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Dec 02, 2022 2:25 AM
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"This evacuation plan lists some rooms as bedrooms which the published one lists as small meeting rooms, though the published plan still says they should be checked at all hours not just standard business hours if an evacuation must occur. Otherwise these either would be internal documents elsewhere as well if they existed at all, or just are straightforwardly published, like the Philadelphia Metropolitan Bus Schedule."

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"Thank you.  ...Alright, here's a plan:  We call the police and every other enforcement agency I can remotely plausibly ding these dingbats on, and then we pull the fire alarm and ram through the walls to get out, because Griffie can turn into a dinosaur and do structure damage."

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…the broad consensus is that, while the aliens are neat, they're kind of boring, whereas dinosaurs are cool and they would kind of like to see one before things get too hectic if that's feasible? Their original plan involved more stealth and levitating across a hallway while fogging some cameras, but the one with a dinosaur smashing through the walls seems more straightforward and less finicky.

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"I can stay in dino form for hours and go out without damaging the, uh, Bar side of the door, but I'll have to talk through my tablet or with magic, that okay?"

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"Works with me if it works with you.  Really ought to get one of those for myself, sometime; my brain does words better in writing."

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Griffie backs off and focuses a moment…

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And now there is a pretty large dinosaur, with silvery claws and a bit of sparkliness. The tablet on the table next to the dinosaur says "I'm not writing, I'm using a telepathic Message interface to Message this tablet, which is repeating me. I should probably put everyone on Message before we go, though without the hub spell I'll have to relay things manually."

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Eee!  Pretty!  "Yes, very probably; wait, would that even - language?  Translation?  Unrelatedly, you look very pettable - I don't want to invade your personal space, though."

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"I speak any English, but yes, probably not enough. Still, if people start yelling someone's name or screaming it'd be good to know. More importantly, I don't need to understand what I'm hearing to relay it."

And Griffie can outline acceptable locations for touching a cooperative allosaurus, while perhaps unnecessarily repeating that this would be a terrible idea with a wild animal.

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Jane is petting a real live dinosaur this is the best day of her life.

 

Even with the other circumstances which she is now wrenching herself back to focus on.

"That's true.  Still, language-sharing spells: yea or nay on us baryonic creatures?"

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"Nay. It's not the baryons, it's the brainsouls, and even if it were an option, Share Language is fourth sphere and competes with spells like Life Bubble."

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"Ah, right.  Well.  Botheration."

"...if we pass stuff through, like, a walkie-talkie to here and back, will it be translated?  Or is it Regional only?"

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After some testing, it is determined that yes, relaying through Bar can work.

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Hooray!  She did a useful thing!  And actually has some walkie-talkies somewhere around here, she thinks; they used to be used during family-vacation car rides.

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And they can get something working, though Griffie still wants Message as a backup and can bounce a message through Bar for translation if necessary.

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Indeed, that's the plan.

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Ricky has overheard some previous discussion and is volunteering to help fog the cameras to protect the secret dinosaur, which is really cool.

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Yes, that would be very useful!  Good idea!

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It's his power! If he counts by twos in Spanish while inhaling he can fog glass.

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"...These are really strangely specific powers; how do you even discover them?"

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This time, Abby speaks up. "Paying close attention while doing weird stuff, or a lucky coincidence? I've been thinking of helping my friends try once this is over."

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"I might like to get in on that," she smiles softly.  "Sounds entertaining to try, as long as I can laugh at myself afterwards."

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Abby can go through all her testing ideas with Jane and make plans while Griffie does some final spell prep.

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...Well, something feels subtly different after that, at least, no matter how silly she looked.

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Abby wishes Jane the best of luck with experimentation.

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