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Jul 22, 2018 10:19 PM
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Oh. Death seems like a sad thing to happen. How do you find out if you are a kind of person that can die? (THIRTY-TWO. FIFTY-FIVE. 🔔 FORTY-NINE. SIX. THIRTY-SIX.🔔) I think the intern people are probably dying, but I don't know which way. Sometimes the station with interns says they are now ghosts or trees or memories. Does that mean that they are not permanently dead? (FIFTY-SIX. THIRTY-THREE. FORTY-ONE. FIFTY-NINE. THIRTY-SIX. 🔔 NINETEEN. FORTY-FIVE. THIRTY-ONE. THIRTEEN. 🔔 FOUR. THIRTY-SIX. 🔔)

 

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There are a few dozen known alien species. The ones most like humans are the Gaoians, who look something like tall, spindly raccoon-people; they're also omnivores with a pack mentality, like us. Most of the other races are herbivores. We have a couple clan outposts of them here.
Corti are Roswell Grays, for those who have heard of those (weirdly many, it looks like). Shorter than humans, gray skin, big eyes, ears, and heads. Amoral scientists, every one of them. They abducted me.

Two of my better alien friends from my time as an abductee are a Rrrrtktktkp'ch and a Guvnuragnaguvendrugun.
Rrrrtk look something like a giraffe, but with two pairs of arms coming off the neck, six legs, and stripes. Big wide faces with bulgy eyes. Krrkktnkk A'ktnnzzik'tk - humans just call him "Kirk" - was with me when our station first got attacked by Hunters, and he's been a big friend to humanity politically ever since.
Guvnurag are huge furry trucks with brightly-colored emotion lines across their face and body. Quadrupeds, big ones [six meters] front to back and [four meters] tall at the shoulder. Squiddy faces, which do their fine manipulation. The Guvnurag placed the interdict shield around the Sol system, which we've managed to get around, slowly and with difficulty. Vedregnegnug ("Vedreg") is a friend of Kirk's, and we talked while I was in the Saturn observation post with them before I came back to Earth. He was against the interdict, but not influential enough.

And the Hunters. Second-scariest species in the galaxy and the most feared for sure. Six legs, skin like porcelain, seven eyes distributed around the "face", two arms but each splits into two forearms and usually they're amputated to replace with cybernetic weapons. Strictly carnivorous, and they prefer to subsist entirely on the meat of sapient beings. They're vicious and can paste any species but us. We're from a deathworld and can take heavy shots from their best normal guns and get back up again, so they've declared genocidal war on us.

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Arthur... There's a standing order not to share weapons tech but do you want medical technology specs in case any of ours is better than yours?

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What is the scariest species in the galaxy?

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Humans are the scariest. We're centuries behind technologically, but we're stronger, faster, tougher, more warlike, and smarter - that manifests mostly as "more creative". I've got a dossier of the differences and why we're terrifying. We also eat a lot more, we go insane much easier, nonlethal mind-affecting drugs exist for us, we're a species of paranoids (by galactic standards, at least, but then everything is in fact out to get us), and we're susceptible to belief in magic and gods. (Which as far as science can determine do not exist in my universe. This communication system excepted.)

I've gotten this dossier cleared to be shared, and a transcript of the initial review of Hunter physiology after their attack that revealed alien existence to humanity at large. Those provide a pretty good summary of us from everyone else's perspective, and everyone else from our perspective.

*Mute: That would be great, thanks! Galactic medical technology is not great at treating us, so it will probably be quite useful. I can trade you some of what we have figured out from reverse-engineering things.

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Cryostasis pods - Cancer treatments - Trauma care - Prosthetics/implants - Pharmaceutical synthesis

Relevant warnings in each packet. Really not sure how much it'll help, but we're in the 28th century and there are no aliens around. The cryostasis pods in particular are pretty great

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If any of you could learn the magic of our world, resurrection might be within your reach. After many years of study, but still within your reach.

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Parakk said:

If any of you could learn the magic of our world, resurrection might be within your reach. After many years of study, but still within your reach.

Is there a straightforward way to test whether it's possible for people in other worlds to learn it?

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I suspect that magic is not transmissible.

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I know that it is at least in principle possible for people from one world to practice magic from another.

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The worlds that meet here may be even more distant. My world has planes, which until now I would have considered worlds as different from mine as all of yours. 

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My world also has dimensions, similarly. The worlds I'm speaking of are not dimensions within my world; for example, some of them also contain Earths with their own (similar but distinct) histories.

