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Sep 22, 2021 5:39 PM
the gods of velgarth are NOT prepared for demon cam
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Savil looks over at Randi, who nods. 

"Yes, of course, we'll pay you for this - honestly Cam has been supplying about half our kingdom with food right now, so - Cam, that would be appreciated until we're a bit more situated. What else will you need for the children - a house, I'm guessing? Clothing, tutors once they're old enough...?" 

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"I was planning to homeschool," says Ildan, "But yeah, they'll need clothes - so will I, for that matter - this is a kingdom?"

"Yeah, about that," says Cam. "This is an alternate universe, and they don't go to Limbo, hence this job."

"- shit, they don't go to Limbo? Yeah, I can - do you want me to recommend more people -"

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Randi shouldn't talk, so Shavri answers for him; she doesn't need to ask, she can feel his restlessness through the bond and knows what he wants to say. 

"Yes," she says quietly. "That - would mean a lot. Er, not just for the summons. We have a lot of orphans in need of homes and loving parents. We...just had a war. Um, if you know of anyone who'd not mind older children, or children who've - had a bad time of it, and may need extra support - that would mean a lot. We can't commit to this yet, I don't think, but I think we should have the resources to house and feed and pay a stipend to anyone willing to volunteer for that." 

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"It should go without saying that a fairy adopting a kid here and accepting as their job being repeatedly dismissed is extending you guys a lot of trust," Cam mentions, and Ildan nods.

"Off the top of my head I think Venna and Sou, and the Redthorn crowd wants a houseful, and Yuza and her husband whatever his name is have raised a kid already and he turned out great, and Shiko and her wife..." Ildan says.

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Jaysen, who has paper on him, hurries to take notes. 

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Savil takes a few steps over to Cam, lowers her voice. "Would it be terribly offensive to ask him to swear to it under a first-level Truth Spell? Just as a precaution?" 

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"He will have no preconceptions about that at all since that's not a thing outside of here."

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Savil nods, then turns back to Ildan. "We have a kind of magic here that we can use to confirm if someone is telling the truth. Given how much trust this involves, would you be willing to promise your discretion under that magic, so we know you mean it?" 

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"Discretion like, not telling people when I'm home what I'm doing? Yeah."

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"Yes, that. One moment." She concentrates, casts a Truth Spell. "This won't feel like anything but we can see it. Can you promise out loud that if and when we dismiss you back to your, er, world, you won't tell anyone about us and you'll act like you adopted children in - wherever the place is people normally do that?" 

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"Mars - but maybe I shouldn't pretend it's Mars in case someone actually goes to Mars and looks me up?"

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Shavri frowns. "Cam, what do you think?" 

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"He's right, the Martian fairies are probably close-knit enough that someone could notice his absence. He can say he was summoned on a private basis for an obscure community and that's not far wrong."

Ildan nods. "I can say that."

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Savil watches closely. Does the Truth Spell's blue halo stay in place while Ildan says that? 

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Sure does.

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"All right. Good. I...guess we should better hurry along and have some other people do summonings too?" 

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Randi reaches up to squeeze Shavri's hand. 

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"Savil, maybe you'd better go next?" 

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"We should also check if Companions can, at some point. Ildan, what are your kid preferences, maybe somebody can look for your kid for you in parallel while the first batch of summonings is ongoing."

"They'll speak this language if they're old enough to talk?"

"Yeah. Boy or girl, age range, tolerance for, like, issues..."

"Uh, girl, I'll take siblings close in age but just two maybe three, under six, it's fine if they have a mobility problem but I don't think I can cope with one who's - I don't know, blind, I don't know what I'd do with that - I guess it would be fine if they were blind in a way you could fix. Same with deaf unless there's a sign language I can get summoned for."

"Noted, thanks. Randi, you want to concentrate for a minute on sending Ildan home."

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Randi nods, and starts attempting to do this. 

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Shavri shares a look with Savil and Jaysen. "I'll talk to Healers' about orphans - we'll want to find out about children outside of Haven too, at some point, but I think any orphans with injuries would've been sent up here." 

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Ildan disappears and Cam makes Savil a new circle.

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She fills in the missing spot without hesitation, and waits. 

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Ildan comes right back!

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"Welcome back!" Randi says cheerfully. Presumably he can now speak freely and Savil, as Ildan's current summoner, is the one who can't. "I'm sorry I didn't greet you properly before, but - welcome to Valdemar. I'm King Randale. We're very grateful for your help." 

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