Jul 06, 2022 8:54 PM
The Origin Trade Consortium makes contact with Patalon
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The Dwarf dials up a couple of small tablets on the replicator in the wall and offers them each one.

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Morning-Glory takes her tablet and leans against the wall.

"No need for you to stick around, Thorn," she says. "Go have fun."

She googles "political organization of Mîr" and looks for a Wikipedia-equivalent page.

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Thorn takes her tablet and the hint, and bows once more to the Dwarf. "Which way to the exit?"

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"Out the door, take a left, elevator to the ground floor and hang a right and it'll let you out into the grand square," says the Dwarf.

Mîr was founded in [click here to set your time display preferences] by Empresses Isabella "Gem" Swan and Lúthien "Joy" following their collaboration on averting the destruction of Wish Earth. De jure, while they wield effectively unlimited power within the Wish neighborhood, they have promised to under all foreseeable circumstances abide by or by lawful processes amend the Mîr Constitution, and in practice many of the daily affairs of Mîr other than wish-granting are delegated to bodies such as...
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The local equivalents of Aura or Sunaira, then. 

Morning-Glory skims quickly through the article and a few others linked from it to get a general sense. Then she continues to the articles on slavery and torture, particularly their history sections, and follows that up by quickly checking to see if she can find porn (not any particular kind) through the search engine, since that correlates with a few things.

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Meanwhile, Thorn heads out to the grand square and has a look around. 

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Within the pealed worlds slavery is de facto impossible to practice coercively due to the shared free movement principle, but is not universally and specifically outlawed. One species from Hazel and two from Warp thus far catalogued appear as a species trait to sincerely prefer to be enslaved, and exceptional individuals in other species may also be covered by the same noninterference bias, meaning that so long as the enslaved person is aware of their options peal organizations will not take it upon themselves to forcibly remove them from the situation.


For kink practices that involve inflicting discomfort, see BDSM. For historical atrocities, see List of historical atrocities. For the Aurum 2021 film, see Torture (film)...


ELF GIRL SUMMONS DEMON AND GETS A *BIG* SURPRISE! --- PON FARR PART 16 --- CUBE HOUSEWIFE GETS FREAKY WITH MORPH


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The grand square is arranged around a huge, gorgeous water feature in the center of a park, and the imperial palace on one end. There are souvenir stands and a craft fair and a museum and some restaurants and some more office and apartment buildings and a swimming pond the fountain drains into, all arrayed around the square and woven through the park.
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That says several things. A light hand, in general, and a policy of nonintervention and individual choice. The list of historical atrocities sure does have some things on it - particularly these "Melkors" have a tendency to instantiate Hells - but there's a general lack of direct Hell worlds mentioned. Their local area seems to be less hostile than the OTC's. They have a world with less limited shapeshifting than that possible under the OTC. They have demons, or at least mythology about demons - they might have contacted a Cthonia, but she hasn't found an instance of a slaveholding sadistic Name magic species in the list of atrocities. 

The page on the free movement principle gets a smile. She's starting to think she likes these people, assuming they're telling her the truth.

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Thorn's going to go check out the craft fair.

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The craft fair has crafts! It's majority humans and most of the rest Elves here, with a few other kinds of people scattered around but not much remarked on. Painted silk scarves! Gorgeously glazed stoneware! Rugs! Decorative fishbowls already enchanted with a song that will keep the water clean for you and your fish! Colorful candles! Earrings and bracelets and rings, oh my! Handmade stuffed animals! Socks! Macrame! Quilled paper! Temporary tattoos! Artisanal cases for computers and phones! Wooden serving utensils! Marzipan sculptures!

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Thorn's a sucker for a good bracelet. 

"Excuse me, how much is it for this one with the inset amethyst?"

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Meanwhile, Morning-glory is reading the page on Demons on wikipedia.

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"They're priced as marked," says the shopkeeper, tapping a sign, "unless you're buying five or more, or find a damaged one, or something."

This article is about the daeva type. For the concept of "demons" as found in fiction and mythology, see Demons in popular culture. For the Materia-neighborhood species, see Demon (Materia). For the creatures in Dreamward, see Demon (Dreamward).

Demons (a type of daeva) are a sapient species native to Hell. Some are spontaneous adults while others are deceased humans, Dwarves, Amentans, or other reductionist mortal species who are born1 in Revelation or Space Arda and later die. In addition to being indestructible like angels, fairies, and Limboites, demons have the power to create arbitrary matter at will with the exception of minds and magical objects, according to conjurable parameters. While they have a range limit and a volume per time rate limit it is seldom to never a limiting factor on anything short of astroengineering projects. Demons can be summoned from Revelation and Space Arda and frequently are for both business and recreational purposes. A Bell, Campbell Mark Swan, is a demon, as is the inventor of the chiplock computer.
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She taps quickly through the disambiguation pages while her brain catches up with the implications. None of her species of Demon, according to this, but wow, arbitrary matter on the planetary scale at will? As a species trait? These people could well be richer than the OTC, to say nothing of the potential military applications. She is deliberately not aware of the full capabilities of Director Black's security forces, but it's already clear that if things go poorly it'll be worse than the Namer's War. 

She closes her eyes for a moment. Better not screw up, then. 

She clicks through to the article on conjurable parameters and the article on Campbell Mark Swan.

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Thorn looks at the sign. "Sorry, I'm new to Mir - they gave me a payment card with a stipend - " she fishes it out of her pocket "- but I don't know how it works yet or how to check my balance. I assume I can find it online somewhere?"

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"Oh, yeah, I can charge that, and you can connect the card to your device so you can use that too."

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Campbell Mark Swan ("Cam") is a Bell originally from Revelation. After anonymously performing the Revelation event from which the world takes its name in [click here to set your time display preferences], he was murdered and became a demon in Dite, Hell. Constrained by summon bindings he was unable to accomplish much of note until his Arda drop into Space Arda in [click here to set your time display preferences], summoned by an Elf child in the departing Noldor host on the Valian moon Araman. He was a major participant in the Second Arda War, providing consulting, materiel support, and ultimately the destruction of Space Valinor that led to the cease-fire. He then focused on postwar reconstruction and resurrection until joining the test flight of the prototype worldleaper, which led to the Space Arda and Hex contact.
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"I'm gonna assume a single bracelet won't break my bank?" She pulls out her tablet and googles "Link payment card to computer."

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There are simple instructions that she will have no trouble following for how to do that.

"It shouldn't? I mean, I don't know your budget, and if you're new maybe you've just spent all your basic on moving in, how should I know," says the seller.

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She quickly links her card and presents it. "Should be fine, then. I'll take it." 

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Bracelet! "Enjoy!"

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She puts on the bracelet and heads over to the museum.

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It's a Museum of Arda History featuring artifacts and dioramas from all known Ardas at various points in their timelines.

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She goes in, paying if need be, and spends some time looking around and browsing the exhibits, just kind of getting a general impression. She stops briefly at each exhibit, but for some of them she moves on barely after having gotten a decent look at them. No need to waste time. 

After doing a tour of the museum, she heads back outside and taps at her tablet for a local map. She wants a computer store, a cafe, and a bus stop. Any of the three nearby?

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The nearest of those is the bus stop - it's an actual bus with wheels and stuff, though it seems to be self-driving - but there's a café right around the corner from that, and a store with computers among other things a couple blocks beyond.

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