Fraternizing with the neighbor species led to a bit of a mix-up, and an unfortunate reaction that ended with a face (and mouth) full of this alien substance.
- Consistency is like a thick mucous mixed with clay or flour. Something between very thick mud and slime.
- Smells awful
- Removal is difficult, dry hair and fur are easier to clean, while exposed skin is more difficult, wet surfaces (hair, fur, inside mouth) are nigh impossible to remove.
- Left alone, the substance will degrade in 24 hours to a non-problematic state.
Unfortunately for our MC, a busy day lies ahead with little consideration for her mistake that morning.
While a solution would be desirable, it would have to be quick, as she's already spent enough time cleaning her fur.
- Writing supplies are in short supply, and only a few of the attendees can (or are willing) to read anything written.
- It's a busy day, and gestures are unlikely to be noticed. (Her closest friends will see them but no one else will.)
- Can only smell this substance
- Substance has coated tongue, making it heavier (albeit, certainly not unusable)
- Substance has concentrated at back of throat, and can trigger choking/coughing fits due to excessive motion (especially bending over)
- Substance is not inherently inflammatory, although repeated choking fits can cause inflammation
- Speech is impeded because of substance
She knows two languages, Common (English) and Old Dialect (A combination of squeaks, chips, and whistles relying on pitch, tone and combinations to relay her point).
Thankfully, most everyone around her understands both these languages, but she'll need to communicate in Common for at least a few individuals.
So, What sounds can (or can't) she make, given the circumstances?
Alternately, are there any forms of communication or treatments that she's overlooking?
It's only 24 hours, but things will go horribly awry if she can't communicate effectively.
Bonus love to anyone explaining or using anything other than the alien alphabet I saw while researching phonetics for this.
Edit: I failed to bring up that MC is capable of breathing otherwise normally. (Thanks y'all for bringing that up, I completely forgot that)
- Severe exertion (excessive exercise and bending down) can dislodge the substance (causing a fit until it moves back into place or medical attention is needed)
- She is capable of breathing and drinking water (small sips) safely.