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Jul 30, 2021 4:07 PM
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Nayoki waits nearby, leaving Azabel to her work; she seems to spend most of the time in a Mindspeech conversation, possibly several of them. 

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Yes, yes, all these people are very busy and too important for the person they decided to kidnap and should perhaps think of their packed schedules next time they consider abducting someone. When the artifact is done she puts it on her wrist - she's got enough necklace talismans - and asks how far away Haven is.

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:A little over five hundred miles. ...If that is not within your range, I have a location near the border with Hardorn which would be much closer, and could drop you off there: 

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:I've never tried it and don't know if I'd be in good shape after: Also the people of Haven might not want an open gate between Leareth's place and theirs.

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:Shall I Gate you to the Hardorn border, then? Oh, I ought probably have someone scry it first, to check that it is safe: 

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:Yes, thank you:

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Nayoki arranges this, and then takes her to a room set up with a dedicated Gate-threshold. 

Scarcely five minutes after the request, Azabel is being deposited on a deserted section of unpaved road, surrounded by snow-blanketed fields. 

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Aza thanks her again and waits for her to leave before raising her own Gate.

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Haven is dark and quiet and peaceful, no different from how she left it. The sky is clear, studded with stars. 

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- and then a frantic Mindtouch is searching for her. :Azabel? Azabel, is that you -?: 

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:Yep, I got kidnapped but they let me go!:

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:I - you what - we've been searching for you for hours–: Jisa stops herself. :I'm coming out to meet you. Are you hurt?: 

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:Nothing much. Small puncture wound:

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:I'll be right there - calling for a Healer just in case: The sense of a frantic sprint slips through in the overtones. :You said 'they' - who? Leareth?: 

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:Yes, but please don't decide it's time to keep me prisoner yourselves, I have yet to develop a taste for it. We had a chat and I have a line of communication to him:

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:I - what - why would we do that? Also what did he want and why did he just let you leave after?: 

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:He'd heard somewhat exaggerated rumors about me which I suppose taken together would have meant that I was as old as he was and came bearing an artifact Urtho made and whatnot and this made me sound very threatening, I suppose! I explained that I was not very threatening. I am glad you do not think I'm horribly compromised in some way:

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:I mean, we should have Melody check your mind to make sure he didn't leave anything nasty in there, but it's not like you got kidnapped on purpose!: 

And then Jisa reaches her, at a run, and offers an extra cloak and her arm. :Let's get you inside to start. Gods, I'm so glad you're safe - we were so worried -: 

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:Thanks: The arm is kind of her, perhaps she's noticed that walking around on the ice is very hard for Aza.

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Melody, along with one of the Healers, catches up with them just before they reach the House of Healing, and together they hustle Azabel inside and into an unused room, get her a chair, and offer her a cup of warm herbal tea. 

:How are you doing?: Melody asks her. :Need a few minutes to sit before we bother you with a thousand questions?: 

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:You can go ahead with the questions:

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:Er, and may I have a peek to check you for compulsions or anything? I suppose you've got Mindhealing Sight too - do you know if he did anything to your head?: 

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:He did but his Mindhealer employee undid them:

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:Hmm. Well, I do want to make sure she undid all of them. It should be quick. Don't think he had his hands on you long enough to do anything really intricate: 

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:Tran is not going to believe that at ALL: 

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