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Jul 27, 2017 4:31 AM
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She and Gem talk for a long time about how to safely search for Ardas. She is an indestructible magic rock who can teleport and can turn off pain, there is not much disastrous that can happen, but the whole reason they are looking for Ardas is that Ardas tend to have problems, and if she shows up while Eru is involved things could get even worse, so it is worth the time invested in precautions.

 

There are not many places in Arda that are reliably a safe place to land at any point in the timeline. Eventually they settle on trying a teleport to the air just outside Valinor (they considered targeting for Tol Eressëa, but that will miss Ardas where the Elves are still beside Cuivienen), while in the form of a swift.

She tests that if she is adjacent to an Arda this will work, and she tests that if she has no idea whether she is adjacent to an Arda (Gem teleports her somewhere unfamiliar) this will still work.

And she goes to each of the hundred sixteen worlds that have been discovered so far and she tries to teleport to the air just outside Valinor, and when that fails she tries to teleport to the air half a mile above a Bell, because while she is doing this she might as well check for alts.

(She should check for alts of the Noldor too, of course, but she is confident all Bells will react well to learning they are an interdimensional meddling collective of magic-workers and she is less confident about the alts of the Noldor so she only checks for alts of her wife. All non-Arda Finweans so far have cooccurred with a Bell anyway.)

She is in Aurum now. She tries to teleport to the air just outside Valinor. No. She tries to teleport to the air well above a Bell.

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This is a dense city, Earth skyscraper-type architecture, bright electric lights shining through dramatically clearer air than Joy may expect Earth skyscraper-type cities to have, especially with that many cars driving around below. There are also more non-pigeon birds around than Joy may expect in Earth skyscraper-type cities (though there are plenty of pigeons too).

Bells chime loudly in the distance from several places at once: one measure of a song and then three low bongs.
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Ooohhh! She will swoop down to ground level to get a closer look.

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The city continues to be a city. There's a lot of animals around; not just dogs and such but apparently unattended bats and pandas and tigers strolling through the street. The signage is Chinese; so are the humans.
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Maybe a spellbinder planet like Hex?

 

Bella once told her she could claim to be from China. She finds somewhere without people around and shifts back.

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Indeed, she attracts rather few looks. She's still prettier than anybody walking around, but not actually by that much. She is awfully tall though, and the magical girl outfit's a little weird, and nobody else's hair is as long as hers.
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...she will nudge the magical girl outfit into something slightly more appropriate. And she will walk up to the nearest store and say "hi! I am looking for a Bella Swan, do you happen to know who that is or how I can look people up?"

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The shopkeeper blinks at her. "...Is this a trick question?"
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"You can assume I have been living in a really rural area and have not had internet access or anything! When I met Bella she was still living in Washington."

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"You know the Imperatrix?"
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"...no. Unless that's Bella, is that Bella? ...that would totally be Bella. Gem's going to be so delighted - what's the Imperatrix, what is she in charge of?"

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The shopkeeper waves vaguely. "Earth? Is this one of those television shows where you mock people behind their backs for not knowing much about politics -?"
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"Earth? Like, the whole thing?"

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"You really live under a rock, don't you. Your outfit's very fashion forward for someone who's spent the last five years farming canola and not watching the news."
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"What year is it?"

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"Is this a hidden camera reality show where you make fun of me for not figuring out you're an Andalite sooner?"
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"...what's an Andalite?"

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"Where are you from?"
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"Really far away, and I met Bella when she was living in Forks, and please these aren't trick questions I just want to know what year it is."

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"...it's 2010."
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"Thank you!!!" And she heads outside and looks for someplace with no people and vanishes, pop, back to Aurum and to outside the door of whatever room Golden is in.

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Golden hears her land, of course. Vampire. "Come in."
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"You're adjacent to an Earth where it's 2010 and Imperatrix Isabella rules the world - I asked 'what, all of it?' and got accused of living under a rock - and also there are possibly-sapient pandas and tigers and stuff in the streets?"

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"...okay! That's exciting. Did you talk to her?"
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"No, I was not sure how to get an appointment with the ruler of the world and thought it might be worth the time to ask an alt. I can go fetch Gem if you're busy."

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"Ruling the world is a busy sort of work. I have long enough to at least introduce her to the concept and find out who she'd be best served talking to. Where is she?"
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