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Oct 16, 2021 2:21 PM
leareth, king of cheliax, searches for his alt in a velgarth 1000 years earlier
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Look, if this storm gets any worse we could all be dead by then. 

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And exactly what is he supposed to do about that. 

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I dunno, come looking for us and rescue us? 

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Sigh. 

"Three days. Look for the top of the cliffs." (This is a wild bet that everywhere has cliffs, no matter how exotic; he didn't get that close a look on the scry, he could only do it at all by redesigning a degenerate, simpler version of the spell.) Which should be possible if the storm breaks and they get close enough in to the continental shelf that there are plants and fish to give off any kind of ambient magic, in which case he can Gate to land and look for the stranger who might be him. And probably the 'southern tip' is pretty nonspecific and if he's not obviously there they'll look around a bit. 

- but if, in fact, 'Leareth' wants to help, and they do end up in serious trouble, and 'Leareth' has the additional capabilities one would expect for someone who can speak into his ear even when he's in the middle of the ocean, then...it might be soon enough to make a difference. 

Happy now? 

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Not really, I'm still sick and tired of stale hardtack and Dele's goddamned snoring, but I guess it'll do. 

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She repeats this back to Leareth.

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Sigh. "Thank you. Do you have any kind of read on him?" 

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"He...thought a lot about the three days. I don't have a good guess why. I am not sure we shouldn't Wish-kidnap him now but I guess that's very rude and he might be in the middle of something important."

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"I would be inclined to take the Void-ship over now, and - perhaps attempt to scry him? I am not sure if it is more likely to succeed from the same world. I should go in person, I think, it is somewhat inconvenient but I am the one who can best earn his trust. ...You should not come with me," he adds regretfully, "especially if I expect to be waiting around in the Void for two days if, as seems most likely, all is well and he is simply being the appropriate level of distrustful. But - maybe I could take a scroll of Sending with me, and contact you here if he is in trouble and it is more than I can get him out of? And then you can enlist the help of someone who can actually cast Wish and rescue him." 

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Nod. "And if you go with Vanyel, there's not very much trouble that's more than you two can get him out of."

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"I should hope so." He slips an arm around her, squeezes her. "I will miss you, but I should not be gone longer than a week, unless something very unexpected happens. And I will not be leaving just yet. I should say goodbye to the children, and make sure everything is handed off - and inform Vanyel, I suppose he might need some time to get ready." 

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"Well, I'll try not to light the whole country on fire while you're gone, but you know, no promises."

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He chuckles. "I had better not dawdle, then." 

He heads off to arrange some handover meetings. 

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Vanyel turns up shortly later, or rather sticks his head out of the Work Room he uses in the palace and Mindspeaks Carissa. :Leareth said you could tell me what's going on and why he wants me leaving on a Void-trip with him in three candlemarks? Something in the other Velgarth - did you get word back -:

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Yeah. We contacted him and arranged a pickup in three days but he seemed very suspicious, Leareth wants to try to scry him when we get closer and see if anything is up.

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:Oh. I see. Well, if was around to get your message, hopefully not that much can go wrong before we can get there. I'll get packed: 

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A couple of hours later, Ma'ar gets back to their rooms and immediately heads to Carissa. "Leareth said he's leaving. For Velgarth." 

He's been having another growth spurt over the last year; he's now a little taller than Carissa, which is something he at least is still trying to get used to. 

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"Yes, he's going to go pick up the other you. Tadesse, apparently. Exploring another continent."

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"I wish he would let me come." 

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"But then there would not be any of you around to look after me and Pexa."

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"I guess." He says it in his annoyed-teenager voice and rolls his eyes, which isn't that frequent for him but pops out once in a while. "Pexa's going to miss him and be sad, isn't she." 

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"Well, probably. But we could always set up an elaborate intrigue operation to keep his absence a secret from her, using Alter Self ...or a simulacrum..."

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"That sounds like a lot of work," Ma'ar says in the voice that means he can't quite tell if she's joking or serious. 

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"It's a seventh circle spell with a twelve-hour casting time, and it requires half a pound of powdered rubies. Also Leareth will probably find it creepy, what with how it's not sapient and is bound to obey its creator. That might make it illegal, actually, to make a simulacrum of the King of Cheliax and impersonate him with it. Sounds like the kind of thing there's a law against in the books somewhere. But if we don't do it, Pexa will miss him and be sad."

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"Maybe I can give her extra snuggles and read her stories to make up for it. She always wants me to play with her more." Ma'ar has been somewhat less enthusiastic over the last year about spending time with his little sister; he has some Chelish friends his own age now, and sometimes disappears to purely social events with them in addition to studying magic together. 

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