Dec 11, 2019 9:37 AM
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"You probably don't want to borrow from us for figuring out whether people are guilty, we have magic that lets us watch things that happened in the past - not other worlds, if you don't let any of the wrong kind of mage into yours they can't retroactively spy on you - but Hyrule seems really well-run so you might want to learn from them."

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"Hyrule? That's not your world, is it? Sounds kind of similar, though."

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"Hyrule's the world I visited with the amphibious people and the very moral people. My world's Har. They're not much alike, except that humans can survive in both."

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"Okay. Maybe get advice from someone from Hyrule. And, spying on people? You've said a lot of things your world's magic can do, I think. How many kinds of magic do you have anyway?"

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"Twelve!" He enumerates them. "Anyway, we can get you books from Hyrule if you want, I want to ask you to make me a portal but it's dangerous enough there that maybe you shouldn't."

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"Kind of sounds like it, yeah. I'm not as afraid as I used to be, though." Shrug. "If a green mage wanted to come to my world they could live like a high priest, it'd be pretty great for food and medicinal herbs and stuff. And you can't get up to too much trouble with green magic, sounds like."

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"I think at worst you can selectively encourage poisonous plants. Or just get paid a lot and then use your wealth for evil. But yeah, they're not as dangerous as most mages."

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"Priests are pretty good at keeping wealth from doing too much evil. 'Course, they might not even want to come. Being rich in a place without any fancy things is almost like being poor again."

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"Yeah, that makes sense. I think some people might still want to, though."

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"And! We'll have more stuff soon if I have anything to say about it. I might go ahead and find Eksoi now. He's the priest I mentioned, who I trust pretty well. Get started on making things better and not dwelling on the past."

And she traipses off towards the backyard unless interrupted or stopped.

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"Can I come meet him?"

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"No offense or anything but you're from the world with crazy strong magic and you seem nice but Milliways has security. I'll be right back."

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"Sure, see you."

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A few minutes later, she's back with a middle-aged balding man who looks in over his head.

"...And this is it!"

"I see. So it's... A meeting place for magical people?"

"Something like that? I'm not sure. Maybe not always magic people, but interesting people?"

"Interesting to whom? And I'm the one you think is best suited to deal with it, dear? You know I'm getting on in years..."

"The leadership in the capital are loud and always sure they're right and have these annoying subtle fights with each other about who's the most important and care about those more than actually leading people well. You're actually nice, you fix things without making fun of anyone or getting angry, you always did your best for us in Forwyd."

Eksoi grimaces. "That's called 'politics', young lady. I am not the best at it, even with advantages like your favor and the books you say this place has."

"...Yeah. But I trust you. The guys just looking to prove themselves right, or get rich, o-or kill all devils..."

Eksoi's expression softens a bit. "I'll try my best, of course. Though I'm not quite clear on what exactly you want me to accomplish here."

Lisara shrugs and approaches Bar, and says, "What do you think you should accomplish here? Ah, this is Valanda!"

 

...Introductions: Those he can do without feeling uncertain. "Hello, Governor Valanda. I am Eksoi, priest of Forwyd. I understand you're becoming fast friends with my old neighbor Lisara. Well met."

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"Well met. I assume you've heard about my magic and my world from Lisara?"

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"She mentioned it, though she, er, explained a lot of things very fast and I'm sure I missed some nuance. It seems we might be able to hire someone to make crops grow faster?"

(Lisara asks Bar for a new treat, feeling pleased with herself, and is presently enthralled with a bowl of ice cream.)

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"Yeah, I can help you find someone when I open my door. I've been waiting to do that because time is paused in my world while I leave the door closed and I like taking advantage of that."

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"Fyrni's beard. Stopping time, as if we were gods. So in terms of potential resources - Lisara's portals, books and tools from Bar which I need to transliterate before bringing back, people from Har with one of the twelve kinds of power who may or may not be badly behaved or have different expectations of society, possible lessons on running things from a world called Hyrule, the possibility of yet further worlds not yet discovered, am I missing anything major?"

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"I think that's everything unless you want to count movies separately from books. I can try to help you figure out how a green mage will have different expectations than you do."

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"And I will get Lisara to compensate you for your valuable consulting services. She's not likely to think of it, to be honest." He glances over. "Does she seem... Alright, to you?"

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"No, she seems sad and afraid and bitter and overwhelmed."

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"Yes. I'm not sure how to help her. She saw gruesome and terrible violence done to her neighbors, helped commit gruesome and terrible violence in retaliation, was pushed into overwhelming sudden fame, and then vanished for months - anything could have happened in that time - and doesn't like to talk about it. And she's - young."

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"I don't know either. I wonder if her alts could, but I don't know if meeting them would just be more worrying - sometimes different worlds have some of the same people, I've met two others of her before."

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He blinks. "I think that would probably be helpful, actually."

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"I can let the one in my world know one of her alts could use someone to talk to when I open my door. The other one's in Hyrule, the world with the evil god and creatures that go around trying to kill people - it's very nice for having all that, beautiful nature, nice people except the evil ones."

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