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Aug 20, 2017 9:26 AM
Ellayania in Numenor
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A tangle of light catches a god's attention. She did not know light could tangle. Ellayania scans through her library. No references except for one mediocre poet who apparently liked the metaphor.

Her avatar is nearby. It reaches out to touch the tangle, stepping closer-

And then it disappears, along with the light.
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Gah! Now she's wet!

An ocean? Not Varkalosix's domain, at least.
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It is an ocean. A very wide, very quiet ocean. The horizon, if she's looking closely, does not curve.

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Quiet means she can stand on its surface. She does so.

No curve is wrong. The world is known to be round, she read of that quite ingenious experiment with measuring the shadows of the sticks.

She tries to orient her body in relation to her domain. It is very far away, but not in any particular direction. Or rather, in a direction that is perpendicular to all others at once. What an odd sensation.

So is this some other world? A flat one? That seems the conclusion to drawn. This avatar may be unrecoverable. She could sacrifice it and remake one at home. But it would not do to be hasty. There may be people here. Potential believers.
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There might be! There's an island on the horizon.

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It's worth investigation. She strides off towards it.
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Then it'll very slowly get larger. There are ports. There are ships in the ports. There are buildings on the shore, eight or ten floors high, a bit shabby, and then farther away from the port there are cliffs with nicer houses.

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Signs of habitation and activity, very promising. This accident may turn out to be a net benefit.

She walks quickly, and does not tire. She makes for the docks, as a convenient place to leave the water, with people presumably already around.
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Yep! Screaming and pointing and shouting, actually.

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It is always nice to be noticed. She smiles. What sort of things are they saying? What information can she glean about this perpendicular world?
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There's a person walking on the water! Is it Uinen? No, it's not Uinen, you idiot, how would you know, I'd know better than you, it might be Uinen, it might be someone else, who else, doesn't look like an Elf - and Elves can't walk on water - maybe they have a song for it - you idiot - someone should tell someone, unload the ships in case she wrecks them, is she going to wreck them? No, that'd be rude, leave the ships. That's all fine and well for you, you have insurance. Uinen could sink ships any time, she doesn't have to be around for it. It might not be Uinen.

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Hm. Uinen a local sea goddess equivalent? She has not felt as though she is in anyone's domain. They must work differently. And Elves. With song magic, apparently. She reaches the docks and jumps ashore from the surface of the water. Still not in a domain, good.

"Hello, and greetings," she says, in a voice layered with all the languages a listener knows and perfectly comprehensible to all present. "I am Ellayania, of Library and Fen. I come from a far distant realm, and am uncertain of my present location. Might one of you be able to enlighten me?"
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This causes excitement. And confusion. 

 

They mostly back away, a little bit. 

A couple people shout warily back that she is in Rómenna, of Númenor ("Anadûne!" someone else disagrees, and there is a scuffle).

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Two names for the same place, and this is worthy of a quarrel? Curious. Something to look into, if she is to stay. She smiles.

"A new land indeed, then. In celebration of this occasion, I would offer a blessing to you each, one of waterwalking, resistance to chill and damp, improved memory, improved vision, improved speed, or improved stamina." She holds out a hand. "If you wish it, step forward and state which you desire."
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There's a minute of confusion. Then she is mobbed. ...improved vision is by far the most popular, for some reason.

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As long as people are clearing way for their fellows once they've received their own blessing. She would have expected more waterwalking, but it's not like any are more expensive than the others.
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Some people want to know why they can't have two! Waterwalking's popular enough, but improved vision makes you almost like an Elf! Elves have excellent vision.

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They can't have two because not everyone has gotten their first yet! Later, when she is more established here, they can come back and she'll see about getting them another. Elves sound quite interesting, she's never met one.
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No one's met one, they're all in the West.

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Across the ocean? They have all these ships that look seaworthy enough. Why not sail to see them?
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Not allowed. 

 

(This provokes a lot of muttering.)

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Who has set this rule?
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The gods.

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Well, one mustn't defy the gods, of course.

Though, personally, she has always found it more convenient to place fewer rather than more restrictions on her followers.
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They're kind of confused that she's a god. They were pretty sure they knew all the gods.

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She's new. Only recently arrived to the world. Speaking of which, where is the library? She would like to catch up on what history and local knowledge there is to be had.
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