Sep 20, 2021 4:49 AM
Sad Cam talks to Ancora
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He pulls his computer off his belt loop and has a look.

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  • Open door for Ancora w/ hair trim + grace
    • Port, cat, door; same as last time.  They ask more directly about how much time has passed, seem to know that it was more than they expected, respond cryptically when asked how.  We don't give concrete answers about why the delay; they ask about your soul and about dancing, then if you want to dance, then start to teach you some steps
  • Others of species?  Parent
    • That's apparently possible to target by; also, their parent is a floating shiny orb thing?????  It seems to give off light, but only perpendicular to whatever angle you're viewing it from???????  It's black and purple and has stars in it and did not respond in any way to communication attempts from me.  Artist's rendition; sorry for graphic design is my passion:

Judy's rendition of Ancora's parent

It looks like she made the image in a drawing app on her phone and then took a picture of that with the chiplock.

    • Doesn't respond to communication from you either
    • Ancora takes a couple seconds to stare at them and then teleports away if I try to sim them appearing near it
    • If I target the parent and run Ancora as an environmental feature, I can get them to ??talk?? to each other.  It didn't cut off early or anything but I sure didn't understand any of it
  • Omnipotence
    • The first thing they did was make like a thousand of themself, which maxed me out immediately (ouch) (this was the most recent thing I did) (very ominous!)
    • I'll probably try to focus on just one version next time, or give them omnipotence minus duplication
  • Sauron
  • Sangrade Cam
  • Societal vampiric threats
  • Kidnapping
    • They act confused in response to being asked about only telepathying me before porting the two of us, claim they spoke the same way they always do. Apologize but don't raise any ideas for explanations, even with prompting. Comment about having worried about that sort of thing?? They elaborate on that but not helpfully
  • Souls
  • Back off
  • Alasayo (sp??) soul
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"Well, this is... interesting but not conclusive, rats. Uh, I'd render it as A-L-A-S-S-E-O but like he'd spell it in tengwar so don't sweat it."

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She updates the spelling.  "Yeah.  Did they like, mention that the rest of their species is orbs, or that something's going on with their parent, or anything like that?"

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"They did not mention that their species is orbs! You could try for a grandparent, see if it's a common design choice."

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"Good thought.  If they are - well, my first thought is that Ancora's doing some sort of anglerfish thing, to mislead people, but charitably maybe they're just like.  A furry."

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"If I had to guess they design themselves avatars and Ancora leans kinda furry and their parent leans orb, yeah."

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"Huh, maybe.  I can probably also just ask them about it, in addition to checking other relatives.  Any thoughts on the telepathy?"

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"You hadn't met them before, right? Maybe Milliways 'translates' the telepathy, we could ask Bar."

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" - That would explain some things.  Let's."

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Milliways does not normally translate things that would be understandable to the recipient on their own, reports Bar when asked.

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"I mean I definitely couldn't understand whatever they were doing before."

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Then it seems likely that the translation effect extended to cover it.

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"Thanks for the info."  To Cam: "I still might ask them about it, depending on how the other ones go.  - Also this probably answers the question I had about whether there was something up with the language settings for my brain computer."

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"- oh, I guess it would look very odd if you tried switching to Spanish or something and it then did not look like Spanish."

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"Mostly I was wondering if media in other languages was getting filtered out.  - Oh, shoot, guess that probably means I'm not coming out of this fluent in a bunch of languages even if it takes fifty years; that's fun.  Unless there's a way to turn it off?  I don't super want to lose all my French . . ."

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"Parlez-vous Français?"

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"Un peu - hm, and it didn't catch, like, the extremely copious amount of 'Monsieur's in Les Mis or Phantom - sorry, I'll work this out on my own, also extremely copious, time."

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"Maybe it doesn't translate if you already know it," he shrugs. "Would make it hard to learn more though."

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"Yeah.  - Speaking of, though - it's not just demons?  I didn't know it wasn't just demons."

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"Oh, there are angels and fairies and also dead people who don't get fancy powers."

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" - Oh?  I didn't come across anything about the dead people I don't think.  Uh, then again I thought I had successfully avoided learning about summoning before you greenlit that, but it turns out I totally didn't because I didn't know to tab away from stuff with angels, so who knows really."

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"I guess that's fair. The dead people aren't common knowledge among the living so there's less about them, though the Library of Hell does contain their own works."

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"How do dead people become . . . people, instead of just corpses?  For that matter you said that you got, um, successfully murdered, right, and you obviously have demon powers - "

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"I do! I left a completely unremarkable corpse on the floor of my lecture hall and appeared stark naked in Dite, a city in Hell. That's how Limboites work too but they also appear with a thing that is as indestructible as they are and is in some way suited to them; a lot of early people got trees but these days it's more like a house, musical instrument, your dog - regardless of whether the original dog is still alive - I heard of someone with a popcorn machine. Daeva - that's demons angels and fairies - can also spontaneously generate in that way only without a prior history to match. As adults though."

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