Apr 16, 2021 6:56 AM
Sad Cam talks to Ancora
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I try not to eavesdrop too much.

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"That makes sense.  Um, so, I have a magic thing that lets me do - a very narrow sort of precognition?  And we thought that there was a chance that the people in it might be, you know, real people, with thoughts and qualia and stuff, and it occurred to me that if that were the case then maybe Security would have stopped me from making and sort-of killing them while I was down here."

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Yes, virtual people simulated by magic or computation count as within Security's purview.

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"Oh thank god."  She puts her face in her hands again and makes a clumsy, distracted attempt at sliding the relevant napkin in Cam's direction.

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"That's... a relief, yeah. If you still want my permission to sim me in innocuous situations I guess you can have it."

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"Thanks.  - Elaborate on innocuous?"

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"Uh, please don't simulate, like, sudden emergencies somehow necessitating that I tell you all my deepest secrets or violate my confidences. I guess it's okay if you find out in simulation what my favorite color is and if you don't do the emergency part I will be rather suspicious of any very personal questions considering I know you have this ability. I guess don't simulate me not knowing you have this ability."

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"Sure.  Sounds reasonable."

This is probably going to be very expensive and also it will likely only give useful information if she lets it run a while, so - she'll keep going a little past the point of aversiveness.  She's been very careful so far; she can probably afford whatever happens when you do that.

What does Cam do with omnipotence.

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He puts Valinor back - right now it's not in the same place, the constellations are different, with omnipotence he clears the old site and puts it there, good as new, Elves and Maiar and animals and all but no Valar, and then he goes to Endorë, puts back all the dead, fails to find a reason to leave Melkor alive, has a tense moment when it turns out Sauron has a deadman switch, omnipotently deals with that, arranges for all the Dwarves and humans on the planet to perform a summoning apiece and then waits for someone to die of natural causes and then her simulation runs out.

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She thinks for a bit.

 

"I trust you enough to accept a brain computer and legs and stuff if you still feel like giving me those and to not flip out if you want me to do something."

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"- okay. I'd want to have the infirmary lady spotting me in case vampirism affects things. - what did you, uh, do?"

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"Yeah, you said that.  Watched what you'd do if omnipotent."

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"Oh. Did I get around to anything more interesting than war reparations?"

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"It all sorta fell under that umbrella, I think.  Uh, you killed Melkor and Sauron but Sauron had a deadman switch you had to take care of first.  And then you did stuff I didn't have context for for a while, and it looked like you were going to keep at that so I stopped."

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"...good to know Sauron has a deadman switch, I will have to tell some people in case they're working on a way to kill him themselves. How reliable is that information?"

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"I mean, I'm counting on it being pretty reliable with regards to trusting you and oaths and everything?  But like, I don't know, I didn't even know they weren't people half an hour ago.  If you want me to try and run him, later, I could give that a go; I'm more confident about it being right about people it's - targeting, or whatever."

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"It might be disturbing but apparently you kept going after you got one Alassëo into a pickle so maybe you have a strong stomach."

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"I mean, the strength of my stomach doesn't really seem like an important consideration here, compared to the stakes.  If it's bad enough that I drop out on reflex I'll prepare better and try again later; it doesn't really matter whether I can do it first shot if we have infinite time."

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"True enough."

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"Not that I super want to stay here for fifty years and then go back and potentially have to try to attend college having forgotten what the Cupid Shuffle is and how to do the cup song and whatever.  But this in particular doesn't seem likely to take that long."

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"There's no guarantee you'll find somebody here who can help you - deal with Ancora in some suitable way - after any particular amount of time."

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"I know.  Although, like, given that we are now on the same side - do you have any idea whether just wrecking all the stuff you did for them would do anything?  Or something along those lines; I'm not really sure of the mechanics here."

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"I don't know. Making it helped but I don't know if its continued existence in a time dilated pocket universe is still helping."

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She nods.  "I wonder if simulating them would shed any light on anything.  I'm less inclined to trust it since, you know, they made it and could have messed with the results for them specifically, but maybe it's still possible to get useful information out of if we account for that."

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"Sounds worth a try."

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