Sep 24, 2020 12:23 AM
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A wish you care about more will yield stronger magic.

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So it's possible to get it to be clear about things after all, then. Good to know.

Okay. So my wish controls both what magic I get and how strong it is, plus... I assume I get the wish itself too? Like, actually get the thing I wish for in reality, not just magic based on it?

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Yes.

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She pulls her blanket back up around herself and begins thinking. What does she care about most strongly? Right now, the thing she's most focused on is getting magic, but she doesn't think it's quite accurate to say that she cares about it so much as she is very interested in it. What was she thinking about before Kyubey showed up? Looking back... the cold is terrible. True, but not the sort of thing she wants to waste a wish on. Novels and games, no, those are short-term fun but not much more than that. Living on her own and never having to deal with her parents again? Much closer, probably something that she can muster a decent amount of feeling about, but... she has potentially forever to do that. As much as Kyubey might expect her to get killed within a couple years, she knows better than that. If nothing else, she can just wish to be unable to die. Or... no, that's a stupid way to do it. Not when both of the causes of death Kyubey mentioned are dependent on loss of magic. In fact, now that she thinks about it, wouldn't the obvious wish just be for unlimited magic?

Wait a minute. No. She's thinking about this all wrong. Why, if magical girls exist and can do all these things, hasn't she heard of them? Witches might be able to hide themselves from normal people, but Kyubey didn't mention magical girls being able to do that. Which means there's some sort of extra filter here that she's not thinking about.

Turning back to Kyubey, she asks, So why haven't we taken over the world yet? Not, like, as a group, but if magical girls are so hard to kill, why aren't there any countries ruled by unaging god-empresses? Girls who wished to be the untopplable rulers of the world, and never got toppled? Girls who wished that nobody else be able to take them down, even by wishing for it? Because those things haven't obviously happened, but nothing you've told me has pointed towards any sort of filter either to prevent those things from happening or to prevent people from noticing if they did happen.

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Some wishes are too much for the girls who want to wish them. You can wish for anything but you might not have enough potential to power the wish completely. I will warn you if you want to wish for something you cannot feel strongly enough about to get. It would be very difficult to wish to rule the world successfully and would involve a lot of mind control.

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What about more generally? Like, forget about wishes. Magical girls have magic. I assume not everyone actively tries to hide it. So why haven't I heard about them? Why hasn't anyone come out and told the world that magic is real? Why hasn't anyone won that one prize for demonstrating convincingly non-fake magic? Even if people mostly want to stay hidden for some reason, why hasn't anyone failed to notice a camera around and healed themselves or used telekinesis on video? Is there already mind control going on to prevent people from noticing?

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I'm not sure. I never asked any magical girls why they don't do that.

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Okay. And there's no way to kill a magical girl who still has magic? We can just keep healing ourselves until we run out and die, even if our brains are gone? Actually, wait, how does that even work? Do we just automatically regenerate our brains whenever they're too obliterated for us to consciously choose to heal ourselves?

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Magical girls think with their souls, not their brains. They can die if their souls are destroyed.

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We were wrong about brains being where thinking happens? Or, wait, of course we were. That should have been obvious after the telepathy. Another mystery on the why-isn't-this-well-known pile, but I can work with that. So bodies are expendable but souls aren't. Okay.

Do people lose their magic when their souls are destroyed? Because, if so, I'm pretty sure I know what I want to wish for.

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When the soul is destroyed there is nothing to hold the magic anymore and the magical girl dies. What do you want to wish?

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I want to wish to always have magic, no matter how much I use, until such as a time as I choose not to. Which, if I'm understanding you right, ought to have a side effect of keeping my soul intact until the same point in time, since my soul being destroyed would make me stop having magic.

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That wish is impossible; it would break the laws of magic.

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Okay. That's inconvenient, but okay. Can you tell me what the laws of magic are before I try again? Because most of my other ideas are pretty similar to the first one, and I'd rather not have to trial-and-error it if they're all going to end up failing for the same reason.

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It could depend a lot on your exact words. Magic cannot create more magic.

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I can work with that, I think. Actually, that brings up something I should probably have asked earlier, now that I think about it. What happens if someone wishes for something which would be impossible if they keep acting like they usually do, but possible if they act like a totally different person? Would the wish change their personality to be compatible with the thing they wished for, or would it just fail? Assuming that changing their personality isn't directly part of the wish itself, I mean.

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I'm not sure what you mean!

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Like, suppose I wished to create magic every time I voluntarily went outside. Would the wish just not work, or would it work but also prevent me from ever actually going outside?

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I would not grant that wish.

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Are the rules for what wishes you won't grant equivalent to the rules of magic, or is it a personal-discretion thing on your part?

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I won't grant wishes that you don't have the potential for or that would undermine your contract.

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