Aug 01, 2021 11:31 PM
Demon Cam in Haven City
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Oh good. What's the compound look like?

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There's one main building laid out a bit like a squarish 8, with translucent force fields over its two internal courtyards. It has lots of windows that overlook the courtyards, most of them tiny and barred and reinforced with forcefields. It's supposed to serve as a factory, too, and not one OSHA would approve of. It is, at least, also supposed to have a library and a clinic and something that isn't quite a chapel but is something similar. There are small outlying buildings for use by the guards. Then around all of it there's one big outer wall.

Other than the force fields, some of the things eco would be used for are lighting, door locks, motion-detecting lights, motion-detecting computer-operated weaponry, cameras, elevators, and the automated parts of the factory.

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"Electricity doesn't do force fields," Cam remarks. "You might want, like, safety railings and things in the factory - what will it be manufacturing? - I can replace all the non-force-field eco use with electrical stuff though the factory equipment might be a little fiddly to get exact and I would like to consider non-shooting-people options for security."

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He starts frowning slightly at the mention of safety railings. "I hadn't thought your species would have more safety features in their factories than ours - or, ah, that you'd have factories at all - but anyway it's for zoomer and air train parts I doubt you can help with. The non-shooting-people security is what the force fields and locks and guards are for but if you have more ideas let's hear them."

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"Oh, we don't, humans of our acquaintance do. Robots? Do you have the concept of robots? Or you could hire a fairy, that's usual for prisons."

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"We do have robots." This Samos is too young to even be tempted to brag about his daughter having cracked computer vision all on her own. "How would we hire a fairy?"

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"You'd summon one! Mind, I'm not sure it will work normally, since it's very weird that I'm the only daeva who's ever been summoned here, so first I will want you to summon someone who is, say, okay with being a test subject on the condition that if they are stuck here forever they get to adopt the nearest orphaned baby."

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"There are people we could summon here who would want to adopt orphans?" This is not the best news she's heard this year but it's in the top ten.

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"Yeah, loads, daeva can't have children."

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"Would their adopted children grow up to have powers like yours?"

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"No. However, people who perform summonings might turn into daeva when they die, that being how it works where I'm from - except that where I'm from, dead people who haven't summoned anyone also have an afterlife and it doesn't have any of your folks in it."

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Samos looks as if something suddenly makes dramatically more sense to him.

"That seems worth testing," Ashelin says, just as Vin volunteers to be the one test it.

"Can daeva themselves die?" asks Krull.

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"Nope! We're indestructible."

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"Something of a downside but I'm sure not everyone will see it that way," says Krull.

"Is there any kind of system in place for making sure none of these prospective parents want to destroy the world?"

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"I would be starting with well-regarded members of relevant interest groups and also, normally, daeva are summoned with bindings; I can copy what's kept planets back home safe when fairies adopt kids and tweak it to fit demons."

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"And it needs to be tweaked because...?"

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"Fairies have different powers - in particular they cannot trivially destroy the world."

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"And no one with an orphan problem has bothered with demons when fairies are safer and - after all it doesn't matter if anyone starves where you're from, does it."

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"Actually, the existence of an afterlife is not widely known among the living, but they have cut it out with the starving anyway and there are not many orphans per capita."

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"Wow. Well, we have... I didn't expect to need numbers on that today but more than a hundred just with the Ministry of Extreme Labor and probably a lot more than that in the city."

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"...the Ministry of Extreme Labor? Has orphans?"

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"Yes, but I'm hoping to change that."

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"Oh good! Let me whip up a circle and ask for a recommendation from Wistful..." He fiddles with his computer.

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They'll let him work on that for a moment. Samos smirks the smirk of someone who was rescuing orphans from slavery before it went mainstream.

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"- Wistful recommends a Mrindeh, Mrindeh confirms she is willing to live here forever adopting babies in case she can't go home," Cam says after a bit, "I have a circle whipped up for the case, here it is -" He presents a circle on the floor and a pen to the would-be human test subject.

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