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He actually laughs, at that one. "No, of course not. The world is for exploring. And Boccob's temples are some of the biggest libraries in the world, specializing in spells and spell development; his clerics and even most of the temple workers are wizards or sorcerers in addition. They tend to have divinatory artifacts, too."

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Okay, in that case he will bounce. At least until he remembers he is a grown man and there are people watching. "That sounds amazing and now I definitely have to see one of those places. And possibly also become a wizard. And at least try bard. Is being a cleric a single deity deal or could someone serve more than one god?"

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(Temple is very cute.)

"Fharlanghn doesn't require exclusivity; I'm not sure about Boccob, but I doubt he does either. You might end up needing to spend twice as long in devotions, though, to maintain things properly."

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Polytheist. Not the first poly thing Temple would be.

"Aha. I low-key want to try a bit, even if nothing comes of it. I definitely want to visit Boccob temple. Does Fharlanghn temples? I figure a traveling deity might do something more mobile."

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"We don't maintain temples in the sense other clergies do, you're right. But lots of waystations have a little shrine to the Dweller in a corner someplace, and none of Fharlanghn's rituals require one, anyway. You'll want a holy symbol, though. This is Fharlanghn's -" he shows off a wooden disc on a leather cord, marked with a simple stylized image of the sun, or perhaps a hill, on the horizon. "And Boccob's symbol is a pentagram with an open eye in it, sometimes with the eye on a pedestal."

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"That is... I don't want to sound patronizing, but it is very charming. What are Fharlanghn's rituals like? Or his tenets. I probably should've started with that."

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"Fharlanghn's tenets are very simple. The world is for exploring. Do so; help others do so. We're not a very formal religion. There is a focus on - direct individual learning, the way travel and exploration tend to teach people things, and personal wisdom of that type; we're expected to be independent, able to take care of ourselves and look after Fharlanghn's interests without much help from the church, though there's no rule against asking for help from whoever's around, and Fharlanghn is well-known and well-regarded enough that that works pretty reliably in settled places."

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Entirely controlled and dignified bouncing. Temple is going to ask about Boccob's, but...

"Gah," shouts one of the casters. "Okay. I am alright. But... for someone that is sick she has a lot of lifeforce. Uh... and not everything is where it should be, which must be why she is sick."

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DZ's head jerks up when the caster yells, and she spends a moment looking at her before turning to look at Raafi instead.

"What does that - mean?"

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"She is made of strong stuff, but the strong stuff is badly distributed so some parts of her are weak?" Temple offers.

"Yes, or entirely missing. It's actually very surprising how... whole she is. If we want to accelerate the healing process we are going to need to make her body behave normally. If it's possible."

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He nods, and relays this to DZ.

"She says she doesn't want to take any risks, since she knows Deskyl will recover on her own well enough to talk to you about what she wants to do. But she'd appreciate the help if it isn't risky."

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"She is not doing well, but she is stable enough that we will want to take a while to figure out what to do, if anything. We will move her to monitoring in that case. Any other care preferences?"

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"Keep them together," he says, and then asks DZ the question. "Deskyl won't be able to eat solid food for another few days, and will need finger food for a while after that. And there's a risk of her becoming violent once she's able to move around - the metal tube on her hip is a weapon, very dangerous."

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"How dangerous? We are going to need to take the weapon then. How do we handle it safely?"

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When he relays this, DZ moves to block their access to it and gives a long reply.

"Ah, I'm sorry, I didn't understand the entire context there - it's also very personally significant; if you take it, she'll consider that a serious provocation and won't hesitate to kill in the process of getting it back. It's - roughly in the category of a personal religious artifact."

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"If, you don't want to deal with... that, I am a sufficiently ranked member of The High Library to handle this sort of thing. And I did bring her to you guys. I am sure the protocol is that she is my jurisdiction."

However, he turns to Raafi. "Assuming that we don't want to separate her from her weapon that much."

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"I wouldn't. Practically the first thing DZ said to me when we appeared in her world is that Sith are dangerous and provoking them is unwise. There's a more powerful divination spell I can cast about it tomorrow, if you'd like."

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"Okay, that sounds concerning, but not in a 'lets poke the unknown magic user with a short stick by removing their metal stick'." Temple reasons.

"If you want to fine. Let's go outside and sort the paperwork."

They turn off the sign that says "casting in progress"

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Immediately a woman opens the door and comes in.

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Followed by a young man that is suddenly standing next to Temple.

"Temple! What are you doing here? Did you get involved in the emergency?"

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(Raafi is busy relaying their conclusion about the lightsaber to DZ.)

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"The emergency got involved with me, actually."

He explains the events, conveniently not mentioning Daska at all. "And I am deferring to Raafi's here, and he doesn't think they should separate her from her religiously relevant weapon."

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Dal-Yora has been listening to this. "And you're Raafi? I am Dal-Yora Vaesteri. Welcome to my family's temple."

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"Yes Ma'am." He gives a polite not-quite-bow. "We appreciate your hospitality."

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She replies with a perfectly matched not-quite-bow. "Could you give us a more thorough explanation to the events prior to young Grayward involvement?"

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