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03 August 2018 @ 09:42 am
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Uh Oh. Angry woman, glowing like a Princess.

She stalked up to the serving table and glared. "Everyone says you used that Comet Fall potion on Dystopia. I want it."

"Uh . . . everything I own is in quarantine, two gates away." Ebsa looked away from the woman's glow, and nearly glowing red-brown hair. Behind her, over on the side walk in front of the Arrival Embassy, he spotted two other Princesses. Qayg and Purr. Being accosted by a man in a grubby trenchcoat. Holding out a glass of wine.

Oh, please tell me that's not the Dirty Old Man. I don't believe those ridiculous stories from Comet Fall.

"You. Are. Going. To. Get. It. For. Me!"

Ebsa swung back in shock as he shrugged off a compulsion spell. Oh, you want to play dirty, Princess? Try this! He nodded over to where two Princesses were laughing and walking past the trench coat guy with a dismissive wave. "See that guy?" Ebsa nodded toward the man who appeared to be flapping his trench coat after his escaping targets. "Comet Fall Magician. He'll have some. Might even be what he's got in his glass."

She swung around and stared. "Ew!" Turned back at Ebsa, rolling up another spell. "Go get it for me."

He slapped down the spell she threw, and dropped his shields to outgoing power and glowed at her. "Do not ever use a compulsion on a Directorate Agent. Go. Away. Before. I. Kill. You."
She staggered back a few steps, turned and fled.

Ebsa cursed and grabbed a spatula. "Dammit. That's a bloody well done steak!" He set it aside, in case he ran out of properly cooked medium rare steak. And vowed to pay attention to the important things.

Ra'd drifted by. "Did you see the Scooner's lynch mob parade? Very well done, with two straw stuffed dummies—a witch and a wizard—that they hauled back to their Embassy and burned at the stake."

"Umm . . . I'll bet the Earthers enjoyed that."

"No. Very much to my surprise. They were horrified and calling the Scooners the KKK and Nazis. I'll have to research the terms."

"Huh." Ebsa stripped off gloves and apron, donned the Vegan set to catch up on charcoal broiled vegetables.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 03:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, but did the Scooners hold a public vote on the route for the parade, how many people could participate, burning or hanging, the type of wood to be used for the pyre, which, if any accelerantes should be used, etc. etc. etc. before the parade?
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 05:10 pm (UTC)
Vegan set
Unless the Oner health department code is very different from ours, the gloves are single use, so Ebsa would not have a "vegan set". He might have a vegan apron (does this mean that his steak apron is leather?), but he would just trash the old gloves and don a brand new set.
ekuah on August 3rd, 2018 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Vegan set
Well, you can't even start to guess the customs when religion comes into play. Just remember the very orthodox jews with their two separate sets of plates and cutlery. (and pots, refrigerators etc...)

Also you can't know what type of gloves he uses. Could be heat protective gloves (you won't get that as throwaways).
Also in Germany there methods for using gloves multiple times to reduce waste. You just need a method the keep the Inside inside and the Outside outside.
Sadly I can't add a link here, or my post would be marked as spam again.

Edited at 2018-08-03 10:45 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2018 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Vegan set
Pity, I would love to know about the reusable glove method.
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2018 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Vegan set
Could be something as basic as a certification of the ability to use a spell to sanitize food prep areas & equipment with magic, automatically obtained as continuing education when he was assigned to logistics administration for Exterior, or maybe something he was required to qualify for when working in his mother's restaurants kitchen.
matapampamuphoff on August 4th, 2018 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Vegan set
Insulated & fire resistant for cooking. Disposable gloves for prep and serving.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 05:43 pm (UTC)
KKK & Nazi
It has been over a thousand years, would those two groups be remembered that well with that much horror?
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: KKK & Nazi
The Nazi's would certainly be able to be remembered that long, maybe not in complete 100% authenticity, but they would be used politically just like now and they are known world wide. The Klan OTOH I don't see it, they were never a world wide problem so calling someone a Klansman in Europe wouldn't have the political impact of calling them a Nazi. Also unlike as late as the 70's the Klan is mostly seen as bumbling idiots or nothing more than a group held together by FBI informants.
matapampamuphoff on August 3rd, 2018 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: KKK & Nazi
Six or seven hundred years--I never specified how long the last Tyrant Wizard lasted after King Nihility walked away. But centuries with regular witch and wizard burnings, often in effigy, but always a holiday . . . no problem.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: KKK & Nazi
I was referring to the time since the KKK or Nazi's existed, rather than to the time since Scoone burned the wizards (and themselves). Looks like I should drink more coffee before posting to ensure clarity. Sorry about that.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 06:28 pm (UTC)
Which Princess doesn't have the Warriors of the One all memorized? Seems like that would be a real urgent task from the One's viewpoint. Minion group A, this is Minion group B.

(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 06:49 pm (UTC)
There are 10s to 100s of thousands of Princesses (even with low birthrates, a 200+ year lifespans suggests 150+ years of potential fertility).

