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    Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by The Spine on Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:07 pm

    Time: 17:13:56.3 (approx. 5:15pm)
    Date: 08-08-2015

    Cream and red building with a big bell on top, just where KARR’s route had directed him; very hard to miss.

    And he had arrived at his destination just in time, too. All systems were still go, but his boiler was on the verge of drying out. He could still manage to go for a minute or so even when it was completely dry, but it was dangerous and avoidable. The last thing he needed was to damage some of his systems (possibly irreparably) or shut down altogether in the middle of this strange new land. Thankfully, it looked like he wouldn’t have to worry about that.

    The titanium robot wasted no time in approaching the Inn at his steady walking pace, his gears and joints making a small variety of mechanical sounds with every broad step he took. Testing the front door of the inn revealed it to be unlocked, and the automaton casually strolled inside, tucking his guitar’s neck further behind his back to ensure it didn’t hit the doorframe on the way in.

    He only took a moment to scan the lobby he had entered--it was fairly unremarkable, just a lounge-sort of area and the reception area, the sort of stuff one would expect to see in an inn’s lobby--before he approached the front desk.

    ”Hello?”
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    Re: Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by Link64 on Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:40 pm

    It had been a pretty normal summer Saturday at the Stock Pot Inn, especially given the fact that the Hyruleans had been planning on trying to head out the next day to enjoy the beach for themselves. Their heaviest work days were of course the standard work week, but they would still swing by their respective offices to check on things and take care of various tasks. Working at the inn was a full time job after all, and it was thankfully very flexible even around their main duties. That was one of the main reasons that it was so easy for Link, Link, Impa, Zelda, and to a lesser degree Tetra to help tend to both current tenants as well as new arrivals.

    Now that Tetra had returned from her courier route for the day, they had all set about making sure that they had plenty of food for their outing tomorrow as well as dinner for the night. As it was just after 5pm though, and Link and Link tended to keep in the habit of checking on the front desk around that time, the younger boy opted to tackle that task for the day. With his reassurance that it was just fine, he had found himself down in the main office in short order, and he had just finished looking over everything when a new voice rang out from the desk.

    Perking up slightly, Link exited the office with Tatl right behind him. Before him stood a rather tall, silvery automaton, one that he had never seen before. There was a high chance that he was a new arrival looking for a room, but whether he was or not… "Hi, welcome to the Stock Pot Inn! My name is Link. Can I help you with something?"
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    Re: Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by The Spine on Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:27 pm

    The Spine was promptly greeted by a shorter…human? He appeared to be mostly human, at least. The automaton didn’t focus much on that, seeing as there were more important matters to attend to. As he had been told, beings from every dimension were pulled to this place, so there was bound to be species he was unfamiliar with. (The yellowy wispy thing that seemed to be following the short human, for example; that was new. It was hard to tell if it was even an intelligent life form at a glance…) Besides, it wasn’t as if encountering vastly different individuals which could be considered by the shallow human to be “freaky” or “monstrous” was unusual for him. There was a whole variety of different species in Kazooland.

    It took a few seconds for the robot to process what was said and form a response. ”Hi, Link. My name’s The Spine. I was told that you offer a place to stay here?” he replied finally. The delay was mostly due to the drain on his systems caused by being a new arrival. He could only hope that that would improve with time… Maybe Jo or Zurg could help with that some; he would have to consult them about some upgrades to his memory. Otherwise, he ran the increased risk of overtaxing and burning out his circuits. That would be bad. For now, all he could manage was a few minor processes at a time, which was fine for the moment considering that there wasn’t much being asked of him.
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    Re: Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by Link64 on Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:50 pm

    Link waited patiently as the robot appeared to be taking in what he said, only for a moment wondering if he had been properly understood, or even if the new arrival was that surprised to see someone so young working the front desk. Whatever the case, he responded before too long, and the Hero of Time soon smiled a bit more at his introduction and question. Nodding once to him, he stated, "Yes, we do! The Stock Pot Inn is a safe place for new and old arrivals to stay on the Breach. We offer free room, board, meals, and other amenities."

