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Aug 10, 2022 11:28 PM
Griffie and the Yiga clan
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"Huh. Yeah, I think those don't usually tell people they did it wrong."

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"Or… if there is a scary monster maybe you can give it food and not have to fight. If something is on the top of a tall thing you can climb the thing, but maybe you can shake it or cut it down. And so on."

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"Yeah. The way of thinking that makes you ask if you can fix the world without Ganon your first day here."

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"Fighting is bad. Gods fighting is worse. I want better. …if you can talk, talk, even if talk may be no use. If you can not talk, draw or" Griffie gestures. "If a person who could be a friend tries to fight you because they do not know you, do not fight but say 'I will not fight, you win'. If a person thinks you lie, ask how you can show you do not lie. These things help."

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"I know. I do know." He sighs and shakes his head. "What else do you want words for?"

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"Magic, talking, things people want, details of wanting, gods and spirits, ways to move, places… but to talk more with words I know is also good."

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"Hmmm. Magic that you drink is an elixir. If you hear a food or elixir advertised as hearty, that means it heals injuries you don't even have. Advertising is people telling you why their products are good. There are spirits, like... Dinraal and Farosh come by this way a lot, you'll probably see them at some point. They're visible and physical, ish, but only as much as they want to be. They're very long and not very wide and they have six claws," Vaal makes claw hands to illustrate this, "and they come from nowhere and go nowhere and they're dangerous to get too close to. There's fire all around Dinraal and lightning all around Farosh. There used to be a third, a frozen dragon called Naydra. At least, so I hear. Is this the kind of thing you meant?"

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"No, but I do not know how to say the kind of thing I meant."

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"Do you want words that would make it easier for you to explain what kind of spirits you've seen?"

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"Words about … how magic works? If you know how magic works, but you might not know? Or words about kinds of things people want, that may be better to explain the kinds of spirits I've seen."

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"People want... food, so that they don't starve, because it hurts and they get weak. Weak is when you can't do things. Like if you tried to walk along this road but it was too far. People want to be strong, they want to be good at getting anything else they want. - Other things people want aren't as similar from species to species. Lots of people want to love other people and be loved by other people, which is when... hm, it's when you give other people things that you both want, because you want them to be stronger or happier. Some people want to be alone. Some people want to fly." He mimics flapping his arms. "I think a lot more people want to fly than can fly. I think people who can't fly think it would make them feel safe and free. Safe is when you don't get hurt and you know you won't get hurt. Free is when you make choices - when you can want lots of things, and then you can have those things, and no one else stops you. But I think Rito feel differently about it than people imagine. Is that more like you want to know?"

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"Yes!"

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"Some people want to fight. Some people want to hurt other people. Some people like climbing. Some people like to paint, which is - it's when you put pigment on something, to make a picture or to make it so people like looking at it or to make it so people notice it more or to make it so people notice it less. Pigment has color, and it's a little powder, and you put it with a binder, which is... water or like water, so you can use a brush to move it around. A brush is, uh, you see my hair?" He rubs some between his fingers. "If you have a little bit of hair on one end of a stick, that's a brush. Anyway, people paint for lots of reasons, but sometimes they do it because then they feel like other people see what they painted and know something about how they feel. Some people like it when people know things about how they feel. And another reason is if they don't want to forget what something looks like. Some people ask other people to paint their children, because the children won't look like children later. And another reason is because sometimes you can carry a painting but you can't carry the thing that it looks like. Like if it looks like the ocean. And sometimes people like to collect paintings or books or... knowledge in general, knowledge is... hm. Now you know the word 'painting'. I think you don't know the word... hm, 'membrane'. You didn't know how many gods we have. Then I told you we have Ganon and Hylia. I don't know how many gods you had where you came from. Knowledge is knowing things, and some people like to collect it. You can also collect other stuff, like rupees or paintings. Does that make sense?"

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"I think so. If it does not make sense I may ask more later. There are so so many gods where I come from and some of them are allies. Winlas and Torag are allies. Also there is a kind of bird that the spirits who like rules say is like a god, but the kind of bird is not people and is not very strong for a god and can make more birds almost the way animals do. So there are lots of that kind of bird but they may not make sense to count if you count gods."

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"Can the birds make night not happen after day if they fight each other?"

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"No. But also a very powerful god could not do that because it involved a thing she did not know, not because she was weak or not very a god."

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"Huh. Maybe don't tell Hylia how to do that, then."

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"I do not know how so I will not tell Hylia."

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"Good enough."

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"I also do not want to hurt people."

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"Also good enough! Even better in some ways."

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"I think more people say the lie 'I do not want to hurt people' than people say the lie 'I do not know how to do this thing that hurts people'? I may be wrong."

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"Also sometimes you can give people information you didn't mean to. I think that's harder if you don't have it. But on the other hand, maybe you do know, but you don't know you know. Maybe if you think about it for a while you'll realize you know."

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Griffie makes a noncommital noise.

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Vaal shrugs. "Anyway. What did you do back home?"

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