Jul 23, 2019 1:34 PM
Dama in Kith
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"...are your people very primitive, can't build a four story building -"

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"...can't make a boat?"

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“A lot of us live too far inland to need to, but the people on the coast can.”

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"Did a child make you?" is his next question. "- uh, recently, probably sometime today, did you find yourself standing near a small child..."

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She crosses her arms. “No. And I wasn’t made, and I definitely didn’t start existing today.”

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"...oh dear," he says, clearly not believing her at all. "Uh, look, can you wait here while I get some real clothes?"

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He nips into the back room and comes out wearing clothes of the local fashion. "Okay, I've caught up Tarine on what's going on and I'm gonna show you to the assistance office and get you at least basic competence in Oriz, that's the language most people use for everyday around here."

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“Okay, thank you.”

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"You're welcome. Oh, it's raining, hm, I'll go get us rain hoods."

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“I’m fine without, I’ve already been rained on plenty.”

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"Just one for me, then." He gets a hooded cloak that looks like it's been waxed and leads her out onto the street.

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She pays attention to the route from the library to the assistance office.

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It's pretty windy; there are a lot of streets at odd angles to each other, and ultimately they have to walk a mile and a half in the rain. He teaches her on the way to say 'hello, my name is'."

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Surely she can learn more than that in a mile and a half.

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When she has that down he will move on to something that he says means "can you help me" but is maybe weirdly long for that.

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“What is that literally?”

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"I'm not sure you have the literal terminology in your language."

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“Maybe not, but give it a try anyway?”

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"It means you need help, like I said. Let's do the numbers."

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Sure, they can do that.

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They use base eight.

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Huh, neat. Maki would probably like that. He’d probably like a lot of this, actually, she’ll have to tell him when she gets home.

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He gets as far as telling her how to count to 128 and extrapolate from there for further multiples of 64, and they reach the office. It's pretty busy.

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