Sep 22, 2021 4:08 PM
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"Magic, mister Banner."

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Typical unhelpful hallucination answer. Is writing with a quill pen any easier when you're dead and everything is fake?

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It's super not!

"Can we get some pencils? Sorry but I'm just going to make a mess with this."

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"I'm no good at this either and also left-handed."

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Too many useful skills are dying out these days. She makes them pencils.

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"Thank you! Okay, bring on the options menu."

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The angel produces ballpoint pens and a stack of loose-leaf paper. "I can provide nigh-arbitrary materials from your world, as long as it can be justified as helping you make decisions in some way," she mentions. "Do you want to start with world options, or personal ones?"

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"Presumably the world options constrain the personal options more than the reverse?"

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"Yes, starting with world options seems wise as long as we can revise our choices there after seeing the personal ones."

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"You can change any of your choices at any time," she assures them. "The strictly world-related options are tech level and magic level. The tech levels are Faux Medieval, Actual Pre-Modern, Early Modern, Industrial, Marvelous, Steampunk, Contemporary, Cyberpunk, and Space Opera. The magic levels are None, Low, Medium and High. Marvelous is the one least corresponding to a specific Muggle genre of fiction, but you can basically think of the kind of science fiction penned by Shelley and Verne."
 

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"Space Opera."

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"Space Opera! Or Cyberpunk if Space Opera doesn't have AIs for some reason."

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"I would appreciate explanations of both of those. Also, what magic level is our original universe, by this scale? I assume its tech level is Contemporary."

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"My universe super did not have magic."

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"Mine neither--no, wait, you mentioned a Statute of Secrecy?"

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"Your universe has a magic level of Medium. It would be High, but the Statute of Secrecy lowers it considerably. All three of you are from the same universe."

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"Conditional on your existence, woah. Anyway, you wanted an explanation of Space Opera and Cyberpunk? Space Opera is, like, spaceships that go faster than light and humans living on lots of planets and sometimes aliens and sometimes AIs. And then Cyberpunk is mostly on Earth but there's lots of cool computer technology often including AIs. And also sometimes the economy is a mess and all the corporations are evil because a lot of Cyberpunk is written by people with an axe to grind but I don't know about in this case."

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"If Cyberpunk comes with a political agenda I'm fine with Space Opera, I just really want to be an AI one way or the other."

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"For my part, I find my magic exceedingly useful but would prefer it be public knowledge and learnable by everyone. The secrecy imposes a number of undesirable constraints."

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"AIs are available at Contemporary and above, although I've been trying to convince my superiors that it ought to be available in Steampunk as well. Would you like your magic system but, say, slightly different? For example, right now immortality seems needlessly difficult. Easy immortality is one of the frequent magic-system priorities of people who have been trying to maximize the well-being of people who have to live in this universe."

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"I definitely want easy immortality. If everyone was AIs we'd get that for free but doing it by magic is fine too."

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"I intend to remain human. I don't think much of the people who have sought immortality under my magic system, but having experienced death by old age I don't think much of that either. If biological transfigurations were easier to maintain that could do it on its own without changing anything else too much."

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"Your magic system does run on self-consistent rules, right? I don't think I would like living in a universe that wasn't fundamentally math."

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"A great many things about how our magic works are poorly understood, but I have never seen it to be inherently inconsistent. Unless you make a mistake, casting the same spell always produces the same result."

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"I don't understand all the mathematical principles myself, but the magic system in question is not one of the truly obnoxious ones that refuses to be scientifically understood. Those exist. I am allowed to tell people they can't have them."

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