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Jul 06, 2020 12:52 PM
vanyel meets sad cam in milliways
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Leareth has been going over what's presumably notes for potential Gate variants with Vanyel. "I would like to have something to eat," he says, standing. "I will be ready in five minutes." 

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"What do you want?"

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"The meal you made before with bread was rather good, I would be content with that or a variation. Vanyel, when did you last eat?" 

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"...Huh? I have no idea." 

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"You ought make one for Vanyel as well. Thank you." 

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Submarine sandwiches for everyone.

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Leareth eats quickly and then stands by the door; Vanyel takes the opportunity to flee to the backyard. 

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When the door to the yard is closed, Cam opens the front door. Steps through. Has Alassëo holding the door. Takes a deep breath and steps out the door of his little office thing, and starts murmuring to the Elves there softly, glancing at his draft now and then.

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Leareth nods to Alassëo and steps through, staying in the little office out of sight of the other Elves, and starts attempting to test the Gate-spell. He's guessing that Cam won't want to leave time passing any longer than necessary. 

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Cam does not seem thrilled about it. He finishes what he has to say, takes a couple Elf questions - Leareth can't understand him any more once neither of them is in Milliways - and then waits awkwardly for about four seconds and goes back to resurrecting Elves. The process insofar as it's visible to Leareth is to take a little piece of metal out of a large shiny machine, double-check his computer's content against the text on a screen on the machine, appear a labeled bag around the little piece of metal, repeat till he has a batch of five, go over to a big circular conveyor belt outside, dump each chip onto a sort of bed on the conveyor belt, check which way each is facing and flip over the one that landed wrong, and then make Elf bodies one after another around the chips and start the conveyor belt going so that if some of them take longer than twenty seconds to get out of bed when they get to the personnel Elves he doesn't have to slow down.

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Leareth hasn't gotten the Gate to work by the time Cam finishes speaking – at this point he's fairly sure it'll be possible, but he can't figure out the direction to reach for the Void. He lands it before Cam is done with the first batch, though, between the two embroidery hoops. That demonstration done, he drops it and tries for a Gate to the cave.

(Which, conveniently, lets him draw on the significant reservoir of node-energy conveniently nearby. It's not an issue doing tiny demonstration Gates in Milliways, but the inter-world ones are draining). 

"Cam, done," he says, loud enough to be heard, and slips back through the door. 

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Cam cannot understand the 'done' part but he figures it out. When the last Elf of the batch is waking up in bed he follows Leareth back into Milliways and nods at Alassëo, who closes the door again.

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"The language barrier will be a problem," Leareth says. "Is there any way to learn each other's tongues while we are here? Also, my Gates were successful. How did your conversation go?" 

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"Uh, it was... fine. I have a machine translation attempt for Valdemaran going, that would have worked with some error rate if we'd needed it."

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Nod. "Are they willing to have me attempt a Gate to Endorë from Alessëo's memories? It is unfortunate that I cannot have Vanyel's help for examining the Maiar, but it does seem like a very bad idea for him to cross a Gate now before working up to it gently, so I had better not ask and give him a chance to do it anyway." 

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"They agree that it would be prudent to consult the King and to seek further amelioration of the damage from the war."

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"Hmm. What would our next steps be for doing that?" 

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"Gate to Endorë. Talk to Maitimo, probably, figure out how to get his father the King on task instead of distracted by however many languages you know, I was warned not to tell him how many I speak. Get their help sourcing and analyzing Maiar."

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"...If this is going to be a long trip then I really would prefer to have Vanyel with us. Do you think that you could get him across a Gate safely by sedating him thoroughly enough? I think this would be worth it for a multi-day venture." 

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"Uh, probably but I wouldn't know without trying it."

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"I suppose we could try to test it with a smaller Gate at further range, so that if it does not work we can abort without causing him as much harm. What do you think?" 

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"Maybe we should get ready to, if a given level of sedation proves effective at the ranged test, immediately proceed with travel to Endorë, so I don't have to sedate him twice."

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"That makes sense." Leareth frowns. "Although, if this trip is going to be so involved, it might be preferable to put it off for a few days and see how quickly Vanyel can make progress on the Gate sensitivity. I had been envisioning it as a very quick visit. There is some progress I can make on the spell from here, so I do not think it would be wasted time, and time would of course not be passing in Arda at all. What would you prefer?" 

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"It's not a quick visit because the Maiar all hate me or are evil and I don't know the whereabouts of any where these can be overlooked. More exposure therapy seems like a good plan to me."

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"Of course. Do we know which room Vanyel is in so that I can tell him we are done the test?" 

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