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Apr 04, 2020 11:58 PM
Bruce gets dropped in Gallia and is confused
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"That definitely helps! Not completely, and some countries are too poor to get the benefit of it, but it helps."

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"He'll be excited! --He's going to ask you so many questions."

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"That's only fair, I've got dozens for him!" He bounces in his seat a bit in anticipation. Maybe finally someone he can talk comparative tech trees with! Hopefully he isn't too disappointed by all the areas where Bruce's state of knowledge is "I know X is possible but I don't know how to build the tools to build the tools to actually do it."

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"Here's our house. I'll let you two get acquainted."

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"Thanks." Bruce disembarks from the cab, pets the horse, and takes a look around.

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The horse sniffs and nuzzles him inquisitively for carrots.

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A guy in brightly colored men's clothing hurries outside.

"So what scam artist did James get taken in by this t-- oh hello."

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Huh. He looks like Bruce's really clever lab mate Lev, the guy who knows loads of psychology facts despite being a bioengineering major.

"Hello! You'd be . . . I'm sorry, I've forgotten your name already. Clarissa's economist brother? I'm Bruce Banner."

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"You can call me Mr. Maturin. --Are you not a scam artist or an unreasonably talented scam artist?"

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"Not a scam artist, would in fact be unreasonably bad at it. I can understand all your world's languages and I have an implausible device, and I can give detailed descriptions of an alternate history." He is happy to demonstrate any of this.

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"Ooh, let's test it. I'm a purple horse. Chocolate is made of trees. Spiders fall off rocks in Hibernia. There are no teapots in the shoal. What did I say?"

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He repeats it back as best he can. "I have no idea what languages you said any of it in, though, I hear everything as my native language. Oh hey, what do you hear if I say 'Sprechen sie Deutsch?'"

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"I hear 'do you speak Germanian?', is that not what you're saying-- stop laughing, Clarissa, you'll spoil it."

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"I was asking if you spoke a language with a similar but not identical name to the one I heard back from you just now. What's funny? I bet it's my accent, I learned out of books and don't get much chance to practice with real people."

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"No, I was talking in a language Clarissa and I made up when we were six. Am talking."

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"You invented a language that comprehensive when you were six? I'm impressed. Does it make any sense if I say 'I can haz cheezburger?' What about 'all your base are belong to us?'"

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"...what's a cheeseburger."

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"Uh, meat and cheese sandwich on a specific kind of bun. I was attempting to deliberately pronounce a misspelling of it but you appear to have gotten the correct pronunciation anyway. Man do I wish I could read lips right now, this has got to be doing something incredibly weird somewhere between your mouth and my brain."

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"...I am going to be so embarrassed if it turns out the gods exist."

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"Me too, honestly. My world never showed any sign of having any right up until I fell through a hole in reality."

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"You two are very cute but we should go inside."

(Bruce gets that "cute" is a term used to refer to children, nondynamics, and submissives you're having sex with.)

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That's a weird package of connotations but English is a glass house. He'll go inside, asking Maturin "Do you have any books on recent discoveries and inventions? Or periodicals?"

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"I could show you the journal of the Imperial Society? It's full of bullshit though."

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"I thought we decided he's not a sub."

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