Hello Nirn [for [personal profile] prototypezeus ]

Aug. 21st, 2013 09:56 am
conjuredskies: (Indeeeeed)
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After the strange non-place of the Nexus, the first taste of Skyrim air is like a cold slap to the face. They've appeared beside a standing stone, no taller than a man, with a large circular hole near the top and carved with a pattern like an ornate eye. The Ritual Stone. It's a small thing, to look at. Yet Felix can feel the pulse and ebb of ancient power from it. He gives the curved surface a respectful pat and steps away, toward the stone arch that marks the path up here.

The stones sit upon a raised circle of rocky ground. To their left, there's a steep drop into the rush of a fast-flowing mountain river; to the right, a road curls about the base of a mountain whose sheer sides rear into a white haze of ice and cloud. Around them rise its lesser sisters, craggy and interlocked, hemming the road and river ahead into a narrow pass; behind them, the mountains fall away on one side and open up to a wide plain.

"Well, here we are." Felix draws a deep breath of the crisp air. He grabs a satchel from the base of one stone and stores his book safely inside, slinging it over his body. Then he turns to Alex and spreads his hands at the landscape around them. "Welcome to the realm of Tamriel."

Date: 2013-08-21 09:29 am (UTC)
prototypezeus: (I'm listening)
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Alex has spent his entire conscious life trapped on the island of Manhattan, where the only bit of green is Central Park. From that, and a few people's memories, he thought he knew what the great outdoors were like.

He doesn't do awed staring as a rule, but he's definitely never seen anything like this. "Where does it end?"

Date: 2013-08-21 09:49 pm (UTC)
prototypezeus: (Not quite Spider-man)
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"Where are the buildings?" he clarifies. Alex is used to being surrounded by skyscrapers, good vantage points and places to hide. Out here in the green, it's so... open. Exposed. It makes him nervous, although he knows it's highly unlikely Blackwatch will follow him here.

It's also noisier than he expected.

Date: 2013-08-21 10:23 pm (UTC)
prototypezeus: (Judging you)
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Alex looks skeptically at the huts, and even Whiterun. Almost pitying. "You call that a city?" It looks almost organically grown from the landscape, made of wood and stone and other bits of nature, instead of concrete and glass and steel. It reminds him of Infected Hives, a little. Except not as gross.

Date: 2013-08-21 10:37 pm (UTC)
prototypezeus: (I'm watching you)
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Alex doesn't like open roads, but apparently that's part of the whole experience. "Fine. You lead." He looks suspiciously at the sides of the road, watching for anyone lurking in wait. He knows what wild animals are, but the only ones he's ever met are rats and birds, so the sight of rabbits and deer is a bit bizarre to him.

Date: 2013-08-21 11:28 pm (UTC)
prototypezeus: (Nothing to see here)
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"I look out of place." Jeans, a leather jacket and hoodie, and sneakers are not exactly standard issue in Tamriel. Or anywhere else in Nirn, at that. Alex doesn't know how other people dress here, but judging by how Felix looks (and has looked in previous encounters), he doubts that he looks normal.

Date: 2013-08-21 11:42 pm (UTC)
prototypezeus: (I'm listening)
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"No." Felix's guess is very correct. Alex's entire body, including his clothes, are made of biomass and nothing else.

Date: 2013-08-22 12:08 am (UTC)
prototypezeus: (Don't get in my way)
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"...sort of." Alex isn't sure how it works either, but he has to explain. "I can copy anyone I've consumed, down to the clothes. I can't... create."

Date: 2013-08-22 12:29 am (UTC)
prototypezeus: (I'm listening)
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Alex is skeptical, although hooded robes would probably cover everything well enough. "Worth trying, I guess. If we run into trouble I should be able to deal with it." ...by cutting the clothes apart when he forms his weapons, probably, and thus wasting Felix's gold.

Date: 2013-08-22 10:19 pm (UTC)
prototypezeus: (I'm watching you)
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"What's a pilgrim?" Alex is an incredibly experienced, battle-hardened fighter, but sometimes he just doesn't know what people are talking about.

Date: 2013-08-22 10:42 pm (UTC)
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"Sounds a bit..." Alex isn't sure quite what word to use, so he just sighs. "Never mind. That could work."

Walking on the road is bizarre for him, someone used to flat asphalt and concrete, not cobblestone with grass growing up between the stones. He's also not really used to walking in general. Usually if he has someplace to go, he runs.

He does a good job hiding it though, and peers at Whiterun from under the edge of his hood.

Date: 2013-08-24 12:50 pm (UTC)
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All the water around makes Alex a bit nervous, and that does show. He stays on the road, but gets as far away from the river as he can while doing so, and hopes that these strange stone bridges don't collapse while they're going over it. Water isn't deadly to him, but it hurts, and he sinks like a rock.

He turns his head a little at the wolf howl, recognizing the sound from some of the memories he's taken, but doesn't think a wolf is much of a threat after fighting Hunters. Wonder what a wolf would do for me. Larger animals mean more biomass, after all.

Alex looks over at Felix with a slight frown. "My name doesn't fit here either?"

Date: 2013-08-24 03:23 pm (UTC)
prototypezeus: (I'm a monster)
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((I can't remember either, so I'm good with that!))


Alexius. Well, that sounds... interesting. "You could go with Zeus, if that sounds better." He doesn't know how weirdly people are named here, after all.

He isn't sure how to explain it without wrecking the whole 'blending in' thing. "Don't like water much."

Date: 2013-08-24 05:37 pm (UTC)
prototypezeus: (Don't get in my way)
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"On my world I'm trapped on an island." At least Manhattan is a decently-sized island. There's plenty of room to run and hunt, but he can't leave.

Alex can't help but eye people as they pass, assessing their threat levels. Most of them are barely worth paying attention to, and while even the guard looks laughably primitive to someone like Alex, he does pay some extra attention to the guard's weaponry and how he moves. This is someone who knows how to fight, at least a bit.

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