I was reading it as anybody being able to write in rainbow if their manifestation permitted, but only Esthfora could write in magic truth rainbow.
Also, Kappa, I see that as I write this you are logged in as Esthfora. Andrew just sent Leaf and a few other people an extremely important PM (not related to our existing conversation); I don’t want Leaf delayed from reading about it simply because somebody in another world is online (if you want him delayed from reading about it because he’s busy, that’s a different issue).
The formatting I used to make the text appear rainbowish is of course available to anyone, but I was imagining the magic truth rainbows as being perceptibly different from mere ordinary rainbow formatting, and possibly involving a mysterious special tag on electronic manifestations of the forum instead of having every letter be given an individual hardcoded colour.
I get emails when one of my accounts is PMed, and although apparently they don't mention which account it is, I noticed it wasn't Esthfora and guessed Leaf.
It was more the truth effect than that in her case, anyway. It probably would not be so alarming if she was expecting it, but she is naturally very reluctant to let it through without a very good reason, as she said.
Okay, so assuming the filter change is okay by mother starlight, we have seen our last instance of anyone encountering rainbows who would find them alarming or unpleasant. This is per access, so if you'd only be alarmed when unwarned and you become appropriately warned and then refresh the page, you see the rainbows on refresh.
Basically, there is an apparently-mostly-benign strain of the exsurgent virus ('exsurgent virus' is the thing that's been being redacted in Thorn's posts), generally referred to as the Watts-MacLeod strain. Infection with it gives the infectee (hereafter 'async') the ability to use psi slights (psi-chi slights are generally information-gathering and mental boosts, psi-gamma slights are more attacks, mind-reading/mind-affecting, higher-grade informational, and some counter-psi stuff; being able to use those means more disorders. There are also psi-epsilon slights, which are only accessible to exsurgents (other redacted thing) proper, and do things that look like straight-up reality-alteration). It also does unknown stuff to the neural architecture, with side effects such as a lower stress threshold and extreme issues/trauma as a result of being sleeved in a synthmorph or pod or existing as an informorph for very long ('morph fever', the latest redacted thing).
The mere fact of truth rainbows is alarming, at least to Thorn.
The same thing above is true for Hadassah's world, although Hadassah herself is not bothered by the truth rainbows.
She was utterly taken in by the truth of those words, but that is partially because of what she is. Carved and animated with specific intent, Hadassah was Made, literally, to protect people. She isn't human, so she isn't prone to a lot of memetic hazards (no brain, no deep structures, divinely animated) but... well, I am having some trouble coming up with an explicit example.
There is a trope that involves interacting with either a robot, or a gargoyle or an otherwise non-human guardian. Within this trope, the guardian tries to stop the protagonists, even threatens to kill the protagonists because they are, for example, threatening to hurt the guardian's master. The protagonists, instead of fighting, instead clearly explain they have no intention to hurt the master. The protagonists have only the best intentions and promise not to hurt anyone except to save themselves. The guardian begrudgingly accepts this, and allows the protagonists passage, who politely thank the guardian, waltz past, and proceed to steal everything, without causing any explicit harm.
I know this is a "Thing" but I can't, for the life of me, put it into better words. Hadassah is simply prone to permitting things that she "knows" will protect people. She is even aware that the words were given a +3 to truth-like features, and she does still believe the rainbow, she is being a little sarcastic in her reply about being forced to double-think everything related to the rainbows. She is not being sarcastic about the faith thing though.
Hm, if that doesn't make sense, I can try to re-explain it in a bit. Sorry.
Please forgive any lax socializing on my part, as I am not prone to constant conversation.
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Esthfora is theoretically able to know anything, but in a lot of ways she's very naive. She only abstractly understands why anyone would think her truth rainbows could lie, and she doesn't understand at all why anyone would want to intentionally disbelieve true things. It is still possible to disbelieve or doubt the rainbows if one chooses to do so, but it confuses her that anyone would.