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The space is right in the middle of Topaz's shopping district.  It's a small branch of the main Hall containing a set of public restrooms and a storage area, supposedly.  "I'll call in a team to look around," the officer promises.  

"Are there any other details, for the report?"

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...The man I threw the table at...there was a liepard, I think he had a liepard daemon.

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"That does narrow it down a bit," he says, marking down male and liepard.  There were still perhaps a thousand people that could be, compared to hundreds of thousands.

"Next is making certain you have a safe place to stay.  Typically, for a Legendary, I'd suggest going to the church..." he glances at Verity.  Her reputation is well known, though Tony had only ever seen her at a distance.  "Or going to the standard housing councilor."

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"I really hate to admit it, but the church is probably better than the housing councilor.  The high-end apartments that Legendaries are given through the church have extra security for privacy, which is important since a lot of people are especially nosy about us and some are ghost-types that phase through walls.

"You can also stay in my house for a while, if you'd prefer.  Unfortunately, they don't even let legendaries camp in the farms."

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What's a church?

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"A large organization that tries to guide people on how to live their lives 'correctly.'  They believe a lot of unprovable things about how the universe began and where people's minds go after they die, and tell people to act in ways that sort of make sense if you take their assumptions as true.  The creation myth I mentioned earlier, about where our pokemon mew and mewtwo came from, is part of their tradition.  People are encouraged - not required - to go to a church building and listen to someone read part of the myth collection every week.  'Church' refers to the locations used for that, the organization as a whole, and the collection of myths and philosophies they follow."

"Legendaries are ostensibly in charge, though we can't change most things.  They provide for us, as long as we show up to certain events every so often, and perform some kind of useful job around the ships.  Much better accommodations than most people get, too." 

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What are they going to think is "correct" for me.

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"There are options.  All people need to follow all of the laws, but there are many ways of living within those.  Cultural things, like the church saying all water types must care about cleanliness, are ignorable.  We have laws stating that people aren't forced to believe in or follow the church, since some of the little ships that joined the fleet from other countries from the dead world didn't follow the same one.  People will think less of you if you do rude things, and like people more if they follow the same philosophy and behaviors, but that depends on how much you care about them liking you, I suppose.

"For jobs... I don't know which Moves a mewtwo can use, or how yours differ.  Maybe teleporting people or cargo between ships, or bringing them to hospitals?  Or judging crimes, when people agree to mind-reading, if you can do that.  Anything where something needs to be done, to help people or keep things running, and Moves that only some people can do are the best way to do it.  On the less useful side, Legendaries also often just work in the church itself, organizing things or reading the myths to people every week, and helping them decide what to do.  Considering you don't know anything about it, that might not be a good first plan. 

"And Mew, you can do just about any Move, if what I've read is correct.  That means you can learn to generate steel or diamonds, when very few others can, which are important for making expansions of the ships for people to spread out into.  Life Dew and Aromatherapy can heal people.  Or other things, if you really hate all of those, though they're the ones you'll be nudged towards."

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I don't want people to try to tell me what to do. It's like cages. 

 

I guess I don't hate the idea of healing people or making things, Mew says dubiously. 

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"Yeah, I don't like it either, but I can see the point. 

"The basic logic goes: every person needs things in order to live, that need work in order to be made.  Food is made by farmers.  Air is kept breathable by farms and other people who take care of the plants.  We have light because electric-types power the generators that keep the lights powered.  Also less obvious things - ice-types keep the ships from overheating, there's emergency services to fix if different types of things go wrong, teachers to tell children about things they need to know, and a lot of other things.  One person can't do all of those things for themselves, but we can each do something.  Then when they do their job they get money - an object that shows that they did useful work - that they can trade to people for the important stuff they don't do but others did."

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I didn't need anyone to do anything for me in the forest.

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"That's because on planets things are just livable without anyone needing to try.  Up here, though, everything that exists does so because everyone's getting together and trying really hard to keep everyone else alive."

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"Considering that you're, er, new enough here to not know these things, I suspect you'll be expected to go to school or be tutored for a while, before deciding on how you can help.  That does still require being told what to do, unfortunately, but it's being told about how things work."

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...Okay. We'll see how things go, I guess. 

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"Huh, right.  I just sort of assumed that anyone living in the wilderness alone knew things that we'd consider important for someone to know before doing that, but that doesn't really make sense in this situation."

They wonder if asking for Mewtwo's age would even be relevant.  A 200 year old who spent their entire lives in the woods would know as much economic theory as a 2 year old in the same position, however pokemon aged.

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Even if it isn't relevant for practical reasons, it is for paperwork ones.  Or tablet-work, considering the general rarity of paper up here. 

"Before I leave to tell the Topaz station about this, we should get you set up with identification."  Officer Tony types for a few minutes, pulling up a form.  "It just means having your names and some other basic information put into the computers.  It doubles as a debit card so you can buy things from stores easily.  More importantly, it lets us stay organized and make sure that everyone has somewhere to live and help for the things you'll need help with, and so we know who we can contact if there's a big emergency and we need everyone with a certain Move to show up and help.

"Can you read our language?  If not, I can read the questions out loud and write them for you."

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I think so. It's a little different from how the scientists wrote things but not too much.

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"Okay.  Just fill in anything you have answers to, write in 'n/a' to anything that definitely doesn't sound like something you have, and ask if you aren't sure what a question means."

The tablet and a stylus are passed over to Mewtwo first.  The questions are straightforward.  Name, parents' names, daemon name, age, birth date, daemon form, current Moves...

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Glancing over at the questions, Verity finally notices something and some information clicks into place.  "Hold on," she says, the human half speaking for the first time in a while.  "Would you mind testing a silly theory, first?  Can Mew fly over to the station doors?  I'm wondering if you're... connected.  Daemon-wise."

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What? Mewtwo asks. 

I guess I don't mind, Mew contributes, and darts over to the doors. 

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There is an unpleasant feeling when Mew gets too far away.  The feeling of being pulled apart, and like continuing further would be doing something very cruel to oneself.  It's the same pain that occurred when Mew flew too high up in the ramp room from the farms to the Hall.  

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It turns out I do mind! Mew exclaims, darting back. 

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"Huh.  You're a person-daemon pair, then.  It explains why Mew doesn't have memories before you showed up here, if they just appeared.  Probably.  I've never heard of anyone getting a daemon more than a few seconds after birth."

Strange that Mewtwo didn't get a mewtwo daemon.  Or that she got one at all.  Even the wild legendaries of the dead world, which were almost certainly sapient, didn't have them.  

"I guess that means you'll only need to fill out one form."

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I...guess. This is weird, right?

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"Things were already weird.  I wouldn't have expected it, but considering how many other things that happened today I wouldn't have expected...  It is good that you have a daemon.  Not for any particular reason.  Just, having a daemon is good."

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