Feb 22, 2020 1:32 PM
Kiri and a Tobirama in Milliways
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"I have the involuntary mindreading at a short radius. I can also do other things to people's minds on purpose, though I'm very nervous about it and only do it when the alternatives are all really bad. Over a much wider area I have pretty arbitrary control of temperature and I can create and extinguish and control fire."

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"Interesting. I would like to know how your powers compare against mine, sometime, but I would be hesitant about the impact reading my mind might have on a mortal, and this does not seem a place to test fire control."

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"I mean, it's not going to go out of control." She holds out her hand and a little orange flame dances in her palm.

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She nods. "Interesting. It seems to be an ordinary fire, to my senses. What is the definition of 'fire' your powers operate under? Does it include all plasmas?"

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She explains the states of matter, and that some especially hot fires are the same sort of matter stage as lightning, and a few other natural phenomena - technically lower heat, gaseous fires are more a product of continual chemical reactions, rather than being a particular state of matter...

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"I... don't feel like I can do things that aren't fire, but maybe if I heated it up enough it'd technically be some of these other things?"

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"That's reasonable; magic in my world sometimes also - interacts with a physical reality in a representational way. Is the definition of fire then a natural language one? If you can't control chemical reactions that produce heat in general."

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"I mean, I can control heat in general... I don't know what the chemicals would then tend to do about it."

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"Might be something to test, then, especially once I have a better sense of this place."

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"Sure, take your time, I'm going to be here for a while most likely."

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She nods. "I think I have some questions for Bar, first."

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Can I interest you in a free first drink?

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"Sure," she says, smiling. "Though I'm curious what, in general, is free or charged for, and what sort of currency do you accept?"

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I am obliged to quote prices for everything other than the first drink, napkins, plain water, and incidentals like straws. I can accept any currency and price things in whatever is convenient to my patrons.

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"Reasonable. I'll have to think about what would be convenient to me - I do have some coins people have left me as offerings, but there might be something easier... And do you charge for information about how Milliways works? I have some questions about how it interacts with my home universe."

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The conversation is free. What would you like to know?

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"Thank you. What's happening when the door is shut?"

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Nothing, most likely. Patrons typically find that time is stopped in their universes while they visit Milliways and the door is not open to that universe.

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She nods. "Are there ways to undo the pausing other than opening the door?"

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Some relatively unusual effects can accomplish this. I do not know you to have access to any, but would not necessarily be aware.

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"I can interact with my temples, Realms, and worshipers if I feel like it, even without colocating places, which seems it would at least do something interesting."

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It may. I can see if any forthcoming publications from your world become available to mark time but don't have any more direct means of doing so.

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"I could also ask a follower to mark time themselves, between contact attempts, assuming contact works in the first place."

She stares into the distance, reaching - seeing what happens when she tries to view her Realm.

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"I can renew time in my own Realm, but it doesn't automatically propagate to the other Realm I have access to, and I think when I stop looking time pauses again," she says after a few moments. "This bears experimenting with, eventually. Is there a limit to how long someone can stay here?" she asks Bar.

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