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Sep 24, 2019 5:15 AM
Tobirama and Faust are necromancers
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"We can scandalize stuffy old grammarians while we're at it."

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"And just the ones who deserve to be scandalized! It works perfectly." 

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"And is quite easy to accomplish, as well."

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"Not that we can casually refer to Nausicaa like that in front of the stuffy grammarians in question. Ah well, we'll just have to think of some other reason to use it." 

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She laughs. "We will indeed. An interesting challenge."

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"Maybe I should get a cat and be obstinately ignorant of its sex." 

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She laughs. "We could be absolutely baffled by the authorship of certain tracts."

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"Come to think of it, do we know for sure that the Mad Arab was a man?" 

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"Not at all! Indeed, many women write under pseudonyms, so that even a masculine name is not a guaranteed clue."

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"I have no idea which Arabic names are men's or women's, to be frank." 

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"There's some patterns I know, though they've shifted often over the years. Abdul Alhazred isn't Arabic, though, or a name - Abdul appears as a name element, but it is rather like naming a child just 'ette' rather than 'Mariette'. Alhazred could be read as 'the hazred,' but hazred isn't a word - and Abdul means 'servant of the,' so you have a name meaning 'servant of the the nonsense.' There are similar words 'hazred' could have been corrupted from, primarily in Turkish, though 'hazred' does not follow common corruption patterns from any of those."

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"Huh. I wonder if that makes it more likely to be a pseudonym, or just a Western corruption?" 

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"I think pseudonym; the words it might be from could certainly be used there, but are not the type of thing you would name a child, usually, like 'Servant of the Prohibited.'"

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"Suspiciously fitting, yes," she allows. 

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"Yes, and I would call anyone writing such a book under their own name more a fool than mad."

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"Enh, depends on the circumstances. I might write a book like that under the name Eliza Crawford, in my circumstances." 

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"A point, though I suspect highly unusual circumstances like that would at least be loosely attached to the legend."

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"We should write our own such book. A book of life, by those once dead."

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"Is this a book of necromancy or a guide to appreciating not being dead and adjusting to being out of one's temporal element?" 

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"We can have a great number of interrelated volumes, to be irregularly bundled together."

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"I look forward to it. Perhaps I should start taking notes." 

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"We can acquire some notebooks tomorrow, perhaps."

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"Excellent. And we shall ensure that our books are translated appropriately." 

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"I should like to translate it myself - although of course I would work alongside a native speaker, to minimize the chance of miscommunication."

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