human to lie down in. There's an exercise room that's full of unfamiliar equipment. There are three rooms small rooms that are empty except for a single, comfortable chair. They all have black walls. 

There's a gigantic chamber at the very end of the hallway. It's tall enough for most full sized trees and long enough that you'd have to shout to be heard from the far wall.

There are no windows in any of the rooms.

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Funky house. Can she find an exit?

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There's a spiral staircase leading upwards. It is completely silver. 

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Yeah okay.

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The first stair crumbles under her foot when she tries to step on it.

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Rats.

Anything she could use as a ladder, elsewhere in the house?

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She could make it part of the way up with some of the gym equipment, but it wouldn't take her all the way.

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And it looks hard to stack.

She takes the books into the room where Cathei is and flops down to nurse some more while she's giving them a more careful read for useful contents.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland contains a variety of strange magical objects and magical people. This includes a woman made of soap, a blue boy who can potentially grant wishes, and a wyvern who can fly. The magical objects are largely more interesting than useful, but she could read to life a flute that makes everyone listening fall asleep, a bucket of water that never empties, or a mirror that lets you see the person you love most. The book also mentions several large libraries at various points.

These False Stars is the story of a city that was stolen and pulled underground. It tells the story of a surface dweller and their many adventures with the cities various denizens of this place. There is less obvious magic in this story, though if she wished she could acquire a box full of sunlight. Sunlight seems to be mildly addictive, though possibly only for people who have never seen the sun. She could also acquire a talking cat or a golem who obeys any orders they are given. This story would also be a good source of weapons and ships. 

Reversals tells the story of a minor god, Kahou. On rare occasions humans will summon minor gods and bind them to human children, to get access to the demon's powers. The children are universally loathed, but tolerated for the advantage they bring. Kahou befriends and comes to love the child he is bound within. When the child is murdered, he chooses to remain in the mortal realm. He goes on a quest to rescue the other children and protect them from those who would use or kill them. There are many descriptions of plant and wildlife in this story along with some descriptions of food. A ladder is used once. 

Poisonwood is the story of a missionary and his family. It follows the youngest daughter and describes the discord in the family and the dangers and troubles they endure while living in a place that's very far from home. This book is a good source of food. It also takes the time to describe a lot of everyday objects, soap, hot water, beds, shoes, among others. Rope is used several times. It also mentions cars, which might be a good transportation method.

Periapt tells the story of a world that killed itself with magic. It is possible for anyone in this setting to create powerful magical artifacts, but overreach you turn into a monster. The more powerful the object you tried to create, the more powerful the monster. Several magic users overstretched and became monsters that destroyed civilization. The book contains many potentially useful magical artifacts including a pair of wearable wings that enable flight, a mosaic of the sun that makes it permanently summer in a mile radius, and a pendant that protects the wearer from all decay and injury.

 Keter Class Anomaly tells the story of an organization that collects and secures strange and powerful artifacts and people. One of them escapes and threatens to destroy the world. Most of the anomalies mentioned in the book are dangerous and hostile, but there are a few potentially useful ones. These include a bell that summons a perfectly obedient butler named Mr. Deeds, a pizza box that will generate the holder's preferred choice of pizza, and a machine that can or refine or break down anything placed inside, though the exact results are unpredictable.  

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She isn't sure where to put a library because she's not sure how much architecture will come along, but it's probably a good idea if she can find the exit. She dog-ears pages with good stuff on them.

When Cathei is done eating she goes and crumbles the stairs she can reach out of the way and tries to read up a ladder.

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The ladder appears. 

It isn't tall enough, only reaching about half of the way to the top of the stairs. 

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Well damn. Can she make a longer one by adding some adjectives when she reads?

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That doesn't work. When she tries that, no ladder appears at all.

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