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Old 01-23-2018, 03:07 PM
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"You can worry about that once you're settled in. There's no want of work for willing hands, though."

She walks back to the kitchen area, then returns bearing a couple of cups. She sets one down in front of Chet, who immediately wrests his eyes away from Panda and picks up the cup and begins drinking.

"Now, what do we say, Chet?"

He lowers the cup briefly, revealing a white liquid mustache on his upper lip. "Thank you, Miss Lola," he recites, before redirecting his full attention to his milk. Just before finishing, though, he lowers the cup again, letting out a satisfied breath, and then tries to offer what's left in his cup to the small panda.

Lola walks over to Ghiv, still holding the second cup. "I thought I'd have Ghiv show you around the city once you all finished eating. He just got the tour a few days ago, so it should all still be fresh in his memory. You can see all there is together."

Ghiv does not appear pleased.

Lola turns to speak to him directly. "Ghiv, it will be good for you to go about the city and meet new people. You should make friends."

"I have made a friend..."

"Gali can hardly even walk on land and she still manages to be much more outgoing and have have many more friends here on land. You cannot simply hide in the river all day."

She lifts the cup up and moves as though to leave with it. "Though, I suppose, if you really don't want to..."

Ghiv's eyes shoot straight to the cup. "I accept your task."

Lola sets the cup down in front of him. "Thank you, Ghiv. You are such a boon." She walks back towards the kitchen area.

Ghiv mumbles out, "Thank you, Miss Lola," before draining his cup. Looking to Arrash and Mei, he declares, "I shall see you through this city."
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:16 PM
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“do we get to meet your water friend?!”
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:47 PM
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Ghiv ponders Mei's question.

"Hmmm... If I am to catch up to Gali in friends, and you meet Gali and become friends with her, then at best I have made no progress..."

Lola comes back from behind the counter and whacks Ghiv with the stew ladle. "It's not a competition. Of course you can take them to meet her. "

Ghiv rubs the back of his head where she hit him. "Very well. You shall meet Gali."

He finishes his bowl of stew and pushes back his chair. "Thank you for the meal." He gets up and walks over to the door. "Whenever you're ready."

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Old 01-23-2018, 07:53 PM
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"Well, you are still ahead of me in friends. So is May, she is already friends with Panda. Thank you for this lovely meal, Miss Lola."

Arrash stands up, stretching, and walks towards the door.

"I am ready when you are."
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Old 01-25-2018, 09:26 PM
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Mei leans over to Chet and lowers her voice. “Will you be my friend?”

Panda licks the last drops of broth from the bowl as she stands. “Thanks for the meal, Ms. Lola. Time to meet the water friend!”

Once Panda is finished eating, Mei puts him on her shoulder, and scratched his head. “I’m glad Panda came with me. Or found me. Everything is so confusing, but Panda makes me feel a little better,” she smiles at her small companion.
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:23 AM
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Chet's eyes widen with excitement, and he nods eagerly. He waves as Mei and Panda start to leave. "Bye-bye, Panda!"

Once they're all done eating, Ghiv goes to the door. "Alright. Let us be off, then." He pulls the door open and steps outside. The door hangs open for a moment, waiting for the others to follow through.

As they step outside, Arrash and Mei are struck by the light. It is bright, and from above, but it doesn't feel like sunlight, bur rather has a softer feel to it. As they look up for the source of light, they can't help but marvel at the sight. The buildings around them are tall, grey spires that ascend gracefully into the sky. Above, several paths crisscross the air, connecting the spires with graceful, arching bridges. But what truly strikes them is the sky beyond the narrow tops of the towers. They sky above seems like a clouded haze, and in it hang what seem like innumerable, powerful stars, shining together to create a light as bright as a the midmorning sun.

Below, back on the ground, the door of the Lodge opens onto a large city square. Several tall towers ring the open space, and behind them, more stone buildings stand. Those buildings, and the ground below, are made of blocks of stone, the lines between visible, unlike the smooth gray of the towers. At the center of the square, ringed by grass, is a large fountain, with water cascading down from the top to the multiple levels below. A pair of people are filling large jugs with water from the fountain.

