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Feb 22, 2020 1:50 PM
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"Forsworn. All right. I can look up some language learning programs." She pulls out her everything, pauses for acknowledgment from Rhonda.

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Kamuor finds her a program called Empire of Words which assumes you start as a Tapap speaker but uses a lot of pictorial context on top of Tapap words to teach Oahkar. "I must have an old everything somewhere but it's probably easier to get you a new one than find the one I upgraded from last winter..."

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"I should probably avoid making too many assumptions based on the similarity to comparable devices on my planet." 

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"Assumptions about what?"

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"How they're registered and handle data, mostly." 

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"Is that important?"

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"On reflection, probably not." 

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"I'll text the maid and ask if he knows where the old one is but if he doesn't get back to me I'll order a new one delivered for you. In the meantime I was just about to have dinner, do you eat Amentan food?"

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"Yes." She is less confident of this than she projects but, well, the sedative worked, so it's at least worth a shot. 

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"Is the cook going to wake up soon or should I just order something?"

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"He'll wake up soon." 

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"I can have him throw together something quick then. In the meantime would you like something to drink?"

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"Nothing alcoholic, but otherwise thank you yes." 

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Kamuor pours them both some fruit punch.

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She sips. 

"Tasty," she comments. "Not quite like anything I've had before, which makes sense." 

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"I suppose it would! Where are Imuro and Sundei?"

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"On couches in a couple of other rooms." 

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"All right." Her everything bleeps. "And the maid says it's in the little closet under the shoeboxes, I'll just nip up and get you the old everything..." Up she trots.

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She has the Forsworn quietly give her a few vocabulary words to memorize while Kamuor is gone. 

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Kamuor comes back with an old everything she's in the process of wiping. "I'll have this ready for you in a minute."

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"Thank you," she says, sitting perfectly composed and definitely not at all excited or impatient or anything. 

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In a minute the everything is wiped and rebooted and has Empire of Words installed. Kamuor offers it to Rhonda.

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She accepts it. 

And then it is hers and she can do things to it--the first thing is souping up the processing power, that's trivial, and more processing power is always a good thing but mostly it's just that she's relieved to have a connection to the world that belongs to her. She gets the Forsworn to look over her shoulder and murmur translations and starts messing with it to see how it works and what various icons are. 

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In addition to Empire of Words the operating system comes bundled with a train navigation app, a calculator, a phone, a texting app, two simple timewaster games (one with numbers and one with colorful blocks), a clock with alarm features, a flashlight, a map, a web browser, an app that seems intended to connect it to peripherals if it had any, a calendar, a notetaking app, a camera, and a music player.

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