Oct 28, 2021 9:47 AM
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Sure, but that doesn't get her any closer to answering their question. She doesn't mind doing color changes but she really prefers more challenging and impactful work, if that helps?

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Sure, but there are still going to be a lot of people who want to be able to knock up their wife and then get changed back, or want wings or tails for some reason, or who have suffered disfiguring or disabling accidents Amentan reconstructive surgery can't quite get handled and want that fixed, or stuff like that.

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The problem here is that she has no idea how to put her thoughts on how much of what kinds of work she likes to do into a number for them, and it seems pretty unlikely that a ten minute - or two hour - overview is going to solve that. (Also functional wings are exceptionally difficult and not even the fun kind of challenge, they just take an absurd amount of optimization, and she doesn't recommend them at all, and reversible reproductive fleshcrafting requires surgery for the reversal part - she can make it an easy surgery but that's still more a medical procedure than a mod.)

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They could have would-be clients write blurbs on what they want and what it would mean to them or something but it would be a lot to read.

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Yep. That plus randomization of whose blurbs she sees would work, she guesses; it wouldn't be great but it sounds like no solution is likely to be great.

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Is she aware this is going to wind up with people trying to bribe the randomizers to de-randomize it, and people paying for blurb-writing help, and stuff like that, and she could instead just direct that money to whatever she is interested in by charging directly.

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Do they want to suggest a number. - aren't there genecrafters around doing something like this, where'd they get their number from.

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If you have no idea what the number should be it's typical to auction - let people who want the thing name their price till it tops out.

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Traveler points out that the genecrafters are planning on doing part that way and hiring someone to read blurbs for the other part, once they're more settled in and have an idea of what to tell the employee they want; she agrees that this mixed approach sounds good.

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They can set up a similar thing for her, then. Requests start rolling in.

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Anything interesting?

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Some people want to know if she can, rather than anatomically making a lesbian temporarily able to get her wife pregnant, just get some sperm out of the one and into the other straightforwardly. Somebody is missing an eye and wants it back. Somebody has a browning disorder and wants to know if she can fix that. Somebody has an old sports injury that Amentan medicine can't get quite all the way fixed. Somebody is pregnant with a baby who doesn't look right on the ultrasound and wants to know if she can fix that. Somebody understands that simple hair color changes aren't what you go to her personally for but would really like their hair to grow in ombre like it did when they were darkening from periwinkle to navy, is that complicated enough?

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The best she can do for the lesbians is a very unobtrusive gland, or one that's easy to surgically remove; since sperm isn't quite a body part she can't make it directly. Regrowing an eye is easy; changing how someone tans is harder but not hard, though she'll need to look at an Amentan volunteer or two to check the exact way they do it; fixing an old injury could be easy or difficult depending on what's wrong but she'll take a look - removing and regrowing the affected part is likely to be an option if nothing else. She's never worked prenatally before and will need to know more about the situation but in theory it shouldn't be much harder than her normal work. Ombre hair is tricky and ombre hair in unusual colors doubly so, she gets a little nerdsniped by that one.

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Unobtrusive gland is fine! It's not hard to find some normally browning Amentans willing to be looked at. The old injury is some ligament issues in the hip. The pregnant lady will come by to have that checked out. The Amentans mostly think the ombre hair request is frivolous and that this is the sort of thing they'd normally charge extra for, especially since the person who wants it is blue.

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Ligament issues can go either way but this case turns out to be one she can help with; they just need a bit of lengthening and some softening and then they're right as rain.

The pregnant lady's baby turns out to have their umbilical cord wrapped concerningly around their leg; fleshcrafting can reverse the stunted growth but she's not familiar enough with the situation to be sure that she can safely do anything about the cord itself until she has a chance to consult with Amentan doctors about it. In the meantime the lady can have an early look at her baby if she wants; she's made a section of her belly temporarily transparent to let her see what's going on in there.

The hair thing is a bit frivolous, and of course she's not going to prioritize it, but if she's thinking about how to do it anyway they might as well come by for the five-minute job of getting it done once she's figured it out; she doesn't see what being blue would have to do with it one way or the other, in any case.

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The transparent belly might make it possible for an orange with a background in pregnancy massage to get the baby moved around so the umbilical cord will let go, if she can leave it like that long enough for one to try and then put it back.

Blues have a lot of money.

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She wouldn't recommend exposing things in there to too much light, she's not sure if that'd do anything concerning in the long run, but if the patient is comfortable with that risk she can leave it, sure. She can craft her up a few extra-opaque shirts to be on the safe side, too.

Blues having a lot of money is... not obviously a problem best solved by charging them extra for the same work?

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The pregnant lady is fine with wearing extra-opaque shirts till a masseuse can de-umbilical her baby's leg!

Blues having money isn't a problem, exactly, but in general if you are going to sell frivolous things you can charge more, and then practical people with normal budgets don't buy them and rich people such as blues do.

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...it isn't bad for people to have frivolous things that they want and definitely not better for only some people to be able to have things like that. Anyway this is probably a one-off, it's not going to be an interesting challenge a second time with the same colors. (She'll write up instructions for other fleshcrafters to duplicate it, of course, more will presumably turn up sooner or later.)

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It's not bad for people to have frivolous things they want but if the frivolous things are scarce money is how you allocate that. In this case the blue is getting ombre hair just because he was the first person to think that was worth asking about.

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...whatever, she doesn't actually care all this much.

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That's fine. The blue gets his ombre hair. The pregnant lady comes back SO HAPPY that the masseuse was able, with the window, to get the baby to turn over in just the right way to kick free of the umbilical cord, to be turned opaque again, even though she really likes being able to look at her baby.

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Awww, yay! It's for the best to turn her back, though, she wouldn't want to risk her baby's health. (Perhaps somegreen can run some tests on some Amentan animals, see if it seems like that'd be safe to leave in place for future patients?)

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Sure, they can get her some pregnant mice to transparentize!

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Ta-da! And she will of course be interested in hearing back about how they do.

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