Sep 19, 2021 3:29 AM
in principle I think you should be able to guess the entire premise from the title
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"Some people have cows as a hobby but we do not cultivate them for cheese and shoes."

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"I guess bullfighting would still be popular." She hands him her suitcase. "Let's go."

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"You probably don't want me to carry this, I'm liable to trip a lot without my extra appendages loose for balance."

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"There are magic items for that, too." She takes her suitcase back and heads down the stairs.

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"Snazzy." He follows along.

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She heads for the magic shop not too far from where she lives where she takes commissions. Brings her new spellsilver, now jarred, to the counter. "I want to trade you for a scroll of teleport."

 

"- I've been warned you've picked up a counterfeiting hobby," the guy says. 

"Counterfeiting spell silver? Do you want me to turn it into something in front of you?"

"...I've been warned that, as you're suspected of counterfeiting, I shouldn't sell you the means to leave the country, whether or not you pay for it in counterfeit."

"Want to come with me?"

"Get out of my shop."

 

 

She bites her lip, takes Cam's arm, and -

- they're in an alleyway somewhere else. "Probably means they have decided to arrest me. I need to think."

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"If we fly there very fast in a vehicle I know how to make and pilot does that work? Uh, I don't think one will fit in this alley but the average back yard will work."

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" - probably. How fast. Is the middle of the road enough space?"

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"I can do, uh, three, four times the speed of sound safely in atmo but we won't go that fast immediately, have to accelerate, and yes."

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"The speed of sound? You can make anything standard for a flying vehicle that can get us to Absalom, in the road over there."

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"Sound has a speed, that's why lightning is visible before you hear the thunder, light also has a speed but it's much faster." He steps into the road and appears a shuttle. The door opens.

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She lugs her suitcase onto the shuttle, looking like she'd be very impressed if she wasn't very stressed.

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The door closes behind her. The shuttle lifts off. The window turns from a window into a screen display that shows what's under them in one pane and what's in front in another. "Which way?"

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"East. And a bit south." She's trembling. 

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"Which way is that, I don't have GPS here."

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"Uh, I always lose my sense of north when I Dim Door - uh, if you see the ocean, that runs east to west, and it's got a strait on the west end, and Absalom is an island on the eastern part where it opens south..."

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"And we're north of the ocean now? Okay," He goes higher, and they accelerate.

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She grips the window and looks down at the world. "Hopefully they won't call ahead to the Worldwound? I bet they won't."

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"And if they do?"

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"I'll...pray?" She doesn't say this like she strongly expects that to work. "I - if they think I'm going to turn on them they'll send assassins, if they think I'm not going to then they should stay out of my way, I feel like reasonably they should stay out of my way if they're not sure as long as I might not turn on them, because if I get halfway through then at least I've gotten half of the work done for them, but also I guess I'll get harder to assassinate and they might feel a need to get on it while they still can. Quite possibly they just meant to Geas me and now I've escalated by running off, only, it doesn't feel very stable, to be trying appeasement rather than cooperation -

- I should check the wording of the Worldwound treaty, maybe they can't assassinate me there."

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Cam makes it for her, on parchment with ink.

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She reads. "I think they can. They can't, like, assassinate the paladins, but every country can handle discipline internally in its usual fashion and, well, it's hard to argue that ours isn't occasionally assassinating people for getting dangerously out of line." She is tempted to ask her apsel if he thinks she's dangerously out of line but this answer would be pretty much no information, really.

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"Can you officially defect, get under another country's protection?"

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"Yes but - I would prefer not to, if there is another way to be safe and get anything done. My family's here. Cheliax is - most countries wouldn't've trained me as a wizard in the first place. And Cheliax is the only place guided by Asmodeus and Asmodeus is going to win."

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"...should we stop and grab your family on the way out?"

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