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Dec 11, 2019 9:10 AM
L is dropped on on post-apocalyptic Naruto-verse
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"Silly fictions like the entirety of politics. The rulers sometimes do complicated games about who actually has the power - that was more common back during the Imperial part of history, but it still happens. The people in power are those who can take down any and all challengers. Exchanges between two powers happen because they are of mutual benefit, either because each has something to give, or because the more powerful will refrain from exercising that power if appeased. 'Honor' is the fiction the samurai like best, but they also favor their divine mandates and their codes of behavior."

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"Ah. 

Our politics is either different than that, or the same as that but with different trappings, depends on who you ask. Outside of rulers fighting other personally; that is not generally done." She personally thinks it's great fun, a fact that she does not currently contribute to the conversation.

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"I don't think the emperor usually got into any personal fights, but all of our daimyo are also generals."

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"Not unknown, not overly common."

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She nods. "Your society sounds - overall more stable?"

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"If I have gotten the correct impression of yours as near-constant conflict between a multitude of not necessarily stable entities, then yes, considerably."

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"That pretty much sums it up, yes."

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"Then yes, considerably more stable.

There have been a few world-spanning conflicts, but not in my lifetime."

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"I don't think we were coordinated enough for everywhere to be fighting at once before Kaguya showed up. Maybe in the Imperial days."

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"There were a number of parties to each, and they generally did not all get involved at once. 

Was there a nostalgia for Imperial days, or are they generally considered less to be desired?"

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"They were a lot more peaceful, but no one wants to bow to anyone else, so finding a new Emperor didn't work."

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"Didn't name an heir?"

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"All known heirs died with him, because people used to be more stupid about sometimes having everyone in the same place."

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"Ah. And no successes in calling any of them back?

Or do your powers not include a mechanism for that?"

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"We didn't have resurrection magic back then, if that's what you mean, and it's been long enough now no one'd acknowledge them."

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"It was invented?

You could resurrect them now? It does not have a limited time?"

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"Yes. We'd need something from their original body."

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"Recreations don't work? Cannot be made to?"

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"There hasn't been much experimenting with that, but the problem is that the soul will recognize its physical half - which is why it can disambiguate between identical twins."

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"Once my, ah, people come for me, you will want to discuss this with them. If there is synergizing potential there will be quite a lot of it. I'd be interesting in working on it myself, but it may not be an early priority, especially as I have nearly no equipment.

...If you have a death with no body left while I am here and would like the person in question back, I may be able to assist. Our calling method has a lower success rate without a body, but considerably above zero. And that area of magic is free of restriction for me." There being really exactly one thing calling is used for.

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"Thanks. Kaguya sometimes turns people into ash, so, is definitely something that can come up."

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"If anyone has been turned to ash in approximately the last week and you would like me to attempt to retrieve them, I can make the attempt."

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"We'd have to check, and probably argue over priorities briefly, but I suspect we'll have a decision on that soon enough, it's too useful to pass up."

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"Do note that time matters, for this one; a week with no body already lowers chances of success considerably, and further time will continue the process."

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"I'll tell them to hurry, though Rian's pretty good at unilateral action when she feels it's warranted."

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