She had been en route to her usual position after a rest-and-resupply period. Instead of the expected uneventful trip, somehow she loses her anchors, falls through a bizarrely shaped storm, then finds herself impossibly over land instead of water and with her upper antennas chopped off like they were never there.
She was able to stabilize with only minor damage to the uninhabited land, but she cannot hear a single intelligible signal, and a hundred other things add up to this is no place anyone has ever seen before. Or rather, reported seeing before.
So here she sits in the sky, relaying nothing, thinking about everything.
Shortly, a merely head-sized thing with mysterious protrusions floats down to eye level and says something that is definitely not in Welchin. If he doesn't run off before it reaches him.
The head-sized thing stays put and says its piece anyway, just in case anyone's listening.
(Perhaps eventually someone will be interested in making an effort to communicate.)
Eventually, a young woman in fancy red and orange clothes, accompanied by a young man who strongly resembles her, appears. They're both riding horses.
Another word is said. Perhaps this word is “Hello.”
Red-and-orange replies in kind, or her best guess of 'in kind'.
It tries a few things that might be other languages, not with a very hopeful tone.
Red-and-orange doesn't know any of them. She tries what might be another language too, helpful-like, but no dice.
The arrow splits into two and points at itself and the structure above them, and says “Teytis”.
Then it turns back into one and points at red-and-orange, within arm's reach.
It points at the other person.
"Tell it your name."
It starts pointing at other conveniently available objects, and waiting for responses.
Must have been the second choice.
Kiri names objects.
It starts working on more abstract words and grammar, by creating shapes that act out little cartoon scenes. It starts attempting to construct sentences, and rarely makes the same mistake twice.
Kiri can work with that. She supplies Welchin as fast as the thingamajig can accept it. (Aleko, meanwhile, gets off his horse and sits in the wheat and doodles.)
It seems to be under the impression that humans are capable of telekinesis, or shapeshifting, or something like that. It wants words for these things.
Since neither Kiri nor Aleko is capable of telekinesis or shapeshifting, they're kind of puzzled. Kiri does know the words for both, though.
Presently it has acquired enough abstract concepts, if not perfect pronunciation, to ask:
“Where am I?”
"Welce, near my house."