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    "Whatever. Maybe this is the lone weird universe where you were a tod instead of a vixen." I think this may be the lone weird universe where Steven got involved with the temple at all, actually.
    "And that stuff about time is more suggestions, really. At your rank you should know when rules need to be bent." Aurishalq answers, seeing another chance to instruct Steph on an appropriately whimsical way of thinking. "Here, surely there's something harmless-ish that you regret having done?"
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    "But of course. Starting with not mastering my shifting powers sooner, my choice of vixen shape somewhere in the middle and ending with listening to no less than seven things you've told me today." says Steph with an innocent smile. All's well with whimsical ribbing between priestesses, right?
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    "Now now, that's a great shape. I won't hear you saying another word against it!"
    Steph's right. Joking is a step in the right direction, after all.
    "But I suppose if we're in the wrong dimension, or the past, I can't stay and help you fix your day. We've got to get back to the shadows." Auri announces.
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    "You might think it's a great shape, but that doesn't mean it's in shape." Steph assures Auri with a fairly awful pun.
    "But please, don't let me hold you up if you need to go. You'll need to find Kantick, I suppose?"
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    Aurishalq smiles in an actually friendly way for once.
    "To be honest, all of you smaller races look a bit ridiculous to me. Yes, I'll have to -"

    Speaking of Kantick, there he is, coming in from the gardens just in time.
    "There may be a slight problem, mistress. The Sentus Time Anchor is no longer detectable. Something we've done has likely placed us onto a doomed timeline."
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    Oh, Steph gets to do this twice in one day. Muster herself up, cross her arms (she's still getting used to the motion and where to put them with this particular shape) and give Auri an only slightly condescending glance.
    "Suggestions, huh Madame?"
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    Auri goes to pat Steph on the head. Excellent teasing there, very appropriate to the job!

    "Well, that means whatever we've done here is going to prevent us getting here in the first place, so there's something we need to undo. Probably helping you, Steph, or hurting that awful snake (for some reason). I'm afraid...we're going...to have to go...to the library." The priestess sighs heavily. Studying future history is both difficult and boring.
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    Steph is not a fan of Auri's patronizing (matronizing?) but lets it go.
    "Well ma'am, let's go through what you've done in the last three hours. You gave me advice, told me to remain in this form indefinitely, gave Matthew a talking-to, spoke with Arlem, talked with our mirror selves, and then confronted that snake, in that order. It's not a huge list of things." she says.
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    "Well, yes, since there's just those six things, we can try undoing them. First, act and look however you wish, Steph."
    Auri grants. Perhaps (likely, in fact) the head of the temple just wasn't ready for all the advice and lessons.
    "In the meantime, I'll go see the other temple heads. Kantick, please do check the histories for anything about the mirrors or snakes."
    Her assistant nods and they both head to those tasks. Aurishalq doesn't even wait to see Steph transform back to Steven! If she even wants to do that.
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    Of course she'd like to. In fact, she does immediately, and then sets about righting his clothes with the spell he learned exists from Auri once he can find it in one of the manuals back at his room, which he goes to find immediately, leaving Auri to her discomfort and predicament.
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    What a smile indeed! The priestess has probably never seen such an endearing expression, and her face (mostly non-feathered) blushes from gold towards orange. W-well it is a temple. I just said that, didn't I?" Actually she hadn't yet, I think they expect it to be obvious given the altar and the architecture. "So it is a holy place. Maybe that's what you're feeling."
    Vice nodded. "Yes, that must be it." He thinks for a moment. "I like it. It's...different, refreshing. Attractive. Hmm... yes." Oh he's plotting something now, behind that smile.
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    You know, if other people said those things, it would be creepy.
    And it's creepy when Vice says it too, but somehow that doesn't seem to be a problem for anyone.
    "I'm...glad you like it. Would you like to see the gardens, or the altar?"
    Whatever he's sensing should be strongest there.
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    "Yes, yes. The altar. That's the center of everything, isn't it?" Vice asks, seemingly innocently.
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    Hmm. Geographically, the center of the temple complex is the kitchen. And that might have some significance for a harvest goddess, after all.
    "Well, yes."
    The altar is just behind her: A dais with offering bowls and burning trace of incense, flanked by three statues: two watchful foxes and one woman.
    There is an obvious presence in the air as Vice gets closer.
    Just what is he up to?
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    Vice walks up to the altar, holding up a hand and reaching out, invisibly, to feel the power of this place. Would it reject his presence?

