They're keeping her the extra few months so she hasn't graduated by the time Behemoth hits in October. She has precedent to stay home. It's far enough away that even Transit isn't remarkable for skipping it.
She's got a laptop-sized rig attached to her front plates but her dad can't carry anything bigger plus her, and he's going to be carrying her around a lot.
Rete dedicates a subprocess stored aboard Transit's helmet to telling him which direction to go based on scans of the skies. They wait till Dragon's good and busy across the globe.
And Lorica starts tunneling in.
Dragon has automatic security that bats aside subtle probes with so little focus that she's not sure they're even consciously noticed. Rete eventually piggybacks a little worm on the process that's relaying backup updates from the Endbringer site to Vancouver.
This'd be easier if she could just work on a copy. Considers that, rejects as infeasible. Too big. Insufficient bandwidth, insufficient space. Have to do it live. Need to find the self-defense restriction first, loosen that up, not all the way in case there's someone else waiting in the wings to make other changes, Dragon would've let Fëanáro read her and Lorica can do just the same as long as Dragon doesn't have to keep her on a time limit.
It takes hours to find. Like thrusting both hands into a sack of rice to search blind for a lentil. Normally Rete would interrupt her after this much fugue. She keeps going. Rete does priority filtering, tells her it's under attack here and there needs this and that found thus and such -
She finds the section she's looking for. It offends her specialist sensibilities. It's a bejeweled ornithopter dragging a pack of snails by chain leashes. It's an effort to start with the one she had in mind and only shrink it, not strike all the hobbles from existence.
Rete has to clone its worm six times to keep up with the edits Lorica is serving to the code and then again when Dragon manages to kill half of the intrusive programs and Transit is teleporting a lot, Dragon must have abandoned Behemoth -
The drones in the sky leave.
Transit takes them back to HQ and Rete brings them both Chinese takeout and sends Fëanáro a courtesy email that the time-sensitive step of the process is done.
That's the thing, I don't know. They'd handle the Endbringers, probably, assuming it's in their power. They'd probably do something about mortality but give me six months to finish my notes and we can do that ourselves. They'd make everything prettier. But they also might, like, try to fix all the sexual immorality while fixing the accidental babies thing, or take a religion seriously, or something.
Do I want to know what "fixing sexual immorality" looks like?
If I knew that I could make better estimations of the tradeoffs. They don't do involuntary modifications of people but they don't understand things like coercion and would think 'change this person to only desire their spouse to fix the thing where humans betray their partners' would be super reasonable. Possibly also 'change these two people to love each other so their children can be raised by two loving parents'.
If they understood consent properly it'd be fine. It mostly is fine among Elves because we're not terrible to one another. But here? Yeah.
How does you being not terrible to one another make that okay?
I mean, that is okay, if it's what someone makes the considered unpressured decision that they want.
If they don't understand coercion I can think of all kinds of ways naively adding something they understand to be love back into an otherwise failing relationship would be a disaster.
Yes absolutely. I don't think those problems occur as much among Elves, which is why their inability to understand coercion is less of a problem.
If you say so.
Not not a problem - I think it was part of what happened with my mom - but definitely less of one, yeah.
What-all will Dragon be able to churn out if you give her the thing? (How is she supposed to wear it?)
For biological people it needs to be in contact with skin. I changed that bit and it should work if it's adjacent to her server, possibly some tampering with plastic casing required. Everybody can have an eidetic memory and skip sleep and have the artifacts that let humans make artifacts. Mortality is six months of work away. Then in progress but less close to being finished are an opacity-to-precogs thing like yours, invulnerability to most kinds of physical damage modelled off Alexandria, and something that allows moving really really fast. The, uh, most obvious Endbringer solution being dragging them waaaay out into space.
I'm not sure non-passive powers being more generally available is good.
I mean, we can decide who we hand them out to.
They're stealable. Maybe implant versions? I have a few things in implant form.
Yeah, we could do that.
I mean, those are still stealable but harder to find and grosser to extract...
And they're not if you've got the invulnerability one.
Barring somebody who can bust through it or go around with a power, yeah.
We'll have to design it really well but Rete's super useful for that.
I love my bot.
How does a magic implant get an Endbringer into space?
I mean, it'll be fiendishly difficult to pull off, even Tinker-aided. But magic artifacts can give you telekinesis and if you give yourself hella telekinesis - more than Leviathan has -