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Jul 06, 2020 12:24 PM
vanyel meets sad cam in milliways
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"Huh. Any idea why?" 

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"They didn't elect to specify."

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"Oh. All right. Since I'm not allowed to do anything useful about the Gate for two days," he gives Cam an annoyed look, "I guess I'll go read more things." Vanyel gets another mocha from Bar and returns to his booth. 

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Leareth heads over to Bar as well. "Do you know of an encyclopedia or collection that would summarize the main fields of scholarship either across worlds, or in a particularly advanced one?" 

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Advancement is relative to the underlying nature of the world; I'm afraid I'm unable to generalize in that way.

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"Can you categorize worlds as more or less similar to Valdemar, and select one which is alike in its underlying nature but more advanced?" 

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I can't distinguish the underlying natures of worlds, only their published materials and foodstuffs and so on.

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"I understand. Is there an encyclopedia of areas of scholarship from any world that you think is especially well written? I am mostly hoping for an overview of what fields or terminology I ought even be asking about."

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Here is an encyclopedia in fourteen volumes written in colorful letters! It seems to divide academic subjects into "numinous", "prosaic", "cognitive", and "fictive". The first one is about controlling the universe by meditating, though it has a respectable number of layers of depth for an academic subject.

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Leareth skims that for a bit and then skips ahead to look through the chapter headings on the 'prosaic' section. 

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Prosaics researchers study an array of sciences: rocks and plants and chemicals and animals and stars and fire and such.

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