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In a simple stone chamber, the three faced each other and began the instruction. Rosy Glow’s interpreted voice of the Aureny Mystvall was resonant, lucid, and rolling.

OUR FORMAL GREETING IS KNOWN AS MATCHING FORCES.
GIVE IT YOUR FULL MIGHT, AND NO LESS.
NOT FOR OVERPOWERING THE OTHER, BUT TO TRANSMIT YOUR TRUTH.
THIS BRINGS US TO A PLACE OF HONESTY.
OUR SENSES ARE HONED FOR THAT, IF YOURS ARE NOT.

ALONG THE SPIRAL,
WHERE YOU WILL MAKE YOUR INTRODUCTIONS,
YOU MAY PLACE YOUR BACK TO A WALL OR A PRECIPICE.
IF YOUR INTENT IS TO DECEIVE,
IF YOU ARE PERCEIVED AS BEING LESS THAN COMPLETELY HONEST,
ONE MAY CHOOSE TO CRUSH YOU OR TOSS YOU.
WE WILL NOT SUFFER THAT FOOLISHNESS.
YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO OVERPOWER A SINGLE ONE OF US.
GIVE US YOUR REAL FORCE, AND WE WILL MATCH FORCES.
AS MANY OF US AS YOU CAN GREET UNTIL YOU ARE EXHAUSTED,
WILL BE THOSE OF US YOU MAY ADDRESS AT A SUBSEQUENT TIME.

Mystvall coached Soleil on the physical application until she could confidently and correctly co-initiate. From everything she’d gleaned, avarice was the foremost human quality they’d encountered. Through a simmering shame, the Princess Ascendant aimed to display a different side of humanity – to state through action that the peoples of the Pan-Galactic Imperium were greater than a terrible first contact.

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