Oct 23, 2018 8:26 PM
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Treble Cir lands on a very suspicious Maitimo
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- okay, but can he get Qiri to say anything.

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It's not in his first five guesses about what his host might want, no.

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He orders food for them. He tries handing Qiri things and looking very curious about the words for them. He tries pulling out a map to see if Qiri can point to where he's from.

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Qiri does say "thank you" when offered food. He doesn't recognize anything on the map.

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"Thank you" is something. He repeats it and smiles. Can Qiri draw his own map.

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If he is offered a pen he will study the pen in puzzlement till he touches the tip, notes the ink, and then, yes, starts drawing a map. It's not a very good map, and it's pretty small scale - a river wider than a line, some individual mountains.

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If he gestures at the things on the map will he name them?

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Yes! It might be the names of the individual features; there are no shared syllables between this river and that river.

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....well, this might be slow going but that's not nothing. He tries to act very pleased whenever Qiri talks. 

 

He pulls up video of Qiri and the other human arriving in the bunker and plays it on the screen on the wall.

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Qiri does not have anything to say about that to someone he hasn't yet figured out is trying to learn his language. He just double-takes until he figures out that he's looking at the past, then glowers a bit at Huo as he expires.

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He points at Qiri. "Qiri?"

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"Yes?"

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And if he points at the other person?

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"Master Huo."

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He now has like six words of vocabulary. He lists them all. "Zhi Qiri, yes, thank you, Master Huo..."

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That isn't a sentence. "I don't understand."

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Delighted! "Zhi Qiri, yes, thank you, Master Huo. I don't understand!"

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"- wait, you want to learn Yisi? I'm the one who - everyone here speaks whatever you speak, don't they?"

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What a happy Elf. "You want to learn Yisi? Want to learn Yisi? Learn Yisi?"

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"I have no idea how to teach you my language! I barely speak it, no one talks to me!"

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He has no idea what that means but repeats it slowly.

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"I - uh - you're pronouncing everything right?"

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Can he elicit vocabulary now?

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Yes, if he points at things Qiri will name them, albeit sometimes as "grey... thing???" if he doesn't have a word for the object.

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He's happy enough with that. He'll use the viewscreen to give himself more things to point at. Does Qiri recognize any of these locations? 

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