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Jun 23, 2021 8:53 PM
Julie has a medical emergency. And several other emergencies.
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The mage tries to sort of cushion the person's fall with a force-net, he didn't mean to actually hurt him, and then he looks around for anyone else who needs compulsioning to STOP. 

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Wow that is not a reassuring thought at ALL.

To the nearby Healer and the second mage who crossed with her:

:Shields up and stand by for emergency Gate out -: 

And to the other mage who's just Gated across the ship, she shoves the new location-sense of this other woman's mind. 

:Here. Stop her. Now. Fast: 

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He's going to be EXHAUSTED after two back-to-back crash Gates from Farsight, but sure he can do that. It'll take about another fifteen seconds to land the Farsight coverage, find a usable threshold-scaffolding, and get the Gate up, though. 

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Leareth, who has no idea what's happening, waits tensely. 

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- how are those people moving - and they're not even in combat gear, what the fuck - 

 

And then she, too, stops moving.

 

 

...this is definitely some kind of bizarre nightmare.

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Is that everyone on the ship. 

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There is one more person on the ship! He's asleep.

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Well, she doesn't want to exhaust all her people. 

Julie's ship is still close enough for her to reach Leareth with Mindspeech. 

:Threat under control for the moment. Locating remaining crew - person - on board, not currently a threat. Will question the other captives. They - seem to have reacted with hostility to the ship's identification: 

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Leareth...is pretty sure he told her not to go across? 

She's handling herself fine, of course, unsurprisingly. 

:Proceed, then. Update as you learn more: 

He sits up, reaches for Julie's mind. :They seemed hostile toward your ship, once you identified yourself. Can you think of any reason why that would be the case: 

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(Nayoki snaps out orders to the team; the second mage can go with the Healer, who has strong Mindspeech, to find a way to reach and then and restrain the sleeping crewmember or whatever-they-are, the other mage can catch his breath for a bit and then compulsion the woman to follow him and herd her to join the other prisoners, who Nayoki will head to herself. Finding their way around their ship is going to be annoying and slow them down - if the sleeper wakes up and is hostile, she'll have the order the mage-Farseer to Gate again, but they should try to avoid making a commotion so this doesn't happen.) 

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...maybe what the Anubis did is publicly known?

 

- god, maybe they've attacked Eros already...

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:- Oh: 

 

 

:I...can ask the Proto if there is more of it in this star system - I think it would know - I can ask it to stop consuming more stable replicators, if the other parts of it are doing that...: 

Actually doing the asking, in a clear and Proto-translated enough way to get it across, is a lot more effort, but he pushes through. 

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There is more! Only a little bit more!

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...Can it give him any information on the other part's immediate surroundings? 

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If he asks it to stop growing over there, and 'over there' is in possession of Mars or Earth - he's managed to lose track of which faction has it, again, the geopolitics here is confusing and he's out of it - then it might raise suspicions. On the other hand, if he doesn't do that it could be eating people. 

:Please keep to minimal resource consumption there: he tells it. :For the moment, until we - understand the situation here: 

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Nayoki is tossing Mindspeech-impressions back and forth with the Farseer, trying to piece together a mental map of the ship's interior and where the various incapacitated crew are located. 

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Two of them are on the bridge; one is on the deck above that, and the woman is down near the reactor core.

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Well, the mage-Farseer can start hustling the woman from there to the bridge, and Nayoki will - maybe relocate the two on the bridge to the deck above, so they won't be right by the command center of the ship if they somehow slip loose of the various mental controls and want to shoot at Julie's ship. 

How direct a route from the cargo bay to the bridge can she find? 

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The Healer and other mage are still trying to chart a route to the sleeper. 

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There's a single central ladder used to move between levels of the ship. The very low gravity is a bit disconcerting, but otherwise it's perfectly navigable.

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Nayoki reaches the bridge - not making any particular effort to conceal herself - and has a look around, both at the physical surroundings and also the prisoners' surface thoughts. 

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This is bizarre and terrifying! How did these people stow away on the ship? They checked it pretty thoroughly after the last time someone stowed away on the ship!!!!! Did they somehow get here from the bizarrely nearby ship - but how would you possibly board a ship secretly - 

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The Anubis. The people who nuked the Cant. He's going to punch them. Somehow.

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:Walk up the ladder: Nayoki orders them. 

And in her normal Mindvoice, 

:We are not the ones who harmed your people. I promise. I am sorry to hear of it. We will - try to explain, soon - but it seems likely that whoever did this, they are our enemies as well: 

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