Oct 28, 2021 6:18 AM
owls and grapes do villarosa all together
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"That is amusing."

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"I'm okay with just calling people nobles and commoners. And letting people be very confused if they ever run into systems of nobility that don't have magical distinctions between the lords and the subjects."

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Giggle. "Okay, cool, what next?"

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"Next is minions. You get two free minions on top of, in Didyme's case, the Maid minion from her hair. You can choose a given minion option more than once. The options are Maid, Classmates, Admirer, Animal Companion, AI, and Butler."

The Maid option will give you a female personal servant (or a cross-dressing boy, if you like, though that be scandalous if revealed). Unlike any "normal" maids you have, a Maid minion is guaranteed to be highly competent, almost unquestioningly loyal, and have some useful skill beyond housework. Most commonly, she might double as a bodyguard or a spy. Oh, and even if it makes no sense in your setting, she can come with a traditional maid outfit, if you want."

The Classmates minion is actually two people, but they will almost always act as a pair. Picking this gives you two female classmates your age of slightly lower social status, whose families are formally or informally in service to your own. These two are therefore predisposed to be your friends and follow your lead. The Classmates are probably the most independent and proactive minions, and therefore also a deniable asset. They can be counted on to give you insight into the Academy gossip and help subtly manipulate it; both of which are tasks your exalted status can make difficult to accomplish yourself."

The Admirer is the male counterpart of the Classmates, though he is only a single boy. He is a talented but not exceptional fellow student with an obvious crush on you. While he knows and accepts he has no chance with you, that doesn't mean a bat of your eyelashes doesn't twist him around your little finger. You may choose for him to be a rival or a friend of your fiance; either way he will prove a useful tool."

An Animal Companion is some domesticated or tamed animal that you have bonded with and trained. In technologically advanced or magical settings, it will have near human intelligence as a genetically engineered or magical companion; in more mundane settings it will simply be an implausibly well trained pet or steed. This can be anything from a pet cat to a pegasus mount. You can even have a dragon, but only if your Villarosa's dragons are the lesser kind that can be reasonably domesticated; not if they are monsters of vast power."

Choosing the AI minion gives you a human-level artificial intelligence as a personal servant. Besides the obvious advantages of an ally that never tires or sleeps, the AI will be capable of trivially hacking and controlling any run-of-the-mill computer systems. If Als are common in your Villarosa, the AI minion will still be more advanced than the commonly available kind. This one has a tech level requirement, but since you chose Space Opera that's not something you have to worry about." 

Unlike your other options, the Butler is not directly your servant, but is instead a much older person, usually employed by your father, who has taken a liking to you. This character is often a man, but can also be a woman. Their actual job title could be Majordomo or Head Maid, or they might even just be an old friend and ally instead of holding a formal role. They are extremely skilled, but they are unlikely to ever intervene directly in your struggles. However, they instead can be an important source of grounded and wise advice, if you are willing to listen."

Additionally, the heroine will have a pseudo-minion companion; the Hero's Daughter's companion is a staff member of the Royal Academy who was close to her heroic parent and who acts in many ways similar to the Butler minion." 

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"Ooh, are AIs common in our Villarosa, I feel like not? I feel like—we can make spacefaring easy but AIs are fundamentally not easy and any that existed this early in a world's history would basically be, like, you might as well make them magic spirits provided by the gods because that's what they are. On the other hand providing literal actual magic spirits could be neat, if those can count as AIs. Something something magical constructs I dunno. What do you think?"

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"I might like to have a magical spirit of my very own, if the option was available."

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"Magical spirits can count as AIs," the angel says agreeably. "As long as they're sufficiently--AI-like. In aesthetic and so on." 

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"I think the Butler option sounds very useful."

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"Will I have any extra trouble with the Classmates because my social status is barely adequate to start with?"

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"No. Richer than hell will do a lot." 

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"Fair enough. All right, I think I'll go for Classmates and an AI-spirit."

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"I would like an Admirer," says Ghys. "And perhaps also an AI-spirit."

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"Seems vaguely unaesthetic to double up—oh, you know what I could do, I could go for Classmates and a Butler and be raised by the Butler, that seems aesthetic as heck regardless of what anyone else is doing."

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"Hm...I already have a Maid...I don't care that much about doubling up, I'll take an AI and an Animal Companion. And I want my Animal Companion to be the heraldic animal of the royal house or something symbolic of the royal house even if we don't do heraldry-qua-heraldry. And I'd like that to be a magic bird, something that looks sort of like a peacock but with bigger wings and all in fire colors." 

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"Ooh, magic birds, I'm into it."

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"Magic birds are charming," Ghys agrees.

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"We should have loads of magic animals. And not limit ourselves by what's real or lives where on Earth. I like giraffes, we should have domesticated giraffes that children can ride. And cats with the personality of housecats that look like different kinds of wild cats. There's no reason to have things that will threaten people, but I don't see why we shouldn't have lots and lots of kinds of friendly ones."

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"There's some reason to have things that will threaten people."

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She waves a hand. "There's reason to have things that can be trained to threaten people, there's no reason to have things that will just be randomly hazardous." 

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"The wildlife should not be excessively threatening but if there's, like, bears in the woods, I think that's fine. Unusually chill bears who are still not a good idea to try to pet. And then somebody can try domesticating them and eventually we'll have domesticated bears, which is cool."

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"Oh, we should have domesticated magic foxes. That would be lovely."

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"Yeah! --And pandas. Red pandas and panda bears both. Domestic ones. In various sizes!"

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"Definitely!"

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"Enthusiasm for domesticated animals aside, are we ready for our next choice?"

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"I think we should return to the question of animals later but that's fair. What's next?"

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