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Oct 31, 2020 4:02 AM
Warlock falls on Auradon
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Oh dear, he's doing this all out of order. "Well, have you heard the good news about Jesus Christ?"

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"...no...? I think they worship him in France."

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"And they haven't spread His Word to all corners of the earth? I guess I don't know what year it is here, maybe they haven't had time yet." But also theologians have been debating the question of whether, if multiple worlds exist, Jesus was incarnated in all of them, since someone first came up with the concept, and now he knows the answer!

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"Uh, it's the year 22? Since the founding of Auradon."

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"Wow, young country. Though I meant how long has it been since Jesus died and rose from the dead."

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"Uh, maybe seventeen hundred years? Or something like that."

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"That's odd. The Gospel had definitely made it to at least half the world by then, in my history. Probably I should learn more about this world before I try to guess what the problem is." He really hopes he's saying that because it's actually the sensible thing to do and not because he can't face the thought of all the people who must be dying unsaved here.

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"I think the problem is that before twenty-two years ago any time someone tried to cross from one country to another they might run into a fairy that turns them into a frog or curses them with eternal sleep or something."

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"Well, that would do it. Uh, bit of a language confusion, are fairies servants of God who rebelled against him? I guess maybe you wouldn't know since you don't know about Jesus either."

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"...no? They just sort of spontaneously happen. --Not all fairies are bad, the King's most trusted advisor is a fairy, but they all care about... random things? Some fairies care a lot about hospitality, some fairies like dancing, some fairies are into one particular river, some fairies are just trying to be as evil as possible..."

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"That really sounds like demons. Uh, except for some of them being good. But like I said, I don't know enough." Even if he was willing to admit to knowing one, he isn't sure that one is actually friendly and not just more interested in DnD than in hurting people.

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"Different worlds have different species. There's all kinds of weirdness in Wonderland. Neverland has fairies but they're six inches tall and die when you say the opposite of 'I believe in fairies' and don't curse people for not inviting them to their christening. And Earth has giant dragons made of metal that people ride around in."

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"Wow, that's a lot of worlds. Mine is also called Earth, which is confusing, and we don't have dragons--unless that's an analogy for airplanes; we have airplanes."

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"Prince Edward was very sure they were dragons and not airplanes. --Auradon does have airplanes."

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"Huh. There's prophesied to be a dragon in my world eventually, but none right now. How did it come to be safe to get between countries? I assume it's either a cause or an effect of the founding of Auradon."

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"King Beast and Fairy Godmother invented the anti-magic field. They put the fairies in the anti-magic field and transported them, along with all the other villains, to the Isle of the Lost. So now it's safe to travel and the only fairies you're going to run into are ones where it is very well-documented how you anger them and it's easy to avoid doing that."

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"Huh. Clever of them. So, does that mean magic is a well-known thing here? If we have magic outside of stories it's not common knowledge." That's technically true, even.

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"Yeah! Lots of species can do it-- fairies, trolls, mermaids, gods... And humans too, if they're descended from fairies. Technically I guess all Auradonian humans can do magic, because we wake up animals that we're around. And of course everyone can do true love magic."

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"That is so many kinds of magic and I want to learn about all of them!" Yes, they're probably all evil, but he is already damned and can't get any damneder, and he is going to get as much interesting knowledge as he can while he's alive.

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Kaleva is noticeably relaxing as the strange person from the other world seems to want him to chatter at them about things. 

"Well, if animals are around an Auradonian human, they become sapient. It's a big problem because people used to not know, so they would eat sapient animals' meat or poison them or all kinds of horrible things like that. And if you truly love someone-- a family member or your one true love-- and you're truly desperate and need something for their sake and not your own, you can basically do anything. Break curses, end famines, heal the sick, even bring back the dead."

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"Oh wow, that's really different." And extremely reassuring, actually, because raising the dead with the power of love sounds way more like divine miracles than demonic witchcraft. "So does everyone eat only plants, then, if farm animals turn into people?"

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"Nope," Kaleva says. "King Beast ordered that all meat animals be raised in intensive confinement so they don't interact with humans and become sapient. Milk and eggs of course you can just get from consenting animals."

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"That's--better than what my world does, I guess, because we do that for milk and eggs too, and it's definitely better than eating people." It's still kind of sad, though. He knows man was given dominion over the beasts of the field, but he would still rather not kill and eat them when plants are right there.

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"...you don't think we should hurt nonsapient animals?"

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"I mean, people need to eat. But it would be nicer if nobody had to kill animals for it." Shrug. "Some people think that in the garden of Eden there was no death at all and even lions ate plants. Oh, hey, did this world have a garden of Eden too, or were humans created somewhere else?"

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