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Sep 19, 2019 12:12 AM
Silvers and lotuses in pre-Revelation Daevinity
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"I mean, I get that most people would be nervous because of the soul thing and many would even think themselves morally justified because they think of you as not being worth moral consideration. But it's absurdly inconvenient for both sides of the conversation."

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He laughs. "Yes, summoner."

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Felix thinks for a moment. "Do you think that someone would have legitimate reason for concern if they summoned an ungagged Demon? I mean, in so far the gag is relevant."

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Hm. It is true that it's easier to talk people into things when he can talk; he's doing it for their own good, generally, but not everyone would be. Then again, not everyone is good at talking people into things. And he manages okay even when he can't talk. But 'reason for concern' is pretty broad.

Not a clear yes, not a clear no. He laughs, instead.

 

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"Does it annoy you that you can't talk?"

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"Yes, summoner."

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"Sorry. I am going to research for a better binding... unless you think I am likely to make a mistake?"

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"No, summoner." He doesn't really have enough information to think that or its opposite. So it's true. Technically. 

And he would like a looser binding. 

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Skeptical look.

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He doesn't have a response to a skeptical look. So instead he smiles, very wide, and licks his lips. 

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"I don't like being suspicious of people. But I hope you can understand that I do have to be. So, please don't mind when I ask. Can you tell me if your last answer was misleading, manipulative or otherwise incompatible with the goal of informing me so I could make informed decisions myself?"

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"...yes, summoner."

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Sigh. "It was misleading? Manipulative? Or other?" Felix starts asking, pausing between questions so Lucifer can answer each one.

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"Yes, summoner. Yes, summoner. Yes, summoner."

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Another sigh. "That wasn't okay, but I guess the book did warn me," Felix thinks for a moment.

"I am going to list numbers on a scale one to ten. Where one is the most negative reaction and ten is the most positive. Please answer with an 'yes' to the number that fits better to the best of your knowledge. How negative or positive my reaction would be if I had all the relevant information you have in regards to your goals during this conversation?"

Then he starts listing numbers.

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Lucifer says "yes" on eight.

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"Have you found one or more loopholes in the conditions I presented to you? And have you used it?"

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"No, summoner. No, summoner."

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"Did I just upset you?"

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He laughs.

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"Alright. So apparently I could make a mistake in the binding, and you are being misleading, manipulative or other when you answered 'no'. Yet, apparently the result of having all relevant information would be an eight on scale one to ten. I am assuming than an eight is a positive reaction. Is this all correct?"

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"Yes, summoner."

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"Aaaand this assumes that I am not under influence of threat, coercion or some sort of mind tampering?"

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"Yes, summoner."

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"All that would change would be information I had?"

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