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Sep 25, 2017 5:57 AM
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Eclipse's neighbors.

 

She has predictions. She doesn't share them, of course. Somehow events will contrive themselves so she can't continue to go hopping around being expensive, and so that this is less pleasant, less of a respite. Easy to pull off; any situation that requires her full attention without being fulfilling to work on, and while continually threatening some horror that she knows perfectly well will happen at some point. Those are not hard to contrive when you can control the results of everything she tries.

She kisses Isabella. She tells her family she loves them. She feels fine and she misses not feeling anything at all. 

They are going to need to hop carefully, because they know themselves adjacent to the Plane of Chaos and it seems possible it will at some point resent them rescuing people from it. (They intended to find any other people displaced there, of course, and try anyway. Earwires weren't designed for that purpose but Boots thought they could be repurposed.)

When Golden's free they check where a worldleaper will land them.

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"It kicks me out of the precognition."

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"Like we land on another precog who's already looking ahead as of now, except that worldleapers land in the middle of nowhere nearly every time, right? So it'd have to be an even more ridiculous psion than we were postulating, a diviner-precog-remote-viewer who has the spare capacity to look literally everywhere and yet still somehow hasn't contacted any other worlds even having had the chance to see this coming. So maybe the leaper is - indeterministic, or something -"

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"...might be, it's supposed to be random, right..."

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"Yeah. Damn, I was really looking forward to hacking that!"

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"It would've been great, we could've figured out how many neighbors are with in two hops of Eclipse over the course of - well, I don't know how long it would take because we don't know how many neighbors places have but it would've sped it way up - I can get things that come here from elsewhere, too, like I noticed people landing on Alex, I could've made the hunt from Shadow short and safe -"

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"Still can, we just need a deterministic means of travelling - wizardry, maybe, or Joy -'

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"They parameterize, they won't be able to catalogue everything."

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"Maybe we should acquire one of those snake monsters."

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"Are the snake monsters deterministic?"

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"Don't know, haven't acquired one."

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"Dear, if we go snake-monster hunting do we get a result in less than an hour -"

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"- no, takes longer than that to wait for Gem's contact person in the relevant world who knows things about its monsters to 'wake up' and give a safety lecture."

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"Okay. What about the wizardry one parameterizing for 'life' or something like that, we think worldleapers do that anyway -"

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"Doesn't work either, Boots speculates it's interference from the wizardry divination in the spell."

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"Works but is not a substantial improvement on Joy working alone. And she has to land directly on whatever she's looking for, so if we get too close to a precog I'll fall out anyway."

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Sigh. "I will ask the Fëanors about deterministic worldleapers."

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"Thank you, lovely."

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"Of course. So are we doing any actual exploring today?"

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"We can, if we know what we want to tell Joy - might as well be more specific than 'life', since my cheating amounts to getting results more specific than 'life' that she could've parameterized for anyway. What d'you want to explore?"

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"...could aim for humanoids, we can probably help them more and they are less likely to have crazy powers as a consequence of differences in metabolism -"

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So Sibyl asks Joy if she'd mind worldfinding for them whenever she has time.

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Yeah, sure. While Golden's still there?

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