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Oct 21, 2021 10:55 PM
tiny dragon pentests Vanda Nossëo's incentive system
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Reconstructing the remnants of high magic from the remaining original texts is good, and not a worthless waste of time on traditions that would barely compete with low magic and the steam engine even if they worked at all. Making blufbeads is kinda a waste of time but pays well. Dying a slow and somewhat painful but mostly just messy death is bad. Enslaving all non-dragon species is really bad and somebody not busy with all that other stuff should do something about it.

Also *spits blood*, eh nevermind.

 

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The planet is #611 but will probably be named pretty soon. It has reasonably flexible (though dimension-constrained) magic and might have more magic once they can get around to having relevant documentation conjured (and if it turns out to be conjurable). There are administrative centers up in thirty different regions. They mostly take questions and help with emigration paperwork in the jurisdictions allowing that.

The administrative centers have attached pretty Elvish amphitheatres where the locals can watch alien movies. The alien movies are cheerfully propanganda, telling the stories of the various wars against Melkor and the destruction of the Yeerk empire and the stubborn princess who declared her country's independence while not actually in control of it and then persuaded Vanda Nossëo to accept it anyway. They're crafted so that you walk away with a correct understanding of how this whole thing works, at least. In early testing it's a reasonably effective way to increase the percentage of the population who say they understand Vanda Nossëo's laws and know what would happen if they broke them.

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This sounds less important than hunting down a copy of The Third Pattern, but also less effort and Raicleach is worn out.

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It's a very pretty amphitheatre. Glass and stone and gemstones. Showing a movie about some interstellar empire's failed effort to hide the planets that still had slavery. At the administrative center there are two Elves helping with paperwork and answering questions. No, the consortium doesn't have any dragons of their species elsewhere. Yes, this is probably a serious cost to the consortium. They'd love to have some dragons. If the dragons don't want to live around inferior people there are some uninhabited planets, they can have a tourism brochure. 

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Will they take people whose country says they can't emigrate?  Does it help if the reason they can't leave is really stupid?

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"We're working with as many local governments as we can on emigration treaties. Until those are in place we're not allowed to break local law on emigration; doing that would make local governments trust us less and be less willing to work with us on vaccinations and nutrition and poverty and so on. I'm sorry. Why aren't you allowed to leave? I can look up where we're at with your government and see whether we can agree soon."

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Because I have communicable disease that our *blood leaks from mouth but vanishes before hitting the floor*. Um right that our magic can contain but not cure. So I have to stay within the radius of effect for my assigned tizzletower so that the spell will keep working properly.

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"We might not be able to treat that. Is the treatment available here not adequate?"

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No, I have about a year left to live and will be hoardridden for the last couple of months.  I thought you guys had healing magic for everything.

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"I'm so sorry. We have healing magic, we don't have scalable healing magic except for certain species. ...I doubt you relevantly count as a bird," the Elf says. "Though if you're a bird we're all set. I could try just in case?"

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Sure why not?  If we count as birds that would be hilarious.

 

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"I'd need to touch you to try." Elf holds out her hand.

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Snoot bonk.

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Dragons are not birds for the purposes of Loki's healing spell.

"I'm sorry. Okay, there are a few things we can do. Magical healers who can come to you do exist, they're just not anywhere near sufficient for the level of need. Let me put in a request to get these sorted by who does unfamiliar ailments in unfamiliar species. Then - well, you can purchase their time if you can afford that, and if not I can help you apply for a charity that covers those expenses for people when they can."

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Right, how much does that normally cost?

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She gets numbers converted into local currency. It's outrageous. "I'm sorry. There's a lot of demand."

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Right so about those charities?

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"I can help you put together an application. They don't get to everybody, but they do as much as they can."

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"I'll put one in."

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They want to know name and life expectancy and how the condition affects quality of life and whether he has dependents and how many of his projects and interests would be substantially disrupted if he had to take them up again in a hundred years and whether there's anything else they should know.

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It is painful but not as bad as a serious injury. Mostly it causes blood to get everywhere until the containment spell kicks in. Lots of manuscripts and bits of what remain of the oral tradition could disappear in a hundred years. Do plants count as dependents?

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"Are they sentient?"

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"Well they move and react to stimulus, but they don't actually talk."

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"If there's any reason to suspect that they might be sentient I can check but non-magical plants aren't. There is a planet that takes plant rights seriously but I don't think they have charities for this -" she checks that. "They don't. I'm sorry."

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"There are enough of them on our planet that its probably worth checking, but no."

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"I think someone's trying to reform procedures to have subtle artists check every single species just to be safe but most places have millions of species, we try to prioritize the ones which there's any reason to think might be. ...the plant-rights people mostly have charities for individuals whose sapience and moral patienthood is not recognized by Vanda Nossëo."

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