Aug 22, 2019 10:27 AM
a story of the second age
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"That seems a little inelegant."

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"Well, sure, but what are you gonna do?"

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"Your designers didn't want a round number?"

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"Wasn't designed."

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" - I'm having a hard time imagining how that could be. Do you mean the creator's not very like a person with intentions you can understand?"

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"No... although now I'm curious if you have, like, laws or customs or anything about discussing creator deities I should know about."

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"- uh, I don't know if there's a law about it but people will be very annoyed if you say that Morgoth was great?"

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"Never heard of them. Anyway, no, I mean it's not too hard based on what my civilization has learned to explain most things without referring to creator deities, and there's not much reason to postulate them otherwise, so lots of people don't. Some people do, to be fair, they just don't have very good reasons."

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"Huh. I don't know if it'd be obvious we were created -- instead of just somehow happening I guess -- if we hadn't met the creators. It feels like it'd still be obvious but maybe it wouldn't really. Maybe it is for Elves but not for humans because it's more obvious why you'd create Elves than why you'd create humans."

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Snort. "It's not just that we haven't met a creator, it's also things like digging up fossils - old bones and stuff - showing that we have a common ancestor with other ape species, plus all the stories of creation we have available aggressively contradict each other and don't make much sense."

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She seems quite satisfied by this. "Sounds nice."

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May has had sufficient breakfast. "Once I'm changed I can go teach some people words."

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"Do you remember how to get there or should I walk you?"

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"I'm not positive I wouldn't get lost. I'll go see if I can figure out foreign clothes, shall I?"

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She nods fervently. "That sounds good."

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May goes and attempts to figure out the foreign clothes!

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They're not very confusing.  They are, of course, very pretty. There are scarves and ribbons, and then shirts and pants and dresses and robes.

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May puts on a shirt and a pants and sticks her head out a window to see if it's cold enough to want to put on a robe or a scarf or anything over that.

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It's warm out.

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So down she trots in just the shirt and pants. "All set."

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"Oh, it would be good if you could wear one of the scarves or the ribbons, too, for your hair. You don't have to if it's - inappropriate culturally or something, just, it's -- typical."

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"Uh, it's not especially inappropriate, but I don't know what in particular you want me to do with a scarf or ribbon here?"

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"Just tie your hair so it's not loose, or cover it if you'd like it loose?"

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"Is a ponytail like I had yesterday all right?"

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"Yes, that's fine. People know that many groups of humans don't observe this custom, it's just, we do, so..."

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