In the middle, a faint popping sound, and a suddenly appearing girl. Ignore the fact that she looks like a twenty-year-old boy with messy, black hair right now.
<We were just stepping out the door for groceries, and now we're... here? Wherever here is,> Hailey, one of her headmates, says in her mind.
She nods, hums, and starts checking her pockets and bag. (It's not a purse. She wishes it was a purse, but she hasn't transitioned enough to pull off a purse yet. It sucks.) Inventory: smartphone, backup battery, spare charger and cables, notebook, pocketknife, pen, pencil, and unexpected pink gem. Well, could be worse. She checks for reception, finds none, and turns her phone off, disconnecting the battery as well. She dismisses analyzing the gem until she gets shelter sorted out.
<Sunrise gives us cardinal directions, and that glimmer of water will be important for survival,> Maya notes.
Sable nods and starts walking west. No choice but to preserve stamina and get there as soon as she can.
And that's when she's suddenly kicked in the head by a visceral awareness of twelve enormous constellations, wheeling through the sky of their mindspace. Two smaller stars of the set fall down out of the sky, power crackling through their mind. It feels like molten star-metal being poured through the channels of their mind, cast into shape. It feels like a thousand strokes of a hammer in a forge, all crammed into a single timeless moment. It doesn't hurt per se, but it feels like new grooves are being carved into their brain, making room for new knowledge.
When it stops, they've fallen over from the utterly bizarre and unfamilliar sensation. Sable picks herself up off the ground, dusts herself off, and pokes at the awareness of the two things that have attached themselves to her and her headmates' minds.
Build That Wall (Bastion) 100
You know the basics of Caelondian technology. You understand how to harness the semimystical power of Cores and turn it into usable Mantic energy, to power basic machinery, shortrange flying machines, computers, and a variety of other uses. More interestingly, you can use Core power to reinforce existing structures, running a Matic current through it to enhance whatever physical properties it possesses usually durability, though other uses are possible. This is what allowed structures like the Rippling Wall and the Bastion to survive the Calamity as well as they did. You also gain basic skill for mundane construction.
Phonograph (Bastion) Free
An old-fashioned hand-cranked phonograph. Very sturdy, gives much higher-quality sound than you’d expect. Has a single record with the full OST for the Bastion game, as well as several additional Caelondian and Ura folk songs.
<What,> comes Hailey's stunned mental voice. <Those are Jumpchain perks. Whatever dropped us here is giving us Jumpchain perks.>
Well. Looks like their time in this place is going to be an interesting one.
Sable starts walking again, watching her surroundings.