dark_light: (a ~ la la)
Isabella Amariah ⍋ "Amariah" ([personal profile] dark_light) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2014-05-11 03:17 pm

anniversary

Time passes. Canada is cooperative about portals and now there's one each in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, on a second floor of the hub with customs agents Isabella is tolerating for the time being as long as they're well-behaved. Japan and Australia and the UK all follow suit at roughly the same time, so then there are portals in their big cities, too, a couple new ones per week. Other nations are slated to trickle in as they handle their red tape to deal with sudden new national borders that don't have the built-in delay of airplanes. Some of the parking garages are being replaced with custom-built installations. Isabella pays off her loan, renegotiates for the continued use of her shiny credit card, and has reason to be grateful for her retained law firm, which is kept busy by frivolous lawsuits by airline companies. She's not appreciably cutting into their traffic yet - sure, the price point is dropping, but they're still competitive. They can just smell their own demise coming from a mile away.

Five witches besides Isabella ward the colony site. Robots guard the site of the portal, obligingly letting colonists through during scheduled trips and reporting to Isabella by mirror if anybody else shows up. Other robots help the colonists with setting up their farms and houses in the warded area. It'll hold a city, no problem, although another transfer of silks and bags to pay for warding a second site is going to be called for before they get literally everyone across, since in addition to city they need farmland, and since they can't build vertically as effectively as fully industrialized Earthlings or the deceased aliens.

One day:

"It's been exactly a year now since you crashed my picnic. Let's go to a fancy restaurant and celebrate."
prodigal_miser: (Default)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 06:13 am (UTC)(link)
"Human resources," supplies Adarin. "Meaning we can't afford fallout if you upset people or your ghosts go - spying."

He is visibly uncomfortable about the ghosts.
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ofthefallen: (Ancestors defiled)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 06:17 am (UTC)(link)
"Ah. I don't typically disturb the peace. 'My ghosts' go as they will, however, though I won't ask them to spy."
silkhiding: (Default)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 06:17 am (UTC)(link)
Her companion doesn't look particularly surprised by Isabella's pronouncement. But she droops a little.
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silkhiding: (Solonne)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 06:29 am (UTC)(link)
"... Reaching things, when I - couldn't... When I was unable. They're not intelligent, they just follow directions. I mean I could - maybe work on a spell that would sort mail? I understand the concepts of - lots of things, I studied... A lot of magic, but I don't have the mana to cast large things."

She looks between Adarin and Isabella and fidgets. "I also know a bit about healing? I didn't think of it because it's not the... huge gushing injury kind."
prodigal_miser: (g. Think about this more)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 06:30 am (UTC)(link)
"What kind is it?" asks Adarin, archly.
silkhiding: (Reprise)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 06:33 am (UTC)(link)
"Little things, little - health issues. Um. Colds, coughing fits - I know how to do a lot to help with... breathing... In particular. It takes me a while because I need breaks because of my mana, but I can do some."
silkhiding: (Sanft)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
She nods. "Maybe? I don't know how much I could help, but I'll try. If there's a lot of people, though - I don't think my magic would be very useful. I'd need training for - big things. I don't know what to do with large injuries."
prodigal_miser: (o. Vernaia)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
"I think so," she says, nuzzling him. "Maybe later we can tell them about it, but not right now. We don't trust them."
silkhiding: (Default)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 04:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"Okay," agrees the mage. "I'm not sure how useful I'll be? But I can always try. Just um - please nothing... Amoral or... I don't want to hurt anyone."
ofthefallen: (A task for you)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 04:57 pm (UTC)(link)
"That we are their souls, personified and sentient," says the Siamese. "A point of weakness."
silkhiding: (Reprise)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 04:57 pm (UTC)(link)
"And that we shouldn't ever let other people touch them."
ofthefallen: (Another tale for the ages)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:01 pm (UTC)(link)
"What are the benefits to presenting myself as a witch?"
prodigal_miser: (i. Paranoia is necessary for survival)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 05:05 pm (UTC)(link)
"License to act - magical, to do magical things, if you aren't a witch here then you should not have magic. We're trying to keep extra-planar activities hidden until we're in the best position to reveal them. So avoid doing so until then."

From the look he's giving them, they can probably figure out that he will not be pleased with them if they kill the masquerade before he's ready.
ofthefallen: (I have arrived)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"I see. It's probably not worth the trouble, but that also depends on the time frame. How long are you expecting to need to get into a position to safely drop the pretenses?"
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ofthefallen: (Blind not even in darkness)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
She snorts. "Less than three years? That's simple, I was expecting to wait for a few decades, at least. Even if it took you five I can stay hidden without any issue. Not worth the trouble of pretending to be something I am not for such a short period of time."
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[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Some place reasonably far away from any who would disturb me. I don't speak the language, but it's easy enough to just avoid people for a few years and get by with aid of the ghosts and my own skill."

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