Jun 23, 2021 8:34 PM
Demon Cam in Haven City
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Keira, who at least looks like one of the people behind the half-finished astronomy book, is in her garage near the stadium, past the canals and the gardens and in the nicest part of the city. She's working on her rift rider behind a curtain. Her front door is open. At the sound of someone coming in gets to a point where she can safely set down her tools and does that, but doesn't open the curtain.

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"Heard you might need parts."

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She steps out from behind the curtain and gawks just a bit. "Yeah. I heard you make stuff, huh? I'm close enough to finished with this that it's probably worth the extra space to conjure the whole thing out of thin air, but I can't find these two artifacts - here, I have illustrations, come see - I need an energy gem called the Heart of Mar and a Precursor artifact called the Time Map, and I don't even know where they are."

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"- okay, well, if they involve eco I can't make 'em but I can find 'em." Surroundings of these objects?

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They both exist twice right now. The Heart of Mar is inside a statue of Mar and encased in some brand-new igneous rock. The Time Map is buried in sand and chilling in a room full of artifacts that looks very much like it might be in the metal head nest somewhere.

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"I can ask the metal heads about this one," he says, indicating the last. "Do you know where to find the statue or should I zoom out?"

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"It was in a museum, I think, but it was stolen a while ago. It should still be in the city somewhere."

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Surrounding block?

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It's underground and underwater in what was once meant as a habitable building of some kind but never was adequately sealed off from the storm drains or the sewer system.

She wrinkles her nose. "I can probably design a robot that could navigate down there, especially if I don't have to build it."

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"I can do robots but I don't know off the top of my head if I have any optimized for both water navigation and art theft."

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"Hmm. I did read about this statue. You might not be able to conjure the gem or that key in its hand but what if we just drill those out and you copy the rest of it? I'm not sure how to get the gem out nondestructively anyway."

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"I can send in something with power tools, sure. You need the whole statue for some reason??"

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"Me? Nah. It's famous. People miss it. We can take the Heart of Mar and leave everything else for the museum."

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"Oh, sure thing. Where is this area, I can't make the robot in place from the model."

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"I think that might be under the red zone near the east wall."

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"I'll go get some altitude and eyeball it and drop a robot there and you can help me direct it to get your swag." He goes and flies up into the air to look at the east wall for a recognizable block.

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Fortunately all the blocks in that area are completely different sizes and shapes. Keira can help direct the robot if he leaves her a remote control or something.

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When the robot is placed he lands near her and lets her look at the display of its camera!

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She has never actually tried to navigate the accidental-extra-sewer-space before but she's heard from people who have and she does her best.

The easiest way to get anything this big and solid back out would be through the maintenance entrance, but it won't open for something it doesn't think is human; she can figure out where there'll be a grate that they could put back more easily if they had to remove it.

"Ugh, I'll have to wash these. But anyway, I think the best open space to put a new statue in is the courtyard outside the stadium."

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"You can tell me where that is after we get your stuff."

The robot has power tools and can disassemble the statue.

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It comes apart like nonmagical stone. The gem hidden inside is much harder and all but invulnerable, but Keira thinks the key in the statue's hand might be a normal amount of soft for the gold alloy it's mostly made of.

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The robot removes the hand entire just in case and fetches the objects back to them.

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"Thank you so much! Let me know if there's anything I can do for you while I'm here - anyway, if you walk out that door and turn right, the stadium will be on your left, and if you make another right and go down the stairs, there should be room for a copy of the statue."

And she can wash the artifacts and hand the key and the hand back over to him.

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"I don't need that," he says. "- I guess I could just attach the rest of the statue to it, save getting the key in the right position." He accepts the statue hand and heads for the stadium to place an art installation.

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Insofar as there's a place in the city where a spontaneously appearing large statue is appropriate and welcome, this is that place. People stare, though, and try with varying success not to look like they're staring. Someone on a zoomer gets distracted and drifts out of their lane for a second.

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