Feb 27, 2020 8:34 PM
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"I don't know what some of those even are."

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"Nobody expects anybody to know exactly what's up with every religion they might encounter, you just wanna be a minimum level of respectful. Like - you probably shouldn't use the word 'pagan,' now that I come to think of it? It's kind of offensive, it's like - implicitly saying they're wrong. And you shouldn't tell people they're wrong about God, because how would you like it if they did that to you. Golden rule stuff. Sorry if this is coming off condescending, I have no idea where you're starting from and I'm trying to play it safe."

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"...okay..."

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"So, topic change because that whole mess is awkward: what's your home dimension like? I know you've got prettiness-based magic and clothing generation and don't have or at least know about mutants or vegans, but you're Catholic which means the histories can't be too divergent. What're the glaring differences so far?"

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"I don't know what things are because it's the future and what things are because of the different magic," she points out. "Uh, I think you don't have swarms and sea monsters."

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"Oh, huh, I guess your dimension being in the past would explain a lot - when in the past? We don't have sea monsters or anything that's just called a 'swarm' instead of, like, a swarm of wasps or grackles or something. What're they?"

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"1803. They're black monsters that can change shape, and sea monsters are big ones and swarms are new little ones that travel together."

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"Weird! We definitely don't have those. If it's 1803 where you're from that'd entail a lot of differences - there's no more slavery, is a big one, and less war, and most places are democracies to a greater or lesser extent and everybody can vote including women and non-landowners and people of various different colors. Unless having more magic meant women could already vote?"

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"No? Why would it mean that? Anyway not many people get magic and not every girl who gets the option takes it."

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