Nov 16, 2018 5:02 PM
Rockeye's new character meets Gem
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“My magic persists between loops but we shouldn't lean too hard on that till you know if yours does, even if we phrase a wish to account for it. Up to you how strongly you want to assume it generalizes."

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"...Good point. It's not precisely something I know how to do, it's something I can do and that might not persist. Do you ever get new abilities?"

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"No, the thing that's preserved for me is gem charge."

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"To clarify, your sort of magical people never develop new abilities? Or do they, generally, but you lose them when you reset, or what?"

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"We keep the same basic capacities given enough charge to use them, but can learn shortcuts. Those are know-how-to-do things though."

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"My magic is sufficiently part of me, part of my identity, that it feels like I would keep all improvement I manage in a time loop situation. I will keep in mind that I can't necessarily trust that feeling, though."

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"Yeah. The wording of my wish is not strongly suggestive either way."

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"We'll see when we manage it. If we manage it. Makes things easier if I don't lose progress though."

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"Yes. I really appreciate your interest in helping, incidentally."

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"I appreciate you appreciating it. But it's just the neighborly thing to do. On a magical, inter-dimensional scale of 'neighborly'."

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"I'm not entirely happy to be missing things I had lined up back home. But at the risk of repeating myself I'm definitely not walking away, not only do you need help, this is an opportunity to make a bigger difference than as an emergency responder. Even if my skills are not an ideal match for the role I am excited for a more dynamic and risky work environment with potentially great benefits." The last part is said sarcastically.

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"The benefits are not nothing! But may be redundant with what you were already doing."

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"I'm not going to demand equal shares of all proceeds, or whatever, but I do suspect that there will be benefits from saving the world. If we overthrow the aliens we will probably gain access to a lot of tech and possibly to whatever mechanism they use to produce the wishes, for example."

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"I want the wish mechanism real bad."

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"How are you planning to use it if you get it?"

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"Depends on how it works. They're throttling how much of our own oomph we get to keep, wishes could definitely go farther per if we weren't powering an alien civilization, and the teenage girls thing is also an artificial limit, but I don't know how many restrictions I could dispense with that way."

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"They picked teenage girls based on the level of emotion. Seems likely the wish mechanism depends on strong emotion."

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