Jul 06, 2020 12:15 PM
further adventures of belmarniss
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"I've never asked."

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"Maybe next time I take in an econ lesson I'll bring it up with whoever's teaching it."

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"I think Abadar was against war even before he decided to rule Osirion but I also think it's of particular significance now? Like, the other gods would be less likely to tolerate his ruling a country if it ran around bothering all the other countries. Cheliax hasn't been expansionist since Hell took them over, either."

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"Huh, that's an interesting point. Though I think part of that is they're focusing on having, like, amenities? Schools and stuff. Though since it's illegal to be located in Cheliax for most people I don't know if reports on the schools and stuff are accurate."

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"Beats me but like - schools seem like they'd be lower down the priority list than expansion, if I were Hell, unless there's some pressure not to step on other gods' toes too much."

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"Maybe people will resist expansion less if they're thinking 'well, I hear it's not so bad'."

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"Maybe. Where's that, on your list -"

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"What, making sure people are aware Hell is bad, or getting clarity on why Cheliax isn't expansionist, or finding someone with non-insane gender roles, or -"

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"Any of those. It just cheers me up to know they're on the list somewhere."

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"I didn't actually have 'find out why Cheliax isn't expanding' on there but I can add it."

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"Getting rid of Hell's Cheliax is also a satisfactory solution there, even if all its mysteries are never discovered along the way."

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"Yeah, that's what I was thinking."

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"When did you want to leave -"

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"How do you feel about getting up real early and planning to hit aperture before sunrise?"

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"Sure! I'm not one of those boring casters who needs sleep."

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"Oh, I'll sleep, I'll just turn in early."

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"Then I will see you in the morning."

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"See you."

She collects him several hours before dawn.

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He is perched on the balcony of his inn room, having an arm-wrestling contest with Fy. They can head out and get underground by dawn.

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"Stars're pretty. Don't try to blind me at all. Sothis'll need to have more stuff open at night if there's much traffic."

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"They'll love that. Twice the use of the land at no extra cost, or at least not much."

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"That's true, I hadn't thought of it that way."

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"I bet there are places in Axis set up just like that which we can refer to for precedent."

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"Does Axis have a sun? I just realized I'd been imagining it without one."

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"It's got a bunch of stuff floating in the sky, all of it stuff someone put there. Abadar's district is as bright as daylight, at least when I visited."

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