Jul 10, 2020 6:27 AM
Belmarniss in Fullmetal Alchemist
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"We don't know much yet about how light works - there's a debate ongoing if it's particles or if it's vibrations in a medium like sound is - so people in general can't really account for it in arrays."

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"You can't... make arrays that would work under one hypothesis or the other and see how they do?"

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"The problem is we don't know what you could even transmute theoretical light particles into, or what they transmute from, or what symbols you'd need to refer to them unambiguously. Anyone's working on it, and that'll probably be part of how the debate gets solved, but it's in progress, still."

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"Maybe you could change their color?"

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Shrug. "I'm not an experimental physicist, but I've seen some arguments that'd prove one or the other or both. I think the initial experiments will probably look more like shining lights at light-sensitive materials and trying to filter out parts, to at least narrow possibilities."

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"If you could turn light into other things you could run stuff on the sun."

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"Yeah, we think solar energy probably requires non-alchemy advances but would be revolutionary if we pulled it off."

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"We don't have it, unfortunately, so I will be of no help."

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"Yeah. Hopefully we can get it soon and pass the blueprints on, though."

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In the morning, the girls go to their friend Hughes' house instead of the library.

He greets them with a smile, gets them squirreled away in his home office (curtains drawn) at some signal, and then listens as Emma explains Belmarniss.

"I'd like to meet her, if you don't mind."

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She's a little twitchy about it but not unwilling.

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"Hello," he says. "I'm Lieutenant Maes Hughes. You're Emma and Bellona's new friend?"

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"Tongues. Yes, that's right."

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"Did you intend to appear in front of them?"

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"No."

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"Do you know what happened to cause that?"

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"It seemed like an exotic trap in an old tomb but I've never actually heard of one that sends people someplace this exotic before."

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"But being sent somewhere at all is normal?"

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"It's not commonplace but both teleportation and plane shifting are understood to exist and sufficiently advanced wizards can do them."

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He glances at the girls.

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"Her abilities are definitely very different from alchemy as we understand it."

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He nods. "Can't say I know much about alchemy or magic or whatever, anyways."

To Belmarniss: "What are your goals, here?"

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"I didn't land with an agenda. I generally prefer that things be better instead of worse and all else being equal I'd like to go home someday, which requires me to level a few times, which probably involves getting into fights but I currently don't feel well-prepared for the kind available around here either tactically or in terms of which ones are a good idea to pick."

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"Most people not active in the military never get into fights, and even the military usually only sees action on the fronts..."

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"This is inconvenient for me but probably good for the average non-military citizen."

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