    "I'll get the form for you," chimed Tatl, fluttering over to the proper drawer just as as Link had slid it open. This new arrival was certainly a curious one, just like so many others, but he was already nice in his greetings, so that was a definite plus in the Terminian fairy's book.

    "Ah, thanks Tatl," noted Link, nodding to his fairy companion as she pulled out just the piece of paper he was about to snag himself. Setting it on the desk and writing the date on in, Link soon glanced back up to The Spine, adding, "We have four floors here; do you have a preference for one?"
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    Re: Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by The Spine on Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:26 pm

    So it was free? That was certainly convenient. He had been wondering about expenses while on his way to this inn, figuring that he would likely have to perform on the streets as their Steam Man Band once had long ago in order to earn a wage. He may still have to do that at some point, but at least it wouldn’t be for the sake of a simple shelter. “Wonderful,” he responded with a pleasant smile. He didn’t need to eat, but the thought was appreciated considering the other traffic that probably came through this place. Not everybody could be a stomach-less automaton.

    The slight wisp could speak! The only visible reaction to the news on The Spine’s part was how his head tipped up slightly, his green photoreceptors focusing on the fairy as it carried out its promise. Apparently it was in fact a living creature. Named Tatl; an odd name, but not necessarily bad. Just different.

    “Probably best to put me on the lowest floor,” he replied when asked for his preference. He’d be lucky if he didn’t exceed the elevator’s capacity, and he was not looking forward to doing stairs… That could take a lot more time to manage than it was worth, especially if he ever malfunctioned for some reason while in his room.
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    Re: Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by Link64 on Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:17 pm

    Although Link knew that he might not have to mention the free food to this particular prospective tenant, he was never one to assume whether any of the more mechanical citizens could eat or not. Regardless of the fact that it was one of the general stated pieces of information relevant to the inn, it was still handy to mention in the event that they had guests, or if they themselves happened upon a new arrival to the Breach and wound up informing them about the place. As it was, Link readily returned The Spine's smile and nodded to him as he noted that he would prefer a room on the first floor.

    "First floor…. got it," stated Link, nodding to himself as he wrote a numeric one and pondered over the available rooms on their current level. A couple of moments later, he nodded to himself and wrote the last two digits, just before opening a drawer and moving to fish out the card key that corresponded to the room he'd just assigned to the latest arrival. "All right, if you could please print and sign your name here, I can give you your card key, and you'll be good to go!"

    At that, Link placed the form on the front of the counter, making sure that it faced the automaton as he set a pen down beside it. The form was simple enough, something that the Hero of Time rather appreciated himself, and he hoped that The Spine would find his new home to be a cozy one.

    Room: 115                                             
    Date: August 8th, 2015                           
    Name: ___________________________
    Signed: __________________________
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    Re: Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by The Spine on Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:57 pm

    The automaton waited patiently as Link decided on which room to assign him and write its number down. He looked down at the form as it was pushed across the desk, quickly taking in the small amount of information and spotting where he was being asked to sign. If there was anyone else who could appreciate the efficiency and simplicity of the form, it was The Spine. Naturally, he was all about efficiency. Efficient is good.

    “Fantastic,” The Spine replied with a nod. This process was much more painless than he had expected it to be… He thought he’d have to explain a far few things, then figure out how he could best earn money to pay for “living” expenses, then make a bunch of decisions… But no, the hardest thing he had had to do was cross town. Which hadn’t ended up being that hard. Nor would a simple signature. He “printed” his name in his normal angular handwriting on the corresponding line, then signed his name on the next the same way he had done hundreds of thousands of times for those fans wanting autographs. Such a familiar movement didn’t take him long, even as compromised as he was.

