Jul 23, 2019 2:28 PM
Jonathan in the Whateleyverse
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Arjun nods. "TK. Nice. What kind of rating on that? -or have you been to Powers Testing yet, it's pretty early in the year and you are a freshman."

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"They said TK-7A. After running out of weights.”

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Josh chokes on a piece of shale. Arjun just raises his eyebrows. "Nice. I'm a Paladin of Ganesh, which gives me probability warping 5, Paragon 5 - that's where I know how to do things instinctually - and Wiz-6."

"If you gentlemen would get your dicks off the table," Isaac comments.

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Jonathan cringes for a moment at Isaac's comment.

Then turns to Josh and asks, “And you?”

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Josh looks slightly surprised someone remembered he exists. (For a seven-foot-tall concrete statue, he's easy to ignore.)

"Oh. I'm a Devisor - specialized in microscale nuclear engineering - I manifest this, uh, concrete armor, except I can't stop doing it and my body is turning into living concrete, and I'm an Energizer and I convert various forms of radiation into heat. It all kind of - feeds in on itself really nicely, I'm happy with my powers. Maybe less happy with the turning into living concrete."

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(right not all powers are awesome) "Ah — ouch? At least it works for you? Is that nuclear like reactors or more like beyond chemistry?”

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"Reactors. I've got this little holdout gun, it's the size of a pistol but it's got a fully nuclear battery in there, it can melt a hole through plate steel and the residual radiation dissipates within a couple of minutes. It's actually-" He goes for his backpack.

Isaac puts a hand on his shoulder. "Zabcik. No rayguns in the cafeteria."

"Right," he says sheepishly.

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Maybe remember to be be careful around Devisors. In general.

“You going for superheroing too?”

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He shrugs. "I might? But my power's really good for the private sector, too. -the devisor power, not the turning into concrete power. I mostly have the gun because I'm in a combat team on campus of all Devisors and Gadgeteers, so I have to hold my own in the holdouts department as well as the brick department. I've also got this one devise that just pours gamma into me until I can fire off a heat blast way bigger than the gun, but that one takes a while, plus more collateral damage because I'm basically just exploding instead of firing in a direction."

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“Hey, Isaac?”

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"Yeah?"

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“Remind me to buy some lead. Not for him, Just on general principle.”

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Josh laughs. "Hey, I called myself Manhattan for a reason! -I don't leak any of the gamma, that'd be bad. For reference."

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“Didn't actually make the connection. Does anyone have enough bad taste to call themselves Chernobyl?”

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Arjun nods. "Big-time villainess. Terror of Eastern Europe, though there's a lot of competition for the role. She's mostly a flying brick, but she does have radioactive energy blasts."

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"Eeesh."

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"Speaking of codenames," Isaac says, "want some help coming up with one? That's always fun."

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“I'm mildly concerned about what you may suggest, but sure.”

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Isaac sticks his tongue out.

Arjun steeples one set of fingers. "If your only power is telekinesis, then this will be difficult. Does your telekinesis have any- unique qualities? Besides being powerful. Does it feel like an invisible hand, is there a very specific upper limit, et cetera."

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“Well, based on what Dr. Duncan said — I have to touch things to move them, and I can feel lots of stuff about them while I do that. And I store energy from stuff moving while I have it. And things will stay where I put them, relative to each other anyway, I guess that's probably unusual too?"

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"Very," Arjun says, fascinated. "Well, the world would be a very different place if all mutant powers were alike. Hmm. Perhaps Capacitor, for the energy?"

"Too Devisor-y," Isaac argues. "What about Claim? Or Claimant. For the, you know, having-things thing."

"Too legalistic," Josh says thoughtfully. "Maybe you could be Counterweight. For the things-staying-put thing."

"Wasn't there some psychopath with that name a few years back who died in Detroit?" Isaac objects.

"No, he was Counterpoint," Arjun says absently. "Still, there's a potential association problem. I still like Capacitor, despite your objection."

"Well, I like mine," Isaac pouts.

"Some obscure supervillain with a vaguely similar name isn't enough to ruin a name forever," Josh points out.

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“I like Counterweight!”

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Josh smiles. "Nice."

Arjun shrugs. "You're probably right. Besides, it's been what, ten years since Detroit? The name's as clean now as it's ever going to be."

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“Detroit?”

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Arjun gives him a look. "Detroit."

Isaac winces. "Uh, something I may have forgotten to mention: Jonathan's from an alternate universe. With no mutants."

Arjun's eyes widen. "Shit."

Josh takes point on the explanation. "Back in 2008, there was this mystic confluence in Detroit - apparently people were going to use it to turn into gods, or something - anyway, so there were a ton of villains going there for obvious reasons, and a bunch of heroes going to stop them, and a bunch of independents just trying to get in on the action - then, boom. Detroit doesn't exist anymore. There was a perfect sphere carved into the ground. They never rebuilt, that whole space is just part of Lake St. Clair now."

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