Transcript: Interference Episode 9

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JACQ

Hey guys - so, let’s talk about all the downloads I’ve been getting! I have always had a small but loyal crew, and I love you all, but since this thing with Chel has happened, everything has gone off the charts! The last episode, where Geneva and I talked about the explosion, and Janelle Monae, and such, I’ve gotten numbers in the thousands, rather than the dozens.

So I wanted to say hello to everyone! And say that - yes, this is a real thing. Talking to people from Chel has practically become a genre in the past few weeks, and I’m loving the content people are releasing - we’re learning a lot, when we can verify that it’s real. And all the apps coming out to block unwanted Interference but magnify the stuff we want to hear is getting really awesome. Thank you, fancy science and computers people! I don’t know what I would do without you. I mean, actually I do. I would not podcast.

Uh. Anyway, I got a lot of emails and messages on discord this week from people saying - why the hell would you talk about Earth? We are on Earth! Tell us about Chel!!! So that’s what we’re going to do, today.

GENEVA

So is this where I come in? Are you done with all the weird computer talk now?

JACQ

Yeah! And I mean, that was pretty basic stuff. Welcome again to the show, Geneva!

GENEVA

Thanks for having me Jacq! Hello everyone, my name is Geneva and this is how podcasting works, I think. It’s very nice to be with you all here today.

JACQ

(chuckling a little) So, is there anything really awesome about your home world that you’d like to share? Or should I jump into some questions first.

GENEVA

Well, as far as I can tell people on Earth would find magic one of the most amazing things about our world. Probably our fauna as well. I’m not entirely sure what to say about that though. I don’t really study beasts.

JACQ

Well, tell us a little about your studies, then. You’re an archaeologist, right? Or something similar.

GENEVA

Yes, I’m an archeologist. I studied in Lyrekeep University in the city of Aellark. I studied there for four years, and specialized in ancient architectures. The city itself has some lovely buildings from ancient eras that have been well cared for or restored to their former glory.

JACQ

Can you qualify what “ancient” means? Here it’s (typing noises) about 1500 years ago, and before.

GENEVA

We don’t have any… yes that seems to track pretty well. Some buildings from 2000 years ago were still quite lovely. I think my favorite is probably Eliswyria Tower. It was grown from a large chunk of quartz and is sculpted around with these dark coatings of obsidian. It’s roughly 11,000 years old, and...

JACQ

Stop stop!!! Okay. Things to address here: First. When I say 1500 years ago and before, I mean from 1500 years ago to about 5,000 years ago. There’s not much before then, in terms of, you know, civilizations. Second, that tower of crystal was grown!? That’s amazing!!

GENEVA

Right, you have very few records.

We actually don’t know much about the spire other than its age and name. Aellark, or a city much like it, has been razed and rebuilt here for thousands of years. It’s just such a lovely spot. We actually have almost no records from the time of the spire.

JACQ

Why is that?

GENEVA

Unfortunately, when one civilization wipes out another, records that city kept tend to be destroyed with it.

JACQ

(grumpily) Well, that’s no different from here.

GENEVA

It is quite a marvelous structure, though, and not the oldest building still in the city. It’s just my favorite.

JACQ

What’s the oldest? And how old is it, if 11,000 years isn’t that.

GENEVA

The oldest building is the Temple to Aviana. As far as we can tell, the base structure is around 15,000 years old. That’s the building most of the scholars cite as being the best in the city. I think just because it is the oldest... and perhaps they like that it was made, rather than grown. The Spire is just so beautiful, though, and it took a lot of skill to form it into that shape.

JACQ

I’d love to see that, some time. It sounds amazing. Both do, really!

So you say the oldest building is a temple - is it still being used for worship? I remember that you’re in a temple to… Asden? For your research? But that’s been abandoned.

GENEVA

Yes, it is still in use. It sees quite a bit of use actually. It’s basically the center of our city. It’s not actually in the center, it’s more the... cultural center. The heart of the city. It is a beautiful structure in its own right and quite finely crafted.

