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Dec 17, 2018 5:29 AM
the continuing adventures of Darya in Shift
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Libraries can be dangerous like that.

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While everyone is having fun. Many guild members are also busy. In the triplets' case. They lift a chunk of glacial ice and make it permanent and light-then-air. Thus, the town got a new set of airship docks.

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Darya takes a minor break from the library so that she and Thecia can watch the triplets at work - it is, after all, always a pleasure to see new things being built.

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The end result is like a couple of snowflakes floating on top of one another, connected by a tower-like cylinder in the middle. The triplets are doing the heavy part of creating and floating large chunks of ice, but local mages are adding finishing touches, the bottom snowflake is already being covered by cold-adapted vegetation when Darya first checks on the work. Though finishing the structure takes most of the visit's duration. By the end of it they have an architectural style much similar to the city's, but made out of ice instead of stone.

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It's amazing! Almost as impressive as the library! (...Books are pretty much always going to win in Darya's eyes.)

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It's a tough competition, indeed.

On the final night they have a fancy dinner celebrated on the new port. Everyone in the guild is invited but no one is obliged to go.

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-She might regret it, but she'll go. She can stick close to Theo.

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Theo is well aware of this and stirs away from the larger crowds. He is still fairly attention getting, but his grandmother runs interference and helps with keeping the most overwhelming guests away from them. It's a fairly peaceful affair, the sort of event meant for upper class people to socialize/show off.

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And of course, not everyone in the guild has to stay until the end. DoesDaryawanttoleaveearly?

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-Yes. Please. It is still a bit too overwhelming, even with people running interference.

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Yes, introverts leaving early is one of humanity's most ancient traditions. Away they go.

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Thank goodness. Well, she supposes she better get a good night's sleep before they have to leave.

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Specially now that they are taking back so many new books. Sofia is so happy about the new books.

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She isn't the only one, Darya's pretty chuffed as well.

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Routine returns to normal. Darya is called to easy off pain during various things. Sometimes during emergencies, sometimes not.

The past few days, Darya was stationed in a mid-sized island because of a pregnant merchant who experienced intense labor pains in the past. With Darya's help the procedure goes smoothly.

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And, having ensured everything goes smoothly, Darya contacts Theo, to let him know that he and Thecia will be heading home.

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Theo, through the guild's communicator, tells Darya that he is glad. Stationing a mage for several days was kinda of excessive in his opinion, but if a merchant wants to make them richer Theo isn't going to complain.

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Oh, hush, Darya had been more than happy to help.

-Wait, was that a scream?

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Yup, over there way, there is a fellow in his Ventari form screaming at the top of his lungs. While people watch confused... until he lunges at someone and tries to cut them with a large knife.

The communicator messages back <did you think something about a scream?>

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<-something's wrong.>

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There is in fact, a group of peculiar people. Not only are they distinctly abnormal in their appearance, one or two of them have metal visible through their skin. Their clothes are alien, and some of their weapons are as well.

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"Star?!" one of them says abruptly, eyes fixed on Darya and Thecia.

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<Some kind of emergency?>

Someone jumps in front of Wrath and tries to breath fire on her. Whatever was afflicting the first person appears to be spreading.

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She laughs as her skin blackens under the onslaught of flames, and shifts forward and-

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"Stop!" the boy who'd spoken before says, heading towards Darya.

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