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Step 10

Glint knew Prota wanted to go to the Blue. Prota's question implies they plan to ask Glint to accompany them. This confirms Glint's suspicions that Prota wants to go with him to the Blue. 

Glint is pleased that Prota responded with practical concern rather than excess fear or panic. He considers this evidence that Prota is serious about visiting the Blue, but he will want to test them further. He knows that the randomness of the Blue can be dangerous, and he knows that travel itself is dangerous. 

(Prota's degree of caution reflects the player's current focus on the practical problem-solving of the journey. The next few prompts should reflect that focus.)

[Glint will allow Prota to bandage his wounds later that evening, to test their level-headedness and medical proficiency.]

Glint finds Prota's suggestion reasonable. He will compliment the idea and offer critique and clarification. Magics that disable are rare, especially with small sacrifices. Glint deliberately chose alarming examples. The most common problem is blood loss, and any precaution should not interfere with immediate mundane or magical medical treatment. Glint will also try to confirm Prota's intentions, and ask when they plan to depart for the Blue.

[Resources such as wood and nails are not especially common near the Blue. Bringing a sledge all the way to the Blue, or acquiring one nearby, may be difficult. But it is possible to improvise a simple sledge or travois, and Glint can easily pull one in animal form. Some peddlers near the Blue will sell or rent similar devices to travelers, but showing anyone that you have money or goods to trade can invite robbery.] 

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"Not a bad idea, greenjay," muses Glint, his tone approving. "It's best to travel light to the Blue, though, and rig something when you get there. It's a dangerous road, and long." Glint fixes you with an appraising stare. "You made up your mind, then?"

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None.

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I nod firmly. "I'll practice building things that I could sit on while we rest on the way."

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Prota is signaling determination and willingness to work for their goal. 

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You nod and reply, "I'll practice building things that I could sit on while we rest on the way."

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Step 11

Carpentry is a useful skill for traveling, and Glint will encourage it. 

(Prota has had a chance to speak to Glint, ask a few questions, and make their intentions clear. Prota is not the only one who wants to talk to Glint, so it would be unrealistic to extend this conversation too long. The story can now begin to transition to the evening and making preparations for travel. To do this, and to flesh out the world, a new character may be introduced. Prota's extended family is moderately large, and Glint is a popular figure when he is around. Continuing the vague color/gemstone naming convention implied by the names Emerald and Glint, the new character is a cousin named Corun.) 

Prota has confirmed for Glint that they want to travel to the Blue. Glint has suspected for a while, and is willing to help, but worries about the dangers. [Glint will agree for now, but continue to test Prota as they make preparations.] He will excuse himself to greet the other members of the family. (The player should be offered an opportunity to continue the conversation if they have more to ask. Otherwise, it will progress towards the evening.) 

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Glint nods, his eyes narrowing in thought. "You do that." 

As Glint eyes you speculatively, your younger cousin Corun jogs up, beaming. "Uncle Glint! You made it!" he laughs. "Come on, Emerald, don't hog the old man! Last year you promised us bandit stories, Uncle!" 

Glint chuckles. "That I did. Alright, greenjay, tell you what. You help me change these bandages tonight, and we can continue our talk then. How's that sound?" 

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None. 

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"Sounds like a plan, Uncle Glint," I say, patting Corun on the head.

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Prota agrees to wait until the evening. Prota is affectionate with their cousin, indicating an attitude of indulgent familiarity. 

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You agree, "Sounds like a plan, Uncle Glint," and pat Corun on the head. 

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