Jan 21, 2019 6:52 PM
Kaldrin and Quiliun in Revelation
Permalink

Kaldrin and Quiliun have been in this world a few weeks. They haven't drawn any attention to themselves. 

Kaldrin has, carefully, summoned a fairy and an angel. 

He's sure that he doesn't have a soul to steal. 

He finds a bit of wilderness with a clear bit of ground, a fifteen-minute walk from a rarely used hiking trail.

He draws the standard angel summoning circle, swapping in demon for angel everywhere it appears. 

Total: 159
Posts Per Page:
Permalink

"- hello!" says the demon who catches this circle. "Cool, no gag. What can I do for you?"

Permalink

"I'm curious about hell," he says, smiling.

"If you're willing to spend an hour telling me about hell, I'll give you five recipes for baked goods with a rarely used spice called ikiaric.  I have cookies made with it, to prove it's worth it."

He offers Cam a cookie in a ziploc bag. 

Permalink

...Cam accepts a cookie. He tastes it.

"So where're you from?" he asks, when he's done chewing his first bite.

Permalink

The dominating flavor is one he's never tasted before. It's a sweet gentle flavor, closer to nutmeg than chocolate, but not really like either. 

"A town called Nanth. I'd be very surprised if you'd ever heard of it."

Permalink

"No kidding. I am happy to spend an hour telling you about Hell for your recipes, but I'd also really like to know more about Nanth and its environs."

Permalink

"That seems fair."

He sits down on the ground, crossing his legs. 

"Though I don't think telling you about Nanth will get you what you want to know. The short answer as to why I know so many languages is that other worlds exist and it's possible, though tricky, to access them if you know what you're doing."

Permalink

"I mean, I knew that, I just thought summoning and concordances were it, you know?"

Permalink

He nods.

"Yes, of course, other worlds besides those three. An infinite number as far as I can tell though maybe it runs out eventually."

Permalink

"What makes you suspect it's infinite?"

Permalink

"I know there are so many that it stops making sense to count. I don't know enough about the secret inner workings of the universes to know exactly where they come from, but at some point, infinity starts seeming likely." 

Permalink

"How'd you find out about all this? Should we be expecting a lot of dimensionauts?"

Permalink

"Complicated magic."

He smiles.

"And that's not me being intentionally vague, I promise. I really don't understand it any better than that right now. But, it's possible to learn things while using the complicated magic and if you think something is important you can focus on bringing it back afterward. And no, there are probably easier ways to travel between universes than the one we used to get here, but we don't know about them yet. I and my friend are just exploring."

Permalink

"I don't think I understand your sentence about it being possible to learn things - what things? Bringing them back how?"

Permalink

"I'd hoped to avoid getting into a long discussion about how exactly magic works, but I suppose it's unfair of me to summon you and not explain. The magic we use requires massive amounts of information processing. To use it, we have to go into an altered mental state. Most of the memories of the time we're using magic end up being meaningless afterward, but if there's something we know we'll want to remember we can convert it into a normal memory first."

Permalink

"- huh, cool. So are you evaluating Hell as a tourist destination?"

Permalink

He smiles.

"Yes, we might visit after this. But I was also just curious. People here know a lot about fairies and angels, but not nearly as much about demons."

Permalink

"They usually don't let us talk. Fellow with a book deal about a century and a half ago. It was unfortunate."

Permalink

"Yes. I heard about that. I didn't think I'd be very tempted to sell my soul, even if I had the type one could sell."

Permalink

"It makes for a hell of an adverse selection effect."

Permalink

"What does it mean to sell your soul? I couldn't find out very much information about that. It doesn't seem to kill the people afterward."

Permalink

"It does not, no. Some demons just find it amusing anyway."

Permalink

"Hm."

He looks thoughtful.

"What is hell like?"

Permalink

"Tacky. Everybody can make stuff and we're not nearly as good at getting rid of it. There are lakes of fire and black holes. Most demons live on an enormous plane of solid gold."

Permalink

"An enormous plane of gold? Really?" he smiles, "We might have to go see that. I'm not sure I can even imagine what that ends up looking like."

Permalink

"Most of it has other stuff on top - soil and plants and water and architecture and stuff."

Total: 159
Posts Per Page: