Oct 23, 2018 8:26 PM
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"There are bad gods. The only way to fix that is with good people who are better at everything than them and can fight them."

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"I'm not sure you have to be better at everything to fight someone."

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"I thought I just had to be good at magic but situations like this might happen and to solve them you need to be good at other things that are not magic."

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"Sure. But you can probably skip basket-weaving."

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"But then it'd be weird whenever I used a basket."

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"...it would? Why?"

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" - because I'd be using it without understanding how it was made, or being able to make it myself."

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"Most people do that all the time."

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" - that sounds really frustrating. Maybe it is why you have so many people who are not nice."

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"It's never occurred to me to try to correlate the two, but the world's actually getting less violent over time as more things get invented and they get more complicated."

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"Huh. And it doesn't bother you?"

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"Not especially."

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"Maybe it is another species difference."

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"I guess that could be. So everybody in your culture learns to make everything?"

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"Well, there aren't many things to learn to make yet. But I know how to make baskets. And furniture but I am too small to do some parts like sawing. And clothes. My mother weaves really pretty things and mine are not that pretty because I am not patient but I know how. I know how to make sunglasses too even though I'm not allowed to use a forge myself."

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"Sunglasses!" giggles Pelape.

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"Bella wanted them! We don't even have a sun!"

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"Then why'd she want them?"

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The Trees are like so.

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"Okay, yes, that's very bright. I wonder if we'd get brown."

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"Brown?"

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"If Amentans spend a lot of time in the sun we get darker. If we stop then we get paler again."

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"We don't do that. Maybe someone could if they wanted to on purpose. The Vanyar are browner than us but I think that was true by Cuivienen too."

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"I wouldn't expect it in aliens. It's a useful protection against sun damage but there's presumably other ways to do it."

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"The Trees do not damage us. That would be kind of bad even for the Valar."

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