Dec 13, 2018 12:44 PM
loki falls on the grandmaster
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"So when you get inside all you got to do is claim an empty room and she'll give you a key and you're good to go. All of the really good rooms are taken of course, but there are plenty of decent ones still."

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"And standard ways to earn a ticket out include...?"

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"You can win one in a game or earn enough money to buy one. They're pricey though. Not many people want to come all the way out here."

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"What're the big ticket jobs in town, then?"

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"Doing anything for the Grandmaster. Being an enforcer, they're the people who stop small time murders and major theft and kidnapping and the like, but you have to be pretty strong. Anyone who can fix the stuff the scavengers bring in can make some decent money. Then they're people with businesses that've took off. Winning the games can make you rich quick but that's not really a job."

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"Well, I don't have to be that quick, I'm not wanted at home for a couple years."

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"You can probably manage a ticket just by scavenging in a few years, if you don't buy anything else really."

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"I'll keep that in mind."

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They reach the city and the silver shuttle stops abruptly, the momentum jerking Loki forward. 

"Sorry!" the guy says, he seems to have been unmoved by the force.

"I forgot about that!"

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"I'm fine. Forgot about what?"

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"Momentum. When I'm carrying normal people I'm supposed to slow to a stop. I always forget."

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"I'm unharmed. Carry on."

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"I've parked in the scrapyard since I've gotta unload all the stuff I picked up but I can give you directions to the welcome area if you want?"

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"Sure, thank you. How convenient that there is one."

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"We get new people often enough that'd it'd be crazy if there wasn't!"

He gives her directions. They mostly amount to 'leave the city and come back in via the big really obvious entrance'.

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"I think I can manage that, thanks."

She does this.

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The city's main entrance is an elegant amber arch. 

The aesthetic is slightly broken by the neon sign attached to the top of the arch saying, 'Clueless? Come this way!' in flashing lights. 

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There's an aesthetic to the neon signs. It is not hers, but it's an aesthetic.

She goes through the arch.

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Beyond, there's a spacious foyer. There are a series of small fountains along the edge, that shoot perfect arcs of gleaming not-water at each other at rhythmic intervals. The liquid always lands perfectly at its intended destination, without a drop spilled. 

There's a half circle of desks in the center of the foyer, where a dozen employees talk to a dozen different residents. There's a short line. 

A neon sign, color matching the room's water features, hangs above the desk reading: 

Welcome Staff. 

Here for SOME of your problems. 

 

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Loki gets in line.

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After about ten minutes, she reaches the front of the line and an elderly man waves her over to his desk.

"Hello," he says warmly, "How can I help you today?"

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"Hi, I'm new. I'd like a room and whatever passes for a classifieds."

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"Welcome to Tulmire. I'm sorry you've gotten stuck here, but I hope you'll enjoy it here anyway."

He pulls out a folder from a cubby next to his desk and hands it over.

"This is the standard introductory packet. It should answer most of your questions, but feel free to come back if it doesn't. The official classified ads are inside but it they mostly only have the jobs that are always open, like salvagers. There are a few more specialized listings, the business district has a masterlist of the all of the restaurants looking for new waiters and the shops looking for assistants that is usually mostly up to date, and I can point you in the right direction if you have any idea what you might want to do."

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Hmm.

"I can do a little magic. And I'm an Asgardian, if you know anything about Asgardians."

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"I don't," he says apologetically. 

"Someone here might, but there are hundreds of thousands of worlds out there. What kind of magic can you do?"

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