Rose, Rumor, Wave, Weave I

There was a bit of a flash as Temerity appeared in an unfamiliar street. She stumbled, blinking rapidly, and tried to take in the sights around her. Where was she? How did she get here? It didn't even look like the Gales.   People bumped into her and snapped at her to watch where she was going. She instinctively snapped back to watch it themselves, seeing as they were the ones moving. After taking a moment to get her bearings as best she could, she started walking towards what she thought would be the city center.   She didn't make it very far before running directly into someone.   "Hey! Look where you're walking, why don't you?" a low-pitched female voice grunted.   "Oh, lay off it, Jin. The lass looks like a lost puppy," a higher-pitched voice responded.   Temerity looked up at the two women in front of her. "... Sorry," she said finally. "But you should watch it too."   The second one, a tall water genasi woman, grinned. "You got some nerve there. Jin's liable to rip you to shreds for that." She held out a hand. "I'm Ripple. And you must be not from around here."   Temerity hesitated, then shook Ripple's hand. "Temerity. And no, I'm... I don't actually know where I am."   Ripple raised an eyebrow. "Lost puppy indeed. Where are you from?"   Temerity looked uncertain about answering, but finally she sighed. "I'm from Brimera, in the Gales."   Both Ripple and Jin looked shocked for a moment. Then, Jin's expression turned interested and Ripple's turned impressed.   "And how'd a pretty young thing like you make it out of the Gales?" Ripple asked, circling Temerity in a way the tiefling thought was a bit like a shark.   "I don't... Know," Temerity said cautiously. "I just did."   Jin and Ripple looked at each other, then back at Temerity. "Say," Ripple mused, "how would you like to come with us? We can help you figure out how you got here and how to get back."   Images flashed through Temerity's mind. Trumpets. A throne occupied by an unfamiliar face. A casket occupied by a familiar one.   "I don't want to go back," she said. "But I want to figure out how I left."   Ripple grinned and put a hand on her shoulder. "Excellent. Welcome to Silene."

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