Sep 29, 2022 4:21 AM
bella, daughter of hecate
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Chiron winces. "You would... find it very difficult. Perhaps impossible."

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"What's that supposed to mean."

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"You might be struck with constant ideas for compelling stories in other domains; you would certainly have no sudden strokes of inspiration for stories to do with the Hellenic world. Not just centaurs, the interdict covers anything covered by the Mist. The words would not flow. Each would be like a pulled tooth."

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"What if I wrote a story about UNICORNS and then did find-replace."

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Chiron shakes his head. "I strongly suspect they would not be fooled. And such tricks are how well-intentioned youths wind up under divine curses. I cannot recommend attempting to find a way around the laws of the gods."

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"Why can't they just have a NORMAL law where if you try to publish it they will put you on trial instead of a kind where they make it impossible to write about unicorns and then do find-replace! That's awful!"

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Chiron sighs. "Magical interdiction is a tool they have easily available, and so it is the first they reach for. I cannot say that it is just, but it is the reality we live in."

Percy glares at the ground. "There's always bullies at the top."

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"Is my mom helping with all this? I thought she was mostly cool except for the only visiting once when I was eight thing!"

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"I have no reason to believe she has anything to do with it."

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"Maybe I will figure out how to send her a postcard.

What if I convinced my friend Angie whose parents are both humans as far as I know to write a story about Fantasia centaurs."

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"...I do not know. It is not expressly forbidden, but I cannot advise going against the spirit of the law even if you adhere to the letter."

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It's Percy who speaks up this time. "Bullies don't usually care if you found a great loophole in their dumb rule. They just step on you for it."

"I wouldn't put it like that exactly," Chiron murmurs.

"I would," Percy says flatly.

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"Hrmph. - my dad isn't all Misty, right, I can call him and tell him what's going on and he'll be able to like, hear me? What about Angie?"

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"Your father, being a divine consort, is not subject to the Mist; he will hear anything you say. Your friend Angie is subject to the Mist - presumably, though she could in theory be an unclaimed demigod - and would not hear anything out of the ordinary. Most likely she would hear you complaining about the convoluted social dynamics at your new summer camp."

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"Are there a lot of those?"

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"We try to minimize them," Chiron says drily, "but this is a relatively isolated space full of teenagers. A certain amount of... socialization... is inevitable."

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"Especially if you squeeze most of us into that one cabin."

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Chiron snorts. "You are not the only person here with objections to that particular system," he says. "If you ever work on a large-scale project, especially one which will last for three thousand years, a word of advice: do not allow it to be run by committee."

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"I'll keep that in mind. Why don't you just build a new dorm though?"

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"We're planning on it. Alexander Buford, son of Athena, promises to grow into a very capable architect; in ten or fourteen years, when he's out of college, we have plans for two more cabins, one for campers whose divine parent doesn't have a cabin and one for campers whose divine parent hasn't claimed them."

"Wow, if only I was twelve in ten or fourteen years," Percy mutters.

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"And I assume that sorting people any way beside who their god parent is would be totally nuts?"

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Chiron shifts uncomfortably. "...it would be met with... significant resistance. The children of the more, ah, prolific gods enjoy the camaraderie of being housed with their siblings. And they tend to share enough traits that it is easier for one of their own to keep them under control as the cabin counselor. And... it is traditional."

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"Do I have siblings?"

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"None currently at the camp. Your mother has a stated policy of not having children less than eighteen years apart; she claims it becomes difficult for her to keep track. You do share a bloodline with a handful of immortals, but... none I would feel entirely comfortable introducing you to until you have magic of your own, in case the meeting turned sour."

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