JACQ

Is it a very religious city? What sort of god is Aviana, it sounds like they have something to do with… birds? Or the air?

GENEVA

Yes, she is goddess of the wind and the sky, and is well loved by all, though some may curse her name at times when weather is especially foul. Some claim that it was a temple that we devoted to her long ago, and now we have reclaimed it, but I did a big study of the building when I was in school there, and I’m fairly certain that all the symbols of Aviana, and the Great Chimes were added much more recently, some time in the last 2000 years or so. My study and others like it are quite unpopular. I actually had to take an extra semester, because I failed that paper, and therefore that class. It was the only time I got a failing grade, and I’m still pretty upset about it. Politics should not interfere with knowledge.

JACQ

It usually does, though. That actually reminds me of a question someone asked, uh. They wanted to know about the hierarchy of S-CAPS and where you fit into it.

GENEVA

Oh Okay, so I’m not really very important. The Archaeological and Preservation Society is broken down into two different groups. The South-County and the North-County. Most of the head administrators are located in the North County section. They’re a bunch of powerful wizards. There’s no one head person or anything. They argue a lot.

I’m just an architecture specialist really, and have just been roped with other duties. Not that I mind talking to you. It’s very fascinating!

JACQ

What exactly does it mean to be a wizard?

GENEVA

A Wizard is someone who has spent a long time educating themselves in various studies and schools of thought, and can cast at least a modicum of magic.

JACQ

Do you use that word just for men? Or for any gender.

GENEVA

Oh! Any gender. Do you call them something different based on gender?

JACQ

Well, since we don’t have any real wizards, there are different ways of doing it. In a very popular series of books, male magic-users are wizards and females are witches. Others say that anyone can be either, they’re just different kinds of magic. And there are lots of other words, too.

GENEVA

Witches are very different. They’re all interested in Chel, and animals and plants and things. They draw their magic from Chel. I don’t know too much about it. There are books, but I don’t think anyone really knows how it works.

JACQ

Actually that sounds a lot like the kind of witches we have here.

GENEVA

But… I thought you didn’t have magic.

JACQ

It’s hard to explain. And largely a matter of belief? I could bring you more info on it.

GENEVA

They do sound pretty similar. There are theories that their power actually comes from the gods. So your witches are very similar, but can’t do magic because you don’t have any gods?

JACQ

Big philosophical quandary, that. A witch would definitely say they do magic, but when I’m talking about magic I’m picturing things like… instantaneously curing a field from a blight, or starting a fire from nothing. Whereas witches do things like… use stones or herbs to attract luck or love or money, or tell fortunes with tarot cards. Small things like that.

GENEVA

So there might be a little magic? I mean people do stuff like that here as well.

JACQ

Yeah. There might be something, but it’s largely not considered to be real… As for gods, we’ve discussed that a little. A lot of people would be very upset that you suggested we don’t have gods, but if we do, they aren’t very… present. Do your gods, like, appear? To people? And answer prayers? Or… are they distant mystical beings.

GENEVA

There are stories of them appearing to people. Many that seem to be fairly historic documents, but it’s not common. I’ve never met a god, and I don’t know anyone else who has. I guess it’s possible, but I don’t think it happens, at least not anymore.

So they’re mostly distant, but they listen, they answer, and some people believe that their magic comes from a divine source due to their devotion, and their magic *IS* different from a wizards or sorcerers, so they’re getting it from somewhere.

JACQ

That... sounds a lot like the way magic works in D&D, actually. So. That’s interesting.

GENEVA

Oh, yes. The game. We’ve talked about that. It’s so interesting how similar it is to our world.

JACQ

Yeah! More all the time. I could run you through some things and you could tell me about them but that seems boring. Let me look at my list.

Oh, here’s a fun one. What kind of junk food do you have on Chel?

GENEVA

Junk food?

JACQ

Uh. Snacks~!? Food that you eat because it’s tasty, even though it’s not great for you.

