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    "Oh, there is one more thing."
    Remember, don't you Steph, that you love mischief, you love surprising people and tricking them and making them work and wonder. You're willing to carry these pranks bizarrely far sometimes. You tell yourself it's just part of your job. Maybe that's even true.
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    Steph gives another deep breath. While she'd never admit it, perhaps she has become a tricksy vixen like she swore she'd never be.
    "Thank you, Arlem. Maybe you should go rescue Matthew before she has him in a crisis as well. I may want to lie down for a few minutes and then escort our guests around a bit more." she suggests, happy but with a spinning head. Perhaps she just needs a break.
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    "I'm sure he'll be fine. He certainly has rank to protect him, at least. But I'll check in all the same. Arlem, now a giant spider, heads off to find the cult leader's office.

    And you know, nothing says that Steph actually has to go back to dealing with the guests.
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    Steph thanks Arlem, and will go take a nap for a while. She won't really be able to tell, but most of Arlem's additions take root in her mind, molding it just as Arlem might have hoped.
    Still, she has responsibilities, and will be around later in the day if Aurishalq wishes to speak to her again. She tries not to be seen much in this shape, as she doesn't want everyone to know about her shapeshifting abilities for a while yet...
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    Aurishalq steps out of the shadow of one of the meticulously trimmed trees.
    "There you are!"

    Her assistant doesn't seem to be around.
    "Nice of you to be awake so much during the day, Head Priestess. Do you mind if I call you 'Steph' for now?"
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    "You may, Ma'am. Although do you plan on giving me another name later?" Steven asks, not surprised by the giant's entrance, though she's curious about the whereabouts of her assistant.
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    The giantess is heading out of the gardens; Steph is clearly expected to follow.
    "Probably not. But we'll see just what titles you earn."
    "Now, while Kantick is off at Home, I was going to call at the third temple, underground. You'll come along, won't you?"
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    "What? Ma'am, the lower temple has been abandoned for years. It was dedicated to some mirror-world god and was sealed off after so many years of disaster." Steph insists, absolutely confused.
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    Auri laughs at that.
    "Then it should be pretty fun to look into by now, don't you think Steph? Besides, I mean the even lower temple, the new one."
    So new that perhaps it hasn't been built yet...
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    "We don't have one of those." Steph grumbles, but follows her anyway. This can't possibly go well.
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    Aurishalq heads over to the cellar door that leads to the underground temple of darkness and opens it up.
    A silent alarm spell notifies Steph that the underground temple passage has been opened up.
    And down she goes, ducking to fit in the merely normal-sized stairway.
    "Hmm..."
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    "Ma'am, I should reiterate how dangerous this place is. If you don't know exactly where this 'other' temple of yours is we shouldn't go." she'd wink but Auri wouldn't be able to see it.
    "Though maybe you'd have fun meeting your mirror self." Steph suggests. Maybe she'd be small and progressive.
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    "Nonsense. We'll find the way there. What could the two of us have to be afraid of?"
    I'm not sure she actually knows about the mirror ways. It was probably in the part of the briefing that she skipped.

    The visiting priestess creeps along into the ruined empty halls of the temple of darkness (where at least she can stand up straight). There's the store-room, there's where a certain stolen relic stood, there's the floor covered in broken stained glass in front of a silent mirror...
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    Steph immediately throws a large wall of shadow between Auri and that mirror.
    "No no, no no no, we are not doing that one. That is enough mischief. Auri, I am head priest here, and I can get Arlem here if I have to. I forbid you to go any further here without a map. If you insist on going down here you can contact your people and get a guide. The last thing we need is someone aimlessly stumbling over another demon king." she insists.
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    "When was the last time someone stumbled over a demon king?" Aurishalq asks, skeptical. Perhaps the realities of the Nexus haven't all sunk in for her.
    But she does stop.

    A moment later, there are voices just audible from the other side of the shadow wall.
    "Looks like a dead end; I guess we'll just have to go back and-eep!
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    "Uh, two? Three years ago?

    She groans at hearing other voices.