Ghiv's reserved demeanor contrasts sharply with the sense of awe and wonder his surroundings engender. He waves his arm generally in the direction of the fountain. "This," he explains, "is Aedelheim."
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Old 01-26-2018, 04:39 PM
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Arrash stares up into the sky, transfixed by the sight. The stone spires are a wonder to look upon, filigree hanging unsupported across the sky. He is seized with the urge to climb to the top of the tallest, to see the sky up closer. Stars, so many stars, and so close. But-

"Where is... The sun?"

The many stars were the source of light. But he expected something more. He grasps for why that is, but meets only the same sense of vertigo that told him he was seeking a no) memory that no longer existed.

Arrash wavers, unsteady for a moment. He was truly in a new world, and the undeniable truth rocks him back on his heels. He takes a deep breath. He would just have to make the best of this. He follows Ghiv, trying not to dwell on the sky.
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:56 PM
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Ghiv shrugs. “There is none. Just the stars. Though I’ve heard tell that if you go beyond the city, these stars fall away and you can see the moon hanging in the sky.”

“So, the tour. This is the city square. I’m told this fountain, these Spires, and the nearby buildings were all already here when the first people began appearing here. There’s an inscription on the fountain, but nobody here can read it, not even old man Panor. Apparently he appeared with a couple of books, so he runs the ‘library,’ such as it is. He appears a very smart man and he spends much of the day holed up, studying, but he’s made little headway investigating this world, and can make neither head nor tail of the script here."

Ghiv gestures at one of the spires. "That is where Panor has his library and where he lives." Ghiv continues gesturing at the other spires. "That is where Father Shinko lives. He heads the church here. Those next spires are empty. That one houses the much of the guard, including its captain. And that one is where the mayor has his office."

"I suppose I should introduce you to the mayor. He is likely not busy. But..." Ghiv sighs. "I dislike dealing with Leoric."

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Stepping outside, Mei whimpers and clutches Panda to her chest. She’s only 13! How is she supposed to deal with this?

This is all you have now. You need to learn. You learned before, right?

A tear rolls down her cheek, and she quickly wipes it away. She doesn’t have time for that.

She nods along with Ghiv’s tour, half listening, half wondering what her other world could have been like.

“Why do you not like the mayor?”
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Old 01-29-2018, 12:55 AM
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Ghiv starts walking towards the spire he indicated as the mayor’s office, cutting across the grass to pass right by the fountain.

“Oh, Leoric is not the mayor. The mayor is nice enough, though he talks quite a lot. No, Leoric is his body-guard. And he takes to that role with an aggressive zealousness. Very aggressive zealousness. He sees plots against his master everywhere, and everyone is a traitor just waiting for an opportunity. And Leoric hates traitors.”

As they approach, in front of their destination, a large figure comes into view. The doors to the seven spires that ring the square are tall, allowing Ghiv and Arrash to pass under them with room to spare. But this figure dominates the door he stands before. The figure is heavily armored, and carries a massive flanged mace over its shoulder. As they get closer, they see that under the long, white hair is a skull devoid of skin or flesh. As they approach, a dark red light shining from deep within the eye sockets focuses on them, glaring intently. As a skull, the face is unmoving, but the three can feel that the being is scrutinizing them closely.

“Halt!” As the jawbone opens, a deep yet raspy voice comes out. “Who dares approach?”

Ghiv gives a quick gesture to ask the other two to let him handle this. “It is me, Leoric. Ghiv. I met the mayor just the other day. I am escorting these two new arrivals that they might behold your great and glorious master.”

Ghiv’s tone when praising the mayor is not especially enthusiastic, a fact which is not lost upon Leoric. The lights in his eyeholes narrow to points. “Oh? And I suppose paying your respects requires you to be armed to the teeth, Ghiv? Do not come to me with such obvious trickery. You are scheming something. But one such as you would never dare do such a thing alone. Who has set you up to this? Is it.... yesssss. Lola. That woman. I never trusted her. So she seeks to use her position to turn the new arrivals against my master? Well? Answer, peasant! This conspiracy will be rooted out!”

