Dec 16, 2018 1:40 PM
loki falls on the grandmaster
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"Their culture is highly trust dependent and relies on being able to predict each other with high degrees of accuracy, so they avoid being unpredictable and rarely break from promises or broadcasted decisions."

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"Huh, I guess that's a way to do that."

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"I've found it fascinating and a little creepy."

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"Have you been there?"

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He shakes his head.

"No, but a fairly large delegation has come here and they've shared a decent sampling of their media."

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"I kind of want to go," Henry says.

"I thought you didn't like them," Erixia says.

"I don't! That's why I want to go."

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"What are you going to do there?"

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He shrugs.

"Look around. See what they're like. It's never a good idea to hate someone you don't actually know."

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"That's admirable."

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He laughs a little self-consciously.

"Well, tourism is also always a lot of fun."

"You have always have very strange definitions of fun," Itlue says warmly.

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"How is tourism a strange sort of fun?"

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"Tourism isn't," Itlue says, "everything else he does is."

"Not everything," Henry says, grinning, "I play video games."

"Oddly. You play video games oddly," Itlue says.

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"How do you play video games oddly?"

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"I try things the developers didn't intend until something breaks," he says cheerfully.

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"That's valid! A career, in some places!"

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"That's what I think," Henry says.

"I didn't say it wasn't valid, just that it was odd," Itlue says. 

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"Sometimes it can be a very useful way of thinking."

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"What are your other odd hobbies?"

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"I give people free relationship counseling sometimes. And I answer obvious scams and play along for long enough to figure out exactly who the people behind them are. "

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"That's so charming!"

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He laughs a little self-consciously and rubs the back of his head. 

"Thanks."

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"Is scamming a common problem around here?"

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"It is! All these brand-new people landing and having absolutely no idea what they're doing. Course, the scammers often aren't very good at it themselves either."

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"Anything I should watch out for?"

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"There's a bunch of fake betting and a lot of people selling badly repaired salvage street-side that'll explode on you as soon as you look at it sideways. Some people pretend to have inside info on the games. There are some people selling fake magic powers though they tend to scatter if you start seriously looking at whatever they're selling so are easy to spot. Every once in a while you get an idiot who offers cheap passage and then tries to kidnap whoever they're taking off planet, but Tulmire cracks down pretty hard on those so you shouldn't have to worry about them."

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