Jun 03, 2020 11:54 PM
first visit to cefax
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And he assembles a trade delegation and the flat Valar, who can pretty much carry on a normal conversation at this point, open a portal. They put the portal in the star system but not attached to Godspring's inhabited planet. 

And through the trade delegation goes. 

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There is a decent-for-human-architecture palace in the capital of Cefax.

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There are suddenly spaceships hovering over the palace in the capital of Cefax! Lightleapers generally have smaller shuttles attached but he summoned a fairy as a bodyguard and the fairy can just float them down palace-wards.

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The palace guards are surprisingly calm about this.

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Hopefully they didn't have a goldmage jump back just to verify it'd turn out fine. He has a rudimentary but chip-aided grasp of the language. "Hello. We are from a star very far from here. We are interested in meeting your people. Would that be possible?"

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He is asked to wait and then admitted to see the Queen.

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It is a very short wait compared to Elven negotiations. He introduces himself to the Queen as Nelyafinwë Maitimo, prince of the Noldor - "I apologize for not writing ahead."

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"Liatsi, Queen of Cefax," she says. "Think nothing of it." She's a very plump person, pretty for a human and made up on top of that. "What do you mean when you say you are from a star?"

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"Every star in the sky is a sun like your sun; many of them light worlds like your world. Some of those other worlds have people on them. My world is called Valinor, and my people are called Quendi, and we learned how to build ships that go between the stars."

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"I see. What can Cefax do for the Noldor?"

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"We have seeds that grow into crops with much better yields than yours, and do not fail in conditions of drought, and are not blighted by worms or locusts or disease, and we would like to give them to you. We have inventions that can move people and things very fast around your world, and other inventions that can produce food and clothes and shelter with little labor so no one need go without them, and we want to teach you those. We do not have godsprings, or mages."

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"I see. Do you want to hire existing mages, or get access to the springs?"

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"At the moment neither; we are working on developing and testing an invention that would make use of mages - compatible with some cultural concerns of ours. It is possible that in the future we would be interested in trading for access to the springs."

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"May I inquire about the nature of the cultural concerns?"

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"We are an immortal people. As a result, anyone who became disabled by use of their magic would remain that way for tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of years. As such we are not very willing to let people try it, even voluntarily, and it would have to be voluntary because we also hold it wrong to put someone in a situation where they have no meaningful choice but to take actions that alter their own mind. We are not here to enforce our sensibilities, though it would make us very happy if a society by virtue of becoming wealthier had more affordance for them."

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"I believe the only mages whose power use is involuntary are redmages, and Cefax's godsprings are the only ones which throw that result. Why here, or should I expect word from my husband in Niohain that he's been visited too?"

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"We will eventually stop everywhere that will have us, but goldmages are the most potentially interesting to an immortal people."

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"That makes sense. We're probably also the least likely to panic at the overture, as if something disastrous were going to happen we could expect to have received warning," Liatsi remarks. "May I suggest that we serve as go-betweens for further introductions?"

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"We would appreciate it tremendously."

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She smiles a little. "Your inventions sound very impressive. How do they function?"

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He is qualified to explain chemistry and germ theory and electricity and Nossëan mechanics and with a little consultation of his computer rocketry and computing and genetics.

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Liatsi would like some ministers of this and that to listen in if that's all right.

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They are fascinated.

This goes on long enough that lunch is brought in.

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He will eat local food!

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It's not bad!

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