ROSE: This cave has a lab-like ambiance, I’ll give it that. And I’ve seen a few labs in my time.
DIRK: Sweet. It's got the Lalonde witticism of approval.
DIRK: No honor could be higher.
ROSE: I’m sure I could have come up with something better if I wasn’t still internally reeling at the prospect of us becoming our own biblical progenitors.
DIRK: The old bearded man in the sky *wishes* he had one of these babies though.
ROSE: All he had was heterosexuality and a very long con.
ROSE: Although I guess they're both essentially the same thing.
DIRK: Oh shit.
ROSE: There's something so delicious about the two of us being the ones to populate an entire planet from scratch.
ROSE: The irony doesn't get much sweeter.
DIRK: How quickly you learn, my child.
DIRK: I am so proud of you.
DIRK: Anyway, that horseshit aside,
DIRK: It turns out that basically all of the equipment that Sburb gave us can be integrated into one device, with the ability to perform both alchemical and ectobiological functions.
DIRK: The idea is pretty simple. We each contribute our own genetic sequences in the form of paradox slime, and then use it as a base to graft new material onto, using alchemy.
ROSE: Doesn't that strike you as a little...
ROSE: You know.
ROSE: Incestuous slurry-adjacent.
DIRK: That shouldn't be an issue.
DIRK: We're each going to be keeping our slime to ourselves.
ROSE: How courteous.
DIRK: In any case, after the base material is collected and the alchemical mix is finalized, we rapidly accelerate the development of the synthesized life forms to a point at which they can form a society of sorts.
ROSE: So in theory, what the Mayor and his associates did on Earth C, but just larger in scope.
ROSE: Instead of staying within the framework of a species that already exists.
DIRK: And here, we won't be waiting thousands of years for the development to happen in real time.
DIRK: This plays to our advantage in more ways than one. For one thing, it's pretty clear that we aren't gonna get this right on the first try.
DIRK: I've been conceiving of this as a long game of many individual moves.
DIRK: Each of us building and advancing in response to the concepts thrown out by the other.
DIRK: Think of it as collaborative worldbuilding.
ROSE: All those DnD nights on the meteor finally turn to my advantage.
ROSE: Ok, I think I understand the premise well enough.
ROSE: Why don’t you start things off.
ROSE: Roll the first die.
DIRK: Alright, sweet.