Jan 21, 2020 12:55 PM
Unbitwise's characters in Datemate Dungeon
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Hmm, this seems like a good opportunity to try interacting with another person. He gets up with his mostly finished book and looks for plausible librarians.

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There's someone reshelving books, and two someones behind an official looking desk, one working on a computer a bit in the back and one standing at the customer service part, also on a computer.

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He approaches the one that looks the most outward-facing and unbusy.

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She glances over at him and smiles. "Can I help you young man?" she asks.

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“Well, I'm looking for — a name,” holding up the book he's been reading indicatively.

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"For yourself?"

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“Yes, and it seems like names are just made up and not at the same time and I don't know how to get one that's right for me, and Lianne says there are books or sites of names that we could look at.”

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"A lot of people do string together sounds they like, or name themselves or their children after someone. Meanings are another very good way. I can get you set up with a reputable site, and show you how to use the search functions?"

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“That sounds great!”

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She leads him over to the computer bank, walks him through turning on the computer, logging into the guest account, checking the internet's connected, opening a browser... And then searching for sound, or syllable pattern, or meaning of the names.

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He spends some time unskillfully searching. And browsing. And typing combinations of letters into the search box and finding they are already used in ways that just don't fit.

Eventually he gets up and goes back up to where Lianne is reading. “— if I decide I want a different name can I change later?”

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"Oh, yeah, definitely - it can be a bit of a pain if you've used the old name a bunch of places, because you have to update it everywhere, but name changes are possible."

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“Okay.” Deep breath. “So call me Jonathan. For now.”

Then he can nervously ramble about how he didn't really find anything good, but there was this one and but it was Korean and it seems like you don't do that so he took some of the sound and …

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They listen. "Jonathan's not a bad name. And names don't really have to have meaning, if you want to just string syllables together eventually."

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“Yeah. Just. It will do.”

He sits down, pauses like he is thinking about saying something, then just looks in the guidebook for the parts about legal identities and things you can do with one, like operating motor vehicles.

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This one has a very abridged list. Credit cards, buying some controlled substances, airplanes, and driving are the main ones listed. It mentions there's a lot more, though, but not really where to find this information.

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Perhaps one of the books on the shelves where he got this one will be more in this direction.

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There doesn't seem to be any books themed after that, and the other surface-level guides don't have a comprehensive list, or often a list at all.

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Well, he could ask Lianne. But while he's looking he might as well grab another book anyway. What sorts of subjects are For Weapons? (Not that the rest of accumulated human knowledge isn't potentially interesting.)

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The guides for weapons are in the same section as nonfiction about weapons, though they are on different shelves within that section.

Laws around dunjes, laws around false imprisonment with the sections relevant to weapons focused on most strongly, a guide to tests to establish what your random background knowledge is and to getting your education up to at least GED levels, a self help book for developing better relationships, biographies of famous weapons...

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He is definitely not going to read all of these today but he will take the ones about better relationships, about knowledge tests, and about laws about dunjes, back to their table.

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"Find anything good?" Lianne asks.

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“Got to read them to find out, right? But I was actually looking for, like, what do I do with an ‘identity’, or need to do, once I have one. None of these is really about that but they looked maybe useful.”

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"I can explain at least some of that, too - I think that's usually something people just learn from each other, though there's online lists."

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He stacks the not-yet-opened books on the table a little to the side, with the one about knowledge tests on top, and attempts to look attentive. (It's a pretty fidgety attentive.)

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