Just then, the door swings open. “Leoric, What is this commotion? I thought I told you not to be rude to guests.”

A man walks out, of average height, with blonde hair, and wearing a gray suit with a tie. He strides out confidently, putting his hand on the much larger Leoric as though to shove him out of the way.

Leoric immediately moves aside, turns to face him, and bows down low, dropping to one knee. “My master. These peasants, they were trying to gain access to you...”

“And how many times have I told you that I cannot do my job if you keep everyone away? While your concern for my safety is laudable, you take it much to far to the extreme!”

Leoric bows his head further down. “I am sorry, Master.”

With several exaggerated flourishes, the mayor gives Leoric a thumbs-up. “Very well. I forgive you.”

He turns to the three, now. “Ah, you’re Ghiv, aren’t you? And? Who are these two?”

“This is Arrash, and this is Mei,” Ghiv answers, gesturing to each of them in turn. “And this is Mayor Reigen.”
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Old 01-29-2018, 01:13 AM
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The city was here before the first people showed up?
That is...very strange. And a library? What is that?


Arrash had never heard of the word. Nor did he know what a "book" was. He is also unclear on what a church is. He is lost in thought, and loses the chance to ask when Ghiv continues. The imposing skeleton does not faze Arrash. His sense of fear seems somehow...muted. He wonders if he should feel more afraid, he can see the distaste in Ghiv's body language. And what was a "peasant"?

Upon being introduced, Arrash bows his head to the mayor. This man was in charge.

"Good day. I am Arrash. You are the ruler of this place? You must be an accomplished warrior of great renown. I place myself at your disposal."
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Reigen laughs when Arrash compliments him. "Ah, well, naturally, yes, but I don't like to make too big a deal about that. What's more important is what I, and all of us, do to keep this city going. And in that regard, we are all equal, my young... blue-skinned fellow... I simply serve this city best by coordinating and administrating. Oh, and what's this?"

He squats down to look eye-to-eye at Mei. "We have quite the young lady here. What's your name, Miss?"
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Books? Mei is not sure why that word makes her so excited, but she’s bouncing on the balls of her feet, hoping they’ll see this “library” soon.

She starts at the sight of Leoric. What sort of world did he come from??? What is this place that had a city first and people after??? Why can’t she remember anything?

She scratches Panda’s head as she frets, and it takes a moment for her to realize that someone is addressing her.

“Oh! Sorry, sir,” she responds hesitantly, “my name is Mei. This is Panda.”
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"Well it's very nice to meet you, Mei."

Reigen straightens back up and turns back to Ghiv. "Showing them around? Good, good. And how are you doing? Are you settling in well?"

Ghiv shifts uncomfortably in response to Reigen's question, and avoids making eye contact as he answers. "I... find it difficult to settle in. I feel restless. Like there is something I should be doing, something I need to do, but I cannot. The only time I can feel relaxed is when I am in the river."

Reigen puts his hand on Ghiv's shoulder. "It is a hard thing, to lose one's memories. The sense of incompleteness is strong. It may be in your previous life, you had a mission, and your strong sense of duty has carried over, even when the mission itself has been lost. It may help to devote yourself to a new cause, and then you may, in time, find peace."

Ghiv bows his head. "Thank you for your kind words, Reigen. But it bothers me to think that, if I did have a quest, it may now go uncompleted. I have been burdened by failure from the moment I set foot here."

Reigen takes his hand off his shoulder. "We all fail sometimes, Ghiv. Having to learn the lesson of how to move on from failure early on will make you strong."

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Old 02-01-2018, 02:24 PM
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Ghiv sighs, but raises his head and looks Reigen in the eye. "I will try."

Reigen nods. "Good. Now, if you'll excuse me, I must meet with Doran to discuss certain matters. If you need further spiritual advice, you should seek out Father Shinko."

With a wave, Reigen begins walking away. Leoric, who has been kneeling the entire time, gets up, gives Ghiv one more glare, and follows after Reigen, his armored boots stomping along the stone pathway.

Ghiv appears lost in thought for a few moments, before bringing himself out of it. "Well, right now I suppose my mission is still to guide you around the city. Come, let us continue."
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