May 19, 2019 1:01 PM
Dama in Kith
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She’s gotten any sleep at all by then. With any luck that’ll help her learn faster.

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He's happy to tutor her! He has brought some simple books so he doesn't have to come up with things to teach her to say on the fly; when they run out of ideas from him or questions from her he'll read a bit from the book and then deconstruct the passage.

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That works fine.

After a bit she asks again about the suspiciously long phrase from earlier.

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Sigh. "It means 'I'm badly made, I need help' - I know you don't think you're badly made, that's one of the ways you're badly made, it'll really be easier to get help if people know a range of what to expect."

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“I think that if I was made at all, I was very well made by someone with a very bad sense of humor,” she counters. “But if I was made I’d have shown up naked, right?”

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"Someone could have made you with amnesia, the kind where you don't remember new stuff, that lasted long enough to put clothes on you."

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“And I suppose they could have made me with scars and fluency in a language that doesn’t exist and nineteen entire years of false memories. Is there a limit to what people can be made with?”

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"The false memories wouldn't be fully crisp, is my understanding. The language would have to exist but it could be dead or made up or from somewhere very far away."

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“My memories are crisp. I could tell you all about my brother or my closest friend, and most things about the other people I know. I could tell you about the disputes I’ve settled and—not all the books in the library, but a large chunk of them, my friend is a scribe and likes to tell me about what he’s working on. Who would have made all this up?”

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He sighs.

"They could've made you a pathological liar."

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“I haven’t lied since I got here. I wouldn’t be a very good ruler if I made a habit of it.”

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"Sure, but you can just say that. It's much more likely that you were maliciously made than that something which never happens happened."

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“I didn’t imagine my entire life.”

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"Look, I understand that you are either very committed to the bit or somebody put a lot of work into making it not a bit for you. I'm telling you why nobody will ever believe you."

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“I got here somehow. If there’s any way back, I’m going to find it.”

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"Good luck with that, but you're on your own."

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“Fine. But I still think it’s incorrect to say I was badly made either way.”

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"If you just go up to someone and say 'I need help' and they assume someone made you responsibly, they're going to give you help that doesn't account at all for the possibility that you're delusional, have no common knowledge, and don't speak any languages they've ever heard of. Since even if you explain the nature of your delusion to strangers they still won't believe what you're claiming to believe, it's much quicker to incorporate the 'consider that I might be delusional' component first thing."

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“I’m willing to compromise on ‘maliciously made’.”

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"Maliciously made works fine. Does make people think more along the lines of 'might be a sleeper terrorist' than 'might have skill gaps' though."

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“Hm. If I assume you’re right and I’m delusional... what was I made for? Being delusional at people doesn’t seem like a useful goal.”

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He shrugs. "Maybe you're a hobby project. Someone wrote a book and wanted to see what you'd do if you were real, maybe."

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“If someone wrote me, they’d know I’d do badly alone. If someone wrote me and then made me, they made me love people who I’m probably never going to get to see again. If someone wrote me and then made me, I’m going to take away everyone they love and then kill them.”

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"...you could have just had me check the box on the form saying you want them prosecuted."

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She likes her solution better.

”I hadn’t processed all the implications yet.”

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