Jul 25, 2021 6:35 PM
Sad Cam talks to Ancora
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"...is that confusing?"

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'It seems an odd framing for something so obviously important.  Artists cannot stop having experiences in the same way; my discovery of death's existence alarmed and distressed me greatly.'  They straighten their neck.  'I wonder whether demons could resurrect artists.'

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"...probably not, you seem kind of made of magic. And also minds. The thing that works with the Elves is a hack to do with their being cyborgs."

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'Your conjuration of objects of my design increases my pool of magic.'

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"I guess it's possible that I could - recreate key artworks in a way that could jumpstart some magical process that would ultimately result in a resurrection. I'd bet against but I'd be happy to try if you have someone in mind."

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''Some magical process'?'

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"I'm assuming recreating a lost complete work won't do it all by itself, though I guess I could be wrong."

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'Artists cannot stop having experiences in the same way that humans can,' Ancora tries repeating.

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"- oh, you don't mean, like, hypothetically if one managed to die, you mean if one - ran out of magic and was - paralyzed or -?"

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'Our attention scales with our artful success.  If projects go extraordinarily poorly, we can become so diminished that there is too little consciousness to create any more art, and be trapped as a mote of misery and unfulfillment.'

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"Ah. But me making random art does not so far as I'm aware spawn or revive artists, so it would still have to be something they made, right?"

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'Yes.  This could be difficult in practice because very nearly all artists, and as far as I am aware all other artists previous to my return to that realm, create work only in the medium of natural design, where factors such as movement, ambient temperature, and occasionally magic are essential components.  But I do not imagine there would be an inherent restriction.'

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"Natural design?"

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'Yes.  Designing nature.'

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"Some demons are pretty into that, though probably we have different constraints."

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'I received the most magic on items of my own design which you had no input in.  It may be difficult to determine some qualities of the original vision from only conjuration.  Though this is a lower priority than existing projects, especially given that they cannot further deteriorate and do not suffer while I remain in Milliways.'

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"Just wanna establish that honestly your thing sounds way way worse to me than just not existing anymore, so like, twinsiiiies, in terms of our reactions to each other's species' forms of death," Judy interjects flatly.

(Ever since the phrase 'remotely ensouling Earth's population', she's been considering the logistics of how they're going to do that.  The most obvious thing based on what she knows is for her to very briefly sim each person, and if she gets up to an average of one per minute - which is probably a good figure for wild estimates because it seems both way too high and way too low - that puts her at about . . . two thousand years.

Wait no, seven billion people, not just one: fourteen thousand years.  Ish.  As a wild guess.

 

 

Holy crap.

 

. . . . . She's allowed to just like, die, right?  Like, she has a really big obligation here but not fourteen thousand years' worth, surely, and she's definitely allowed to just die well before those are up; they can get someone else to do their vampire-ing.

- Presumably they can also bring other people into the loop for vampire-ing purposes well before that, a bunch of them, maybe from Cam's world or something, and so she already wouldn't have to do all the ensouling one at a time all by herself.  And in that amount of time probably Ancora can make - some sort of metaphorical bomb or something, that blasts everyone who hasn't already got one with souls, all at once, and even if none of that's the case she has a right to die before fourteen thousand years are up, so it's fine.  It's all going to be fine.)

( - 'A mote of misery and unfulfillment' - yikes, and here she was freaking out about being maybe kind of bored for an incomprehensibly long but finite time, not being made of nothing but suffering for apparently eternity - )

 

((This is a lot to process and so she's going to cut herself some slack for not saying things exactly when they're conversationally appropriate.  Although actually that does seem to have slipped out at a mostly relevant point.  Woo.))

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"I think I got the best death-related deal personally."

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'Might there be any chance of spreading that to my Earth.'

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"I don't know but it bears experimentation. The experimentation would require time to run in Judy's world though."

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'I am unwilling to fail to prevent any more permanent deaths.'

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"Well, I'm not sure people with vampire style souls will turn into daeva even if they perform summonings and that would work on people without vampire-style souls."

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"We could probably sim it."

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"...yes, although that would give the participants souls, so it'd have to be someone who wouldn't miss being a daeva too bad."

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"Bet we could come at it sideways, not target anyone relevant directly.  - Gosh."  She smacks her forehead.  "We could probably get a lot out of going at Sauron sideways too."

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