Jul 15, 2020 9:36 PM
Bruce and Jennifer in Redwall
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"Do not harm another creature without cause. Do not take what is not freely given. There are other rules, but those are the two that really matter."

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"Without cause" is vague enough to drive a truck through, and the second rule can only be really understood with more context on their economy than she has right now, but the spirit of the laws seems solid and they can pick up the rest of the culture by example. "Sensible laws, those," she says. "Can you tell us where to go from here?"

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"I think that we should probably get you set up with rooms. Do you have any possessions?"

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They both shake their heads. "Rooms would be good."

Bruce was previously too disoriented to notice, but now he's really feeling the lack of 1) his smartphone and 2) his pants.

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The mouse nods. "You can just follow me, then. -my name is Jojo, by the way. I'm the current Warrior of Redwall Abbey."

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The first person they meet having the title "Warrior" is less than reassuring, but on the other hand perhaps that means they only have one. "Pleased to meet you, JoJo. I'm Jennifer, and this is Bruce. What does a Warrior do?"

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"Most Abbeyfolk are peaceful creatures, and do not concern themselves with the safety of their home; I make sure they can do that. I'm the Abbey's first line of defense in case of an attack - followed by the resident Badger-Mother, for obvious reasons."

As they follow Jojo through the gates they pass a large group of very young rodents who look at Bruce and Jennifer with wide eyes. These are shepherded by an elderly badger with one scarred and milky eye. She peers at Bruce with some suspicion. 

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Bruce waits until they're well past the elderly badger before asking, "I'm afraid I don't know--well, pretty much anything. What are the obvious reasons?"

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Jojo looks at him oddly. "Well, badgers are- large, and fiercely protective, and can go into a blood rage which enhances their physical strength when necessary. So the Badger-Mother is a semi-official combatant, at least partly because we have no hope of stopping her."

He doesn't seem to be able to formulate the sentence "you are a badger, how do you not know that" without being rude, so instead he does not say that.

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It's not rude at all, honestly, it's a totally reasonable question. "I don't have any reliable memories from before earlier today. You should probably just assume I don't know anything about anything. Sorry. I'll try to keep the stupid questions to a minimum and pick stuff up as I go along."

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"I'm in the same boat. If you have a library in the Abbey that would be really helpful."

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Jojo wrings his hands. "Oh dear! I'm sorry for being rude, that must be very difficult. Do you know - well, I suppose you wouldn't know how it happened if you don't remember anything. We do have a library, and you're welcome to read anything in it."

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"It's fine, really, you couldn't've known."

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"And the library will help a lot, thank you." He is actually super excited to explore an unfamiliar civilization's library, even apart from how it will make him slightly more clueful.

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