Jul 25, 2021 7:11 PM
Sad Cam talks to Ancora
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'I do not think so, but I am uncertain that I correctly understand you.'

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"Well, before somebody is a vampire they don't go crazy due to inadequate aesthetic, right, they're just a human and they think with their brain. Is the transformation process - destroying something about the underlying physicalist setup, such that they can no longer do that?"

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'A person with one of my souls is no longer entirely reductionist, though by default only a very small piece of magic is attached to them.  Further additions run on magic, and vampires are yet more, and less extricably, entwined.'

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"And you can't just - disable the further additions if the magic coming in isn't enough -?"

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Apparently this warrants staring at Judy for a while.  They return to their monodextrous piano playing.

 

'A very new vampire who had only invested magic into the requirements therefor would I think not experience anything worse than a brief loss of consciousness, if I set up the system correctly.  Anything more than that is likely to cause some amount of damage if removed abruptly, though perhaps an amount preferable to what already occurs.  Some cases would be fatal.'

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"...oh dear."

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'The most obvious such case is a vampire who sustained brain damage which they magically healed.  But it is a class with unclear borders and I am unconfident in my ability to handle edge cases gracefully in advance.'

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"Yeah... the magic healing doesn't get the brain to a stable state?"

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'It is stably entwined with the magic.'

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". . . In the best case scenario, you said they still pass out; why is that.  Same reason people pass out for a minute when turning into a vampire or a different one?"

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'The underlying reasons are similar.'

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"Hm."

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"Why do people pass out when turning into vampires?"

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'Becoming a vampire alters a person from being fundamentally physical with magical additions to being fundamentally both physical and magical.  I did not in initially creating the system discover a way for this change to occur while the subject was conscious.'

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"Hm. I wonder if you could - borrow ideas from uninterruptible power supplies -"

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'For example.'

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Cam digs up his electrical engineering notes and gives an impromptu lesson on 2152's UPS standards.

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'I think the issue may be more inherent.'

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"What does that mean?"

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'I do not think it is possible to borrow ideas from uninterruptible power supplies to this end.'

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"Okay but why? Magic is supplying something vampires need, it should not be interrupted - are batteries inherently impossible? Isn't there some vampire story somewhere you can crib from with vampires who have some kind of power source situation?"

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Apparently considering this requires more piano.  - Though after just a few seconds Ancora looks up, a little sharply, their playing uninterrupted.  'To the end of eliminating vampire animalisticness as a whole.'

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"...beg pardon?"

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'You raised the idea of uninterruptible power supplies to the end of eliminating vampire animalisticness as a whole, not to the end of eliminating the brief period of unconsciousness one experiences at the moment of becoming a vampire.'

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"Yes."

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