Feb 03, 2023 7:30 AM
an Anomalan in raveria
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"I think they just go in rainbow order because people think that's cool too.  I know item tiers are sharp divides but I don't know if it's the same for seamster levels; I've stayed peridotious."

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"Green yellow something something red purple blue is rainbow order? Is that a translation thing or--or--no it's gotta be a translation thing, if rainbows were actually in a different order that would be even weirder than magic. Or I just misunderstood what order the words go in, could totally be that."

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"Green yellow orange red purple blue white-everything.  I don't know why they split it like that."

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"Huh, yeah, if someone from Firstplanet was going to split the rainbow somewhere weird it'd be between green and yellow." Shrug. "Kind of a weird question: are there any, uh, important legal or social distinctions between the levels or is it just like a cool thing with no implications beyond how much magic stuff you can make?"

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"I mean no one's going to be peridotious at my age these days unless they swore off sewing on purpose and probably became a hermit.  Is that what you mean?"

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"No, I was, uh, checking that people didn't decide to make a caste system out of it, because historically my planet tended to make caste about things for no good reason--and sometimes used color labels for them, which is why it occurred to me--and levels of magic skill would totally have been the sort of thing people four hundred years ago would have been super obnoxious about. We know better now, don't worry."

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"Maybe I should move to your world if I get the chance; seamsters are all kind of obnoxious even if not really in different ways by level."

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"It's a pretty nice world! Anything you'd like me to tell you about it?"

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"Why are your clothes so neatly-made without seamsters?"

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"Machinery! We have machines for all kinds of things--harvesting crops, making various objects, the handcomps I mentioned earlier, transportation, heating and cooling and lighting and plumbing, making parts for other machines . . . . It all runs on electricity, which is lightning but going through wires instead of the air in precisely controlled amounts."

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She fiddles with her headscarf.  "Say part of that again?  'It all runs on lightning, which is lightning but . . .'"

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Ooh, the translation has a "listen to the phonemes for loanword reasons" setting. Which is now making Anda[A] think about how the words for the levels were words A only sort of knew. Maybe it was going by morphemes and unremembered heard-it-once? Anyway, A repeats the last sentence.

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"Electricity," she repeats to the sheep in Convergentlanguage.  "Do you have electriciters?  - It kind of sounds like your magic is electricity instead of sewing and if it is then maybe seamsters won't be able to charge your handcomp."

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"Electricity isn't--okay it is a sort of thing people do in that it's going on inside our bodies all the time, but there aren't people who produce it directly as a voluntary action, there are animals that do that but that's not important, usable electricity is produced by machines people build. If this world doesn't have the same exact electricity as my world than my current body is a superficially identical but structurally massively different object from my previous body and the same with my handcomp. Which I'm not ruling out, mind you! But it would imply a degree of sophisticated mimicry that would seriously increase my credence that I was brought here by an intelligent agent or a mechanism created by one." Anda[A] makes a lot of hand gestures while saying this and sounds entirely cheerful about the possibility that A's body is secretly not what it looks like.

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