Jan 20, 2022 8:31 AM
first visit to cefax
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He is very complimentary!

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And will the aliens be needing guest accommodations? The servants would like some warning if so.

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"We can head back up to the ship if that's more convenient; it is designed for extended habitation."

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"We're perfectly happy to prepare you guest rooms," Liatsi says.

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"Then by all means give the servants as much notice as possible."

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So notice is given.

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"And at some point would it perhaps be possible to visit your temple-guild?"

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"Do you have a preference?" inquires Liatsi.

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"Not at all, whichever is convenient."

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"I occasionally visit the one where my former redmage lives; he retired to raise a family due to an incident early in his career but I try to go at least once a year."

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"That would be lovely. Thank you."

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"Unless you'd prefer to make more advanced travel arrangements it will take a day to get there; we can leave in the morning."

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"Does flying look fun and will it prematurely age your bodyguards?"

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She raises an eyebrow. "I didn't see you fly in. My bodyguard is a goldmage and will be able to do his job regardless of the means of my endangerment."

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"Then we can make the trip in a minute or so."

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"That sounds like an experience worth having."

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So the next morning he asks the fairy to take the two of them and respective entourages to the temple-guild in question - that direction, once they're in the air Elf eyes can pick it out -

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It's on a hill, quite visible.

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Off they go. It's less than a minute.

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Liatsi is a little dizzy when they land but presently recovers and talks to the servant at the gate and brings Maitimo in.

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And he looks around, fascinated.

 

They'd further debated disabling the fountains. The argument for doing so is that this entire coercive microeconomy is terrible and more children shouldn't be forced into it. The argument against is that absolutely no one seems to want that, and it seems to set a bad precedent, tinkering for the sake of people who don't agree with you about what their own interests are. They might all be fewer than eight Years old but they aren't children, he reminds himself -

- although the temple-guild is in fact full of children, they're adorable -

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Yup, kids running around - just the servants' kids and the mages in gold and green and blue; the white and red play less hazardous games.

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He introduces himself - to kids, to one of their minders who comes over to ask what is going on. His explanation about the stars invites some skepticism. That he arrived with the Queen is more interesting. He sings them a song from Tirion and they all fall quiet, stunned.

And he asks how they like it here, if people ever leave, what they want from their lives...

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People leave sometimes. Mostly not white and red, of course. They want to pension off their dwindled relatives and pay back their debt to the guild and serve the Queen (she visits her retired redmage, and brings his kids presents; everyone here likes her a lot).

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She seems exceptionally likable. What was the accident with her redmage? She mentioned it but he hadn't wanted to pry.

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