GENEVA

Food that isn’t good for you? I’m not sure I understand. What junk food do you have?

JACQ

Potato chips, candy bars, deep fried things. Ice cream. Uh. Corn dogs. I’m hungry now.

GENEVA

Corn dogs?...

JACQ

OH! Or, like! Alcohol! Things you consume more because it’s fun than because you’re hungry.

GENEVA

Well, we definitely have alcohol. So you mean things like pies and cakes? My favorite is probably this cake that we have. It has really thin layers of dough and between each layer there’s honey and crushed up nuts. Then it’s drizzled with honey after. It’s so good! It’s crispy and a bit too gooey, but it tastes so good.

JACQ

BAKLAVA! That’s my one of my favorites, too.

GENEVA

Oh! You make that too? That’s so cool!

I still don’t understand it not being good for you. I understand it for alcohol, people can get sick and strange if they have too much of it.

JACQ

Actually? I feel like things will get too heavy if I get wrapped up in a conversation about the thoughts we have on nutrition in my country.

GENEVA

Okay, well maybe we can talk about that later then. Do you have any more of these questions?

JACQ

I have a lot. Some of them are like, really invasive. People want to know how old you are, and, uh. About your upbringing and other personal stuff.

GENEVA

Oh, That’s weird. I thought people would be much more interested in Chel.

JACQ

But I can find something that isn’t.

GENEVA

That sounds good.

JACQ

Hmmmmm. Oh - a lot of people are interested in the element of time between worlds. Things like - how long is a day on Chel, how long is passing before the times we speak, how long has Chel has contact with Earth and about different historical figures that... Chellans? Chellians? Chellings?

GENEVA

Hmm, I don’t know if we have a name like that.

JACQ

People from Chel, anyway. Times that they’ve interacted with important Earth figures.

GENEVA

Well I certainly don’t know much about your historical figures.

JACQ

Sure, but have any Earth people famously come to Chel? And then returned.

GENEVA

There’s very little in the way of names mentioned in the documents, and as far as I can tell anyone who came over to Chel stayed here. Oh there was one name. I was just reading it.

JACQ

What name?

GENEVA

So there was this human that a wizard took an interest in. (riffling through papers) Here it is. The Wizard Marlon. He took an interest in a young boy there, some kind of prince I think. His name was Bartholomew.  

JACQ

(at the same time) Arthur?

GENEVA

Hmm, oh yes it does mention that he went by Arthur when he was older and a proper knight. How did you know that?

JACQ

(silence)

GENEVA

Anyway, Marlon really liked him for some reason and I think stayed there when the portals closed.

JACQ

GeNEEva. That is a REALLY BIG DEAL the thing you just said.

GENEVA

You guessed the name. Do you have documents of him as well?

JACQ

I don’t know if I’d call them “documents” but there is a story. Uhhhhh to keep it short, there was this kid named Arthur, and he was an orphan. He was a prince but he didn’t know it. But he had this wizard helping him, we call him Merlin. And Merlin helped him rise to the throne of England.

GENEVA

Merry Old England, yes. That seems to be about right.

JACQ

It’s… way more complicated than that. And it’s still a really big deal even though it was… like 12-1500 years ago? And we’re not sure it happened? And is the baseline of an ENTIRE GENRE OF LITERATURE!

GENEVA

Well, now you know it’s real! Are you sure it was that recent? Not even 2000 years? That’s very interesting.

JACQ

The oldest piece of writing from that part of the world is 1000 years old. This Arthur stuff is legends.

GENEVA

So few written records. What happened to them all?

JACQ

Well… actually, let me stop recording. This is going long and they don’t need to hear about the history of the written word on Earth, they can look it up.

GENEVA

Okay, but you’re going to tell me right?

Goodnight everyone!

JACQ

Yeah! Thank you for listening. Feel free to send in more questions about Chel, and we’ll report on what we can, but keep it, like APPROPRIATE? Seriously, mind your manners. Toodles