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May 21, 2022 3:52 PM
Vanda Nossëo meets Har
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Shortly thereafter he wanders into this office just down the block from Edda Station 1 carrying all his worldly goods.

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A human bureaucrat is happy to sign him on as an itinerant individual-immigrant! Here's a bunch of demographic information he might want to have on file with them, it's all optional except the centrally assigned ID number but usually you at least like a name and world of origin attached.

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He's Valanda, human defense mage, from Anavel Sani City in Anavel Sani in the Hari Empire... what do they want to know? He'll answer most of it just to get to find out what they think is important enough to ask about.

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All that stuff is good, and they also like to know gender, religious and philosophical leanings, next of kin-or-kith, age, ethnic background, medical history, contact information, employment status, household membership, insurance status, and a picture.

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He makes a face at them asking about gender and skips that question. His philosophical leaning is that he supports the faction in Hari politics that conceives of the state as a thing for avoiding friction between individuals, but Vanda Nossëo's thing where states are for avoiding harm to people is cool too. He's not in touch with his parents anymore and neither are they in touch with any of their relatives but he remembers their names and the kinds of magic they have. He is going to be eighteen in a couple days. He has never heard of humans having ethnic backgrounds before and speculates that he might not have one. He is a genetic chimera and can rattle off details about his personal genetic codes and has had a couple of colds as a kid and malaria once and none of the checkups he got over the past few years turned up anything terrible or interesting. He doesn't really have contact information right now but eventually he might get an email address. He's a working mage and doesn't belong to a household or have insurance yet. They can have a picture but he'll charge if they want him to strip for it.

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In his clothes is conventional although not required!

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They can have a clothed picture, then.

Once he has an ID number he will immediately attempt to memorize it if it's a remotely sane number of digits for that.

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It is an 18 digit number (in base ten).

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He can memorize that, if not instantly.

And when he's done there he can go back to Icefalls and look for an out of the way place to set up a tent.

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He can find one of those; there's forest and scrubland in hiking distance that nobody seems to be using.

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Great! He sets up his tent, leaves most of his worldly goods inside it, casts some magic to make it hard to rob, and finds an alien tree with line of sight to it to sit in and finally access the internet. For free this time. Right?

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Yup! There is free satellite internet to be had here.

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Finally. And now he can try out the cool technological search engine. 

...The first thing he searches for is "Icefalls crime rate" because he should really double check that before moving here.

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Apparently six Icefalls residents have stood trial in the last year.

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That's pretty good. ...Unless a bunch of crimes are going unreported or a bunch of nonresidents are coming in and doing things. It's probably pretty good, in such a big city.

Okay, next search: jobs in Vanda Nossëo.

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Vanda Nossëo's jobs page says it is hiring on a continuous rolling basis for roles such as:

- R&D
- department of integration
- float healing
- float miscellaneous support
- envoy positions (first contact, shipboard support and backup, retail)
- federal-level and federal-state-interface-level logistics and records management
- justice system positions
- social support roles
- infrastructure department
- internal accounting
- personnel resources
- failure analysis
- security and precautionary roles
- office assistants
- reception
- transit
- translation and localization services

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He facepalms. In hindsight of course it didn't just list every job that exists in Vanda Nossëo.

...Some of those sound maybe interesting, though. He could at least consider applying. What do they look for in failure analysts and security people and translators and envoys?

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Failure analysts should be able to elicit and interpret forensic data and witness reports, come up with concrete policy amendments that would retrodictably avert problems, work in teams, etc.

Security people may have a wide variety of individual abilities; there are many things that need securing and many ways to secure them. They need to be trustworthy, resistant to social engineering, willing to participate in pentesting exercises with or without warning, creative and lateral thinkers, etc.

Translators should be good at learning languages such that they can function in the absence of Allspeak and have solid grasp of register, idiom, subtext, nuance, and stuff like that so they can patch any issues Allspeak has and also provide materials in various languages for people who have not received Allspeak installations. Ideal candidates would be able to work well with instances of the Fëanáro template.

Envoys need to be calm, nonjudgmental, compassionate, steady, good at working in teams, trustworthy, and committed to the goal of universal flourishing and amenable to the methods Vanda Nossëo has at this time iterated towards. They actively look for diversity, especially visible diversity, in new-contact-facing roles, and it also helps to have magic of some kind though not all envoys must or do. The desiderata list, and the training schedule, for retail-only is more abbreviated than the one for being an ambassador.

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He's getting the impression failure analysis draws on the same abilities as spell design, but relatively more social... so, something like command design, which is the most competitive profession in the world. It sounds fun and simple but it's probably the kind of thing where the top twelve people in all of Vanda Nossëo do it professionally. Probably a waste of everyone's time to apply.

Participating in pentesting exercises without warning sounds stressful, he'll circle back to that if all of the less stressful jobs in all of the universes are taken.

He has never met a Fëanáro and has no idea what counts as good at learning languages but he does speak four that are all from a newly contacted world so he might as well apply.

He's good at pretending to be calm and nonjudgmental, he's the most compassionate person he's ever met, he doesn't know how to cause other people to know he's trustworthy but he is, universal flourishing sounds really awesome, and he belongs to the rarest species he knows about so he's probably diverse enough. He applies to work retail in case that turns out to be fun.

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He is invited to choose a preliminary interview appointment slot!

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He has this conveniently wide open schedule and can see them approximately whenever.

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In that case he can come in in an hour and a half; their office is on the Vanda Nossëo central planet in Edda, so he can get there by an intraworld bus route.

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Wow, that's fast. Well, then he can take the intraworld bus route and stop by their office. He's early; that seems safer than being late.

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The lobby is very pretty, with potted plants and mosaics on the walls and intricate patterns on the upholstery. There's another human waiting there, scrolling through something on her chiplock and humming.

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Nice place!

The polite custom in Har is that if he doesn't have something important to say he should ignore the other human, and he doesn't yet know how to be polite according to any other customs. While he waits he googles himself to find out how public the information he told them on moving here is.

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