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Nov 16, 2019 9:19 PM
another azan au. now with bonus ziari for added disaster.
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"The rumors say you cripple your slaves. Or something like that."

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Shrug. "It's not that we cripple slaves, it's that we only enslave enemy soldiers and we also ritually disarm enemy soldiers."

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Zaira sure is listening very intently to this conversation for someone who isn't looking at either of the participants. 

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"...Can I have my knife back for a minute? I promise I don't want to hurt any of you with it."

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"What do you want it for?"

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"Dying."

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"...What, now?"

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"Seems like something you could have done back when you still had the knife, if you wanted to." 

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"I didn't know everything then that I do now. I threw everything away for Azan and they don't even want me - I thought they would probably need everyone they could get, I thought the plan was to free up as many of their people as possible to fight Iral, but they just... they don't even want slaves, do they, they just want to keep us prisoner for a while. So we don't get in the way."

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"And you'd...rather die than not be enslaved?" He sounds confused and skeptical.

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"I'd rather die than live. I'd just rather live than let Iral take advantage of the war to conquer Sesat."

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"Want to tell us more about that?"

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"Your army's overstretched, ours isn't exactly going to help, you have a bunch of new citizens, a bunch of new problems... Iral will take advantage of that and you probably can't hold all of Sesat. If you wanted me because you thought having a few extra slaves would make a difference, I'd be fine with that. That's all I have to say about it. Can I have my knife or not?"

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"No. You sound like you have a good head on your shoulders. We could use people like you."

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"...You could, probably, but I don't want to be maimed and I don't want to live with what I've done for you."

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"Even with what you said about Iral?"

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"I guess if you think it'll matter."

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"We'll take what help we can get, just not necessarily in the forms you think we will or should."

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"Okay."

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"...even from people like me? I've no loyalty to Azan, but I'd prefer you to Iral." 

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"Even from people like you. You're Azani now."

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"Just like that? Even though it's my word against the whole of Sesat that I'm not a dangerous criminal?" 

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"If you're a dangerous criminal we'll have you executed."

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"Fair enough," he concedes.

"And, ah, how do you intend on finding that out?" 

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"Don't do any dangerous crimes."

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