Nov 13, 2019 8:09 PM
Ambela in Thedas
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"Yeah."

Tev produces a map. It shows one continent with surrounding islands, and is of course labelled entirely in an alphabet she cannot yet read. He waves his hand vaguely at it, then around it. "Uh... what direction? North, south, east, west?" He indicates all these both on the map and in the world around them. North is toward the pointy end of the lake; south is toward the round end; east is toward the far shore, and west is toward Haven.

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"...No." She gets a rock and draws four circles and draws a hemisphere on each one, lined up so they can see the overlap. Boxes all the circles. "Valinor."

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...Tev stares at her maps in bafflement.

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Stalas stares at her maps in fascination.

He kneels in the road next to the four boxed maps, takes off his gauntlets, traces the lines with his bare fingers, and then seems to visualize a sphere in the air over the four circles, making gestures as though picking them up and wrapping them around it.

(Part of his right hand glows blue-white in a way that would indicate a really nasty bruise if, as seems to be the case, 'glowing blue-white' is the colour of his blood. He pays it no mind.)

When he's satisfied himself that the topology checks out, he puts his gauntlets back on and draws a circle, in which he sketches the shape of the continent from Tev's map. Then he boxes that single circle. The continent he names 'Thedas', and 'continent', with reference to continents depicted on Ambela's four-part map of Valinor to define the term; then he defines the category encompassing the two boxes as "...world?"

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Nod nod. "Valinor is a world."

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"Wow," he murmurs.

A moment to collect his thoughts, and - "How did you get here?"

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She draws the creature, which she did get a good look at first.

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...Stalas is pretty clearly baffled by the creature.

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"Valinor does not have those," she adds.

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"Thedas does not have those either," he assures her. "Or at least I've never seen one."

He stares meditatively at the drawing of the baffling creature.

Then: "...What happened in Haven, exactly? What did you do, what did they do?"

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"I was -" Point to where she landed. "There. Walked to Haven. A human said -" She can reproduce the phonemes, pretty well, and tone and volume. "I went here," point, "and humans, uh -" Mime shooting.

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(Tev makes... a face... at part of what the human said.)

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Stalas lets out a little sigh.

And then he starts explaining what the human said. He names the country they're in (Ferelden) and the neighbouring country on the opposite side of these mountains (Orlais), and explains further that the human mistook her for an elf, and subsequently mistook her for an Orlesian elf, which is probably why the shooting. (By his tone he doesn't think this excuses the shooting, just explains it.)

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"Ah."

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"...do you want to explain 'knife-ear', or should I," he asks Tev.

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"No, go ahead, you're better at this languages thing than I am."

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So here are the meanings of the individual parts of the compound word, and together they make a nasty way to refer to elves, the sort of thing one might say if one were the sort of person who shoots at strange elves for no good reason.

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...that's a weird convention to have. Uh, what if she crosses these braids differently, tucks her ears under them?

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Then she looks more like a human and less like an elf and will probably receive better treatment in this and neighbouring countries.

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Okay then. She'll leave her hair like that.

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"But if something happens to your hair and people can see your ears all of a sudden, it'll be bad," Tev contributes. "I get a little of that because I'm so tall; elves are usually," he gestures a range of heights well below his own, "between this tall and that tall, so people look at me and don't think I'm an elf and then they see the ears and they think I was trying to fool them."

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...this is dumb. She puts her hair back.

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Tev shrugs.

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"Okay, so what happened after they shot at you?"

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She traces her path, pauses to draw the winged scaly thing and indicate where it came from, traces the rest of her path, "then Tev said hello."

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