Jan 18, 2021 9:10 AM
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"Weird. Unfortunately for them I'm fresh out of dads."

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"I don't know if it'll improve things if you tell them that." He drives her home.

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"Maybe not. We have any sort of plan of action, besides waiting and seeing what they do?"

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"Kinda want them to teach us the magic, though I don't know if they'll go for it."

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Nod. "I don't think I want to learn any magic that comes from weird interdimensional polytheist gods. Probably interferes with cleric sp - 

" - he said the spell was common among clerics, right, that was the word he used?"

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"Yeah."

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"That's weird. Like, it's not a common word for the thing it means. Except in D&D."

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" - honestly it's kind of weird that they speak English at all, presumably they had a translation spell? Might it have been borrowing concepts from you?"

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"Yeah. Probably."

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"Might be worth asking them more about it, though?"

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"Yeah, maybe. It'd be super weird if it meant anything, though. Unless all of the Evangelicals are right and Gary Gygax is actually a warlock, which I guess would in fact fall short of being the weirdest thing that's ever happened."

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"I'm gonna need more context."

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"Oh, sorry. Gary Gygax is the guy who created Dungeons and Dragons in the seventies, and because the games feature magic there are a bunch of people who think that they're a gateway to witchcraft and Satanism or whatever, even though the magic in them is mostly just, like, 'my magic user casts fireball' or whatever? And Dennis and me just used the AD&D classes for differentiating between magic types because they were, like, handy memnonics, or whatever, not because we thought it was actually referring to anything real, but given everything else we know about the world it is I guess not literally impossible that Gary Gygax knows something we don't."

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"Maybe in the morning we can see if people who are astonished at cars and at women are also astonished at IHOP and then you can ask them some questions."

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"I do still have to go to school, so it'll have to be pretty early. But if they're good with early IHOP then that sounds great."

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"Cool! Meet you there."

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"See you tomorrow!"

And she can head inside and make something in the way of an attempt at trig homework.

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He spies on their guests.

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Their guests are marvelling at the plumbing.

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They do hot water! Any temperature you want between hot and cold, actually! There are very few places in Osirion where one can enjoy that luxury, and not for two gold pieces.

 

They shower. They fool around in the shower. They sit on the floor of the shower laughing and talking. 

 

They accidentally turn on the television. They are so impressed with the television. 

 

They sleep in shifts.

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By the morning he likes them a little better. In the morning he listens to Fazil prepare his spells. It's not exactly like he's talking to somebody but there is another presence, enough of one to make him stop listening lest he annoy it.

 

An hour later he's there to meet them when they walk out. "Hey. Karen and I thought we'd buy you breakfast and ask some questions. Is that all right?"

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"Of course," he says.

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"Great."

 

They get in his car. 

 

They go to IHOP.

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She's sitting at a table at IHOP taking her traditional second stab at doing math homework. 

She waves when she sees them.

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They sit down. 

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