Jan 27, 2020 8:08 AM
Lorica falls on the Young Avengers
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That's the guy with the firewood. He says something but it's not English.

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She knows... Mandarin, like five words of Cantonese, English, technically Spanish, how to say 'sorry I'm lost' in German...

She tries those. German's maybe the best bet, given the local aesthetic.

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No luck. Foreign words foreign words? Pointing. Foreign words.

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Where's the dude pointing?

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Toward another, fenced-in, village-y thing up the slope from here.

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She nods to him and heads towards that.

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It's a bit of a hike, and the sun's getting lower in the sky, but she can reach it before dark.

There's people with spears at the gate.

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She tries looking friendly, her hand not on her sword's hilt for once, and tries, in English, "Hey, I'm very lost," as she walks up to them.

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"Hello," says one of them, with a weird choirlike quality to his voice, like he's speaking two languages at once but the English pops out at her. "Where are you from?"

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"Earth 1023. New York City."

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"I've not heard of the place; how did you get here?"

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"Not sure."

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"I'm going to toss you something through the gate and if you pick it up we'll let you in."

He throws a wooden disk with a snowflake symbol on it between the bars,

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Possibly a trap but whatever, it's cold and getting dark and she left her self preservation instinct behind somewhere in the nonsense that's been the Young Avengers.

She picks it up.

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Nothing happens. The people with spears watch this and then open the gates.

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So a trap for - someone with some kind of trait they're screening?

She thanks them and heads through the gates, looking around.

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They retrieve the snowflake thing. "This is the Winter Light's paladin compound," says the one who can do the voice thing. "You were probably directed here because we can talk to you, but in the long term only paladins live here, you'll need to find something else to do with yourself."

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"Dunno what a paladin is, and, yeah, I guess I will."

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"Do you live someplace without any paladins? I'm so sorry."

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"I think I'm way more foreign than you're thinking."

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"...I think there are paladins all around the globe. Mostly not Winter Light paladins but the others are still our brothers and sisters."

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"Yeah, I don't think I'm from this globe."

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...he pokes her with the snowflake thing again.

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Still does nothing.

She rolls her eyes. "My home knew of, like, a couple hundred worlds. Dunno if yours has any outside contact?"

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"Not with, you know, people."

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