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Minor Characters ([personal profile] alicornucopia) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2015-09-18 04:27 pm

the end of the universe

Here and now, for multifarious definitions of "here" and a hopeless confusion of "now":

there is a bar.
affodell: (i ~ balance)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 02:14 am (UTC)(link)
"I would but I'm trying to imagine what you could possibly have instead of alucines and I'm really low on ideas. An alucine is an... area. With edges. Linked to other alucines by portals."

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
"Physical portals, like doorways? Or shortcuts through space?"
affodell: (j ~ portals)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, when I said this was cunning what I meant was that it was clever to have a door over a portal. But... the second thing. I think. That's a really weird way to put it, 'through space', portals are more of a between alucines thing than a within alucines thing. I'm not actually sure off the top of my head if you can make one that shortcuts through space."
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[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
Interesting. "How big are your alucines, on average?"
affodell: (h ~ venture)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
"Like, average average, or typical, or average inhabited, or typical inhabited?"

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
Evra shrugs. "All of the above, I suppose."
affodell: (g ~ adjacent)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 02:28 am (UTC)(link)
"I don't have exact figures. Your standard inhabited alucine will have, like, two towns and a swath of farm, or a big city. They come in very small - too small for some people to fit into all the way - and in very large - several continents and oceans - but there's more tiny ones than big ones, the big ones are just more interesting."

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
"What does the edge of an alucine look like? Do they come with portals, or do you make them?"
affodell: (k ~ curiosity)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 02:33 am (UTC)(link)
"They look like... they don't look like anything? If you're painting scenery that includes a wall you just paint sky color there, so it depends on whether it's night or day, I guess. And there's naturally occurring portals but some 'mancers learn to make them."

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
Evra tries to wrap his head around the idea of living in pockets of space rather than one continuous plot of earth and fails. "Let me reword that. If you were to walk all the way to the end of an alucine, do you hit a wall? Does the ground just stop existing?"
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affodell: (h ~ venture)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah, you hit a wall. There's no dirt past the edge - well, if you really want to you can pile up a bunch of dirt against a wall and leave it there and then dig it away and come away with slightly more than you started with? But, like, there isn't anything past the walls."

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
"Huh." Evra wonders if it's a naturally occurring phenomenon, these alucines, and if they exist somewhere in this universe, or in another one altogether. The thought gives him a headache, and he rubs his eyes. He's definitely too tired for this.

He gulps down the rest of his wine.
affodell: (g ~ adjacent)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 03:14 am (UTC)(link)
"So, this bar seems to work like an alucine... albeit with a funky window... but where are you from?"

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
Evra frowns. "A planet. It's a spherical rock, probably the size of one of your biggest alucines." He traces a finger in the air, and wonders if he could cast a projection in the bar. He doesn't want to risk it, though--the essence in the air feels too... strange.
affodell: (h ~ venture)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 03:27 am (UTC)(link)
"...And everybody balances on top of the sphere of rock? Or is it caves?"

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
"There's a force that pulls everything on the surface towards the planet's center."
affodell: (g ~ adjacent)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 03:42 am (UTC)(link)
"...That sounds uncomfortable."

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
"We're... used to it." Evra peers into his wine glass, now empty. "Bar, will I have to pay for another drink?"
affodell: (i ~ balance)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, further purchases will cost reasonable currency-dependent prices.

"Did you just talk to the bar? ...Did a napkin just appear out of nothing?"

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
"Yes and yes." Evra reaches into his inner jacket pocket, extracts his old woven pouch, and peers inside it. Either its enchantments have faded, or his head is too muddled to request items properly. He's going to have to do this the long way.

From the bag, Evra pulls out a sheaf of blank paper, his casting kit, his notebook, and finally his coin pouch. "How much? Two coppers?"
affodell: (h ~ venture)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
For another glass of wine like that one, six coppers. There are other vintages available, of course.

"Why did a napkin just appear out of nothing?" asks Cayra, approaching. A napkin appears at her too: I'm the bar. This is how I communicate.

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
Evra plunks six coppers onto the counter and starts to put his things away, but pauses at his casting kit.

He really shouldn't.

He blames the wine as he pulls a sheet of paper away from the rest and fills his casting pen with ink. On the paper, he writes two runes: one null, and the other levitation.
affodell: (g ~ adjacent)

[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
"What're you doing?" Cayra asks him.

[personal profile] lost_in_translation 2015-09-19 04:13 am (UTC)(link)
"Experimenting," he says. He activates the null rune, which lights up in a faint scarlet glow, but otherwise does nothing. He writes that down in the back of his notebook.

Then, he pushes at the levitation rune warily. The paper floats up three inches, and then drops back down again. He notes that down, too.

It seems that runic magic here is weaker than usual, but otherwise what he's used to.
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[personal profile] affodell 2015-09-19 04:14 am (UTC)(link)
"...How did you do that? I've never heard of anyone who could do that."

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