Apr 07, 2020 9:22 PM
Raafi in Revelation
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"You want me to rip open the wall or do you know where the exit is?"

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"I have a guess of where it is, anyway." He leads the way to the docking bay.

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The fairy can figure it out from there. He zwoops the fabric and seeds out of Raafi's possession and opens the door. The air does not whoosh out into space - or, well, it does, but only after some of it has whooshed out in a bubble around Raafi and the fairy.

The Earth approaches very very fast.

The fairy gently deposits Raafi in Piccadilly Circus.

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This is a pretty delightful sequence of events and Raafi enjoys it immensely.

"Thank you," he says, when he's safely touched down. "Do you need anything else from me?"

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"...you have to dismiss me," says the fairy.

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"- how do I do that?"

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"You try to? For like a minute."

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"Just think about it? All right." And...?

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It takes more than a minute and the fairy is kind of impatient by the end but eventually he poofs with his payment.

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Well, overall a success, at least.

Time to wander around and see what there is to see.

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There are theaters, holograph advertisements projected into the air, fountains and statues, museums, shops and offices, subway entrances, and absolute throngs of people, most of whom are human but that one over there has bird wings, that one over there is another fairy.

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He takes his time, gawking occasionally, not bothering to hide that he's a tourist, occasionally stopping somewhere to watch how people interact with each other and the things and places around them, keeping an eye out for quiet out-of-the-way places, pawn shops, libraries, inexpensive lodgings.

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There are no obvious pawn shops. There are libraries! And hotels, but they don't advertise prices out front. As he gets farther from the hub of activity there are more irregular little nooks and alleys.

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Well, without a pawn shop he has no money, and without money he can't do very much, but he notes some likely looking examples of the other sorts of place and keeps moving, finding private spots to conjure himself lunch and dinner.

When the sun starts to set, he tries to teleport back to the station. It doesn't work, in the same way he'd expect it to fail if he tried to teleport into solid rock.

He spends a minute considering this, and then teleports back to one of the smaller libraries to see if they're still open.

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This library is open 24 hours a day and doesn't have very many people in it at this hour. It has a lot of books, though a small proportion of books to mysterious devices.

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People don't seem to be paying to go into any of the libraries here. He's not sure he trusts that he won't get into trouble trying it, but he can teleport again if he has to; he goes in and looks around, ignoring the machines for the moment to examine how the books are organized.

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Nobody stops him. The books are clustered by the first letters of the authors' names, in this section. In that section it's by topic.

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Topic seems likelier. He browses through, not looking for anything very specific exactly; he stops to have a closer look when he finds the summoning section.

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History of Summoning, vol. 3

Summoning and Economics

Fairy Bindings (Second Edition)

Forensic Conjuration

Heaven

Daeva in Media

Ganymede

Nurses, Doctors, and Angels

Martian Summoning

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History of Summoning seems like a good place to start.

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This being volume 3, it's talking about the establishment of the Safe Summoning Authority, the furniture angel, a few other high profile daeva criminals and the updates to law and recommended bindings inspired thereby, and the Federated Stations summoning licensure system.

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He skims, mostly, but reads enough to get an idea of things, and to conclude that this falls after getting himself settled here in his to-do list. He puts it back and skims the first pages of the other books in the section.

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Summoning sure affected economics. Fairies need some precise allowances to do complex work safely. Forensic conjuration is cool! Heaven is an expanse of cloudfluff caves. Daeva have been cast in human media and contributed their own stories thereto since Revelation. Ganymede is daeva jail. Angels are good at healing. Mars has particular historical uses of summoning.

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Yeah, he'll definitely have to come back to this.

He keeps browsing, and comes to the history section next, where he stops on impulse to see if there's anything else about summoning - maybe this Revelation thing that the one book mentioned.

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Yup! There's Who Pulled Revelation? and Revelation: Week One and Headlines from Revelation.

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