    "See? No one's come out of that mirror in a year, and the second we come down here somebody does. You're lucky that one is mostly harmless and not demon things." she says, though after some consideration, she decides that she needs to not create a diplomatic incident with mirror-world, and she might even be able to spook Auri in the process, so she lets the shadows abate.
    "I'm sorry we're just having a disagreement." she says with a smile.
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    "Did I just hear you say 'mostly harmless'?" comments The Other Stephanie, joking-disapproving. "We might just have to prove you wrong."

    "Oh, uh- why?" The Other Auri, despite still being ten feet tall, shrinks back towards the rippling mirror.

    "What is this?" comments the original Auri, ears perked.
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    "It's a mirror, and that's you. Go on, introduce yourself." Steph says, pushing Auri gently from behind and giving her mirror-self a wink. At least it might be Steph. The real* one certainly isn't a kitsune, and is wearing full blown priestess robes. Where are your sleeves, mirror-Steph? And at least two other chunks of your outfit?
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    "Hello, me. Steph had just been telling me to leave the mirror alone. Stand up straight, why don't you?!"
    "I was telling her the same thing; she wouldn't listen..." Mirror!Auri straightens up as instructed, but her ears and tail are still folded nervously.

    The Other Steph scowls. "Last time the gate opened up we lost three good hunters, not to mention the Downside disaster. Maybe we should leave it alone. Although..." She does return the wink. Even if the first Steph is far too covered-up.
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    "Well, in that case, we can always turn around and each go home. Clearly nothing's going on other than two pairs of curious vixens." Steph suggests. She would object to that accusation! She's entirely properly dressed for her body type, unlike someone!
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    "Miss, shouldn't we at least, you know? Kill them?" Mirror!Auri suggests. Original Aurishalq is a little concerned to hear this, and her hackles rise.

    The Other Steph considers. "Are you stupid? It would be a waste to kill them here, and they have all our powers, more or less. Come on, back through the mirror. You'll get your chance."

    The two intruders retreat through the mirror, which becomes still again.

    Crisis...averted?
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    Steph looks pointedly at Aurishalq.
    "See? Mirror-world Inari's temple is very murder-y. And you very nearly got both of us killed. If we'd been any more lax our mirror selves would've actually had the motivation to start a fight. Now do you see the problem? Or do you want to go stumble over more artifacts?"
    Because Steph would prefer Auri not want to stumble over more artifacts, but at this point she wouldn't be surprised.
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    "I'm sure were weren't in any danger. Did you see how spineless my duplicate was?"
    "Come, we've hardly seen any of this place..."
    sounds like stumbling over more artifacts, and look, Auri is heading towards the door that leads out of the temple and into the general city underground!
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    Steph sighs, and quickly summons a little messenger fox to send a note to Arlem about the dignitary's whereabouts and actions and instructions to come bail them out if they're not back in four hours.
    "You're going to get us killed." she insists.
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    "At worst, I'm going to get you killed, Steph. But we're not so helpless as all that."
    Aurishalq has to duck again to get out of the temple and into the cramped...caves? Sewers? Underground city? Whatever this place used to be outside the temple of darkness.
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    Steph bristles, and seriously considers summoning something to trip Auri, but the priestess would never fall for it. Her best bet is to just keep track of their path for when they have to run out. It doesn’t smell bad enough to be sewers.
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    How good is Steph's sense of direction?
    "Have you really never come down here?"

    Was that a sound behind them? Footsteps? The wind? An echo from further down?
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    It's good but can't avoid magical interfering if it should happen, which is likely down here.
    "No, because every time someone does a war almost starts, or people come out different or not at all!" she insists, too flustered to be observant of noises.
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    A giant (maybe four meters long, including the tail) six-legged lizard crosses their path, going uphill before disappearing into a rusted old pipe; it ignores the foxes, racing like its life depends on it.

    "And you haven't heard anything about another temple of Tamamo's in the Nexus? You're sure?" Auri scowls.
    "I think it's this way!" she proclaims, following a drip of water.
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    "No Ma'am, I am quite sure that if there are any temples for the goddess larger than a roadside shrine, they have never made contact or been mentioned. Especially not here."
    If there are any other temples here, they're probably more alternate universe ones, and just entering them will be a horrible idea and likely cause timeline corruption and mind-bending. But of course Auri will want to go anyway...
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