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Dec 02, 2022 12:38 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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"Hm, very well. How familiar are you with the idea of...other worlds? It seems you may know this, but the methods of traveling from one to another are quite new, to my people at least, so I thought it best to present the analogy of distance instead."

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"We are familiar, and have access to some. Did you find yourself here suddenly and without explanation? Or maybe by a method that you know of?"

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Hm. This is starting to feel like it could be a significant information leak, but Opero supposes he can just object if they start asking about the particulars of the otherworld pool. He doesn't personally know much about it anyway. "I was sent here with intent, though I didn't know exactly what this place would be like when I departed. That's rather the point of being an explorer, I suppose."

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Well, that does get him raised eyebrows. "Interesting." He pauses to think for a moment. "I suppose that we should offer you the opportunity to establish diplomatic contact then?"

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"How about offering the translator," Henry says, "so the two of us don't have to stay in this awkward position?"

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"Oh, I'm hardly a diplomat. Given your people are here I'll certainly be making the ordinary sorts of trade to avail myself the comforts of civilization, but I won't be making any--" He makes an odd upwards-spiraling hand gesture, "--high level deals.or anything. Assuming everything goes well I'll be headed back to my people and the real negotiators will come by and handle that stuff."

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Fernando nods. "Reasonable. I think there will be people that will want to talk to you anyway, even with the understanding that you are in here as an explorer. And, do you want the translation bracelet?"

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He really thinks about it for a minute. This bracelet is already doing something to him, or to his words at least, to let them understand him and he them, at range and through his armor. What more could it do if he allowed it on his person? Neither of these two seem bothered by it, but it's hardly impossible for magic distinguish friend from foe, or them to simply to be unbothered by whatever other additional functions might exist, such a tracking the wearer's location or recording their soundscape.

As he's about to reply, however, his stomach grumbles deeply, and he's reminded of how much hunger he's accrued over the last several hours of hard work. He had been planning on hunting one of those deer, but with the possibility of just walking into town and buying some prepared food instead, his mind is made. "I believe I do, though given I'll be acquainted with the language in a couple days, where should I return it to once it's no longer needed?"

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"Well, the thing that I actually want is to request for one of us to escort you around. Even if we assume the best intentions from your part - which, forgive us if we can't be entirely sure - it sounds that leaving you unsupervised might cause at least some deal of confusion and concern from people. That said, the bracelet could be returned to the lighthouse-looking tower near the center of town. I think at maximum the charge would last a day." He removes the bracelet from Henry's wrist and holds it up in offer.

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Opero will take the offered bracelet and put it around his wrist, on the same side as he saw Henry wearing it. He affixes it to the outside of his armor, and definitely does not let it make any sort of direct contact with his body. Assuming it doesn't do anything nefarious that he can notice, he'll take a quick assessing look over his dirt-hut, then turn back to the two men. "I think I'd be alright making myself known. I don't think this thing is liable to fall down once I take my eyes off it anymore at least."

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The bracelet doesn't feel meaningfully different.

"We can get you accommodations there if that turn out to be more of your liking. Do you mind following us then?"

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Well, if it's doing something it's not obvious about it at least. "Please lead the way. Though, if you fly I may have some trouble keeping up."

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"Don't worry about that. We can walk with you, or at least keep at your pace. We will just regroup with the others and lead you back to town if you don't mind."

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The others? Opero may soon be quite outnumbered, not he hasn't faced such circumstances before. "Very well."

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"Follow us then." Fernando says, and then walking without preamble.

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Henry makes sure Opero is following then.

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Walking! Towards the town, hopefully.

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They indeed go town wards. With a small detour to pick up three people that are some ways a way.

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Which include two people identical to Fernando.

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"Sup? Is everything good with our interolper?"

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"He claims being from another world unknown to us."

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Opero is not unfamiliar with the idea of triplets, and assumes that is the explanation for this seeming triplication. He raises a hand in salutation to new ones. "Greetings."

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"Greetings. Do you want to take us to our leader?"

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"He claims that he is an explorer rather than a diplomat-"

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"Talk like he is here, Fernando. Which... Hello, I am Felix Vaesteri, this is Thomas and that is Gabe."

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