Jun 17, 2019 3:46 AM
Mutant Edie and Emily in Wormverse
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"Oh. Yeah, probably, we're barely keeping up with them."

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"They're barely a thing where we're from."

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"Huh. That's... something to imagine."

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"Not every mutant actually gets something useful, and even the ones that do mostly just...go on with their lives. Especially if they look baseline."

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"Don't people wanna make a profit off their powers?"

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"I mean, sure, some people do, but most manifestations happen around puberty, most people aren't gonna start a business at puberty."

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"And anti-mutant prejudice is an issue."

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"Oh right without the Protectorate I bet there would be lots of that."

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"Iiiit's better than it could be, strictly speaking, we've put a lot of work into that, but yes. What does the Protectorate do, exactly, that solves this problem?"

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"We might be able to import it if it's not too dependent on local conditions."

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"Well we talked about the little memorabilia store downstairs, right, and I bet there's a lot of shady manipulation of media to make sure heroes are shown in the best light, they never allow official footage of the Endbringers to exist - uh, Endbringers are the giant monsters we talked about, don't remember if I said the name - but also some more benign stuff like pushing for legislation about power usage and giving young parahumans access to a good school and resources and there's the Branding department that makes sure we have cool costumes and names that work with the public... uh, what else... we sometimes visit schools?"

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"Pushing for legislation about power usage?"

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"Like, how to ensure parahumans can use their powers safely in regular jobs if they don't wanna be heroes or anything like that, or anti-discrimination laws."

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"Oh. We've more had to worry about pushing against de facto discriminatory legislation."

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"Yeah there's a bunch of groups that are worried about parahumans outcompeting regular humans at high paying jobs but I don't really keep track of that, dunno what the current, uh, political landscape looks like."

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"If more mutants than parahumans look unusual that might be a factor."

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"Yeah maybe. Many of those?"

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"Loads, yeah."

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"Yeah I think Case 53s are rare. ...uh, anyway, let me show you to places that are not my lab."

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"Your lab is awesome, but sure."

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Out they go! ...and he pauses. "Okay, maybe not Armsmaster's lab, he might skin me alive if he finds out I showed you his stuff, even with your magnetic thingy. Bet you can guess which one it is though."

Three doors down is the best guess for it, being the second most magnetically filled room, with more armed suits and halberds, as well as a truly staggering number of things fit into extremely small spaces.

...actually, more of those than should be strictly physically possible. It's kinda disorienting to pay attention to.

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"Yeah, and it's trippy. There are things in ways that are incorrect."

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"Huh?"

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"I mean, it's...there are things in more places than there are places?"

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"- oh! That's his specialty, it's fitting stuff into other stuff."

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