Jan 17, 2021 7:07 AM
kyeo and sarham in citrelia
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"It is normal for people to sit in rooms. Snakes, in the general case, lunge at things sometimes, though they usually do this with their mouths which they usually have. Spontaneous appearances, the specific variety of snake, passing through a mirror as though it weren't a solid object, and being instantly transported to another planet were all unheard of."

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"Mmhm.  Could you run through the differences you've observed between our worlds?  There was as with everything else a summary but I'd like to hear it in your own words."

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"Most of the differences are derived from one or both of tech level and the fact that our civilization doesn't have the thing where you can copy traits from people," says Sarham. "So you don't have powered vehicles or electricity or phones or cameras or much evidence of mass production, and you also don't have medicine as we know it, infrastructure supporting everyone's daily sleep and food needs being met separately, non-copying-based social technology to prevent abuse of systems by bad actors, mass education... yeah."

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"Is there anything you just listed - or otherwise - that you think would be particularly straightforward or particularly beneficial to introduce here?"

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"...well, most of the technology's still useful but I don't know about straightforward. It's mostly very complicated and has a ton of dependencies and neither of us are engineers. We can try to talk people through what we do know, of course."

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"I am relevantly a people."

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"There are a lot of technologies," Kyeo says. "Is there anywhere in particular you'd like to start?"

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"I'd expect you to have a better idea of what would be useful to begin with than I."

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Between the two of them they can kind of list concepts they have heard of having something to do with electricity, and sketch out the general idea of an internal combustion engine, and Sarham remembers to ask if there's printing presses on this planet.

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"Yes, we've had those for quite a while."

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"Just checking." Between the two of them Sarham has greater breadth of knowledge but if Kyeo's heard of something he's much more likely to have seen it taken apart and put back together.

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Zarian takes lots and lots of notes and has lots and lots of questions.

It becomes increasingly apparent that none of them are likely to be 'would you like to break for lunch'.

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Eventually Sarham mentions that they do need to eat several times a day and have only had one meal so far.

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" - Well all right then.  How long does that normally take?"

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"...about an hour if we cook it, less if we go to a restaurant."

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"And which of those are you likely to do now."

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"In the long term it's better if we cook most meals at home since it's cheaper but if today's special for some reason and you'd rather we were back soon this time in particular we can go out to eat."

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"Well you see today you're new and so are more diverting now than you're likely to ever be again unless we hit on something very interesting later.

" - That was a joke, or rather something true but not meant to be taken very seriously; do whatever you'd rather."

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"I think we'll go home and cook and be back in about an hour."

They do that.

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She's in her office when they return; most of her stack of notes is gone and has been replaced by a box of metal odds and ends.  When they open the door she's occupied with dropping magnets down a length of copper pipe.

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They take seats and observe this process curiously.

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"Welcome back - do you know why this happens or if there's any useful applications - "  The magnets, despite not being attracted to the copper from the outside or being large enough for friction to be in play, take much longer to hit the desk when dropped through the pipe than otherwise.

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"I think it's probably related to how electricity is generated but I couldn't tell you precisely how."

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"Hm.  - I entirely neglected to mention earlier, the approximate plan for today is, as you may have determined, to sweep for any low-hanging fruit and cover enough basics for other people to have something to start working with, and then after that we can slow down a bit and I can answer all the questions about us that you presumably have.  But before we get back into things, did you have anything you'd like to know that it would make more sense to address now than tomorrow?"

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"I'm curious about the planet's history? It seems likely that there's some common origin, I just have no idea how you got here or how the magic powers would have entered into it."

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