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Jul 04, 2020 10:03 AM
Ira gets a Daémon
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"I spend lots of extra time up in the farms, when I'm finished purifying those water reservoirs.  I've always wanted to go to a true patch of wilderness, out where there aren't people."

If they have different ideas about or reasons for vanishing from people's attentions, Verity has clearly not considered that fact.

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"Why don't you?"

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"On a fleet of spaceships?  We have some botanical gardens meant to simulate woodland trails, but they aren't quite the same."

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"-That would be a stumbling block." Pauses. "Man, not being able to hide sounds terrifying."

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"It was worse when I first settled.  People are curious about Legendaries, and some of those have daemons which can phase through walls.  That's stopped, for the most part.  This apartment has security that detects walls being passed through, and I rearrange the furniture often enough that no one will teleport in."

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"-Wait. People just- break in? Just to get a look?"

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"Not for the last few years.  Paparazzi trying to find gossip, and also the occasional delinquent child."

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"-Have you considered dealing with the paparazzi?"

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"I've fought any I could get into a fight with, and soaked them with Surf to ruin their cameras.  There's a limit to what someone can do before getting sent to jail, though."

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"Sounds like what you need is a bodyguard."

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"It's not that I can't soundly beat anyone short of another Legendary in a duel, it's a matter of being places where I don't want to get fined for collateral damages or get even more attention."

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"...I suppose if collateral is a concern it might be a problem." Pauses, thinking. "My thought was that a bodyguard stops anyone getting close to you. Or tries to at least. Teleportation might cause some problems there..."

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She continues to be skeptical with how it would work with her problem, particularly if she's guessing correctly that Ira is offering.  Once whatever conspiracy is either soundly defeated or disproven, perhaps they can try it anyway.

"In a world without daemons..." she begins, then pauses.  That's encompassing a lot.  Not just the lack of souls and a part of yourself who you can speak with, which is alien enough, but the practical aspects... transporting goods, watering plants - the Moves and Abilities that daemons have are instrumental to most basic tasks.  "I suppose you don't have teleportation?"  she finishes, realizing that she'd left the statement incomplete.  

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"Not as far as I'm aware. Unless something else got changed when the kook gave me a daemon."

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"I wouldn't think so.  It sounds inconvenient for transporting around goods, though we do have a rail system here even with teleporting.  What about electricity generation?"

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"Not exactly. I could build something that generates electricity, but I don't personally generate it."

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"I wonder how different tech wound up in worlds without daemons to do things.  Alizara would probably be here interrogating you about it, if she weren't so polite.  

"Anything that can make materials out of nothing?"

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"Heard some rumours about people who could. Never saw any evidence of it being true."

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"I suppose it matters less on a planet.  Shame you can't teach us a trick for it, though - we're heavily bottlenecked on metal here."

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"...What resources do you have more freely available? Might be able to fix up something that does conversion..."

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She thinks for a moment, then starts listing.  "Lots of water - it's the single most common type of matter we can create by a large margin.  Depending on the Move it can be fresh or salt, or contain some trace minerals.  Also water in the form of snow, ice, or fog.  Bubbles full of breathable air mixture.  A few types of rock, some of which have tiny amounts of metal.  Sand, mud, silk, acid, bone, feathers.  The mud has some clay in it, when processed.  Sludges that can be processed into plastic.  Leaves, petals, spores, seeds, other plant materials.  Steel and gold, directly, though only a few daemons can learn those Moves.  Wood, though that's also rare.  There's one species that can create diamond, but it's a Legendary that we don't have any living members of right now.  Milk and eggs, edible but ...niche?  Lots of people find it creepy to eat something made directly from daemons, even though it's appearing from nothingness like everything else."

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"Huh. Might be able to devise something, probably gonna take a while, and a couple of iterations, but I think it's probably doable..."

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"Let me know if you need resources.  Or let Alizara know - I probably wouldn't know enough about science or machines to know how to get the right tools."

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Ira is definitely focused on something else right now. "Tools are nice but not a necessity..."

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She nods, though can't imagine how that would work.  She's been stubborn and tried to pry out screws with her fingernails before rather than get a screwdriver, and it hadn't worked out well.  Building machines that can do what no other machines have yet been able to seems like it would be even harder to do without tools.  

In the silence, she continues to stir the food.  After a while longer it gets transferred to plates and brought to the table.  The common eating utensils for the fleet appear to be chopsticks.  

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