Feb 26, 2020 12:59 AM
Lorica falls on the Young Avengers
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After dinner she circulates the places Jonabeth said she might be found.

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Jonabeth is in the park, not actively playing music or anything, lying on a low stone wall and apparently star-gazing.

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"There's so little light pollution here."

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She twists to look over, grinning. "Yeah. Dunno if that's just us being mostly rural or if we use way less lights than before the Rages, though."

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"Makes sense. Building go well?"

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"Yeah, got a robot doing my salvage for me now. Got a good pathfinding knack for it too. Tinkering around a knack is fun."

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"I can imagine! I always like - playing music that does stuff, more than just noise?"

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"I would too if I knew how! Are there underlying principles, if I sing random top 40 pop from home might it turn up with a knack or develop one as I forget and fill in lyrics..."

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"Closer to the second, though it's - a bigger deal if you're doing that on purpose? And... Stuff that... I guess you could say changes your audience to hear? Is gonna have way more of an impact. I'm not at that level but there's, like, stories, of world-class singers doing some really amazing stuff."

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"Changes them to hear like, it's an emotionally affecting performance?"

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"Pretty much, yeah. Or - sticks in their head meaningfully?"

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"What kinds of things happen if you sing a real sticky one?"

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"Makes it easier to do - state changes, I guess? Especially to humans. The, like, credible stories are mostly someone singing to an auditorium full of the sick or injured and healing them."

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"...that'd be amazing if it could be made to work in my world. I suspect it can't but now I wanna know if I can build a singing robot that can do that."

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" - Huh, yeah. Dunno if - something that can't make knacks can do music? Haven't heard of recordings working, though I think live feeds for amplification do work to spread an effect if they're set up right..."

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"I could make something that altered a song on the fly, read the room..."

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"Hm... Problem is I'm not a theorist, if there's any non-human like monkeys who can do knacks I wouldn't know about it... Might be worth experimenting with, though? Even if you just managed, like, really good live feeds so one person could cover fifty places or something."

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"Won't port home that way but still worth having, yeah."

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"Yeah. Unfortunately, no clue how portable knacks are inter-universe."

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"Well, I'll work on it anyhow, since it'd also be nice here."

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"Thanks."

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"Thank you for alerting me to the possibility."

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"Thanks for - wanting to do something with it. And welcome."

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"Do most people not want to do something with it? If they're musical enough to do magic in the first place?"

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