Aug 03, 2021 4:41 AM
Demon Cam in Frostpunk
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"Okay. Thank you. Sorry for being - unreliable."

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"Nah, it's legit. You want to swallow pills or have me administer direct?"

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"Pills would feel more grounding, I think?"

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He hands her a pill and a cup of water.

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"Thank you." And she takes the pill and breathes deeply. She's not sure how long this is supposed to take to kick in, but some time later once she feels fine again she says, "I think I have enough of a handle on the computer to start planning. Or at least plan to make a plan- Say, outlining what we need to figure out. How much of a library can you fit in the encoding or whatever these use?"

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"Lots."

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"And search is much better than a card catalog in many ways. P'raps then you should just get the- I should make a list of big libraries, I think I'll get most of them. Library of Congress, the British Library, Royal Society International Archives, that will cover most Western sources. All the IEC and FEC's documents, the Academe d'Imperial, anything Tesla and Edison ever published... Tim Bundy's Directory of Publishers and Booksellers would get you a list of companies and you could get everything they ever published... I don't know that this covers the whole world, though."

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"I can get you everything published in English in this world ever. And any other languages you read."

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"-Wow. I read French and a tiny bit of German. And English."

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Cam sticks a doodad into her computer.

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"That easy, huh? Hmm... So, I figure I'll start by seeing what the IEC's doing, I remember they seemed to have the best put together survival strategy, by which I mean one that was developed more than three months ago."

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"Sounds like a plan."

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She'll get to it! It involves a lot of reading.

Eventually, "Is there a bedroom aboard this flight?"

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"Yup! And a bathroom ensuite. That door." Point.

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"I've saved what I have so far to that shared drive thing if you want to take a look." Yawn. "Goodnight."

She grabs her packed bag and cleans up and sleeps.

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Cam investigates her work.

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Lots of stuff listing out the most useful bits of what the IEC has been doing. They designed a lot of equipment for cold-weather survival, some of it quite impressive given the tech level. Surprisingly good insulated suits, building-size robots that use Steam Cores, and a lot of prefab structures specifically designed for supporting people in extreme cold. There's a bit of analysis of the Generators, which are essentially giant steampunk combo geothermal and coal plants that pipe hot steam to all the buildings in a circle around them. She has noted presumably Cam can do better, but useful inspiration? 

She found a map of the IEC's shelter sites, as well as the French evacuation plan which seems to be giant trains for some reason, and the German one which seems to be deep bunkers and 'the newly discovered phenomenon of heat generated from atomic decay'. They all have 'estimated supportable populations' of something like a tenth that of the cities they are designated for.

And she searched around and created a report on the general mood in various parts of the world, as best as can be guessed from the most recent written sources. Everyone is very very worried, but only a few places are edging into panic and social breakdown. Greece and Spain and Madagascar are seeing snow, and wild storms are whipping around even the parts of the world that aren't freezing yet.

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What a useful person.

By the time Verona is awake they have landed in the Amazon basin and there is a circle waiting for her.

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She looks at the writing around it briefly. "Same person as before or different?"

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"Same one, but I'll make more circles for her friends after."

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"I'd appreciate that university course at some point." She completes the circle.

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"I can give you a book to start with?" Cam offers.

Chisan pops into place. Cam offers her conjured material objects in exchange for a term of service on clearing up the impact site and she accepts and he prompts Verona to do the same.

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"I accept. And I do want that book."

She won't ask annoying questions at the moment, like 'should I be looking over those terms for loopholes or do you trust her now', assuming the book will cover that.

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Cam hands her the book. Chisan goes out of the shuttle; it smells smoky outside. He makes another circle for another angel.

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Circle: Completed. She peers down and reads the binding after doing so. "I'm just going to accept without being thorough as long as you're doing the negotiating because you know what you're doing far more than I and doing this quickly is important but I'd appreciate - commentary, perspective..."

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