Oct 28, 2021 6:39 AM
Sasuke summons demon Cam
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"...Mars is - another planet that can be made like Earth?"

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"Well, it is back where I'm accustomed to humans living."

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"I don't know what our other planets are, but probably we'll need some made worth living on. At least eventually. So you could terraform one here, if you can't back there."

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"That would be nice but it's definitely a longer term thing after murder rate reduction."

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Nod. "...Orochimaru probably actually would be good at reducing wars, since he's good at manipulating them. I don't know how large a bribe that would take, though."

"Other people... The commanders of the Hidden Villages and the leaders of the various nations have a large say, and getting Mist to stop bleeding missing-nin everywhere would reduce rogues, and most of the very powerful criminals have been joining into one terrorist organization over the last decade."

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"Missing-nin?"

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"Shinobi - ninja - who betray their village. Sometimes who don't have a village in the first place."

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"What tends to make them do that?"

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"From Mist, because the village was collapsing. For most - disagreeing with the leadership, criminal tendencies, not following orders well, I think are common?"

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"A system where your options if you disagree with the leadership amount to 'become a criminal' and not, like 'move', has some drawbacks."

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"Yeah. That might change some with more high-level peace, though."

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"What's the high-level conflict about?"

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"Politics. Sometimes it's over land, or resources, or bloodline theft, or old grudges from the last war, or deciding your neighbor is getting too powerful."

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"Is bloodline theft a fancy word for kidnapping?"

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"It's considered more severe if the kidnapped has a notable bloodline power."

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"I mean, I suppose it implies a higher likelihood that they've been kidnapped specifically to force them to have children? Since bodysnatching in particular is niche?"

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He nods. "Stealing body parts is also bloodline theft. It's more - about keeping that power in the village or clan. Probably making mindless bodies with a bloodline is technically bloodline theft, but I really don't care."

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"What does one do with a stolen body part, how's that useful? Can you clone them or something?"

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"Some bloodlines you can use them if you graft them onto someone living's body. For mine - someone could take my eyes and have some of the powers, though they wouldn't work as well."

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"That's really weird - is there a chakra thing to make the eye go in properly, that's medically difficult - why wouldn't they work as well - is this all very short-term-thinking, I assume people with stolen eyes don't pass the eyes on to kids?"

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"Yes, and because you need different brain and chakra structures to support it fully, and yes it's very short-term and usually people who are optimizing for their own gain."

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"Your world sucks," Cam opines.

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"I noticed." He's weirdly amused by that.

Maybe because someone who isn't Naruto actually noticed that the world is fucked up.

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"You have freaking magic and you're spending it all on short term negative-sum conflict! Do you know enough history to have an idea of how things got this way? Who's doing things like inventing computers, is there some nonmagical civilization somewhere that exports technology and makes sure it doesn't have any ninjas in it so they get left alone..."

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"I know some history going back - two, three hundred years? But that was hard to find. There's a lot of information suppression." History, fortunately, is like swords and is one of the things he can actually talk about

"We used to have a feudal empire covering the continent, that was more stable. There was a war, and the last emperor died without heirs, and then the feudal lords started fighting. Two hundred years later, we were still in the Warring States period. Shinobi were in small mercenary clans."

"Sixty three ago, the two most powerful shinobi clans in the Land of Fire decided to band together. They formed the Hidden Leaf, which I think was initially kind of like the old artisan's guilds or worker unions? They convinced other clans to join, and other clans in other nations copied them. That and a wider trend towards consolidation of smaller nations forced the constant small wars to stop, though the wars that did happen later were bigger. The Hidden Leaf - under I think the third leader - started to become less a guild and more its own state within a state. They're on the fifth leader now."

"And I think the computers are foreign, yes. I've been oversees once to somewhere with better technology. The Land of Snow. They have a thing that gives them temperate pocket climates, but I don't know how it works. They stay out of everyone else's politics, mostly. The leader might remember me, since I helped install her on her throne when I was still a Leaf shinobi."

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