Dec 08, 2019 4:56 PM
A Margaret in a transdimensional transhumanist beauty salon
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"No electric lights or anything. Pretty low population density, lots of moorlands, lots of goat herds. The mountains were gorgeous, and the water always ran clean, and the forests were still wild. Our rulers weren't too distant or anything - they lived in a castle, but it was the sort designed to shelter the entire capital town - and they'd come to the yearly games and everything. We had a market every ten-day, where you could sometimes buy things from really far off, especially if you went to the capital market. Turquoise beads and gold thread and obsidian knives..."

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"That sounds nice, though if I visited I would miss a lot of stuff from home that you presumably didn't know about."

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"I think that goes every direction! Most people miss at least some things."

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"Yeah. I'm glad I can stay in my original world, even though hiding the changes has been pretty inconvenient. --I have a human-passing second body I've been going to school and stuff in." Using the humanoid feels a bit like driving an RC car compared to living in her main body--fewer moving parts and a sense of operating at one remove, even though the interface is objectively speaking just as good.

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"I mostly don't go home? But I don't have as many ties as most people. It's good you can stay where you want to, though."

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"And I'm glad you found somewhere that's a solid improvement on where you started."

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"Yeah! Opportunities are pretty good in general, it turns out."

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"Yup! Marel's whole thing kind of sounds like the setup for a cautionary tale, in my cultural context, but as far as I can tell it's actually just awesome."

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"Heh, yeah. No randomly disappearing after cryptically cursing your entire family!"

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"I was thinking more like 'transformation has a horrible secret drawback' or 'the things she wants to do to pay it off are all evil' but I'm glad she didn't do that either!"

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"Yeah. Cautionary tales where I'm from are more about - being careful what you wish for, and also exact wording?"

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