Aug 18, 2018 4:24 PM
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Demon Cam and Ripper
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"All right."

Now Ripper is wearing a motorcycle helmet and there is a motorcycle. Cam hops onto said motorcycle. Cam is not wearing a motorcycle helmet.
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Ripper also hops onto the motorcycle!

"Your magic is amazingly convenient."
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"The problem with it," says Cam, starting the motorcycle, "is that the stuff piles up. But I'm only going to be around for a few years, not a few centuries, so as long as I don't go overboard with massive projects planetside, I should be good."

Zooooom.
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Whee!

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And here is the city of Phoenix. Cam tools around from memory for a while, eventually gives up, stops at a corner, pulls a map "out of his pocket", and then resumes.

They come to a house.

"That," sighs Cam, "is not my mom's house. If there is a tiny me he is probably not gonna be easy to find."
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"Well, how else would you find him?"

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"Probably via his parents. They're both public employees, it should be doable, just mildly complicated. Okay, back to the desert to make myself a little house."

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"Sounds good."

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Cam drives them back to the desert, parks the motorcycle by the side of the highway, and strolls back to the large rock concealing his spaceship. He adds a fair amount of rock to the rock, and then makes a charming little bungalow, with a solar-paneled roof and a cute little cactus garden out front for completeness. It takes about a minute, although it seems to be a minute of intense thought.

Then Cam opens the front door. There is furniture and plumbing and two bedrooms and a prettily-carpeted living area, but he has neglected to include a kitchen, probably because he can just make food out of nothing.
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"Cute place," says Ripper.

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"Thanks. At home I have one sort of like it - bigger, no cactuses but more houseplants - but it's on a little magnet-riddled shell around a tiny black hole for personal gravity. The magnets make sure the black hole doesn't suck up my stuff except when I toss it something."

There is a bookshelf. Cam picks up a volume of the encyclopedia on it and starts flipping through it.
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"Your magic is very science fiction."

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"One thing I find really interesting about my magic, actually, is that it becomes so much more useful as more things about physics and engineering get learned. Hell is naturally an infinite empty void. Most demons live on a giant plane of solid gold that someone grew until it was big enough to exert a gee. It's extremely tacky. No one had discovered black holes or, like, gravity, at the time."

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"Seems to me they'd discover gravity pretty fast at that point, wouldn't they?"

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"There is actually not a lot of history kept in a written-down-and-therefore-conjurable-later form about early demonic science. There are demon scientists, but mostly they don't share, so nearly everything cool I have was invented by live humans."

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"Huh. They don't share? Isn't sharing half the point of science?"

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"In human culture, yes, absolutely. Demons pop into existence fully formed and adult, and when they aren't ex-humans, they don't even come with languages installed. Talking to each other at all took a while and might still be unpopular if it weren't for the fact that we tend to appear near other demons. Writing took a while, the scientific method took a while, and there's not much, like - improving the welfare of demonkind, motivation. We are indestructible and can all have whatever we want any time."

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"Bizarre."

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"The angels have a different result from a loosely similar background situation, admittedly - but they aren't quite as powerful, even if you give them a head start by supplying all the cloudy fluff Heaven is made of that they can use. Fairyland is way more interesting all by itself than a void or an expanse of fluff, but they don't have much good magic helping them along with the sciencing, they're pretty much just telekinetics."

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"Your world's sounding stranger and stranger."

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"Hey, at least we don't have vampires and a million kinds of demon, do your million kinds of demon do much science to speak of?"

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"I don't know. Depends on the kind, probably."

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"And if they do they're not sharing, at least with you?"

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"I don't actually talk to demons all that often."

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"You summoned one to clean your apartment but this isn't routine for you?" snorts Cam.

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