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Re: MR: Disc: Philosopher's Stone

Poster: clevin@rci.ripco.com (Craig Levin)

> Let's say you dabble in a little alchemy in your
> spare time, and you actually seem to have found
> a way to turn lead into gold.  However, the first
> time you try converting a really sizable quantity,
> you notice that your process has the side-effect
> of turning all the gold in your pouch to lead.
> And all the gold in the house.  And all your
> neighbors start complaining that _their_ gold
> has turned to lead.  A surreptitious survey soon
> reveals that all the gold for about a mile
> around your new gold block has been leadened;
> some of the coins from the edge of the effect
> are duller but still negotiable.  You calculate
> that the amount of missing gold is roughly equal
> to the amount your process garnered.

> * Should you tell your neighbors that you
>   have accidently stolen their gold?

That would be the virtuous thing to do, methinks, albeit not the
healthiest thing.

> * Should you repay them?

Yes; after you leave town, just ahead of the lynch mob, leave a
chart showing where the gold you got is located. Do not plan on
returning home.

> * What should you do with your new process?

Should? Hard to say. The opportunist would say that you have
invented an excellent weapon of war, and would have you sell your
skills to impoverish the enemy of the state. The man of faith
would conclude that your new method would serve as a way to
impoverish the infidel. In any case, once the cat is let out of
the bag, it is impossible to get her to re-enter. License it, and
sell it...for land.

Pedro de Alcazar, AoA
Barony of Storvik, Atlantia
Pursuivant Extraordinary & Junior Minion
Or, six castles Vert within a bordure Gules semy of roundels Or

Craig Levin
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