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Dec 02, 2022 12:30 AM
A thrice-great warrior-mage arrives in the demiplane of Elsewhere, searching for new lands for his people to claim.
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Odd names, though no odder than any other foreign nomenclature. Two for each, so he supposes he'll leave his epithets by the side. "I am Opirogius Docenius, though I prefer Opero if we are not being formal."

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"Alright, Henry is good. And Fernando should be as well." He does check this with his partner, who nods. "Uh, do you mind if we come closer and speak for a while?"

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He doesn't check that suggestion with his partner, who doesn't nod and barely visible reacts to the prospect of getting closer to the unknown, powerful sorcerer.

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"Please feel free, though hopefully you can understand I do not exactly have many amenities at the moment."

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"Understood." Henry will approach. Fernando follows closely. "Do you mind answering some questions?"

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"Not at all." Though Opero will certainly be considering the potential ramifications of any answers he gives and will be choosing them carefully.

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Henry nods. He is actually not sure how to proceed with the conversation. "So... what exactly are you doing?" He starts conversationally.

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"I am building a...well I suppose it's not really a house at this point, but a place to stay. I figured it would be better than trying to negotiate for lodging before I'd learned the language, though evidently that's less of a problem than I anticipated."

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"Okay. Uh, does this mean that you will want to come in the town proper?"

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"Assuming this language trick applies to the people there, yes. Otherwise I was planning on coming over tomorrow or possibly the day after."

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"Ah. Yeah. You can even burrow the bracelet while there?" Pause. "Uh, assuming you have only peaceable intentions?"

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Fernando asks something that Opero can't understand. But Henry translates it as "Where are you from?"

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"I don't plan on starting any trouble." It is always better when these sorts of things go peacefully, though he will have to see how the elders feel about it eventually. "I apologize preemptively if I make any uncouth mistakes in my unfamiliarity with your people. As for where I come from, I don't imagine you know of it? It is...very far away." Or at least, that's a good enough analogy. No need to out and say he's from another world yet.

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"Okay..." Henry was slightly more relaxed when he said that he didn't want to start any problem. "But can you name it? Are you a native from Elsewhere? Or maybe Elan?"

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"Elsewhere?" It takes Opero a moment to register that is the name of a place, rather than just 'some other place,' "No, I don't believe so. I was born in Rimocolles, but I've traveled around a lot."

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Head tilt. "And... where is Rimocolles?"

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"It's maybe a day's travel by sail-cart along the road north out of Antevissura. If you don't know of the capital city of Campium, and I do not expect you do, I doubt you'll know of any place I name."

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"But..."

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Fernando interrupts him, and demands translation. They whisper to each other.

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"Okay, okay. Fernando wants to know, what are your capabilities, if you don't mind sharing?"

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"Well, I need to keep some trade secrets, if that's alright. But as you can see I'm proficient with humorism, enough to use my soul-dew to augment the strength of my limbs. I'm also a competent spiritist, and a survivalist of sorts."

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"I am sorry, I think some of those words didn't translate right." He responds to this by checking the bracelet.

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Ah, "Humorism? Spiritism?" He hadn't considered the possibility given the one them flew out here, but maybe their understanding of vitalism is lacking. Or, perhaps just different. There was that strange zone of unlife after all, so this world clearly has some deep differences from his home.

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"Yeah, exactly those."

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Fernando takes this moment to pick up Henry's wrist and insert his hand through the bracelet. Not all the way through because it's not large enough, but apparently enough to make it work. This leaves the two of them awkwardly close, with Fernando using the other arm to hold Henry. Again, the posture is not hostile, but has a defensiveness to it, a preparation to fly away.

"Your claim that we might know where you come from because of distance is confusing enough that our priory assumption is that it is a gross misrepresentation of the truth. If you are lost, or otherwise truly has non-hostile goals, I would advise more forthcomingness. Being secretive will not push us towards hostility, but sounds like a waste of time and resources to little gain to both sides. If you think your goals are better served through hostility, you have at least confused me enough to think that we will both gain from mutually sharing information."

Of course, this is a simplification of hostile scenarios, but Fernando won't exactly do Opero's planning if that is the case.

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