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Dec 09, 2022 5:16 AM
Emperor Palpatine's plans to resurrect herself go a bit... Sideways. It's unclear who's less happy about this - her, or the Yeerk Empire.
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(She's putting together her own pieces. The world feels strange, still in the Force but not suppressed. And there are minds here, plenty of them, but - not as she's known.)

She's fairly obviously examining the world as they pass by, though her exact emotional responses are suppressed into an inoffensive curiosity. 

(Her resurrection ritual is a work of art, but, necessarily, an untested one. There's very many ways it could have failed, and the ultimate backup was always going to be her own determination to win.)

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Alita stops walking in front of a red brick building, three stories tall, with a nice little garden out front. She opens the door and motions for Lyli to follow her in.

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She keeps track of where they are, of course, noting the writing system on the signs, the strange technologies, and building up the beginnings of a mental map. 

She follows Alita in. 

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Alita leads her up the stairs.

"My place is up in the attic."

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...Hum. "It's a nice neighborhood," she ventures.

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"Yeah! You'll be safe here."

Specifically, she will be unlikely to come to the attention of any of Alita's colleagues in the Yeerk Empire, because they think Alita has the area covered.

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"Is crime a problem in the rest of the city?" (She caught that there's something the strange girl didn't say, and notes it for poking, now and later.)

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"Oh, same as any other big city, there's good parts and bad parts. But I'm glad my neighbors here are chill."

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"That's always nice."

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Alita reaches the top of the stairs, unlocks her door, and enters the apartment. She motions for Lyli to follow her in.

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She steps in and looks around, noting with a feeling of continued unease the bright and eclectic decorations - the style is familiar, down to the half finished paintings leaning against one wall. 

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Alita relaxes her hold on her host's muscles...continues not poking at any thoughts not directed at her...keeps her attention focused on her raw sensory input.

<I don't think we should tell her quite yet...it would be bad if we didn't warn her and she got caught by the Vissers, but it would also be bad if we told her and she decided the Vissers sound great actually and brought her unprecedented capabilities right to them. I know it's a rare sort of human who would do the latter, but it costs us little to wait and feel her out a bit longer.>

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She takes over the body smoothly.

<And there's something - weird about her. She reacted oddly to seeing us, and...>

Anna's not sure, not yet. But her job in this team is reading people, and she's good at it. 

<She's hard to get a good read on. I don't like that.>

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- The odd woman is now squinting very suspiciously at them. 

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<I don't like it either. Hard to be worse than the Empire, though.>

Alita doesn't bother to self-censor that thought. She doesn't see a course of action that doesn't involve committing treason, at this point; either Unprecedented Capabilities Woman will be inclined to oppose the Empire (and help Alita break away and survive), or she'll be inclined to support it (and Alita will have to try to stop her, even at risk to herself).

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<I think a lot of humans could manage, with the Empire's resources.>

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She sends the mental impression of a sigh. <I know. I just see something unexpected and...hope things are going to be different. Let's find out what we can about her, anyway.>

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