Feb 03, 2023 8:59 AM
jingyan from abide in loyalty sees how things would have gone without him
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"I want to talk to him.  Get his side of the story. "

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Ranboo considers Jingyan’s armor. Yeah, he can’t take Technoblade in that. And it’s semi-public knowledge anyway; if he did want to hurt Technoblade, Tubbo and Quackity would be able to show him where he lives. 

“I’ll take you?”

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"That is a very kind offer,  thank you."

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Then he can be led through the nether! The first branch of the journey is the cobblestone-and-obsidian path to Logstedshire, but partway through it branches off onto a different cobblestone path, one that hadn’t been there in the nether Jingyan remembers, and they follow that. It comes out into a snowy tundra; Ranboo leads Jingyan to a cabin with a huge cobblestone tower in front of it. 

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There's a bit of a... style difference, between the cabin and the tower.

"You don't have to stay, if you don't want to."

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It’s true. The cabin is cute and the tower is phenomenally ugly. Ranboo opens a book from his inventory (the cover says DO NOT READ in big letters) and checks it. “I’m friends with Phil and Techno and Tommy, I can hang out here for a bit. I don’t have anything else to do except for babysitting Tubbo if he’s decided to get high again.”

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"--Fair enough." If Ranboo wants to watch him, that's fine. It's not like he's going to do anything concerning.

He knocks on the door of the cabin.

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(Ranboo’s not watching; he checks the inside of the cobblestone tower, and when Tommy isn’t there, he lets himself in to the basement.)

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Technoblade answers the door. “Who is it— oh, Jingyan. Good to see you, come on in.” He throws Jingyan some steak. Hopefully this isn’t a trap. 

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He catches the steak.

"I wanted to-- ask some questions, if you were willing."

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"Are you with Dream? I won't do anything if you are, just wonderin'."

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"I have not interacted with Dream here." And also he has been killed by a different Dream, but that would be a bit complicated to explain.

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“Pog. Ask away.”

(Techno’s house is extremely loud with the sound of various friendly and neutral mobs; Techno doesn’t seem bothered but Jingyan will have to speak up.)

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Having to speak up over indoor horses: pretty normal.

Having to speak up over indoor cows: less so.

There is no sensitive way to ask. "...I heard Tubbo's side of the story. I wanted yours."

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Indoor cows and polar bears and endermen and dogs and foxes…

“I came here to help them overthrow the government. They used me, and then they put themselves in power. But even then I retired, alright, I was retired, when they put Phil on house arrest and tried to execute me. Phil was a citizen, the only thing he did wrong was knowin’ where I lived. And— look, I don’t care that much about Tommy, we’re just associates, but he was loyal, man, and they just exiled him.”

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There's no love lost between him and Philza, but... still. "Did they charge you with anything?"

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"Nope. Just took my horse captive so I'd do what they said, marched me to the execution stand."

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"I see." ... why did Tubbo do this. "... I'm glad they were not successful."

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"Thank you, thank you."

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"I'm also hoping Tommy is doing... as well as possible."

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Shrugs. "He's been going through stacks of my gapples, man. And he has a huge tower and a to-do list. It was not easy to explain to Dream why my to-do list had Build Girlfriend, let me tell you. I'm not mistreatin' him, if that's what you're askin'."

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"And I'm glad you're keeping Dream away from him." Even if it involves coming up with strange excuses for to do lists.

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Shrug. "He's my guest. And my ally. I'm not about to exile him from my house, no matter how many potions he steals."

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"... It's good he has someone like that."

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“Thank you, thank you.”

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