Nov 24, 2020 3:46 AM
Atennesi Cohen in Kith
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"Ah. Yeah, that sounds more annoying when it's not going to be imminently possible to just fly everywhere."

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"Yeah, in practice I doubt it'll bother me."

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"But no point in not specifying it. Some people like to move around on their own recreationally. May I see your notes?" she asks Atennesi. 

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"The notes I have are not comprehensive on the subject, being more intended as personal memory aids, but they might as well serve as a starting point until the relevant information is collected in a language you understand." 

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"That works. Do we want to get other people in on this who're likely to have useful input--like, I do my best, but I'm not the peoplest people person I know and insight into what kinds of people there are sounds useful here--should we get my dad in here just for genetic stuff, it's mostly not important with magic but--"

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"I do keep up with his research. Every minor improvement he's come up with I included in Belamaveth's creation." 

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"Okay, good, congrats." 

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"I'm very up to date."

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"It's very cool. --Hmm. I wonder if you could get de facto collaboration on a person-composition using telepathy." 

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"Hmmmaybe? It's never been tried, obviously, and if it screws something up there you have a person who's screwed up."

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"Eeehyeah there's that...it could probably be done safely or at least safelyish but probably it doesn't open up such broad horizons of possibility that it's worth the risk so nevermind. There are probably ways to design most experiments so they fail gracefully if they fail, but they'll take more than five minutes of brainstorming...there are clearly classes of thing that can be referred to, like you can give someone a language just by knowing it exists--I wonder if information you are at that moment magically handling could be worked in as a reference class in some useful way..."

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"Oh, maybe, and that probably just doesn't incorporate if it doesn't incorporate rather than having some unexpected problem."

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"Yeah. ...Maybe the next person made should be skilled at translation work on top of magic, whether or not there's room to improve on you you seem like a very clear improvement on the absence of you and, like, if a given person can only make one person a week then it seems like--having a sufficient collection of potential great mages sufficiently built-up in magic is the bottleneck on taking down the conspirators, and having a sufficient number of trustworthy and conscientious people educated on person-making is the bottleneck on that, and 'trustworthy and conscientious' is a limiting factor but right now I think 'educated' is more of one, especially since Atennesi managed you on, like, a few days or less of reading once he had the language? And people are dying of old age and other things while we work on this, like, I do intend to get resurrection at some point and I do believe I can do it but I don't know how long it'll take, it isn't worth cutting every corner that won't make the project more likely to outright fail in order to get it done faster but the time other people spend without you matters even if you get to come back, I think speed is a priority even if it's not the priority." 

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"I think that what you want for resurrection is going to be something to retrieve information out of the past and shove that into a 'new' person in Kith. People can be made with memories, just usually they'd be fictitious or an attempt from the maker to model the memories of another person they want to recreate; you'd need the magic to get the fidelity and continuity right but I bet it's doable. But yeah, translation seems like a good skill, I know languages but don't think I'm unusually good at translating between them."

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"Ooh, that seems like a very promising avenue to pursue depending on how the magic information-handling experiments turn out." 

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"Unfortunately you probably run into range limits so preexisting Great Mages of old - if they'd even retain their magical ability, which I'm not sure about - are going to be harder than somebody who died last week, so that doesn't solve our short term personnel needs."

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"It does not." She purses her lips. "If resurrecting people at zero magic becomes cheaply available in the future...something to think about in terms of mages who can't be trusted with magic, right now there are more things we just kill people over than would be ideal." 

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"Ooh, good point. Uh, what are you killing people over? Does all of it really need much oomph?"

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"Not necessarily, but oomph takes a long time to build when you mind pain a lot, and, like, if you take away all their oomph then you can contain them, like, past a certain point jailing mages is just too hard to scale." 

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"Yeah, but they could build it back up a bit from incarceration."

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"Yeah. I mean, I'm assuming there would be more logistics involved than I am thinking of in the first five minutes." 

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"Yeah. Maybe there's a way to do an antimagic field or something."

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"Ooh. That sounds complicated but not theoretically impossible." 

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Belamaveth chuckles. "Did I nerdsnipe you?"

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"Only slightly!" 

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