So even if only 1% consider themselves to be above both The Law (illegal mental compulsion), & the strictures of the official Princess administrative structure (not bothering to learn who the New Warriors are since they've only been around a decade or so).

That's would probably be more than 1000 Princesses, most likely tending to come from the "subset" of "assigned high in the political power structures", who would both act like this & have the pull to be at the event (possibly she's even shirty 'cos she is *obligated* to attend, & has decided to score some Wine of the Gods since she has to be there anyway).
matapampamuphoff on August 3rd, 2018 07:39 pm (UTC)
Hauling out my notes . . . There are only about 6oK people with a count of over 200 which is where the Princess School cuts off all consideration. If they take a third of the qualifying women, that would be 10K Princesses to assign to the top government people, Empire-wide.

This is really thin coverage, which doesn't bear much scrutiny. I mean, a third of the Princess would be assigned just to the Council Members, then the President, his directors and subdirectors, all the Ministers, subministers, the Governors of all the Divisions . . . and every one of them trained to snoop and spy, manipulate, and kill.

The Princess School will have very small class sizes--say 150 incoming student a year--and probably send off more than half as having personalities unsuited for even basic monitoring of provencial governors. A few may join the One as priests, a rare Dancer. But arrogant, snotty and thinking themselves above the law? Probably at least half.

While a small circle of people--and the One itself--are aware that Isakson and Ra'd are back, it's only been four years since Isakson has revived the training of warriors, and seven months since their first public appearance.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 07:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting, I was extrapolating from the Withione's being (IIRC) 0.01% of a population approaching 9 Billion, so but then Statistics (& the associated understanding of populations & distributions) was always something of a weak point.
matapampamuphoff on August 3rd, 2018 08:11 pm (UTC)
My Cheat Sheet has Oners as 7% of the population (639 Million), Withiones at 1% of those (6 million), 210s are 1% of Withones (60K), and 216s are 1% of those High Oners (6K).

Mind you, that's both sexes. So a woman with, say, a 215 count would be looking for one of the only 3000 men in the Empire to marry, if she wanted children. And since no one advertises their numbers . . . Plus incompatibilities even if you do luck out and find one . . .

Yeah, when you need drop dead sexy but arrogant, snotty, bitter, vicious Princesses, this demographic is a good place to recruit from.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 09:21 pm (UTC)
Of course these numbers suggest you possibly could spin-off another sub-series just on the reproductive politics of 210+ women picking the fathers of their children & dosing them with the Wine.

Or just a short where some smarties (Nighthawk & R'ad? Rael & Q? Xiat & Izzo? all of the above?) build a "Love Hotel" near a pretty Embassy beach & run "tours" for couples wanting to address fertility problems.
matapampamuphoff on August 3rd, 2018 09:34 pm (UTC)
As I mentioned in _No Confidence_ and will bring up again, "Honeymoon on Embassy" is a euphemism for "Going to get some of the Joy Juice legally, and stay there for the required two weeks for it to wear off."
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2018 06:05 pm (UTC)
2 weeks
In both "Comet Fall" and "Marooned" did the juice not take several months to wear off (at least the fertility portion)?
matapampamuphoff on August 4th, 2018 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 weeks
The fertility effects last for months. The two weeks (with no alcohol!) are for the assemblers to run out of fuel and eat themselves.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on August 7th, 2018 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: 2 weeks
There is a filtered version (Ajha in BPC which will be less persistent and in draft Wedding Bells "a simple Spell"

Edited at 2018-08-07 01:50 am (UTC)
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on August 7th, 2018 01:39 am (UTC)
Pam, "compulsion on a Directorate Agent" Not Warrior

So overdone steak knows this from the news vid which EBSA too.
matapampamuphoff on August 3rd, 2018 07:05 pm (UTC)
Ambassador Ashe's snotty Assigned Princess.

But who do the Warriors serve? The Prophets, the Empire, or the One hive mind?

This is just after Project Dystopia, so seven and a half months since Emre went public and showed the Warriors off. Outside the Presidential Directorate, very few Princesses have had any contact with any Warriors, and have no idea what they are like.

Ebsa? Perfectly common name. And a Clostuone Chef? Even if she knew the names of the Warriors, she'd have laughed off the very idea that _this_ Ebsa is the Warrior of that name.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2018 07:31 pm (UTC)
And he was even labeled as a Warrior with the green ribbon around his hat. That princess isn't very smart is she?
matapampamuphoff on August 3rd, 2018 07:46 pm (UTC)
Wait'll some bully boys decide to take offense at a stupid cook daring to mock the green agal with that band!!!!

I haven't written that bit yet, but it'll end with something like:

Ebsa swept his spatula in an elaborate bow to the watching crowd. With his head low, he hissed, "Get up and bow to the audience or I'll start breaking bones!"
They staggered to their feet and bowed to the crowd's applause . . . then tottered off, throwing uncertain glances back at Ebsa.
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2018 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh my! Can we have Ebsa and Xen follow up with spatula vs serving fork?