Nov 25, 2017 12:57 AM
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"They'd be responding to mental states. It's definitely a thing that's possible to do but I don't know how to do it."

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"If you think it's worth trying to figure out before I give them out -"

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"I'm not, um, Advice Lorica right now?"

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"Right. Sorry."

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He works and sings.

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After he has been there for a couple days:

"I wanna take my helmet off at some point."

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"If I were a bad person I'd know everyone's secret identities by now anyway, but I'll leave if you want."

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"Don't read my dad's mind."

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"I wouldn't. But in the situation secret identities are protective against - I'm sorry, you're sick, it's not really important. It was good seeing you."

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"Thanks for coming."

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He goes home.

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I am off the loopy painkillers and down to regular ibuprofen now.
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I am glad to hear it but will continue not to argue the secret identities thing, it's not really very important.

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I can explain it if you're curious but yeah.
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I guess there are benefits to having how pretty people are be irrelevant in interpersonal interactions? Because Elves sometimes privilege prettiness too much and I don't think it's especially correlated with other positive traits. It's not the silliest thing the PRT enforces.

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The PRT doesn't enforce it in contexts like that and actually encourages intra-team unmasking. It has nothing to do with how pretty anybody is.
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Yes I didn't think that was the reason just an incidental benefit. I wouldn't even have to read minds, I can borrow peoples' senses without paying their thoughts any attention.

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I could track people's Internet usage and figure out who they were, if I wanted, plenty of people could unbalance the whole masks thing, it's just people don't.
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Which is weird - would villains really rather get imprisoned for life than look up the name of the people they're fighting? It's like everyone is mostly play-acting.

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I mean, there aren't a lot of situations where unmasking directly trades off against life in prison. Going around targeting people in their civvie identities is a pretty good way to get a kill order and more heat, not less.
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It's not that it's bad for there to be this sort of taboo-enforced truce it's just that it's weird. 

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Little bit. It holds together in part because we keep it up even when there's no strong reason to.
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Has someone compared rates of targeting civilian identities in precincts with different policies about unmasking around teammates and so on?

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