Jan 21, 2021 3:21 PM
Princess Aspexia Iomedae lands on some confused Heralds
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It's raining in Haven. As a result, the Palace grounds are nearly deserted. The Companions' Field is soggy and the Companions themselves are mostly enjoying the nice cozy stables. The few people braving the early autumn downpour have their heads tucked in against their chests and hoods pulled over their faces.

Herald-Mage Savil Ashkevron, having just finished some mage-work in one of the outlying Palace buildings, is riding hunched over Kellan's neck, cheating a little bit with a mage-barrier to keep the rain off her head and a little heat-spell.

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Pexa is not allowed in the Work Rooms because they are VERY DANGEROUS and she is not allowed in the streets because she will get LOST and everybody will be WORRIED but she is chasing a cat, which they will surely understand is a good reason. 

There is an explosion.

Pexa wears a special necklace her daddy made and she is uninjured but she is ....not in the same place as before.  And she does not see the cat.

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She is not! She’s on a very wet muddy path beside a very wet field. There are some slightly flooded-looking flowerbeds, and beyond that some low stone buildings.  

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She should NOT bite her emergency ring unless it is a REAL EMERGENCY and not being able to find the cat is NOT a REAL EMERGENCY and her daddy will come running but he'll be very sad and disappointed. 

 

She does not bite her emergency ring because of it not being a REAL EMERGENCY. 

She walks off towards the buildings because she wants to tell her nursemaids that there was an EXPLOSION and now she can't find the cat.

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And suddenly someone riding a big white horse - not Vanyel’s talking horse, this one is bigger and probably a boy horse - is galloping around the corner toward her! Mud flies everywhere.

...Savil leans forward, what was that - some sort of magic but she didn’t recognize it at all...?

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That's so much mud!  She will be declared VERY MESSY and BATHED and it wasn't even her fault. 

 

 

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At the site of the flash of magic there's a girl of maybe three, wearing very fancy clothing for warmer weather than there is, and wearing - three different incredible, unfamiliar magic artifacts, a ring and a necklace and a bracelet, each of them individually a candidate for the most impressive magic work Savil would have ever seen. 

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Kellan plants his hooves and skids to a stop well short of where the little girl is, and Savil - sits there for a moment, blinking.

:Kellan, can you -: Tell Taver, she means to finish, but she doesn't have to.

     :On it. You should - hmm, probably try not to scare her:

Great, now he's distracted talking to Taver and Savil does NOT know how to tell by looking whether a tiny child is scared. She sighs and eases herself down from Kellan's back, wincing; her hips always bother her in this sort of weather.

"Hello?" she says. "Er, are you lost?"

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Pexa speaks Taldane and Celestial and in principle she has heard a fair bit of Valdemaran but she would not be accurately characterized as speaking it. She looks confusedly up at the woman. 

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The girl isn't Gifted, Savil thinks - at that age you generally can't even check for potential yet - but her mind...has the look of one that's interacted with Mindspeech before, it's hard to characterize more precisely but it's familiar.

She's a strong enough Mindspeaker that this should work.

:Do you understand this?: she tries.

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People Mindspeak Pexa all the time. Her daddy does it and his guards do it and Vanyel does it and Yfandes does it. :Yes!: she thinks back at Savil cheerfully. 

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:Er, where are you from - are you lost...?: Savil is SO CONFUSED but at least the little girl isn't wailing, that would make things much worse.

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:I'm from Cheliax. Are we not in Cheliax. Are we in Valdemar?: She is guessing this because of the white horse. She has only met one great white horse like that, Yfandes, who is from Valdemar.

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:Y...es, this is Valdemar: How in all hells has the girl heard of it when Savil has never in her life heard of anywhere called 'Cheliax'.

- Either way this should probably be sorted out somewhere other than standing in the rain. :Are you cold?: Savil asks. :We'd better get you inside:

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:It...does look like it, doesn't it: There are multiple reasons Savil never had children and she has no idea what to do about bathing one. :...Well, I'll bring you in near the women's bathhouse and we can see about that: Maybe someone can rescue her. She tries to remember if Sandra had younger siblings...

:Sandra?:

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A teenage girl reading a book in her bedroom jumps. :What? I thought our lesson wasn't until later:

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:Need your help. We have a mysterious lost child and among other things she needs a bath:

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Ugh why is she being dragged in for THAT of all things. :Is Van free?:

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:I don't think I should get Van to bathe the toddler:

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:Why not? ...All right, fine, I'm coming:

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Savil sighs heavily. :It's this way: she says to the little girl. :Er, a bit of a walk. Would you like to ride up on Kellan?: One of the few things she recalls about children is that her nieces and nephews adored her Companion when she visited that one time.

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:Yeah! Is he your -: She has forgotten the word for Companion so she sends the general concept of Yfandes.

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:- Huh. He's my Companion, yes. You've heard of Companions?: Also that particular Companion-concept was bizarrely familiar but Savil is already overwhelmed with bizarre observations and doesn't make anything of it. She gingerly picks up the child and hefts her up into the saddle, and then starts walking, one hand on the pommel to avoid slipping.

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Pexa bounces on Kellen and says "hi!" to him in Taldane and plays with her EMERGENCY ring which she is NOT going to bite because it is NOT an emergency.

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They reach one of the stone buildings and Savil scoops the little girl down. :...Oh, I'm so sorry, I didn't think to introduce myself. I'm Savil. What's your name?:

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