sooo arial quits the Net becuse he wants to study at the University, but due to lack of finances and his ethnicity (a foreigner of obvious Traveller descent)… he is out of luck for a while.
then he meets brage.
and this is one of the many reasons i love this book; it’s set in Alternate Norway, and this guy is from Real Norway. he didn’t want to tell arial at first because he’d think he’s mad, and arial did so - but then he remembered his mom could fly, so you know what? might just as well believe this guy.