Nov 16, 2018 5:02 PM
jean finds ardas suspicious. because we are mean, we drop him in one where this is a bad assumption
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"Since we have to spend five days in them."

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"How many people are you transporting?"

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"Well, it varies."

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"--I'd expect it to be efficient to have at least a few small two-man ships for scouting or similar purposes, but perhaps it's not?"

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" - that doesn't really affect how large they need to be."

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"--is the life support very bulky or something? I'm sorry, I'm confused..."

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"Oh! No, we just cannot tolerate confinement. As a species. It slowly kills us. Ships are hard because - there's really nowhere to go, you really can't leave - when we'd only invented sailboats there was at least the fact you could go out swimming..."

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"...and the number of people in the ship doesn't matter? Otherwise I'd think there was some kind of toxin building up, in the air maybe..."

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"No. How much space there is, and how pretty it is, and other things matter at the margins - whether you'd want to leave, whether you're there voluntarily, knowing how long it'l last - but being trapped is bad for Elves. The Enemy managed it - well, managed not to have it lethal, wasn't trying not to have it be torture."

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Jean debates between several points of interest in that series of claims for a few moments, before settling on: "The Enemy?"

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"There has been one evil in Elven history, the Enemy. The [major gods] stopped him, but the evils are not forgotten, except by those who could not endure life while remembering them."

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...okay but is this a mythological thing or an actual thing.

 

"Was this recent?"

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"Not very recent. I lived through it, though."

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So they're just in the habit of declaring people they fight to be the only evil in history, how charming.

"I'm sorry."

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"Oh, not - I wasn't a prisoner of the Enemy, as I said we don't have any of those, they didn't want to keep living. I was born in a place the Enemy had not reached yet and I learned of the war when the ground started shaking."

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-- well that got disturbing all of a sudden, Jean doesn't say, having at least a nodding acquaintance with the concept of diplomacy.

"He must have been very terrible, for all his prisoners to want to die." (Yeah, right.)

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"He was very terrible indeed."

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(And can I have his number?, Jean refrains from asking.)

"What was the war over?"

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"The Valar discovered that the Enemy had been torturing Elves and had created orcs, a race of beings he created to be repugnant to Elves and enslaved as his servants. They stopped him and freed Endorë."

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...lovely, he's fallen in with the alien Nazis.

"Right, you mentioned orcs before -- they and Dwarves are the other species you know of, yes?"

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"Yes, that's right."

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"Do any of them live here, or is it only Elves?"

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"On Glorious Contentment? Only Elves. Orcs can't live on Elf planets, really, it's unpleasant for everybody, and Dwarves don't like to live in places with governments."

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"I suppose you don't have much travel between planets, either, with so few ships."

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"There's a fair bit of transit between the biggest planets. I think there's a dedicated ship that goes from Endorë to Valinor and back."

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