Dec 06, 2022 3:25 AM
Cam and Warrior Cats
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"Uh, sure, one sec -" Buffet with a fruit platter and muffins and hot... cocoa, he doesn't want to find out right this second how locals react to caffeine - and assorted cheese?

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The creation of the buffet gets a few mildly awed looks despite these people presumably already being aware of conjuration's existence.  The guy who requested it just gets a mug of hot chocolate and holds it close to his chest without immediately drinking it.

"Now what," an Englatin speaker wonders.

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"Well, if you need anything else, let me know, and otherwise you can explore the city and pick places to move into? Uh, here's notebooks for everybody to scribble down any furniture you're going to want or whatever."

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"Anywhere?" someone wonders.

"What do you get out of this?" asks Floor Guy.

Several questions in foreign languages come in quick succession which Felicity responds to directly instead of translating.

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"I get a beautiful city that has people in it instead of a beautiful lifesized model of a city that doesn't have people in it? Also the warm glow of altruism. I don't recommend trying to live in anything that is currently laid out as a trolley stop, or in the river, but take your pick of apartments and rowhouses."

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"So there's no rent?  For how long?  Can our families move here?"

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"I might eventually charge rent if only because I am currently cash-poor but no rent for, let's say a month at least, and if any of you have always wanted to be a property manager let me know. Immigration policy for people who were not resurrected pending, but you can go up the elevator and visit them."

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He nods.

"Two of these people don't speak any languages that I do, but they both have at least one in common with other people here, so there's no one in this batch we can't communicate at all with," reports Felicity.

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"Hopefully we don't have anything sufficiently complicated to say that it will be lost in translation."

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"What if I just want to lie down; do I have to pick an apartment first?  Do any of them have furniture yet?"

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"They mostly have carpets, if you want to lie on the floor."

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". . . . . I . . . don't?"

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"Then you can recline your wheelchair or pick an apartment for me to furnish or go lounge on a park bench or on the grass."

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He puts his elbows on his knees and buries his face in his hands and starts crying again.

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"My understanding is the One is working on making getting resurrected less overwhelming but if there's anything I should be changing about the process please let me know, it's early days yet."

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He briefly tries to respond but it doesn't end up very intelligible.

"Are we likely to get lost if we go exploring?" one of the more put-together ones asks.  "What if we do?"

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"You might! I put this up from the air and did not spend very long determining how navigable it is on foot. But the river runs through the whole thing, so you can always follow that downstream and end up back here. Except for the downstairs part. If you go down a flight of outdoor stairs you will need to find a similar flight of stairs or an elevator or something back up before you can find the river."

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"Okay."  She wheels over to the buffet and starts transferring cheese and apple slices onto a plate.

One of them goes for the closest patch of grass and climbs down his chair to lie on it; another follows his lead.

"S - sorry," manages the crying guy.  "Thank you for saving my life but - I just really would like to go lie down - inside, on a bed?  Or a couch?  Right now - or - very soon.  Please."

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"- yeah how about I make a little, uh, receiving room type thing -" Cam whips something up very fast on his computer with a lot of copy-pasting and puts it over, let's see, there. It's SRO-style, rooms with a bed and a chair each.

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"Thanks," he sniffs, and starts wheeling over.  He's pretty slow at it. Six people follow him.

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"I hope the One gets on fixing the post-rez overwhelm pronto," Cam remarks to Felicity.

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"I'm not actually sure to what extent that's its purview as opposed to just being a natural order sort of thing."

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"Is it not poking the natural order?"

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"That doesn't seem like it would be very natural?  Not that there's anything wrong with unnatural things, but star magic takes a very long time and quite possibly resurrection would just become the sort of thing that can happen, smoothly, before effort in that direction saw any results."

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"...I'm not sure I have a definition of 'natural' that suits this assertion."

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