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Re: Potential Spoiler - Last Chapter - Din between factions
Post by dwileye13   » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:37 pm

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If there are any AI's or other systems monitoring scientific progress or signals of pushing the proscriptions it would be clearly obvious that Terran knowledge has been introduced to Safehold by agents of/or equal to one of the original factions surrounding the WatF.

Arabic Numerals would not spontaneously appear in an identical format. The CAT (Schrodinger's if you will) . . .is out of the BOX.

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Re: Potential Spoiler - Last Chapter - Din between factions
Post by DMcCunney   » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:54 pm

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dwileye13 wrote:If there are any AI's or other systems monitoring scientific progress or signals of pushing the proscriptions it would be clearly obvious that Terran knowledge has been introduced to Safehold by agents of/or equal to one of the original factions surrounding the WatF.

Arabic Numerals would not spontaneously appear in an identical format. The CAT (Schrodinger's if you will) . . .is out of the BOX.
Agreed that Arabic numerals (and specifically called Arabic numerals by Merlin) are evidence of leaking TF level technology to anyone aware of TF technology.

But if there are any AI's or other systems monitoring what's going on and noticing such things, they haven't communicated it to human beings, like the Vicarate in the Temple.

The Temple is certainly aware of the new numbering system (and I suspect Duchairn's subordinates in Treasury pounced on them gleefully as a much better tool to do their jobs.) There was nothing in the Proscriptions or the rest of the Writ forbidding them, so they could be adopted without qualms. And nobody alive on Safehold save Merlin and the IC will understand the significance of the name.

So we're left with a variant of the question the IC confronts - the OBS is still up there, and active enough to have point defense swat stealthed probes Merlin and Owl send for a closer look. But nothing the IC has done thus far has triggered any visible signs the IC can detect that the OBS or something that might be in the Temple has even noticed.

The Vicarate has noticed, and the Temple Lands are running as fast as they can to replicate Charis's industrial development, but nobody sees it as a Proscriptions violation.

(I would not be surprised if Paity's attestations as Intendent of Charis are accepted by the Temple for stuff like that. The Church of Charis may have split from the CoGA, but no one ever impugned Paityr's piety or determination to properly discharge his duties. The more conservative and change resistant might think some of his rulings are mistaken, but won't see him as an evil servant of Shan Wei.)

Whether there is something active and looking in the OBS or a ground based controller is something no one knows, and the way anyone might find out is having rocks dropped on them. No surprise the IC isn't trying too hard to find out.
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