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Open Okaay... Where am I?

Discussion in 'Lethe' started by Emperor Kuzco, May 16, 2019.

  1. Emperor Kuzco

    Emperor Kuzco The Emperor's New Groove

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    11th May, Year 108.
    Spring. Tag; OPEN, BABY.
    It had been three days since Kuzco had arrived in Pandora, and needless to say, it had been THE worst experience of his life. Up until now, life had been a doddle. Everyone at his command, no whiny peasants handing out advice on how to live HIS life. Pur-lease. He knew how to live his life, he lived it better than anyone. It was the rest of the world that was the problem. Why he had ended up in this dump was beyond him.

    Okay, so maybe the whole place wasn't a complete dump. There were some pretty places, with even some sunny areas looking suitable for his summer getaway, Kuzcotopia. Maybe if he really was stuck here for the time being, he could just get some people together and build it. Peasants were always eager for work, right? And there was no way he was doing it. Emperor's didn't build unless it was an Empire, and he'd done that already. Well, his ancestors had anyway. Which was the same thing! Don't even say otherwise.

    ANYWAY. Before all that, there was just one very important thing Kuzco had to do first. Find out where he was. He'd started off in Centria and somehow wandered out until he was in this waste land. Centria had been a weird place. Lots of tall buildings with no colour. Boring. Then again, compared to where he was now, it was a haven. Kuzco was feeling queasy. He hadn't eaten properly for days and now back in his human form, his feet were beginning to blister from all the walking.

    He thought he'd finally found salvation in a small town, but there was something off about the place. It made the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end... And why was that loser looking at him?

     
  2. Abigail Hobbs

    Abigail Hobbs Hannibal

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    Abigail had added one more name to the list of people that had disappeared from her Pandora life. Aulus. It was always the strongest people that vanished. She had ventured back to Lethe on her own to look for him.

    Abigail hadn't had any luck. The Dread Wastes were frightening and lonely without a familiar face. Will would start to worry if she was gone for too long. She hadn't told him where she was going; she didn't want to unravel the fragile relationship they were building by making him feel like he was less important to her than Aulus, Hannibal and the other more violent father figures that she'd latched onto in the past.

    Abigail decided to simply return home to her new life when she spotted someone walking into the Lethe. He looked like he'd been walking for a long while. Had he really been wandering around the wastes on foot, alone? He was still alive, making her wonder if he was incredibly lucky, or he was putting on an amazing act and was more dangerous than he seemed. It set off her curiosity. Home could wait a few more minutes while she investigated.

    Abigail approached the man slowly, giving him a look of concern. "Are you okay?"
     
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  3. Emperor Kuzco

    Emperor Kuzco The Emperor's New Groove

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    Occupation:
    Uh, Emperor. Doy. Me.
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    Kuzcotopia! Oh yeah!
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    Human (#NoLlamaFace)

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    Oh, great. Another peasant. For a second he'd been worried he was going to die and eyed the newcomer with fear. What did she want? Oh wait, she was asking about his wellbeing out of kindness.

    Kuzco wasn't kind, but he knew goodness when he saw it. Even though he found the whole 'looking after each other' thing ridiculous. He'd never understood the concept. Life was so much better when it was all about him.

    "I'm hungry, thirsty and my feet are bleeding. Yeah, I'm great," he shot back at her sarcastically. "No I am not okay!" He was almost throwing a tantrum, and would have done so had he not been so exhausted. "What is this place?" He continued grumpily, rubbing his arms at a mild attempt to get clean.

    "They do food here? I'm starving." He turned to the girl. "Get me some food, would ya? I'll wait over there." He pointed to a nearby bench. It looked old and rotten, but it was the first surface he'd seen in hours and he imagined anywhere would feel like heaven. His poor tootsies.

