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Jul 05, 2020 6:18 AM
a d/s au Alessa and cousin in Daémon
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The ice cream flavors are mixed berry or chocolate, served in a cone.  There are a number of unusual fruits to choose from, and skewers or cups with slices of multiple kinds for variety are also available.  Seeing as they're at the frozen food stand anyway, he gets a mixed-fruit slush.

The gravity is noticeably strange as they walk near the far edge near the ramps.  What had looked like a gentle incline at first glance is now revealed as a curving of the gravity.  Down is just a few degrees angled now compared to the other side of the large room.  It doesn't feel different, but it does look unusual.

Azure makes note of the choices and how well they seem to like them.  He files away his opinion on how Kente chooses to eat his food for later.  Even between locals without all of the cultural confusion risks, flirting with someone you've known for less than a week is something looked down on - they haven't even had a proper battle yet!  It does get Florentho excitedly mentioning that they should come back to an arena once they've learned some Moves for a match or two - he's a stronger kind of daemon but has a terrible set of Moves for fighting, which should work out to about even.  

Snacks in hand, they can file towards one of the wider empty spaces around the arena.  

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He'll get mixed berry. 

That is weird and cool and he wants to go try standing and walking (and jumping and possibly dancing) there but that doesn't seem to be where Azure is leading them so looks like that's not happening right now.

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He'll get one of the variety cups, which is also easier to eat. He pokes the fruits slightly with his factor, just to get a feel for more things here.

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She wants to try battling!

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He agrees that it seems appealing and interesting.

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The curvature of the floor is gentle enough that it wouldn't feel like much unless someone managed to jump nearly across the entire park.  Locals walk around the outer edge, indifferent to it.  For them, this is just something that happens in any space wide enough that the fact that they're standing on the inner wall of a cylinder becomes visible.  

The fruit is safe to eat, and it would be clear to a distinguishing eye that it came from plants which were well cared for.  All of the fruit varieties are sweet and picked to taste good next to each other without being too jarring.  The ice cream has more flavoring than one would expect, enough to be slightly overpowering, though the texture is especially good.  

Do Green and Orange want to fight each other before going to the library?  Without Moves, it would be just hitting each other with unenhanced strength, but people do that sometimes, and it would be an even enough fight between them.  Florentho notes to them the way that people signal their willingness to fight random people and the way they signal that they have a pre-planned battle with a specific friend they want the arena for next.  There's someone who might be interested in a higher-power opponent, but other than that there's a lull in people waiting.  

The current battle is between a stone-plated rhino and what looks like a cluster of 6 unconnected eggs.  The rhino is mostly attempting to physically tackle the eggs, though there's a faint rippling in the air around itself as it charges.  The eggs are doing more obvious supernatural attacks, creating leaves and vines from nothing.  Though the rhino looks far more physically imposing, the eggs are clearly getting the upper hand.  They leap and rush around each other both gracefully and quickly, clearly stronger than humans.  Also, while they are primarily attempting to hit each other, there's an air of deliberate showmanship to the contest - it's not just about winning, but looking cool while doing it.  

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Well he isn't used to it, so.

Conveniently he is a fan of strong flavors and nice textures both. 

Even with getting kind of used to the general concept, it is kind of weird that someone's daemon is eggs. In like, several ways.

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She wants to she wants to! ...But will it be really obvious and embarrassing how she hasn't done this before and doesn't know how?

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There are definitely some very unusual looking daemons, and multiple eggs is near the top of that list.  

"You have to do something for a first time before you can do it for a second time," he notes.  "It's a good idea, and there's no better time and place unless you'd rather come back with Verity in the middle of the night."

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That's enough reassurance for her! 

"OK!" 

Signal!

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He thinks that one could, for instance, read more about the topic, or watch someone narrate an explanation of some fights, to know more before doing it. But he isn't really distressed by the idea of being seen to be currently inexperienced. It's true, after all, and he can learn.

They can wait for their turn. 

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The rhyhorn attempts to dodge what she can of the leaves in between charges of her own.  Many leaves miss, instead bouncing off of the glass wall, but a few manage to find their way into the stony hide.  She stops and turns, almost at opposite ends of the arena, and makes a final charge building up as much speed as she can.  Unfortunately, that leaves her open to a direct volley. 

There's a small burst of golden sparks as something cracks, and the rhyhorn collapses, suddenly limp, sending out a wave of sand as she falls.  The sand bounces harmlessly off of the exeggcute as the six eggs hop out of the way.  At the same time, the gray-dressed man on one of the platforms leans on the wall in front of him, bringing up a hand to his head.  

After a moment, both recover, though the rhyhorn's movement is sluggish as she leaves the arena.  They find a place to sit and watch whatever fight comes next, seemingly in a calm and slightly cuddly mood as the human leans against his daemon unbothered by the stone hide.  More energetically, their opponent human steps into the ring, grabs one of the rakes left nearby for the purpose, and swiftly return the field to a neutral state before making a salute-like gesture to Kente as next-in-line and going to sit next to his friend.  

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"That burst of sparks was called 'fainting' by the way," Florentho notes, remembering that they might not know.  "It's something that happens when we get hit enough to start really getting hurt.  It's harmless, but makes us something-like-tired for a while afterwards.  You can stop the fight once one of you faints, or whenever one of you decides you want to stop."    

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How long would a while be? Perhaps they should not fight until fainting if they have tasks yet to do for the day and might be their humans' protection at some point.

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(Should they go into the field? What do they do next after that?)

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He decides to not try to return the gesture, since he doesn't know local etiquette and also doesn't know local gestures enough to be sure he won't misform it and get a rude one or something. He smiles back and hopes that's fine.

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Florentho nods.  "A fight to fainting without Moves would take a while.  Azure can set a five minute timer."  That's about as long as the previous fight took, and evidently a pretty normal thing to do.

He is polite enough to not bring up that without Moves their main defense is him teleporting them away.  He can usher them towards the doors reassuringly.  "You'll do fine.  Remember that you aren't causing any real pain, and the only rules here are about using Moves you don't have anyway."

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(Oh good, she is underlyingly reassured that she'll know what to do when now and doesn't have to worry about it!)

Ok! She is still kind of worried and not completely sure she knows what they're supposed to do and what everyone will think, but she wants to try it try it so that's going to mostly overcome the other thing.

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This seems interesting and useful and he's sure they can figure it out enough. He follows her into the ring.

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This is - strange (having daemons at all is still strange). But he reminds himself that this is normal here, they've been told, they can see, and it's not actually at all like if he were to - get into a fight with someone himself. Or with Kente. They do this for fun and with friends and the daemons want to.

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Handsqueeze.

(Being on a spaceship that has magic fighting rings you can go watch is, honestly, pretty cool, and he's interested to go see more and to see this. But he can't deny that the concept of his own daemon (and he's not done getting used to that yet) going and fighting in said fighting ring, and fighting Alessa's own (not used to that either) is kind of weird.)

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"Should we go stand on the platforms, sir?"

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"You should." 

And he will scoot roughly into the center of the bench circle and take out his phone for the timer.  Some of the parks have built in timers or even little judge perches, though this park has a simpler design.  He quietly debates with Florentho, determining that Florentho will focus on the fight while Azure keeps watch for anyone who might use it as a distraction.  

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They'll do that.

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They will - stand on opposite sides of the middle and not touch yet? That seems like it might be right?

How do they know when to start?!!

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