Sep 24, 2018 9:14 AM
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A discworld wizard lands on Jackson in Eclipse
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"I'm his sub," says Jackson, as though the problem must have been that Ponder didn't hear that part.

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"That doesn't explain why he was hurting you!"

He looks down.

"But- but I know it's not my business."

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"That's a thing people do!" says Jackson. "It's fun."

"I mean, not everybody," says Brian, "but lots of people."

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"Oh. I didn't know."

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"Does your world not have, like, sex ed," says Jackson.

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"No? Wizards aren't supposed to have sex."

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"...why, does it mess up your powers?"

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"If wizards don't have children, there won't be any magical dynasties and there won't be any sorcerers."

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"Could you remind me what the difference between a wizard and a sorcerer is? Anyway, you can have sex without having children, it's not like we can accidentally knock me up," says Jackson.

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"The eighth son of a wizard becomes a sorcerer and they are extremely powerful. They can change the world just by thinking about it."

He rubs his neck.

"And I suppose it is easier to enforce if wizards don't do relationships at all. If they did, they'd have outside loyalties and their partner might want a family. They'd probably mind less if I got with a man though, as long as I was quiet about it."

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"You're not supposed to have outside loyalties?" says Jackson, leaning on Brian, who wraps his arms around him. "Culty."

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He shrugs.

"Maybe, but we haven't had any magical wars for last forty years."

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"We don't have magical wars and we're allowed to get married and stuff."

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"I don't think your magic is as dangerous as ours."

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"It can be really dangerous! Entire cities get almost wiped off the map except for precogs see it coming and it'd be worse if the kids didn't mostly quit eating for two days."

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"That is worse than ours. Wizards set things on fire a lot by accident, but most accidents won't destroy cities."

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"And nobody tries to say that if you wanna have sex you have to get locked down."

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"I think... it might be because a single wizard could destroy much more than a city, if things went wrong enough? And we can't predict the future, so the only way to make sure that doesn't happen is to keep all the wizards in one place."

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"Cultyyyyyy," says Jackson.

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"I fixed your bowls," Ponder says, "Well, they, er, weren't broken, but I made them so they wouldn't break. Some of them."

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"- cool, thank you," says Brian. "Uh, cool. Does that only work on bowls?"

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"It works on anything without moving parts. I did some cups too?"

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"Oh, I was gonna ask about my car but that has moving parts."

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"What's a car?"

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"It's a - vehicle," supplies Jackson. "It runs on gasoline."

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