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Oct 28, 2021 6:28 AM
The absence of spacesuit does not guarantee the absence of travel.
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The screen changes to show the video of a structure with a glass box in it being assembled around Griffie, with a little ring in the bottom right corner.

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Alright, sounds like a plan. Griffie taps the ring.

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Larger drones begin to bring out various components, including glass, metal, and complicated items Griffie does not recognize. The actual process is a lot more complicated than the video, and actually involves building multiple layers of box around Griffie first.

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If Griffie still has a good view of everything, having more than one layer of box is acceptable. Construct-operators often like redundancy, and also redundancy.

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The boxes are all transparent, at least the main panels. They are joined together by a more diverse set of metals, hinges, and welds.

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Yeah, that's how it seems like building a glass box would work. Griffie waves to the sphere-constructs and smiles.

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The tablet now displays only the parchment texture.

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Hmm. Which is more important to explain, "I know what humans are" or "actually, the other book I showed you is in Chraiqun, and if I'm going to show you the third book, it'll be in Sylvan". Let's go with the second one.

Griffie draws the setup the tablet had used for linking glyph-sequences and Celestial words, but with each row having an oval to the left of three sets of boxes. Griffie gets out the holy text and the dictionary, tying them to their belt. They then put each of the particularly illustrate-able words from the holy text in the first column of boxes, illustrate the words to the left, and put Celestial and Sylvan translations. The column of Celestial text gets a drawing of Griffie writing on the tablet above it. The column of Sylvan text gets a drawing of the dictionary cover above it. The column of Chraiqun text gets a drawing of the holy text cover above it.

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The sketched boxes turn into boxes with actual nice columns to make it easier for Griffie to use.

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Alright, they get the concept. Griffie fills out a few more words, then shows the sphere-constructs a few more pages of the holy text, then a few pages of the dictionary.

Then, in the parchment space, Griffie draws the line from the frowning human to the smiling human.

Below the line, Griffie draws rectangles: one with a picture of Griffie writing more things, one with a picture of Griffie showing the sphere-constructs the holy text more, one with a picture of Griffie showing the sphere-constructs the dictionary more, and an empty rectangle.

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"Captain? Entropy analysis on that last book. You… probably want to see this."

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"…I see. Figure out how to ask. That goes for all of you! Anyone who can figure out how to ask if that thing is a dictionary or just a list of ancestors or whatever tells me immediately."

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The screen remains that way for minutes. Then finally, a video plays. A human writing a book, with another view added to make it easy to see what is written in the book.

They take an apple, look at it, write down a word, then write a bit more on the book. Then they take another object and repeat the process, over and over and over, with no apparent relation between the objects.

That video is in one circle, the other circle is empty. A picture of Griffie's dictionary appears.

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Griffie's dictionary contains more than just nouns, and probably wasn't made that way, but that does seem like a similar sort of book? Griffie drags the dictionary picture onto the circle with the human writing down words after looking at objects.

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The screen shifts to a picture of Griffie's dictionary surrounded by lots of smiling humans.

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Griffie takes a bit of parchment, starts moving as if to hand it to someone, and lets the corner of it disintegrate. Griffie points at the disintegrating corner and frowns. (This is what Griffie thinks would happen if Griffie tried to give them the dictionary right now.)

Griffie then starts showing the drones dictionary pages again.

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They show a video of Griffie showing the pages a lot faster, not quite just flipping, but pretty close, transitioning to a video of very smiling humans looking at the video of Griffie doing so on a similar tablet, and tapping it to make it show individual pages completely free from blur.

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Alright, they are very good at building sensors. Griffie shows the drones the dictionary pages at around the suggested pace.

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The tablet shows lots of smiling humans as Griffie does so.

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Griffie is mostly focused on the dictionary, but does notice this, and smiles back.

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Constructing the quarantine box and station around it, even in a pretty minimal form, will take more than a day.

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After showing the sphere-constructs the rest of the dictionary, Griffie moves onto the holy text as well. Then, since there still aren't any of the Elemental fields in here, Griffie re-casts Life Bubble with the usual safety margin.

After that it might as well be time for sleep. It's not like there's a day-night cycle around here. Griffie puts away their possessions, awkwardly curls up in the absence of gravity, and switches from making deliberate irregular movements to much smaller and slower regular movements.

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When Griffie wakes up, the place looks superficially assembled, but drones are still flying around doing things to it.

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Griffie tries some friendly yelling, to see if it echoes off the sides of the structure, and tries Create Water again.

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No echos, and the water-sphere disappears after about ten minutes.

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