Sep 16, 2019 4:13 AM
this just happens all the time I'm sorry
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Hee.

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"Anything else like that we can head off at the pass?"

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"Heck. I can get you natural disaster dates, if those seem matchy." He scares up a calendar and rattles things off starting in the seventies.

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Then he will continue on for the next forty years - "I don't know how much you expect to be able to do with anything from farther out."

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"Probably not that much, yeah. Honestly what I'd like are a list of the next forty prophecied apocalypses but I guess you just don't get those?"

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"We do not. I'd apologize but I'm not sorry."

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"I actually figure there's some mystical reason they always get thwarted because they're just too common for it to be plausible we've gotten lucky every time. But still, yes, good for you, keep it up."

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"Thanks!"

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"We have a new award for soldiers who prevent the apocalypse. Secret, sadly."

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"That's cute!"

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"They're really motivated by it!  - probably they'd be really motivated anyway. But people angle for assignments that might get you some world-saving."

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"Good incentivizing." Cam applauds slightly.

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"I think we're doing all right."

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"Talon mentioned there are fewer vampires around than there used to be."

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"Some cities you can clear them out entirely and keep it that way. Doesn't work that well in Sunnydale, there's more of them and more places they hide and more ways for them to source blood which we can't track, and vampires immigrate because it's a known cool place to go. But fewer, we can definitely do fewer."

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"That's how math works. How do you catch them? How'd you catch Talon in particular, she wouldn't likely have been trying to bite somebody and that's how I caught her."

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"Breaking into a liquor store. We have patrols out at night, we have cameras in hot spots, but often you can manage if you're just fast enough to the site of all the particularly flagrant crimes."

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"She did mention she was going to rob a liquor store but I didn't want to reinvent the justice system over it and it didn't seem to deserve the death penalty so I let her go anyway."

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"I'm glad. She'll probably be free again in a couple months, less murderously inclined."

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"Still able to rob liquor stores?"

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"As long as it doesn't involve violence against living things."

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"How was the 'violence against living things' rule chosen and parameterized?"

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"Limitation of the magic we're using. You could either pick species or pick a broader category than that; picking species doesn't work very well because there are so many different peoples running around and many of them would have a justified grievance if we released vampires who can kill them and pretty much only them. There was an effort to restrain it enough that they can stomp on anthills, but it introduced some weird vulnerabilities. Magic doesn't have a concept of personhood, while living is nice and concrete. 

It only proscribes physical violence directed at living things, so they can actually still poison people or start fires in inhabited areas, but making it more expansive than that turned out to be a bit of a nightmare."

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