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Dec 02, 2022 12:42 AM
Vanda Nossëo meets Har
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Yeah, that's in the price range where he can buy exactly one. "I'm flexible on timing, yes. How do I hire this person?"

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"I can book her for you if you do not have Internet access on your own for 75 rings."

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"I have it but I haven't figured out how to book appointments or buy things through it yet, is that pretty straightforward?" Figuring the internet out has actually been one of his top priorities this week! That is why he now has 94 open tabs and can explain IPv4 address exhaustion.

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"It's not complicated. Here's the site locator."

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He can book an appointment with this person, then.

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The booking specifies that he needs to get the stasised conjurations of the desired person(s) from Wish and bring them to her office or pay a travel surcharge to meet her there instead of her office.

Either way, she will see him promptly at the designated time.

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Well, in that case, he can show up at her office with a ?dead? body already decked out in a couple of protective amulets and some heirlooms the deceased used to wear. He's swapped some rings for a currency that doesn't require carrying an amount of coins that weighs as much as some newborns.

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Her office has a glorified hospital bed in it, supplied with various sizes of the conventional just-resurrected white robe things, advertisements for various things in colorful pamphlets that the newly awakened might like. She makes the guy sign a waiver acknowledging that if the deceased wakes up shouty or violent she can sue for more money unless he wants to wake her up lightly restrained to prevent this. She puts on light Elfy instrumentals and dims the lights and resurrects the basement-dweller.

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The former basement dweller tries to divine where they are on the main inhabited continent of Har and then confusedly opens her eyes.

"The short version," Seli says, "is some people have got resurrection working, you've been dead thirty-eight years, Lanisal sent me to another planet to hire someone for you. I'll tell you the longer version when we're not getting in the way of the next person."

Blink blink. "...Oh, I see."

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"I have more rooms like this, you can stay here for a few minutes if you like," says the resurrectionist, and she lets herself out.

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When they're apparently alone, Seli leans in and whispers a one-time password from Lanisal.

"If they have resurrection, they have forking, and the population could have grown or you could be immortal - that's not the kind of resurrection they have, is it, but I see the population, uh - no, I think it's not a dictionary attack, I'm just delirious."

"We're in another universe, we can't get home by going in any direction but we can go to the bus stop and get teleported back. I'm aware that isn't going to make you trust your perceptions more."

"I would like to go home and I would like a summary so I know what to look for. Ideally both."

"So this year just before summer a polity where some of the people can travel to new universes..." Seli explains the whole thing, and they go home.

(Not long after, Seli inquires of some Dwarves about how to go about offering to rent space to resurrectionists who might want to operate in Har, if for no other reason than that it's not nice to bring knowledge mages back in a world where their homes don't exist.)

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The Dwarves can offer advice about how to do this but can also do it themselves, which might be more convenient for everyone involved. A resurrectionist and her demon husband can have operating hours in Har subject to adjustment to meet demand two days later.

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