You hold your breath as you walk into the office, bracing yourself for an arctic chill that never arrives.
Odd, given the room's appearance. Icicles of all colors and lengths hang from the ceiling, lines of frost run along almost every piece of furniture in the room, and the snow covering the floor crunches beneath your steps.
The room turns darker and darker with every step you take toward the ambassador's desk. After a while, it is almost too dim to see. The only light now is at the end of the room, where the ambassador himself should be. It seems very far away, much further than should be possible, given the size of the room when you entered. Snow begins to pile up around you as continue forward, and frost begins to form on your clothes. You feel it would be appropriate to shiver, but you're not cold at all.
After what seems like several minutes of walking, you finally reach the desk and sit down in the seat prepared for you.
The wintry effects vanish without a trace. The room is normal again. The ambassador looks up from his papers. He's been waiting for you.
"Good morning. I will assume you’ve had a busy day, no, a busy last few weeks. I can’t imagine what hardships you’ve gone through, but I would venture a guess they were quite harrowing, to say the least. You are confused? Oh, goodness. Can you speak Common? I do hope so, as all the interpreters normally at my disposal have yet to arrive today. Ah, thank you.
"No need to be shy, friend. We will have you processed in a short few minutes, and you will be free to make the most of your new life here in Mew York. Yes, processed. The mayor, bless her, has decided to give everyone hailing from Glissod and Jewell unconditional citizenship. Isn’t that terrific? As far as cities go, you could do much worse, believe me.
"Would you tell me how you came to be here? I’m not looking for a deep life story. I’m afraid there’s just not enough time in the day for that. as I have many, many more individuals to process after you leave this place. Tell me of your last few weeks, I mean. Why have you chosen Mew York? I am simply curious, friend; do not worry about passing or failing. You have already been approved.
"I implore you, friend, do not think of me as rude. I simply must fill out your paperwork and get you ready to leave. I assure you, I am listening.
"Just about done, now. It feels as if I’ve been doing this for the longest time, perhaps even eternity. That’s just a joke, friend. It’s not too bad. I’m a little sleep deprived from all the extra work, but exhaustion cannot possibly compare to what you and your family may be going through right now. I’m not complaining. Hearing stories does break the monotony and tedium of this paperwork, so I must thank you.
"When you’re out there, in the city, I mean. When you’re out there, be careful not to be overwhelmed by it. This place has much it can offer you, almost more than any other city I’ve visited on Owel, but don’t get caught up in it. Money can purchase almost anything here, even happiness, but be mindful of exactly what it is you’re buying. You may find what I am telling you to be odd in time, given the stereotypes and expectations that come before my race, but do not think me a liar.
"All done here, now. I wish you well, and if you do have a family, I also wish them well. Good-bye, friend."