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Maea Valair
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The sun had not yet risen by the time she left the Domiciles. Setting her course for the Greatwood and its deep, mysterious forests, Maea brought a large basket with her, along with a satchel of food and a mysterious smile on her lips. With Sunjata gone to Halo to fight a dragon, she had too much time on her hands, it seemed. Time that she finally had found a way to whittle away at, with a new project. A secret project, that included an amphora, a lot of bartering with local farmers for their home made liquour, and a few other things.

Specifically, todays goal included berries. Blackberries, to be precise. They should be about ripe now, as the season moved on towards its end, and Maea looked forward to spending a day on her own, with nothing to occupy her save the simple task of harvesting.

It was still fairly early by the time she stopped for a break. A good amount of glistening blue-black berries covered the bottom of her basket; it was still fairly early in the season it seemed, but with some patience she would find what she needed. Having made her way through the shifting Greatwood, she came upon a waterfall and paused to admire it, awed by the deep, eerie red of its waters.

Setting the basket down, she picked her way carefully towards the edge and peered down, ears ringing with the sound of the cascading waters. A bright smile spread across her face; it was beautiful.
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Joshua Sheppard
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Age: 35 | Height: 5'8" | Race: Abandoned | Nationality: Outlander
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Forests were hardly Josh's environment. He was more acclimatised to the city or to large, hot wastelands, places where the only thing you could see for miles were scrub bushes or distant telephone line poles. Perhaps that was why the usually alert and precise man was finding himself so easily lost, apparently managing to cross a border without realising it in his wanderings about the Outskirts.

It was obvious, once he reached the red pool, that he'd come across something unusual (or...maybe it was usual, for this world?). Immediately he stepped forward, intending to dip a finger into the pool and taste it, a common technique of his during his investigations. Dangerous, perhaps, but he trusted his own senses more than some potentially hacked machine's reading.

His finger was just about to touch the surface when his eyes caught sight of something before him; frozen in place he looked up to see a woman, pale and smiling at the water as if it had just given her a million bucks. Why was it that everyone he'd come across so far had been so strange...? Josh was used to being the weirdest person in most conversations, but he was beginning to feel pretty normal indeed.

"Why are you so happy about the water? Is it diluted blood?" He asked, the two most pressing questions in his mind coming out together, hand reaching for the pocket containing his notebook.
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Maea Valair
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Maea looked up, a bit startled to find she wasn't alone. The question was odd too, and she looked rather alarmed as she took in the strange man that had appeared within hailing distance.

"Why would I be happy about diluted blood?" she asked, half terrified at the notion... and half amused, as she understood what he actually tried to ask.

"But no, it's just water, not blood. If you look further upstream, the water is clear there. I think the color has something to do with the bottom... perhaps a plant or such." Maea could only guess, she had not tried to find out.

Tilting her head, the girl appraised this new figure. He looked to be quite a bit older than her, a little scruffy and very out of place. "Are you new to these parts?" she asked, in an attempt to confirm her suspicions.
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Joshua Sheppard
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It was clear he had startled Maea (and further than that, worried her with his question), but Josh continued on without much concern about that, very used to upset looks cast in his direction. "Some people drink it. Others put it on their faces. Helps with skin, they say. I doubt it. But you might believe that." He shrugged.

Her notion about the plant dying the water was interesting. Josh wrote it down in his notebook, under the heading 'red water theories'. After all, hers was only one opinion, and he was sure he could find other ideas about the colour of the water in time. Was the detail important? Probably not, but he was here to learn everything he could.

The one consistent element to all his conversations so far was that everyone appeared to know he was new; while it made sense they would suspect it (after all, he dressed differently and was obviously out of place), it lent some credence to his idea they might be paid actors with a script to follow. For the moment, he decided to play along. "Yes. Came through the portal. I think I made it myself through air disturbances. Radio signals."

Josh looked Maea up and down. "Are you aware of The Voice?"
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Maea Valair
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This was... a different kind of Outlander from the others she had come across. Far from being panicked or eager to accept help and explanations, there was something in the way this man scrutinized her and the scenery that made her think of Jigano. Someone who keenly observed the world and drew his own conclusions... and in this case also doubted everything, even the seemingly simple things. Especially the simple things.

"Well, there certainly are those who enjoy drinking blood," she admitted, cocking her head to the side. Thinking of the Ascended. "I'm not one of them though. Nor do I believe it does anything for complexion." She wondered where he'd gotten that idea.

At least he confirmed her suspicions insofar as telling her he really was a new arrival. To Caido, not just this region. "No, you did not. You were found by a device that copied your information and translated it here... 'portal' is a misleading term in this case. What is 'Radio'?" His curt way of speaking seemed infectuous, in a way that drained away her hesitation to ask too many questions. If he wasn't upset - not visibly at least - then perhaps it wouldn't be a problem for her to ask things in return.

As he mentioned The Voice though, the girl snorted. "Of course I am. She isn't easily forgotten... makes quite an impression on people. You are aware she's the reason why you are here?" His scrutiny was returned in a similar fashion, her pale eyes quite curious about this strange new individual who was nothing like anyone she'd met before. Maea was intrigued.
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And you're a devil meaning well
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Joshua Sheppard
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"Who drinks blood?" Josh asked, suddenly sounding much more excited and poising his pencil over the page of his notebook ready to take down notes, hoping Maea might be about to inform him about a cult. Cults were his favourites.

Once again he was told he had not made the portal, but that he had been copied over into Caido. Josh wasn't sure about this still - after all, no one here had seen his years of research into dimensional travel; there was no way for them to know if he had simply happened to open something up himself and arrive here, possibly having made his way over easier due to the already made breaches. Ignoring her comment on this, he answered her question instead: "Electromagnetic waves that carry information. Sound messages. Easy to hack into and make."

He nodded distractedly to her insistence once again that he had been brought here by The Voice. "Where can I find her?"
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