Jan 21, 2021 4:00 PM
Changeling falls on Arcbright
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Hannah is shaping personal demiplanes for an apartment complex when something goes wrong. A passing plane snags on her building spellmatrix, and the bundle tangles. She shakes it free quickly, before the rift can stabilize - but now there's a pocket of unstable energy and a chunk of an alien plane. 

She dumps it in the middle of the street as her least-bad option.

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The air above the middle of the street now contains a twenty foot wide sphere of ice-cold ocean. It hits the ground without much time to spread out and splashes outward in a big wave, knocking people over and disturbing gardens.

In the middle of it a mermaid wearing an elaborately pretty dress lands on her head and flops heavily to the ground and shouts, "Holyshit, ow!" as soon as her mouth is uncovered.

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"Sorry!!" Hannah calls back. 

She pulls a wand from the holster at her hip and snaps off a Cure Serious Wounds at the accidentally-kidnapped mermaid. The water damage is for later she just kidnapped a person holy shit - 

She races over in case more serious spellwork is needed to let the mermaid breathe or similar.

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She's sitting up and looking around. "The- The fuck is going on, it takes a lot to get me to swear like this but holyshit that triggered my adrenaline rush and my neck is fixed now I can't move but I gotta move - what - did I blackout or something-"

All this is said very quickly. She seems to be breathing just fine.

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She sheathes her wand. "Interplanar accident, you teleported. Welcome to Arcbright." 

She spreads her hands and a big soft fluffy towel falls into them. She offers it. 

"You're probably in shock a little. It's okay, I can get you back home. You following me?"

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Fluffy towel --> Drying off --> Something to do with her hands while the adrenaline calms the fuck down at her command.

"You just did something impossible!" She says through the fluffy towel. "Do re mi fa so la ti do - high and away go we, luna awaits grey and free-"

She's a talented amateur with perfect vocal cords and decades of sporadic practice.

"I'll calm down in a bit," she says, still muffled by towel. "Adrenaline! Good to react quickly in emergencies not so good when the 'mergency isn't! This is a nice towel."

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"'There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' Know the quote?" She pulls her third-favorite fidget cube from her personal hammerspace and hands it over. "Here, something to fidget with."

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"Impossible! Again! Except evidently not!"

Towel is shoved away and cube is fidgeted with. Her fin is visibly receding and her lower body acquiring a divot, like one of those sped-up videos of plants growing.

"Shakespeare? I think? I'm not an actress I'm a perpetual dabbler. We've done a lot of dreaming, teleportation is a dream in a way that lukewarm fusion isn't, except for some quantum bullshit I don't understand. You saying it ain't so?"

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"If you have Shakespeare you've probably got an Earth. Not all places do! Thanks for helping me narrow that down." She accepts her towel back and stores it again in her personal dimension.

"This city is built on the reality of teleportation and a whole host of other things we shorthand as magic. I'm a dimensional mage, I was putting in compressed apartment blocks when I hit a snag and accidentally grabbed a chunk of your world."

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"Does that happen often? How does magic work is it more 'alchemy' or 'innate superpowers' or 'bargaining with demons'-"

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"It's rare for skilled workers, but not unprecedented. Mostly enchantments and willworking, enough sacrificial magic for masochism to be an industry. Here, have a skylime." She appears the green fruit and passes it to the mermaid. "It's good for five minutes' flight per section eaten, thirty minutes if you eat the whole lime. Mind you it's sour."

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She takes the skylime but doesn't immediately eat it.

"A masochism industry, huh? I know what my next job is. 'M a bubblehead-" she points to her own head with a sideways smile. "Being the same person for too long is boring. I tried that out for a few months, a while back. Wasn't bad, would be a lot better if I can get paid for it. Uh, do you need to do something about the water, are cops going to show up here-"

(Squelch, goes her lower body as it separates into two limbs. The fin is mostly gone, but her new feet are grossly half-formed.)

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""Being the same person too long is boring", huh? I should introduce you to my sisters. 

There'll be an admin-mage along any second now. Fortunately the apartments here are all safely in their demiplane bubbles so there's not much to flood except some public park. Glad to see you're leg-capable, gross but cool. Especially since that's tech you've got there. OTC's going to want to contact wherever you came from for sure."

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A flash of pink light, and a girl wearing a black gothic lolita dress with a skull tattoo pops out of nowhere. 

"Is everything okay?" she calls. "Should've known it'd be a you, Hannah."

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"Under control! Accidental transport from an uncontacted, seems friendly!"

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"Meat shifting around is gross, it's pretty hard to make that go away." She crosses her arms and pouts a little.

"Hello," she says with a little wave. "I have to believe it's real at this point, it's either that or hostile simulation with really expensive toys and I have no idea who'd bother to do that to little old me-"

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"It's real, it's perfectly normal as far as anything is ever actually normal, let's get you to a quarantine suite - no offence but we have no idea what where you came from is like, we don't know if you have a disease or are shedding nanobots or what have you. Take my hands please, the both of you."

She offers a hand to each of them.

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Hannah takes her hand.

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"I am not consenting to medical treatment or scanning or anything like that, legally speaking, by assenting to quarantine. No offense but I have no idea how you operate or what authority you're drawing upon."

She ducks her head and takes the hand, musing that many of her other personalities would bristle more and be offended or at least annoyed, but it seems only reasonable really. Just like her response.

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There's a flare of pink light, and then they're both in a well-appointed suite with wide windows but no doors. Audrey aims the teleport to drop Changeling onto the couch, and Hannah is left standing in the middle of the room. Audrey blinks back out again without so much as a by-your-leave.

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Hannah sighs. "Looks like they're making a big deal of it. It's not like Audrey to be such a hardass, I guess 'interplanar accident' got her spooked."

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"It's understandable to take precautions. Anyone competent back home would do the same. And this mindset has high empathy and low baseline for irritation so I'm not annoyed. If I were someone else right now I might be. The strategic part of me is considering turning into a firebrand and making a big deal out of being kidnapped, getting offended and loudly so I can get better compensation, but without knowing who anyone here is or works for and how they might react to that it seems a worse bet than playing nice and reasonable and waiting a while."

She shrugs. 

"Would you like me to sing to pass the time?"

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"Please do," says Hannah. She goes and digs through the minifridge and pulls out a can of pop. 

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"Ooh, grab one for me please."

She sings. Normally she'd just sort of croon aimlessly but this time she does a song from a recent movie, Acceleration Eternal. It's fast and the lyrics are about being Shocked! Dazzled! Amazed! By the wonderful world of magic.

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Hannah fetches Changeling a pop and laughs at the lyrics. "I like you. We should - hang sometime." She halfsmiles.

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Audrey pops back in, tablet at the ready.

"Alright, so. I have here a form for a one-year visa with a few fields for you to fill in. Name, did you bring any controlled or hazardous goods with you, if yes or maybe please list, do you understand that Arcbright's laws apply during your stay. And for you, Hannah, I have a form for accidental displacements that'll establish your legal responsibility for her. Either of you have any questions?"

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