Jun 22, 2018 5:17 AM
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mirelótë and sapphire have neither of them ever met a human but they're gonna try so hard
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"Of course." Sapphire gives Riley a direct elevator ride to and from her apartment to pick up some clothes and then once Kaylee is dressed. Mirelótë is invited.

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And of course turns up promptly.

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"Hi. Turns out I found a faster path than expected to get involved in science experiments."

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Kaylee rolls her eyes but giggles a bit.

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"Oh! Congratulations! Do you have separate names picked out yet?"

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"I'm Kaylee, we used the name on some websites."

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"I'm delighted to meet you. How are you feeling?"

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"I'm pretty good all things considered. My short-term memory is a bit of a mess and I'm worried about the family we still have on Earth but I wouldn't have forked myself if I didn't expect to have worthwhile things to work on so I'm optimistic."

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"It's going to be a major project to get all the rescued humans - including the scans, since you're proof of concept of that - set up comfortably and safely, there will be a lot to do."

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"That's not really our cup of tea but Sapphire says there's unsolved biology problems that need to be worked on. She said we'd need to be skilled enough, I just took that as a challenge."

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"Frankly, I consider belonging to a species that dies for no reason after living for eighty or ninety years to be a form of 'unsafe'."

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"That's one way to put it. Most humans wouldn't really think of it that way though. Considering that Sapphire was able to fork me I'm a lot more optimistic about fixing death than I was back on Earth."

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"Yes, it's a little less elegant than just not dying in the first place but being able to be backed up via scan is very promising!"

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"I already have plans to take regular scans of those humans here and to scan people who seem in imminent danger of dying. Scans are most useful for preventing violent and accidental death though."

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"Building up a record of how someone has changed over time might give us better insights into how to reverse degenerative diseases than we've previously had. If a disease doesn't effect the brain we might also be able to combine a late-stage brain scan with an earlier scan of the rest of the body."

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"I noticed when watching you make Kaylee that you created her brain after her circulatory system and a few similar things. Is that strictly required? If it isn't we could maybe do brain transplants."

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"That's how it works by default with my species - not the brain, but a chip in the brain - we put a new body around it unless it's been destroyed and the whole thing needs to be remade."

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"I wonder if we could make something like that for humans. As it is, we have a lot of ideas about how to fix bodies but not much idea for how to fix a person's brain. Do you know how your chip works?"

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"Not very well. I know how to do simple programming on it, I know a fair amount about the change that was made to attenuate the oath-swearing function in particular, but we don't actually have the ability to conventionally manufacture them or anything, they develop in utero and research hasn't progressed to the point of duplicating them without magical help."

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"You have computer chips that develop in utero? How could that possibly evolve?"

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"Didn't, we were created by divine intervention. A bunch of adult Quendi woke up by a lake one day."

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"Some humans think they were divinely created too. You seem to have much better evidence."

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"Well. We're immortal, so they're still around. And the gods are too."

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"Are these gods going to help with the death thing?"

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"They will if they can find me. Unfortunately, I was unexpectedly teleported here by some unrelated force and they may or may not be able to follow in a timely manner; we should proceed as though they won't."

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