Oct 28, 2021 9:37 AM
cam and paladins in milliways
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"...I don't mind? Why would I?"

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" - well, you're Chaotic Evil so I assume you wouldn't get along with my god. Who is the opposite of Chaotic and the opposite of Evil."

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"It's not like I -

- I don't mind. Go ahead."

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She goes over to the door and props it open and kneels and pulls her dagger out again and prays.

 

She does not immediately get a response, which makes sense because prayer does not usually get a direct response. She keeps at it for hours, because probably it's hard to tell which of Your followers have something really important to tell You and having been at it for hours will be informative on that front. 

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In this time Cam finishes his book and returns it to Bar, starts another one, finishes his latte and refills it with a mocha, eats a slice of cheesecake, returns the second book without finishing it, creates a plate of bread and lentils next to "Mariona Pere" in case she's gotten hungry and can eat while she's praying, picks up his violin and puts it down in case that will mess her up, and relocates to the couch in front of the sofa, where he fiddles with some programming projects.

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And after a couple of hours another woman, a couple of decades older, huffs and puffs up the stairs and blinks at the open door. 

"Mariona Pere" scrambles to her feet. "I rented the room for the night," she says, stepping in front of the doorway to screen off Cam. 

       "No, no, it's all right, the Inheritor sent me."

" - oh. Oh good. Thank you. Uh, come on in - this is Cam, who is a demon, but from another world - did She explain already -"

       "Nope! Just, vision, go to this place right away." This woman doesn't seem even mildly afraid of Cam.

"And this is Bar, who runs this place, and sells food and drink. It has time dilation but only when the door is closed. And Cam has offered us, uh, lots of diamonds. And a book-reader. And - I might've forgotten some other stuff."

      

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"...hello," says Cam, peering over the back of the couch.

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"Hello. You've ....offered us lots of diamonds?" 

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"It sounds like they'd be useful. It's not like, hard, for me."

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"They would definitely be useful. Is there - some kind of metaphysical fashion in which this gives you ownership of the people thereby resurrected or something?"

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"...no, what? No."

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"Your world's magic apparently works different from ours so I don't know what kinds of things it might be able to do. You don't expect the diamonds to behave any differently than diamonds gotten from digging them up?"

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"They shouldn't, unless your diamond mines are magical in some way. Or intelligent, that would also fox it if you have intelligent diamonds."

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She nods. "Thank you. Then - we'd be very grateful. Is there anything we can do for you in return?"

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"...I guess if you're one of the people who can resurrect people I could open my version of the door and find out who a good one person to get back would be, I'm sure someone around knows."

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" - different spell list, I'm a paladin, but we could certainly arrange it. Or, uh, if you'll accept missionaries, we could set up in your universe, do lots of resurrections."

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"My door doesn't go to my own universe, which doesn't need it particularly anyway, but I could ask someone in and see what they think of it."

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"I'd appreciate it. It might be a good idea to learn more first, though - who manages this bar -"

       "The bar says she doesn't control the door but sells drinks."

"Are there any laws here?" the older woman asks the bar.

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It is forbidden to do any violence including consensually in the main bar area (which includes the bathroom, infirmary, security office, and lowest flight of stairs, but not the backyard or private rooms). This is enforced by categorically adequate Security personnel as necessary with a stay of a few hours in the Security cells or in serious cases expulsion from the establishment. There are things I will not dispense or will not dispense in some circumstances, but it's not against the rules to ask. Please do not harass the giant squid, who is unable to enjoy the safety of the main bar area.

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"Is 'violence' defined to include the use of magic targeting another person?"

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Only harmful magic, not divinatory or beneficial.

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"Thank you." And she sits down on the couch across from Cam. "Is it all right if I talk to you, or would you prefer I don't?"

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"You can talk to me."

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"Do you want to tell me more about your - world of origin which doesn't need a church, and the other world that might?"

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"My world of origin is very nice. It has afterlives, and it's inconvenient that travel options between them are limited, and also the world of the living does not in fact know that there are afterlives which is unfortunate for them, but adding resurrections as a service wouldn't, I think, be terribly important. The one I came through had a - war, and - doesn't have an afterlife, not in the way that -

- this is a long story and I'm not going to enjoy telling it but I think it might be important context."

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