Aug 24, 2019 12:14 AM
Ambela in Thedas
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"...okay, I guess that makes sense, you have two, you'd name them different things. We only have one, so it's just 'the sun'. ...we have a moon, does Valinor have a moon? It comes up at night, usually."

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"Valinor have a moon, Araman."

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"Has, again, it has a moon. Okay. Our moon doesn't have a name either. I guess we just don't name things as much as you do? ...What species are you, what species live on Valinor?"

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"Valinor has one species, Quendi. Endorë is a world, Endorë has Quendi, orcs, Dwarves."

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"Endorë? Another world? There's more?"

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"...two is more one?" she inquires.

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"Yeah. Two is more than one, three is more than two."

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"Yes, Valinor and Endorë and here. Maybe more than."

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"We haven't named our sun, we haven't named our moon, we haven't named our world... wow, we're really behind. But, wait - if the thing that brought you here isn't something you've ever seen before - how do you know about Endorë? Have you been there? How would you get there?"

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"...Endorë then Valinor."

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"You went to Valinor from Endorë? Okay, same question, how?"

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"Oromë is... uh," hand-wiggle, uncertainty, "Valar a species, Oromë a Vala. Oromë find Quendi in Endorë."

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"Valar are... maybe a species but you're not sure?" he guesses. "And they can go between worlds and take people along?"

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"Valar can go between worlds and take people along! Valar are... not maybe a species, if I get 'maybe', they..." She spreads her hands, she doesn't have words. "Oh, and Maiar, like Valar, but -" Hand gestures to suggest that Maiar are small Valar.

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"You should tell all this to Stalas next time we see him, I'm sure he'll make better sense of it than I am," Tev predicts.

And then a thought occurs to him.

"Uh. ...In Valinor, nobody shoots at anybody - people don't shoot at people? Ever?"

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...she has no way to explain special effects, so she hesitates thoughtfully but then says "People don't shoot at people."

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"Are there... other dangerous things? Dragons? Things more dangerous than dragons?"

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"...uh." More gestures to indicate that bigger than Valar is "Eru, on Araman, but - he was dangerous thing but then not dangerous thing." Pause. "I think." She looks around her in annoyance. "And a dangerous Vala named Melkor, and dangerous Maiar, but Valar - eight and six not-dangerous Valar - not-dangerous Melkor and Melkor-Maiar."

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"...eight and six is, uh, fourteen - eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen - is Eru a god, is that what Valar are that's not quite a species - they made Melkor not dangerous? Melkor was dangerous and now isn't dangerous because of something the other Valar did? —'not dangerous' is 'safe'..."

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"Yes, Melkor was dangerous, the other Valar something did and now Valinor is safe and Endorë is safe."

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"Thedas is. Not safe," he says. "...'did something', is how you would say that, the other Valar did something - Thedas has dangerous things, we're trying to make Thedas safe, but - could the Valar just, bring everyone from Thedas to Valinor - the elves and dwarves and humans and golems and qunari, all of us—? Some - I guess some of the people might still be dangerous. The people in Haven are a little dangerous. But darkspawn are more dangerous, people should get to live somewhere with no darkspawn, even if they're dangerous people."

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"...Go from Endorë to Valinor, um - numbers -"

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"Numbers...? One two three four five six seven eight nine ten, eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty...?"

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"Two sixes twelve, twelve twelves -"

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"Twelve twelves...? Uh - ten tens is a hundred, twelve twelves is..." he puzzles over it for a second or two, counting on his fingers, and then says, "...a hundred and forty-four? Four tens is forty. A hundred and forty-four of what?"

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