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16 September 2017 @ 12:06 pm
_Gate Team_ part 6  
 Sorry, more blathering, which will probably get cut. I need to get to "And three days later they had two hundred gates up and packed up to go home. 'See you in a month, when we find out how much this did, or didn't, help' " And get to the more exciting bits.

  By the time they got to the building, Pig and Barracuda turned up with a pheasant apiece. The witches grabbed them and started arguing recipes. After the dogs fetched eight more birds, Xen told the dogs to stop, and assured them that they'd get plenty of yummy leftovers.

Q thumped down beside Bunny. "It looks like it'll be pheasant in game sauce vs orange-ginger pheasant."

Rael eyed her. "But you're not cooking?"

Wrinkled nose. "It's the two triads competing—and no, Icks and Ux, I will not tell you who is cooking what—and no outside help allowed."

Rael prodded a bit. "You aren't really part of the witch community any more are you?"

"No. Both my mother and I have difficult relationships with Answer, especially, but we're both gone quite often, for long enough periods that we don't have triads to fit back into." She shrugged. "Disco's much more interesting, but I do regret never really fitting in, back home."

Xen nodded. "We both fit in better with Magic Central—the army's magical group—than the more traditional magicians in Ash, or the very eccentric magicians in Rip Crossing."

"Isn't there a pyramid in Karista? That's your biggest city, right?" Bunny looked fascinated.

Q and Xen swapped grins.

"The Karista Pyramid is . . . " Xen broke off, looked at Q and they both started laughing.

Q cleared her throat. "The Karista witches spend too much time immersed in city life to be serious about developing their magical talents."

Xen looked innocent. "But they're up to the minute on the latest fashions and high society gossip." The grin broke through. "But don't cross them. The Eldest Sister, Trump, may not know the advanced subtleties, but she's a powerful force of nature and not to be underestimated."

"What about the other countries? However many, no one seems to ever know." Ohhe looked like he wished he could take notes.

"The problem is Auralia. After the Amma departed with his nobles, families and army, their Empire broke up into a dozen or more pieces. How many depends on who you're talking too, whether regions are separate nations or if it's just a few rebels talking nonsense.

"But the West has the best training, and the highest background level of magic genes. Verona's close, but their training is pathetic. We've quietly intervened a couple of times, just to be sure they never get enough people that even with their brute force training they are a threat to us." Xen shrugged. "Not my problem any longer."

Q nodded. "The last time I checked in . . . well, let's just say most of the kids they were trying to train had moved to Rip World."

"Is that near this Rip Crossing we keep hearing ridiculous rumors about?"

"Oh, it's a colony world. The gate to it is in Rip Crossing. The population's so low that the government just treats it like part of Desolation Territory and let's the governor run it."

(Anonymous) on September 16th, 2017 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's fluff. But its *valuable* fluff, and if you don't put it somewhere you'll have to handwave that *someone* talked with *someone* about all these details. Representatives of the New Warriors need to find this out somehow. After some of this conversation, you can handwave any other detail that needs to be revealed. (even after the fact - "oh, didn't I say something? Q and Xen were laughing about that and .....)

And, I'm now imagining Q trying triad exercises with Rael and Bunny....

matapampamuphoff on September 17th, 2017 12:23 am (UTC)
Well, she gave them a tour of the inbetween . . . I did put that in there somewhere, didn't I? Yeah, down in part four.

Edited at 2017-09-17 12:25 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2017 02:52 am (UTC)
You know, that's about who could work in a Triad with Q. They just don't have any hangups about how Witches are supposed to act, and if Answer ever tried to chew Rael out, Rael would giggle at her, and then things would get interesting.
A Fallen, An Oner, and an hybrid.

matapampamuphoff on September 17th, 2017 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I've got Rael meeting Answer down. Now I just need to write Rael meeting Nil . . .
matapampamuphoff on September 17th, 2017 03:36 am (UTC)
However, a search isn't turning it up. I'll hunt it down and repost it tomorrow.
James ResoldierJames Resoldier on September 17th, 2017 05:39 am (UTC)
That could get interesting!