Sep 22, 2021 4:53 PM
The la(te)st castoff continues to fix everyone's problems
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"Most certainly! I don't suppose you would want to do this inside your labyrinth? I have my own mental construct but yours is... rather superior, I admit."

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"Mmm... I'm concerned about how it's a shared mental space, and there's at least one person I don't know bouncing around in it. Will the superiority of the structure affect the teaching much, or the amount that you might potentially lose if I turn out to be a dangerous mind bending weapon?"

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"I was thinking more about your ability to create isolated spaces within it... but you're right. I am perhaps a bit biased by my curiosity about it."

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Vetmera snorts.

"We can poke at it when I have more practice at not melting minds. I'm curious about it, too, but. I want to be systematic about this."

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"That's sensible. Well." Dhama offers Vetmera both hands across the table. "Hold them and let's get some basics out of the way. I can't make you a professional but I think I can at least show you where the 'on' button is."

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WE ARE SO BORED how long is this going to take

Tahir thinks they are going to need to learn how to deal with not having constant action all day long 100% of the time.

THAT SOUNDS AWFUL we are starting to rethink that deal WAS THAT PART OF THE DEAL maybe it was in the fine print WE CAN'T READ

Do they even have a suggestion for what to do?

sitting here is probably the first thing that has to stop YES LET'S GET OUT OF THIS STUPID BAR we can find adventures outside

Really? Do they not even want to solve the mystery with the erased women?

...maybe YES HOW DO WE DO THAT

Sit. And. Wait.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING

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She takes Dhama's hands, smiling.

 


Her worries about melting brains turn out to be well-founded. She is not the weapon of psychic destruction that she feared, but neither is she precisely safe. Simple projection of speech turns out to be both easy and harmless, but projection of strong emotions or full experiences is a bit more hit or miss. While she can push harder if she means to, feeling something strongly magnifies the strength as well. Accordingly, she'll need to be careful about anything she feels particularly strongly about. Fortunately, the minor damage from these experiments is recoverable—Dhama's isolated mindspaces start unscrambling themselves slowly, and do so more quickly when reconnected back to the rest of his mind. Interestingly, as they scale up the size of the isolated fragment, it withstands the force much better. A complete mind will probably hold up even better than these safer experiments.

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And with that Dhama thinks they're done for now.

"You will probably need to practise some on your own. Each mind is unique, and I can't directly teach you everything I know, you'll need to figure out how your own thing works. I can probably give you some pointers for what to try, later, once you're more familiar with yourself."

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"Okay! Thank you very much." She's going to go find and hug Aleks, because she's excited.

"I can project!" she says brightly. "Without melting minds, even! I shouldn't right now because I'm excited about it and that makes it a bit dangerous but still!"

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Aleks laughs and pets her hair fondly. "Congratulations."

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