Nov 28, 2020 1:14 AM
Daémon Fleet characters dropped on The Untamed
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Meanwhile, their humans have settled around the low square table.  Unaccustomed to the furniture, they sit on the cushions in a variety of ways.

Though the daemon conversation is too quiet to hear clearly, there is some level of subconscious connection keeping them parallel.  "He doesn't seem corrupt, or malicious, or lying..."  

Unlike Florentho, the fact that he doesn't have a reason for his dislike bothers Azure.  He makes a mental note to reflect on the feelings with Florentho later.  

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"Does it seem dangerous to be here?  Compared to... I don't know.  Wandering off into the forest?"

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"No.  I don't think it's dangerous."

He pauses for a while.  "We should go out and get a look at how things work before making any long-term agreements."

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Alizara nods.  Quietly, "I noticed that you didn't mention the emotion sensing.  Are we keeping it a secret?"

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"No.  Or, I'd rather not."  He hadn't consciously made the decision to avoid it.  It just... he was used to not bringing it up. 

"The problem is... we don't really have anywhere else to go if they do have a problem with it here."

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"I think we have to tell them first.  Not because they might want to know.  Because if they're going to be assholes over abilities that people have no control over, I don't want to be in their presence."

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This seems like a good point for Iarlaith to nod in agreement.  

Dark types are the most commonly stereotyped as being bigoted towards people with electroreception, empathy, and other non-standard senses.  Best to make it clear right away that he's never been in one of the groups that want to go back to the old days.  Back to when those who settled as zubat and eelektross and such would get banished from cities or locked out of sight.  

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"Let's bring it up with Master Cai first."

Alizara trusts more educated people to be more logical.  She's not sure whether that'll stretch to scholars in pre-industrial societies, but they're probably the closest equivalent to scientists.

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"It would be worse to let it fester," he agrees.  

While he doesn't doubt that Verity would be willing to live out in the wilderness as some kind of hermit, he doesn't think he could manage.  It's not even their lack of wilderness survival skills.  It would just be so lonely to never have a full conversation again.

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"We're probably overthinking this," she mentions.  "Hating electroreception and such is arbitrary, and there's no reason to assume that they would have even developed that taboo just because we had it at their tech level."

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"Even if 'let's greet important people by bending down and looking at their feet for a second' is apparently universal."  Verity adds.  Give or take some arm movements which may or may not require a sword.  

"I wonder if they'd also have a problem with other senses.  Ones merely better than a human's, rather than ones humans don't have at all."

Araeneve can sense a lot through smell.  Who has been in a given room, what they've eaten recently, whether they're menstruating, or sick, or scared.  She could track someone across an entire ship if she wanted to.  Emotion sensing, by contrast, really doesn't show much more than someone good at reading people could tell by looking at their daemon's behavior.  Hence why she thinks the old taboos were so arbitrary.  

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Master Cai shows up after a little while.  Rather than leave the task to an errand-running junior, he carries in a few sets of robes.  They are generic white, selected so as to not claim allegiance which has not yet been determined.  

"You might want to change into these before dinner.  Your clothing is unusual enough to attract unwanted attention."

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"More unusual than the daemons following us around?"

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"It's more a matter of the amount of skin revealed, and the unusual cut."

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Iarlaith looks down at their clothes, skeptical.  All of their sleeves go at least to their elbows.  Iarlaith's pants are the shortest, but are still a bit past the knee.  By fleet standards, they're pretty well covered up. 

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"Oh, you wouldn't have rules about daemon colors here!" she realizes. 

She accepts the white robes with a surprising amount of glee.  They're annoyingly swishy-looking, and she'll have to figure out what they use as riding gear, but it's not blue.

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"Daemon colors?"

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"Fleet law states we need to wear colors that match our daemons."

He is much less happy about the robes.  They're so... plain.  If he were going to cross-dress as an ice type, he'd at least want something patterned.

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"I'd noticed the matching colors," he says.  "I doubt we have full robes prepared that will work, but I can send someone to look for something, if it's important?"

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Azure thinks it is very important.  Alizara and Iarlaith are more practical, though do want something suitable sooner rather than later.  Verity is perfectly happy in white.

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"Ah.  Color among cultivators commonly indicates loyalty to a sect.  In the Yunmeng Jiang sect, it isn't mandatory outside of night hunts or official business, though you'll rarely find anyone wearing colors other than our blue and purple."

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Joy.  More blue and purple.  

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Alizara files away the concept of 'night hunts' to ask about later.  Instead, she pokes her brother.

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"There is another ability of Gallade which I hadn't mentioned.  We can also sense emotions in the area directly around us - around Florentho, specifically," he clarifies.  Florentho is still in the cluster of other daemons, though half hidden in how Araeneve's mane has puffed up in defensive agitation.  

He can explain their worries and thought processes.  The modern Fleet culture is much better about it than their ancestors had been, but back in the days when they were still on a planet there had been a great deal of prejudice involving daemons with inhuman senses.  Emotion sensing, the ability to sense magnetic fields, electrical fields, or heat, telling what Moves a person has memorized... Any sense that humans don't have a version of was considered indecent, and anyone who settled as daemons who had them were often thrown to the wilderness or locked away in segregated districts from everyone else.

They hadn't exactly intentionally hidden it, but they avoid bringing it up in general.  After getting back to the room, they'd realized that it hadn't been mentioned here.  

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Master Cai strokes his beard thoughtfully.  "I don't recall anywhere in this world that has that particular issue.  Nor can I say that, upon hearing the list of abilities that you bring with you, that emotion sensing would be the most threatening sounding among them."

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