May 21, 2019 12:36 PM
Lorica lands in sentinels!mutant world
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"Thanks. Anyway, you wanted writing stuff," Emily says, and produces a rectangle and stick that can be caused to interact in relevant ways. 

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Lorica draws a basic transformer, narrating about reasonable variations on the design that would be useful too.

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Emily nods along, figures out which part of the jet it corresponds to, and produces one. 

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"Cool - can you tell me anything about the power-gen aspect of your magnet power?" Lorica asks, cracking the box and starting to take it apart.

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"I can make magnetic fields do whatever, and when 'whatever' is moving in a way that causes electricity to happen, electricity happens. I don't have to consume extra food to do this."

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"Okay, well, that's actually pretty convenient because I can just make a really responsive transformer," remarks Lorica, "and don't have to work around my power or figure out how to hook it up to Rete without much in the way of circuit boards so that's all to the good... fugueing again now but this shouldn't take me fifteen minutes." And she goes in with her tools.

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They wait. 

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Fifteen minutes later she stabs an end of the transformer into a port under a scale in her suit. "Juice me," she said, presenting Emily with the other end.

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And there are rotating magnetic fields and an extremely short yet powerful lightning bolt hits the end Emily is controlling. 

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"Thanks, that'll do for now. Should hang onto this though."

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"Give me some time to study it and I can probably duplicate it, if we need to abandon it for some reason, but yeah."

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"You probably actually can't - or maybe you'd make one that worked for a second and then fried itself, something like that. Tinker bullshit."

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"Tinker bullshit is weird but I guess someone who had biokinetic powers would be just as fed up with us."

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"I mean, you should absolutely try it, but save it for something with a less explodey possible result? Like, when I get to a point where I can churn out more bots for Rete, see if you can do those, because it'll take me longer to let it do that itself."

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"Yeah, okay."

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"I hope I'm not stepping on, like, trauma, with the robot army thing? It's really the best way to deploy me, unfortunately."

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"If you want to avoid maximum trauma maybe make them non-humanoid? But we can cope."

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"Oh yeah, they're mostly like, quadcopters. Would you feel better if I took off my - helmet's really useful with the display inside but I could ditch the gloves?"

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"No, you're..."

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"You move like a person, so you don't trigger Emily's uncanny valley, and triggering mine is inevitable but you're still way too small to set off my Sentinel Alarms."

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"We mostly didn't do the secret identity thing so there weren't so much masks qua masks but there were, like, helmets and goggles and stuff, you're not outside that zone."

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"Everybody does the masks thing at home except for this one independent hero team that makes a point of having public identities."

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"It was sort of a solidarity thing for us. A lot of us could totally pass and then go out heroing secretly but there were a lot of mutants who just couldn't or didn't have any abilities that were worth it or both, and--we were in a really good place, papa was super rich, we had a boarding school that doubled as a covert sanctuary for runaways--and then everything fell apart. And there was no point."

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