May 20, 2018 10:58 PM
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Sigh.

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"Is resurrection really the only thing you want? - I guess it, uh, would be, if you can get yourself anything else -"

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"There was a war. With some magic things. I caused - some collateral damage, ending it. I would like to fix it."

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"- that's really admirable but, like, there are lots of people dying because of material scarcity not being ended, you could maybe give yourself credit for being in the black on the whole -"

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"I already am, it doesn't help as much as you might expect. Uh, if you remove your doorstop you can stop time in your world, that happens when the door's closed."

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" - oh. That's useful." 

 

He removes his doorstop. Opens the door again to check it's still his house. "I should learn more before I call the government, in that case. I don't even know how to tell the government without sounding crazy - don't know any blues..."

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"Blues?"

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"- the caste that does governance. And rent-collecting."

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"Castes are an everybody thing, not just an untouchables thing?"

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" - yeah. You don't have castes except clean and unclean?"

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"I have met ten sapient species and yours is the only one that does castes at all."

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" - really. Huh. Well, aliens. Every society on Amenta has the same castes, with a couple careers that are maybe different in different countries."

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"I see."

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"It seems like it'd be hard to do population control without castes but I guess if you don't have to do it at all -"

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"Five of those species don't even reproduce. Three of them do but not at unsustainable rates. I guess orcs might run into your problem eventually."

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"If credits were a straight auction blues would all have five kids and purples mostly couldn't afford any. - the politicians and real estate magnates would get all the credits, and retail and farmers wouldn't get any," he clarifies.

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"Makes sense."

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"If you make the books I could translate them and publish them online and then even if people didn't believe the explanation they'd take a look."

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"I guess you could sit here transcribing things. I'm, uh... If your species routinely goes to war over people with plumber ancestors touching food and you consider this obvious and unembarrassing even when addressing an alien, I'm not... totally sure..."

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" - people were going hungry. Even if you don't understand pollution you can - look at the consequences - and it's not routinely, no one ever did what Voa did before -"

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"Yeah no I get that it looms large in people's minds, I'm not saying whoever tried that shouldn't have watched the situation more carefully, but I want to, you know, watch the situation carefully -" He appears a few things. "- you've got aliens, scads and scads of them, if you think it's obvious and unembarrassing that if someone does something like that you starve and kill people over it -"

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"We might not trade with them if we can't agree on procedures. We don't want to bother aliens, we want somewhere to raise our children -"

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"What if you have so many scads of aliens that all the good planets are taken and you don't like how they handle their landfills?"

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"You said you can make stuff. You could make a planet."

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"I'm not leaving this bar till somebody comes by with magic sufficient to put everyone back."

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