Oct 28, 2021 9:40 AM
au yeerks meet stork
+ Show First Post
Total: 109
Posts Per Page:
Permalink

"Can't do too long at a stretch but we might want a few chunks of a day or so each." Not three days at once. The current plan is to vaguely imply that even one entire day is a long time and two is probably pushing it, without actually saying anything they can't pass off as excessive caution later on.

Permalink

"Yeah so like - five, six rounds per day? Would cover me probably."

Permalink

"We'll probably have that much in not too long. Do you need to go let anyone know you'll be with us?"

Permalink

"Yeah, I shouldn't just skip off. Should I meet you here in, like, an hour?"

Permalink

Off he jogs. He is back in, like, an hour. "They said okay!"

Permalink

Then he can hand over one of the canisters and explain what to do with it.

Permalink

He will pour a Yeerk into his ear!

Permalink

This yeerk is enthusiastic about aliens and looks somewhat clumsily through his memories of the recent conversation and the entire new biosphere. And somewhere in the middle of that remembers to say hi (or at least send the concept, the language being one of the least interesting things here).

Permalink

<Hi! My name's Yorn. You're Rellis?>

Permalink

<Yes. Well, one of them, anyway. It's great to meet you and see all this! At some point after we're done talking to some servantmakers maybe you could help me get a better look at some of the local organisms? I'd show you how to work a microscope and of course you'd see everything I did.>

Permalink

<One of them? What's a microscope?>

Permalink

He can infodump about microscopes, optical and otherwise. A lot of it isn't really verbal, just concepts and muscle memory (from some kind of aquatic dragon thing). He thinks this is very cool and of course everyone should get to see things under a microscope (and, for that matter, see things at all).

"Hey," Garren 177 interrupts in the local language. "Aren't you going to take some stuff and head out?"

And he takes a step forward and holds out Yorn's hand.

Permalink

<Oh wow, Shuna didn't mention you could do THAT!> Yorn isn't definitely upset about it, but he is startled and thinks it should have been mentioned in advance. Also he was going to ask about the aquatic dragon thing but now he's distracted.

Permalink

<Whoops! I didn't realize you didn't know. Well, I don't have to, if you'd rather I just ask for things, I guess unless you were going to try to starve me?> He just kind of drops the concept of kandrona starvation into Yorn's mind, being vague about the exact timeline, because it seems potentially reassuring. <Want to grab that stuff and head out or will we need to find someone else?>

Permalink

<I'm not going to starve you!> objects Yorn, collecting the objects. <Where are we going?>

Permalink

<I think to... hm, actually everywhere's kind of far, we should ask for a ride in the shuttle. Can I or would you rather...?>

Permalink

<Oh, I don't know your language, go ahead.>

Permalink

An excuse to speak something other than the local language, good. Well, one of the things he says is that they need to borrow the shuttle, which of course they're allowed to do. The hatch opens, apparently out of thin air.

<You want to get on or should I? Oh, and don't press any buttons or anything while we're there if you don't know what they do.>

Permalink

Yorn gets on and doesn't press any buttons, though he does gawk.

Permalink

It's pretty gawkable, although most of the things in it are unclear as to their function. They have a pilot, a copilot, and someone (well, two someones) looking at text on a computer. It's pretty cramped.

It's not a long trip, to get somewhere in even a very expansive definition of walking distance. Rellis can spend it answering questions if Yorn wants.

Permalink

Yorn wants to know what kind of servants they want, he thinks people specialize. And he wants to know how many aliens there are, both species and individuals.

Permalink

Their major use-cases here are automating assembly lines and potentially more efficient power generation.

Of the species that are people - that's kind of a fuzzy concept but there are dozens of known species that have languages and make plans. And of course there are many orders of magnitude more known species that don't. The number of individual people in the galaxy is hard to estimate, but it's probably somewhere between a hundred billion and a few trillion.

Permalink

Probably they want automata for that? Or maybe golems?

That's so many people, wow.

Permalink

Sounds about right.

They land a more convenient distance from the city. <Can I go talk to people or do I need to use you as a relay?>

Total: 109
Posts Per Page: