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Sep 20, 2021 4:32 AM
azabel lands in ASFTV!timeline valdemar
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:- are you okay?:

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:- Have to go - emergency meeting - Dara had a vision...: 

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:- right, okay, um, later:

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Tran flees. 

A few minutes pass with nothing else happening. 

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Aza writes up notes on the conversation.

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Jisa is the one who Mindtouches her a few minutes later. :Someone should give you an update, probably?: 

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:Wouldn't hurt. Dara had a vision?:

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:Yes. Of an assassin sent for Randi. With...hints, that it was by Leareth, although Foresight is pretty cryptic–: 

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:- ugh. What kind of hints?:

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:Something about a dagger the assassin had - we're still debriefing it, Dara is - pretty disoriented, she's never had a waking vision before, apparently it's rough. We'll tell you more as soon as we know, all right?: 

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:Okay:

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For a little while, nobody bothers her. 

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And then there's a polite knock on the door, and a recognizably-hertasi voice. "Azabel?" 

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"Hi?" She goes and opens the door.

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A friendly hertasi! Who bobs her head and gestures for Azabel to follow her. 

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Sure, Azabel will follow the hertasi. "What's up?"

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"Dara asked to see you!" the hertasi offers helpfully. She seems to be speaking what must be a modernized dialect of something like Tantaran or Kaled'a'in; it's sort of comprehensible but not entirely. 

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Maybe Dara's wiped out from getting a vision and sent a hertasi instead of Mindspeaking her or something. An... odd choice.

Wait, are there even any hertasi around in Haven -

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And suddenly a careful, efficient mage-barrier rises around her, proof against sound and physical force and mage-energies - 

 

- and the carefully-shielded mage, hiding in the shadow of a tree, steps forward, and casts a compulsion, carefully aimed but moderately overpowered.

Stop; hold still; cast no magic; do not use Mindspeech. 

(Even this is still just-barely below the power threshold to trigger an alarm on the Web.) 

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- well it didn't actually work last time but it's still her best shot. STOP

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She can feel the set-command landing on whoever was compulsioning her! They are very stopped! 

This does not undo any of the compulsions that they already managed to get off. 

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Maybe she can Mindheal them away, wiggle the gears till they slip off -

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She can definitely make progress on that! 

 

 

- but not enough, before someone reacts, and a node-driven, overpowered Mindspeech blow strikes at her shields, carefully calibrated to penetrate an Adept mage's defences and knock them out. 

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- she goes over like a stack of bricks.

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And then, some indeterminate time later, she wakes up in darkness and silence. 

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