Jun 20, 2018 7:35 AM
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A discworld wizard lands on Jackson in Eclipse
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"I would think the habitable area would be extremely small on a ball."

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"...no?"

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"Wouldn't you fall off?"

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"...no."

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"Why not?"

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"Because of gravity?"

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"Is that a separate thing from magic here? We haven't been able to figure it out."

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"Uh. Yeah. Mages could mess with gravity but it exists without them doing anything," says the footrest.

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He nods and then shoots Jackson another puzzled look.

"Do you... er, not have soft stools here?"

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"I don't think I own one," says Brian. "Besides him. Uh, why?"

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"I've never heard of a human using another human as a footrest. It's strange."

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"It's not strange," says the footrest. "I guess not everybody does it but it's not strange, I'm his sub."

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"I don't know what that means."

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"Then your translation magic isn't very good, is it?"

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"It wasn't built for other worlds. Could you define it? I should be able to figure it out."

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"Uh, says the footrest, "in our relationship he is the one who tells me what to do? Which you could probably have guessed from the footrest thing."

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He looks puzzled.

"I admit that I know very little about how relationships work, but I don't think that's particularly common."

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"...dunno what you're talking about."

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He shrugs.

"I don't think there's normally a person in relationships who tells the other what to do? I suppose I could've easily missed it, wizards aren't much concerned with such things. But if there's a whole separate word for the concept, I'd have at least expected to have heard it."

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"There's doms who do the telling and subs who get told. And switches who can do either. Even if wizards don't date you should still have roles?"

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"Higher level wizards can tell lower level wizards what to do? But I'll be promoted to higher levels eventually, if I live long enough."

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"That's not how roles work."

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"Then I don't believe we have anything similar. Perhaps roles are unique to this dimension."

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"...that would be strange," says the footrest. "What else don't you have? Uh, money? Writing? I can see you've invented clothes..."

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"We have money and writing."

He looks around.

"We don't have any lights like these."

"And we have clicks," he nods towards the television, "but no one's managed to fit all of the necessary equipment into such a small box."

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