Yes, we’re back to the absurd hypotheticals. If you don’t like these, there must be a March Madness thread open someplace. Here’s the sitch:
The person you love most in the world has been terribly injured in a car accident and is close to death. The doctors tell you the only question is whether your beloved will linger for a few hours or a few days. Conventional medicine offers no hope.
But there’s something the doctors don’t know. You happen to be best friends friends with Suzy, a genius technomage and former Rhymer Enterprises employee recently fired for being insufficiently evil. Having seen several of her technomagic inventions in action, you’re already convinced of Suzy’s skill, so you call her as soon as the doctors leave the room. Suzy’s indifferent about your beloved, but she does love you, so she rushes to your side with the Elan Vital Redirection Engine, or EVRE. This device (cleverly disguised to look like an iPad) can transfer life-energy from one person to another, enhancing and accelerating the healing processes of the recipient. Scanning your beloved with the EVRE, Suzy says that yes, the EVRE can heal these wounds; the healing process will take about 60 minutes.
But there’s a catch–actually several. The first is that the EVRE only works if the donor loves the recipient and consents to the donation in full knowledge of what is going on; thus **you **can donate life energy to save your beloved, but Suzy can’t (as she doesn’t love them, and even if she did, she has to operate the machine); nor can, say, another person who also loves your dear one but doesn’t know what the EVRE does. The second is that the transfer process causes the donor to age far more rapidly than normal. Suzy estimates that, given your dearling’s condition, saving them will cause you to age a minimum of 10 years and probably more like 25; there’s about a 10% chance that you’ll be aged to the point of death. Suzy won’t be able to tell exactly how much of your life she’ll be taking until she’s in the middle of the healing process, and as far as Suzy knows, there’s no way to reverse the rapid aging. The third catch is that if the EVRE is to work at all, she’ll have to start within the next 30 minutes. Lastly is that the donor–you–will be rendered unconscious by the process, so you’ll have to tell her nowhow many years of life you’re willing to give up. If you tell her “No more than X years,” she’ll be able to stop the process when you get to that point; otherwise she’ll have to keep at it until the patient is fully healed.
Are you willing to let Suzy drain your youth (or what remains of it :D) using the EVRE? If so, what’s the maximum number of years you’re willing to give up to save your beloved?