Challenge #01663-D202: Conceptual DifficultiessteemCreated with Sketch.

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Defying the Gods is an age-old tradition. How well it WORKS depends on who's telling it... -- RecklessPrudence

"We're having difficulty understanding this," said Sherlock.

"I sympathise," said Rael. "I'm having difficulty understanding it myself, and I was there to witness it."

"We have the footage and the audio, of course," Sherlock played it on one of his multiple screens. "She had a permit for incense and steam[1]. What was she doing with them?"

"Blessing them, sir. And using them to bless the air and the water. It was... a viral blessing, as I understand it. Everything the blessing touched, spread the blessing to everything it touched. Animate or inanimate, sir. The best fit explanation I have is... she banished the alleged gods from our reality by... homeopathy."

"Homeopathy," Sherlock repeated.

Rael almost said 'aye'. It was astonishing how viral Shayde's speech patterns were. "That's the best fit I have, sir."

"This is the first time I've heard of homeopathic exorcism," he said. "Mind you, considering these... deities' reach... it makes sense that she'd concoct a system by which their banishment would spread everywhere that could plausibly contact her. Any hints that it's working?"

"Encounters have ceased," allowed Rael. "But there's still collisions with -er- 'bubble' realities. They're unpredictable and unavoidable."

"Hm," Sherlock snorted. Clearly recalling the one that left noodles all over three levels of the Elemeno. The Cleaners had had a heyday. As had some of the Skitties. "Keep close to her anyway. I know it's a pain to deal with them. And her. But you are our most resilient citizen and she... seems to be a trouble magnet."

Rael had nothing more to say than, "Yes, sir."

"At least try to prevent her from causing chaos in this reality."

"Yes, sir." Rael moved to do so. He had been Dismissed.

[1]: Because air quality is a vital necessity in an enclosed area like a space station.

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