Oct 20, 2018 9:20 PM
trade my soul for a wish
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"Alcohol's pretty good for it, yes, and it doesn't take high tech to distill all the animalcules out of naturally occurring water. Also peroxide, radiation, some other stuff."

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"Radiation?"

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"Remember I mentioned the part of sunshine that I thought might set vampires on fire but turns out not to? There are a lot of invisible light-like things like that and radiation is the general term and some kinds are really good at sterilizing stuff."

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"I see. Does that mean that I could sterilize things by leaving them out in sunlight?"

She tilts her head.

"Come to think of it, that raises a rather interesting question - perhaps vampires have some form of animalcule? Oh, but we've eliminated 'ultraviolet' already."
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"Sunlight doesn't produce really strong ultraviolet, or it would hurt humans, who are also pretty easy to kill with substantial quantities of many forms of radiation. Aaaand I don't think a kind of animalcule would explain you catching fire. There are conditions which cause extreme sensitivity to light but not literally catching fire."

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"It would explain the transmissability... but then again, vampirism doesn't exactly work like a disease. You have to will it. So it is a strange animalcule indeed, if it is one."

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"Yeah, animalcule-based disease transmission has no clear mechanism by which it could matter if you willed something."

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"That said, Memni exist in this world, so perhaps will plays a larger role in my local physics than yours."

She shrugs.

"So, since it has been determined that you'll be staying with me for some time - would you like me to provide a room for you?"
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"Probably more convenient than me skulking around the halls at all hours of the day, although since I wasn't planning to sleep it's not urgent."

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"I would imagine skulking constantly would become tiring after a while."

She opens another door, producing another empty room, this one of middling size with a window.

"Go ahead, work your magic."
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"Apart from not damaging the existing walls I can decorate as I like?"

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"No-one other than me and mine will ever see this room, so feel free to generate as many otherworldly things as you like."

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"Cool."

Cam has fairly conservative decorative tastes, but he puts in a nice abstract-patterned rug and nice curtains and a hammock, and a big-screen TV/monitor (to which he attaches the computer he's holding) flanked by a pair of speakers, and a chair with a squooshy back suitably for comfortably sitting in while winged.
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Isabella raises an eyebrow. "No bookcases?"

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"My books are all on here," says Cam, pointing at his computer. "I mean, except the ones you gave me, which I am going to read and then put back in their library. I can always add a case if I acquire a permanent family of physical books."

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Isabella tilts her head.

"I see. I suppose I haven't fully appreciated the usefulness of conjuring arbitrary things when you need them yet."
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"What's the garbage disposal situation?"

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"We have a massive, uninhabited forest outside one of our doors. I'm sure we can find somewhere appropriate."

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"Eugh, I don't like the idea of dumping in the forest. A real one, even, not just a list of five species somebody grew to liven up a place. I guess there isn't necessarily a better option."

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"Where would you prefer to dump things, then?"

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"At home I have a tiny black hole. Impractical on a planet. I guess I could make a little pit digging robot to dig a pit in your forest and then at least the footprint wouldn't be too huge."

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"... Alright then?"

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"Do you have other uses for a pit digging robot after it has made a small landfill?"

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"Well, I suppose it could dig basements for houses, or some such thing."

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"It could! Also tunnels, although tunnels are probably more useful when you have trains, do you have trains?"

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