May 26, 2022 10:05 AM
Jinye in Cosel
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Great! Then Jinye will talk about how to microscopes and telescopes and magnifying glasses, just in case Maurabel hasn't figured out the details out (since they might stack with glass magic) while they work on the language.

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Maurabel isn't sure they'd stack with glass magic but they'd make it a one time magic expenditure instead of needing to be done magically every time, to see small/far things.

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Oh good. Tech sharing!

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Neat! Glass is Maurabel's strongest element so she's excited to have things she can make with it.

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"It would also be tremendously useful in warfare and for [untranslatable] at high enough technology levels, but I expect it will take us a few decades to get there," Jinye will say offhandedly.

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"Useful in warfare how?"

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"Very, very powerful lenses focusing light onto something heats it and can cause structural damage. It's not the most useful weapon under most circumstances but there's a limited number where it is." Specifically igniting missiles. Anyway she'd rather pay attention to translation choices, she's just leaking technology under all circumstances because SCIENCE!

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Focusing on the language is fine by Maurabel.

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And eventually Maurabel will need to sleep, and Jinye will need to sleep shortly after.

(Jinye might also need food - indeed, a surprising amount of food - but she will not really NOTICE. There are reasons she is possibly-unhealthily-thin.)

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Maurabel's dinner is bread and dried fish. "Usually I cook with magic but I want to save mine for finishing up the press tomorrow, in case elemental availability isn't maximally convenient," she says, gesturing at some lentils and raw eggs she has in the cupboard. "I don't have extra, I can go shopping tomorrow for both of us."

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"I understand," says Jinye. "Thank you." If the topic of limited food quantity has been brought up, Jinye will be careful to eat slightly less than her hostess.

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Small dinners for both of them. Apparently not weird enough for Maurabel to remark on, though she does look consideringly at her eggs. "Eh," she says, "not worth going and borrowing a Fire for. I'll buy food in the morning. You can sleep under the bed; Balsa, you're going to fly all night, right?"

"Yup," says Balsa. Maurabel opens the window and lets her out into the night.

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"Understood."

And Jinye, with whatever pillow or lack thereof Maurabel can provide, will go to sleep under the bed.

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It's a lack thereof. Magic does not help the textiles situation; Maurabel herself is sleeping on straw covered in linen.

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Then Jinye will want to see if she can explain how a textile mill works in the morning.

 

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Maurabel wakes with the sun and returns Balsa and heads to market to buy some food.

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Jinye awakens first, and spends her time rereading books inside the privacy of her own head. Once Maurabel wakes up, Jinye will go with her to get more cultural exposure (and, being mildly superhumanly strong, carry stuff).

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Well, if Jinye wants to hold the bag far be it from Maurabel to stop her. Bread, dried fish, a couple lemons, some greens, some salt. "I'll try to have a little magic left over to cook tonight," Maurabel says.

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"I can cook if you have a nonmagical heat source," says Jinye. "Or a wilderness and half an hour."

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"I don't like to use fire in my room, it's smoky, and if I cook outside people come over and want some and get chatty and I'm usually not in the mood for that, but if you want to tromp around the wilderness near the printing press and cook for us that sounds good to me?"

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"Sounds reasonable," said Jinye. She'll still need to do a lot of the printing-press work herself, of course, but she did have a wilderness survival course and she does, of course, remember it.

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After they've had breakfast Maurabel has classes to teach and classes to take and is unavailable for much of the day - she hasn't dropped out of school yet, especially given that would lose her the option to check out elementals - but after school she borrows an Adamant and can head into the woods with Jinye to work on stuff and cook over a fire.

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Excellent! Jinye can put together a fire drill, obtain tinder, and drill up a fire with practiced ease, in spite of not having done it for years.

And they can MAKE A PRINTING PRESS. Jinye is very enthusiastic about making printing presses! It is PROGRESS! And POWER!

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Maurabel collects smoke from the fire to turn into ink, as long as they have it going anyway.

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.. Oh that's a clever idea, what magic is she using?

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