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Feb 26, 2021 10:45 AM
Azure-and-Florentho portalsnaked to Manere
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He will do his best to describe daemons!  He's had a little time on the way over to consider what might be different.  

"All of my people - our souls exist outside of our bodies.  When we're born, they appear next to us in a form called Ditto - a small pink shape that can take the forms of other people or daemons nearby.  Once we reach puberty they settle into one of several hundred permanent forms.  This is personality-dependent and not consciously chosen.

"Most daemons need to stay within a certain distance of their human.  Florentho and I have undergone Separation and can be any distance apart.  Only about 2% of people separate, on the Fleet - mostly police officers and other emergency responders.  Gallade are especially good with disaster response, given our personalities and Moves, and ability to sense if anyone is trapped or buried nearby.  

"What else - ah, daemons can't be touched by anyone other than other daemons and their human.  It's painful to try.  Also, many psychic types including gallade can read the minds of those who touch them, though obviously this doesn't come up as anything but another reason it isn't done."

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She's wearing an earpiece, subtly. She gets orders.

"Thank you, sir.

Gifts being what they are, could it be asked that you demonstrate a few of yours? Perhaps the teleportation and the guard, if that would be acceptable?"

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"We're willing to do that.  For teleportation, we'll need a space that we can be sure no one will step into or throw anything into for a few seconds.  The barrier needs a larger space, but doesn't go through walls or damage anything.  It's a little over three meters radius."

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It needs another room than this one? Would it work to teleport from the hallway back into this room?

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"I can teleport a few feet over.  This room will work fine for it."

Unless she seems to object, he can find a spot to stand next to where neither she nor anyone coming into the room will likely step by accident.  Teleport takes a few seconds to activate, and comes with a faint glow around what is about to be teleported.

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She doesn't object.

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He vanishes from where he is and teleports about two feet over.  It's not terribly exciting, but does prove that he can do it.

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Actually that is very exciting. She doesn't show this.

The guard can't be done in this room? 

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It can if there's a corner where he has about ten feet of space.  This might require her moving to the opposite corner if she doesn't want to be in range, depending on the size of the room.  It wouldn't hurt her - there are no warnings about Wide Guard the way there are with Teleport - but he'd rather not make assumptions.  

The wide guard is a translucent wall of shimmering hexagons which appear immediately as it is cast.  The barrier clings to the walls, floor, and ceiling where it reaches them and otherwise arcs through the air in a section of a sphere centered around Florentho.  The effect lasts for exactly 6 seconds before vanishing.

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It's a large interview room (they had it free, and were attempting to hedge on the side of obliging treatment. Looks like that was the right decision more than they they were much imagining).

This is sufficient to be exciting - a (powerful) illusion Gift would still be one more - but -

Would it be acceptable if she threw something at it while it was up? (She continues to not show any new reactions, hers or her superiors').

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She can if she wants to.  He can only use each Move so often in a day, but he has plenty of energy left for demonstrations.  He'll wait for her to have something to throw, then create another wide guard in the same place as before.  

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She avoids in any way saying or implying that she personally wants to, in a way that would come across as careful if it didn't come across as completely engrained and unremarkable.

She gets something to throw; throws it when given cue to.

And could she take down what the daily limits are?

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Things bounce off the barrier as if hitting a rock wall.  

"Teleport and Hypnosis can be used 20 times a day.  Life Dew and Wide Guard can be used 10 times a day.  The way the fleet measures time, at least; our days might be different lengths."

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Well.

A day marked by some particular time, or by their own personal cycle? (This is not necessary for the central question of figuring out this visitor, but could be important, especially in some scenarios, and that was a very natural opening.)

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"The energy restores steadily over time, such that if I expend all of my energy for a move by the time a full day has passed it will be back at the maximum I can hold.  It does seem to be regenerating here - I used teleport shortly before I wound up sent here, and I've gotten a little of it back already.

"Each move has its own reservoir which can't be used by the others."  He thinks this is obvious from the way he'd described them, but he might as well explicitly say as much.  

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Thanking again.

She is not privy to what anyone on the other side of her earpiece might be talking to each other about, but she thinks she can guess at it pretty accurately.

No one has three Gifts (or more than that, but three's enough). At best very few people have a Gift as powerful as these have been, and not generally without much greater cost. But even if someone could sustain something like that creature, or teleport or make a shield like that and not promptly nearly collapse, they could absolutely not do all three of those.

That doesn't necessarily have to mean alien, but it does mean something very fantastical, and it would be somewhat strange if someone very fantastical for other reasons also decided to make up being an alien. Not that that's even the important part.

Over the earpiece, she is notified that someone more properly important is about to come over.

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There's a knock at the door - not asking but notifying - and a not-robed person (fancier uniform), with quite a lot of the body language that tends to go with that, comes in.

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She does a very deferential submissive greeting, mostly for the purpose of signaling 'this person is important' to their visitor.

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The dom smiles. Does her own greeting, one dom to another.

"Ah, greetings! We're so pleased to meet you, Mr. -?"

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"Azure, ma'am," she says, not that they don't know that already. (She stays by, as she's meant to. In case they need her for something. And of course in case the alien dom decides he was offended by something and her superiors want to make him feel better about them by demonstratively beating her.

Part of the job, not that she can say it's a favorite.)

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"So pleased to meet you, Mr. Azure! We've never been so fortunate as to host an alien visitor before. We certainly hope that we can live up to the occasion! And please do tell us if anything is amiss or can be improved on!"

(Emotion reading will report that she is in fact feeling pleased. Also opportunistic.)

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(Opportunistic isn't the worst thing he could be picking up.  Combined with the nervousness from the other is a little more worrying, but not in an immediate way.)

"It's exciting from our end as well.  This is the first time any of my people have met aliens."

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"And likewise for us! Should we be expecting more of your people, now that you're here?" She accepts a page of notes from the sub and pretends to read it (and may as well review).

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"I'm not sure.  This trip was unexpected, and through unusual means.  They will be investigating, and the creature which sent me here is presumably still there to study."

Azure had mentioned that a mirror-faced creature had sent him here to the person at the reception desk.  He repeats the information to them.  

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"You said it was an unknown creature, and also that you live on a fleet?"

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