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    Default [ACRO] The Embassy of the Celestial Deliberative

    Out in the countryside around the Nexus, there was a mysterious cave near the village of Riverside. They tell stories of how no-one who ever enters the cave comes out again. They fear some sort of monster dwells within. But they could not be further from the truth.

    That cave is no more. In its place stands a great domed building of white stone, carved in the likeness of a great sleeping dragon.

    This building is houses the embassy of the Celestial Deliberative to the Acronymian Empire.

    The layout of the manse currently looks like this:

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    Each wing has many floors, connected by stairs and magical elevators; the hearthstone chamber is at the very top of the dome.

    The hearthstone bearer (the ambassador, usually) can open and close doorways to other worlds using the power of the manse; by default, all doorways to other worlds besides the Deliberative's version of Creation are closed.

    On the grounds of the Embassy there lies the partially-disassembled hulk of a military airship. It is empty of engines, weapons, and most of its other magitech components, but much of the basic structure is still intact.

    Also on the grounds is a small building, following a similar aesthetic to the main one. It houses a teleportation device linking to HALO.
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    Caros... facepalms.

    Or not. But then again, a lot of manses are trapped to ridiculous levels, and the locals to seem to be scared of this cave, so...
    "After you go too far in, the doors start to seal up behind you so you can't go back out the way you came," Nimai says.

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    Avatar has opened the door!

    And he's certainly heading through, staff in hand. Fire in the pan still providing illumination if the place itself isn't well lit. "Sounds a lot like Abrajin's library. Just without an exit," the fox-eared fellow comments with a laugh. "If we do end up getting lost I can probably get us back by heading out through the Wyld."

    A pause at this point...

    "I... well... I would have to sort of swallow you to carry you along with me. But don't worry! I've done it plenty of times. I've nicely furnished my gullet so it's a comfortable ride as opposed to being drippy and gross."

    He even put in walls since Magtok's last ride!

    How very thoughtful of him.
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    Can you protect against Wyld mutations?

    Caros heads through.


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    And Nimai follows. "How would that work? Wouldn't we have to find a door to the Wyld?"

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    "So long as I'm carrying you? Yes. Easily. That's the whole point. So far I've transported two people and neither of them were horribly mutated!" Avatar seems to think that's a pretty decent deal. Especially since he added some new magazines to the coffee table.

    There aren't many people who have a coffee table inside them.

    "And nope! I don't need a door to the Wyld. It's right over there!" Avatar points perpendicular to reality. It looks really really strange.

    "Generally people assume that you need some kind of portal or spooky magic gate to get out there. But that's only if you're some kind of silly material creature with out a pair or two of (incomprehensible word). Don't you worry, I know well enough what I'm doing!"

    He's been talking over his shoulder this whole time.

    And he just walked into a wall.

    He glares at the impediment.

    "What kind of a jerk puts a wall in a place like this?"
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    The wall glares back. Except that it doesn't have eyes.

    The room they're in seems to be a pretty normal one. Empty, but normal. There's an archway on the wall to the left of the door they just came through. Through it is a hallway, which goes for about 5 yards before turning the corner to the right.

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    Avatar sticks his tongue out at the wall. Just because he can. Stupid object being solid and in his way! The nerve.

    "Well... This place is interesting if nothing else," the presently disguised Far-Chimera comments to no one in particular as he paces around the room. Examining everyting. The walls. The architecture. And pausing every now and again to sniff at the air.

    Chances are he's using some kind of super-advanced otherworldly sense that just seems like scent to-

    "Smells kinda musty..."

    ...oooor maybe he's just smelling the air.

    It's really hard to tell with Far-Critters sometimes.
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    Caros also looks around.


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    Nimai charges down the corridor. "Caros, can you see Essence? Maybe you could help us find the hearthstone!"

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    Avatar seems to be busy humming to himself as he pokes around the room. Nothing terribly interesting in here, honestly. That means it's time to go check out the next one!

    Which is exactly what he does.

    Heads around the corner to see if there's anything more engaging than several walls and some funny architecture.

    What might he find?

    Monsters?

    Magical artifacts?

    Traps?

    A house plant?

    Only time will tell.
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    Caros nods. And turns on his Essence-senses!


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    Essence is flowing through the walls, following the path they are taking.

    The hallway ends in an open archway; the room beyond has two doors, one on the right and one on the left; the essence flows to the left.

    However, in the middle of the room is a construct, somewhat primitive looking, but clearly meant for entertainment purposes. It shows no signs of activity.

    ((And now I must go to bed. Sorry this is moving so slowly))
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    Essence flows are going through the left door, and if I remember my geomantic principles right, that means that's the way to the place where the hearthstone is grown.

    Of course, if someone owns this manse, it might be gone.

    But right now... ohhh... bit primitive there... parts are a bit crude, but it probably gets the job done... somewhat, anyway.

    It's still something that really shouldn't be in a manse. I mean, where's the artistic sensibilities?


