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Sep 23, 2017 3:35 AM
mirelótë in flying city
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"You're welcome."

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Language learning! She indeed does not forget any vocabulary words, although she uses them a little idiosyncratically.

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Well, it's miles better than Odette's doing with Quenya. She corrects her where she can.

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"Perhaps now," says Mirelótë after this has been going on for a while, "you can tell me where I am?"

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"This is the University of Genosha, in the Free City of Genosha, on the planet Earth."

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"That sure is a planet I do not know of. Well."

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"Well," she echoes. "This is kind of unprecedented."

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"On my end too."

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"We're going to have to tell someone higher up about this," she observes. "Illia got me because I could do translation, but..."

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"I am past the need for specialists; I'm sure you have other things to do. Thank you very much for your time. How do you do it, anyway -"

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"Sympathy."

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"I'm afraid I don't have - whatever idiom makes that make sense -"

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"...Magic?"

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"- huh. At home only Ainur can do magic, incarnates can't. You seem otherwise very incarnate."

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"I'm not actually a specialist, it's just I can do more magic."

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"Why is that?"

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"Uh--magic has--side effects. I can handle them better."

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"How much should this dissuade me from asking if yours is the only species that can do it?"

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"I have no idea if ours is the only species who can do it. Or how much the side effects should dissuade you."

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"Well, what are they?"

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"Uh--it hurts, and it messes with your head to varying degrees."

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"Hmm. Yes, that's - fairly dissuasive. Congratulations on being able to cope with that to your satisfaction."

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"I'm really resistant to one of the kinds of messing with!"

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"How so?"

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"So there's three kinds of magic--Sympathy, Effort, and Conquest--and they hurt differently and they do different things to your head, and Sympathy--makes you more pliable, but I am really not a pliableness-compatible person, so it has to work way harder to get anywhere with me."

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