Jun 23, 2021 8:15 PM
Demon Cam in Haven City
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Rats. "Do you think they'd leave you alone if they had all the food they wanted?"

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"...Maybe? I think they might also want their own planet."

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"If they had their own planet and all the food they wanted?"

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"I haven't talked to one. If we could give them their own planet, we could maybe not give them any way to get back to this one..."

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"Sounds plausible enough if neither of you guys has invented space travel."

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"They got here somehow."

"Yeah," says Rit, "but if they had their own independent warp network at all the entire war would look different and at least one wastelander would ever have seen at least one metal head teleport."

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"Oh, they're recent arrivals, this isn't a forever war situation?"

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"Written history says they suddenly arrived centuries ago and we've never found any fossils of them."

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"Interesting. Did they immediately start hostilities, according to your records?"

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"Supposedly, yes, they just arrived and started hunting us."

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"Yikes! Are there any communication attempts, is the language understood at all..."

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"Yes and sort of. There's a lot we don't get but there was a famous parlay attempt a long time ago - it broke down because they, uh, wanted us to unilaterally disarm in exchange for not being exterminated. The king at the time told them where to shove it."

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"...wow, okay. Uh, do you have any ideas of official people I could go to who do not like to cut apart and study strange visitors? It wouldn't work but it would be such a waste of time."

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He laughs darkly. "I'm it. Second in command in the Underground, the resistance here. Or you could check if Kras City still exists, but we haven't heard from them in years and we're assuming the worst."

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...does Kras City still exist?

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It does! It's not even in particularly bad shape. A number of convoluted racetracks loop around and through the entire city.

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"This look right?" he asks, displaying his palmful of city.

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"...Yeah. You really don't need to worry about the baron, do you."

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"I don't think so! Unless eco in particular can zap me. Do you have any around?"

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"Not pure. I could shoot you, most kinds of ammo use eco."

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"Sure, you wanna nip me in the wing? It's easy to replace." He sticks out a wing.

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He shoots. It's not any more effective than a normal bullet.

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"Cool," says Cam, shaking and refolding the relevant wing. "Okay, so, does Kras City existing change anything important here?"

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"Maybe. You have somewhere to go if you want to leave. We probably still don't."

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