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Dec 10, 2019 7:38 PM
A band of supernatural creatures make for greener pastures
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"I fear this country is done for our kind." The vampiress looks around the other occupants of the tavern room, a glass of scotch gripped in her hand. It's not her favourite thing to drink, but it's a distant second. "I've managed to eke out a decent life for myself as a hunter since I turned, but things have been getting harsher since my children's birth. Technology is progressing in tandem with the humans' ability to harm us. It's on a matter of time before every household in the kingdom has a sidearm that can put an end to us."

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"That may be more true for the rest of us than me. I could continue as I have been easily enough. But I agree - the benefits of life in a rich and stable nation don't really outweigh the pressure for your kinds anymore. And I would hate to be alone."

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"Easy enough for you to say. My little girl just can't run free, as she's meant to. The coal smoke, the fences and farmland everywhere..."

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"No, no, I agree. It's time to leave for you. And probably for me as well, if not so directly."

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"Wherever we end up, we'll need to understand what the state of technology is. Knowing what we'd be hunted with could save us."

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"That I may have an answer to. I don't suppose any of you met my sister?"

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"I did, briefly. We moved in similar circles in Amsterdam for a time."

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"A couple of years ago, she left for her Australia with her own son and a number of other kin. Said she was going to try and set up a colony for our kind down in the outback. It's still a wild country. If we establish a foothold there, we might be able to hold our own in the decades to come."

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"Like the New World? I heard from a pack that set up out there. They had hundreds of miles to themselves for fifteen years, in this area called Michigan."

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"Australia was found a touch more recently. The Empire started sending convicts there after America stopped taking them."

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"Well, if we're going to go there, let's not count on using a convict ship," she jokes. "Besides the fact that they tend to get snapped up by kraken once in a while, there's too little control that way. Think your families can pass a Customs inspection?"

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"Highly doubtful. None of us except you and Winona have decent amounts of money - joining family overseas is a good excuse, but they can see vampirism if they look close enough, and Rilah and I don't have a convenient excuse to board a ship for some colony."

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"I'm afraid our route will have to be a little less...direct."

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Janet's gaze sharpens a bit. "Those 'friends' you made in dark alleys?"

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"Have any of you ever taken a land-ship?"

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"The workshop uses walkers for things sometimes. Never been in a proper landship, though."

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"The name is something of a misnomer. They can also cross certain distances underwater."

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"Are you angling for putting our children on the same ship as some smugglers?"

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"Yes. It's distasteful, I know, but at the very least, our children can defend themselves if need be. And they have us."

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"I fail to see the problem if they're experienced smugglers. The other options all seem riskier."

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"We should probably actually list out all the options we have for going, how likely a disaster is, weigh it against how bad it is here... But, it's time to go. The winds are bad now. And a smuggler might be the only option."

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"I have a route planned out."

She removes a map from her bag. Seems they'll be heading to Australia by way of Scandinavia, Russia, China, and Indonesia. 

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"Avoiding the highest concentrations of warfare and technology. Hmm... I'm a little worried about the politics I've been hearing from Russia."

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"That is a concern, yes. There are still some kin-enclaves in the mountains that we can lay over in."

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"I know I'm being a little harsh... But this whole plan is terribly risky. We can't just rely on our gifts to get us out of trouble. It's a shame we can't just live and let live."

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"I'm sure we all do. And maybe, if this works, we can."

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