Jan 17, 2021 6:49 AM
lintalai in arcadia
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You do not seem to be a plant to me, but I admit I do not know much about the Prime. It must be uncommon to just appear one day, no?  Primes typically must give birth in some fashion. Were your dads surprised?

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They were really surprised. They think I'm an alien but if all these other planes exist I kind of wonder if I'm from one of those somehow. I don't remember anything from before I showed up in Anitam so I don't know if I was born or what.

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Perhaps we can assist you with discovering more about your origins. Could you tell me about Amenta's major problems, as you understand them? If you would like to begin with problems your dads and yourself face, that is quite acceptable as well.

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There isn't enough space for everyone to have all the kids they want, and people want to get rid of reds and there's nowhere they can go and that's causing tons of problems, and there are countries that have bad governance, and there's occasionally wars and stuff?

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You are running out of space? Are people not dying frequently enough? Also, could you elaborate on what reds are? The rest of these problems sound familiar from other Prime worlds.

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People die but they want more than two children each. Reds are a caste? They're the caste that deals with polluted things.

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I have always wondered why primes do not kill themselves when they have problems due to lack of space. Perhaps Zienni will know the answer.

Arcadia does not have castes. They are considered an unpopular system of solving problems that we do not have in the Peaceable Kingdoms very often. Some Prime worlds do not have castes, although I believe it varies. Sometimes they have slavery, or priesthoods- are those familiar to you?

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Well, if people kill themselves they don't get to meet the children they're making room for. Amenta doesn't have slavery or priesthoods.

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I see! It may be that castes are much better than slavery and priesthoods for solving the problem of unwanted duties, on Prime worlds. You can ask her when we arrive.

Oh, my apologies, I did not introduce her properly. Zienni is the spellcaster I will introduce you to. We are nearly there now. I am communicating with her now so that she is prepared for our arrival.

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Does that take a lot of preparing?

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I am not sure, so I thought it courteous to warn her. Some spellcasters require time to prepare, and of course she could have been otherwise occupied.

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That makes sense.

On the question of whether she will starve here, she has one possible answer: if she looks at the flora they pass, does it Look Like Food™?

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Most of the flora appears to be Food™, in fact. There are a few plants that appear to not be food; at a glance, they look very little like plants, more closely resembling meat in color and texture.

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Wow, meat plants, that's kind of cool for people who aren't her. I think I would have noticed by now if the air weren't okay, and the food looks like food, I have a magic sense for whether food is edible to me... so probably the water and sunshine are also okay.

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It joys me to hear that. We are also about to arrive, so if there are any other questions you have about how Prime visitors adapt to the Peaceable Kingdoms, Zienni will answer them.

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Lintalai can see- a nearly identical set of buildings as to the Tiny Farmhouses. There is a figure standing outside one of them, waving as they approach.

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Lintalai waves from aboard Intrepid.

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And as they get closer, Lintalai can see a person standing at about three feet tall, darker-skinned, wearing bright clothes that are simple in design and pattern.

She says something in another language.

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She says 'Hello, it's a pleasure to meet you'. From now on, I will only translate for you both, until such a time that you have said all that you need to say.

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"Hello, it's nice to meet you, my name is Lintalai."

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By ki-rin proxy (which the narration will no longer mention, since it can be assumed that Intrepid is telepathically translating) and after an according delay:

"My name is Zienni Hilltopple. I hear that you just came in from a new Prime world! I've never heard of an 'Amenta' before! What's it like?"

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"Um, we don't have any magic, or gods, or anybody like you or Intrepid, and rivers are curvy, and there's no other not-Amentan civilizations we talk to there."

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She looks confused by the mention of Intrepid, and then presently, less confused. She nods.

"On my home world, we do have magic, and some of the gods intervene there. Not as many as they seem to have in Arcadia, though, only three. I take it many more exist in the wide multiverse, but I haven't traveled much of it yet. Rivers are curvy on most Prime worlds, apparently, that's how they are naturally. It's only Outer Planes like Arcadia that don't make any sense! Does Amenta know about traveling between worlds? Some of the Prime worlds have managed to travel between one another, even! Does Amenta have space travel?"

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"We have enough of it to get to and from moons, and even other planets in the solar system, but people don't like to live there because they don't have seasons even if you build stuff on them that you can live in. We don't have good enough travel to get to other stars and check them for good habitable planets."

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"Do you think I could help with that? I'm good at making it easier to- oh, that's right, that's why you're here. Sorry, we can get back to talking about space travel in a minute. Intrepid says you're worried about getting basic sustenance for your species, is that right? What do you folks need to survive?"

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