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    Avatar...

    Can't see essence. Many of his weird senses are more analogous to smell than anything else. He might be able to tell how strong or weak a particular form of energy is. Or generally tell which way its flowing. But not anywhere near as specific as seeing it.

    But then, that doesn't concern him much.

    He doesn't know about many facets of the Exalted game syste- I mean universe. Just basics.

    And that means things relating to hearthstones and geomancy mean little too him.

    He's more interested in the construct.

    To that end he's prodding at it with his staff.

    Poke poke poke.
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    The construct is poked. It falls over.

    Then it springs back up and begins to perform some sort of abstract dance to music only it can hear.

    "It looks so old, but it moves really pretty," Nimai comments.
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    Hmmm... I suppose so.


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    "It's dancing! Haven't seen a dancing robot in a while," Avatar muses as he slowly circles the machine, watching it from various angles. "Most of the robots around the Nexus are more likely to shoot at you with death ray eyes than they are to do a dance."

    Which is honestly too bad. Dancing usually hurts less.

    Once he's satisfied watching the think clank about he heads over to the pair of doors and eyes the both of them...

    Then leans in close and sniffs at one.

    Then the other.

    Then shrugs and pulls the door on the right open.

    Wonder what he'll find?
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    Egads! There is some kind of extremely pale woman with a spear.

    Avatar might recognize her as a geisterdamen from the Girl Genius webcomic.

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    Well...

    That's a surprise to say the least.

    Avatar leans forward a bit to better peeeeer at her.

    Why is he peering at her?

    Probably because he's wondering if the female-looking thing is actually a servant of a mad genius or just something that happens to look rather like one. Because when it comes to the Nexus one can never be quite sure.

    Regardless of her nature, Avatar will wave cheerfully at her with his free hand.

    "Hail and well met! I don't suppose you're lost in here? Or do you know your way around?"

    It should be noted that Avatar isn't speaking any specific language. Or... more properly he's speaking in the Far-Tongue. He just happens to know how to speak it in such a fashion that the hearer will simply comprehend their own language being spoken to them.

    It's often rather jarring at first.
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    Caros looks through the left door.


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    The left door refuses to open.

    <You... you can speak our tongue?> the Geisterdamen asks Avatar.

    "What did she say?" Nimai asks.
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    That stupid stubborn left door!

    Try kicking it, maybe?

    Avatar quirks an eyebrow at the reply by the weird pale lady. Then simply shrugs. "I speak what I speak and understand what I understand. It comes with the territory, I guess. Though you didn't answer my question."

    He then coughs a few times to clear his breath.

    "Are you lost in here, or do you know where you're going? Because if so it would be nice to know where a few of these doors go."

    Because there are lots of doors in here.

    Lots and lots of them.
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    Handy ability to have, there.

    Caros has a closer look at the left door.


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    The left door appears to be magically sealed. The aspect of the manse appears to be Yozi-related. Perhaps closer inspection will reveal which one.

    <I am not lost, but I have only come here in pursuit of that.> The pale woman points at the dancing clank. <My Mistress desires it.>

    "What about the construct?"
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    Yozi? Well, that's interesting...

    Caros continues to study the door, trying to find a way through.

    And find out which Yozi. Maybe which one is related to the way to open it...
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    "Huh... alright. Well, congrats on finding it I guess," Avatar replies with a shrug. He isn't terribly interested in the machine to be quite honest. Though... he does recall that it might be important for some reason or another...

    "Oh, the lady with a spear just wants to collect the thing for her Mistress. I'm sure it isn't anything even remotely nefarious at all."

    Because that would be terrible!

    Avatar wanders back into the room with the others at this point and gives the Solar a rather curious look.

    "What's up Mister Twilight? Find something interesting?"

    Avatar likes interesting things!

    They spice up adventures.
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    Well, this manse seems to have an aspect that's Yozi-related...

    which is highly unusual. To say the least.


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    The Geisterdamen takes the dancing clank and leaves through the right-hand door, closing it behind her.

    ... and the left door clicks open, just as Caros figures out that the manse is aspected toward Oramus, the Dragon Beyond the World.

    Nimai looks at Caros. "Ew! It's a Yozi manse? Which one?"

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    Oramus.

    Caros frowns.

    This might have something to do with the big guy standing on the other side. Oh, good. I was wondering when this door might open...

    He looks... mechanical, but still human. As if someone built a human body out of inanimate materials, then implanted artifacts into various parts of them.

    His left arm has what looks like an Orichalcum storage compartment built in. Orichalcum plates are on him, probably providing considerable protection.

    And he's... confident. Seems ready if they attack him, but he's npt making threatening moves himself.

    Let me introduce myself. I am Great Warrior of Salvation, Alchemical Exalted of the Orichalcum Caste!

    Caros looks... stunned.

    {{Yes, this was cleared with Iames.

    But I need to deadtime for the day, unfortunately. Continue this tomorrow?}}
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