     
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  4. Abigail Hobbs

    Abigail Hobbs Hannibal

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    "Fortunately, all of that doesn't seem to have dampened your energy." Abigail muttered, lacing her own words with sarcasm. Clearly, he was not a criminal mastermind. He was more like an overgrown toddler. "It's Lethe, in the Dread Wastes. Stop drawing attention to yourself." He might as well being wearing a sign asking people to mug him. She was putting herself at risk, simply be being near him.

    "Are you new here? Did some black vines drop you on your head and knock the common sense out of you?" It was the only thing that made sense to her, given the situation. It must have knocked out his manners too. He was lucky. She didn't deal with rudeness in the same way her father figure, Hannibal Lecter, did.

    Abigail blinked at the request to be his personal waitress. She might have considered it for an inoffensive new arrival. Not this guy. "Have you got money for food? And for a giant tip?"
     
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  5. Emperor Kuzco

    Emperor Kuzco The Emperor's New Groove

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    Uh, Emperor. Doy. Me.
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    Kuzcotopia! Oh yeah!
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    Kuzco raised an eyebrow up at this girl's poor attempt at sarcasm. She just couldn't pull it off like he could but quite frankly, he was too ill to care. He needed to lie down and sleep for week, or eat until he collapsed, but instead this girl was telling him off for just walking into the first village he'd seen in hours, maybe days.

    "What a charming name," he muttered back, shifting uncomfortably in his shabby robes. He eyed her with annoyance. "Yes, I'm new," he added bitterly. He didn't want to admit that he was stuck here, because that meant he had to face the reality that he was no longer an Emperor, no longer rich or powerful. He had his wits and his handsome face of course, but that was about it. No Kingdom, no nothing.

    "Money? Huh. Never had to worry about money before." The idea hadn't even occurred to Kuzco. Things tended to just appear whenever he clicked his fingers. "How do I get this - this - " the word sounded distasteful in his mouth. "-money?"

     
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  6. Abigail Hobbs

    Abigail Hobbs Hannibal

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    "It's an accurate name." Abigail stated matter-of-factly. Pandora had a sick sense of humour to pull this guy into the wastes. He needed to hear the blunt truth before his attitude got him killed. "This place is dreadful for people who can't handle themselves. You obviously fall into that category." She glanced around and back to him. "Crimes here are punished severely. The first time a crook gets caught - they get tagged and the second time gets them thrown into the pit. So the people who are desperate enough to rob you, won't hesitate to kill you. No witnesses."

    Abigail stared at him for a moment. "Your world didn't have money?" He didn't look like the type to get by working with his hands. "You can trade here if you have anything of value. Do you hunt? That's a good source for food and trade, you can use every part of animal if you know how." She looked him up and down. "You don't hunt." She said, answering her own question. "You'll need a job, maybe a couple of jobs." She glanced at the crowd and back to him. "For now, you'll want to get out of here and go to a shelter. There are portal to other, friendlier cities. You can get food and a bed, until you get on your feet."
     
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  7. Emperor Kuzco

    Emperor Kuzco The Emperor's New Groove

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    Uh, Emperor. Doy. Me.
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    Kuzcotopia! Oh yeah!
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    Kuzco pulled up short at that comment. Okay, so he might've fallen on hard times recently but not know how to handle himself? Was she kidding? Did she not know who he was? What he represented? What he symbolised? "Uh, excuse me," Kuzco interjected. "But, I'm an Emperor. And I can handle anything."

    She was either trying to help him or scare him or both, and while Kuzco felt more and more unsettled, he tried his best to not let it show on his face. He was still half nettled by her comment and so arrogance took over fear for now. "Uh, hello, do you not see the crown?" he continued, pointing at his head. "I'm in charge of the Ican Empire, I don't need a job. Em-per-or." He over emphasised the word.

    He followed her gaze, eyes widening as he saw the strange -- portal? He'd never heard of such a word. What in the name of Kuzco was a portal? "What is that?" He asked, letting that sneaky fear take over his voice for the first time. He immediately turned back to look at the girl. "Is this a trick? Are you trying to kill me?! You want my crown!" He immediately gasped, holding it tight on his head.

