Sep 19, 2019 10:02 PM
in color amentans meet hazel
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Afen is disappointed in the universe. He bounds back and forth across his room explaining why to his wife, his infant granddaughter, the end table, and a reporter flabbergasted by her good luck and cringing silently against the wall in the hopes he won't remember she's there.

"There is no reason to suppose that a species evolving independently of Amentans, with their own evolutionary history and living mammalian species likely related to theirs, would end up looking like us. None. Every explanation every scientist has ventured to the press has been unimaginative and unconvincing retroactive refitting of bad models to baffling data. Aliens shouldn't look like us but with different hair colors. Aliens that are not made out of carbon at all would be unsurprising; aliens with only as much physiological dissimilarity as exists between us and animal species on our planet would be mildly surprising; aliens with opposable thumbs would be truly remarkable. This is not remarkable and biologically enlightening; this is just inconsistent with everything we understand about the universe. It doesn't teach us new things about evolution; it should make us rethink evolution. - don't quote that part, they'll take it out of context."

Reporter nods rapidly.

"All of that said, I've picked up three of the languages and I'm working on building a good machine translator, it's a challenge with as little as they've produced in the way of electronic records. I'm absolutely going there to meet them as soon as the politicians figure out what to do with themselves."

     "Do you have any predictions about that?"

"About politics? Why would I have predictions about politics? They deliberately obscure relevant information, for one thing, and for another it's deathly boring."

     "- I mean, sir, surely you hear from your son about -"

"I have seven children and some of them are very dense indeed but not quite dense enough to try to interest me in politics."

      "I was referring to -"

"I know who you were referring to. If you want a statement from Aitim go bother Aitim."

      "Thank you for your time."

"I did not alter my activities in response to your presence and therefore you can't yet be said to have wasted any of my time though you should go before you do."

...out skitters the reporter.

 

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"Yeah, definitely, but it's cool to look at - and they somehow scale it - look at this, this is clever -"

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Tiny machined parts! When he grows them you can see exactly how tiny. "I should show Aaron too."

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"We could let them stay and teach us all this stuff and then shoo them."

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"We do not, actually, have a good idea of how to shoo them."

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"Don't you know the Imperius?"

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" - okay, we have a way to shoo them if we're really desperate and their command structure is convenient enough and we can get close."

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"You know the Imperius?"

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"I didn't say that, did I?"

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"Why do you know the Imperius?"

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"If I knew the Imperius it would presumably be because I had occasion to learn how to throw off the Imperius and was an attentive student."

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"...does Occlumency not do that..."

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"No."

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"Oh."

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"Bracelet may cover it, Cricket may be able to detect it."

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"And it's really hard to cast for the purpose of helping someone learn to throw it off, inconveniently. Doesn't matter, if they're Muggles we're not at risk."

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"Until some wizard decides this world domination thing sounds fun and they've already done half the work."

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" - okay, true."

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" - yeah, if the world is run by Muggles ignorant of us then it's really just a question of who gets to it first."

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"Well, Timothy owes me a continent."

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"Minor, why don't we all start learning Anitami."

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"That sounds like lots of fun but I'm actually not clear on why you'd start there."

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"We need more information, hanging around their operations centers seems like a decent way to get it, the language helps with that. We might at some point want to impersonate them, polyjuiced or just with hair dyed; the language is necessary for that. If we want to take some of them off and ask questions, we can't assume the important ones speak English or any Earth languages."

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Miranda Accios the magic dictionary.

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Minor and Finis can do language lessons!! Finis has some theories on the different color dialects which Minor adopts immediately and which are hard for everyone else to remember!

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