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Aug 21, 2019 10:20 AM
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Margaret is exploring the tunnels under Whateley again, because everyone else is in the cafeteria and that's only so interesting when you can't eat or drink. There's some pretty interesting stuff down here! For instance, this room has a bar in it, and despite the entrance being underground the window has a view of exploding stars.

She admires the view for a bit, then wanders up to the bar.

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She shakes her head. "I don't think that's a good idea, sir, unless you need to distract him from something."

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"I'll just loiter proactively, then." Into the main bar?

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DZ's certainly not going to stop him.

Tenin is sitting at the bar; the owl-man excitedly opining at him seems oblivious to his annoyance at being spoken to.

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Security fairy hovers off to the side, keeping an eye on things. He's not being deliberately inconspicuous, but he's not trying to draw attention either, except by hovering and having butterfly wings.

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After a few minutes, he snaps at the owl-man, who leaves in a huff to complain about his rudeness elsewhere in the bar, and orders a drink, apparently settling in for a while.

DZ watches this from the security station doorway, and when it seems like things are stable for the moment, she goes back to hold the door. "The sooner Deskyl gets back the better," she says quietly. "I don't like this."

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"I don't like it either. I could go into your world just a little way and see what's going on and come straight back here, if you want."

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"You have - sensors, or something, ma'am?"

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"Not fancy ones, but I'm quiet and I can see and hear really well. And I wouldn't go out of sight of the door."

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"That's probably safe," she nods.

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"Okay." Cautious metaphorical tiptoeing through the door and looking around?

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Nothing interesting is going on in Deskyl's room, and she can't do more than poke her head into the hallway beyond without going out of sight of the door. Another droid from DZ's line comes briefly into view as she walks along an intersecting hallway; it's otherwise quiet.

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Margaret can't catch the other droid's attention without making a noise, so she slips back to the bar and reports her findings to DZ.

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DZ nods. "We'll just have to wait."

Tenin stays at the bar, nursing his drink and glaring at passerby, until someone takes offense at this behavior and asks if he wants to take it outside.

"Go get the medic," DZ immediately tells Margaret. "Tell them to stay in the bar; Sith don't have a taboo against attacking healers and he'll react badly to them trying to take his kill."

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Margaret nods and makes a beeline for the medic's office.

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There's a weatherbeaten old man in practical, travelworn clothes behind the desk, fiddling with a wooden puzzle; he looks up when she comes in. "Can I help you?"

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"Can you come to the main bar for a bit, please? There's someone there with a history of violence, and also a friend is out in a dangerous world, and one way or another we're worried we might end up needing a medic in a hurry."

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"Yes Ma'am." (It's much less deferential from him than from DZ.) He grabs a pack from under the table and the staff leaning against the wall behind the desk and follows her out.

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His "Yes Ma'am" is proportionately less annoying, and also reminds her that she's forgotten her manners. "My name's Margaret, by the way. And you are . . . ?"

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"Raafi, cleric of Fharlanghn, at your service."

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Benefits of her architecture: she can replay her memory of his pronunciation of "Fharlanghn" as many times as necessary, and her speakers can reproduce any sound she can hear. "Pleased to meet you," she says, shortly before preceding him into the bar.

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He follows. "Is there anything else I should know about the situation?"

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She fills him in, quietly. Deskyl and where she is and what she's doing; Tenin and the problem with him being around.

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He nods along. "I can raise the dead, if nothing else."

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Upload is impressed. "I guess it's true what they say about Milliways staff always being capable enough. Does your world have enough people who can do that to keep up with people dying?"

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"No. It would be nice if we did, but it's advanced magic, and expensive to boot."

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