     
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  8. Abigail Hobbs

    Abigail Hobbs Hannibal

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    "Anything?" Abigail rolled her eyes and scoffed. Only people like Hannibal could handle a place like this and survive completely on their own. This guy was far from that kind of power "You haven't been able to handle getting water, food, or taking care of your feet."

    An emperor? Back home, she would have thought he was delusional or high. Pandora did bring in people of all types. He might actually be royalty. "Wouldn't being in charge, be a job?" She muttered. A job he only had by nepotism, but he must have been good at it. Otherwise, his subjects would have revolted over his attitude. "Look around. You're not in your empire. You're going to have to find other ways of surviving, princess."

    "Portals are a type of transportation. They let us go from city to city quickly." Abigail answered, hoping that would be enough of an explanation. She had become used to having them, without understanding how they worked. She instantly took a step back from him when he grabbed his crown and looked around to see if anyone was approaching them. "Haven't you been paying attention? Grabbing anything that tightly is like putting up a sign asking to be robbed. You'll be lucky if you don't get your head chopped off for that gaudy thing." It was completely impractical too. "It wouldn't even be worth much here. Maybe you could sell it or trade it to someone who could melt it down and find an actual use for it."
     
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  9. Emperor Kuzco

    Emperor Kuzco The Emperor's New Groove

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    Occupation:
    Uh, Emperor. Doy. Me.
    Location:
    Kuzcotopia! Oh yeah!
    Race:
    Human (#NoLlamaFace)

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    Kuzco glanced down at his feet. Okay, so he was in pain. He could admit that. But everything else? He'd work out along the way, just like he always did. Kuzco was sharp, he'd be just fine. "Yeah? Well you try turning into a llama every three seconds and see how you cope!" He shot it back angrily, childishly. Anything to win a fight. Which would've been fine had he not just revealed his secret in the process. He let out a gasp and slammed a hand to his mouth.

    Princess? The shock wilted off of Kuzco's face and his slide his hand away. "Not princess. Emperor! Jeez, how many times do I have to tell you peasants? When I give the word, things happen. Just because I'm not in my palace doesn't mean I shouldn't be treated with r-e-s-p-e-c-t." Who did this girl think she was?

    He shifted uncomfortably. Kuzco didn't like the sound of that portal thingy one bit, but what choice did he have? He really did hate this place. He was further away from home than ever and he didn't even have Pacha to get him back this time.

    "Nice try, princess. But there's no way I'm selling this. Especially not to you. How stupid do you think I am?" The idea of melting down his crown had to be some kind of offence. Why did no one in this place treat him with the proper decorum he deserved? At least Pacha had called him majesty, but he supposed Pacha was one of his people. But these peasants were another breed entirely.

     
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  10. Abigail Hobbs

    Abigail Hobbs Hannibal

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    Abigail wasn't phased. She'd met her share of unusual types, ones with superpowers and magic. A shape-shifter was simply another new type of person to add to the list. She figured it couldn't be easy to prey instead of a predatory animal. This guy must be used to it. He'd be prey in any form. She took a hair tie out of her pocket and looked him straight in the eyes. "A llama with all of his body parts, right?" She pulled her hair back into a ponytail, revealing the scars from having her ear cut off. "We all have our stuff to deal with. You just have to find ways to live with it."

    "Respect is earned. It's not just given away, Aretha." Abigail said with a roll of her eyes. "Being spoiled, lazy and bossy aren't traits to be proud of." If anything, they should be a source of shame. Hannibal would call it rude. She was so tempted to tell him what could happen to rude pigs, or llamas. "Peasants who actually do work are far more deserving of respect than you." She used air quotes on the word peasant. She'd never genuinely call anyone that. She'd hunted for meals since she was a child. Even though she'd had Hannibal's support and Will's when they were there, she'd never sat around on her butt. She'd gone to college and helped when she could. She knew what it was to put in a good day's work.

