Oct 31, 2020 4:05 PM
Cor meets the Evil Overlord List setting
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Esulri has been having a rather terrible day. He's running a fever - everyone is - but he's one of the few still on his feet, a young constitution and a good self-mastery helping him there, so he's been drafted as a nurse.

It's exhausting work, especially sick - but just about the entire valley's got whatever this is, and there's no relief coming from Overlord Imara. At least, not in time, and the outside world clearly knows about this mess, since the roads out of their little valley have all been shut down.

They've quarantined the worst cases, and he's just finished washing off after one round in that ward, stepping out to stare at the sky in his few moments of break. The rest of the village looks deserted, the usually sleepy streets now empty. Things are starting to look run down, too, and no one's done anything about the house that burned down at the end of the road... They're going to need water from the well - he should get that, but his head's throbbing and his hands are shaking and it's unbearably cold out here despite the hot summer sun -

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There appears a young man wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and some decorative loopy designs in fresh blood and fine soot drawn on his person. He promptly falls unconscious in the street.

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...Seriously.

He's not being paid enough to deal with disease outbreak and random teleporting strangers with weird fashion senses. (Teleportation - suggests someone with usable magic, obviously, or someone who was recently interacting with magic... An Overlord, or someone loyal enough to be handed powers. Why here, though?)

He walks briskly over to the man, bending down a good distance away (no sense spreading the infection, even if someone magic's less likely to be affected) and calling out, "Hey! Can you hear me?"

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Nope he's fully out.

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Ugh. Probably not safe to leave in the street.

Though a sensible person would probably leave him there in case someone's chasing him. Esulri maybe encountered the concept of sense once as a small child.

He walks closer, visually and then physically checking the man for injuries.

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He is not injured, so presumably none of the blood is his.

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Magic backlash? The man doesn't look like he's been randomly mutated... He might have a brain bleed or something. Esulri's been a nurse for, like, a few days, and isn't sure how to ensure someone's safe to move...

He sighs and tries to pick up the man. Fails. Ends up sitting by him, head spinning, and wondering if he should go get water for them both...

Probably.

If he can stand.

Esulri squints at the sky, then staggers clumsily to his feet, moves the man into a more comfortable position, and goes to get water, returning after a few minutes with two full canteens. Has the man's condition changed at all?

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He's starting to wake up! He props himself up on his elbows and says something.

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...A foreign teleporter. Great.

Esulri sighs. He does have water, but can't inform the man that the water's possibly contaminated...

"I don't understand you," he says, slowly.

...Didn't that one girl have a universal translator?

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The foreign teleporter does not understand him either. He gives an amused snort, looks at his own feet for some reason, and then starts peering around at his soot and blood marks, dabbing away stray soot that has smeared out of pattern.

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Esulri looks around, and - yeah, one of the other carers (what's her name?) is watching them warily.

"Can you get that universal translator that - " uhhhhh names " - the mechanic's girl has?"

The other carer nods, calls out, "As long as you keep an eye on him," and turns to go fetch it. She at least seems to know where she's going. Probably less feverish than Esulri.

Absently, Esulri takes a sip from his canteen. He's extremely thirsty...

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The visitor makes an inquisitive noise.

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He has no idea how to pantomime 'the water is possibly contaminated' or 'look someone's getting a translation solution.'

Still, he tilts his head towards the visitor, raising an eyebrow.

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He accepts the water, though instead of drinking any he rinses off his fingertip with which he was removing extraneous, non-pattern-compliant soot and blood from himself. He hands it back after his fingers are acceptably clean, which doesn't take more than a couple splashes.

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Alright.

The other carer returns with the universal translator shortly thereafter, setting it on the ground near Esulri then backing away.

Esulri leans over to get it, and turns it on. It starts humming a bit, the prompt screen glowing. How to make this thing work... It's a better model, so probably fueled by some magic, so it'll translate even unknown languages...

He presses a few buttons, and - "Say something?"

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"Hm?"

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"Uh. More?" He presses another button on the translator, and it repeats his sentence in a language he recognizes as local. Ugh...

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"I don't know what that thing is," says the visitor conversationally. "Let's see - I'm Cor -" He points at himself, then points inquiringly at Esulri.

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It repeats his sentence in Esulri's language. Esulri makes a triumphant noise.

"I'm Esulri. It's a translator." It repeats that in the language Cor just used.

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"- is it? Wow! That's so cool, we don't have those where I'm from."

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"Where are you from?"

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"That's kind of a long story! Do you want to hear my long story?"

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"There's an infectious disease in town. You might not want to stick around for a long story."

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"- oh! I can probably fix that?"

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"You have healing magic?"

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"Within, uh, limited domains, infections included."

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