Mar 24, 2019 3:55 PM
Karen in River Sparks
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Alright, seeing's a check! Figuring out the mind talking side's going to take me longer but I can relay meanwhile.

And she relays Genea's greeting.

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"Hello!"

Then, to Aye more directly, "I'll try and pick up the language, but unless translation is hard you'll probably get done well before I do. In terms of stuff that I should ask... what's this planet like? It doesn't look like you have much contact with the rest of the galaxy, so I guess you don't really have a convenient list of differences, but I don't actually know anything about this place so most information would probably be helpful."

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Relay.

Translation's not really hard when I can do it but you've got the mind wards all over, I'm not getting anything. How do you pick up a language, should I talk while I do this?

I had no idea what that was until you said it! 

She consults with Genea about potential reasons not to give an overview.

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...If she's - something like a mage, she probably won't just think it's alright, what we do?

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And she didn't ask you to kneel before her insubstantial feet or something, or act like you're obviously mine.

And it's not like she can't just go ask someone else all about it if she feels like. Well, not anyone else, depends on what exactly she can do, but.

Alright.

 

She pulls up an illusion map, a forked river dividing a land area into three.

Sounds like you have a bunch of other things wherever you're from, but here we have mages and not mages. 

She indicates one area of the map. That's Tscher. (She's using Genea's language, in as much as she's using language). Mages are in charge, pretty much enslave everyone else. Live in towers sometimes. 

Next area. Sovereign Crossing, by one name. Non-mages enslave all the mages, go kind of harder on the enslaving, tend to torture them a lot.

Third one. Kashjar. I hear they don't actually enslave anyone and also that they have some kind of complicated internal kind-of-war, but it's hard to know much because they don't let anyone in. Or scry them.

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“Talking will help, yes. I have a good memory and I learn quickly.”

Karen blinks. “How well is your planet doing on astronomy?”

The next bit takes a bit longer to digest, but not so much so that it comes close to surpassing her ability to accelerate. She knows she has good instincts for this, and they’re telling her that these aren’t bad people, and she doesn’t think the sight would lead her astray like that either.

“We have mages back home, but they aren’t that common; maybe 10,000 worldwide who practice, and only a bit  more than that in potential mages. Slavery is illegal in all the countries, though, including by mages and of mages. We’ve got a lot more than 3 countries too.”

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She switches to saying anything she's transmitting out loud as well, and starts relaying responses to Genea so she's not being left with half a conversation.

"I think I've heard of that! Tscher doesn't have that so much; some mages look at stars but it's because they think they look nice or something. Couldn't tell you what Kashjar has." She checks with Genea about Sovereign Crossing. 

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There are people who map stars. Study how they move. Mostly from bigger cities I think.

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She relays that.

and,

"That's a lot of mages! ...How many not mages do you have?" The concept behind 'country' is a bit weird. "Not sure we have any countries actually, I think we have a different thing."

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"That's really good news," Genea says about the slavery comment, when it's relayed. If it's true.

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Yeah...

(She agrees, and relays.)

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“Well, it turns out that stars are all suns, just very far away. Groups of these suns, billions and billions of them, are called Galaxies. Most of them don’t have planets at all, or not ones that people can live on, but plenty of them are inhabited.

“My home has 4 Billion people, but we’re fairly isolationist and there are plenty that have bigger populations. I’m not getting a good read in generally how advanced your planet’s knowledge is, but that does make sense; nations in the modern sense are a fairly recent development.”

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“Really. No mage governments do slavery, none at all?”

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“Dandeer isn’t a legitimate ruler, and won’t be remaining de facto in charge either for long.”

There is the mental equivalent of a glare.

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"Spirits," she says at the number.

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She has a pretty similar sentiment!

"We do not have anywhere near that many people, wow. ...Way more mages per people though.

Not sure what you're meaning by 'advanced' here."

 

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“It turns out, that even if cities and libraries get sacked, humanity as a whole still learns things faster than it forgets them - or at least, that’s how it worked back home.” 

She neglects to mention that all real reason she thinks this is unrelated; Garenhuld’s development was hopelessly confounded by Saiyan Hybrids. Instead, she’s drawing conclusions from earth’s development, and hoping is all applies.

”Once that starts to happen in earnest, knowledge doesn’t ever really cease expanding. It can slow to a crawl or outright stop, temporarily, but as long as you get there and if spreads, even a population that hates new things as much as home does will keep advancing the frontier of knowledge to new  ground.”

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"Well that definitely sounds pretty awesome, but possibly could you be also more specific?" Knowledge expanding and spreading is a pretty great image all around (well, with a few exceptions, but there it is) but she's not really sure what 'things' and 'knowledge' actually map to here.

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(She is also confused, possibly more so.)

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“Knowledge about how the universe works, like why things fall to the ground when dropped or how to determine how much space there is under a curve or how people get sick. All knowledge is interconnected, so the more you know the more you can learn.”

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She had not thought about those things before (well, of two of them) and is now interested in them!

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"...I don't think we know that..." she says, to 'all knowledge is interconnected'.

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“Everything complicated is made up of simpler things arranged in patterns; Economics is applied psychology is applied biology is applied chemistry is applied physics. It’s like... a plant implies the existence of a sun, because without a sun plans wouldn’t have leaves, and flowers imply animals exist to be attracted to them, and roots imply the soil.”

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This is kind of complicated to relay; she's getting wordless concepts but can't quite send them like she gets them, tries to translate ('studying - trade and money and stuff - they have a word for that'. 'studying - really small things everything is made of? That too'). 

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"I think we have... some of those? Kind of." and,

"...why wouldn't plants have leaves without a sun?" (This is not, it occurs to her, actually particularly an important question here. But she's not sure she has anywhere near enough to ask the ones that would be or, figure out what they are.) 

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