Aug 05, 2020 12:36 PM
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"Okay. Uh, you seem like you don't really know, which is totally reasonable to be clear, but do you know how I'd make sure?"

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"Yeah. There's a city around the palace, and the guards there or at the palace gate should be able to tell you more about how to talk to the Overlord. For leaving entirely - there's bars and stuff where people meet."

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"And how worried should I be about, at some point, no longer being able to freely opt to do this or not do it?"

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"...Imara tends to try to control interesting people. Fairly worried if he notices you."

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"I can get to other planets with more applications of my transportation spell, if that's safer. There are not an infinite number of mages back home and we're going to need a lot to haul everybody wherever we wind up evacuating to so I should try pretty hard not to die or anything."

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"Probably safer but it might be harder to get an audience on - good terms? With some foreign overlords if you intentionally teleport into their territory. But even those might have border planets they'd be less controlling of."

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"- to teleport onto or to trade me for?"

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"Teleporting onto. Imara doesn't but some Overlords really control their territory."

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"Okay, but, again, how would I learn which planets are good prospects?"

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"Probably talking to people who travel internationally, which probably means a port city..."

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"Okay. What kind of travel time are we looking at there?"

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" - Valley's in quarantine right now and will be for... A while, probably. If we can get past that... Maybe a few hours? At most? City's about thirty minutes away, should have transit to the nearest port."

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"...and I guess you can't just say 'a mage came by and took care of the disease, it's gone now' about the quarantine, can you. How long a while, I told people to expect me within the next few days."

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"Don't know. They'd want to do tests and all. Might be longer than a few days, though."

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"How is the quarantine enforced?"

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"Roads are blocked. It's technically possible to walk out around those."

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"Are they going to, like, shoot us if they catch us, or just go 'hey, in your feverish delirium you seem to have gotten lost, go back'."

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"Probably the latter. Kind of depends on the guard, though."

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"That's a really wide spread of policy."

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"Not so much policy as Imara not really caring what his guards get up to. 'Tell people to turn around' is policy."

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"I guess. Ugh. Unfortunately nobody has figured out how to use magic to turn invisible and this is not the time for experiments."

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"Our magic can do invisibility, pretty easily I think, but I don't know much about how it's learned."

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"Probably not time for even that grade of magical experiment."

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"Yeah."

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"Ugh. I need an empty planet first thing, after I have that I can be much more profligate with magic. In your estimation, what odds does circumventing the quarantine and poking around a city taking the temperature about getting off planet or seeing Imara as a diplomatic visitor and then doing whichever of those sounds better get me?"

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