Oct 28, 2021 10:41 AM
Dream SMP has a visit from a goddess
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"That makes sense, but seems kind of sad. ... Now I want to figure out how to make pets immortal. Since I didn't see any in the afterlife when I was there. Hm."

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“…Dream can bring animals back. So there’s a way to do it.”

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"Oh! All right. I guess that'll be something to ask him whenever I get around to having what will no doubt be a loaded conversation."

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“He won’t tell you.”

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"Mm. I'll still give him the chance to, even if he won't."

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“…Well. Good luck.”

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"Thanks. I'll still play mad scientist with making things immortal later, I think. The very good puppy just needs to stay safe until then, okay?" The second part is, of course, cooed at Fran.

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“She’s the oldest pet on the server. —Well, except for Mars, but Mars is usually in an ender chest, that doesn’t count.”

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"What kind of pet can be safely kept in an ender chest? Unless it's got a whole little home with enrichment and food, that seems really sketchy on an animal abuse level. ... Also, what's an ender chest."

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"An ender chest is a, uh... If there was an ender chest here, I could open it and get the contents of my ender chest, but if you opened it, you'd get the contents of your ender chest--which is presumably nothing--and you could destroy the chest and open a different ender chest somewhere else and it would still have the same stuff in it, there could be ten ender chests in the world and they'd all have whatever you put in your ender chest, or I could destroy them all so that there were none left and as soon as you put one down it'd still have my stuff in it. --Fish can be kept safely in an ender chest, that's what Mars is, I don't know if they like it or not but the main alternative most of the time was putting them at risk of being killed which I'd imagine they like even less."

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"Oh, that's neat. The ender chest, I mean, not the... fish being stuck in a pocket dimension for fear of its life. Instead of getting to swim around in a tank or something."

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"I mean, he gets to swim in a tank sometimes. But yeah."

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"Immortality for fish too, gotcha."

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"--If you do immortality for all animals or even just all pets you're going to run into problems with people using that for combat. Probably worth it since you can resurrect people but it seems worth considering."

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"Hmm. I want to avoid having to resurrect people if I at can, since the afterlife is time dilated and traumatic. How would they use animals for combat? Having them attack other people?"

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"Dogs can attack, yeah. And if you have enough of them they also work as a sort of--shield? Technoblade has a dog army for combat purposes, even without immortality they're useful. There are probably other ways to exploit it too that I'm not thinking of, but dogs are kind of the obvious example."

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"Well, I don't think I really mind their shield functionality, I'd kind of prefer if people didn't try to kill each other. But the attacking complicates things. I'll need to think about it, maybe ask around. I don't want to give someone an immortal attack dog, that's not why the immortality."

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"Fair enough. I don't know how you'd distinguish, though, if Fran sees someone trying to hurt me she's not going to do nothing--I could tell her to sit and she'd obey me but you'd have to trust my word that I would."

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"Right. I wasn't planning to demand trust of people. I was thinking just something as simple as making their attacks do nothing when I immortalize them. I think I can probably do that, it's messing with... similar sorts of things?"

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"Huh. That works, then. ...I am going to have so many questions once you're more used to how everything works."

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"Yeah, that's reasonable. I'm not sure if the weird thing is the world or how I'm seeing it. I wouldn't call it simple, but I would call it... neat. Orderly."

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"Orderly how?"

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"Mmm. Something like... so you have a lot going on in your body in the background? And I would expect it to just be that. But also there's a... a value, I guess, summarizing it and tied to it. Saying your overall wellfare. Sort of. And I made myself immune to damage by force setting that value to maximum, and that worked."

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"--And where you're from, it wouldn't have?"

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"No. There wouldn't be a value summarizing it at all, and if there were, I'd expect it to be just for a viewer's benefit, not... Tied to the fundamental status of the thing it's observing."

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