Jun 24, 2021 5:12 PM
At least there's always Milliways.
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They mutter and convert that into units they're more used to.

It's a bit high compared to the impression they got from books in Milliways, they say, but still a remarkably good deal compared to a full geological survey.

"Yes. Deal."

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She stares at nothing for a while.

"Yeah, I see what you're looking for. Want me to draw it on your map or some scratch paper or just try to explain it in words?"

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Maps are always good. They have a few dozen copies of this one. These British types love their maps.

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She draws. "If you want better resolution than that you can pay extra and get me a bigger map."

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They feel vaguely cheated. That was fast and they have a background expectation that random scribbling on maps is worthless. (Scribbling by a woman no less, though that objection has largely disappeared since the frost, since any strong hand is useful.)

But it's not a bad deal, really, they hand over the money and then go to find Valanda to talk about mining rights.

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He's in the tent that isn't Milliways anymore.

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And here is someone speaking in childish Hari asking if part of their land allocation can go over here instead, or if maybe they can buy mining rights.

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"Sure, you can have that spot instead of... where exactly don't you want as much?"

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They'll shrink how far up the river they'll go, probably.

Any objection if they build a road between the iron mine site and the town site, but still don't own any of that land? Once they start making money and thriving, more land will be up for sale, yes?

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"I don't object to a road there but if you're building it on public land I'd like you to let anyone use it."

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Of course, anyone can use the road they build on public land. It'll be about fifteen miles long, and not really useful for anything except getting from New Dover to New Dover Iron Mines.

If they build a bridge on town land they can charge a toll or subscription or something though?

A road between New Dover and whatever he's going to name this city would be a good idea eventually, but that can probably wait a while.

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"Yep, you can charge whatever you want for any use of your land. I would like a road that goes from the state capital to New Dover, if you don't build it I'll probably get around to having that done, but it's not my first priority."

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If they build it, they'd like to get paid to build it. Please contact them when you start seeking bids for the project.

And thanks for welcoming them to the continent! He should come see New Dover in a week or two, they'll have made some good progress by then!

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"I would love to, thank you!"

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Out they go, to go sit and talk with the others waiting for that force mage, then.

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An agerah stops by to ask who designed those weird clothes they're wearing that don't look like anything she's ever seen a caralendar or human wear.

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Some of them are actually not sure where exactly they originally got their clothes. Hand-me-downs, hand-patched, the heavy cloaks were designed by Rolf over there to resist cold and hold tools without impeding movement. This definitely isn't London high fashion, though, they won't be able to get back to that for a while. (Nice hat, by the way.)

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They should let her know when they're ready to start working on London high fashion again! Isn't fashion great.

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It kind of took a back seat to not starving or freezing to death for a while.

This lady can't wait to get back to making dresses and skirts again, mending clothes is so depressing...

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They can have a very long conversation about that if they want.

And eventually their force mage is ready to fly them to New Dover.

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And they all - or most of them, anyway - get to work.

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