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Jul 06, 2020 12:29 PM
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Logistics logistics logistics. Gonna get lots of people uncompelled yaaaay. She hums a little while they work.

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Leareth helps her find records, answers questions. He's still smiling a little. 

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And after a few candlemarks working steadily all the people are assigned someone to find out if they wish to be decompelled and a person to decompel them if they do.

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Leareth has quite a lot of additional logistics to wrangle, regarding people who will need to move to a different facility if they take up the offer, or facilities that need an entire new way of handling infosec. 

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"Where do you get all your money?" she wonders. "Are there actual banks somewhere that pay out interest? That's the obvious way to have a lot of money by being very old but maybe you're spending the odd lifetime in cottage industry instead."

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"Oh! Are banks with interest-bearing accounts commonplace in one or both of your prior worlds? The concept is mostly a curiosity, here – a few countries implemented it for a time, the Eastern Empire had something similar once but currently most of their wealth is owned directly by the state." 

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"Banks are a thing in Materia. The Elves have not invented money and use a post-scarcity gift economy."

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"Good for them. I have never gotten close enough to post-scarcity for that to make sense. My resources come mainly from – well, when one is a powerful mage and also in possession of a great deal of mostly-forgotten lore, it is not difficult to turn this into wealth. Or to found organizations that continue to do so in one's absence. It certainly took a great deal of my time, saving up enough for my previous plan, and it has been occasionally frustrating to coordinate, but I do not lack for money or other kinds of resources." 

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"I haven't seen magic businesses in Valdemar but maybe that's just the magic horse mind control turning 'em into state apparatus and it's common elsewhere."

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"I think so, yes. Valdemar is very particular about mages existing within its borders – I am sure you have noticed that they do not really have any framework for non-state-controlled magic use, and are alarmed by the concept. In Rethwellan there are a dozen competing mage-schools, there are cottage industries in magical artifacts, there are mages available for hire to accompany merchant caravans, all of that and more. It is interesting how little those within Valdemar speak of the way things are elsewhere." 

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"It made Iftel not really stand out as particularly uninteresting, that's for sure."

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Nod. "...I wonder whose purposes that serves. In any case. Do you have further questions now?" 

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"Melody and I were wondering if the gryphons being okay was a close call - when she described the thing she did I was spooked that they might not have been able to breathe, she said that she didn't think so but you were the one who'd know?"

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"I have certainly never heard of that happening, despite knowing of multiple instances where Mindhealing was used in combat. Also I think it is not actually possible to put an ordinary compulsion on someone not to breathe in a way that will kill them, since even if they can voluntarily hold their breath until they lose consciousness - which I gather is rare - the involuntary breathing reflex will kick in then. And even a very broad compulsion against, say, all movement, should not affect breathing. I am not an expert on the Mindhealing equivalents, however; Nayoki would know for sure." 

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"Okay, good. She was a bit shaken up and knowing how much safety margin there was and how sure you were would probably be good."

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"Well, please convey to her my apologies that I did not explain more at the time. I was rushed." 

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"Will do. I wasn't blaming you and I wouldn't be even if you had had more than ten seconds of notice!"

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Nod. "I understand. Would you like to arrange next steps for verifying that the compulsions were removed – I assume you still wish to confirm it directly yourself." 

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"I'd like to at least do spot checks assuming the spot checks themselves wouldn't be invasive."

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"How invasive is your method of doing spot checks?" 

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"Don't know until I see a compulsion. It might or might not be easy to check for without looking at anything else."

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"Would you like one of the mages here to demonstrate a harmless example on themselves or a volunteer, so you can check?" 

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"If they'll all be at comparable, uh, depth, yeah, that seems expedient."

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"They are to mage-sight, I suspect they ought to be to your senses but am not certain." 

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"I can check." And presumably he can rustle up a volunteer to be compelled in some way - she wants a look at both positive and negative, in case those are different, but it can be "don't raise your left arm" and "do raise your right arm", nothing major.

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