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You’ve been warned against talking, and you probably won’t understand the local language, but you don’t have many other ideas. It’s that or wander around aimlessly until you see something that looks like a temple.

So you put everything back in the satchel and start looking around. But everybody seems to just be focused on moving forward. Even when you stand right in front of a woman pushing a wheelbarrow around, she just moves around you, barely even giving you a look.

You’re not sure they’d pay you a lick of attention even if you did say anything. But you’re desperate enough to try.

“Stop!”

You’ve barely opened your mouth when someone shouts at you. You quickly close it again. At least that made something happen.

And whoever shouted, they did it in Common. So you might be able to get something out of this conversation after all. You turn towards the voice and see someone walking up to you. Judging by the rather tall spear and large shield he’s carrying, he seems to be some sort of town guard.

“Do not speak to the Silent Ones,” he says, as if that explains anything. “It is forbidden.”

“Fine, I won’t,” you say. He seems annoyed, but he doesn’t press things further. “I just want to know how to get to the Grand Temple.”

He looks at you in surprise.

“Has your guide not taken you there yet?”

Well, you don’t have a guide. But considering how little you know about this place, you’re not sure if it’s a good idea to reveal that.

What should you say?

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Feign ignorance in excess of that which you possess.

No, not yet. Can… can I borrow your guide?