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May 30, 2020 3:43 AM
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Wow. 

...What does that do to their societies? Do they have powerful rich people who are like thousands of years old around? Are people really desperate to get whatever you use to pay healers with?

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They have some, but not that many. Turning people young again, is a separate albeit related healing skill. There are some limitations that might or might not depend on the healer level of skill. Like needing the body or at least the brain. Healing brain damage is a required sub-skill for proper resurrection, but it still is tricky to bring someone back properly. And trickier the more damaged it is.

There is also a gift of resurrection, which Phoenixes and Sea serpents may have. Dragons too, because one of their gifts might be the ability to choose a gift and that's a popular one. Unlike the healing variation, this one requires to touch the person while they die. Using it on a lifeless body won't work. If it works the body turns to ash and the person enters a "queue" that resurrects a person every eight days. With a limit of eight people stored. If someone with resurrection and full queue dies, then they will have to let go of one the dead or everyone will be lost. And because the bodies turn to ash, very few healers will be able to bring them back from that state.

On a social level, it means that the most powerful people will invest on having healers or resurrectors around on call. Which also means paying for these healers and their families to be fed and protected. Vio's society is also of opinion that the more one makes one's life an obstacle to other people's ambitions the more in danger they are. Meaning, that would-be eternal kings tend to be shorter lived than kings that eventually step down.

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Well this sounds like it might introduce some complications, but it's probably not a thing to respond to by not trying to help, so she'll just save it for the rest of everything to be discussed when they're actually planning.

About how much resurrection is usually happening when there isn't the crisis going on?

...Also it might be useful to check at some point if her world's mages can do anything about healer tiredness.

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That's actually very hard to tell. No ruler wants to make such attempts known - it shows vulnerability. Going by the numbers that they do hear from it can easily amount to a daily occurrence, but maybe not on the double digits. Definnitely not more than twenty a day on average.

If they can untire healers it would make the process so much easier. Just allowing a healer to not have to miss eight day of their lives every time would increase people's willingness to deploy the skill.

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How does that show vulnerability? Do those numbers count the Dragons and Phoenixes and Sea Serpents doing it or just the healers?

Well then once his people are sufficiently convinced she isn't up to something to let her do more stuff, they should try that.

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It's a vulnerability because the chance of temporarily killing someone correlates with the chance of doing it permanently. Also, since healers get knocked for eight days after the resurrection, there is that time window where they are short of a healer. And one of the most skilled ones at that. The numbers should count for everyone that does resurrection one way or another, though Vio thinks it's pretty rare for Dragons and Sea Serpents to get that kind of work.

Yeah, they will definitely want to figure out useful magic interactions.

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Oh, so since people getting resurrected are probably more powerful people, a resurrection may suggest someone managed to kill one of those?

Why is that rare? He said the gift was popular in Dragons.

About how many rulers are (were) there? (So, about how many places were these between-one-and-twenty-per-day resurrections being distributed among?)

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Yes. And it's basic security not to point out that your security has flaws. 

The gift is popular among dragons, yes. Using it on other people is what it's rare. Dragons don't tend to be the kind of social where one just sells their goods and services.

How do they define a ruler? Among the Faen there were about three people that disputed of ruling all Faen and who have been at war over it for centuries. But among the Giants you could easily find dozens of people with a tenth of the forces of the three disputing Faen monarchs, but without anyone questioning their authority. People with access to resurrections are probably on the thousands.

Were. Were on the thousands.

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What do dragons (and sea serpents) do? 

She has no opinions on how to define a ruler and was asking with respect to what he meant by it. Numbers with access is good to know. ...Her condolences. (She's not sure how to react really properly here...)

...how does that disputing and being at war for centuries work? (In as much as she has information about war, she has it as different people control different places and those places fight). (And does he mean like, the same three people or some three people and then their descendants?) ...Also that sounds kind of like a problem? ...Like it was a problem and she doesn't know if it still is at all but also they probably don't want more things like that happening.

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In what sense? Dragons appear to be either loners with hoarding problems. Sea Serpents form small family-centric communities. Both may shapeshift and hide among other species from time to time. Those don't tend to be very open about their nature.

The descendants of the same three people that started the dispute. Usually, war for centuries means friction or lack of contact between the different sides, with the occasional small fight at the borders, which can escalate into big fights under the claim that a side has the right to the other's lands, servants and possessions. In practice, they are just greedy and stubborn.

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She shivers a little at the war images.

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Well, he mentioned that Dragons often choose the resurrection gift, so presumably they want it for something and are doing something with it. And it seems it'd be odd if the Sea Serpents who had it weren't using it, even if they didn't pick it on purpose.

Oh, that's interesting, how does the hiding work?

That... continues to sound like a problem. Will they have to worry that these people will start fighting again after the move?

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