    "What is it like to work here?" He asks. "Do you enjoy it?"
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    Everyone is welcome here so long as they aren't a danger to the temple or its people. Even Vice, for now.

    The priestess nods emphatically.
    "Oh, it's great here. There's nice people and food and never a boring day. Of course it's very busy with healing, teaching, slaying dragons, performing rites, helping organize the festivals - but I'm very glad to be part of the temple."
    "What sort of work you you do, sir?"
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    "Oh a little of this, a little of that." Vice replies. "I'm good with music. Do you like music?"
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    The priestess shakes her head.
    "I cant say I know anything about music. I've never had much time for it. Maybe you could tell me something about it."
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    Vice smiles wolfishly. "Of course." He waves a hand, summoning up a swirl of black and red smoke which coalesces into an electric guitar in the same colors. He strikes a chord which vibrates through the room with a thrum of power.
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    The priestess watches the guitar skeptically. Surely the visitor has some powers to conjure it up like that - is he a proper bard? - but that kind of seems like just noise to her.
    "Well, go on."
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    Vice gives the priestess a curious look, but then shrugs and puts his fingers to the strings, calling up a lilting, wavering song on the electric guitar.

    ((I'm imagining some of the major guitar bits from Don't Fear The Reaper for some reason))
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    "I don't think I do like music." The priestess decides, giving Vice a curious look of her own.
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    Vice looks crestfallen. "Oh" The guitar disappears in a puff of red and black smoke. "I can do other things. You must like to eat, right? Everyone does."
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    The priestess smirks. This visitor clearly has an agenda.

    "Everyone has to eat. Is 'chef' among your other talents?"
    Vice should have come during the full moon festival, when the cooks are going all out.
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    "Something like that." Vice admits. "I can take food and make it better."
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    "Better how?" The priestess inquires.
    She presses her hands together, fingers folded in, and then brings them apart. Suddenly she's holding a tray of sushi rolls. Then she pours some water into the little cups, filling them with rice wine.
    "Let's see what you can do."
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    Vice raises an eyebrow at the summoned food. Knowing Inari it was probably pretty good already. But Vice could top that.

    He puts a hand out over the tray, and tendrils of blackness extend out from him into the food and wine. The rice and the wine briefly go black, before returning to normal, well, not normal. They look more tantalizing than before.

    "Taste one." Vice says.

    It will likely be the best sushi she's ever tasted, and it will leave her wanting more.

    Inari might object to the subtle corruption that also comes along with the heightened flavors.
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    That was certainly ominous. But maybe black-eggs-and-ham aren't so bad.

    The priestess looks over the tray skeptically. Well, it's not poisoned, but there is something off about it, she can tell. Doesn't seem to be serious, though. With the hand not holding the tray, she grips her holy pendant and says a prayer of grace.
    "Holy Inari, keeper of the rice, thank you for this sustenance. Bless this food, that it bring us strength and joy." Hmm. That might make it harder for the corruption to do anything.
    Then she does try a piece, and her face lights up with delight. Okay, how about another piece right away?

    "Better than your music."
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    Vice grins, "I'm glad you approve."

    The blessing should mitigate most, if not all, of the corruption. At the very least it will make her want more, if nothing more.
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    "Are you not hungry?" Because if not, she could eat all of this instead of just half, which would not cause any complaints.

    "With that, you ought to open a restaurant." Though likely Vice wouldn't bother with anything so pedestrian as making and selling cursed food.
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