Aug 03, 2021 8:24 PM
Bella is an otome villainess
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"Cool, I'm glad that's workable. Next?"

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"Next you pick the heroine! The options are the Extraordinary Commoner--the most competent and underdog option, the Poor Princess--neglected child of an unpopular previous queen or the last scion of a fallen dynasty or something like that, something that leaves her still a princess but without the advantages of the Princess Royal--and the Hero's Daughter. Ah, hm, I think that one isn't really an option, it requires that the heroic parent be dead. Given who you are as a person I assume you're going to choose the Extraordinary Commoner."

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"Probably, yeah, the others imply tragic backstories, is there any reason not to go with the extraordinary commoner?"

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"She's the most competent one, which given your planetary viceroy plans for her and your erstwhile fiance is probably a bonus in your case but is undoubtedly a complication for anyone who plans to scheme against the heroine. Also, in many settings you lose more face losing your fiance to a commoner than to another princess." 

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"Convenient I'm not going with one of the higher status dudes, then."

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"The extraordinary commoner and the noble prodigy do make something of an appropriate match."

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"I wish them the best. - are these preexisting people you're reincarnating or new people created to spec? What about like, everyone else in the setting, I want to know if I should go for a small population or a gargantuan one. - also was my universe created in a way at all like this or, uh, is it as naturalistic as it looks."

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"As far as we can tell it's natural but it's not impossible that somebody else made it and it's just so well-made that we can't tell. For the most part these are new people but if you want to specify that the event that caused people to begin to exist nabbed existing souls from other universes we can do that."

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"What would by default happen to such souls otherwise?"

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"Well, it would be a pain to steal souls that anything else was going to happen to."

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"Okay, huge population, got it. Can they get their memories back or have the option to in my afterlife?"

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"Um...I can put in a request for that, but I can't promise the request will be honored."

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"I imagine the prospects are no better for them to regain their memories while alive in my universe? For example it might be convenient if I could import fully grown adults with life experience for my species genesis event instead of figuring out how to have them raised by relic AIs without giving anybody psychological damage."

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"Oh, people starting as adults with procedural but not episodic memory is more common than you'd think," she assures her. "There are no exceptional risks of brain damage."

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"...and they raise children fine and stuff?"

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"Procedural memory can get you pretty far!"

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"...I guess. What's next?"

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"Your canonical counterpart's bad ending. The options are death--which gets you a free perk--a nunnery or equivalent, servitude to the heroine, impoverishment, 'exile' which also apparently includes forced marriage to a less glamorous nobleman than any of the fiance options, and 'disgrace' which means you lose a little face but don't suffer any serious or permanent consequences. If you pick disgrace you have to take an extra flaw."

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"If I go with death can I just get resurrected the next day?"

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"...That isn't specifically disallowed, but I think my boss would be mad at me if I still gave you the free perk for it."

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"You've been, uh, very helpful within your constraints as I understand them, but should I in fact care if your boss is mad at you?"

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"Well, not for my sake, but anything where someone who isn't me has to make a call probably wouldn't go well. Like the people getting their memories back thing."

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"And I guess I can't appeal to those people directly."

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"No, sorry."

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"Okay, tabling that for now till I see what the perks and flaws are like."

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