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Jun 28, 2022 5:43 PM
Vanda Nosseo deals with Sesat
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"In five years I hope to be younger than I am today, traveling the worlds to see the architecture and paint things that catch my fancy. Not spinning anymore but I don't think I'll be throwing my spindle out and I hope we don't stop keeping sheep, if we have everything we need then we can afford to keep them around just in case. I don't know if I hope we join or not. I'm not sure our cultures are similar enough for that to work out, really."

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"Huh, Vanda Nossëo as a whole doesn't have a unified culture, can you say more about how you feel Sesat couldn't fit in?"

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"Bear in mind that I don't know much about you yet and might be wrong but it seems like Sesati culture is more concerned with justice, courage, and personal uprightness, whereas from what I've seen most people in Vanda Nossëo appear, from what I can tell, take the attitude that they'd rather be rich than right and if they're rich enough then any time anyone has a quarrel with them they can pay them to go away."

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"- huh. You've met just people who've come to Sesat, and I guess me, right? Maybe you'll meet people you get along with better on vacation, where do you think you might go?"

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"I might want to go to Patchwork but I haven't decided for sure yet. Know anywhere I shouldn't pass up?"

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"Everyone likes different things but if you want to get lots of different things sampled in one trip Patchwork's a great choice, lots of little experimental communities."

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"I guess experiments are the kind of thing you can do, when you have a backup plan."

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"It's one of the luxuries being rich affords people, but I can certainly understand why it wouldn't have been a priority on your planet. Oh, did you know there's a poll out on what to call the planet in official documents? Obviously everyone can call it whatever they like in their own language but typically there's a standard form. You can vote on it if you want, what would you want the planet called?"

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"I don't know! A month ago I would've called it 'the world'. Is Courage taken?"

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"Not that I've heard!"

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"Maybe I'll vote for that."

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The interviewer doesn't have many more questions; she is paid for her time and told when to expect the article to appear and sent on her way.

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She will find some way to read the article when it has appeared. What do they have to say about her?

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The article ("She'd Like To Call It 'Courage'") includes what she said in response to what questions but apparently they also have a forensics demon they use for digging up further interesting information and have found that she did some slaving. The last paragraph is a snipe about how maybe one day there will be enough courage to spare that they can bravely admit that they were wrong about owning people.

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Forensics demons are creepy and annoying. If she were personally responsible for anything involving sensitive information she'd be screaming.

She passes this along to various people, because it's not a successful hatchet job in her context and mostly serves to make Vanda Nossëo look bad from any perspective she actually cares about.

Anyone can summon a demon, right? What can she find out about that, if she sells her clothes and buys an outfit that looks normal in Vanda Nossëo and tries to copy other people's mannerisms and goes and asks some random person where to find a library?

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Random person cheerfully directs her to a library! Anyone can indeed summon a demon but it is recommended that you do this at a dedicated facility with a preprinted circle for safety reasons. You have to do it in Revelation or Space Arda. She can actually get paid to do it if she picks a demon who'd like her language.

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...Is anyone going to stop her if she goes to the dedicated facility and arranges to give a demon Sesati in exchange for a hundred safe (...safer, anyway, none of this is really safe) circles for random demons and a marker?

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No, she can do that if she wants!

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And next she will find a relatively private space where it will presumably require other people to go out of their way to watch her, as opposed to the place where they're presumably watching everything all the time.

She waits an amount of time that she doesn't particularly decide on in advance, to frustrate them if they check up immediately.

And then if not interrupted she'll start summoning random demons.

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Here's one! There's a bit of a wait but not a long one. "Hey, what's up?" says the random demon, who has hooves and huge black wings.

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"I'm wondering if you'd be interested in taking your payment in the form of lewd stories about my" (eyeroll) "husband."

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"...no, not really?"

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"I haven't got a lot else. Have a lovely day."

She'll go through a few more in the hope that someone bites; anyone with the temperament to want that kind of payment probably has the right temperament to dig up Zenaka Brai's secrets. (It's not like her husband will be happier to come home to her dead in dishonor. He'll understand.) But if that doesn't work in the first few she'll switch tactics and start by saying she's trying to dig up something unpleasant about someone who did the same to her first.

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None of the demons want lewd stories. She gets the same one again and he seems annoyed - "you again? Lady, there's a lot of porn on the internet, give it a rest!". But the revenge angle gets a taker after three tries: "Wow, what'd she do you for?"

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"Asked for an interview, turned out it was for a hit piece."

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