    With that done, he set the pen down on the paper and slid both back across the counter to Link with one hand. “Thank you very much,” he said  politely. He could respect a man who ran such a convenient establishment. He wasn’t quite sure how it managed to stay in business, but he wasn’t about to “look a gift-horse in the mouth” either. He was grateful, and he was sure the other citizens who took advantage of this place were thankful for its existence as well.
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    Re: Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by Link64 on Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:05 am

    Link smiled as The Spine moved to write and sign his name, inwardly thinking that the little flourish he added to the P. It made sense considering the way that the back of his neck looked, but it was still a neat touch. As soon as he was finished and had moved to slide the paper and pen right back over to him, Link took them both, looked over the form, and nodded at the newest tenant's thanks. "Of course! I'm just glad that the inn will be able to help you out!"

    It was always a good feeling being able to help new arrivals get settled with a comfortable, convenient place to stay. Not everyone stayed here forever, but if the Stock Pot Inn was able to help anyone out at any point in their time on the Breach, then they were all glad to. The five Hyruleans had all wound up making it more or less their new permanent home away from Hyrule, and the way that they had been able to link their rooms together only added to that.

    At that, Link moved to tuck the form away in its proper place behind the desk, just before holding out the card key for The Spine. Offering it to the automaton, he stated, "And here you go! This card key gets you into your room and into the inn itself if you ever happen to return to it once we've locked the front doors for the night." Exchanging a glance with Tatl at catching her soft chime, Link turned back to The Spine, gesturing and adding, "Your room will be just down that hallway there. Again, welcome to the inn, and if you ever need anything, don't hesitate to let me or anyone else on the staff know."
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    Re: Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by The Spine on Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:14 pm

    The automaton smiled slightly at that sentiment. There was no question as to whether Link’s heart was in the right place or not; the world (any of them) could always use more people who were eager to do good just for the sake of goodness. And here the small person was, doing just that. His establishment was especially helpful given the location and circumstances. He once again thanked his lucky stars that things were working out the way they were; there was less mess this way.

    The Spine gently accepted the key card, looking it over briefly as Link explained its purpose. He nodded in understanding. “Understood.” Link motioned down the hallway, and the automaton’s gaze followed the gesture, his head turning with a soft hiss as he looked. He nodded again before turning back to Link once again. Tipping his hat in both farewell and thanks, he replied, “Thanks, will do. I appreciate the hospitality.” Unless Link had anything else to add, he would proceed down the hallway in search of his room.

    With his lodging problem sorted out so efficiently, all he needed right then was a drink and a nice closet to go into stasis in; he had quite a bit to consider... So much that he wasn’t even sure where to begin at this point. He didn’t need repairs yet or anything else that would require him to leave the inn, so he could deal with the rest of the world later. Just as soon as he had figured out how he would go about that… Hence the stasis.

    It was going to be a long night.
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    Re: Home is Where the Tin Man's Heart Is

    Post by Link64 on Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:03 pm

    Whilst none of the Hyruleans had planned to start working at the Stock Pot Inn – much less be transported to the Breach in the first place – it had become not only a good place to work and place to stay, but also a second home for them. Their home was mostly made from the fact that they had become their own family here, but be that as it was, they all strove to provide new arrivals to Portal City with a safe, accessible place to stay. Whether anyone was a temporary tenant like so many were or more permanent residents as they themselves had become, they wanted people to feel at home here, regardless as to what level or type of home it was in their hearts.

    Link was glad that his simple explanation about the key card made sense; they were certainly easy enough to get the hang of, but he still liked to make sure that all tenants had a good idea of what all that magical piece of plastic could do aside from simply denote their room as theirs. Returning The Spine’s farewell nod with one of his own, Link stated, “Of course. Take care and have a great evening!”

    With a chime from Tatl to accent the Hero of Time’s well wishes, the boy watched as their newest tenant headed down the hall. He was glad that he had been able to help him without him having to really wait much, and he hoped that the automaton found the inn to be a cozy place to stay. Hopefully he would see him around the halls in the near future, and until then, he could let his nametwin know that they had in fact acquired a new resident here!

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