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Apr 16, 2021 6:14 AM
River Tam has a dream
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Libby continues to offer commentary, focusing on the things River seems to find helpful. She'll be happy to walk through things as many times as River wants.

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"Thanks," she says, once they seem finished.

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"You're welcome. If there's anything else I can do just let me know."

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"I can't think of anything else right now. I'll try to keep that in mind, though..."

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Lib waits for a few minutes to give River a bit of a break.

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She takes it.

"So... What now?"

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"If you want to keep working on escaping Sen could help you practice fighting. There isn't really a rush though, we're running at a time compression factor of two hundred."

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"Fighting might be relaxing right now."

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"Alright, I'll ask her to come."

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A minute later a portal opens and a tall woman steps out. "Hello there, I'm Sen, Libby says you'd like a sparring partner."

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"Yeah, I would. I'm River."

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"It's good to meet you. Is there anywhere in particular you'd like to practice? If not I have a nice practice area setup."

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"Don't really have preferences."

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"Alright then let's go to my place, it's nicer than here."

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"Okay."

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Sen leads the way back through the portal. Her space is tranquil. The floor is made of a wood like material and has just a little bounce to it. There's a small koi pond in one corner with a small waterfall flowing into it. The other corners have a small cushions and short tables. The walls are a pleasant off-white color broken up by wood slats. There's a blue circle drawn around an area of the floor.

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"This is really neat."

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"I'm glad you like it. Is there anything in particular you'd like to focus on today? I can teach a wide variety of combat styles and," she suddenly gains an extra foot in height before losing two and then returning to her original stature, "I can fight in a variety of shapes and sizes."

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"I want to learn how to fight an armed opponent when I'm starting out unarmed, first." She describes the weapons the guards usually have, and the items she'll probably be able to get access to. Mostly needles and scalpels, until she manages to disarm someone.

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"Alright, feel free to manifest your own starting gear." Alice manifests one of the pistols and one of the batons used by the guards pulling them from an actual guard's equipment. She draws the pistol and feels it's weight before reholstering it and doing a brief kata with the baton. "I'm ready whenever, I take it that the guards don't want to kill you correct?"

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"Not usually, but if I'm too disruptive they might try."

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"I'll keep that in mind and escalate if the circumstances seem to warrant it. Obviously you can't die here and you won't feel lethal injuries here either." 

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"Convenient."

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"I've had a long time to design this place. Feel free to begin whenever you're ready." Sen assumes a relaxed but balanced pose.

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She smiles a little - 

And moves in, striking quickly.

She's a good fighter, even starting with nothing like she would in an escape. Fast. Flexible. Tough. A bit reckless.

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