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[14:10] <Yanmei> The chill of outer space. Yanmei remembered it well. In fact, when she steadied herself in 04 and stared at the martian horizon, she felt an uncomfortable prickle in her mind as old traumas started to stir. -
[14:18] <Yanmei> At least the camp she was visiting this time was different. Gone was the smashed and broken wreckage of the Dorian Lachapelle. Instead, there were neat rows of tiny dwellings too small to be called proper homes, but too large to be called storage shacks. Their very strange inhabitants were also milling around…
[14:29] <GONEplo> [Although they didn't look strange. They just looked like ordinary human beings. Albeit ones who could walk around in the inhospitable Martian atmosphere without dying.-
[14:30] <GONEplo> [Nearly all of them wore multiple layers of thick fur coats, and they clustered in huddled, tight groups. Many of them stared up at 04, Yanmei reading the suspicion on their faces even at this distance.-
[14:32] <GONEplo> [There was one who didn't bother with the coats, however. He had brown skin, long blonde hair, and was wrapped up in a long white robe and wide, snowy wings. He stared up at Yanmei fearlessly.]
[14:41] <Yanmei> She flicked on an open line of communication and let her voice spread over the village. "Hello, Gamelin. Could we talk for a bit?"
[14:55] <Yanmei> "Thank you." 04 crouched down on one knee. "I wanted to formally thank you for your group's assistance with our… little international problem back on earth."
[15:05] <Hopeplo> ["Yes." Said Gamelin. "You will observe that none of the aggressors were killed or absorbed?"]
[15:06] <Yanmei> "Of course. That was incredibly skillful work."
[15:07] <Hopeplo> ["Yes. And disciplined."]
[15:15] <Yanmei> "Indeed. Almost better than we could have hoped for? Your actions have saved a good many lives."
[15:26] <Hopeplo> [Gamelin nodded slowly. "Consider it proof that we can be trusted."]
[15:29] <Yanmei> "I'll work hard to uphold my end of the bargain too," said Yanmei with a firm nod.
[16:15] <Yanmei> "There are at least two parts to the plan. The first is to find a place where you can live peacefully, and the second is to ensure that it will not be attacked by neighboring nations or nations harboring a grudge against you. How much do you know of the current global political climate?"
[16:16] <GONEplo> ["A decent amount. I know you are coming close to victory."]
[16:28] <Yanmei> "That's true?" Yanmei beamed, briefly. "We'll have a lot more clout to throw around if the next few weeks go well. For now, we're conducting a survey of locations that will make a good home for your people. In particular, locations that are somewhat isolated or at least easy to defend. Islands, mountains, and so forth. The continent of Africa is of particular interest to us."
[16:31] <GONEplo> ["I see."]
[16:42] <Yanmei> "Many of its nations have suffered terrible population losses in the past few years. There are also massive mountain ranges, especially across Kenya and Ethiopia, that we're looking into. We can't, however, actually go into those areas until the war is over."
[17:37] <GONEplo> ["So you want us to wait?"]
[17:40] <Yanmei> "If you have no alternatives in mind. And we are certainly open to discussing some. The Earth is a big planet."
[17:46] <Hopeplo> ["I would like to at least find some temporary lodging for my people in the meantime."]
[17:47] <Yanmei> "I can understand that." She looked past him to the huddled bundles of fur. "Someplace warmer."
[17:52] <Hopeplo> ["Yes." Said Gamelin coolly. "The temperature here is lower than nearly anywhere on Earth… We sleep most of the day. Ideally, we would prefer somewhere hot and humid, like in the tropics."]

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