May 21, 2019 12:36 PM
Lorica lands in sentinels!mutant world
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"I don't think generalized telepathy is actually a parahuman power that I've heard of, and if there were one who worked on Endbringers I'd definitely know about it. There are loads of mind-affecting powers and information-gathering powers and some empath stuff - which I don't think works on Endbringers - but nothing you'd really call telepathy per se."

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"Really? Well, that might solve the problem all by itself."

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"I'm not sure the Endbringers are people. Like, they could just be really extreme Case 53 villain types, but they're really special, and they're coordinated - when a new one shows up, the other two show up less often to keep the overall schedule, and it's never the same one twice in a row."

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"Yeah, it might not, I am approximately useless against Sentinels except that back when there were enough of us to coordinate I could do that, but my powers don't just work on people, I held the pigeons still while Emily speared them."

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"Well, that would have applications - maybe you could empty Ellisburg, who knows - but I don't think it'd be a good bet directly against Endbringers. - Ellisburg is a city that this one guy, uh, ate. He triggered with a power that converts biomass into whatever he wants and then the whatever he wants does what he wants it to and now he lives alone with all his biomass in there under siege."

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"...Eugh. Yeah, I could probably fix that one."

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"It'd be nice, the property values in the neighboring bits of New Jersey are crap. Although I wouldn't put it on a top ten list since he doesn't actually do anything having finished eating Ellisburg."

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"Well. I could deploy him against Endbringers."

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"Yeah, guess so."

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"It's not the kind of thing I'd normally do but 'world ending monsters' is a really good reason to and 'ate everyone in a city' erodes a lot of my reluctance."

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"And I can probably knock him out and operate his powers manually, I don't have to leave him awake for it. Or read his mind at all."

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"Might or might not work, powers are weird. Some Master powers - a category which includes things like 'operate someone else's body manually' - allow it, though, so you'd have a good shot."

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"If your Master powers aren't telepathy-proper I dunno if generalizing from them works--and, like, there's a difference between me and a normal telepath, I am approximately the second-strongest telepath I've ever met."

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"What I mean is that there's no reason to think parahumans might hard-no-sell power-co-opting."

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"Oh, sorry."

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"What all can you do?"

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"Uh--there hasn't been a lot of time for, uh, figuring out specifics in a rigorous, communicable way--basically if you assume that as concerns me and one of the fundamental forces and concerns her and, like, minds, we are traumatized teenage gods, you might overestimate scale but are unlikely to be far wrong on scope?"

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"Wow. Okay. I'm still super immune, right? That will help me sleep at night. Nothing against you personally I just kinda have a thing."

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"Super immune, I can't even tell you exist without looking at you, it's why you're a little uncanny valley."

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"Okay. Sorry not sorry if that makes sense."

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"I'm not upset or anything. One of our parents used to have a helmet made of anti-telepathy alloy and I couldn't tell HE existed either, when he wore it, and when I was really really little I thought it made him stop having thoughts, but like, he was still my dad and I still loved him."

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"This'll probably get a little confusing if we keep being oblique--I think we mentioned reproductive hermaphroditism earlier as a physical change mutants get--it can be surprisingly subtle, no one had yet discovered it that we know of until, uh, we happened."

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"Gosh. I don't think parahumans get that commonly but I guess it might have ever happened. Probably as a weird side effect of something, though, since it's not directly combat applicable."

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