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  • on the one hand, there's that old shamanic power of bilocation, allowing its users to occupy two places simultaneously, usually far apart. many unusual encounters can be explained by sudden expressions of involuntary bilocation. that solitary walker in the middle of the desert that you saw from a plane, the impossibility of it: no back pack, no evidence of supplies at all, the nearest settlement hundreds of miles away. those more knowledgeable in the inner workings of the skill can pull one or the other into the preferred location, managing to execute some daring last minute retreats so well documented in the annals of historical close calls. and of course, then there's time travel. not to be confused, though surprisingly easy to do. thing is, the concept of simultaneity is pretty much useless in regards to time travel. different times, non-simultaneous physical displacement. begs the question would it be possible to return to the moment of departure. believe it or not that becomes the central issue in temporal displacement. apparently no one has been able to come back. we have traces of them, here and there, but no coming home. bothersome details, some may add, but important down the line.
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