Jun 14, 2021 1:14 PM
sad Cam in Milliways, with company
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"How would we do that - anonymously -"

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" - uh, you just write it on a piece of paper with their mailing label at the top, they can get it by magic, but I don't know about anonymously, with demons someone can find out who wrote anything that's been written."

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"...oh."

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"Don't you have, like, freedom of speech?"

       "I think someone would have noticed if the Amentans had killed lots of innocent people and they wouldn't be so friendly."

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"Some places have laws about being allowed to say things but they don't apply to reds."

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"That's fucked up."

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...the reds look at each other but don't agree aloud.

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"There're probably ways to make it hard to conjure for author but I don't know what they are."

        "No one knows who Revelation is, even now, right?"

"Yeah, exactly. Uh, if you were to just put the mail labels at the top of already-written stuff, conjuring for author wouldn't do it. But someone who was really determined could probably still figure it out -"

        "They're so friendly, I don't see how they're - secretly doing this -"

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"Maybe yours are different."

"They'd just have to be really... really different."

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"I guess they could just be hiding it so the humans don't mind the colony planets."

      "I think -"

"Angels are summonable. You draw a circle on the ground with 'I summon an angel' and then a binding, which means they can't hurt you - most people wouldn't but it's important not to be careless -"

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"Ooh -"

"How does that work?"

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Shrug. "Magic."

        "Proper bindings are hard but that's because usually you want to let someone do some magic, it's easy to just write 'the angel cannot use magic or affect the world outside the circle' and then you could negotiate for someone to bring you a book of how to do it properly."

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"The book wouldn't be in our language, would it...?"

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"Oh, right, I always forget those are a thing."

       "I'm pretty sure there are Anitami summoning books by now."

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"We're not Anitami..."

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"Yeah, don't know about this language - what language is it -"

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"Oahkar."

"Some people still speak Metmin."

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"I'm not really sure, I'm sorry. There are reds in Anitam, too, right..."

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"Everywhere."

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"So maybe they could help you translate?"

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"But they won't speak our languages and we don't know them..."

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Angels are not sure what to do about that.

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Reds did not really expect there to be a solution to their problems.

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"Someone else could write Earth for you."

       "Gets less attention that way, though - people aren't pushing to do something about the Ferengi or anything -"

"I think that's mostly because they can't get there and there aren't any Ferengi in their world - but there are Amentans -"

       "Are they even the same Amentans?"

"Yes, there's only the one country of them with the interdimensional transit."

        "I bet if Earth asks to send observers that'd work."

"I don't know anything about Earth politics."

        "Well, me neither, but."

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"Observers?"

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