May 21, 2022 1:54 PM
Jinye in Cosel
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They want to know where her clothes are from and where she is from and if she knows she's super pretty and why she doesn't like Turuyo.

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She bought her clothes from a merchant in the city she lives in, he made them with a special machine. She's from Varayapoli, it's a very long way away. She appreciates the compliment. She doesn't like being hit on.

What's up with the people with wings? They don't have those in Varayapoli.

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What is a """"machine"""".

The winged folks are elementals! Why don't they have them in Varayapoli? They're so useful!

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A machine is a thing that people make that helps you work, or works on its own, so you can get more done. So a good enough smith with the right tools can build machines that substitute for horses, or are like scythes but swing themselves. Do they have water-wheels? Those are a kind of machine.

Varayapoli is a long way away and they do things differently there than they do...

Where is 'here'?

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They don't have water-wheels. One child attempts to start building one out of dirt.

"This is Casox," a kid says.

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No, see, you need to make the water-wheel out of something that won't melt in water. Like...

(... Does she want to introduce people to technology? Yes, probably, killing people is bad. She guesses. And she'll be more powerful as the Inventor Of Amazing Technology.)

Thank you. "Casox is very far away from Varayapoli. Did I say it right?"

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"Yeah! Casox is in Rixo."

"Rixo is a Shattered State."

"Nuh-uh Rixo is a sovereign power. We're very important."

"Are not. My dad says Sulax is better."

"We have the best magic school."

None of the kids have ever heard of a better magic school, at least.

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... "Magic school?" There are magic schools? She can learn MAGIC?

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"You can only learn magic if you're a mage."

"WE'RE all mages but if you don't know yet you aren't, you're old and stuff."

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... Jinye is not that old, but, uh, she's old enough to try to take over the world so I guess they have a point. "You can't learn magic if you're too old? What kinds of magic are there and what do they do?"

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"There's twelve kinds. I have... fire and shine and stone..."

"I have glass and ice and air and earth. I'm gonna be an artifact-er probably."

"I have adamant and air and lightning and fire."

"I have shadow and ice and stone."

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"Amazing! What do they do?"

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The kid with glass picks up one of their marbles and it comes apart into neat halves in their hand and then goes back together as though it was never broken. The shine kid makes a little glowy light hovering in the air. The shadow kid crosses his eyes and announces that he's looking up Jinye's nose. The air kid rearranges the shadow kid's hair with a gust of wind from nowhere.

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She thinks that all this magic is very interesting. (She wishes she had some.)

Do any of them know what the current technological solution is for milling grain into flour?

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"Yeah, you have to put it in a rock and then get another rock and go -" The kid makes an enthusiastic gesture.

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... Yyyeah they have much better things in Varayapoli.

(Quick calculation of other available options: No good ones. She thinks she could make it as a singer if she had to? She expects she could do manual labor. She's not happy about either of these options.)

What adults should she talk to if she wants to explain how to make those much better things?

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The kids suggest various adults, mostly their parents.

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Well, if they'd be willing to introduce her to whoever there's closest to a consensus to...

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One kid agrees to leave the marbles behind to show her to his dad's place.

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Excellent! In the grand future she builds, this kid (what's his name?) will be remembered.

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The kid says his name is Rort.

His house is a rather long walk, actually, but after that rather long walk here they are at a farm cabin. Rort spots his dad in the field beyond and heads out to bring Jinye to him.

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Great! Jinye Ajian is pleased to meet Rort's dad!

Ajian says she's from a very long way away and they have a better way to mill grain into flour. Who should she talk to about this?

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Rort's dad introduces himself as Sarch and would himself personally like to know a better way to mill flour.

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The extremely simplified version: Big wheel in the river, attached to spoke, attached to grindstone. As long as it's all solidly enough attached, the river will turn the wheel, turning the millstone, so you just have to feed in grain while the millstone turns and it isn't nearly as much work as using hand mills.

Now, for the less simplified version she'd kind of like to talk to someone who can pay her to help make it and spread her reputation as a making-stuff-person, which is a skill she possesses? There's lots of stuff in her home city they don't have here and she's happy to provide everyone with it.

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Sounds like the sort of thing it would be easiest for a mage to put together with a Stone or Wood elemental if not both. They have a lot of those at the school.

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