Nov 23, 2017 7:57 AM
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so there was a discussion on tumblr about whether you could get a maitimo to own slaves
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There's a property dispute over a magic that's encroaching on someone's orchard. Magics don't usually do that; both parties suspect the other of being up to something.  There's an argument over whether they should they send escalatory hostile letters to the neighbor over piracy. And whether they should take all these mercenaries they just collected and send them off to do something about pirates - or about the neighbor directly. 

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Aya does not formally have standing to have an opinion but she can ask clarifying questions for her notes. What exactly would let someone grow a magic on purpose?

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There's a river running through it; maybe it has something to do with the riverbank eroding. They both put things or occasionally slaves in the magic to see if anything useful results. 

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Have they already tried putting things in to shore up the riverbank?

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You have to put in dirt, and a lot of it, and continuously, and it's hard to do from outside the magic.  They disagree about who was responsible for doing it anyway.

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And how sure are they that it's not just the magic being weird?

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Not very!

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How are they planning to find out?

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Well, if the neighbor with which they're annoyed held up their obligations and it was still growing then maybe it'd just be the magic being weird.

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What obligations?

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Contribute dirt to prevent the erosion of the riverbank! Not try to divert the river for crops too much! Not drop things in the magic which might run out of the magic onto the neighbors' property unless they've warned the neighbor

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They have some kind of agreement about that?

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They disagree on the exact terms but yes.

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They didn't get it in writing or it's hard to interpret?

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It's vague. (Neither of them think it's vague, they both think their interpretation is obvious.)

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And have they already considered finding an arbiter?

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That's what they're here for, they're just kind of feeling out potential arbiters for likelihood of siding with them.

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Makes sense.

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Where's Amait, she doesn't miss the forums much.

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"Home indisposed. I'm sure she'll be back soon; in the meantime I'm notetaking for her."

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One of them mutters something about teaching slaves to read and then they get back to arguing.

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Aya floats around the rest of it.

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Tax disputes! Personal disputes! Property disputes! 

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Notes! Clarifying questions as needed!

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And Malare receives a letter to the effect that he has the author's daughter of whom the author is entitled to sole custody and he should turn her over with all due effort to enforce said custody without delay.

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