Feb 23, 2020 7:19 PM
sequel to maitimor
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Two wizards and two soldiers appear in the desert, a few feet away from a tired slave caravan.

They nod at each other and disappear again.

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"What the shit was that," says Belmarniss. "Is this job more complicated than advertised in some way?"

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" - sure looks like it. Fuck."

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He casts Sending. "In trouble, four unknown teleporters."

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"We prepping to fight, run, or surrender?"

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"If they're willing to burn three fifth-level spells getting here we can't fight. Mahdi has the scroll of Teleport."

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"We have more people than that unless it's one helluva scroll anyway."

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"We can't help them if we get captured.

You have Rope Trick?"

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"No. I've got Tiny Hut but that doesn't really help."

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"So we surrender.

- what do you suppose is keeping them."

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"Some logistics failure on their end?" she suggests, putting her hands in the air.

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"Very rude, making people stand around in the desert waiting to die or something."

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"You have insurance too?" she wonders. "- hey, caravan folks, hands up, whoever just appeared is above our pay grade."

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And they wait.

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"Seriously kind of rude -"

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And then the people appear again. Five of them this time, two wizards and two soldiers and an oddly dressed woman with grey hair.

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"Hi, I'm - yikes, did they scare you? I asked how this would parse! He really should have specified if it'd parse as 'put your hands up and hold real still'! We're friendly!"

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" - Prince Telcar?" says one of the soldiers standing behind her.

 

Then he kneels. 

The wizards and the other soldier kneel as well.

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" - wait was this not even about me - what the hell -"

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"- wait, what? Prince who? No, this wasn't about you, I'm her from an alternate universe and I asked how this would parse and was apparently badly misled."

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"You're claiming you're me from an alternate uni- - uh, am I breaking a law not kneeling?"

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He looks at the sky and makes a deeply unhappy incoherent noise.

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"Technically no, it's a custom," says Fazil, who is kneeling and who looks very angry.

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"What do you even mean you're me from an alternate universe?"

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"There's four of us all mysteriously pulled from other universes. We have similar names and found you on the list of people with death insurance. Also matching personalities and parents - though not siblings, I'm the only one with a sibling so far unless you have one - other details too, clumsy, write stuff down all the time, that kind of thing -"

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"So you were like 'let's send soldiers and uniformed wizards to descend on her at random' and not like, let's get someone to do a Sending about it -"

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