Mar 08, 2021 10:28 PM
Demon Cam in the Space Silmarillion
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And he turns to the book. He interrupts frequently at first, then less so. 

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Cam goes through his reading material.

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After a while he has more requests for documentation. 

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Which he provides.

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"Do you need anything else to make up your mind about the war?"

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"It'd be nice to have more reason to believe that this is all from a free press and so on but I'm definitely willing to at least make you ships and food and a city and suspect over the course of doing all that I will have more opportunities to learn things on a less explicitly you-tell-me-stuff level."

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"'Thank you'? And you could look up enough to confirm that Oaths work and then request one, though I'm content waiting."

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"Thank you," Cam translates. "It's implausible that you'd have been able to curate enough stuff for me to conjure up with a consistent picture of oaths but that implausibility relies on your information technology not being too much more ridiculously advanced than mine, and yours can do mind backups, which mine can't."

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"Fair enough. I expect we'll be attacked immediately on landing; can I expect you'll help if we are?"

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"What kind of help do you have in mind?"

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"This ships aren't meant for fights. If they come under fire they will fall apart and the people in them will die."

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"Well, do you have designs for more defensible ones or do you just want me to try to surround an entire fleet of ships in keratin or what?"

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"There has never been a war in Elven history. I can sit here and design a more defensible one if it's worth the time lost on the other side, or we can switch ships to something better once we've leapt light. I assume this is a solved problem in places that have wars."

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"Yeah, I can put you all in something armored up, what are you going to be shot at with?"

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"Orcs definitely don't have light-leaping, definitely do have rocketry, I'm not sure what weapons lie in that range because again we didn't go through the ordinary technological path here."

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"Anything radioactive? Can you quantify approximate explosive yield? What are they going to be using to detect you in the first place?"

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"Perhaps we should send some autopiloted ships in first and see."

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"Yeah, sure, I can get you drones."

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"Thank you. Do you require sleep? Shelter I assume you can do."

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"I can sleep but I can also just drink lots of coffee forever!"

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He looks wildly envious. "Sometime you'll have to tell me more about how one becomes a demon."

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"Some asshole shot me, that's how."

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"I cannot describe how much I'd prefer it to Mandos. And Mandos isn't going to make me a new body."

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"If the body is the only missing piece I can cover you on that."

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"Can you try that. My father's dead - if you could reembody him before the Valar bother..."

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