Aug 18, 2018 4:25 PM
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Weird. But apparently trustworthy.

They get to a much larger space, with more of the large furry creatures. Eliko is immediately mobbed by several of the smaller ones, all licking excitedly.

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That's sort of cute.

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Once sufficient pets have been distributed, she manages to push the cubs off. She sets her feet, knees slightly bent, hands held out with palms up, and lifts. A bench-like slab rises out of the ground, and she sits down on one end.

One of the more excitable cubs rears back and claps with its front paws, creating a sloped incline next to Eliko, which it clambers up to lay its head in her lap.

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That's cute and interesting. Tarinda stands back, staring curiously.

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Pet pet.

"My name is Eliko," she says, pointing at herself. "These are badgermoles," indicating the creatures.

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"Tarinda," Tarinda says, pointing at herself. "Badgermoles?" she attempts to pronounce, pointing at one.

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"Badgermole," she says slowly, sounding it out. "One badgermole," point, "many badgermoles," sweep to indicate room.

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"One badgermole, many badgermoles. One -" She holds up one finger, then holds up two and tilts her head.

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"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten," counting on fingers. Flash all ten then one, "eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty. Twenty-one. Thirty."

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"Twenty-two, twenty-three...?"

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Nod. "Yes."

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"Ten tens?"

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"One hundred."

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Nod. She makes a gesture that might be trying to encourage Eliko.

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Right, what else...

"Hand. Finger. I have two hands. I have ten fingers. A badgermole has four paws."

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Tarinda nods along. Points at parts of her body and her clothes and armaments to elicit vocabulary for them.

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Words can be provided.

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Tarinda never seems to need to have anything repeated for her, but can't produce words Eliko hasn't given her.

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Can she pick up grammar if Eliko makes up sentences with the words they've used?

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Yes she can. She formulates questions and tries statements.

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Good. When they run low on local objects, she starts doing little raised doodles in the ground.

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Doodles, okay, cool! Tarinda can doodle too, although she does not have magic powers and has to draw with her finger in the dirt.

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She draws four elemental symbols and points at the flame.

"I am from Fire. Where are you from?"

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"I'm from Mars. Not these."

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A sketch of a map: one central continent, a few island chains, two landmasses at the top and bottom.

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