Nov 21, 2019 5:27 AM
pelape and sahde
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"Everything's an excuse for dueling or fighting, everyone's settling disputes by physical competitions, a bunch of scenes and songs are about being physically superior to your political opponent..."

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"Sounds cheesily musical."

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"Exactly!"

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"Ereith is conceptually really interesting but I know very little about it in practice."

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"I used to follow this Erethani blogger and she had a very scathing review of this musical and it's how I heard about it in the first place so then I just had to check it out and it was exactly as bad as she said it was."

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"Ha. I wonder if there's anything that bad about Anitam? We're better represented internationally but people manage to be pretty darn ignorant..."

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"Maybe something that leans real hard on the lack of centralized power? Or the patrilinearity, but Anitam's not the only place with that..."

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"Patrilineality's not really complicated enough to get wrong."

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"Yeah, I wasn't thinking complicated so much as 'let's try to make this a plot point and fail'."

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"Like, hm, what's that story where somebody's pretending to be a man to get the wrong kind of birth control while the Oahkar are marching around forcing it on everyone, and then gets pregnant?"

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"Oh, I know which one you mean, what's it called, is it War Secrets...?"

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"Something like that, it'll hit me some random day if I don't look it up first."

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"Maybe the corruption thing, although I'm not sure there isn't enough variance in that to make it hard to actually get it wrong."

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"How do you mean?"

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"Not being a blue, I'm not sure how much corruption there actually is and how much it actually accomplishes but I don't think it's too unlikely that any fictional depiction of it might have in fact happened at some point, so it might be difficult to be absurd enough."

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"Yeah, fair enough."

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And he's done with his food.

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"Dessert?" she wonders, when she's finished with hers.

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"Sounds good! I'll again take suggestions."

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"Sweet cheese or cherry chocolate, I'll get whichever you don't."

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"Cheese again, then."

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And they have sweet cheese and cherry chocolate. Pelape takes the liberty of trading one of each across the plates.

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Yum. This restaurant was a good idea!

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"I'm glad you like the dumplings."

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"Dessert's good too, and so was the company. I'd like to do this again."

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