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I just spoke in another thread about drifting from the topic- perhaps we should make a new thread?

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Or travel to Resource Sharing, yes. I apologize for any disruption.

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There are three types of people in the Unknown. Animal-people are shaped like their non-person counterparts, but they often speak and have magic. Examples of animal-people include foxes, juncos, bullfrogs, beehives, whiptails, and trout. Humanoids are like animal people, but stand on two legs, or switch between standing on two and four (or more or fewer) legs, almost always have hands, and are often larger. Humans are an example of humanoids, and, to the best of my knowledge, every person who ever came to this world from a different one was a human. Animal-people and humanoids are almost always mortal. Spirit-people are magical people whose bodies are not usually made out of flesh.

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There are humans and monsters. Humans have stronger SOULs and flesh bodies. Monsters have weaker SOULs and magic bodies. Humans are shaped like most people here say. Monsters have lots of different shapes but don't change them much. Snowmen and kinda animals and skeletons and ghosts and blobs and plants. Probably more. Humans only do magic with our own SOUL, and they come out. Monster SOULs have to stay in their bodies, and their magic is outside them and is on other people's SOULs.

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Is there a difference between a SOUL and a soul?

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I don't know. When I read it it's capitalized, but I don't know if it's standing for more words or emphasis.

Oh I didn't put them all, I'll fix that.

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Where have you read so much about SOULs?

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On the walls by the waterfall. Sometimes monsters talk about them, too. Also a bit in a book in the librarby but I got bored put the book back partway through the chapter and didn't get to find out as much as I wanted.

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Does a SOUL always ‘come out’ when doing magic, or is that a separate matter?

If the latter, can a soul ‘go back in’?

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My SOUL comes out of my body and floats how I decide to move it when I run into monsters and they do magic and it pulls a little. Monster SOULs are always in their bodies because they are made out of magic I think, unless they die. Monster magic seems like it's made of the same stuff as their bodies usually?

My SOUL goes back in after they let go or if I walk away far enough. It goes I think in my ribs? It feels warm. When I do magic I concentrate on how I feel with my SOUL and it feels like I push the feeling into the world.

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What an interesting world you have there. Do you know why monster SOULs are so different from yours?

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No. Maybe it's because their bodies are magic? Which is I think also why it's easy to hurt them by accident.

And humans are made out of blood and water and bones and organs and stuff so maybe our SOULs are being used for less or are less spread out?

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In my world, I don't think anyone distinguishes between "smart animals" and other animals the way the OP seems to, so I'm not sure how smart the cutoff is. My world has lots of kinds of animal, and a lot of them are smart enough to use the Internet. The country I live in, Equestria, is mostly run by ponies. Ponies are hoofed, hairy, herbivorous quadrupeds who bear live young and have noses and eyes and ears. Ponies come in three types with different magics; Unicorns have horns and can do telekinesis and cast spells, Pegusi have wings and can control the weather, and Earth Ponies whose magic is really idiosyncratic and variable and confusing. Each individual pony has a "special talent", which is something they're naturally extremely talented at and able to use their magic for in ways other ponies can't.

Probably the three next most common sorts of animal in Equestria who are smart enough to use the internet are donkeys, gryphons and cattle. Donkeys are a lot like ponies but never have wings, horns, magic or special talents. They're also less outgoing, more stubborn, less prone to panic and cope better with distress. Donkeys and ponies can have foals together but the foals will be infertile. Gryphons are winged, hairy, egg-laying carnivores and about as outgoing as outgoing as donkeys. Cattle are kind of like giant, stupid unicorns. A long time ago, Equestrian cattle were bred to produce much more milk than they need for their own children, so now they sell the excess.

Some of the lands near Equestria are controlled by buffalo, dragons and Changelings. Buffalo are a lot like cattle, although they were never bred. Dragons are scaly, winged, egg-laying bipeds who breathe magical fire, eat gems and can grow really big. They become really aggressive, avaricious and selfish as they mature, but they only mature as fast as they can acquire possessions, so in Equestria they aren't allowed to own anything. Changelings have chitinous exoskeletons and wings, lay eggs, and live by draining magic, energy and health from other animals. A changeling can only drain magic and energy from someone who loves that changeling, so they often impersonate peoples' loved ones while interacting with them. Changelings can use their magic for illusions and telepathy as well as for whatever sort of things the person they drained magic from could use it for.

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