Jun 22, 2021 1:25 PM
An Althea and an Ev in Tenebre
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The market in Anluere was widely known as a place where you could find all sorts of strange things. Rare books, godtouched animals, and a wide variety of novel clockwork mechanisms were all common to find, there.

Giant snakes with mirrors for faces were fairly unusual – most godtouched animals didn't have any unusual physical traits, except for the mark. For one to spontaneously appear in midair, though, was entirely unprecedented.

Despite the unexpected nature of its appearance, most of the passersby seemed to have a cached reaction; that is, they quickly ran away screaming. Airta froze, instead.

That was probably a large part of the reason the snake ate her.

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She finds herself: on the floor of somewhere grassy.

It's also quite pleasant and calm, with a cool breeze passing over her and a few noises from what are presumably nearby people, and– some small whooshing noise.

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That's a much better result than she would have expected from being eaten by a giant godtouched snake, really.

She should probably get up and figure out where she is.

 

Is the grass short enough that she can see nearby people without fully standing up? She's a bit weak in the knees right now.

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Yes it is! … In fact, the whooshing noise was probably coming from over by that girl over there! The one who seems to be slightly confused by something and who's turning around to look in her directly right now.

It seems like she was playing with fire or something – Airta probably noticed a flame just going out.

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"Pardon me for intruding."

Her language seems to dislike singular vowels and consonants. It's elegant, somewhat harsh-sounding, and very clearly foreign.

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Well, the other girl blinks a few times on seeing her, and then says something in her own language, making it very clear that she doesn't understand the one that was just used. She looks rather confused.

Her language seems vaguely Germanic, if that's a reference that's available for comparison.

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It's not. Airta would be startled, except she has used up all of her startled for the day.

She lays her head back down on the grass. "I seem to be lost." The way her voice is shaking should convey something, even if the words don't.

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The other girl tries another language – or at least, probably tries another language, because it sounds different, slightly more flowing – and then points at herself and says, "Ev."

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The now-covered-in-grass mysterious stranger sits up again, facing Ev. She puts her hand up to her neck, and says, "Airta." For a moment she seems like she might say something else, but only a moment.

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Ev looks at her, says, "Airta," and then points at the ground and looks confused.

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How do you even begin to explain 'I was teleported here by a giant snake with a mirror for a face' to someone you don't even share a language with?

Airta looks confused. She makes a confused noise. She makes an unfamiliar gesture that can be assumed to have something to do with confusion.

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Ev nods, trying to make it clear that this means she understands. Then she shuts her eyes for a moment and focuses.

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Airta scrambles to her feet quickly, and starts backing away. Her blessing isn't indicating that there's any danger, but she didn't sense any danger before the snake appeared, either, and this girl's blessing is something to do with fire.

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And then a small flame, about an inch in diameter, appears about a meter in front of Ev! She opens her eyes and frowns slightly at Airta, but indicates the flame with her head and looks questioning.

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Oh.

Airta nods slightly, and makes a brief, affirmative noise.

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Ev nods and then– looks over at the town, checking for people, and finding none decides that they might as well try learning a language!

"I am Ev," she says, pointing at herself. "You are Airta."

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Airta gestures to herself, "Am," she gestures to Ev, "Are?"

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"I," she points to herself. "You," she points to Airta. "I am," she points to herself again, then finishes, "Ev." Point at Airta. "You are Airta."

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"I am Airta," she says. She pauses briefly, then asks, "You am, I are?"

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"I am," she points to herself. "You are."

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She gives an unsurprised nod, and looks at Ev expectantly.

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She points at the ground – trying to make it clear that it's the ground by also pointing in a circle around her, not just directly down – and says, "Ground," then picks up a piece of grass and says, "Grass." At herself, "Person." At Airta, "Person."

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At the mention of grass, her attention turns to her dress. It's much greener than it was an hour ago. She spends a moment or two brushing away any prominent pieces of grass that are still stuck to it away, muttering, "Grass..."

Then she turns her body a little bit, so that Ev can see the nape of her neck. There's a small icon drawn in slightly luminescent purple lines drawn on her skin there, looking a bit like a book. Or an eye. She gestures towards it, and makes an inquisitive noise.

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"Tattoo?" she says, hesitantly. She flicks her own hair away and turns her head to show her own neck – it's blank of any mark.

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"Ev tattoo are," she says, and makes a noise and a gesture evocative of fire. Then she makes an inquisitive noise. She seems fond of those.

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"… Magic?" she asks. She points at her skin and at Airta's neck and says, "Tattoo," then focuses to summon fire again and says, "Magic fire."

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