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Sep 26, 2022 2:56 AM
Griffie and the Yiga clan
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"Well, I don't think it could happen here, either. This reminds me of a silly story I know that probably didn't happen either. There was a man and his son and the two of them had a donkey. A donkey is like a horse but a bit smaller. They were leading the donkey to market down a long road, when a faster traveler passed them on a horse and told them it was silly of them to both walk when they had this donkey to ride. So the father told the boy to ride the donkey. The boy was riding the donkey when they met another traveler going the other way, who said, 'you should be ashamed of yourself, making your old father walk, you lazy child!'" Banji wags a finger as if scolding someone. "So they traded and the father rode the donkey and the boy walked. Then they passed another traveler, who said, 'oh, that boy's legs are barely long enough to keep up, how can you make him walk beside you like that?' And it was true, the boy was short," she gestures at the boy's height, "and so the father had the boy sit up on the donkey with him. Now they were passing by a stable just before a bridge over a river, and an ostler saw them and said, 'the two of you together are two heavy for that old creature, I don't think that donkey is strong enough you should be doing that.' So the two of them both got off and the father picked the donkey up to try to carry it over the bridge. And they all fell in the river and had to swim to the other side."

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It's a good story. Griffie can keep up with less content-ful attempts to pick up vocabulary until ey goes to sleep by the fire.

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When Griffie wakes in the middle of the night there are a few people up. Banji is watching the kids sleep and occasionally taking a break from that to go do something like change out of her uniform. Chork is sitting with Toren and Geggle, the three of them talking in low voices about Griffie.

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Griffie can overhear this. What's being said?

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"...got questions for tomorrow, though," Geggle is saying. "I've never heard of a spirit coming by and having a chat like that before and I'm not planning on wasting the chance."

"Hear, hear, this has to be the most puzzling thing to happen all month."

"I wonder if the Great Fairy changes forms like that."

Chork snorts.

"I don't think so," says Geggle. "I've heard a number of stories about her and she's always a giant woman in a fountain."

"Maybe I'll ask Griffie to take my offering to her and see."

"If you're that obsessed, Toren, go yourself while you can. If I were as young as you I'd go climb that tower, and I'd go look for Suaal, too."

"You can't, it's another planet," Chork says.

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Yeah, alright, spying here would be both rude and pointless. Ey should meditate for spells soon, but greeting people first seems fine.

"I am done sleeping. I do not live in a fountain. I can answer questions."

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"I'd say good morning, but it isn't," Geggle says. "We'd all be interested to hear about Suaal, you know."

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In Suaal there are 'goblins', which look kind of like Bokoblins. Here's a drawing of three of them, riding on some large rodents. They used to work for an evil god and want to hurt people, but Griffie showed some of them other things they could do and they decided they liked other things better.

The air is different in Suaal. Griffie can use the Suaal air but can't use the air here. Ey is using magic for air instead.

There are lighter-than-air airships and some floating islands. Airships have special air in them. Griffie doesn't know how floating islands work.

Suaal has lots of different evil gods. Some of them want to kill everyone but a lot of them want to hurt people and make them do work. Sometimes the evil gods fight and occasionally they work together, which is scary. There's lots of not-evil gods too though.

Dai-Kitsu is a not-evil god in Suaal and she helps people with rice and other farming stuff.

In Suaal when people die they usually end up with one of the gods. If they end up with a not-evil god that's good but if they end up with an evil god that's bad. Coming back to life when the moon turns red is not a thing.

Do they have more specific questions? There is a lot to say about Suaal but not all of it is what they want to know.

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Geggle wants to hear about travel and exploration, mostly. Chork is curious about the airships and the ways the air is different.

Coming back to life on the blood moon is not a thing for people in Hyrule, just monsters.

If Griffie wants to hear stories of Hyrule, Geggle has a lot of those.

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Bokoblins sound like they might be people who are making bad decisions, like working for Ganon. Working for an evil god doesn't make you not a person!

The air is air. The main difference is that when Griffie tries to use the air here it doesn't work. Ey's not really sure what exactly is up with this.

Griffie has done a lot of travel and exploration. Ey's been to this shadowy castle made of thorns, and this fancy library made of stone with detailed tiles, and this desert with some interesting cacti, and a bustling city with some clockwork, and this tree city with houses inside the trees and lots of bridges connecting them. Sometimes ey travels by flying but ey used to travel by walking a lot.

Airships have big bags full of an air-ish thing that's lighter than air. It catches fire easily including when it gets too much light, so people have to be very careful with it. There are also systems for making it move around that, uh, approximately work like so? Ey's not an engineer.

And Griffie would be happy to hear stories of Hyrule. Ey should do a thing that involves being awake but not moving and focused on magic stuff for an hour soon, though.

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Well, if Griffie wants to get on that now, that's fine, and if not, Geggle can talk about what it was like traveling between all the stables first.

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This sounds like a long story, so how about spell prep first.

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After an hour, Toren and Banji have gone to bed and Chork's taken over manning the counter on the off chance that anyone shows up while Dabi sleeps.

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And Griffie has … more air production spells, a Scrying for checking in on eir colleagues, some Planar Inquiry, some empty slots, and some other stuff.

Ey's going to start by trying to Inquiry the local Axis, if there is one. Ey'll even include currency in case they can't afford to subsidize calls.

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Aaaand this fails. Figures. Ey should probably get Vaal's take on Hylia before trying to Inquiry her, in case Vaal is like 'actually, it turns out Ganon is the god of killing people and Hylia is the god of keeping torture victims alive or something, I have tons of evidence'.

Also, scrying requires a pool of water. Which, given the air problems, ey doesn't expect currently exist. Ey can create one, if ey goes and searches for an appropriate spot, but it'll be tedious. Sometime today.

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Griffie will go greet Chork.

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"Hey. How'd your magic go?"

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"I have more magic for air, but another thing I tried did not go."

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"Huh. What's the other thing?"

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"I tried to talk to someone who works for a god that's not Hylia or Ganon, but I think they're too far away."

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"If they're too far away then how're you here?"

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"Someone did magic to me to make me and my friends go to a different place, and I didn't want to go there so I tried to stop them, but instead of the magic stopping it sent me here."

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"Don't suppose you know enough about magic stuff you could make more here? Maybe get home and open a trade route."

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"I know some magic I can use here. I will try more ways to talk to my friends and maybe they can bring me home. A trade route would be hard though. But I can try to help while I'm here."

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Over the next few hours different people are interested in talking with Griffie. Chork and the others eventually sleep, and other people wake up and sit around being generally conscious and capable of screaming if necessary. They mostly don't seem to have worldshaking plans; for the most part they all agree that Hyrule is the site of an ongoing war with at least one god and other than Vaal they're not really engaging with that. In general people can be convinced to agree that bokoblins are far smarter than the average bear, and that it would be cool to convince them to stop what they're doing, and really the word "person" is sort of complicated anyway and perhaps unclear across the language barrier, but the bottom line is bokoblins are for running away from or killing.

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