Feb 22, 2020 2:16 PM
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She is slower than the mirror-faced snake, and for some reason it is choosing to chase her, and she is not in dense enough forest to lose it by going up a tree or between a couple too narrowly spaced for it. So it catches her before emergency services can turn up.

And then she is somewhere else, in a not particularly attractive room next to a person who looks sort of off somehow.

"Excuse me," she says, taking a step out of his personal space.

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It should not be possible for her to be here, at all. 

It is very alarming that she is here anyway. They are, to put it shortly, panicked. 

Someone screams. Someone else shouts something slightly more coherent than that and still unfamiliar. Several people who were standing against the walls spring at her from the walls, holding swords. 

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The person she nearly landed on reaches for a piece of jewelry at his neck. It pulses with light.

"Dictum." he says. This creates a powerful rush of air, a bit like the feeling of being around a Maia who doesn't know how to be around people, but does not do anything. 

He seems somewhat relieved. He raises his hand, just slightly, and the sword-people halt just short of stabbing her. 

"Did you mean to come here?" he asks her. It sounds like he's speaking perfect Quenya.

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"No, I'm as confused as you are. Are those swords? Why do they have swords?"

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" - Detect Alignment.

- this is the palace of the pharaoh, in Sothis, in Osirion. It's supposed to be impossible to land here. Did you get plane shifted by someone very very powerful, by chance?"

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She pings lawful good.

"Well, possibly, but I really did think he had cut it out with interventionism. Also if I'd been told this morning to expect Eru to drop me on another planet I would not remotely have been able to predict the part where he would use a snake monster to do it."

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"Your grace," one of the men holding a sword to her throat says, very unhappily. 

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He stops looking happy and engaged and goes back to looking distant and reserved. "Our security needs to verify that there's not a threat here. They'll ask you some questions. We'll speak to you later."

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"...all right."

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The guards tug them away from each other, very firmly.

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Fine, fine, she will let them tug her along.

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They tug her through the palace. 

It's not bad-looking or anything but it's pretty bizarre that it's a palace; it looks like a person of about average talent and about average access to materials designed something perfectly livable but not, like, notable in any way. There are a lot of people standing about, most of them wearing either guard uniforms with swords or half-transparent dresses. 

 

They tug her into a small room that is quite ugly.

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...she will wait and see how long they need her, but if it's more than a few minutes she will maybe close her eyes. "What is it you need to know?" she asks.

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"Bestow Curse. Zone of Truth. Did you intend or expect to arrive in the palace?"

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"No."

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"Did you intend or expect to cause the pharaoh any harm?"

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"No. Regardless of who you mean, but if you want to ask any more specific pharaoh-related questions you might want to confirm for me that he was the fellow I spoke to earlier?"

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"Yes, that was the pharaoh."

They want to know if she intended to harm anyone else. They want to know if she knows any more about how she got here. They want to know what god she follows.

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She does not. She can give some more circumstantial details about the snake monster but is honestly pretty confused about both the immediate monster-based transit mechanism and what Eru might be trying to pull. As for the last - "do you mean which is my favorite, or...?"

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" - I suppose so? Some people are devoted to one or a few particularly."

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"It seems odd to play favorites. I could tell you my least favorite but... if you have heard of any of the names I'd be sifting through I would think you wouldn't need to ask... so probably you haven't."

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"...okay. Where are you from?"

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"I was born on a planet called Endorë but moved to one called Valinor when I was a child. If you want it down to the city it's Valimar when I'm working, Tirion when I'm not."

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"Can you describe the star, and the planet's relation to the star?"

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Sure, she can natter on about their respective stars, including the binary system.

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They seem confused by this. They whisper to each other a bit and write it down. 

 

They have a bunch more questions which all seem to be variants on whether she plans to betray or murder anyone here or sell their secrets to other people who might betray or murder everyone here.

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