Jun 23, 2021 7:00 PM
Demon Cam in Frostpunk
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"This is a standard angel circle from the Safe Summoning Authority - I'm qualified to roll my own but this isn't a circumstance that calls for it - and here is a copy in non-circular format if you'd like to read it." He hands her a packet. "It has various safeties and contingencies so the angels can't hurt you, do property damage, attack bystanders, that sort of thing, but can, like, transform tree stumps into chairs if they want to sit down. It requires a lot of fine print to get it so it's permissive enough and restrictive enough and it has been through a lot of refinement as people caught possible issues, for example as we learned more physics."

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"New discoveries in physics, indeed. I read some alarming things about what the Germans are doing last night, though much of it went over my head. I'm torn between asking more questions and just reading this book."

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"Up to you - hi!" He has a very similar negotiation with the second angel and sends him out.

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"I'll stick to- Should I be completing multiple circles to speed this up?"

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"If we were in slightly more of a hurry I'd say yes but we're not and it might make me flub something when I'm talking to them. Plus it'd keep them waiting." Next circle.

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Nod.

She fills circles and reads the summoning book. Reads the binding text too.

 

During a break between angels, "If you can take models of things from far away, we could investigate and put down crates of supplies in places where they're needed. I think some places are likely to panic and spiral into bad things soon but more supplies could - triage it while angels clean the air. I made a list."

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"The problem with that is that if I don't see where I'm putting something it might wind up inside something that already exists. I could do drone deliveries, but if people are suspicious of the drones and won't take the contents that doesn't help."

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"Drones - automata? And the places most likely to be suspicious of those are generally the less technological places, where they accordingly need the most help. Hmm. I think most people would know what an Albacore class airship looks like, they're a cheap mass produced model from a decade ago - you could have those lower crates to the ground?"

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He makes a mini one to have a look at it.

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-A skeletal blimpy thing with a gondola about a hundred feet long, apparently powered by natural gas.

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"I can make something that looks like that, or like a modified one of it, at any rate."

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"As long as it looks like an airship of that general design it should be fine, I think? Even if you don't bother communicating or showing any crew manning it people will recognize it as something manmade, delivering them supplies."

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"It'll be annoying to maneuver with the big balloon part and remote-pilotable mechanisms inside but I think it's doable." He fiddles with a program on his computer, sets it aside to talk to a new angel, resumes.

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She goes back to reading the summoning textbook. Takes a break when she suddenly notices how hungry she is to request 'something interesting'.

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Hmmm, she liked the ramen. Does she like malai kofta?

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"This one is even stranger than the soup. But quite delicious. Before yesterday I hadn't had meat in weeks!"

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"This one's vegetarian but if you like meat I can do meat, hundred percent humane and everything."

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"Really? I thought it tastes like it has meat. And I do, meat and tropical fruit and eggs and flavored sodas and ice cream, all - symbols of plenty."

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"It has cheese and nuts, for that proteiny flavor." He makes her a Coke and a bowl of mango ice cream for dessert.

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It's delicious!!

She takes a break from the summoning textbook and brainstorms what people would need. Shelter, clean water, and food most urgently, obviously, but she thinks it would help social order to give people tools and work to do, as well...

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Water purification devices, heaters, stoves, cold-weather tents, cold-weather clothes, air filtration - "What kind of work?"

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"Building things? You could supply factories with whatever they received before the frost, that seems low research-effort. Distributing the dropped goods? Growing things, the IEC developed a nice semi-automated hothouse that comes in twelve truck-sized crates, some assembly required. I think communities will organize and make work if they have hope, too."

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"Oh, yeah, greenhouses to assemble and plants to put in them is a great idea. Can you find me the plans for the IEC hothouse so I can see if it's obviously improvable-on?"

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"Just a moment, let's see-"

She found it yesterday, she looks in the history. There it is. Sends it with the chat program. There's one that uses a single Steam Core in its capacity as a 1940s-era computer-equivalent and some electric lights, limited to potatoes and two different cultivars of edible lichen, and a fancier one requiring more materials that can handle things like carrots and wheat and cabbage (specific cultivars, anyway). They're both very space-efficient and cleverly pre-fabbed, but there are many improvements from a 22nd century perspective.

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"- yeah I can do better than this. But I can send the airships out now, because they can transmit me their locations and then I'll be able to make stuff that they'll then unload. What are the closest couple dozen priority cities in all directions?"

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