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[X]Time to go to the village.
-[X]Waggysaggy did a good job getting me here, I guess, time to part ways.
Well, the plan was to visit the human village, so no reason to abandon that now. As for Waggysaggy, well...
"Hey, thanks for bringing me here and, uh, not eating me."
"I told you, I don't-" She sighs. "Nevermind. Will you be alright from here?"
"Yeah, I should be fine. You know, you are probably the single most helpful person I've met in the last 24 hours."
...is she blushing? "Oh, I don't know about that..."
"I'm serious. Before you, the most useful people I ran into were the ones that died and left their guns behind for me."
Now she's looking at me funny again. Wait, shit, maybe I shouldn't be so casual about the whole 'I was in metaphorical hell and had to murder everybody' thing. It's not exactly a normal conversation, after all.
Either way, it's kinda awkward now. "So... see you later?"
Took her a bit to nod. "...yes. Good luck, Gordon."
And now she's swimming back through the air, into the forest. Nice girl, for a maneating monster. At least now I'll have one ally if shit hits the fan again.
In other news, this human village. Wooden walls, there's a gate guarded by... well, guards. The whole thing looks archaic, actually, like something from the middle ages almost. Except the guards are dressed more like old Japanese guards...
Whatever, hidden land, blah blah blah. I'm sure asking questions about it would just get me more answers that don't help at all. All I need to know right now is that they have spears, swords, and crossbows, from the look of it. None of them would penetrate the suit, I don't think, but they could still go for my head, or even just wrestle me into submission. I may be in shape, but I'm pretty sure even the guards at Black Mesa could subdue me in an instant if they really wanted to. And these guys look a bit more buff than them.
Best to play it cool, then. Apparently Outsiders aren't an uncommon sight here, so hopefully I have that going for me.
Oh yeah, they definitely spotted me by now. No surprise, I'm wearing bright orange in the middle of a bunch of green. They don't look hostile, at least, just suspicious, and I can't really blame them for that, I guess.
Okay, they're tensing up a bit when I walk towards them, but still no pointing sharp things at me. That's a good sign, I think. "Hello, I'm new here and was told this is where humans go."
Now they're looking at me funny. Is there something wrong with my voice that I'm not hearing? "You are an Outsider?"
And just like that, they're less tense. "Very well, then. Once you inside, go to Miss Kamishirasawa. She will assist you further."
Again with the names with too many syllables. At least this one is apparently a last name, which is more acceptable. "Cool, thanks guys."
Huh, the gate is actually smaller than I thought it was. Oh well, doesn't really matter.
So, this is the human village. I mean, it's an accurate title, there sure are... humans. It looks a bit more like a town than a village, though. And the buildings look about halfway between old Japanese houses and old western houses. More weird shit, add it to the list. People give me odd looks, but don't stick around to stare or ask questions. That suits me fine, I have someone to go to.
Kamishawasira... Kamesirashawa... Kanshasawasira... dammit, I can't remember exactly what it was. And it's too late to go back and ask where she is, they'd think I'm a dumbass. Time for the old Freeman technique: instead of finding the person in charge, find a place to get drunk.
Wait, I don't have any money, either.
I guess I could try and rob a liquor store with my crowbar... but then I'd be a fugitive again. Even if I ditched the suit and took some clothes off a local, I'm not seeing anyone else on the street with a beard, at least not as much as I have. Best case scenario, I'd have to spend a few minutes shaving as fast as I can before I can escape. I don't like my odds of getting away with that.
Oh, nice, they have a small park in here. Only has a couple trees and a dragon statue, but it looks nice enough. I wonder how many drunk people got dared to climb up it...
"Excuse me, are you new here?"
"Jesus, don't sneak up on me like that!"
"Oh, I'm sorry."
Christ, I'm starting to think I have a problem with zoning out. This woman has blue hair, blue dress, blue overly-ornate hat... wonder what her favorite color is.
"Anyway, you are an Outsider, correct?"
"Yeah, I'm looking for a Miss... Kamshashowasora? No, wait-"
"You mean Keine Kamishirasawa?"
"Yes, that's it, thank you. Know where she is, by chance?"
"You're speaking to her."
"Oh, cool, that saves me time. I'm Gordon Freeman." She even has a normal-ish name I can remember easily, score.
Jeez, she has a firm handshake. "So, Mr. Freeman, how long ago did you enter Gensokyo?"
"A few hours ago, I think. Someone named Yukari just kinda dropped me into the forest because-"
"No need to explain further, I understand." Huh, she knows Yukari? "In any case, I hope your journey here was not too dangerous."
"Oh, trust me, the walk here was nothing compared to the last couple days I had."
Now she looks confused. "May I ask why?"
You know, because of the way Waggysaggy reacted to me telling the story, I don't think immediately talking about how I murdered a shitload of aliens and soldiers will do me any favors. "Long story."
I see her looking at my crowbar, but it seems to be enough for her. "Very well, then. Follow me, we can discuss your employment and lodging options."
Right, I can't just freeload, I'd need to start working again. On the bright side, I didn't see anything approximating fast food places in the village, so I won't have to do that again. I already spent my time working in one of those hellholes, and I already promised I'd never do it again. I don't care if my life situation has drastically changed since then, I'm never stepping behind a cash register again.
Keine takes me to I'm guessing the village school, if the layout of the rooms is anything to go by. No kids, though; guess they had today off or something. Her office is kinda small, but super tidy. I can respect that, even though I'm partial to leaving my desk messy. It's not like anyone else should be using it, after all.
"So, what job did you have in the Outside?"
That got her attention. "A physicist that wore an armored suit?"
"I was the person at ground zero trying to turn theoretical physics into actual physics."
"Ah, that would make sense..." She flips through some papers she has. "We don't often get scientists here, though."
"Let me guess, I'm very overqualified for a lot of jobs around here?"
"Many, yes, but I know of certain individuals who could benefit from your skillset, and would most likely be willing to employ you."
After some scribbling and shuffling papers, she shows me a few. "Any of these look appealing?"
[ ]A medical job, working for someone named Eirin. I'm technically not that kind of doctor, but it does mean I'd have easy access to drugs...
[ ]There's a Nitori who apparently does a lot of work with robotics and other tech. But then why does everything here seem so primitive...?
[ ]A librarian who is also a magic expert by the name of Patchouli. Apparently there might be overlap with magic and science, and that has me curious. Why does this one have a warning, though?
[ ]Eh, none of these options seem good to me. Maybe I should just wing it in the village, see what opportunity hits me.