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Dec 09, 2022 4:54 AM
project lawful goes differently
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"Plus the servants, but they definitely know what they're doing too."

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Right, Bun thinks those are people.

"So I get to just sit here and talk with you while you cook because I don't have to spend all my time cleaning up messes created by incompetents or lazy people who won't do their work, or giving up and just doing their work for them. It's nice."

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"I'm glad that I'm on net solving problems."

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"And no paperwork! Because I'm not assigning myself any."

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"That's the best kind of avoiding paperwork."

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"I mean, it's necessary, keeping track of Teleports alone in somewhere as big as the Worldwound-- and you have to track everything in triplicate because so many people are corrupt or lazy or incompetent and you need some way of making sure they're actually doing their fucking jobs. You'd be surprised how much of my and Chrisor's jobs actually consist of reading paperwork and trying to figure out whether the numbers don't add up because someone is bad at numbers or because someone is betraying us to Mendev."

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"I mean, I sympathize-- I didn't have to do the checking myself, but there was a lot of paperwork to make sure we definitely got the patient's permission, or to make sure everyone knew what their treatment was, or how they officially died, or just to make sure drugs didn't go 'missing.'"

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"Oh my god opium theft. You leave it alone for five minutes--"

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"We have things even more powerful than that. It's a problem."

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"Why would you make that."

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"Well, if you have had your insides rearranged, it means it isn't as painful."

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"You can do that?"

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"We have a whole variety of surgeries we can do because we can knock people out and control their pain."

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"It's amazing what people develop when they don't have magic."

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"...we spent thousands of years not being able to do that, mind you."

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"It'd be interesting to see if we develop things more slowly because more of our smart people become wizards. Maybe not. Maybe without magic smart people just spend all their time on stupid social games."

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"Smart people do try and make things! But there is non-zero games."

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"I like you. You do remarkably few stupid social games."

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"You haven't seen me when I've had to."

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"What happens then?"

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"'I'm sorry officer, but the autopsy report will take a few more days. I can't rush it.'" His smile is so sweet and polite and makes it perfectly clear that he wants the listener to step on something sharp repeatedly.

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"Why would they want you to rush it?"

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"So they can close the case and stop bothering with it. So they can make the autopsy result be what they want it to be."

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"Right. Because it doesn't matter whether you're actually enforcing the fucking law, it matters what is convenient to people in power. For fuck's sake I think half the nobility in this country is Neutral if not Chaotic."

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"Even in different worlds, it's the same."

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