Dec 16, 2019 7:38 AM
Margaret in Medallion
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Getting them to promise up front will definitely help, as will making it clear we'll expel anyone who talks. But we should take steps to make it not be a disaster if someone lets something slip. I guess I could always go off the grid like you did, in the worst case.

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We don't strictly have to let students know where the place is if we teleport them there.
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Yeah, then we'll be able to keep using it as a base. And it shouldn't be hard to make teleport artifacts that only work for a specific person; it can understand references to people by name. Or I can be a school bus.

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For that to work as a security bottleneck somebody has to be a school bus, yes?
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If I made a limited number of artifacts that can only go between two places, that would still be some amount of bottleneck, but being a school bus is safer and I should easily be able to ferry as many people as I can reasonably teach.

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What age range are you imagining here?

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I'd feel pretty hypocritical if we didn't allow high schoolers, but I wouldn't want to go younger and there are probably some adults who'd want to learn.

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That implies some limits on the operating hours, then.
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Yeah. One or two long classes per week works better for the material than a bunch of short ones, so I'm imagining weekend afternoons.

Do we want to ask people to already be bilingual in French or Spanish? I have no special advantage at teaching languages.

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Not sure we're competent to assess fluency. Maybe we should hire actual natively bilingual language teachers.
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I was thinking more of asking for standardized test results, but if there aren't a bunch of bilingual people who meet our other criteria then hiring language teachers is sensible.

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I want to say maybe we shouldn't fixate on French or Spanish just because they're what we know but they're also what people found in the US will have exposure to.
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You don't think you'd have trouble teaching runecasting to someone who was using a language you didn't know? I guess I don't know how hard it would be without trying it.

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I mean, if we thought Latin was objectively ideal we could learn that.
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It might be good to have one language we both speak, and a wider selection in general, and given what we already know Latin would probably be one of the easiest for us to learn. 

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Unless the grammar's as bad as advertised yeah. Plus it's very wizardy.

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Yes, that will probably appeal to people. And having more languages between us might help with spell design; sometimes there's a concept that's easier to phrase in French than in English or vice versa.

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You could probably get away with English, considering.
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I probably could, but I'd rather not push the envelope when I'm already pretty good at French. I suppose I should try it the once in controlled conditions just so I know what my options are in an emergency.

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If it was me and it worked I'd do it all the time. I guess you want to be able to share, but you can already only share incantations with folks who work in French.
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And it's not like I've open-sourced the incantations I have already. I'll give it a try tonight and see what happens.

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With an itty bitty rune.
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I'll make a tiny version of my spell for making things glow; it's had the least variation in effects so far. And I'll check it over with a magnifying glass.

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An adorable mental image.
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Bella thinks she's adorable!! She dithers over her response for a bit.

Thanks! I'll let you know how it goes. Anything else we should be figuring out?

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