Feb 03, 2023 7:37 AM
jingyan from abide in loyalty sees how things would have gone without him
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"I should head back. I do not want to trouble you or Tommy." And Tommy is, understandably, not comfortable with him.

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“Sure. Take some food for the journey.” Jingyan can get golden carrots for being a delightful visitor. Much more polite than Tommy or Dream.

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"Thank you."

Is Ranboo still waiting?

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Ranboo is in the basement, hanging out with Tommy. He pokes his head out when he hears the door open. 

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"I'm heading back. You don't have to escort me."

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“Alright. See you later, man.” Ranboo waves goodbye to Jingyan and returns to Tommy. 

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It's good that Tommy has some people he's talking to. And that Technoblade is alive. Those are good.

He doesn't get lost in the Nether. He gets nearly killed by a ghast, but he ends up in L'Manberg and alive and it's fine. He's fine.

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(Tubbo's at home getting high. There's nobody else in L'manburg. It's... quiet.)

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Tommy and Ranboo and Quackity are elsewhere,  he knows that. Philza being gone is no surprise. It makes sense. There were never that many people here.  It would take very few leaving to make it empty.

He has no ties to this L'Manberg. Tommy is safe. Tubbo tried to kill Technoblade. He has no reason to stay.

...it just feels strange to leave it empty, too.

He leaves Tubbo alone, and heads down to the mines. (He gains diamonds, but little clarity.)

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When Tommy starts getting tired, Ranboo returns and works on the festival games and decorations some more. When Tubbo wanders in the streets, Ranboo gives him some food and escorts him to a house. (Not Tubbo's house; Tubbo doesn't have a house, hasn't had one since it was blown up in the independance war. He never rebuilt. But a house, with a bed, so he doesn't fall asleep on the docks again.)

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He manages to find a bed before he dies.

In the morning, he starts building himself a proper house. He might not stay in L'Manberg, but-- that doesn't make having a roof over his head not worth it.

(It's a cobble stone box with a bed shoved into one corner,and the rest of the space taken up by chests.)

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Tubbo and Ranboo are still in L’manburg and spend most of their time there, although Ranboo occasionally disappears to Techno and Phil’s house. Mostly, he works on festival games—real ones, not the trap for Dream, which he doesn’t know about. He even recruits Fundy to help with one of them. Quackity… comes back to L’manburg to sleep, and occasionally even during the day. The left half of his face, from his chin to his eyebrow, is covered in bandages. 

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Ranboo notices Jingyan’s cobblestone box building! “Hey man, nice… box…”

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He is realistic about his building skills here. "It keeps the rain off, at least."

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“I can help if you like? I’m not the best builder but I can copy the rest of the houses. Or you could, uh, move into my basement, it was going to be Tommy’s before…”

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...It's not likely, but there's a chance Tommy is coming back, and he doesn't want to deprive him of a basement. It's hopeful, but there's worse things than being hopefully. "I would gladly accept help, if you would be willing."

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“Of course. It’s, I mean, it’s something to do, right?”  Time to sort through chests looking for logs!

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He has more cobble than logs, but he does have some to add to the pile.

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Cobble is good! The houses are mostly wood but there’s some cobblestone, too. And they can always improvise and substitute cobblestone for some of the planks. It’ll look less good than the ones Philza built but still way better than the box did. Unfortunately, the biggest wood use is the stilts that keep the house above the flooded crater, which really do have to be logs. Fortunately, Ranboo has an almost fully maxed out axe. 

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Which is definitely much faster than him trailing behind him, hitting trees with an unenchanted iron ax.

...it is a big aesthetic improvement to have a house that isn't ominously floating.

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By Their Powers Combined (well, mostly Ranboo's) they can make a house* that is a decent approximation of most of the other houses in L'manburg! It's a nice house. Less decorated than Ranboo's, which has leaves and colored wool and a big concrete-and-glowstone "R" on the roof, but a perfectly nice house. No longer is it ominously floating!

 

(*credit to Maddy 2006 for the recreation and screenshot)

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(...Ranboo is very curious what Jingyan, who was worried that Techno would hurt Tommy, who didn't understand why anyone would keep Tommy's life a secret from L'manburg, wanted to talk to Techno about, and how it went. But he's not going to broach the question if Jingyan doesn't. Something to wonder about. All of the conversation Ranboo initiates will be Neutral Comments On The House They Are Building, Supplies Needed For It, Etc.)

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Unfortunately, Ranboo is talking to someone who has made it his life's mission to never have a subtextual conversation again.

For his part, he asks about the general principles about house building, what is generally expected of a house, and such like.

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Ranboo is on board with no subtext. Subtext is awful, he doesn't understand it and then he spends hours wondering what the subtext he missed was. That said, he's not a house building expert, so he doesn't have great answers? He mostly just copies things that look good, and then adds fun colors and reminders of which are his and which aren't. Phil was kind of the best builder in L'manburg.

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...yeah, his Phil was too.

He's better at copying other buildings and not making floating boxes now, though.

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