    "Do you really want me to answer that?" Abigail asked, slightly surprised that he'd even ask. It must have been obvious that her opinion of him was low. Patience for new arrivals only went so far. "Why would you think I'd want to buy that thing? Do I look like I have the equipment to make something practical out of it?" She shook her head. "If you'd rather have something tacky on your head than food in your stomach, that's your choice." She walked over to the nearest booth and pulled a few small bone carvings from her purse, trading them for food. She then walked back to the newbie, while snacking. "C'mon, let's go to the portal." She made no offer to share her food, wanting to see if he was capable of asking nicely.
     
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  11. Emperor Kuzco

    Emperor Kuzco The Emperor's New Groove

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    Occupation:
    Uh, Emperor. Doy. Me.
    Location:
    Kuzcotopia! Oh yeah!
    Race:
    Human (#NoLlamaFace)

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    The girl didn't seem at all bothered that he'd just admitted to spontaneously combusting into a llama. Huh. This place was stranger than he thought. True, peculiar things did happen in his Kingdom from time to time, but this one blinked at Kuzco as though he'd just just told her he liked cheese. He stared at her, a little unnerved. "Yeaah, all body parts intact thanks. What you getting at, girlie?"

    Kuzco grumbled. He'd heard that so many times before. It was getting boring. Yes, everyone had problems, but his problems were significantly more important because of his importance to the universe. And an Emperor just couldn't turn into a llama, it wasn't good for business and he had a Kingdom to run.

    "Respect is a given when you're me," he retorted, smacking his lips and realising they were chapped. He was really really thirsty. Desperately thirsty. Damn it. If he was going to get out of this, he'd have to play the game. At least for now.

    But that comment. That stung. "My CROWN is NOT tacky!" He gasped, shocked that she'd say such a thing. He followed her, eyes widening as she ordered some food and then purposely chose not share, as though to prove a point. A few seconds of uncomfortable silence followed. He eyed the food, the smell making Kuzco's mouth water. Taking a deep breath, he realised he was going to have to play nice. "Can I have some of that?" He asked in a small, disgruntled voice. Another beat of silence. "Please?!" The last word burst out of him, almost desperate.

     
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  12. Abigail Hobbs

    Abigail Hobbs Hannibal

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    Abigail was equally surprised. No matter how often Will told her she was beautiful even without her ear, she still felt like others would be repulsed by it. Perhaps because it was linked to a certain part of he past, it made her hideous in her mind. She gestured to the spot where her ear was missing and the scars. "It's what I said. We all have our stuff to deal with. You're a llama. I'm missing an ear. It could be worse. That guy's got a tag." She shrugged. "Your problems might get you a job at a petting zoo." It wasn't entirely a joke; she couldn't remember seeing any llamas in Pandora. There could be a way of turning into a profit. Desperate times and all of that.

    "That isn't respect." Abigail shook her head. "That's tradition, a custom to treat you a certain way because of your title. It has nothing to do with who you are as a person." She imagined his subjects talked about him behind his back in the same way that reporters who wanted to hear her story were kind to her face and horrid in the news. It might be enough to earn him some sympathy. He'd probably never had a chance to become anything other than a pompous jerk. "Real respect feels different. It's better. You can find it in this world."

    Abigail was tempted to make him admit his crown was tacky first. He had said please and that deserved to be rewarded. She handed a couple of the meat kebabs to him. "Here. It's good, lean meat, lots of protein." She waited for him to take it then carefully slid her knapsack off her back. She had to stop walking as she balanced the knapsack and her food, she managed to take out a couple of water bottles. "Small bites and slow sips." She cautioned him as handed the water bottle to him. "You don't want to shock your system." He didn't seem like the type to have any real survival experience. She put her knapsack back on and started walking again.
     
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