Jan 21, 2020 6:38 AM
artifact annie has really terrible timing
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"I really don't."

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"I don't think the Enemy knows that there are other worlds and I don't want him to find out. And yes, if you turn out to have any magic powers - or if anyone from your world comes looking for you -"

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"If anyone comes looking for me it will take a minimum of several days and probably much longer. There's someone who's got an artifact power to analyze other artifacts without having to touch them, but he has to sleep twenty hours a day and they won't know which one to start with. If the one that sent me here turns out to be controllable or consistent or reversible or something it'd have to wait until he found that out."

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"You were out for almost a week. I checked a couple times if you were not-in-unimaginable-agony but you always were -"

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"It happened one time before that almost right after I landed but it was just a few seconds then..."

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"If it happens again is there something you want us to do instead -"

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"...did you have to actually stand over me the whole time, that sounds awfully labor-intensive, there has to be some other way to keep me knocked out."

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"You heal really fast,  and most ways of continually doing enough damage to keep you unconscious will kill you if we're badly calibrated about the healing or if it runs out of power or anything -"

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"But maybe you could just, I don't know, tie something around my neck -? It won't run out of power, that's not a thing artifact effects do, if I have a healing factor I just have it now."

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"Then that should be safe enough. I think."

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Nod. "It's at least more likely to actually be a trigger thing than a random thing, I think a random thing would probably have similar durations each episode - I was, I was going to study artifact statistics if they would've let me into the department -"

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"Let you into the department?"

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"The university I went to has an artifact studies department - it's one of the best in the world because of the guy who can analyze the artifacts - but it allows access to some dangerous artifacts so they won't admit people unless you get in range of a mindreader to be checked out for what you might do with that, once a semester - so I was undeclared until I could see if there was a way to get around that. It's otherwise pretty easy to avoid the mindreaders because they yell all the time."

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"There's no - not that way of verifying intent?"

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"Not that they use that I'd found out about before I got hit by the van. I didn't even want to touch any of the university artifacts, I just wanted to do stats, I would've been fine if they let me major in artifacts and didn't give me a key to the room, but..."

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"So you have - disabled ordinary senses, a new special sense, the agony fits, the teleporting to a new universe, the languages..."

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"And I'm too hot all the time - if you have anything for me to change into that's less bloody and lighter that would be good, it's - I can't actually tell how cold it is here but there's no snow so probably hotter than I'm dressed for even without the artifact effect and me having left my coat behind - and um - and the healing - and I'm probably missing some stuff with odd triggers."

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"We can find you something lighter. I'm counting four bad things and three good ones?"

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"I'm not positive that blindness and deafness are together. There's at least one artifact in existence that does blindness all by itself."

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"Okay." 

 

Someone brings lighter clothes.

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"Where should I go to change?"

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"Hmm - right, sorry, we haven't had humans around in a while. The - I think everyone who was living in the north wing was dead, there's a guest room there..." She sends the location over osanwë.

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"- okay."

Annie goes there. She changes clothes and then comes back out.

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They are leaning against the wall and speaking silently. 

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She's not sure how you interrupt or don't interrupt or - what - a telepathic conversation. She shuffles around awkwardly a ways away. She definitely does not point her face at them because why would she do that what color is Rirosseth's hair she bets it's pretty -

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