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Wilford Warfstache ([personal profile] cottoncandypink) wrote in [community profile] milliways_bar2017-08-11 02:31 pm
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Wilford Warfstache - AU Week

The door opens, and a dog trots through, stopping only to shake off a torrent of water from its fur. It's holding some sort of tentacle in its mouth. The tentacle is still writhing.

A few seconds later, the dog's owner steps through. Seeing where he is, Will breathes a deep sigh of relief and takes off his coat, shaking an even bigger torrent of water from it. After that, he and his dog make their way to the fireplace, where he immediately begins shedding as many layers as he can while still being in compliance of the "no nudity" rule, and hanging everything up on chairs to dry. From his boots, he pours out even more water.

With that taken care of, Will leans back into one of the sofas and tips his hat down over his eyes, hoping to maybe get a bit of rest after that ordeal.

[ooc: Wilford is from the Pirates of the Caribbean universe, and brings with him all of the monsters and mayhem from it.]
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh! Goodness! May I sketch a picture of you?"

The fellow asking is quite peculiar. They wear a silver vizor on which their eyes seem to be digitally projected, and an ankle-length coat that seems like some kind of wearable movie screen, showing a twilit forest clearing full of dancing fireflies.

"If it's not too much trouble, that is!"
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
The fellow in the coat considers this. "Fair enough." They wave over a waitrat. "Please bring this person whatever they would like for dinner, and a bottle of rum. My treat."

The rat squeaks and runs off.

The fellow in the coat takes out their sketchbook and pencil and starts sketching Will with furious enthusiasm.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
The be-coated fellow stops mid-sketch. "Not magic at all, but technology of the twenty-fourth century," they say. "The coat is made of something called Griffincloth. We all wear it. Well, all Utopians that is."

(Swirl, swirl, swirl go the fireflies, as a small fuzzy creature darts about lighting stone temple lanterns.)
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 12:32 am (UTC)(link)
The fellow in the coat opens their mouth, closes it, frowns, shrugs. "I'm sorry," they say, at a loss. "Which part of that was problematic?"
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh. Well, one thing at a time. I am from Earth in the twenty-fourth century. Have you heard of Japan? That's where I was born."

The waitrat comes back with a laden tray, including a bottle of rum.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
"Close enough," the coated fellow says. "So, in the twenty-fourth century, we no longer have nation-states as such. Physical borders don't really matter when an automated car - a flying car - can take you to the other side of the world in two hours."

The countries still exist, of course, but they're largely historical artifacts, reference points on a map.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 01:02 am (UTC)(link)
"Hmmm....do you have cars? Do you know what they are?"
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 01:08 am (UTC)(link)
"All right. All right. Um...do you have carriages?"

Twenty-fourth-century cars bear only a passing resemblance to their earthbound predecessors anyway.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, yes, some, but..."

Actually, that confuses the issue.

"We don't need them for the carriages, which are enclosed and fly on their own. And very fast. Fast enough to circumnavigate the world in four hours."

A little longer for Utopian cars, but that's by design - they're safer.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
"More or less. All the cars are controlled by advanced computer systems that send them to people when they're called, and then to their destination. And keep them from hitting things, which is very important."

The cars are only one small piece of the tapestry that is Miyazaki's world (for that is their surname), but it's an important one. The cars erased borders between nations, and are part of what made the new world possible.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
"The what?" It takes a moment to connect the dots and some historical context. "The computer? Oh, no. Computers are machines now. Very complicated machines. I mean, the set-sets are like human computers, but they're people."

Set-sets are...difficult to explain.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 01:31 am (UTC)(link)
"It's only half-done..." Miyazaki shows it to him nonetheless. It's rough outlines, mostly, with a little shading and detail here and there. "I thought you might be a good character for one of my books."
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 01:38 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, mostly I draw them here. People in my world...there are codes of dress that show our allegiances, histories, hobbies, but they make it so everyone looks the same as millions of other people." Miyazaki shrugs.

"But, anyway. I am first a spiritual counselor, and second an author and illustrator of children's books."

All Utopians write fiction, though not all of them publish.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
"The closest thing we have to a priest," Miyazaki says. "The practice of religion is highly restricted where I come from. Nobody wants another Church War."
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 02:09 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, there was more than one of them, and each one thought it should be the one to run everything, and they had a rather explosive disagreement."

There you go. Church Wars.

"Their conflict devastated the old world, but it was also the labor pains of a new one - the peaceful and prosperous world we now enjoy."
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
"Organized religion. Private practice of faith is still permitted. That is where sensayers like myself come in."

Outlawing religion entirely would have been foolish and unenforceable: making it strictly a private matter removes much of the danger.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 02:20 am (UTC)(link)
"If you're not from my world? Probably very little."

Miyazaki has studied enough history to know that things were very different for much of human history.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh. I didn't introduce myself? I suppose I forgot! I am Akira Miyazaki. It is my pleasure to meet you."

Miyazaki was not the surname they were born with: Miyazaki took it when they joined the Utopian Hive.
Edited 2017-08-12 02:27 (UTC)
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
Miyazaki smiles. "I hope that I too may call you Will, since it is the only name for you that I know."

If Will's not okay with that, he'll have to give Miyazaki something else to call him.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 02:41 am (UTC)(link)
"Ah. Then you have your own vessel? We don't have such things in my world any more." But Miyazaki reads a lot of old books, which it seems is very helpful in this situation.

"That sort of thing would be interesting material for one of my books..."
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 02:53 am (UTC)(link)
"You very well could be! There are many books, and I have not yet read them all. Although who could?"

He writes a few notes next to the sketch, so he can look up Captain Will Won-Jae later.
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
"Hm. Leonardo da Vinci, Miyamoto Musashi, King Sejong the Great, Wu Zeitan...we have not forgotten our history, although some do not study it as much as they should."
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 01:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Miyazaki blinks. "I have heard of Blackbeard," he says, "One of the most feared pirates of his age."
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[personal profile] yinyangwizard 2017-08-12 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
"Tell me more about him. Please," Miyazaki asks, turning to a fresh page in his book to make notes.