Oct 29, 2020 3:35 AM
promise and leareth
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Okay, fair, it's kind of a silly question but what is she. "Are you a Changecreature?"

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Doesn't know what that is. Blink blink blink.

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The Healer, painstakingly, asks about several other species (unsurprisingly gets three-blink answers) and then starts asking if she's from Velgarth, or from this long list of individual countries. 

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Meanwhile Nayoki slips into the back of the room and looks at the small winged woman with Mindhealing Sight. In case she's not under a compulsion, but is under something else. 

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She is under SO MUCH something else.

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Wow. Does it look like a block or set-command or literally any kind of Mindhealing technique she's used before. 

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Sort of like set-commands, but sharper, smoother, cleaner, more discrete.

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Okay that's so weird. 

She goes off to converse with Leareth privately. 

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"Do you have any magical abilities?" the Healer asks the woman. 

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Blink blink.

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...Well, she's visibly not a mage and her aura doesn't look like a Gifted person's at all although it does look...weird. Everything about this is weird. And she can't ask more about what the magic powers do because apparently she's under a ridiculous amount of mind-control. There's been a great deal of conversation happening in Mindspeech and Leareth doesn't want Nayoki to try to do anything yet because, well, when someone shows up under an absurd number of not-set-commands, maybe there's a reason for that and they should understand the situation slightly better before they mess with it more. 

"Did you travel here deliberately for a specific reason?" the Healer asks. 

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Three blinks.

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"Did someone else send you here?" 

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Blink blink blink. Nobody sent her and nobody will find her, either, tears are convenient that way if all you want is to be not-here...

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"Did you just travel - somewhere, by accident or without a particular destination?" 

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Blink blink.

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"Well, you succeeded. And I think ended up very far away from - wherever-it-was you started. If you've heard of, er, Valdemar or Hardorn or Iftel, you're in that general region of the continent." Well north of it, actually, but Leareth is cagey about things in general and they're missing so much context here. "And we don't recognize your species or Gifts at all. I have no idea how you speak our languages." She doesn't even look like a Changecreature, not really, they're less alien than that. 

Sigh. A few more Mindspeech comments are exchanged silently. The Healer is mostly feeling very bad for the poor woman now, but Leareth is still being paranoid. Just like him. 

"Were you a prisoner before?" she asks. 

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Blink blink. Isn't that kind of obvious. Also she doesn't speak any languages and has never heard of those places or this continent.

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Upstairs, receiving updates by Mindspeech from the Healer keyed to the shields, Leareth paces.

On the one hand, there's a maybe-dangerous alien creature probably from another world in his basement right now. With some sort of magic that's probably entirely new to him, that he wants to know everything about. And who understands them but seems unable to communicate or do anything else because of mind-control.

The obvious solution is to take off the mind-control or at least some of it, but Nayoki didn't recognize it - like set-commands, she said, but not done by a Mindhealer - and she wasn't a hundred percent sure she could take it off safely. Also he doesn't know why it's there. They're pretty sure she wasn't sent here as an agent by someone who wants Leareth dead, at least, but that doesn't mean she isn't dangerous. 

He could coercively read her mind, or have Nayoki do it, but that sounds like a great way to have her never want to cooperate with anyone here ever. 

Sigh. 

:Aldrin, I am going to Gate out to the west bunker location and scry the room from there, in case she is in fact dangerous: It's possible she's the kind of dangerous that could follow his Gate, but there are a lot of shields against mage-energies between her and where he is now, she shouldn't even be aware of his existence (and her thoughts have shown no sign of it apparently), and just in case he can Gate in two steps, it's much less likely she could somehow follow both unless she has some sort of absurd past-sight. 

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:All right. You want me to stay up here?: 

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:Yes. I want Farsight on the room - I can key you to the shields - and immediately pass a message if anything untoward happens. Not to me, to the troop compound at Noku, they can relay it on: He takes a breath, lets it out. :I am going to have Nayoki talk to her about removing the mind-control safely, or some of it at least, so we can find out where in all hells she came from and why she is here: 

If she burns down his entire facility here or something he's going to be pretty irritated, but he does have backup copies of all the books elsewhere. 

He Gates out. 

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Nayoki re-enters the basement and sits as well. She doesn't even know the woman's name, which feels very awkward right now, but oh well. 

"You are under some kind of mind-control, yes?" she says. "Preventing you from speaking or moving." 

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She would not actually describe it as "mind control" if you asked her but it doesn't seem worth quibbling over. Blink blink.

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"Did whoever was keeping you prisoner do that to you?" 

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Blink blink. He is so so far away now. He'll have time to forget her name.

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