Aug 05, 2020 9:24 PM
fabbell and crystalcrab lucy in the 'verse
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"Learn something new every day."

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"So this isn't coal?"

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"I'd be pretty surprised if it was, there are probably better energy sources at this tech level."

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"Oh, huh. Like what? I mean, you wouldn't know about this tech level, but if escalating energy sources is a thing you know."

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"Uh, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar, wind? But this is kind of sci-fi ish so it wouldn't floor me if they do stuff with antimatter or whatever."

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"...Solar. Neat."

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"I guess that would sound weird considering, wouldn't it, but I think of it as sort of like imitating plants, which presumably still use sunlight on your Earth."

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"Oh, yeah, definitely. I was thinking that it sounded cool, not weird."

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"It is cool. In our time it doesn't scale up that well but it's getting more popular. People put solar panels on their roofs."

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"I wonder if my light would be close enough to work. It does for plants but, uh, plants are alive."

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"So you might be... healing them from being undernourished, rather than feeding them?"

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"Right. It's hard to tell."

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"Maybe there are solar panels around here somewhere and you can check."

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"That would be convenient. I wouldn't bet on it with all this garbage in the air, though, ugh, it makes me want to cover everything in plants."

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"I wouldn't expect this to be a power plant, I'm guessing it's a factory or several."

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"I suppose. I don't really know what goes on in factories, besides, uh, things being created."

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"I don't know either but I think paper mills are famously bad-smelling? We could ask Seymour."

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"We could. Hey, Seymour!" she calls. 

"Yeah?"

"Do you know what kinds of factories are making this bad air?" 

"Uh, I dunno. Probably not the distillery?"

"The distillery?" 

"Yeah, it's pretty famous, even offworld. The Earth-That-Was Distillery, makers of Old Earth Style Kentucky Bourbon." 

"What other kinds of factories are there?"

"...Lots?"

"Paper?"

"Probably."

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"I guess I don't know what the factories around places I go at home make unless I happen to see a sign."

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"Yeah. You'd think they'd want to make alcohol somewhere less piquant, though."

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"Maybe they filter the air inside the distillery? Or, I don't actually know if the process actually involves it being exposed to air ever."

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"I guess I don't either, I just sorta associate booze with food and I know really high-level cooks don't want a ton of smoke around foods that don't specifically want to taste smoky and so on."

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"Maybe the factories are labeled." She peers out at the buildings.

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The factories are labeled by brand but not by product. None of the immediately visible ones proclaim themselves to be Earth-That-Was Distillery. 

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Are the brands decipherable portmanteaus or anything?

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