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Oct 29, 2020 3:33 AM
leareth and belrun build foundation
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"Excellent. Just perfect. I'll tell Van to keep an extra close eye on them." 

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"Thank you. We'll be gone - oh, how long, love -"

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"Two weeks, if we hit all of our targets." Which is a lot faster than the original plan, but he's more confident in his math and so it has fewer mandatory checkpoints, He could do it in a couple of days if he had to, but there's no particular reason to rush. "A month at most, I think." 

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"And if you need me I'm mostly there for moral support, I could nip out in the middle, usual comms to the north protocols apply."

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Nod. "...And hopefully there will not be any gryphons this time. The Shadowgod is fairly confident that has been dissuaded and that They have sufficient advantage to hold it off for us anyway." 

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"And if They're wrong I have four years' worth of exponentiated mages to demonstrate to Vkandis that trying won't end well!"

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Giggle, although a slightly nervous one. "It really really won't! ...Shadowgod thinks They could see that, right, in Foresight? And that They won't attempt it if it's not going to work at all in any way?" 

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"Yes." 

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"Which is convenient in some ways but does make it sometimes aesthetically annoying to have a lot of defensive prep that never gets used."

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"At least mages are generally very useful for a wide variety of things, not just defence." 

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"Yes, but we get them fresh and untrained so there's opportunity cost to getting them ready for defense," she says.

Soon they're all packed and ready to go.

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Tantras comes out to see them off. "Leareth, please don't make an evil god that eats the world or something." 

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"Thank you for the vote of confidence." Leareth shares a glance with Belrun. 

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"I agree! You shouldn't make an evil god that eats the world. If you decide for some reason that you must make an evil god it should do something else evil, such as eat, oh, kittens or something."

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"But kittens have done nothing wrong in their entire lives, whereas 'the world' contains many entities that have done wrong things." Leareth starts working on his Gate. 

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"The world also contains kittens! A kitten eating god is strictly less bad."

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Exaggerated sigh. "As usual, you make good points and are generally correct about everything." 

And then the Gate is up. As soon as they're through, in his rebuilt library, Leareth scoops Belrun again and kisses her. 

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:I looooove you. And you are going to make the best god:

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:Well, then I had better get to work!: Once he's dropped off his things in the bedroom, at least. 

The first step here is a day of very boring logistics, final checks on all of the vats of microbes, getting mages into the right locations for the first stage. 

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Belrun works on the microbe end of things.

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Day two is when they actually start. This time it doesn't involve Leareth having to do magic nonstop all day and night, they're not actively fighting another god this time and Leareth has had years to carefully work on subdividing into into three components that will each be stable. 

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Belrun still takes snuggle duty very seriously.

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The first day is mostly not terrifying, it's preliminary prep, and Leareth only lingers in bed snuggling Belrun for a couple of minutes before heading off to join the other mages. Eight or nine candlemarks today, nonstop, but then he'll be done and can rest overnight for the next block. 

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She brought some work with her, mostly paper-writing she can drop in a pinch and various Gift practice. Pity four years isn't enough to let her help with the god directly.

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They're going to want her for the final stage, for channeling, but the first-stage needs a lot fewer mages and is by far the most delicate part. It's all people who've worked with Leareth for thirty years. 

For the first several candlemarks, all she can pick up from the lifebond is the deep distant calm of trance, focused and still with occasional ripples of 'yes got it'. 

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