okay the curtis thing gets perilously close to just listing everything that happened
it’s also like yeah i know i lived through this not all of this is excavating forgotten arcana, there should be more than one register
“and then a surprising thing happened” well it can’t all be surprising
still fun on the whole but losing my patience

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