Dec 14, 2019 12:53 PM
Ambela in Thedas
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"Sure."

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"How should I solve the money problem? I'm only marginally competent at most things, I mostly don't have a separate income at home - the way it works there is everyone gets some money, and it's enough to live on, and if you want more than that you need to earn it and lots of people have jobs to pass the time anyway, but all the more than that I might want I tend to get as presents and I pass the time in ways that don't happen to earn money."

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"People will happily pay money to hear you sing," he says. "If you agree to sing on request for as long as you stay here, Eamon will pay you just to hang around and be available for that."

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"Oh! That's easy. I couldn't make money singing on Valinor, not good enough."

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"Yes, well, welcome to Thedas."

And here are the castle kitchens, where food may be requested outside normal dining hours, and there is the castle dining hall, where meals are served according to thus-and-such a schedule, and these are the various uniforms of castle servants and what specialties go with what outfit...

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All useful to know.

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And then they can go wander the village looking for various materials! Fabric, things to paint fabric with, anything else?

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Furniture - she doesn't actually like any of these bedframes, can she just carve up the one in the room a bit? But that's a nice chair. She likes that mirror. That's a decent rug. The glass things there would be nice hung in the window. Her taste is substantially but not perfectly correlated with expensiveness.

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Stalas promises to look into acquiring permission to carve up the bedframe in the room; he expects she'll be allowed if he asks, but that it is still a good idea to ask.

He talks some of the vendors into lowering their prices, but leaves others alone. There is no obvious pattern to which are which, but perhaps he knows things about them that aren't obvious. He doesn't complain about the amount of money they're spending, but he does convert all the prices to approximate lengths of time Ambela would have to spend staying with Eamon and singing on request to earn that much - a day, a few days, a week, a month, half a year.

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She appreciates the currency conversions. The half-a-year object is not that pretty, she can serve its function with six of those inexpensive things and some of the paint instead.

Eventually she thinks she will be able to assemble what she's got into a serviceable enough place to live!

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That is good! Stalas is glad. He leaves her in her room with her objects and goes off to secure bed-carving permission.

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And she arranges things and hangs fabric and starts painting, singing to herself.

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Half an hour later: "You may carve up your bed as you see fit, I've found somewhere to haul that rejected chair to, and I have convinced two more people that you're not Andraste."

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"I don't know that I like what this implies about local musical talent."

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"I think you won't be impressed with local music of average quality but might be pleasantly surprised by the good stuff."

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"Does the good stuff also prompt being mistaken for gods."

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"Well, not when it doesn't come with the context of being a beautiful woman of mysterious origins who is hanging around with the people who are going to save the world. ...also, the thing we found that cured Eamon's poisoning was supposed to have been Andraste's ashes, that's probably also relevant."

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"I could, theoretically, have left ashes in the past and be fine now, but as it happens I have not died before."

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"Well, Andraste very famously died and left ashes, and according to legend her ashes have miraculous healing powers, and we found something that seemed like it might be her ashes and did turn out to have miraculous healing powers. And the rumour mill thinks you're connected to all this somehow."

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"Is there any reason I should tell anything other than the truth about how utterly incidental I am and where I am from instead?"

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"Most people will probably have trouble understanding the full explanation, or believing it, or both. Which doesn't mean you have to lie to them but does mean you might have better things to do than keep explaining until they accept it."

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"All right."

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"Anyway. I'm glad we managed to make the room work. Let me know if there's anything else I can help with."

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"Should I meet Eamon?"

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"Sure."

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